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  • Derrick Rose goes through a full practice
    Derrick Rose went through a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: More importantly, coach Jeff Hornacek said Rose looked good out there. Rose said he expects to play on Sunday against the Lakers, so this news coincides with that timetable. Rose would likely start and sounds like he could play 30 minutes. Brandon Jennings would move to the bench and be looking at minutes in the mid-20s. 55 minutes ago
  • Update: D'Angelo Russell has a chance to play
    Updating a previous item, D'Angelo Russell (knee) has a chance to play against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: He was taking some contact in his 3-on-3 on Saturday and went through a full practice, so that may have met coach Luke Walton's requirements to suit up. A big factor will be how his body responded to today's workload. Russell has said he's healthy and is already past his original prognosis. He'll likely be a game-time call. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson would go back to the bench while Lou Williams may actually slow down a bit. Today, 1:02 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell practices, out for Sunday
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: He's getting very close, so Monday is a real possibility. Coach Luke Walton said he wants Russell to go through live action, and he did some 3-on-3 on Saturday. Russell also went through all of Saturday's practice. Lou Williams has been arguably the hottest scorer in the Western Conference with a 71.0 true shooting percentage for his 34.3 points per game in his last four. He may take a hit upon Russell's return while Marcelo Huertas would likely get bumped out of the rotation. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas ruled out for Sunday vs. OKC
    Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Sunday's game in Oklahoma City.

    Advice: He did not even travel for the road game. Thomas has said he wants to play on Wednesday, but the Celtics are really going to be careful for him. Coach Brad Stevens said on Friday he really wants to make sure he's over his injury and doesn't want it to linger. With Thomas out, Marcus Smart gets the start while Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown get some extra playing time. Smart is worth a pickup in most leagues despite his shooting woes. Today, 11:38 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play Sunday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Pistons on Sunday.

    Advice: This will be the eighth straight game Bayless has missed. Sergio Rodriguez will start once again. S-Rod has played well in place of Bayless this season. Rodriguez is averaging 9.1 points, 6.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 28.0 minutes in the 22 games he has started this season. Today, 10:33 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams still w/out timetable
    Coach Fred Hoiberg says it's still unclear when Michael Carter-Williams will return.

    Advice: Asked whether the end of December is a possibility, coach Hoiberg said it was still too early to say because they want to see how MCW is feeling after his soft cast comes off. MCW should be left on waiver wires, as he will still see only limited minutes behind starter Rajon Rondo, even after he is fully healthy. Today, 9:54 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) will play Saturday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will play Saturday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Mudiay missed Thursday's game due to the ankle issue. However, prior to spraining his ankle, Mudiay had been struggling mightily. In his last five games, Mudiay is averaging 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 turnovers in 25.2 minutes, while shooting a horrid 28.0 percent from the floor, 18.8 percent from downtown, and 63.6 percent from the free throw line. It is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction Saturday. Today, 8:13 am
  • The Bulls recall Jerian Grant from D-League
    Jerian Grant has been recalled from his D-League stint.

    Advice: Grant has played heavy minutes when Rondo has been either hurt or suspended, but otherwise sees very limited playing time off the Chicago bench. He would only have fantasy relevance as a handcuff to Rondo. Today, 7:16 am
  • Raps trying to cut Kyle Lowry's minutes
    Toronto believes Kyle Lowry's heavy usage and minutes per game average is a "big concern."

    Advice: Lowry has played more minutes (859) than any player in the NBA thus far this season. "It’s a big concern. We watch it. We try to keep it down as much as we can, but at the same time we’re trying to win games," coach Dwane Casey said. Lowry agrees, even though he’s not thrilled about the possibility of extended rest down the line. "We’ve been trying to cut my minutes down," Lowry said. "Whenever [the coaches] want me to sit down I’ma do it, but right now I love to play the game of basketball, man." The problem is Lowry has been so good, it's difficult to sit him when he's clearly healthy. Today, 6:55 am
  • Marcelo Huertas scores 12 off the bench
    Marcelo Huertas came off the bench to score 12 points with three assists, one rebound and two triples in 19 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He moved back to the bench with Brandon Ingram back in the starting five. Nick Young (calf) is on the verge of a return, so it won't be easy for Huertas to find consistent minutes despite his recent strong play. Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • Lou Williams goes off for 35 points in loss
    Lou Williams scored 35 points on 10-of-19 shooting in Friday's 119-115 loss to the Suns, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and six triples in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers have lost five straight games, but Williams has been one of the hottest players in the league in that span, averaging 30.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.4 treys on 48.9 percent shooting. The Lakers could get Nick Young (calf) back as soon as Monday's game vs. the Kings, so Williams' value should trend down a bit. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores 13 with seven dimes
    Brandon Jennings made his second consecutive start for Derrick Rose (back) against the Kings on Friday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, seven assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Besides the turnovers, this is a solid game for Jennings with his 5-of-10 from the field. Rose is expecting to play on Sunday against the Lakers, so Jennings will likely move to the bench The two have played together, so Jennings could still get minutes in the mid 20s. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Leandro Barbosa scores 21 off the bench
    Leandro Barbosa scored a season-high 21 points off the bench on Friday vs. the Lakers, adding four assists, two rebounds, two steals and five triples in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Where did that come from? Barbosa finished 8-of-16 from the field and didn't turn the ball over once. The 34-year-old veteran was averaging 5.5 points per game prior to Friday, so we'll chalk this up as a fluke. Leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 30 w/ nine assists
    Eric Bledsoe scored 30 points with nine assists, four rebounds, three steals, one block and three triples in Friday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Not a bad way to celebrate his 27th birthday. Bledsoe shot 10-of-18 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for the 11th 30-point game of his career. Bledsoe has shown flashes this season, so hopefully he can keep it going in a favorable matchup with the Pelicans on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ish Smith down to 15 minutes
    Ish Smith played 15 minutes with eight points, one rebound, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: If you haven't cut Smith in your fantasy league yet, go ahead and do it now. He likely won't be playing more than 15 minutes most nights. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Reggie Jackson gets up to 29 minutes
    Reggie Jackson played 29 minutes against the Wolves on Friday, making 5-of-15 from the field for 16 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Based on the comments from coach Stan Van Gundy, all the signs are pointing to Jackson being back to normal. "He seemed to be playing, not thinking about what he needed to do or anything else," Van Gundy said. Andre Drummond was also confident in his point guard. "You can’t expect him to come back and do the same things he was doing last season," he said. Expect Jackson to get minutes in the mid-30s on Sunday against the 76ers, so he'll be a DFS play in that matchup. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 10 with six dimes
    Ricky Rubio made 4-of-5 from the field for 10 points with three rebounds, six assists and no turnovers during an ugly 117-89 home loss to the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: Umm, so what's up with the Wolves? They are currently 28th in the NBA for winning percentage and continued to get decimated in the third -- they were blown out 68-47 in the second half tonight. Rubio actually played fairly well in this game and he's kept his turnovers down with no more than one in four straight. He's annoying in fantasy, but his owners should try to stick with him. Rubio is a buy-low option because he will likely cost next to nothing. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • James Harden scores 21 points in win at OKC
    James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right? Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Pat Beverley brings the defense
    Pat Beverley scored three points with 12 rebounds, five assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: The OKC fans do not like Pat-Bev after he collided with Russell Westbrook to cause an injury a couple years ago. Beverley gave coach Mike D'Antoni a huge bump at the end of the game and D'Antoni joked he'll be out for two games (video in link below). Beverley did a fantastic job on Westbrook tonight and he's certainly earned all of his minutes. Despite his lack of scoring, Beverley has sixth-round value in standard leagues. He may be able to hold it, too. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Monta Ellis fails to score in loss to Dallas
    Monta Ellis failed to score against Dallas on Friday, missing all five of his shots in 20 minutes.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Ellis. He added just a pair of rebounds and assists with one turnover, as the Pacers rolled with Rodney Stuckey for 27 minutes off the bench. Ellis has only scored double-digit points in one out of his last six games and he has a combined 11 assists and nine turnovers in that span. His value has never been lower and his fantasy owners may be tempted to move on if he doesn't turn things around soon. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee sprain) dishes out 6 dimes
    Seth Curry (knee sprain) returned from a four-game absence on Friday vs. the Pacers, scoring four points on 2-of-8 shooting with six assists and one steal in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He showed a little bit of rust but a 25-minute workload is a fair expectation going forward with Deron Williams healthy (for now). Coach Rick Carlisle said after the game that he's not planning on resting any players for Saturday's game vs. Houston, so expect to see Curry out there. He's a solid stash for the stretch run with Mavs sitting in last place in the West. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles yet again
    Russell Westbrook posted his seventh consecutive triple-double in a loss to the Rockets on Friday, scoring 27 points with 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and eight turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's the first player to triple-double for seven straight since Michael Jordan in 1989. On the other hand, his efficiency was bad today with 25 attempts from the field, making only eight of those. Westbrook's usage rate tonight (45.5) was higher than his true shooting percentage (44.6) and playing time. He's on a record pace for the season at 40.4 usage rate to go with these ridiculous triple-doubles. We've never seen a player like this. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 34 points in win at Boston
    Kyle Lowry remained on fire during a 101-94 win at Boston on Friday, scoring 34 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He may be the hottest scorer in the NBA right now. In his last seven, he has an 81.3 true shooting percentage and a 23.3 usage rate in 35 minutes for his 25.3 points per game. On top of the hot scoring, Lowry's averages are up in minutes, treys, boards, dimes and free throw percentage compared to last year. Basically, Kyle Lowry over everything. Yesterday, 8:50 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores career-high 33 points
    Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 33 points on 12-of-19 shooting in Friday's 114-110 win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Maybe he got tired of all the talk about his backup, Malcolm Delaney. Schroder has been a beast lately, scoring 15+ points in seven straight games and shooting above 50 percent in all but one of them. He played a season-high 40 minutes in the win and even logged some minutes next to Delaney with Kent Bazemore (knee) on the shelf. His slow start to the season is behind him and he will try to help the Hawks win their third straight game on Tuesday vs. Orlando. Yesterday, 8:17 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo gets in foul trouble
    Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled with foul trouble on Friday vs. the Hawks, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He turned the ball over six times to go with his five fouls in one of his quietest performances of the season. Giannis added six rebounds, one assist, one block and one trey, but credit to Thabo Sefolosha, Paul Millsap and the Hawks' top-3 rated defense for slowing him down. He should be much better on Saturday vs. the Wizards. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • George Hill (toe) ruled out for Saturday
    George Hill (left toe) will not play on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This will be his sixth game in a row on the shelf after he missed eight games in a row earlier this season with a thumb issue. Hill was playing the best ball of his life this season, so his owners just need to hang in there. Shelvin Mack is worth streaming while Hill is out, but Dante Exum still belongs on the wire. Yesterday, 7:11 pm
  • Derrick Rose (back) expects to play Sunday
    Derrick Rose (back) said he expects to play on Sunday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Rose is sitting out against the Kings on Friday for the second straight game, meaning Brandon Jennings will likely head back to the bench on Sunday. Rose is traveling with the team and is day-to-day, so this isn't a surprise. He's averaging 16.7 points, 4.8 assists and 4.1 rebounds on 45.0 percent shooting this season. Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas moves to the bench
    Marcelo Huertas will come off the bench against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He had a pretty nice stat line on Wednesday with 10 points, seven dimes and five steals, but Huertas was pretty bad in reality. He may not be in the rotation tonight, so he's a risky DFS play. Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee) will play against Indiana
    Seth Curry (knee) will play against Indiana on Friday.

    Advice: He's back after missing the last four due to a knee sprain. Curry does have a tougher spot for minutes with Devin Harris getting more run and Deron Williams playing some solid ball. Stephen's brother could be looking minutes around 20 in his first game back. He is worth a look in standard leagues, especially with the Mavs sliding in the standings. Yesterday, 3:56 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas likely looking at time off
    Coach Brad Stevens said Isaiah Thomas' (groin) injury can usually be a 10-14 day thing.

    Advice: In his press conference, Stevens made it clear the Celtics do not want to bring Thomas back too soon and have him aggravate it. He added it's certainly possible for Thomas to be back before the 10 days and said it's "not going to be a long-term thing." Stevens said IT being out will expedite the learning curves of Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier as well. Of course, Marcus Smart benefits the most here. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell coming along nicely
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) went through full-court non-contact work and 5-on-0 drills on Friday.

    Advice: He is still out for Friday, but he has a chance for Sunday. Coach Luke Walton wants Russell to go through some "live and competitive" workouts with more cutting and fighting over screens, so Russell isn't cleared for games yet. He did say he's feeling good, so Russell has a good chance to play either Sunday or Monday. Red-hot Lou Williams may take a hit while the other guards also see a drop off. Yesterday, 1:42 pm
  • Derrick Rose (back) will not play Friday
    Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will not play Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This will be the second game Rose has missed due to the back injury he suffered Monday. The good news is that Rose is traveling with the Knicks on their current road trip, which would seemingly indicate he is close to returning to action. Brandon Jennings will get the start at point guard. He makes for a solid DFS play Friday in Sacramento. Jennings had 16 points, four rebounds and three assists in 30 minutes in a starting role on Wednesday. He'll likely play more minutes on Friday, assuming the game isn't a blowout, as NY has very little depth behind Jennings at point guard. Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Derrick Rose (back) questionable for Friday
    Derrick Rose (sore lower back) is being listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Rose tweaked his back in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game in Orlando. He sat out Wednesday's contest vs. the Cavs. Rose is traveling with the team, so it's a good sign that he is close to returning to the lineup. The team may until they see how his back responds to pre-game warmups. Check back for an update. If Rose does not play, Brandon Jennings will start and would be an intriguing DFS option on Friday. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Seth Curry (knee) will not play Friday
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) has been ruled out Friday.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game Curry has missed due to the knee sprain. Starter Deron Williams will continue to played extended minutes. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson will likely see addition time off the bench. Yesterday, 7:33 am
  • Satoransky having trouble adjusting to NBA
    Tomas Satoransky is having some trouble playing off the ball.

    Advice: After an impressive preseason and turning heads earlier this year, Satoransky's regular season has been a disappointment due to his changing role. "I’m not playing as a point guard, I’m playing mainly as two or three and that’s difficult for me," Satoransky said. He can be left on the waiver wire in most leagues, especially while John Wall's back-to-back restriction is gone and Bradley Beal is rolling. Yesterday, 6:47 am
  • D'Angelo Russell nearing return to lineup
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) participated in the non-contact portions of Thursday’s practice and said he "feels great."

    Advice: Russell will not play Friday vs. the Suns, but is making progress. "I mean, I feel good," Russell said on Thursday. "I waited so long to get back on the court until I was 100%. I feel great. Just about, I don’t know, knocking the dust off before I get in the game, so try to get it out now, knock the rust off while I’m out here now." Russell had a platelet-rich plasma injection on Nov. 23 to help the soreness in his left knee. The Lakers said he would be sidelined for at least two weeks. He did off-court rehab work until Tuesday, when a doctor examined him and agreed he was ready for on-court work. Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 25 w/ 11 dimes, five treys
    Kyle Lowry hit 8-of-14 shots, 5-of-7 3-pointers and 4-of-6 free throws for 25 points, 11 assists and a steal in Thursday's win over the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Lowry had a four-point play on a 3-pointer and did a lot of his damage in the fourth quarter, when the Raptors opened up a close game. Lowry is living up to the hype and has scored between 24 and 29 points in four of his last five games, averaging 23.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.4 3-pointers on 60 percent shooting over that stretch. He's a career 42 percent shooter, so don't expect him to stay this hot forever. Thursday, 7:04 pm
  • Ricky Rubio quiet in another loss
    Ricky Rubio hit just 2-of-7 shots (both 3-pointers) and finished Thursday's 124-110 loss to the Raptors with just seven points, three rebounds, three assists and no steals.

    Advice: Rubio has been painful to own this year and is averaging just 6.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, 1.2 steals and is shooting 28 percent over his last five games. Yuck. It's hard to pull the trigger and drop Rubio, but his play has been bad enough this season that he's been dropped in some instances. There's a long way to go and he could easily right the ship, but he's simply not showing many signs of life right now. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay tweaked his ankle
    Updating a previous item, Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle, out for Thursday) tweaked his ankle on Wednesday and was ruled out after pre-game warmups on Thursday.

    Advice: He is day-to-day for now. The Nuggets have been flat-out awful with Mudiay on the court in their last five, positing a net rating of -30.2 in those 126 minutes. Meanwhile, they were +12.6 in the minutes he wasn't on the court in that span. The Nuggets put Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) on the injury report for basically nothing, so this is still a strange report. Jameer Nelson should handle a ton of minutes while Jamal Murray also gets a bump.Daily Slant: With Mudiay ruled out, both Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray become very strong $/point plays across the industry. Mudiay had been losing playing time as it is - he carried a -26 last night in just 18 minutes on the floor - so both Murray and Nelson have been involved recently. Nelson has been seeing around 30 minutes a night with Murray in the mid-twenties, but both should clear the 30 minute mark tonight. Thursday, 3:02 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) out for Thursday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday night.

    Advice: Wow. Mudiay did not appear to be hurt on Wednesday and was benched after just 18 minutes of action. This is one of those head-scratching injuries and comes just after coach Mike Malone said a lineup change could be coming. He also wasn't on the injury report this morning. Mudiay is a drop candidate in nine-category leagues. With him out, Jameer Nelson gets a massive boost while Jamal Murray should play some point guard minutes. Thursday, 2:46 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens called Thomas' groin strain "unpredictable" on Wednesday and Thomas even had a PRP injection, so seeing Thomas ruled out a day ahead of Friday's game makes sense. Marcus Smart was terrific in his start on Wednesday with 13 points while Terry Rozier turned in arguably his best game with 16 points. Jaylen Brown also saw an uptick in playing time sans Thomas. Thursday, 1:33 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell goes through practice
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) went through practice on Thursday.

    Advice: There is still an outside shot Russell can play on Sunday night. Most signs are pointing to Russell coming back for Monday against the Kings, which would make it 22 days since his last action. Russell was originally slated to miss 2-3 weeks due to PRP treatment for knee soreness, and also had an MRI for knee soreness before the season. Hopefully the time off gets him going to be the breakout pick many expected. Thursday, 1:03 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (groin) doubtful for Friday
    Isaiah Thomas (groin) is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Celtics GM Danny Ainge revealed that Thomas got a PRP injection for his groin injury on Wednesday and said he "probably" wouldn't play vs. Toronto. With Thomas on the shelf on Wednesday, Marcus Smart drew the start and scored 13 points with three assists, three rebounds, two steals and one trey in 23 minutes (foul trouble), while Terry Rozier produced 16 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one triple in 26 minutes off the bench. Smart should already be owned in standard leagues, but Rozier could have some short-term value. Thursday, 6:20 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 15 points in 29 minutes
    Eric Bledsoe made 5-of-13 from the field for 15 points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers during a 109-94 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: There is some talk of Bledsoe improving on his jumper, but he hasn't made any shots outside of the paint in his last two games. On the positive side, he did make all five at the charity stripe to get him to a career-high 81.5 percent from the line with his career-high 5.6 attempts. He hasn't quite been up to par on the year, but he just needs to stay healthy. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Brandon Jennings starts w/ Rose (back) out
    Brandon Jennings started in place of Derrick Rose (sore lower back) on Wednesday, posting 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This was Rose's first DNP of the season and it's unclear how long he'll be sidelined, though an MRI came back clean and he's listed as day-to-day. Jennings can be found on most 12-team waiver wires, so owners in need of a cheap PG should keep him in mind for temporary value. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Patrick Beverley ties career-high w/ 12 dimes
    Patrick Beverley tied his career-high with 12 assists on Wednesday, adding 10 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Bev shot 4-of-9 from the field and his five turnovers are the only smudge on an otherwise pristine line. One of his caveats in fantasy leagues has always been a lack of assists from the PG position, but so far this season he's averaging a career-high 3.9 dimes per game, which should hit four per game after tonight. Pick him up if you need a guard. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas gets seven dimes, five steals
    Marcelo Huertas made his first NBA start vs. the Rockets on Wednesday, finishing a lopsided road loss with 10 points, seven assists, five steals, three rebounds and six turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The 33-year-old point guard earned the start with both D'Angelo Russell (knee) and Jose Calderon (hamstring) out of commission tonight. Russell is targeting a return next week, but if Huertas earns a few more starts he's worth a look as a DFS and streaming option. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Lou Williams scores hyper-efficient 24 points
    Lou Williams scored 24 points in 25 minutes during Wednesday's road loss in Houston, making 7-of-12 FGs and 8-of-8 FTs with two 3-pointers, three steals and a season-high six turnovers.

    Advice: Sweet Lou was coming off a 38-point, seven-assist, six-rebound eruption on Tuesday, and he's a clear go-to guy with so many ball-handlers injured for L.A. He was posting steady top-100 value even with the team at full strength. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubles in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled again during a 115-107 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: That's triple-double No. 2 on the season. While the points, assists and boards are cool for Russell Westbrook, Antetokounmpo has been absurd on the defensive stats with 2.2 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. Only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Gerald Wallace have averaged 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Giannis' high dimes tonight also get him over the 6.0 per game threshold. He's currently the No. 3 player in standard leagues and isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay benched, plays 18 minutes
    Emmanuel Mudiay was benched extensively in the second half of Wednesday's road loss, finishing with just six points (2-of-10 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and 18 minutes.

    Advice: "We have to look at everything," a frustrated Mike Malone said after the game. "We’ll look at starting groups and combinations." Jameer Nelson played point guard during the Nuggets' late run, with help from Jamal Murray, and this is the last thing Mudiay's owners wanted to hear. He averaged just 21.5 minutes in Denver's two previous games, and there are no guarantees that he'll be starting vs. John Wall and the Wizards on Thursday. Wednesday, 8:24 pm
  • Ish Smith held to two points, two assists
    Ish Smith had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 bench minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smith had double-digit assists in two of his previous three games, but we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop now that Reggie Jackson is healthy. Jackson's minutes are on the rise, which is a direct threat to Smith, whose owners should be keeping a close watch on the waiver wire. Wednesday, 6:49 pm
  • Reggie Jackson scores 10 points in 26 minutes
    Reggie Jackson struggled throughout Wednesday's game, going 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Jackson played both games of a back-to-back set, which speaks volumes about the Pistons' faith in his recovery from serious knee and thumb injuries. He simply didn't have it tonight but his playing time should continue to creep up in the coming weeks, which is great news for both fantasy owners and the Pistons, who are clinging to a half-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pacers. Wednesday, 6:47 pm
  • George Hill out again on Thursday night
    George Hill (left toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He just can't shake injuries this year with this game marking his fifth DNP in a row. Hill has also missed time for his thumb and was limited due to an illness last month. He is having a massive year based on per-game averages, so he has to be stashed. Dante Exum will start in a favorable matchup while Gordon Hayward should get a massive opportunity as the primary ball-handler. Wednesday, 6:37 pm
  • Derrick Rose (back) has no structural damage
    An MRI of Derrick Rose (back) revealed no structural damage.

    Advice: He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to travel with the Knicks for their upcoming road trip. Rose said he's dealt with fatigue in his side and legs, so the Knicks may opt to just give him a few days off. If he is going to miss more time, Brandon Jennings would get most of the run with Ron Baker behind him. Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Huertas moving to the bench
    Marcelo Huertas will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played a season-high 18 minutes off the bench on Monday night and could get over 20 tonight. Huertas has made just 29.2 percent from the field on the season, but his 2.7 dimes in 9.8 minutes per outing could be noteworthy. There's no need to add him almost anywhere and he remains a very risky DFS punt. Wednesday, 4:58 pm
  • Seth Curry doesn't have a target date
    Seth Curry (knee) doesn't have a specific timetable to return, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: This doesn't mean he's going to miss extended time. Curry went through morning shootraround and appears to be close to action. He has a good chance to play this weekend and is worth a pickup in competitive leagues. Jonathan Gibson and Justin Anderson should get a few extra minutes behind the starters. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Brandon Jennings will start Wednesday vs. CLE
    Brandon Jennings will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cavs, with Derrick Rose (back) unavailable.

    Advice: Per-36 minutes this season, Jennings is averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 dimes, 4.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.7 triples per contest, so he's certainly on the radar as a potential DFS punt play or streamer option with a favorable matchup against the Cavs.Daily Slant: At or near minimum price across the DFS industry, Jennings is a viable punt play in any format. He should see upwards of 27-29 minutes with upside to clear 30+, and although he'll see more run with ball-dominant players Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis, Jennings' ceiling remains very high with big playing time. Punting the PG spots with a Jennings/Marcus Smart duo makes it easier to afford guys like Harden, Cousins and Durant. Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • Derrick Rose (back) will not play vs. Cavs
    Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: He said he had back spasms on Tuesday, but also said his side, leg and everything was fatigued. He's also going to get an MRI to make sure everything is OK. Considering Rose's injury history and lengthy time to recover, he's likely looking at more games out of the lineup. Brandon Jennings should get a boost in playing time and is worth a look for his short-term boost. Ron Baker should also be in the rotation tonight. Wednesday, 3:15 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless not with the 76ers
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He didn't even travel with the team. The 76ers were listing Bayless as questionable last week for his wrist soreness, but they're ruling him out early for every game so far this week. Sergio Rodriguez will continue to start and get the lion's share of the PG minutes, so he's a hold in standard leagues until Bayless gets back on the court. T.J. McConnell will get the backup minutes. Wednesday, 2:46 pm
  • Reggie Jackson will start Wednesday vs. CHA
    Reggie Jackson will start Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: There was some fear that Jackson would be rested on the second game of this back-to-back set, but he only played 18 minutes on Tuesday, so he should be closer to the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and fire him up. Wednesday, 2:34 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell out at least two more games
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday or Friday and is unlikely to play on Sunday.

    Advice: He is going to increase his workload this week with basketball activities. Russell is feeling better and it sounds like he'll be back at some point next week. Until then, Marcelo Huertas will be in the mix while Lou Williams will look to continue his hot streak. Jordan Clarkson has struggled, but he's likely to get an increased opportunity. Brandon Ingram will also have more ball-handling responsibility. Wednesday, 9:52 am
  • Eric Bledsoe still working on his jumpers
    Eric Bledsoe said he's worked on his jumper all summer.

    Advice: "I know I can get to the rim," Bledsoe said. "Once I get [the jump shots] to fall, there’s going to be some problems." Bledsoe still only has a 41.5 effective field goal percentage on his shots on the season, but he's up to 48.5 eFG% in his last six. He's also been very busy over his last 10 with a team-high 29.1 usage rate in his 30.8 minutes per game. Expect plenty of big lines going forward. Wednesday, 9:32 am
  • Seth Curry (knee) out Wednesday vs. the Kings
    Seth Curry (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: With Curry and J.J. Barea (calf) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Deron Williams will likely see his minutes in the high-30s, with Devin Haris seeing close to 20 minutes off the bench. For now, we'll be considering Curry questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers. Wednesday, 9:18 am
  • Isaiah Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. ORL
    Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Thomas flew back to Boston to receive treatment on his groin injury, and Marcus Smart was spotted sporting a starter jersey during shootaround, so it looks like Smart will be drawing the start tonight making him a reasonable low-budget DFS option. Avery Bradley and Al Horford will do the heavy lifting on offense tonight sans Thomas, and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes. Groin injuries can linger, so Boston may want to take a cautious approach in bringing back Thomas. For now, we'll consider him doubtful for Friday's game against the Raptors. Wednesday, 8:04 am
  • Derrick Rose (back) questionable Wednesday
    Derrick Rose (back spasms) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Cavs.

    Advice: "It calmed down. It’s just spasms. Usually when you have back spasms or back problems, it comes from somewhere else — it could be hamstring, it could be groin, could be something else," Rose said. "[Tuesday night], my right side, my right leg, everything was fatigued and kind of quit. [Wednesday] we'll be able to find out what it is." Rose appears to be headed for a game-time call, but if he's out, Brandon Jennings will likely draw the start and he'd be an option in DFS. Wednesday, 6:16 am
  • Ish Smith hands out 10 assists in win
    Ish Smith played 30 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit just 2-of-11 shots, but still finished with seven points, five rebounds and 10 assists in a win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson played just 18 minutes and while Smith didn't play well, he was still effective. His run is coming to an end, but Jackson still isn't ready to run the show by himself in Detroit. If you own Smith, just hold onto him until this picture becomes a little clearer. There's a chance Jackson could be held out on Wednesday against the Hornets. Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Reggie Jackson quiet in just 18 minutes
    Reggie Jackson started on Tuesday, but played just 18 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for seven points, seven assists and two steals in a win over the Bulls.

    Advice: We're not sure why Stan Van Gundy is starting Jackson if his conditioning is still an issue, but whatever. Given his low minutes tonight, Jackson still has a chance to play on Wednesday against the Hornets. Jackson had 18 points and four assists in 23 minutes on Sunday, but wasn't nearly as exciting tonight. If you're still holding Ish Smith, it's probably wise to keep him until Jackson officially buries him - assuming that happens. And consider Jackson questionable for Wednesday night, given that he's only been back for two games, recovering from a knee and thumb injury. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Derrick Rose (back spasms) won't return
    Derrick Rose is dealing with back spasms and will not return to Tuesday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: He's yet to miss a game this season, but his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavaliers is up in the air at this point. Rose finished Tuesday's game with 10 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals on 4-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes. The Knicks should provide an update after the game, but Brandon Jennings will be worth a look if we learn that Rose is in danger of missing time. Tuesday, 6:22 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless, Okafor doubtful for Thursday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) and Jahlil Okafor (stomach bug) are not expected to travel with the team to New Orleans for Thursday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Both of these guys will spend Tuesday's game on the sidelines, and if Bayless can't give it a go Thursday, that'll be his sixth straight game on the sidelines and Okafor's third. Bayless is in danger of requiring season-ending surgery to correct his wrist injury, and he doesn't offer enough upside to hold onto in most scenarios. Sergio Rodriguez has been playing well as a starter, so he's worth a look as an assists specialist in standard leagues. Joel Embiid (rest) will be back in action on Thursday, so Okafor's absence won't mean much. Tuesday, 4:02 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams out another 10 days
    Michael Carter-Williams (wrist, knee) will be spending at least another 10 days on the sidelines.

    Advice: MCW recently had the hard cast on his hand removed, but he's still a ways away. Jerian Grant will continue to pick up the backup point guard minutes in Chicago sans Carter-Williams, but neither of these guys can be considered viable targets in most leagues while Rajon Rondo is healthy. Tuesday, 3:26 pm
  • Reggie Jackson will play around 23 mins Tues
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) will play around 23 minutes Tuesday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy said that the team will decide after tonight's game whether or not Jackson can play Wednesday vs. Charlotte, so owners can expect to get an update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. As for tonight's game, Jackson was able to put up 18 points and four assists in his previous outing, so season-long owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active. The minutes limit does make Jackson an unattractive DFS option, though. Daily Slant: The minutes restriction keeps Jackson out of potential DFS consideration - and it also makes Ish Smith unplayable - but there are still a few attractive options on the Detroit side. Tobias Harris will draw a Bulls defense that ranks 26th against opposing PFs, and with several punt PF plays on the board with bust potential, paying up a bit more for Harris makes a lot of sense in tournaments. Andre Drummond is also in play for tournaments at the center spot. Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said on Monday that he didn't expect Curry to play Wednesday, so he's on the doubtful side of the questionable-tag, and owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Deron Williams will see his playing time in the high-30s while Devin Harris will earn close to 20 minutes off the bench. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:23 pm
  • George Hill (left toe) ruled out for Tuesday
    George Hill (left big toe) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: This will be Hill's fourth straight game on the sidelines, so while he's been phenomenal while on the court this season, his penchant for hitting the sidelines has been extremely frustrating. Dante Exum should continue to start with Rodney Hood and Gordon Hayward running the show on offense. For now, we'll be considering Hill questionable for Thursday's game against the Warriors.Daily Slant: With Hill out again, DFS players will want to flock towards Gordon Hayward and Rodney Hood. With Hill and Derrick Favors off the floor this season, Hayward owns an elite 32.7% usage rate (per RotoGrinders CourtIQ), making his salary across the industry seem to low given the match-up. Hood's usage also jumps to 29.7%, making him a very strong mid-range play at a thin SG spot. Pairing the two together is viable in any format, as it gives you ample exposure to an offense that will play way up in pace tonight. Tuesday, 12:51 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will begin on-court work
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) has been cleared to start going through on-court work with the Lakers, although he will not be traveling to Houston for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Russell is reportedly "feeling better," although Walton did acknowledge that it's unlikely he'll be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix or Sunday vs. the Knicks. Perhaps there's a chance that he can get back to the court for Monday's game in Sacramento, but that would be on the early end of his initial 2-3 week timetable. For now, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson will continue to soak up the backcourt minutes in Russell's absence, with Sweet Lou offering the most upside. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (groin) doesn't practice Tues
    Isaiah Thomas (groin) did not participate during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Thomas tweaked his groin during Monday's loss to the Rockets, so for now, we're going to consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in Orlando. If he's out, Marcus Smart or Terry Rozier could move into the starting lineup, with Avery Bradley and Al Horford being asked to step it up on the offensive end. Owners can expect to get another update on Thomas' status following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it's worth noting that he was able to get some shots up after practice. Tuesday, 11:58 am
  • Reggie Jackson (knee) still on minutes limit
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) will remain on a minutes restriction Tuesday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: Prior to his season debut on Sunday, the Pistons plan was to limit Jackson to approximately five minutes per quarter. He ended up playing a total of 23 minutes, tallying 18 points and four assists. Coach Stan Van Gundy declined to reveal the plan for Tuesday night, but it is probably safe to assume Detriot will try to limit Jackson to approximately 25 minutes. He can safely be inserted back into fantasy lineups. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Tues.
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This will be the fifth straight game Bayless has missed due to the wrist issue. Sergio Rodriguez will once again start for the Sixers, with T.J. McConnel backing him up. Rodriguez has played well as a starter. Over his five games, he is averaging 12.6 points, 7.2 assists, 3.4 rebounds, 2.4 3-pointers and 1.8 assists. With only nine available players Tuesday night, Rodriguez and the rest of the healthy Sixers will see plenty of playing time, making S-Rod an intriguing DFS and streaming option. Tuesday, 7:54 am
  • Lou Williams lights up Jazz for 38 points
    Lou Williams lit up the Jazz for 38 points, seven assists, six rebounds, one steal and four triples in 34 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Incredible. This comes on the heels of a 40-point effort against the Grizzlies on Saturday, so he's clearly stepping up for a Lakers team that recently lost Jose Calderon (hamstring) and Nick Young (calf) to injuries. He hit 13-of-27 shots from the field and hit all eight of his free throws. D'Angelo Russell (knee) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday, and with Williams playing out of his mind right now, he's a very nice sell-high candidate. Monday, 10:16 pm
  • James Harden scores 37 in win over Celtics
    James Harden hit 8-of-14 shots, three 3-pointers and 18-of-18 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and 10 turnovers in Monday's 107-106 win over Boston.

    Advice: He was a couple boards and assists away from a dubious quadruple-double, while the 18 free throw makes were easily a season-high for Harden. His box scores aren't really comparing to the ridiculous things Russell Westbrook is doing right now, but they're pretty darn good. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Jerian Grant scores five points in start
    Jerian Grant started at point guard in place of Rajon Rondo (suspension) on Monday vs. the Blazers, but scored just five points on 1-of-7 shooting in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't play well at all and was exposed on the defensive end. He added three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one turnover, and he was a huge letdown for any owner who punted with him in DFS. Rondo will be back with the team on Tuesday vs. Detroit, so Grant will go back to being irrelevant. Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles again
    Russell Westbrook hit 10-of-22 shots, 3-of-8 3-pointers and 9-of-14 free throws for 32 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists, a steal, a block and just four turnovers in Monday's tough 102-99 win at Atlanta.

    Advice: The dude is just sick and has now triple-doubled in six straight games, the longest streak since Michael Jordan did it seven straight times in 1989. He has 11 of them on the season, is averaging a triple-double on the season and has led the Thunder to six straight wins. Maybe he'll run out of gas one day, but then again, maybe he won't. Jordan had 15 triple-doubles in that 1988-89 season and Westbrook is on pace to destroy that number, possibly before Christmas. Monday, 8:13 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay hits 1-of-6 shots in win
    Emmanuel Mudiay hit just 1-of-6 shots for four points, zero assists and three turnovers in Monday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Jammer Nelson had seven points, five boards, four assists and five steals in 30 minutes, and Jamal Murray caught fire for 22 points and three 3-pointers tonight. Mudiay is still the starter, while Nelson's arrow is pointing down and Murray is highly unpredictable. This was his third game of the season without an assist and one of his lowest scoring games of the year. He should bounce back, but is far from an elite point guard option. Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (mouth) will return on Monday
    Kyle Lowry took a shot to the mouth on Monday vs. the Cavaliers and went back to the locker room, but he will return.

    Advice: He was elbowed in the mouth and was examined by the team dentist in the locker room, but he was quickly cleared to return. It shouldn't be an issue moving forward and his owners shouldn't be concerned. Monday, 5:03 pm
  • Seth Curry (right knee) out Monday vs. CHA
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: He will, however, return to practice on Tuesday and Rick Carlisle is listing him as day-to-day, so it doesn't sound like the knee injury is serious. Carlisle also said that he'll be expanding Deron Williams' workload tonight, so Williams' playing time will likely be in the mid-30s while Devin Harris' minutes will be in the teens. Monday, 4:03 pm
  • Harden having fun playing for Mike D'Antoni
    James Harden said it's been "fun" playing for Mike D'Antoni this season.

    Advice: "He doesn’t try to control anything. If he has a play, he’ll throw it at me, and if I have something better, I’ll just tell him I have something better, and he’s cool with it," said Harden. "That kind of relationship, it goes a long way. We’re able to talk about anything." D'Antoni failed to recreate his Suns' success with the Knicks and Lakers, but those struggles had more to do with roster construction and less to do with D'Antoni's effectiveness as a coach. Harden has completely bought into D'Antoni's system, and he's having an MVP-caliber season as a top-4 play in 8-cat leagues. Monday, 1:58 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will be re-evaluated Tuesday
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: Russell was originally scheduled to be re-evaluated on Monday, but a scheduling conflict delayed the process by one day. He's currently in the early stages of Week-2, and if all goes well with his checkup on Tuesday, he could advance to on-court work. As for Monday's game against Utah, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will likely be logging heavy minutes with Jose Calderon (hamstring), Russell and Nick Young (Achilles) all on the sidelines. Monday, 1:21 pm
  • Jerian Grant will start in place of Rondo
    Jerian Grant will start in place of the suspended Rajon Rondo on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Rondo will be back for Tuesday's game vs. Detroit, so Grant is just a low-end streaming option for Monday and a cheap punt play in DFS. In two previous starts this season, Grant averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.0 triple in 30.0 minutes. Monday, 9:20 am
  • Seth Curry (knee sprain) is a game-time call
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) is a game-time call against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: He's missed two games in a row, but he went through the morning shootaround which is always a good sign. He's day-to-day and should play a ton down the stretch for the tanking Mavs, so it's a good idea to hold him if you can in standard leagues. Deron Williams has played 30 or more minutes in the two games that Curry missed, while Devin Harris has been playing minutes in the teens. Monday, 9:07 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play Monday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Bayless hopes to avoid season-ending surgery, as he wants to see how his wrist responds to his recent platelet-rich plasma injection. With Bayless out, Sergio Rodriguez will draw another start and will be a nice source of assists, while T.J. McConnell will handle the backup duties. For now, Bayless is day-to-day and is only a hold in very deep leagues. Monday, 8:41 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) wants to keep playing
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist soreness) said that he wants to avoid season-ending surgery and that he will try to keep playing.

    Advice: "I'm going to try to play," Bayless said. "I want to play. I want to get to the point where I can play and not worry about it." He recently received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his wrist, so it will be interesting to see how his wrist responds in the coming weeks. He's currently listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. the Nuggets, but he's just a deep-league hold until he proves he can play through the issue. Monday, 6:44 am
  • Derrick Rose posts 20/6/6 in win vs. Kings
    Derrick Rose lit up the Kings on Sunday with 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, six assists and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose hasn't missed a game this season and he's starting to find his groove with the Knicks. In his previous eight games he was averaging 19.8 points, 4.0 boards, 5.0 assist, 1.0 steals and 0.6 triples -- crucially, he also made 44.9 percent FGs and 86.7 percent FTs during that stretch. We're always leery of his long-term health, but he should be in your lineups while he's running hot. Sunday, 7:32 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores 19 points Sunday
    Brandon Jennings came off the bench on Sunday with 19 points on 5-of-7 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, adding three assists, one rebound and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Jennings' contributions were crucial for New York tonight, but they're not enough to alter his outlook in most fantasy leagues. He made two triples against a Kings team that gives up the third-most per game (10.4), he hasn't scored double-digit points in consecutive games since Nov. 1-2, and he's committed four turnovers in three straight games. Leave him on the wire in most 12-team leagues. Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • Russell Westbrook gets 5th straight trip-dub
    Russell Westbrook finished Sunday's win, the Thunder's fifth straight, with 28 points, 17 rebounds, 12 assists and 10 turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: In a clash between the league's top two scorers, Westbrook and Anthony Davis, it was Westy who came out on top. In your daily Westbrook-in-history update, he's now the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to have five consecutive triple-doubles. He came in averaging 31.2 points, 11.3 assists and 10.5 boards, of course, and nothing is surprising at this point. Sunday, 6:43 pm
  • Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) debuts w/ 18 pts
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) looked sharp in his season debut on Sunday, posting 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting with four assists in just 23 minutes as a starter.

    Advice: The Pistons were limiting Jackson to around five minutes per quarter, a number that should slowly creep up in the coming weeks. He's obviously a must-own player now that he's back on the court, and he looked good enough tonight to activate in nearly all lineups. If you were relying on Ish Smith for assists this season, it's time to start monitoring the waiver wire for a promising pickup. Sunday, 5:34 pm
  • Ish Smith logs 25 minutes off Pistons' bench
    Ish Smith played 25 minutes off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting, two assists, one rebound and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) returned tonight but he was on a strict minute-limit. Stan Van Gundy loves to give his starters heavy minutes, with Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely to dominate the backcourt, so Smith may not see this type of playing time for long. He's been very efficient lately, but is still a cut candidate for a more promising free agent. Sunday, 5:32 pm
  • Ish Smith will come off the bench on Sunday
    Ish Smith will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson (thumb, knee) is making his regular-season debut tonight, although he'll be a minutes limit, so perhaps Smith can still churn out some low-end value. Still, his fantasy clock is ticking, as it'll be tough for him to do much on a nightly basis once Jackson is fully up to speed. Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Reggie Jackson starting, Smith to the bench
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) will start in his regular-season debut Sunday vs. the Magic, sending Ish Smith back to the bench.

    Advice: Jackson won't play much more than 20 minutes tonight, so he's not a great DFS option, but he obviously should be activated in all season-long settings. Smith was just barely clinging to late-round value on the year as Detroit's starter, and his value is going to take a pretty massive hit once Jackson is fully up to speed, so owners may want to start perusing the waiver wire for his replacement. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Marcus Morris, Tobias Harris and Andre Drummond will join Jackson in the starting five. Sunday, 2:47 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee) questionable for Monday
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Curry has spent the past two games on the sidelines, and his minutes have been divvied up between Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson, with Deron Williams logging around 30 minutes as a starter. It'll be more of the same if he can't give it a go Monday night. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • George Hill (left big toe) ruled out Monday
    George Hill (left big toe) will not play on Monday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This will be his third game in a row on the shelf, but the Jazz are hoping he will be able to return either Tuesday against the Suns or Thursday against the Warriors. Dante Exum will likely continue to start, but he's been outplayed by Shelvin Mack lately and has played less minutes than Mack in two straight games. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Reggie Jackson (knee) will play Sunday
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) will play on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was listed as out on the pre-game notes, but the decision on his status was always up to Jackson. Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Jackson will play 4-5 minutes per quarter, so he's looking at roughly 18-20 minutes of action if this holds up. The Pistons are going to ease him back into action, so DFS owners can't trust him right away. If you own Ish Smith, it makes sense to wait and see what happens over the next week before moving on. Sunday, 7:49 am
  • Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) listed as out
    Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) is listed as out for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Game notes aren't 100 percent accurate and there's still an outside chance that R-Jax could be active Sunday. He returned to full practice last week and coach Stan Van Gundy said it's basically up to him when he wants to return. SVG did mention that his stamina will be an issue early on, so his workload should be limited right out of the gate. Regardless, he shouldn't be sitting on any waiver wires right now. Sunday, 6:34 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 27 in loss to Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe hit 10-of-19 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in Saturday's blowout 138-109 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: You hardly hear Bledsoe's name this season or see him in the highlight shows, but he's killing it, averaging 22.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He's returning fourth-round value for the season in leagues that don't count turnovers, and his value appears to be climbing right now. Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Lou Williams scores season-high 40 points
    Lou Williams was a one-man band during a 103-100 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a season-high 40 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 11-of-20 from the field and made all 14 from the line. Williams seemed like he was due for a blow up, and he finally came through. In the previous seven games without D’Angelo Russell (knee), Williams usage rate has increased to 29.5, but his minutes only increased 0.6 from his season average. This massive game boosted him up two rounds of value on the season, putting him inside the top 65 for standard leagues. He's a bit of a sell-high, but Williams is legit under coach Luke Walton. Saturday, 9:20 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay plays just 22 minutes
    Emmanuel Mudiay played just 22 minutes on Saturday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, zero assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone is freaking out about his team's defense and the Nuggets have lost five of their last six games. It's possible that Malone benched EM due to defense, but he's still clearly the team's starting point guard. He's not injured and owners just have to hope that he'll be back up to his normal 30 minutes in his next game. Saturday marked the second time this season he didn't have an assist, but he's still averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Marcelo Huertas gets in the rotation
    Marcelo Huertas played 14 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday with two points, two rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: Well, the Lakers are running out of point guards. D'Angelo Russell (knee) is still out and Jose Calderon (hamstring) went down tonight. Considering Calderon's injury history, he's likely out for several games. Huertas would be a candidate to start and could see minutes in the low 20s until Russell comes back. He's only worth a look in deep leagues for now. Saturday, 8:59 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas torches 76ers late, scores 37
    Isaiah Thomas exploded down the stretch during a 107-106 win over the 76ers on Saturday, scoring a season-high 37 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored 12 consecutive Celtics points down the stretch to lead his team to the win. He also went to the line a season-high 15 times tonight and made 11-of-19 from the field. Thomas is shooting the ball 0.1 percent worse from the field compared to last year, but his efficiency is up thanks to more treys and going to the line 2.5 more times per game. The free throws have made him a top-three option for the free throw percentage category. Thomas has third-round value on the season and is now a top-10 scorer in the NBA. The Pizza Guy is cookin'. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Kyle Lowry nearly triple-doubles in win
    Kyle Lowry hit 6-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a block in 31 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 cakewalk over the Hawks.

    Advice: Just like the Raptors, winners of six straight games, Lowry is rolling, averaging 22.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 7.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 4.6 3-pointers on 64 percent shooting over his last five. And that 64 percent shooting number is not a typo. Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Ricky Rubio has good game vs. Hornets
    Ricky Rubio played 37 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday with nine points, seven boards, 12 assists, one steal, one block, two turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a huge game for him. Kris Dunn was playing very well in the second half with the Wolves making a comeback. Coach Tom Thibodeau still went with Rubio down the stretch and it paid off to get their third win in thrilling fashion. Hopefully this game can get him going. If for some reason he was cut in a shallow league, go get him. Saturday, 7:26 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 with 5x4
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was up to his old tricks during a 112-103 victory over the Nets on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That is his second 5x4 in his last three and third in his last six. Antetokounmpo matched his career high in blocks and his 2.2 per game on the year makes him just one of five players above the 2.0 plateau (Davis, Gobert, Whiteside and Turner). He's an incredible shot blocker with his wingspan and is a rim protector quite often, so blocking two per game could definitely happen this year. He's one of the most fun players to own in a long time with first-round value to go with it. Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless out for Saturday night
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist soreness) will not play Saturday against the Celtics.

    Advice: After missing the first 13 games, Bayless may have came back too soon last month and said he experienced soreness throughout his lone start of the season. He's had PRP treatment and is only day-to-day for now. Sergio Rodriguez will hold down the fort until Bayless is pain-free, so he'll have value until then. Bayless is a tough guy to stash until he's officially back in the lineup. Saturday, 2:59 pm
  • George Hill (toe) is out Saturday
    George Hill (left big toe) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hill is enjoying a phenomenal statistical season but has been bitten by the injury bug of late. He missed eight straight games in November due to a thumb issue and is now dealing with a toe injury. Saturday will be the second game missed due to the toe. Dante Exum started at point guard for Utah in their previous game, but he played less than 19 minutes and scored just five points on 1-of-6 shooting. Shelvin Mack ended up playing 33 minutes, finishing with 11 points, five assists and five rebounds. If you are looking to roll the dice on a DFS dart throw or a streamer, Mack would be the preferred option. Saturday, 10:01 am
  • Seth Curry (knee) will not play Saturday
    Coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Seth Curry (right knee sprain) will not play Saturday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: This will be the second game Curry has missed since spraining his knee Wednesday night. Starter Deron Williams may play more than 30 minutes on Saturday for the first time since November 4th. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson could also see an uptick in minutes off the Mavs bench. Saturday, 9:30 am
  • James Harden scores 20 in win at Denver
    James Harden scored 20 points during a 128-110 win in Denver on Friday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Not a bad win for a team that didn't get into the high altitude until 5 a.m. following a win in Oakland. Harden's shot was off a bit and it took him until late in the fourth to make his trey, which made him the first player in Rockets history to make a 3-pointer in each of the first 20 games of a season. The Rockets are completely ridiculous with their 3-pointers lately, attempting 39.4 per game in their last five. Meanwhile, they've only taken 6.0 midrange shots in their last five -- Harrison Barnes has taken 8.2 midrange shots per game in his last five. Harden is an MVP candidate with his league-leading assists and has his team sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Friday, 11:57 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores 11 points
    Patrick Beverley scored 11 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: If not for garbage time, Beverley's minutes would have likely been more than his 29 from Thursday. Beverley does only have a team-low 12.0 usage rate, but the Rockets are very successful when he's on the court with his team-high 13.8 net rating. He's posting eighth-round value on the year and could hold that value. Friday, 11:40 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay struggles vs. Houston
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 3-of-12 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Friday, adding three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: With Will Barton back in the mix, that means Mudiay will now have more pressure on him, as well. With Jameer Nelson playing well and the shooting guard minutes looking very full with Barton and Jamal Murray, Nelson could take some minutes from Mudiay. That's especially the case when the Nuggets are trailing in the second half. He's a headache to own in standard leagues. Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 17 w/ 11 assists
    Dennis Schroder scored 17 points with 11 assists, two rebounds and one triple in 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He looked much better on paper than in real life, as the Hawks were roasted by 36 points and Schroder and the rest of the starters were benched at half. Schroder has put together three encouraging stat lines in a row with averages of 24.0 points, 8.7 assists and 1.3 triples in that span, but it's going to be interesting to see what happens to his (and the rest of the starters) role on Saturday vs. the Raptors with his head coach contemplating lineup changes. Our guess is that Schroder's job is safe. Friday, 9:36 pm
  • Derrick Rose thrives in the starting lineup
    Derrick Rose scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: There's been talk of Rose wanting an in-season contract extension, so this game may help his case. Rose has looked good over his last four, averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys on 44.8 percent from the field. Compared to last year, his usage rate is down, his efficiency is way up and he's been better in other categories. Still, Rose only has 11th-round value on the year despite his improvements. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Brandon Jennings only gets 19 minutes
    Brandon Jennings scored two points with three rebounds, eight assists and four turnovers in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Derrick Rose and Justin Holiday were both in a good groove, so the minutes were not there for Jennings tonight like they were on Wednesday. Obviously Rose isn't going to be on his game every night, so Jennings will see better days. Still, he's more of a desperate asset for a PG-needy owner in standard leagues. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Ricky Rubio has another bad game
    Ricky Rubio played 30 minutes against the Knicks on Friday with three points, three rebounds, six assists and one steal.

    Advice: He had a rough time on defense, but at least coach Tom Thibodeau used Rubio in the fourth for the second straight game. Rubio hasn't been taking as many bad shots and he has been able to get the ball to the scorers, so that's a positive. He's annoying his fantasy owners right now, but he should still be held in all standard leagues. Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Kyle Lowry leads Raptors with 24 points
    Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to a 113-80 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He made an early exit in the fourth quarter after 31 minutes with the game comfortably in the books. Lowry added seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and six triples, but also turned the ball over four times. DeMar DeRozan was getting all the headlines earlier this season, but it's been all Lowry for a couple weeks now. He's scored 24 or more points in three straight games and should have a big game against Dennis Schroder and the Hawks on Saturday. Friday, 7:07 pm
  • George Hill (left big toe) doubtful Saturday
    George Hill (left big toe) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The doubtful tag this early is always a concern, so Hill's owners may have to prepare for another lengthy absence. He's been having a career year, so his owners just need to hold onto him. Dante Exum started on Thursday, but Shelvin Mack outplayed him off the bench and is the better short-term option in deeper leagues. Friday, 6:52 pm
  • Suns looking to get more dimes?
    The Suns are looking to add more passing into their offense.

    Advice: "It’s been stagnant at times," Eric Bledsoe said of the team’s passing. "But at the end of the day, everybody is happy with how the offense is going. The heart of our team is me, Brandon and Devin. We’re going to have the ball the majority of times." The Suns are 29th in dimes per game and lead the NBA in unassisted baskets per game. There shouldn't be much change overall, but more dimes could add more fantasy value to the Phoenix guards. Friday, 1:33 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play Friday
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist soreness) will not play Friday vs. Orlando and is questionable for Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Bayless had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on his wrist earlier this week and is not yet ready for game action. Sergio Rodriguez will likely start in his place on Friday, with T.J. McConnell as the first point guard off the bench. Rodriguez has averaged 8.2 points, 7.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds in the 17 games he has started this season. Friday, 8:28 am
  • Patrick Beverley gets 29 minutes
    Patrick Beverley scored three points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He only saw 0.5 minutes in the overtime frames, so maybe coach Mike D'Antoni didn't want to put too many minutes on Beverley during the front end of a back-to-back set. He hasn't shot the ball well in his last three with just three makes on 16 attempts, but Beverley is a hold in standard leagues. His minutes may be something to watch in Denver on Friday. Thursday, 11:45 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles in 2-OT win
    James Harden scored 29 points in a double-overtime win on Thursday night, adding 15 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden recorded his fourth triple-double of the season and continues to have one of the highest usage rates in the league at 34 percent. He accounts for 61.8 percent of the Rockets assists, 33.1 percent of the points, 24 percent of the steals, and 21.8 percent of the rebounds. He stuffs the stat sheet just about every night and remains a top five fantasy player. Thursday, 11:13 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 23 in full line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo went berserk during a 111-93 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: The steals numbers are off the charts and it's moved Giannis to No. 3 in steals per game while he's also fifth in blocks per outing. Antetokounmpo made a season-high two treys in this game and hit his first corner trey, which make have lead to some post-game talk on his shooting. After the game, Giannis said he's been invited to work out with Dirk Nowitzki next summer and Giannis also talked about his shot. "My main focus is to shoot without hesitating," Antetokounmpo said. "That's my main focus right now. I don't care if it goes in or it goes out. I just shoot. I have nothing to lose. Just let it fly." If he develops a strong shot, no team is safe. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • MDA wants James Harden down to 34 mpg?
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said he eventually wants to get James Harden to 34 minutes per game.

    Advice: This isn't the first time MDA has said he wanted to drop Harden's minutes, but he's played 37.6 minutes per game over his last five outings. Harden is still likely going to put up monster numbers and we're not expecting him to drop too far below his season average of 36.9. Thursday, 6:39 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is now questionable
    Updating a previous item, Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is questionable to face the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Bayless was previously reported as out, but that was off the game notes. He had PRP treatment on his wrist recently and had been battling soreness basically since his return to action last week. If he is limited or out, Sergio Rodriguez would get a nice bump in playing time with T.J. McConnell backing him up. Fantasy owners may want to take a wait-and-see approach on Bayless unless the wire is dry. Thursday, 11:00 am
  • George Hill out Thursday against Miami
    George Hill (left big toe) is out for Thursday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Hill is dealing with a sprain in his left big toe and will sit against the Heat on Thursday. Hill has put together a fantastic season thus far and it's currently unclear how long he'll be out. For at least Thursday night, Dante Exum and Shelvin Mack will see a boost in minutes and fantasy value, with Exum being the likely starter and priority pickup of the two. Thursday, 10:01 am
  • Jerryd Bayless will not play on Fri vs Magic
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will miss Friday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Bayless had platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment on his wrist and will need some time to recover. We'll consider him day-to-day moving forward, but Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell will continue to see more minutes on Friday. Bayless can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 8:52 am
  • Dennis Schroder scores career-high 31 points
    Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 31 points in Phoenix on Wednesday, hitting 13-of-23 shots with nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block.

    Advice: The Hawks came in with three straight losses, including blowouts vs. the Jazz and Lakers, and they fell again tonight despite Schroder's best efforts. He did have five turnovers, continuing a career-long trend, but his 8-cat owners have to be thrilled -- over the past two games he's averaged 27.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 2.5 boards, 7.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Russell Westbrook drops another triple-double
    Russell Westbrook turned in his ninth triple-double of the season during a 126-115 overtime win over the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring 35 points with 14 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is tied in triple-doubles with the entire league combined this season. Westbrook is also just the third player to average a triple-double for a calendar month with at least 10 games in that span. He went bonkers in overtime with 14 points thanks to his ridiculous 70.4 usage rate in that time. Not surprisingly, he's leading the NBA in usage rate at 40.3 to go with his triple-double average on the season. He'll look for his fifth straight trip-dub against the Pelicans on Sunday. Wednesday, 9:51 pm
  • Brandon Jennings scores 12 points
    Brandon Jennings played 34 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with 12 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter while Derrick Rose played just 3.1 minutes in that frame. Jennings has seen his minutes fluctuate and only played 13 minutes on Monday. Although, Jennings could be looking at a bump in playing time if Courtney Lee (ankle) needs to miss time. He's more of a 14-team guy due to his shooting woes. Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Ricky Rubio gets 38 minutes, plays in fourth
    Ricky Rubio played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with eight points with two rebounds, six assists, three steals and two turnovers.

    Advice: After his recent fourth quarter benching, Rubio logged 9.3 minutes in the fourth tonight. He played very well today on the whole and most importantly the offense was able to go through Karl-Anthony Towns more often. Although, the Wolves not winning this game certainly isn't a positive. Rubio should still be held in standard leagues despite his recent struggles. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kyle Lowry ties season high w/ 29 points
    Kyle Lowry tied his season high with 29 points on Wednesday, making 8-of-13 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs with eight assists and a pair of steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry went 4-of-7 from downtown but this isn't likely to be the start of a sustained offensive surge. He's taken a backseat to DeMar DeRozan (24 points, nine boards, six assists) offensively this season, and he benefited from a matchup vs. Grizzlies rookie Andrew Harrison tonight. That said, Lowry is still an excellent, borderline-elite fantasy PG. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas' 27 points not enough Wednesday
    Isaiah Thomas scored a team-high 27 points in a losing effort on Wednesday, going 10-of-20 from the field and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

    Advice: Thomas made three 3-pointers with four assists and just two turnovers, but he didn't have any rebounds, steals or blocks. He's been a steady third-round fantasy value this year, proving impervious to the addition of Al Horford and the improved play of guys like Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. Wednesday, 7:39 pm
  • Ish Smith gets 19/8/8 in road win vs. Celtics
    The Pistons finished their back-to-back set with a win in Boston on Wednesday, aided by Ish Smith's 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

    Advice: Smith sank 9-of-12 shots with zero turnovers in 36 minutes of action, a stellar performance that we're unlikely to see re-produced once Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) gets back on the court. Stan Van Gundy loves to play his starters heavy minutes, and Smith and Jackson aren't likely to share the court on a routine basis, so he'll be a cut candidate in the near future. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell to have doc visit Monday
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will see a doctor on Monday.

    Advice: He's progressing just fine from his PRP treatment and should be back next week at some point. Russell didn't have any structural damage to his knee, but he's been dealing with soreness since before the season. He's a solid buy-low target. Wednesday, 2:32 pm
  • Monta Ellis okay with low usage rate in IND
    Monta Ellis said he doesn't need a substantial role on the offensive end to make a meaningful impact on the game.

    Advice: "I don’t need to take that many shots in a game," Ellis said. "I’m just playing the game the right way. My shots will come when they come. If they don’t, then I’ll do other things." Ellis has been working with a career-low 17.0 usage rate this season, which has resulted in him posting a career-low 10.6 points per contest, although he's still finding ways to be effective with 4.2 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks per game. He won't be much more than a late-round guy this year, but he's worth owning. Wednesday, 8:28 am
  • George Hill finally cools off vs. Rockets
    George Hill hit just 2-of-6 shots for eight points, four assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: Hill was not only having a fantastic season coming in, he'd scored 22, 23 and 24 points in each of his three games since returning from his thumb injury on Nov. 23. Patrick Beverley shut him down tonight, but given how well Hill has played this season, we fully expect him to bounce back on Thursday against the Heat. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • James Harden hits 8-of-23 shots in loss
    James Harden hit just 8-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Tuesday's 120-101 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Harden led the team in minutes, but didn't play very well tonight. He hit 11-of-22 shots in his previous game and came into this one hitting 46 percent of his shots on the season. But he's at just 41 percent overs his lsat five games and the seven dimes tied his season low. Obviously, he's fine and will be ready to blow up again in the near future. Possibly against the Warriors on Thursday. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
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