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  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 14 points vs. Kings
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 14 points with seven rebounds, two assists and four blocks against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides the lack of rebounding, Nurkic is starting to come around lately. In his last five, he averaged 13.4 points, 6.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.4 steals on 43.5 percent from the field. He's also been really bad with his turnovers, ranking fourth among centers with 51 despite only 31 dimes. Nurk is still trending up and he has been healthy, but he's got a lot of work to do to make his owners happy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Biggie gets bumped out
    Caleb Swanigan moved to the bench and played two minutes against the Kings on Saturday

    Advice: Sadly, Biggie is out of the rotation and only played in garbage time. Swanigan should find a way to get minutes at some point, but he's an easy drop now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Ed Davis plays 22 minutes
    Ed Davis (ankle) played 22 minutes with two points, eight boards, one assist and one block against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Friday, but he wasn't limited in this game. Davis has really come on as a rebounder and he may have value if Jusuf Nurkic had to miss time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Skal has another really bad game
    Skal Labissiere did not score on his eight attempts from the field in his second straight start on Saturday, adding three rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Oh boy. That makes him 1-of-15 from the field on his two starts this weekend. The good news is the Kings may be playing him, so that's a step in the right direction. The bad news is that he's not very good with his fouls and turnovers matching his points and boards over these two games. Labissiere is purely a stash and coach Dave Joerger could yank him from the rotation at any moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores four points
    Kosta Koufos scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Willie Cauley-Stein said he likes to play next to Koufos, so maybe he can find a regular role. Still, there's very little upside here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • John Henson quiet in 20 minutes Saturday
    John Henson struggled in 20 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, scoring five points with two rebounds, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Dallas threw a variety of small lineups out there tonight, which minimized Henson's effectiveness, but a lack of playing time wasn't the only issue -- he also shot 3-of-10 from the free-throw line. That's a career-long issue that fantasy owners should accept as part of the deal, but he's still a great source of boards, blocks and FG percentage. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Ryan Anderson posts three triples in road win
    Ryan Anderson posted 13 points with four rebounds and an assist across 27 minutes in Saturday's blowout win in Memphis.

    Advice: Anderson finished 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, before resting for a good chunk of the fourth quarter. Anderson has knocked down nine triples over his past two outings, and that's really what sets him apart for fantasy owners. In fact, he has at least one 3-pointer made in each of his 17 games this season, averaging 2.8 triples per outing. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:40 pm
  • Marc Gasol grabs nine rebounds in loss
    Marc Gasol finished with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots across 32 minutes in Saturday's 105-83 loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Gasol's line was pretty decent considering his team had its doors blown off by 22 at home. He has managed at least 15 points with at least five buckets in all eight games in the month of November while posting three or more assists in each of his past six outings. The 32-year-old center continues to post career-best numbers in across the board in most major categories. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:04 pm
  • John Collins scores 18 points on 7-of-8 FGs
    John Collins looked great in 25 minutes off the bench vs. Boston, hitting 7-of-8 shots to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The rookie's energy is palpable when you watch the Hawks, and he even hit 4-of-4 free throws tonight. Collins somehow failed to get to the line in his previous four games, a span of 93 minutes, but at least we know he won't be a liability when he gets there. He's providing late-round value and should only get better throughout the season, so don't hesitate to grab him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:42 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan goes for 10 and 14 in loss
    DeAndre Jordan finished with 10 points, 14 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in Saturday's road loss in Charlotte.

    Advice: Jordan was a very efficient 4-of-5 from the floor while the rest of his team managed to shoot just 37.1 percent (29-of-78) from the field. He is averaging 15.0 PPG, 18.0 RPG and 2.5 BPG over his past two games, but he isn't getting a whole lot of help as the Clippers ship continues to careen out of control. The road trip continues Monday in New York. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores eight points
    Nikola Vucevic scored eight points during a 126-85 loss to the Jazz on Saturday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hey, at least the defensive stats were there. This was arguably his worst game as Derrick Favors dominated him on both ends. Vucevic's October was obviously unsustainable overall, but he's still hanging 1.7 treys per game in November to help him get to 14 per night. The Magic offense overall has really flattened out, but Vooch should still be able to flirt with top-40 value going forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) says he's playing vs. Kings
    Ed Davis (ankle) said he will play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle in the first quarter on Friday, but he was able to play through it. Davis has played well and the Blazers did struggle when he was off the floor last night, so maybe he gets more burn. He's not worth owning in most leagues, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) is questionable to play
    Ed Davis (ankle) is questionable to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He hurt his ankle early on Friday night, but he was able to play through it for 22 total minutes. Davis has quietly been one of the best backup centers, and his performance is part of the reason Jusuf Nurkic is off to a slow start. If Davis can't give it a go, Meyers Leonard would likely back up Nurk, who figures to play slightly more than usual, as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:13 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Gorgui Dieng returned to action on Friday November 17. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:01 am
  • Alex Len scores 17 points with 18 boards
    Alex Len pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds against the Lakers on Friday, adding 17 points, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Len said this was a top-three game in his NBA career. He owned the paint and kept the Lakers in check in halfcourt sets. The Greg Monroe addition shouldn't really hurt Len much because the Suns really want to get him going as a defender and as a paint scorer. He should be owned in standard leagues and hopefully he can start putting a string of games together. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:13 pm
  • Marquese Chriss scores two points
    Marquese Chriss scored two points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He actually played somewhat mistake-free basketball with only two fouls and strong defense. Chriss is going to have a lot of ugly lines and his teammates are really not looking for him in halfcourt sets anymore, but the blocks upside alone makes him a decent hold. Hey, maybe playing well for a few games will help coach Jay Triano trust him more. Of course, we don't blame you if you're sick of him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:04 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores six points
    Greg Monroe scored six points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He had nowhere to go but down after his 20-point, 11-board Suns debut. Monroe is really going to have a tough time hanging around in this up-tempo offense, and he is brutal on defense. It's really hard to buy his long-term upside because it's very likely he's not on the roster in a few months and he would likely be on a team with a lot of weapons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:01 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 19 w/ 10 boards
    Brook Lopez scored 19 points with 10 boards, three assists, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was coming off an 8-point dud against Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Wednesday, but Phoenix has been a lot more friendly to centers this season than The Process has -- the Suns have given up more points than any other team. Things will be more complicated for Lopez once Larry Nance (hand) returns, so his owners should be prepared for some frustration in Los Angeles' crowded frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays team-high 33 minutes
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played great next to Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit to keep the Blazers to 82 points. It may be tough for Koufos to see run every night, but getting a win when he played a team-high 33 minutes should help his case. We'll see if he plays in the back-to-back set on Saturday. It's really hard to add him with how often coach Dave Joerger changes his rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:15 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Skal Labissiere struggles in a start
    Skal Labissiere got a start on Friday against the Blazers, making 1-of-7 from the field for three points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Yuck. This is not what his very patient fantasy owners wanted to see. Labissiere's inconsistency has been the story since he was given a rotation spot last year, so hopefully this one bad game doesn't push him back down the depth chart. He's probably going to be really annoying to own in fantasy, but feel free to give him a look to see what happens. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:01 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan flops in a start vs. Kings
    Caleb Swanigan scored two points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 10 minutes during his start against the Kings on Friday

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has a quick hook for his unestablished players, so Swanigan has some work to do to earn his trust. He'll probably be out of the rotation once Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) comes back. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:38 pm
  • Dakari Johnson mostly a non-factor in loss
    Dakari Johnson was scoreless with one steal across three minutes in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Johnson averaged 17.3 minutes per game over the past three outings, but Steven Adams (calf) is back and healthy after a brief absence and Jerami Grant was effective as the first option off the bench in the middle. Johnson's short-term fantasy appeal is over, and he is no longer worth a look as a cheap DFS option either. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:32 pm
  • Patrick Patterson sharp in limited action
    Patrick Patterson finished with six points, a rebound and an assist in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Patterson connected for 2-of-3 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, producing well in limited action when Carmelo Anthony and Paul George needed a spell. However, Patterson's fantasy upside is rather limited as long as Melo and PG-13 are healthy and available. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:22 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Steven Adams shakes off calf injury to play
    Steven Adams (calf) was able to play in Friday's game San Antonio, finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.

    Advice: Adams was very productive from the floor, hitting 6-of-8, although he did struggle by making just 4-of-7 from the charity stripe. With Adams back in action, Dakari Johnson was limited to just three minutes off the bench, while Jerami Grant saw just 14 minutes of run. Adams will look to keep up the good work on Monday at New Orleans, and he might catch a break by not having to face Anthony Davis (concussion). Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:18 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:16 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:59 pm
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  • DeAndre Jordan gathers 22 boards in OT loss
    DeAndre Jordan finished with a season-high 20 points, 22 rebounds and three blocked shots in Friday's overtime loss at Cleveland.

    Advice: Jordan was outstanding from the floor, hitting 10-of-12, while doing his usual at the free-throw line (0-of-2). His previous season bests were 14 points and 24 rebounds back on Oct. 19 on the road against the Lakers in the team's opener. He also hadn't had more than more than six buckets in a single game this season, so he really took advantage of the center-less Cavaliers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Labissiere starting, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Skal Labissiere will replace Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Strangely enough, the Kings are going to start Zach Randolph at center against Jusuf Nurkic. Good luck with that. Skal definitely deserves more minutes and has shown some really nice flashes this season, but it's hard to add him until we see if he sticks in the first unit. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available Friday
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Dieng isn't a lock to play as he might not be 100 percent yet. He's averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season, as the arrival of Taj Gibson has decimated his role in Minnesota. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:16 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) questionable Friday
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gorgui Dieng (finger) may play Friday vs. the Mavs, depending on how Dieng feels after warmups.

    Advice: Dieng has missed three straight games due to the finger injury. Even when healthy, he is averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season. Playing behind Taj Gibson, Dieng has very limited fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:37 am
  • Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night
    Steven Adams (calf) will play Friday night vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Adams had missed three straight games. Coach Billy Donovan said that Adams will not have a specific minutes limit, but that Adams' playing time would be dependant upon how he felt during the game. With Adams back in the mix, Dakari Johnson will get bumped to the bench, and Jerami Grant will see his minutes reduced as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:06 am
  • Ryan Anderson scores season-high 24 points
    Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 24 points with four rebounds, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns forgot to defend the 3-point line and maybe coach Jay Triano should've made a lineup tweak like many coaches do against this starting unit. Anderson was already trending down and now he'll have to give up shots to Chris Paul. His fantasy owners should expect him to be more of a fringe asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:24 pm
  • Alex Len scores nine with 13 rebounds
    Alex Len scored nine points with 13 rebounds in 21 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't rack up the fouls, he was awful on defense and was late on numerous defensive plays. Greg Monroe may have the upper hand to keep the starting job, but Len was never really going to get 30 minutes on a consistent basis this early in the season anyway. He's still a decent hold in standard leagues and has nice long-term upside later this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:17 pm
  • Marquese Chriss commits bad fouls again
    Marquese Chriss was in foul trouble for the umpteenth time on Thursday, finishing with five points, one rebound, one steal and three blocks in 15 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He actually salvaged his stat line with blocks in garbage time, which is a testament to his upside. Once again, it wasn't the shooting fouls that got him to keep his playing time down. Chriss continues to make reckless fouls when things aren't set and it's why he had four fouls in eight minutes to start this game. He has to get this fixed and coach Jay Triano said he'll bench his power forward for repeated mistakes. He's easily the most annoying player to own in fantasy, so he's certainly not for the impatient type. He has upside, though. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Greg Monroe will start at center vs. Rockets
    Greg Monroe will start at center against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns will get their new trade chip out there in what is going to be a really tough matchup for him. Monroe has not played since Oct. 26 due to his calf injury and has been inactive since the Suns traded for him on Nov. 7. It's very unlikely that Monroe will be on the roster in a couple months and the Suns continue to talk about development of their young players, so the bar shouldn't be very high on Moose. Alex Len should still be able to get minutes in the 20s tonight. Clint Capela is probably in for a big night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:48 pm
  • Triano says he'll bench Chriss for mistakes
    Coach Jay Triano said he will bench Marquese Chriss if he sees him making similar mistakes.

    Advice: "I told Marquese, I said, ‘If I see this, I’m going to take you out of the game and I want you to sit there. And when you refocus and kind of cleansed your mind, then let me know, and I’ll put you back in the game. But I’m not going to let you make two mistakes,'" Triano said. "The game is full of mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to make turnovers. Don’t make a second mistake." Chriss has two good games in a row, so maybe he's finally out of his slump. He's going to be really annoying to own, but his upside makes him worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Greg Monroe (calf) says he's playing Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) said he's been told he will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his debut for his new team and it's still unclear how much he'll play. Monroe has been on the practice court for about a week, so he may be able to get 20-24 minutes. Most indications are that the Suns won't be keeping him for long, so it'll be tough to count on him in the long term. Alex Len should still have a solid role with minutes in the mid 20s. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:27 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:17 am
  • Caleb Swanigan benched after halftime
    Caleb Swanigan started on Wednesday, but he was benched after halftime and finished scoreless with one turnover and no other stats in six minutes.

    Advice: Pat Connaughton started the second half instead of Swanigan. Terry Stotts clearly didn't like what he saw early, matchup-wise, and the Blazers leaned on a lot of small lineups tonight. The result was a victory, which doesn't bode well for Swanigan, but we'll see if he can bounce back vs. the Kings on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles w/ four dimes
    Nikola Vucevic posted his fifth double-double of the season on Wednesday with 11 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Vuc played 31 minutes during tonight's road loss, which is a great sign after he played 27 or fewer minutes in Orlando's previous three games. His 3-pointers have spiked this season but most owners would rather see their center blocking shots, and Vuc is averaging a mere 0.2 swats in his past 10 games. He's been a terrific overall value this year, of course, so we'll cut him some slack. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores just eight points
    Brook Lopez scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists and three fouls in 16 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was actually building up some momentum, but Joel Embiid is just too good. Lopez gets a good matchup against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll for that one. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Dakari Johnson invisible in starting role
    Dakari Johnson made another start on Wednesday, posting five points and one rebound in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (calf) was out again tonight, but it was Jerami Grant earning most of the extra minutes -- he double-doubled in 35 minutes off the bench. Adams is just day-to-day and he did some 1-on-1 work during shootaround, so there's no long-term value here. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • John Henson double-doubles w/ two blocks
    John Henson got his first double-double of the season on Wednesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It's impressive that Henson hauled in double-digit boards against Andre Drummond, the league-leader in that category, but Detroit helped his case by shooting 35.3% from the field tonight. Henson made 5-of-9 FGs tonight but he was 0-of-4 at the line -- he's a career 57.1% FT shooter, so that's just something owners will have to accept. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:38 pm
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  • Marc Gasol: 35/13/5 and five blocks in defeat
    Marc Gasol piled up 35 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and five blocks in a losing effort on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gasol made 12-of-24 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs with three 3-pointers and just two turnovers in 39 minutes. It was a monster performance as he tried to make up for the absence of Mike Conley (Achilles), but the result was the Grizzlies' third straight loss. That doesn't make it any less spectacular for fantasy purposes, of course. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:29 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Skal Labissiere benched until garbage time
    Skal Labissiere didn't play until garbage time on Wednesday, finishing with six points, one rebound and one assist in seven minutes.

    Advice: After a period of dwindling playing time, it looked like Skal was trending up with 25 minutes in each of his previous two games. Such is life with coach Dave Joerger. The potential is there and we expect Labissiere to eventually get turned loose, but 12-team owners should look for more reliable options. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) ruled out vs. Spurs
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Cole Aldrich (ankle) is available to play, so coach Tom Thibodeau may not have to play Taj Gibson at the five if he doesn't want to. Dieng is not getting many minutes at the four and is backing up one of the most durable players in the NBA, so he's not a great player to own. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:50 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Steven Adams (calf) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: This will be Adams' third straight game on the sidelines, but he was reportedly moving around well at shootaround, so maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Friday's game in San Antonio. Dakari Johnson will earn another start tonight sans Adams and Jerami Grant should see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:30 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Greg Monroe is questionable for Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been working out for about a week, so he may be over his calf injury. On the other hand, there is plenty of talk of a buyout or trade, so that could be a factor on Monroe's availability. He's not really worth stashing in most formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) doubtful for Wednesday
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: It looks like Wednesday will mark Dieng's third straight game on the sidelines, and with averages of just 6.9 points, 5.2 boards and not much else in 15.9 minutes per game this season, there's not much incentive for owners to hang onto him through this injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Steven Adams (calf) doubtful for Wednesday
    Steven Adams (calf) was seen going through some 1-on-1 work following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but he remains doubtful to play against the Bulls.

    Advice: While Adams likely won't be returning to the court tonight, Thunder reporter Royce Young said he was moving around well at shootaround and looked to be "close to returning." Dakari Johnson figures to earn another start sans Adams, but he can only be viewed as a low-end streamer in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores nine points
    Ryan Anderson scored nine points with eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers vs. the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was 3-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line, and the Rockets were torched when he was on the floor -- he had a +/- rating of -24 in his 31 minutes. Anderson is worth owning for 2.6 triples per game, but that's really all he's bringing to the table right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) doubtful for Wednesday
    Steven Adams (calf) did not practice on Tuesday and is doubtful to take the court for Wednesday's matchup against the Bulls.

    Advice: Adams has spent the past two games on the sidelines, and him still not being able to get through practice isn't a great sign. Owners shouldn't expect him to play Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Friday's game in San Antonio as well. Dakari Johnson should continue to start in his absence, and he's someone to think about as a low-end streamer in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:22 am
  • Caleb Swanigan will start again on Wednesday
    Coach Terry Stotts said Caleb Swanigan would remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Swanigan made his first career start Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench. Swanigan logged 20 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks. He'll be an intriguing DFS tournament option on Wednesday, but owners in standard leagues can probably afford to exercise patience and see Swanigan can maintain his starting spot before considering plucking him off the wire. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:25 am
  • DeAndre Jordan stifled by the Process
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 1-of-2 shots and never went to the line on Monday, finishing with two points, five rebounds and a block against Joel Embiid.

    Advice: DAJ was on the bench laughing to himself after fouling out, probably in awe of how Embiid was able to render him useless tonight. Look for him to bounce back and take out some anger on the center-less Cavaliers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:28 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 20 in loss to GSW
    Nikola Vucevic hit 7-of-13 shots and 4-of-4 free throws for a team-high 20 points in Monday's 110-100 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors have been generous to opposing centers all season with the fourth most fantasy points allowed, so Vucevic took full advantage of their undersized frontcourt. He added five rebounds with four assists, one steal and two triples in 27 minutes, and he's still rolling right along with top-24 value in standard 9-category leagues. With Orlando looking like a playoff team, we see no reason to sell-high. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:02 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 17 in revenge game
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 17 points (7-of-15 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) against his former Nuggets in a 99-82 win on Monday, adding five rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's now 2-0 against his old teammates. Nurk was forcing things tonight with revenge on his mind, turning the ball over a season-high seven times. The good news is that he seemed healthy after struggling with a lower back issue over the weekend, and he played twice the amount of minutes as Ed Davis (four points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes). Next up for Portland is a home game against Orlando on Wednesday before a back-to-back set against the Kings this weekend. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan scores six points in start
    Caleb Swanigan moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Making his first career start, Swanigan racked up five fouls, but he played well for the most part. The Blazers haven't gotten a lot of production from guys like Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh, so there's a chance Swanigan sticks in the first unit. Owners in most leagues can monitor his progress from the wire while we see how the rotation develops. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Marquese Chriss commits 1 foul in 27 minutes
    Marquese Chriss scored four points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one foul in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: Miracles happen every day because only one Chriss foul in 27 minutes may be the most shocking stat in today's busy slate. While this game wasn't as good as his five-block Saturday, Chriss defended really well throughout the game and protected the paint nicely. His fantasy owners should be encouraged that he seems to be in a good place and isn't making as many mistakes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Alex Len has another quiet game
    Alex Len scored one point with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: After a monster 21-point, 13-board Friday, Len has been very quiet and played just 20 minutes in each of his last two. He should wind up getting closer to 24 minutes once Tyson Chandler gets his minutes dialed back and Chandler has struggled to stay healthy, so Len is still a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Derrick Favors posts 9-10-1 line in loss
    Derrick Favors hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes of Monday's loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: He's starting at center for Rudy Gobert and should flourish for the next two months. He didn't blow anyone's socks off, but a near double-double with a block works, and he should be owned everywhere given Gobert's injury. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
  • John Henson scores 17 w/ 8 boards, 2 blocks
    John Henson scored a season-high 17 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Despite the tough matchup, Henson came through for his fantasy owners in a big way, shooting 8-of-10 from the field and knocking down his only free throw. Greg Monroe is a goner and Henson is locked in as the starting center, so he has to be owned in standard leagues. He's averaging 9.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.4 blocks over his last five and the Bucks will need a big game from him on Wednesday vs. Andre Drummond and the Pistons. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:06 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins posts another monster line
    DeMarcus Cousins torched the Hawks for 22 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Boogie also had seven turnovers that kept the Hawks in a close game until the end, but the Pelicans were able to pull it out at the end. Cousins is ranked No. 7 in Basketballmonster.com's rankings and, along with Nikola Jokic, has easily been one of the top fantasy centers thus far, with no signs that he's about to slow down. And if you take out turnovers, he's No. 2 on the list, behind LeBron James. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays through back scare
    Anthony Davis played through an apparent back injury on Monday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-105 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 pm
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  • Caleb Swanigan starting, Vonleh to bench
    Caleb Swanigan is starting on Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench.

    Advice: Interesting. Swanigan has only played in three out of five games in November, but the Blazers are looking to shake things up after a two-game losing streak. We'll let you know how Swanigan fares with the starting lineups, and deep-league owners will want to watch him closely. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:58 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) officially ruled out
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was downgraded from questionable to doubtful after the morning shootaround, so he could miss additional time. His minutes are way down this year with Taj Gibson in town, so Dieng is just a handcuff for Karl-Anthony Towns' owners for now. Nemanja Bjelica could be in line for more minutes behind Gibson and KAT in this one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play Monday vs. Cavs
    Updating a previous report, Joakim Noah will remain on the inactive roster for Monday's matchup with the Cavs.

    Advice: Noah has officially served his suspension, but his spot in the Knicks rotation remains a bit of a mystery. Maybe he'll be able to get out there for Wednesday's game against the Jazz, but he's not worth owning in any setting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Derrick Favors ready to step up sans Gobert
    Derrick Favors said he's "excited" to step into a larger role for the Jazz while Rudy Gobert (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I’m excited about it: It’s a new challenge for me," Favors said. "I get to be a big part of the offense now, and a big part of the defense too. It’s a big responsibility, but I’m ready for it." Favors posted a 24-point, 12-board double-double through 36 minutes as the starting center on Saturday, so he's obviously going to be the primary beneficiary of Gobert's absence. Thabo Sefolosha also moved into the starting five and ripped away five steals, so he's on the radar as a steals specialist. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:10 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) doubtful for Monday
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) is now doubtful for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: He was originally questionable, but coach Tom Thibodeau is already planning to be without the big man for the second straight game. Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson will likely log heavy minutes on Monday, and we should see more of Nemanja Bjelica as well. Dieng's role has been reduced significantly this season, so he's more of a stash/handcuff for KAT's owners. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:15 am
  • Carlisle talks about center rotation
    Nerlens Noel has played a total of eight minutes over Dallas' last three games including one DNP-CD.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle recently said that Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel, and on Sunday he talked about what he's looking for from his centers. "Competitiveness, care factor," Carlisle said. "Commitment to winning. Doing dirty work. Being there for your teammates. Those kind of things." Interpret this however you want, but it's starting to sound more and more like Noel is in the doghouse. It's hard to drop a player with his upside, but it's anybody's guess as to when Noel will be back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:01 am
  • Dakari Johnson plays 17 minutes Sunday
    Dakari Johnson started vs. Dallas on Sunday, scoring five points on 2-of-2 shooting with three rebounds, one block and four personal fouls in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (calf) missed another game tonight, his second straight, which allowed Johnson to start. OKC doesn't have much depth at center, and if Adams ever missed extended time (he's just day-to-day) we'd likely see a ton of small lineups. There's no reason to consider Johnson in any format. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:09 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played two minutes of garbage time on Sunday.

    Advice: Noel was the last person to leave the Mavs' bench tonight, after picking up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and coach Rick Carlisle said bluntly that Salah Mejri (11 minutes) has done more to earn playing time. Given the likelihood of more DNPs, Noel is just a luxury stash if you can hide him on your bench in weekly-lineup leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:02 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki quiet in 20 minutes vs. Thunder
    Dirk Nowitzki was invisible for most of Sunday's game, which he finished with five points on 2-of-7 shooting, one rebound and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: This was the second of back-to-back games and fatigue may have played a factor. On a positive note, Dirk has yet to miss a game this season despite Dallas playing four back-to-back sets in their first 14 games. Precautionary DNPs should creep in as the season progresses, but the Mavs are doing a good job of preserving him with 24.2 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Ryan Anderson posts hollow line vs. Pacers
    Ryan Anderson had made 2-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer to finish Sunday's win in Indiana with five points, nine rebounds (four offensive), and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Beyond his 2.8 triples per game, which bolsters his appeal, Anderson is averaging a modest 11.8 points, 5.5 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. He's shooting 43.4% from the field, and even his solid free throw shooting (85.7%) barely helps due to a career-low 1.1 attempts per game. As usual, he's little more than a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:32 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic dismisses back injury, benching
    Jusuf Nurkic dealt with a sore lower back after Friday's game, but he said it's not an issue and he'll be ready to go vs. Denver on Monday.

    Advice: Nurkic and coach Terry Stotts' decision to bench him for most of the fourth quarter, in favor of Ed Davis. "I respect coach's decision," Nurk said. "And to be honest, I never have a better coach than Stotts. So, there's [not] anything wrong." Stotts said that he stuck with Davis because the team was on a run with him in the game, adding, "It wasn't so much about Nurk." We'll keep an eye on this situation, but there's no cause for immediate concern. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) out, Johnson starting
    Steven Adams (calf) will remain on the sidelines for Sunday's game against the Mavs and Dakari Johnson will earn the start in his place.

    Advice: Johnson produced nine points, one rebound, two assists, one steal, one block and one turnover through 23 minutes as a starter on Friday, so he could be someone to consider as a low-end streamer in deep leagues. After Sunday, the Thunder don't play again until Wednesday, so maybe Adams will be able to get back to the court for that one. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:28 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic dealing with a sore back
    Jusuf Nurkic said he skipped talking to reporters following Friday's loss to the Nets because he was in the treatment room getting his back worked on.

    Advice: This perhaps could explain why Nurkic did not play most of the fourth quarter of Friday's loss, but hopefully, this isn't something that affects his status for Monday's game against the Nuggets. Just to be safe, we'll though him on the injury report, and owners can expect to get another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:09 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Aldrich questionable Monday
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) and Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) are questionable to play Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Dieng sat out Saturday's game against the Suns, which resulted in Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson getting all the burn they could handle with Nemanja Bjelica seeing a slight uptick in minutes. It'll be more of the same if Dieng can't give it a go on Monday night, and we should get another update on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Dakari Johnson draws praise from Paul George
    Paul George believes that Dakari Johnson could play a role for the Thunder even when Stevens Adams returns from his calf injury.

    Advice: "I think going forward it’s something huge for us," George said. "When we don’t have Steven on the floor, to rely on Dakari to step in and just give Steven a break and a breather at times, I think that’s all Coach is looking for." Johnson started and scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes on Friday, and he'll get another opportunity to impress on Sunday with Adams out again. If you need a big in a deep league, just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:10 am
  • Skal Labissiere trying to stay positive
    Skal Labissiere is staying positive about his reduced role in Sacramento.

    Advice: "That’s all you can do," Labissiere said. "I’m going to be happy for my teammates, whoever is playing I’m going to be happy for them, whoever is doing well. That would be selfish on my part to just get caught up in my playing time or whatever. So I just support the guys." He's averaging 13.8 minutes in five November games after averaging 23.1 minutes in his first seven games, but he stepped up on Saturday with a season-high 19 points with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes. Most of the points came in garbage time, but Labissiere's role should eventually become more stable with the Kings playing for lottery balls. He's just a stash for now. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:26 am
  • Carlisle: Mejri has earned minutes over Noel
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Nerlens Noel.

    Advice: "Look, minutes have to be earned," Carlisle said. "At this point, if it's between him and Salah, Salah has earned the minutes. There's no doghouse here. There just isn't. It's pretty simple: You compete, and if you earn minutes, you get minutes. And you've got to compete to keep them, because it's a competitive situation." Noel was a healthy scratch on Saturday vs. Cleveland and it's hard to believe that he's behind the 31-year-old Mejri in what is supposed to be a rebuilding season. Noel should be treated like a stash until further notice. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:11 am
  • Marquese Chriss scores 13 w/ 5 blocks, 3 3s
    Marquese Chriss finally turned in a gem on Saturday against the Wolves, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: And only four fouls! Chriss' blocks were not cheapies with two on Jimmy Butler, one on Jeff Teague, one on Karl-Anthony Towns and he spoke about his last one when Andrew Wiggins tried to posterize him. "I wasn’t gonna let him dunk on me. We all see the highlights, I wasn’t gonna be one of them," Chriss said about Wiggins' attempt. We've been saying for weeks about all the upside Chriss has and how annoying it is that he makes so many mistakes, but this is exactly why we've said to stick with him. Maybe he can actually string games together, but he should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:03 pm
  • Alex Len scores four in 20 minutes
    Alex Len scored four points off the bench against the Wolves on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He did avoid foul trouble, but Tyson Chandler looked better than expected. Len can still do damage as a backup and he's played well overall, so he is still a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:55 pm
  • Derrick Favors busy in the middle
    Derrick Favors finished with season highs of 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots across 36 minutes in Saturday's win against the Nets.

    Advice: Favors stepped up and had a big game on the glass and with the blocked shots, helping pick up the slack with Rudy Gobert (knee). The French center was able to take part in warm-ups, so he isn't expected to be sidelined long. However, as long as Gobert is on the shelf Favors could see a slight increase in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • John Henson logs 26 minutes vs. Lakers
    John Henson had eight points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes during a win vs. the visiting Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: Henson likely would have played more tonight if he hadn't racked up five personal fouls, which is nothing new -- he's averaging a career-high 4.9 fouls on a per-36-minute basis. He still did enough to appease owners who got him off the wire, and is an obvious must-hold with the starting job and Greg Monroe out of town. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Brook Lopez plays 21 minutes vs. Milwaukee
    Brook Lopez was quiet in 21 minutes vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one assist and three blocks.

    Advice: Lopez has never been a great rebounder for his position, but his total rebound rate this season is a paltry 9.8%, worse than rookies Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball. That may have been one reason coach Luke Walton gave more minutes to Kuzma, Julius Randle and a variety of small lineups tonight, and Lopez didn't play in the fourth quarter until 3:16 remained. He should fare better in Phoenix on Monday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki accurate with shot in loss
    Dirk Nowitzki finished with 14 points, five rebounds, a blocked shot and a steal across 25 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: It wasn't a monster night for Dirk, but he turned back the clock a little bit as he hit 6-of-9 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc. Dirk's solid play at the five, as well as Salah Mejri's nice outing, kept Nerlens Noel nailed to the bench for the entire evening. Nowitzki snapped a three-game skid with single-digit point totals, his worst scoring slump this century. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Nerlens Noel takes DNP-CD on Saturday
    Nerlens Noel did not get into the game Saturday against the Cavaliers, taking a DNP-CD.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle liked the way Salah Mejri matched up with the Cavaliers, and he said "minutes are earned". If you need the roster spot at this point, drop Noel and get someone who is actually playing. Parting with a shot blocker is difficult because they're tough to find, but he is helping no one nailed to the bench. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Skal cleans up in garbage time
    Skal Labissiere scored a season-high 19 points with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes against the Knicks during a blowout loss.

    Advice: We'd love to get excited about this, but 14 points came in the second half with the game basically out of reach. Labissiere is still not getting consistent minutes because of matchup reasons, so he's not a reliable fantasy asset right now. The Kings are 3-9. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins puts up 35 and 15 in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 35 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, one block, eight turnovers and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 111-103 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Nobody is eating until Boogie is done with dessert and he's sitting pretty with his 33.9 usage rate, which is pretty impressive next to Anthony Davis and how he's having a career year in several categories. Cousins is averaging 28.7 points, 13.8 boards, 5.7 dimes, 1.5 steals, 1.8 blocks and 2.6 treys. Needless to say, the Pelicans are happy with their trade for him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes off yet again vs. Clips
    Anthony Davis scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, two steals and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's just incredible and is racking up the stats all over the place, averaging 26.7 points, 11.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 treys on 58.2 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the line on the season. Davis' usage rate has dropped to 25.7 this year, but who cares when he's at a beautiful 66.3 TS%? He is fantasy basketball's No. 1 player right now. Stay healthy, big man. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:28 pm
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  • John Collins scores two in 22 minutes
    John Collins scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He did log some minutes at power forward today, but again foul trouble is the story here with four quick ones to start. Much like Marquese Chriss, Collins' energy is a double-edged sword and it's made him rack up fouls at a rate which few players can match. Still, he is quite a talent and should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:30 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich will not play
    Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will dress but will not play against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wolves won't have their center depth today, so Karl-Anthony Towns could be busy. Plus, we should see some Taj Gibson at the five. Dieng isn't really worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich game time calls
    Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) are gametime decisions against the Suns.

    Advice: If both are out, we may see some Taj Gibson at the five, which won't be a problem against the Suns. Dieng is basically just Karl-Anthony Towns' backup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:21 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) listed as out for Sunday
    Steven Adams (calf) is listed as out for Sunday against the Mavs.

    Advice: He did not play on Friday and it was Dakari Johnson stepping up against the Clippers. Considering the matchup against DeAndre Jordan, it's possible coach Billy Donovan goes with Jerami Grant to guard Dirk Nowitzki. The Thunder will likely update Adams' status tomorrow, but for now consider him day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:08 pm
  • Report: Cavs have interest in Greg Monroe
    The Cavs have some interest in Greg Monroe, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

    Advice: Suns GM Ryan McDonough said he's "open to a number of different scenarios" regarding the newly acquired Greg Monroe, including flipping him to a new team. Per Vardon's sources, Cleveland might explore such a deal. Vardon adds: "The Cavs, though flawed, have a crowded rotation already, so pursuing Monroe in any way would probably follow or coincide with other roster changes." Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Joakim Noah to return on Monday
    Joakim Noah will return to the Knicks’ active roster on Monday.

    Advice: Saturday's contest vs. the Kings will be Noah's 20th and final game on the suspended list. However, it's difficult to envision a path to playing time for Noah going forward. Both Enes Kanter and Kyle O'Quinn are playing relatively well, and Willy Hernangomez is chomping at the bit to get into games. "All I can do is just be as ready as possible," Noah said. "Whatever my role is, I’ll accept it." Noah can be left on waivers. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:11 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 21 points vs. Nets
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 21 points with five rebounds and one assist on 10-of-20 shooting in 25 minutes in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Nurk was benched for the final 11:07 of this game and we're not sure why because he was having his way with the Nets early. The Nets have given up the fifth most fantasy points to centers this season, making coach Terry Stott's decision to pull him even more confusing. We'll look for an explanation, but his owners should expect a monster revenge game against Denver on Monday. For what it's worth, Nurk ate them alive last season with 33 points and 15 rebounds. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Pat doesn't score in 11 minutes
    Patrick Patterson didn't score in 11 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Even with Steven Adams (calf) out, the Thunder just can't play Patterson at the five. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Dakari Johnson comes through in start
    Dakari Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes during his first NBA start on Friday.

    Advice: That'll definitely work and he really held his own against DeAndre Jordan. If Adams does need to miss time, coach Billy Donovan has to feel good about his new backup five -- Patrick Patterson can't play the five. Johnson is only an option in super deep leagues, and maybe Donovan doesn't use him against a smaller five. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 pm
  • John Henson bounces back vs. Spurs
    John Henson bounced back vs. the Spurs on Friday with 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He matched his career-high in dimes for the second time this month and has shown a lot of growth passing it out of the post this season. Henson was coming off a dud due to foul trouble on Wednesday, but he's capable of lines like these and needs to be owned for his upside in blocks and boards, especially with Greg Monroe out of the picture and Thon Maker struggling. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Alex Len posts 21 and 13 in 40 minutes (!)
    Alex Len exploded in 40 minutes against the Magic on Friday, scoring 21 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: See what happens when he's not committing dumb fouls? Coach Jay Triano talked about Len's fouling issues and chalked it up to his movement and his last-second move to catch the refs eye. Len has been effective when he's on the court, and Tyson Chandler (back) was ruled out fairly early today. In case you can't tell by the stat line, Len should be owned in all leagues and has monster upside in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Marquese Chriss fouls out again in 21 minutes
    Marquese Chriss fouled out in 21 minutes against the Magic on Friday, scoring nine points with four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That is the third time in the last five he's fouled out, and only DeMarcus Cousins has more total fouls despite Boogie having almost double the playing time. The mistakes just continue to pile up and foul trouble cost him playing time yet again. Chriss' upside in blocks is also the same reason why he's so annoying because he is a little reckless. Although, only 23 of his 41 fouls before tonight this season were shooting fouls, so if he can cut down on the others he'd be a little more reliable. He's still worth owning and Jared Dudley (knee) possibly missing time should lead to more minutes, but he's a headache to watch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:33 pm
  • John Collins posts 16 and 8 with 2 blocks
    John Collins scored 16 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 27 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: You won't see Collins get thumped on the glass often, but Andre Drummond was just too good against the rookie. Collins continues to get a lot of minutes at center and he's even getting run in super small lineups from 1-4, so he'll be really good in rebounding all season. Collins did have five fouls for the second straight game, so that's something that he'll have to correct. He should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:37 pm
  • Dakari Johnson starting vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Dakari Johnson is starting against the Clippers on Friday night.

    Advice: Oh boy. With Steven Adams (calf) out, Johnson is going to have to go up against DeAndre Jordan. Needless to say, he's going to have his hands full and the Clippers will be going right at him. Johnson is likely looking at just 10-16 minutes tonight unless he shows out. He did look good at times in summer league, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Steven Adams (calf) will not play Friday
    Steven Adams (calf) will not play on Friday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He has a right calf contusion and didn't even test it out in warmups which is a bit concerning. The Thunder are off until Sunday and only have two games next week, so hopefully the time off will help him recover quicker. Coach Billy Donovan hasn't announced a replacement yet, but we're likely going to see a lot of small ball with Jerami Grant seeing an uptick in minutes. Nick Collison and Dakari Johnson could be in the mix as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:23 pm
  • Steven Adams suffers a right calf contusion
    Steven Adams suffered a right calf contusion on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: Paul Millsap looked to have made contact to the back of Adams' leg, so hopefully the bruising isn't too deep. Leg contusions have been tricky in the past couple seasons with some needing no time off and others requiring a multiple-game absence. If Adams is out, Jerami Grant, Patrick Patterson, Andre Roberson and Raymond Felton could play more as the Thunder go small a bunch. Although, that would be a tough thing to do against the Clippers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 pm
  • Patrick Patterson scores three in 13 minutes
    Patrick Patterson scored three points with one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's really not a fit on this team anymore because the team signed him before they thought they'd have Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. If Steven Adams (leg) is hurt, Patterson could play more minutes, but he really can't be counted on in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:18 pm
  • Steven Adams rolls ankle in fourth quarter
    Steven Adams injured his right leg in the fourth quarter on Thursday and did not return.

    Advice: Paul Millsap tried to go around Adams in the fourth, but he clipped him a bit to cause the big man to go down. Adams is essential to OKC's elite halfcourt defense, and the Thunder would have to go small a lot with Jerami Grant at the five. Patrick Patterson would also have to play more. We should have an update soon. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:13 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores eight with 12 boards
    Kosta Koufos scored eight points with 12 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed to be pretty clear coach Dave Joerger wanted some extra size in there to limit the 76ers inside. Koufos is getting some decent minutes when he's been healthy, but there just isn't enough long-term upside to use in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:00 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores five points
    Ryan Anderson scored five points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did very little on the defensive glass again and this was his eighth game this season with a usage rate under 16. No matter what background Anderson is shooting against, he's really going to have a tough time holding his current mid-round value in standard leagues. He's trending down and there could still be a chance to sell high. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 20 with 15 boards
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points in inefficient fashion against the Raptors on Thursday, making 8-of-24 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line with seven turnovers, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The turnovers are starting to catch up to Cousins with 24 over his last five games. On the year, he's been very turnover prone in transition and in post-up plays, and he hasn't been very efficient overall in transition because of that. However, Cousins continues to make plays as he is way ahead of the other bigs for assists this season, and of course came into tonight as the only player in the top five for points and rebounds per game. Assistant coach Chris Finch should help him cut down on the turnovers sooner rather than later. Boogie is a monster. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis held in check on Thursday
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka did a fine job on Davis in this game to keep him in check for the first time in a non-injury game. Since his injury on Oct. 24, AD posted some ridiculous averages of 31.2 points, 12.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 treys on 58.8 percent from the field in those previous six games. He'll get a must-see matchup against Blake Griffin on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:08 pm
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  • Brook Lopez plays 22 minutes in loss to WAS
    Brook Lopez played 22 minutes vs. the Wizards on Thursday with 15 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He was 4-of-12 from the field and knocked down all seven of his free throws. Lopez was playing well tonight, but the three fouls may have slowed him down. He's basically been splitting the center minutes with Julius Randle lately and played just 18 on Wednesday, as the crowded frontcourt in Los Angeles continues to frustrate fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Alex Len gets into foul trouble in 19 minutes
    Alex Len battled serious foul trouble during his start for Tyson Chandler (back) against the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with six points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Anyone who started him in DFS was probably on edge because he didn't get out of the negatives for fantasy points until the fourth quarter. Len's propensity to make bad fouls will continue to keep his playing time down, so it'll be tough to count on him for 30 minutes on almost any night. Bad game aside, Len should still be owned in standard leagues with Chandler on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Marquese Chriss puts up decent line
    Marquese Chriss scored nine points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes before fouling out against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's still being used in a weird way on offense with more attempts from deep than attempts from within eight feet. Of course the biggest problem is how he continues to just rack up the fouls, especially in the third with almost half of his fouls coming in that frame. This was probably Chriss' best game since the first game coach Jay Triano took over, so maybe he can string games together. He did also get a few minutes at center tonight with Tyson Chandler (back) out. Chriss is very annoying to own, but his upside is undeniable as a guy who could average multiple treys and blocks. Plus, Dragan Bender is struggling on offense these days. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
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