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  • Ryan Anderson scores 18 points vs. DEN
    Ryan Anderson scored 18 points with six rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He scored 11 points in the first quarter and was driving Nuggets coach Mike Malone up a wall. Anderson has 4.0 treys per game in his last three and is out of his slump from last month. Interestingly, he even played some minutes at the five tonight. He is trending up again for his patient owners in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:49 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 13 with 10 boards
    Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't capitalize on Friday
    Jusuf Nurkic played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with 10 point, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic (wrist) did not play in this game, so Nurkic only getting 20 minutes is a pretty bad sign. He has been a disaster in pick-and-roll coverage and he didn't do a good job in really any facet on defense. Nurkic also missed both free throws, so he's killing his owners there, too. His fantasy value depends a lot on who owns him, but he's lost a lot of his preseason luster for sure. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 14 points
    Kenneth Faried scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets were run out of their own gym to start this one, giving up 42 points in the first quarter. After the game coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his guys covered Ryan Anderson in the first quarter, and he talked about how the hustle wasn't there. To be clear, this doesn't necessarily mean he's talking about Faried. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) scores 12 points
    Markieff Morris (ankle) scored 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He twisted his left ankle on Wednesday, but it's not the same ankle that bothered him earlier in the season. Considering he played 38 minutes, it's safe to assume that his injury is very minor. Morris shot 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but did turn the ball over four times. He's been a low-end asset in standard leagues so far, but he has room to grow. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores 21 w/ 18 rebounds
    Marcin Gortat went off for 21 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 18 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals before fouling out in 42 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He's averaging a career-high 35.2 minutes per game and this was the second time this season that he played 42 minutes. Ian Mahinmi (knee) can't stay healthy and coach Scott Brooks doesn't trust his bench at all, but Gortat's owners aren't complaining. He's flirting with top-50 value in standard leagues and his owners just have to hope that the Wizards can remain relevant in the East. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores eight in nine minutes
    Darrell Arthur scored eight points in nine minutes against the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Even with Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur still couldn't get decent run. Arthur can stay on the wire in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores 19 w/ 10 rebounds
    Pau Gasol returned from a day of rest in a 107-105 win vs. the Wizards on Friday and scored 19 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like the maintenance day worked, as Gasol averaged 7.6 points per game in his last three appearances. His days as an elite fantasy asset likely ended the moment he signed in San Antonio, but he's still capable of returning mid-round value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 23 points vs. Cavs
    Taj Gibson was outstanding against the Cavs on Friday with 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He made his first nine shots from the field and finished 10-of-13 in this win. Gibson has put together his best five-game stretch of the season, averaging 14.6 points, 9.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals on 62.0 percent from the field. He has to be owned in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Mike Muscala scores 11, starts 2nd half
    Mike Muscala started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pistons, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with two steals, one assist and one triple in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Paul Millsap (hip) was out and will miss at least one more game, but the Hawks started a small-ball lineup with Thabo Sefolosha at the four. That obviously didn't work, so Muscala is a candidate to start on Saturday vs. the Raptors which puts him on the radar in deeper formats and in DFS. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 2 points in loss to DET
    Dwight Howard tied his season-low with two points in Friday's blowout loss to the Pistons, hitting 1-of-4 shots from the field in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He only added six rebounds with two blocks and was dominated by Andre Drummond. Howard was benched at halftime along with the rest of Atlanta's starters, but it's hard to imagine that his role would be in danger even though coach Mike Budenholzer said he would look at everything. The Hawks will try to avoid losing their sixth straight game against Toronto on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez gets 17 minutes
    Willy Hernangomez played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with six points, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: He surprisingly played eight minutes on Wednesday, but he was back to his normal role tonight. Hernangomez still hasn't shown enough upside in his limited minutes to warrant a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Marshall Plumlee gets a DNP-CD
    Marshall Plumlee was a DNP-CD on Friday.

    Advice: It was a head scratcher to see him play 19 minutes on Wednesday, so this makes more sense. The Other Other Plumlee will need a ton of injuries to get consistent minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 20 in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points during a 118-114 loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Knicks were very good against Towns and doubled him very nicely, especially in the first. Towns dropped 22 in the first on Wednesday and went scoreless in the first tonight. After Towns wasn't getting the ball enough, he may have to look for his teammates more, and on the other side of the ball their defense has been a disaster. Whatever happens with Towns, he's obviously going to get plenty of minutes and will be better than his disappointing second-round value in standard leagues so far. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Cole Aldrich plays 27 minutes vs. Knicks
    Cole Aldrich posted season-highs 10 points, 12 boards, three blocks and 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday, adding two assists and two steals.

    Advice: After getting just 10 minutes combined in his previous two, coach Tom Thibodeau mixed it up with Gorgui Dieng in foul trouble. Thibs seems to be open to anything to help stop this free fall, so maybe he plays Aldrich more. For now, it's tough to say he'll get run, but just keep an eye on him for his upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:42 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) scores 21 points
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers and looked fine, scoring 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He bumped into Marreese Speights in the first quarter and was in the locker room for about 10 minutes, but it didn't seem to bother him down the stretch. This isn't the same shoulder that had a partial tear last season, so there's no real concern here and we haven't heard anything about the Pelicans running any tests. He grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and one block and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts, plays nine minutes
    Kosta Koufos started and played nine minutes against the Celtics on Friday, grabbing three rebounds and failing to score.

    Advice: The Kings looked bad with their big lineup as per usual. Coach Dave Joerger wants to try to get his old style in Memphis going here, but he just doesn't have the personnel for it. Koufos has extremely low upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:37 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 25 points with 10 boards
    Joel Embiid played 27 minutes during a 105-88 loss to the Magic on Friday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a 28-minute limit for this game and even played in some of garbage time to help him get close to it. Embiid did play 13 minutes next to Jahlil Okafor tonight against the bigger lineup of the Magic, so that's something to watch. Obviously it's not going to affect his minutes, usage or rebounding rate. Plus, coach Brett Brown really likes him around the rim, so his blocks should be fine, too. Embiid is very likely to rest on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) returns to game
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Anthony Davis questionable to return vs. LAC
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:43 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) is available Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: With Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur will likely be in the rotation. He hasn't been healthy all season, so his minutes will likely be pretty limited. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (left wrist) out vs. Rockets
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is a surprise after Jokic played through what looked like a minor wrist injury sustained from Wednesday night. Jokic did say he couldn't move his wrist the following day, so it apparently was worse than it looked. Jokic was really coming on after a rough start with two straight double-doubles. For tonight, it'll be more of Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Plus, there should be more small-ball lineups against the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) will start vs. Spurs
    Markieff Morris (ankle) will start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards made it clear he only has a "twisted" ankle and not a sprain, so Morris had a good shot to play tonight. He should get a good amount of run and is coming off a 37-minute, 19-point Wednesday. We'll see if he can keep LaMarcus Aldridge in check tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic likely to be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: On Wednesday night, Jokic was pushed to the ground and braced himself with his left wrist, so that's likely when he suffered the injury. Jokic did stay in the game and it doesn't sound serious. He's playing some outstanding ball and does appear to have a good chance to play. If he's out, more run will go to Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and a number of other forwards. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 am
  • Embiid minute limit increased to 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid will be on a 28-minute limit Friday night vs. Orlando, but likely will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: In addition to the 28-minute limit vs. Magic, the Sixers announced that "the team anticipates to follow prior back-to-back protocol for Celtics on Saturday." Thus, we can safely assume they will rest Embiid on Saturday. Embiid has not played more than 27 minutes in any game this season, so 28 minutes would represent a career high. It will be interesting to see if Embiid can sustain his incredible per-minute production as his playing time increases. His current per-36 minute averages are mind-boggling: 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:36 am
  • Roy Hibbert finally feeling healthy
    Roy Hibbert's knees are finally close to 100% for the first time since the start of the season.

    Advice: The last month has been a struggle for Hibbert since his right knee swelled up between the first and second games this season. Hibbert missed five games with that injury, but the effects stretched well beyond that span. However, he is finally playing close to pain-free. On Thursday, he had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes. However, he is still not worth rostering in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 am
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:34 pm
  • Ryan Anderson has big night
    Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 29 points with five rebounds in 45 minutes during Thursday night’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Anderson drained five from beyond the arc and was tied with James Harden for the most points scored by a Rocket. Anderson does not provide many peripheral stats, but has scored double-digit points in six consecutive games and continues to be a good source of 3-pointers. He tends to be a streaky shooter, so it is wise to take advantage of him now that he is hot. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:25 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 25 points in win vs. Magic
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points in 32 minutes during a 95-94 comeback win over the Magic on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, five blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: What a huge win for the Grizzlies. Coach David Fizdale continues to talk up The Nasty Nine, and his squad has just been money in tough situations. In fact, the Grizzlies are now 5-0 on the second night of a back-to-back set and they improved to 8-0 when the margin is within three points in the final minute. As for Gasol, the solid playing time after 35 minutes on Wednesday. He'll likely get rest at some point, but expect Gasol to post great stats sans Mike Conley (back). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • Serge Ibaka posts 11-8-4 line in loss
    Serge Ibaka, coming off an 18-point game on Tuesday, hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 32 minutes of a tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Magic blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose the game, while the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. While Ibaka's not exactly crushing it every night, he's still a pretty good player, and is worthy of a fourth-round fantasy pick this season in nine-category leagues. He's playing well right now, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Grizzlies sticking with the same starters
    The Grizzlies will start Andrew Harrison, Tony Allen, Troy Williams, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol on Thursday.

    Advice: it's a home game on a back-to-back set, so there's a chance Gasol's minutes take a slight dip to play some of the younger guys. He should be very busy while Mike Conley (back) is on the mend. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Darrell Arthur probable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable for Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to an illness and should be back. Arthur won't be playing much while the Nuggets are somewhat healthy at the four and five. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic pops up on the injury report
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is questionable to face the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is surprising for Jokic, who didn't appear to be hurt during Wednesday's game against the Heat. Jokic is expected to see a few extra minutes and coach Mike Malone wants to run more offense through him. Hopefully, Jokic goes through shootaround and we can get more information on his wrist issue on Friday morning. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Jokic to get extended minutes?
    Coach Mike Malone said he's made an effort to give Nikola Jokic extended minutes.

    Advice: "Even though [Jusuf Nurkic] has been starting, Jokic been getting the lion share of minutes at center and I think I’ve been making a more concerted effort when he is out there to play through him," Malone said. Jokic has been terrific in his last two games, averaging 15.0 points, 12.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.5 blocks in his 27.5 minutes per game. After a horrible start, he's trending up big time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets treatment on ankle
    Markieff Morris (left ankle) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He's likely going to be listed as questionable on Friday due to his twisted ankle on Wednesday. Morris had a right ankle injury last month, but this one appears to be more minor than that one. If he's out on Friday against the Spurs, Jason Smith would get more run while Andrew Nicholson could get in the mix. We'll get an update at shootaround on Friday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Joel Embiid scheduled to play on Friday
    Joel Embiid is scheduled to play against the Magic on Friday, according to Tom Moore.

    Advice: While this isn't set in stone, Moore also reports that Embiid is likely to sit the second half of the 76ers back-to-back on Saturday. We'll keep an eye on news surrounding Embiid, but it looks like his fantasy owners can deploy him for Friday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:46 am
  • Mike Muscala quiet as starter for Millsap
    Mike Muscala started Wednesday's game in place of Paul Millsap (left hip), but he went scoreless with three rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Muscala has been terrific and coach Mike Budenholzer has used him as a fill-in starter at both PF and C this season. He's quietly posting late-round value in just 21.4 minutes per game, averaging 9.1 points (56.8 percent FGs, 76.7 percent FTs) with 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 blocks, 0.5 steals and 0.8 threes. Despite tonight's dud, Muscala is still worth a look if you're in need of a cheap big man. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:30 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in Wednesday's defeat
    Jusuf Nurkic had another forgettable game on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and three fouls in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic has been much improved scoring around the rim this season, but he's still haunted by familiar fantasy failings. He's shooting 30.1 percent while 3-10 feet from the hoop, and he's averaging more turnovers (2.2) than assists (1.6). His fouls per minute have dropped this season, but he's still been a net-negative contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. He has enough upside to hold in most leagues, but it makes sense to start floating some trade offers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts 17 & 14 w/ three assists
    Nikola Jokic had another productive evening on Wednesday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and one steal, making 7-of-11 FG and 3-of-4 FTs in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "We took a big step back tonight, and that's disappointing," coach Mike Malone said after the game. That quote isn't likely to apply to Jokic, who was one of three players to finish with a positive +/- rating, and he's quietly on the upswing for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Markieff Morris twists his ankle on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris twisted his left ankle against the Thunder on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Morris had a right ankle injury earlier this month, so this is something different. The Wizards will re-evaluate Morris on Thursday and will see if he can play against the Spurs on Friday. If he's out, we could see more Otto Porter at the four, Jason Smith could play more and maybe Andrew Nicholson gets in the mix. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Oh hey, it's another Plumlee
    Marshall Plumlee scored his first NBA points against the Wolves on Wednesday, finishing with four points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He gave the Knicks some excellent minutes, especially in the fourth quarter. It was somewhat surprising to see him get minutes over Willy Hernangomez, and that may change the next time out. Leave Plumlee on the wire almost everywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Karl Towns drops 47 and 18 in loss to Knicks
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored a career-high 47 points during a 106-104 loss to the Knicks on Wednesday, adding 18 rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and four turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This is a bad, bad loss for the Wolves at home. On the positive side, Towns was absolutely rolling in the first with 22 points for his best scoring quarter in his career, and he made his first 10 shots from the field on the evening. He's also the youngest player in Wolves history to post a 40-point game. On the defensive side, Towns has at least one block in 25 consecutive games. After a somewhat slow start, Towns should get hot in a hurry, especially if the Wolves feed him. The Wolves are somehow just 5-13. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Mike Muscala starting for Millsap
    Mike Muscala will start for Paul Millsap (hip) on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He is getting plenty of minutes at both big spots and the Hawks have used him next to Dwight Howard, so this isn't totally foreign territory. Muscala has been one of the most efficient players in the NBA and becomes a solid option while Millsap is out. Millsap is only day-to-day, so Muscala only gets a bump in the short term. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:28 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Pau Gasol, Manu Ginobili resting vs. Mavs
    Pau Gasol (rest) and Manu Ginobili (rest) will not play against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a road game on the second half of a back-to-back set, so this isn't a surprise. The Spurs will start Dewayne Dedmon tonight, with more minutes also available for Davis Bertans and David Lee. Expect Gasol to get plenty of rest going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:15 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • More Trust: Joel Embiid can play 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid had his minutes limit increased to 28 minutes for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: Oh yeah. We'll get more of The Process, which means fewer minutes for Jahlil Okafor. Embiid is second in the NBA in usage rate at 37.6 while he's also seen some very good rebounding and block numbers lately. Hopefully this also means Embiid's back-to-back limit can go away soon. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Darrell Arthur ruled out for Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Heat.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (thigh) back, the Nuggets won't need Arthur as much. Wilson Chandler should slide over to the four more tonight and should still get plenty of minutes. Arthur isn't worth stashing in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) sits out shootaround
    Darrell Arthur (illness) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur sitting out shootaround is a pretty good indication that he won't be playing tonight. He's not worth owning anywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Pau Gasol held to six points Tuesday
    Pau Gasol scored six points on 2-of-6 shooting vs. the Magic on Tuesday, adding six rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. Gasol has been held to single-digit points in four straight games and he recently admitted that he's having a hard time adjusting to his role on offense with his new team. The fact that he only played 23 minutes may bode well for his status to play on Wednesday for the second night of a back-to-back set against Dallas, but his owners should check the injury report to be safe. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:03 pm
  • Ryan Anderson still struggling for Rockets
    Ryan Anderson played just 21 minutes and hit 4-of-7 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and two rebounds in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Anderson is in a funk. Despite seemingly custom-built to play for this Rockets team, he just hasn't been able to get it going. He's scored in double digits in five straight games, but is averaging just 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting in 27 minutes a night over his last five games. There's a long way to go and he still has plenty of time to turn it around. Consider him a buy-low option, and he shouldn't cost you much in a trade right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Serge Ibaka leads Magic with 18 points
    Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds in a 95-83 win over the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Magic. Ibaka shot 7-of-11 from the field and added two assists, two steals, one block and two triples in 34 minutes. He's rolling over his last three games, averaging 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 triples in that span. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes beast mode on Lakers
    Anthony Davis torched the Lakers for 41 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks, a 3-pointer and just one turnover in 41 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Wow. He had 75.7 Fanduel points, hit 14-of-27 shots and 12-of-14 free throws, so hopefully you didn't fade him tonight. Since scoring just 13 points in 19 minutes against the Hawks a week ago (when he tweaked his knee), he's scored at least 31 points in four straight games and is averaging 38.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 3-pointers and just 2.0 turnovers over that stretch. He's an obvious sell-high candidate based on his injury history, but that's easier said than done when you're enjoying the fruits of his labor right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

    Advice: The Clippers probably don't need him to secure a win over the lowly Nets (4-12), so it makes sense to give Griffin the night off, but head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he'll be back in action for Thursday's game in Cleveland. Chris Paul will be running the show on offense tonight, and DeAndre Jordan could be looking at a 20-20 game, so both those guys look like solid DFS targets. Interestingly, when Griffin has been off the court this season, J.J. Redick's usage rate has spiked to 27.1, so he too could have a nice game against a terrible defensive team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (sick) questionable Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur seems to always find a way to pop up on the injury report, but he's not a meaningful part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Doc Rivers to consider sitting his starters?
    On Tuesday, Doc Rivers said he would consider resting some of his players over the final three games of their current road trip.

    Advice: Rivers declined to give any details about which players he might sit, and/or during which games. The Clippers play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and then play in Cleveland on Thursday and at New Orleans on Friday in a back-to-back. This is obviously a situation we will keep an eye on. Encouragingly, Rivers did say that Blake Griffin's calf, which was kicked during last Friday's game in Detroit, was "fine." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Towns takes responsibility for Wolves losses
    Karl-Anthony Towns believes he has to "play at a higher level" in order for Minnesota to snap their losing streak.

    Advice: The Timberwolves have lost two straight and five out of their last six games. "All these losses fall on my shoulders," Towns said. "It’s something I have to fix. So far this season it’s been me. Does it make sleeping at night hard? Yeah. I just have to do more. I have to play at a higher level, at a level where we can’t lose." Credit to the youngster for taking responsibility; however, KAT is certainly doing more than his fair share. Towns is averaging 21.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 3-pointers and 1.3 blocks per game this season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:33 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns double-doubles in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns made 8-of-19 field goals for 19 points, 12 rebounds, a block, and a steal in 33 minutes of Monday’s loss to Utah.

    Advice: Towns recorded his tenth double-double in the month of November and has five double-doubles in his last six games, missing the other one by just a rebound. He accounts for 32.3 percent of the rebounds, 30.1 percent of the blocks, and 27.3 percent of the points for Minnesota. Since the start of the season, he has at least one blocked shot in each game, and while he may not be as exciting to own as Russell Westbrook, James Harden, or several other studs, Towns remains a strong contributor in multiple categories, is one of the league’s top big men and is only going to get better with time. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Markieff Morris hits 2-of-12 shots in win
    Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-12 shots for eight points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and six turnovers in 44 minutes of Monday's 101-95 overtime win over the Kings.

    Advice: He was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game and really hasn't done much for the Wizards lately. He's averaging just 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. He'll get it turned around at some point, but he's been struggling for some time and might start showing up on waiver wires any day now. If you need a buy-low power forward, he's probably worth a look. Especially because the 44 minutes (yeah, it was overtime) were very encouraging. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Boogie Cousins drops 36 & 20 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 16-of-34 shots and a 3-pointer for 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 40 minutes of Monday's OT loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 pm
  • D'Antoni wants to keep giving Capela 30 mins
    Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to keep giving Clint Capela 30+ minutes per night.

    Advice: Capela didn't eclipse the 30-minute mark until Nov. 19 against the Pistons, but since then he's played 30 or more minutes in five straight games, averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks on 62.9 percent shooting from the field and 58.3 percent from the line in that span. His fantasy arrow is pointing up and he is becoming a draft-day steal. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:28 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) has some minor swelling
    Blake Griffin said after Sunday's loss to the Clippers that he some swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Griffin was kicked in the calf during Friday's game against the Pistons and wore a sleeve on his right leg on Sunday to provide some extra support for his knee. It sounds like the injury is minor and it shouldn't be a long-term concern, but it's worth noting that the Clippers play the 4-12 Nets on Tuesday. For now, we'll keep Griffin off the injury report. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:01 am
  • Joerger praises DeMarcus Cousins
    Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: "[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:20 am
  • Dwight Howard gets 19 pts w/ full line vs LAK
    Dwight Howard bounced back vs. his former team on Sunday, finishing a tough loss in L.A. with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Howard narrowly missed his 12th double-double of the season, but he's still tied for fourth in that category behind Hassan Whiteside (13), James Harden (14) and Russell Westbrook (14). The Hawks have now lost five of their past six games, and on Monday they play the second half of a back-to-back set vs. the Warriors. Good luck. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Mike Muscala solid again off Hawks' bench
    Mike Muscala led the Hawks bench on Sunday with 10 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers, shooting 4-of-7 from the field with zero turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks came in with an abysmal 91.1 offensive rating in their past five games, which would easily be the worst in the league on a season-long basis. They fared better tonight with a 99.3 rating, but their defense betrayed them in a disappointing loss to the Lakers. Muscala has been a steadying presence for the bench all season long and he's available on most waiver wires if you need a low-end big man. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:41 pm
  • Clint Capela rolling w/ efficient 21 & 9 line
    Clint Capela had yet another big game on Sunday, finishing a 130-114 road win in Portland with a career-high 21 points (9-of-12 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, two blocks and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Capela had some quiet games early this season, but since Nov. 5 he's been on a tear with averages of 13.6 points on 63.0 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and only 1.5 turnovers in 27.0 minutes. He's made just 56.0 percent of his free throws in that span, but has attempted just 2.3 per game -- compare that to 3.7 attempts for Andre Drummond, 5.0 attempts for Dwight Howard, and 5.6 for DeAndre Jordan. Capela is shaping up to be a tremendous value in any format. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis' 36 & 13 not enough vs. Dallas
    Anthony Davis exploded for 36 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-22 FGs and 12-of-14 FTs in a losing effort.

    Advice: Davis padded his league-leading scoring average of 31.3 points per game and continues to hold down the No. 1 spot for roto value. Unfortunately, he got absolutely no help tonight with his teammates shooting a combined 18-of-55 from the field (32.7 percent) against one of the league's worst defenses. They'll look to get back on track vs. the visiting Lakers on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:31 pm
  • Kosta Koufos quiet in 26 minutes as starter
    Kosta Koufos started vs. the Nets on Sunday and had six points, two rebounds and two turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nets play with the fastest pace in the league so it was an interesting choice by coach Dave Joerger to start Koufos ahead of Matt Barnes. Tonight's line simply affirms what fantasy owners already know -- there's no reason to touch Koufos outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:14 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins notches 37 & 11 w/ full line
    DeMarcus Cousins piled up 37 points, 11 rebounds, four 3-pointers, four steals, two assists and one block during Sunday's game in Brooklyn, making 13-of-24 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.

    Advice: The Kings got off on the right foot to start a six-game road trip that includes matchups vs. the Wizards, 76ers, Celtics, Knicks and Mavericks. The only bad news for Cousins' owners tonight is that he picked up his sixth technical foul for hitting Luis Scola in the mouth after a shot attempt. It may have been inadvertent, however, so there's a chance the league will rescind the tech upon further review. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:13 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles in 31 minutes
    Nikola Jokic double-doubled in 31 minutes off the bench on Sunday, producing 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Jokic has excelled off the bench for the Nuggets, and since the demotion he's returned top-80 value in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 9.6 points, 7.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 0.9 blocks and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field and 82.4 percent from the stripe. The 31 minutes were the most he's played since the second game of the season, so hopefully things continue to trend in this very positive direction. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 16 minutes on Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was only on the floor for 16 minutes during Sunday's 120-114 win over the Suns, ending his evening with just eight points, six boards, two assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Nurkic's value has been trending in the wrong direction ever since Nikola Jokic went to the bench, and at this point it's looking like a trade is going to be the only thing that can rectify his season. Since Jokic went to the bench seven games ago, Nurkic has been abysmal with averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 boards and just 0.7 swats per game while hitting just 35.3 percent of his freebies. Those numbers have him ranked well outside the top-250, but he still has way too much upside to outright cut. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts again vs. BKN on Sunday
    Kosta Koufos started alongside DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday, sending Matt Barnes to the bench.

    Advice: Koufos has negligible fantasy upside whether he's starting or coming off the bench -- leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:13 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 22 points w/ three blocks
    Joel Embiid racked up 22 points, nine boards, four assists, three 3-pointers, three blocks and three turnovers in a mere 25 minutes of action during Sunday's 112-108 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: The 76ers hung tough with the defending champs, and Embiid was no small part of that impressive effort. Despite a strict minutes limit, Embiid continues to crush it with his ridiculous 37.6 usage rate, pumping out mid-round value with averages of 18.2 points, 7.8 boards, 1.3 triples, 2.4 blocks and 4.1 turnovers per game on 48.0 percent shooting. This was the first game of a back-to-back set, meaning that Embiid will be rested on Monday night with Jahlil Okafor moving into the starting five. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:51 pm
  • Pau Gasol is taking a backseat on offense
    Pau Gasol said that he's having a hard time adjusting to a smaller role on the offensive end.

    Advice: "It’s hard for me, because of my nature and the player I’ve been for so long," Gasol said. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he doesn’t rely on Gasol for his scoring, adding that he's "not really too concerned with who scores and who doesn’t." Gasol is averaging 11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 turnovers in 25.8 minutes per game this season, but hopefully the light workload means he won't have too many maintenance days down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 28 points in win vs. Heat
    Marc Gasol scored 28 points during a 110-107 win at Miami on Saturday, adding three rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After keeping Gasol to 26 minutes on Friday, coach David Fizdale let him rip in a revenge game against his former staff in Miami. Gasol's minutes have been just fine when he's not in a back-to-back set and he's looked very healthy after that preseason foot scare. On the year, Gasol is posting fourth-round value in standard leagues during his 33.2 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:39 pm
  • Pau Gasol scores eight with 10 boards
    Pau Gasol scored eight points with 10 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 29 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: His 17 minutes on Friday may have been by design on the front end of the back-to-back set. Gasol's scoring numbers are still floundering in his last three with just 5.4 per game in that span. He's going to have a tough time posting top-75 value on the year, especially if the Spurs rest him later in the season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:57 pm
  • Marcin Gortat double-doubles vs. Spurs
    Marcin Gortat scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Ian Mahinmi made his season debut for the Wizards tonight. After Mahinmi signed in July, there were some rumors on Gortat, but they obviously never came to fruition. Gortat's minutes should be just fine and hang around 30. Although, the Wizards do need to win some games with their 5-10 record. Gortat should post mid-round value as long as he's active on the Wizards. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:32 pm
  • Markieff Morris ejected on Saturday night
    Markieff Morris was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Advice: Referee Ken Mauer gave him two technicals after Morris wouldn't stop talking. He didn't appear to make contact with the ref, so he shouldn't be suspended. Morris finished tonight's game with 12 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes. He's worth owning in standard leagues. For tonight, Jason Smith replaced him and should get a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Gasol & Conley to get close to normal minutes
    Coach David Fizdale said Mike Conley and Marc Gasol will be close to normal minutes for Saturday against the Heat.

    Advice: Gasol's minutes were kept in check at 26 on Friday, so he may get closer to his season average 33.1 tonight. Conley was also held in check to 23 minutes on Friday, so he should see over 30, as well. Plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Joel Embiid will play Sunday and rest Monday
    Joel Embiid will play Sunday vs. the Cavs on a 24-minute restriction, and is then expected to rest on Monday in Toronto.

    Advice: As we know, Embiid is more than capable of putting up monster numbers in just 24 minutes of action, which makes him a viable DFS option on Sunday. The Sixers then play the Raptors the following night in Toronto, but Embiid is not scheduled to travel with the team, as Philly plans to keep Embiid from playing in back-to-backs for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Clint Capela double-doubles vs. Kings
    Clint Capela scored 17 points with 10 rebounds, two blocks and two fouls against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: No foul trouble against DeMarcus Cousins? Making 3-of-4 from the line? A double-double in 30 minutes? I'm Ron Burgundy? Kidding aside, Capela is playing lights out and he has his coach's confidence. He's a bit of a sell-high candidate, but Capela isn't going away. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 32, makes 5 treys
    DeMarcus Cousins made a career-high five 3-pointers during a 117-104 loss to the Rockets on Friday, finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's three 30-point games for Cousins in his last four an average of 2.8 treys per game in that span. Before this game, Boogie came in making 37.0 on catch-and-shoot treys, so he's grown in that department. The bad news is the Kings haven't had much success when Boogie scores 30, winning just one of seven games on the year. Cousins is on the rise and could have first-round value this year after a disappointing 2015-16. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:41 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 22 in win
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 22 points during a 98-85 win over the Suns on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Wolves needed this win and earned it in comeback fashion. After they lost the third quarter (again), they destroyed the Suns in the fourth 31-10. Towns had more of the offense go through him tonight, which should be a good sign going forward. He'll be a monster regardless. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Anthony Davis drops 31 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes vs. the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Pelicans. It was just another day at the office for Davis, as he registered a season-high five blocks with his 11th game of 30 or more points on the season. Davis is the No. 1 player in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, so his trade value can't be any higher. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 12 points vs. OKC
    Kenneth Faried got back into double-digits on Friday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Faried isn't known for his defense or shot-blocking, but he swatted away a potentially game-winning layup by Russell Westbrook at the buzzer in regulation (the Nuggets still lost in OT). Faried's starting gig hasn't resulted in many more minutes or higher usage, so he's still just a low-end option. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez gets 20 minutes, closes
    Willy Hernangomez scored six points in 20 minutes against the Hornets on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was happy about it after the game. "I have to say thank you to the coach for trusting me," Hernangomez said. It didn't take long for Billy to get the No. 2 center job over Kyle O'Quinn and he may run with it. Considering the Knicks won't play Joakim Noah much, Hernangomez is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts understated line Friday
    Nikola Jokic chipped in seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' tough home loss on Friday.

    Advice: Jokic has found his rhythm after moving to the bench, and over the past five games he's averaging a steady 8.8 points on 57.6 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 blocks. It's not ideal, but he's doing enough to maintain a roster spot in all formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Roy Hibbert moves back to the bench
    Roy Hibbert moved back to the bench on Friday with four points, eight rebounds and one block in 21 minutes against the Knicks.

    Advice: He actually looked better than expected and the Hornets will now need Frank Kaminsky to get almost all his minutes at the four. Hibbert is still not worth owning in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to Jazz
    Dwight Howard struggled in Friday's loss to the Jazz, scoring four points with seven rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-9 from the field and didn't collect a rebound until the second quarter or score until the fourth quarter. Howard was coming off a dominant 23-point, 20-rebound effort against the Pacers on Wednesday, but Rudy Gobert tends to have this effect on opposing centers. Howard will have plenty of motiavtion to have a big "revenge game" against the Lakers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:13 pm
  • Markieff Morris comes back strong
    Markieff Morris (ankle) played 32 minutes against the Magic on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The Wizards having a few days off following their Monday game helped to get Morris back up to his normal playing time. Before his injury limited him in his previous three, Morris was turning the corner and flirting with mid-round value. He's a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:08 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He took a bad fall in the second half in a collision under the basket with Otto Porter. Ibaka landed on his tailbone, but was also grabbing his wrist after the game. For now, he looks to be fine. His fantasy value is also fine in his last five averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He's on a roll and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:51 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn returns to the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the expected move with Joakim Noah (illness) back in the starting lineup. KOQ is only relevant in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:51 pm
  • Roy Hibbert back to bench on Friday
    Cody Zeller will start in New York on Friday night, which means Roy Hibbert will return to the Hornets bench.

    Advice: Hibbert started the last three games in place of Zeller, but averaged just 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in less than 15 minutes per contest. With Zeller healthy and back in the starting lineup, there is no reason for Hibbert to be rostered in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Confirmed: Embiid (rest) will not play Fri.
    Joel Embiid (rest) will not play against Chicago on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, Embiid will sit this one out. As we know, the Sixers are serious about limiting the minutes of their budding star. We will simply have to "Trust the Process" and wait until next game to get Embiid in our lineups. His per-36 minute averages this season are mind-boggling: 28.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 1.7 three-pointers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:48 am
  • Markieff Morris good to go for Friday
    Markieff Morris (foot) will play against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He is good to go after missing some practice time on Tuesday. Morris did have his minutes monitored on Monday, logging just 26 minutes. His injury has caused him to have some quiet numbers in his last three, averaging 6.4 points, 4.3 boards and 1.0 steals. Expect him to play around 30 minutes on Friday and he should remain owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:50 pm
  • Joel Embiid will not play vs Bulls Friday
    Joel Embiid (rest) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid will get a rest day on Friday as the 76ers are trying to manage his minutes, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about this news. The 22-year-old has been better than advertised thus far and will continue to be an asset for his fantasy owners when he's on the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:32 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 36 points in a 116-101 win over the Thunder on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings have a two-game winning streak since coach Dave Joerger made the change to the starting unit. It hasn't changed their pace too much with a 98.7 pace in those two games, but they're sharing the ball more with a 65.0 assist percentage as a team. As for Boogie, he'll be putting up numbers regardless. Additionally, an ESPN report said the Kings may be looking to deal Cousins at the deadline, but we've seen this movie before. He should have fantasy value regardless of where he plays. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns held to nine points vs NOP
    Karl-Anthony Towns was held to a season-low nine points during Wednesday's loss to the Pelicans, going 4-of-11 from the field with 11 boards, three assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: One of Towns' makes came from downtown, but he also committed three turnovers and was thoroughly outplayed by Anthony Davis, who erupted for 45 points and 10 rebounds. If you've been looking for any opening to make a trade offer for Towns, this might be it -- he's going to be a beast this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis has 45 & 10, Pelicans win again
    Anthony Davis (right knee) blew up again on Wednesday with 45 points (17-of-27 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: This is already Davis' third 40 & 10 game of the young season, and he's on pace to return No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues. The standard injury caveat applies, and he's dealt with a few minor ailments in the past week alone, but he's still the ultimate high-risk, high-reward player in the NBA. If you're leery of his health and looking to trade him, at least make sure you're getting elite value in return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic has an awful game
    Jusuf Nurkic made 1-of-8 from the field and missed all three shots from the line for two points with six rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had success against Rudy Gobert before, but not tonight. Nurkic had a big game on Tuesday and is still battling with his consistency this season. Nurkic's abysmal 50.0 percent from the line this season has torpedoed his fantasy value, but he's still a hold for his upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Blake Griffin has 12/6/7 w/ extras in 26 mins
    Blake Griffin chipped in across the board vs. the Mavericks on Wednesday with 12 points, six boards, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a showdown between the team with the league's best record and the team with the worst record, and the outcome was predictable -- none of L.A.'s starters played more than 26 minutes due to the lopsided score. "Blake is doing everything for us," Doc Rivers said after Monday's game. "The fact that he can bring the ball up and make decisions gives us another dimension offensively." He's posting second-round value and shows no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:44 pm
  • Joel Embiid OK after hurting left hand vs MEM
    Joel Embiid hurt his left hand during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but he soon returned to finish with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Embiid had his hand examined on the bench by a trainer, but his speedy return suggests that he's fine -- just remember that he's been ruled out of Friday's game as a precautionary rest day. He was visibly frustrated after being yanked in double-overtime, but that was simply the result of him exceeding his typical 24-minute limit (he played 27 minutes tonight). The Sixers also play a back-to-back set this Sunday and Monday, so Friday might not be his only DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Marc Gasol racks up 27 points w/ full line
    Marc Gasol filled up the boxscore on Wednesday with 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, three steals, three blocks and two 3-pointers, making 10-of-20 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have won six straight games despite getting nothing from key offseason addition Chandler Parsons, who will miss at least 10 more days. Gasol is a huge reason for the success and he's been all fantasy owners could have hoped for on draft day -- the 3-point shooting is real (1.5 per game on 42.2 percent), and his minute-limit is no longer an issue with 34+ minutes in three straight games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Dwight Howard goes off for 23 & 20 vs. Pacers
    Dwight Howard dominated the Pacers on Wednesday with 23 points and a season-high 20 rebounds (nine offensive), sinking 10-of-12 shots with one assist and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak tonight, earning a 96-85 road win in Indiana. Howard overpowered Myles Turner and the Pacers' frontcourt, helping the Hawks pile up a 48-34 advantage for points in the paint, along with a massive 56-37 edge in rebounds. Howard played just 19 minutes during Tuesday's blowout, so this was a nice way to atone. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, plays 17 minutes vs Spurs
    Roy Hibbert started again on Wednesday and notched 10 points with two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller (shoulder) was absent but Hibbert's minutes are still being closely monitored following his knee injury. The Hornets came in as league-leaders in second-half scoring margin at +7.1 points, but the Spurs edged them out by four points after halftime en route to a 119-114 road win. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Serge Ibaka held to five points in 32 minutes
    Serge Ibaka was quiet in 32 minutes vs. the Suns, going 2-of-9 from the field for five points with four rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: Orlando came in averaging a paltry 92.3 points per game. They faced a Suns defense that's given up more points than any other team, yet they still managed just 87 points tonight. Ibaka in particular didn't benefit from the matchup, taking only three shots in the entire first half. He'll be better than this most nights, but Orlando's stagnant offense makes it unlikely he'll have a big year scoring the ball. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Frazier, Moore, Dante, AD & Asik starting
    Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis and Terrence Jones were both expected to play today, so they should be good to go. Hopefully, Davis doesn't jump into the stands today. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis (knee), Jones expected to play
    Anthony Davis (knee) and Terrence Jones (illness) are both expected to play on Wednesday, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Both guys were considered probable so this merely confirms that they're on pace to play tonight. Plug both guys into your lineups with confidence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:57 pm
  • Joel Embiid will play Wednesday, out for Fri.
    Joel Embiid will have a 24-minute limit on Wednesday and will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He should be busy tonight against Marc Gasol in a fun center matchup. The 76ers are surprisingly playing well at home with four straight wins in Philly. Embiid is a very nice DFS option tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Davis (knee), Jones (illness) probable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right knee) and Terrence Jones (illness) are probable to play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Davis exited Tuesday's game with the knee contusion, but he eventually returned despite the game being a blowout and he didn't appear to be favoring the knee. Jones has been playing through his illness, and that trend looks likely to continue on Wednesday night. Owners of both Davis and Jones can deploy them with confidence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 am
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