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  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) is listed questionable for Tuesday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: We hadn't heard of any injury hampering Evans before tonight. However, his playing time (and production) had dipped in each of the last two games, including Evans seeing less than 12 minutes off the bench on Monday night. It may be that he has ben dealing with an ankle tweak for a few days. Check back for an update to see if the Pels sit him down. Rotoworld.com 42 minutes ago
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  • Kawhi Leonard (rest, hand) expected to play
    Kawhi Leonard (rest, hand) is expected to play Tuesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Things aren't quite official just yet, but Gregg Popovich described Leonard's absence from Monday's game as precautionary, and Leonard wasn't on the injury report at shootaround so he'll likely be back in action tonight. With Kawhi back, Kyle Anderson will return to the bench where he'll lose most his value. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
  • Jonathon Simmons (wrist) won't play Tuesday
    Jonathon Simmons (wrist) will not play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: This is the first we've heard of a wrist issue for Simmons. The only info we have right now is that Simmons is dealing with "some sort of wrist ailment." Simmons is averaging 16.7 minutes per game in January. Those minutes will likely be soaked up by Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Danny Green. Rotoworld.com 47 minutes ago
  • Ginobili, Leonard expected to play Tuesday
    Manu Ginobili (back) and Kawhi Leonard (hand) are expected to play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Ginobili and Leonard were rested on the front end of a back-to-back set on Monday, but they should both be back in action tonight without a minutes restriction. Tony Parker (foot) is out tonight, so Ginobili might be able to see his minutes in the mid-20s, although he's that's still not enough time to consider him an attractive option in most settings. Rotoworld.com 54 minutes ago
  • Evan Fournier (foot) will not play Tuesday
    Evan Fournier (foot) will not play Tuesday vs. the Bulls

    Advice: The Magic announced that Jeff Green will start on Tuesday. C.J. Watson will also continue to soak up minutes, especially with D.J. Augustin (ankle) also sidelined. Orlando has even let Mario Hezonja play a bit more of late (18.3 minutes per game over Orlando's last four contests). Rotoworld.com Today, 2:31 pm
  • Jeff Green starting, Watson to the bench
    Jeff Green will enter the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, sending C.J. Watson back to the bench.

    Advice: Watson was doing a whole lot of nothing as a starter, so it's not all that surprising to see Frank Vogel turn to Green with the hopes of infusing some offense into the first unit. Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will join Green in the starting five tonight, and Payton should be logging major minutes with both D.J. Augustin (ankle) and Evan Fournier (heel) on the sidelines. Green is as inconsistent as they come, so he's not worth much more than a punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:25 pm
  • Walton won't commit to Ingram running point
    Luke Walton is uncertain if he'll give Brandon Ingram another start at point guard on Wednesday.

    Advice: The first time Walton allowed Ingram to start at point guard, the rookie flirted with a triple-double in a close loss to the Cavs, but the second time around Ingram committed three turnovers and zero assists while the Lakers suffered their worst loss in franchise history; so it's been a mixed bag. Walton may want to temporarily suspend the point-Ingram experiment, but regardless of what position Ingram plays at, he's sure to log significant minutes for the rebuilding Lakers. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:44 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) will play Wednesday vs. POR
    Updating a previous report, Luke Walton confirmed that Luol Deng (wrist) will play Wednesday in Portland.

    Advice: Deng missed the scrimmage portion of Tuesday's practice, but he'll be good to go for Wednesday's game after logging 19 minutes in his return from a two-game stint on the sidelines on Sunday. Deng is starting and getting solid run for the Lakers, but statistically, his production just hasn't been there and his rest-of-season outlook isn't looking great as an older guy playing on a rebuilding team. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:36 pm
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  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) questionable Wednesday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: This is the first time Lamb has been designated with the questionable tag since going down with the foot issue, so maybe he can get back to the court on Wednesday night following a six-game absence. If he does, he could take away some minutes from Marco Belinelli, but it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:29 pm
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  • Rodney Hood (knee) could miss another 3 weeks
    Quin Snyder said on Monday that Rodney Hood's (knee) initial timetable was set at 2-4 weeks, and he hasn't deviated from that proposed timeline.

    Advice: Hood went down with the knee injury on January 15, so we're currently just a little over a week into his rehab, and if he requires the full four weeks off, we won't see him back on the court until mid-February. Hood wasn't playing very well at all prior to going down, so if you're in a standard league without an IR-spot and struggling in the standings, you may be forced to outright cut him. Joe Ingles will continue to start in Hood's absence, and he's worth a look if you want some steals and triples. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:15 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) probable for Wednesday
    Luol Deng (wrist) is probable to play Wednesday in Portland.

    Advice: Deng went through a majority of Tuesday's practice, but sat out the scrimmage portion after a minor collision with Tarik Black in which he got popped in the face. He should be good to go for Wednesday night, although over the past month he's ranked outside the top-150 with forgettable averages of 8.0 points, 5.9 boards and not much else on 40.5 percent shooting. As Larry Nance works his way into game shape, Deng's value will likely continue to trend in the wrong direction. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:05 pm
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  • Rodney Hood (knee) out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: He's likely going to spend at least another week on the sidelines, and there's a chance his absence extends beyond that. Joe Ingles will continue to start in his absence, with Gordon Hayward seeing an uptick in usage. Ingles is worth owning in most leagues while Hood is on the sidelines. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:30 am
  • Manu Ginobili (back) probable for Tuesday
    Manu Ginobili (back spasms) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Ginobili did not play on Monday, although Coach Pop admitted that was partly due to the Spurs wanting to rest their vet. With Tony Parker (foot) ruled out for Tuesday, Manu may see a few extra minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:24 am
  • Ben Simmons (foot) progressing as expected
    Ben Simmons (foot) had a planned scan on Monday with his operating physician in New York and is progressing as expected, yet remains without a timetable for his return.

    Advice: Simmons is clearing minor hurdles and seems to be slowly but surely inching towards a return. Reports have intimated that the Sixers and Simmons are targeting sometime after the All-Star break. He is worth a stash, especially if your league utilizes an IR spot; however, keep in mind that even after Simmons returns, the Sixers will be very cautious with him. We can safely assume they will severely limit his minutes and prevent him from playing in back-to-back etc. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:59 am
  • Norman Powell listed as probable starter Tues
    Norman Powell is listed as the "probable starter" at shooting guard in place of DeMar DeRozan (ankle) in the Raptors game notes for Tuesday's matchup with the Spurs.

    Advice: Powell has started seven games for the Raps this season and is averaging 13.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28.5 minutes in those seven starts. Thus, he is a risky, but intriguing DFS play due to his cheap price. Terrence Ross will also see plenty of additional minutes off the bench on Tuesday and Wednesday with DeRozan sidelined. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Austin Rivers' confidence on the rise
    Austin Rivers says he knew he was going to have a big season in 2016-17, as he finished up last year strong and went into the summer with confidence.

    Advice: "It’s not like this is a shock to me. I knew I was going to play well this year," said Rivers. "I knew it was coming." After pouring in 27 points in Monday night's win over the Hawks, Rivers is averaging 19.4 points (on 51.8 percent shooting), 4.4 assists and 2.4 3-pointers over the Clippers last eight games. Rivers' ownership levels should remain sky-high for as long as Chris Paul (thumb) is sidelined. In his 16 starts this season, Rivers is averaging 17.4 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in 33.8 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 17 in loss
    Gordon Hayward scored 17 points in Monday's loss to the Thunder, snapping a six-game winning streak for the Jazz.

    Advice: "It was a tough game for us," Hayward said. "I felt like they made the plays when they needed to and we didn't. It's a frustrating one, but it's one you have to try and let go and move on." The Jazz are one of the hottest teams in the West right now and they're still not even at full strength with Rodney Hood (knee) out. The Jazz are just one loss behind the fourth-seeded Clippers and have every reason to keep giving Hayward big minutes the rest of the way. He shot 6-of-17 from the field in the loss and added six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two triples. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Jerami Grant returns to bench Monday
    Jerami Grant returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Jazz and scored two points in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) returned to the starting lineup and looked healthy in 37 minutes, so Grant's owners should look elsewhere for production. The blocks specialist shot 1-of-3 from the field and added two rebounds, one assist and one block. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles vs. the Heat
    Draymond Green struggled vs. the Heat on Monday with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He missed all three of his triples and only hit 1-of-4 from the line, adding seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. While it will go mostly unnoticed, Green had the best +/- rating of +8 tonight despite the underwhelming line, but expect more from him on Wednesday vs. Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores 13 points in win
    Justin Holiday played 32 minutes and hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks in Monday's 109-103 win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench, but is making some noise, averaging 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. His 32 minutes were easily his most since Dec. 28, so it's possible he's on the verge of getting hot. Just keep an eye on him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 14 in win over Pacers
    Courtney Lee hit 3-of-7 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-7 free throws for 14 points, four rebounds and one steal in 25 minutes of Monday's 109-103 win over the Pacers.

    Advice: He's starting at shooting guard for the Knicks and scored 13 points on Saturday, when he hit three 3-pointers. Maybe he's ready to start scoring 14 points a night, but unless you're simply desperate for 3-pointers, you can probably find a more valuable player off your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 27 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting in a loss to the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors had their seven-game winning streak snapped by a Dion Waiters 3-pointer in the final seconds after KD tied the game at 102 apiece with a driving slam. Durant only hit 1-of-8 triples tonight, but added six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes. He's still the No. 1 overall player in standard fantasy leagues and we don't see that changing anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Glenn Robinson quiet in move to bench
    Glenn Robinson III came off the bench and played 18 minutes Monday, finishing with six points, three rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: C.J. Miles started over RG3 tonight and the move could stick. If you were holding him, it's probably time to move on. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • James Johnson held to nine points
    James Johnson scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He played 27 minutes and added four assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a triple. Johnson has slowed down in his last three games with averages of 7.0 points, 4.3 boards and 4.6 assists with not much else, but he has almost no competition for minutes and should bounce back in a dream matchup vs. the Nets on Wednesday. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Paul George's 31 not enough for Indy
    Paul George hit 11-of-24 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 31 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Monday's 109-103 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: George hadn't scored more than 24 points in any of his previous six games, so it was nice to see him break out of a min-funk tonight. He's averaging 22.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • C.J. Miles starts, scores 10 for Pacers
    C.J. Miles replaced Glenn Robinson in the starting lineup on Monday and hit 4-of-14 shots and 2-of-9 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds, a steal and a block in a 109-103 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Miles can get hot at any time, but is currently not feeling it, hitting just 29 percent of his shots over his last five games. He's worth keeping an eye on if he sticks in the starting lineup, but he's injury prone and is averaging just 6.8 points and 1.4 3-pointers over his last five. But he's also set to get a boost if Monta Ellis misses time with his sprained ankle, so now might be a good time to think about taking a flier on Miles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Thaddeus Young struggles for Pacers
    Thaddeus Young hit just 2-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes of Monday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Young is stealing the heck out of the ball right now, but the rest of his game, especially his offense, has been pretty rough lately. He's averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. The scoring is a buzzkill, but the steals and strong shooting help make up for it, and make him worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Dion Waiters hits game-winner, scores 33
    Dion Waiters hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Monday's 105-102 win over the Warriors, finishing with 33 points on 13-of-20 shooting.

    Advice: He scored a season-high 33 points for the second game in a row with Tyler Johnson (shoulder) on the shelf, including 11 points in the final quarter. With just a few seconds left in regulation, Waiters pulled up over Klay Thompson for an incredible fadeaway triple (link below). He logged 33 minutes and added five rebounds, four assists, one steal and six triples, and with Johnson out the next two games, it now makes sense to add Waiters while he's rolling. He had a massive 30.3 usage rate tonight and the Heat play three more times this week, but just keep in mind that his FG percentage can be volatile and his value will take a sizable hit when the Heat get some bodies back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Tyreke Evans plays 12 minutes on Monday
    Tyreke Evans played just 12 minutes on Monday, finishing with nine points, two rebounds, four assists and a 3-pointer on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: Evans played just 13 minutes on Friday and has scored a total of just 17 points in his last two games after hitting double digits in five straight games, which included a 29-point breakout on Jan. 12. We're guessing his minutes will come back around soon, but for now, he's not a must-start player until his minutes get back to 20-plus again, instead of the 12.5 he's averaged over his last two. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:28 pm
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  • Austin Rivers tweaks ankle in win
    Austin Rivers played through a sprained ankle and finished Monday's 115-105 win over the Hawks with 27 points, four rebounds, six assists and five 3-pointers on 10-of-21 shooting, and played 41 minutes despite the injury.

    Advice: The ankle sprain didn't look great on television, but Rivers powered through it and looked like the best player on the court tonight. He's playing very well right now. averaging 18.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.4 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five. River and teammate Raymond Felton are both players to own for as long as Chris Paul remains out with his thumb injury, which will be at least for another month. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) available to return
    Austin Rivers (ankle) is available to return on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The injury looked pretty bad and Rivers had quite a limp, but the Clippers finally get some injury luck with this report. Rivers was the best player on the floor in the first half, so his owners are very fortunate right now. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) goes to locker room
    Austin Rivers (ankle) left Monday's game vs. the Hawks and went back to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:38 pm
  • C.J. Miles starting, Glenn Robinson to bench
    C.J. Miles will start in place of Glenn Robinson III on Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Pacers have lost two straight games and coach Nate McMillan wants to shake things up. Miles has been held to single-digit points in his last four games, but maybe the move into the first unit will get him going. Put him on your radar if you need 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (hand, Nets) out Monday
    Kawhi Leonard (hand, Nets) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He's resting for "precautionary" reasons against the worst team in the NBA, so Leonard's owners can expect to have him back for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. With Leonard out, expect to see a lot of Jonathon Simmons and Kyle Anderson at the three. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Evan Fournier (heel) misses practice Monday
    Evan Fournier (heel) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He still has no timetable to return and he's not expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Bulls. With Jodie Meeks (thumb) out several weeks, coach Frank Vogel has been giving C.J. Watson 33.5 minutes per game over his last two outings, but he has little to no fantasy appeal outside of deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 am
  • Manu Ginobili (back spasms) out Monday
    Manu Ginobili (back spasms) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He probably would've rested against the Nets even if he was healthy, but Ginobili isn't 100 percent after tweaking his back against Cleveland on Saturday. He should be considered questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors. With both Ginobili and Tony Parker (foot) out, Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills and Danny Green will all be busy in the backcourt, while Jonathon Simmons should pick up some minutes as well. Daily Slant: Per RotoGrinders CourtIQ, several Spurs are due for increased roles with Parker, Ginobili and Gasol off the court. Kawhi Leonard owns an elite 39.8% usage rate with a 1.40 FPPG mark with all three off the floor, and Dejounte Murray's usage jumps to 28.0%. LaMarcus Aldrige (27.5%), Jonathan Simmons (22.6%) and Patty Mills (21.5%) also own suitable usage rates in that split, and we haven't even touched on David Lee, who is on of the top $/point options on the slate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 am
  • Dion Waiters working on his finishing at rim
    Dion Waiters said he's working on his ability to finish around the rim.

    Advice: "Coaches told me to be aggressive, be me, do what I do best, get to the rack," Waiters said. "I get there with the best of them. It’s about me finishing when I get there. I work on it every day." That's arguably one of Waiters' biggest weaknesses, but he said Goran Dragic gave him some tips on how to improve including "being physical, lowering my shoulder." Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, so Waiters could be busy once again after scoring 33 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Norman Powell silent off Raptors' bench
    Norman Powell shifted to the Raptors' bench on Sunday, finishing a tough loss vs. the visiting Suns with four points and one assist in six minutes.

    Advice: Powell's typical role isn't conducive to fantasy value, so he's not a good guy to own while the roster is near full strength. Leave him on the wire unless you find his season averages useful -- 6.0 points, 0.6 threes, 1.6 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.2 blocks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:59 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) scores 9 points in 19 mins
    Luol Deng (wrist) was back in the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the sidelines and produced nine points, two boards, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The low minute total can be attributed to the blowout nature of the game, although Deng's minutes could start trending south as Larry Nance is brought back into the rotation. On the season, Deng ranks outside the top-150, and there won't be much incentive for Luke Walton to prioritize his playing time towards the second half of the year with guys like Brandon Ingram and Nance in need of developmental minutes. In other words, Deng isn't a very attractive pickup in most settings. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:09 pm
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  • Lakers suffer worst loss in franchise history
    Brandon Ingram struggled in a start at PG on Sunday, going 2-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line on his way to six points, one board, one steal, three turnovers and zero assists in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Ingram air-balled his first shot, and just never really got things going after that, but he wasn't the only guy to struggle today as only two Lakers (Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams) managed to crack double-digits in the scoring department. Nick Young finished with nine points, two boards, one triple and one assist, and Julius Randle put up nine points, six boards, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in the blowout. The Lakers lost by 49 points today, their worst loss in franchise history. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Norman Powell will come off the bench Sunday
    Norman Powell will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Lucas Nogueira (concussion) is back in the starting five, so Powell's minutes could fall back to the teens. He's not a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:56 pm
  • Luol Deng, Young starting on Sunday vs. DAL
    Luol Deng (wrist) and Nick Young (knee) will start Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Deng will be returning from a two-game absence, and Brandon Ingram, Young, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov will join him in the starting five. Deng hasn't played very well over the past month, and with Larry Nance (knee) also getting back to the court tonight, he's not a strong pickup in most settings. Ingram has been playing really well lately, and after flirting with a triple-double the last time he started at point, he makes for an intriguing DFS play today. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:22 pm
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  • Kevin Durant scores 15 points with full line
    Kevin Durant posted his 17th double-double of the season on Sunday, racking up 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, three steals, two blocks and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If there’s one negative thing we could say about Durant, it’s that he’s been a pretty awful screen setter for the Dubs this season. Luckily, screen setting is not a category in fantasy hoops, and in all that statistical categories that matter, The Duranchula is an absolute monster. He's hitting career-highs in boards (8.5), blocks (1.7) and field goal percentage (54.6) which are just a few reasons why he ranks No. 1 overall this year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Draymond Green struggles in win over ORL
    Draymond Green couldn't get his shot to drop during Sunday's win over the Magic, going 1-of-7 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, four assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka made life difficult for Green in this one, but his owners can fully expect a bounce-back performance with a much more favorable matchup against Miami on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:27 am
  • Evan Fournier (heel) out again on Sunday
    Evan Fournier (heel) will not play on Sunday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: His return is not "imminent" and it sounds like the Magic are prepared for him to miss additional time -- the Magic signed Anthony Brown to a 10-day contract to provide some emergency depth on the wings. C.J. Watson will draw another start at shooting guard, but fantasy owners can ignore him for now after he scored five points in 31 minutes on Friday. Expect to see a lot of two-PG lineups with Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin getting a boost. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:23 am
  • Ben Simmons (foot) to have final scan Monday
    Ben Simmons (foot) will have a "final scan" on Monday according to 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo.

    Advice: While an official timetable has not been released, Simmons' return is coming "soon enough" and Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that he's expected to debut shortly after the All-Star break. 76ers coach Brett Brown hinted earlier in the week that he expects to see the No. 1 overall pick at some point this season, so feel free to stash him if you have an available IR spot. Expect the 76ers to monitor his minutes similar to the way they treated Joel Embiid earlier this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:48 am
  • Austin Rivers scores 16 points in start
    Austin Rivers scored 16 points with two rebounds, five assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes as the starting point guard against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: The fact that he started over Raymond Felton was a good sign, but getting smoked in the first half negates that. With Blake Griffin (knee) getting really close, it should affect Rivers the most because he's more of a score-first guard and that's not needed as much next to BG. Plus, he has been a nightmare on defense. He's a hold for the rest of the month, but may fall off in February. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 41 points
    Kawhi Leonard won the battle against LeBron James during a thrilling 118-115 overtime victory in Cleveland on Saturday, scoring a career-high 41 points with six rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 46 minutes.

    Advice: He's not a system player. He's a system, player. Leonard's offense has been better than his defense these days with six consecutive games of at least 30 points. He joins only George "The Iceman" Gervin as the only two in Spurs history to do that. Leonard wasn't expected to have a J coming out of college, but he posted a 58.7 effective field goal percentage on just his 92 jumpers alone in his last six. The Spurs are first in the NBA in offensive rating in that span and it's all about Kawhi. The Spurs are a Kawhi system these days. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:16 pm
  • Manu Ginobili hurts his back
    Manu Ginobili hurt his back at the end of Saturday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: He grabbed his lower back and was in a lot of pain. Ginobili has a slew of back problems in the past, so you can pencil him as a DNP on Monday and possibly beyond. Jonathon Simmons would be worth a look in deep leagues while Bryn Forbes could be in the rotation. This helps Danny Green too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:06 pm
  • Paul George ejected after fouling out
    Paul George was ejected for arguing with a ref on Saturday night in Utah.

    Advice: He fouled out anyway, so the ejection didn't hurt his playing time. George did have some things to say to the ref and he does have a track record for comments about officials, so he could be fined. We would be very surprised if he is suspended or anything. George finished with 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 13 points in loss to Suns
    Courtney Lee started and played 37 minutes in Saturday's loss to the Suns, finishing with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 5-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: Lee came in averaging 30-plus minutes in January, but hadn't scored more than nine points in his previous eight games. He might get hot and start scoring in double figures regularly, but for now, this looks like nothing more than a decent game against inferior defense. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • James Johnson struggles with his shot vs. MIL
    James Johnson hit 3-of-12 shots for seven points with six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Johnson is struggling with his shot, shooting below 30 percent in his last two games, but he is still playing big minutes and helping fantasy owners with his peripheral stats. He remains a hold option despite tonight's underwhelming performance. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores season-high 33 points
    Dion Waiters hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 33 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in Saturday's 109-97 win against the Bucks.

    Advice: As expected, coach Erik Spoelstra used the old C.J. McCollum rotation move for Waiters, giving him 100 percent of the backup point guard minutes tonight. Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is day-to-day with his surgically-repaired shoulder from last year, so he could miss time despite being day-to-day. Waiters should have value in that time, so he's worth a pickup for owners seeing good short-term output and some top-150 kind of numbers once Johnson is back. Josh Richardson (foot) would hurt him too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Courtney Lee to start, Ron Baker to bench
    Courtney Lee will start and Ron Baker will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: After Lee's 'Dumb and Dumber' saga, he's back in the starting lineup. He should play with an extra edge and has a great matchup, so he could hit the ground running. We still wouldn't use Lee in most cases. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:07 pm
  • Dion Waiters sticking in the starting unit
    Dion Waiters will stick in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: This is somewhat interesting with Tyler Johnson (shoulder) out. With Goran Dragic as really the only ball-handler, we will probably see Waiters be used in a C.J. McCollum-esque role. In other words, he'll likely be staggered from Goran Dragic to make him the backup one to go with his starting two duties. He should be busy tonight and gains value while Johnson is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:56 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb still out for Saturday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: The updates have been pretty sparse on Lamb, so he's likely looking at a few more games out. With him out, it'll be Marco Belinelli and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist getting more solidified roles. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:38 pm
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  • Luol Deng (wrist) goes through full practice
    Luol Deng (wrist) went through a full practice on Saturday and is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

    Advice: That's a great sign for Deng to return. Deng was previous ruled out "indefinitely" earlier this week, but it was just their way of saying they didn't know how long his shooting wrist would bother him. With Brandon Ingram playing much better and Larry Nance back, Deng may not be returning to the same role he had before the injury. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:55 am
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  • Gordon Hayward hurts hand, scores 26
    Gordon Hayward scored 26 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He did hurt his hand and the team had to call timeout to stop the game because he was in so much pain. Hayward looked fine after that, but he sure does have a lot of hand injuries this year. Hayward has been wonderful since returning from a hand injury to start the year, posting third-round value per game on the season. He also ran the offense tonight in a no-PG lineup for eight minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:50 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 15 w/ 3 steals, 3 treys
    Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:07 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win at HOU
    Kevin Durant was on his A game during a 125-108 win in Houston on Friday, making 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was just awesome on the defensive end in what has been an underrated part of his game in his career. The Warriors also made all of their shots off KD passes today. Obviously, it's about his offense and you may need a microscope to spot a KD slump. Durant has turned in a true shooting percentage below 60 in two consecutive games in just one instance this year. That and the stats across the board make him fantasy's No. 1 player this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Paul George scores 21 points in loss
    Paul George scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: George's name has popped up in the rumor a couple times this season, but Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated his desire to keep PG-13 in Indiana for the long term. "Before the year started, I told Paul and I said, ‘Look, if you want to sign a long-term deal, we’re willing to do that max [contract] and if you want to wait, I understand.’ But this year, we’re not going to worry about it, we’re not going to talk about it and he’s going to make the decision that’s best for Paul when it comes down to it." George has a player option for the 2018-19 season, but his contract situation isn't a pressing issue right now and is not a concern for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Draymond Green fills it up in a win
    Draymond Green was key in the win over the Rockets on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dubs get all the credit for their offense, but their defense was a big reason why they won this game. Green actually only played eight minutes at the five in this game, which is somewhat surprising with how the Rockets count on perimeter scoring so much. Despite a three percent dip in usage and a four percent dip in true shooting percentage, Green is still a first-round value in standard leagues. It's not all about scoring, you guys. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:14 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up five more steals
    Thaddeus Young racked up five more steals in Friday's loss to the Lakers, adding nine points (3-of-9 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's a thief and has racked up a ridiculous 20 steals over his last five games. He's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 0.6 triples in that span, so the steals are really boosting his value right now. He gets a tough matchup vs. the Jazz on Saturday, but continue to roll him out there. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores eight points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored just eight points with four rebounds, no assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes during a 143-114 blowout loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The last time we saw Evans play the Nets, he busted out for 29 points. Of course, that was because he was on fire and Anthony Davis was out. He's going to be off for a couple days, so we'll see if he gets an increase on his minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:45 pm
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  • Jeff Green scores 18 off the bench
    Jeff Green scored 18 points off the bench on Friday vs. the Bucks on 6-of-13 shooting from the field.

    Advice: The Magic were coming into this one riding a three-game losing streak and Green urged his teammates to show up "mad" tonight. The forward led by example in one of his best games of the season and added seven rebounds with two assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 27 minutes. He also finished 5-of-5 from the line. There are a lot of touches up for grabs in Orlando and the Magic are playing more small ball these days, so Green is trending up in deeper leagues with both Evan Fournier (heel, foot) and Jodie Meeks (thumb) out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Norm Powell in a rough patch right now
    Norman Powell got the start on Friday against the Hornets with only four points, four rebounds and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Ouch. Powell has really been struggling and we thought it might be due to a lack of a role, but he certainly didn't come through here. The starting lineup was all about the matchup and the lack of power forwards, so leave Powell on the wire here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) out, Ingram to start
    Luol Deng (wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Brandon Ingram will start in his place once again. The Lakers initially said Deng was out indefinitely a few days back, but he was a game-time call tonight which suggests he's probably day-to-day. Regardless, he belongs on the wire in most leagues anyways. Ingram is looking at a heavy workload and is trending up as a nice stash in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 pm
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  • Luol Deng a game-time call vs. Pacers
    Luol Deng (wrist) is a game-time call to face the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He will test out his shooting wrist and the team will go from there. If he sits, Brandon Ingram would get the start again. We'll pass along the decision on Deng in hopefully about an hour. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:52 pm
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  • Norman Powell starting over Pascal Siakam
    Norman Powell will start and Pascal Siakam will move to the bench against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: With the Raptors thin on power forwards, it makes sense. This will allow DeMarre Carroll to guard a smaller four in Marvin Williams to open up minutes for Powell and Terrence Ross. Powell has been great as a starter, but he's still a slight risk to use even at his cheap price. Carroll is good to go. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (right wrist) skipped the contact portion of the Lakers shootaround on Friday morning and is listed as questionable for for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Deng did not play Wednesday due to the wrist injury. Brandon Ingram started in his place and posted an impressive all-around game, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Ingram is an intriguing DFS play if Deng is ruled out on Friday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:59 am
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  • Evan Fournier (heel) ruled out Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This news is certainly not surprising, as plugged-in, Magic beat writer Josh Robbins recently termed Fournier's return as "not imminent." Friday will be the fourth straight game Fournier has missed after aggravating a right-heel injury that also caused him to miss five games from Dec. 23 through Jan. 2. With Jodie Meeks (thumb) sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks, Orlando will have to lean heavily on Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson to pick up the slack for Meeks and Fournier. D.J. Augustin will also likely see an uptick in minutes playing alongside Elfrid Payton in the backcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:12 am
  • Evan Fournier (heel) unlikely to play Friday
    Evan Fournier (heel) is unlikely to play Friday vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: The Magic have yet to release their game notes for Friday's matchup with the Bucks, however, Fournier's return is "not imminent," according Josh Robbins. "It’s really, really frustrating," Fournier said. "I don’t sleep at night right now, and there’s nothing I can do. So my focus right now is on getting better because that’s the only thing I can control." With Jodie Meeks (thumb) expected to miss 4-6 weeks, Orlando is extremely shorthanded at shooting guard. Mario Hezonja and C.J. Watson will see a major uptick in minutes until Fournier returns. D.J. Augustin will also see additional time playing off the ball. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:49 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out Friday
    Jeremy Lamb (inflamed metatarsal) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game Lamb has missed due to the foot injury. We have yet to receive a formal indication from the team regarding when Lamb is expected to return to the lineup. Marco Belinelli played well of the Hornets bench on Wednesday, scoring 13 points (on 5-of-8 shooting) and grabbing five boards in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:02 am
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  • Brandon Ingram adding extra shooting sessions
    Brandon Ingram has added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games in an effort to improve his shooting stroke and offensive efficiency.

    Advice: "If you put in the work, your numbers will get better," coach Luke Walton said. "It’s that simple. He continues to put in the work." The work has already started to pay off. Over the first 37 games of his rookie season, Ingram averaged 7.4 points while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point territory. Over his most recent nine game this month, Ingram is averaging 11.7 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from downtown. As the Lakers slip further away from playoff contention in the second half of the season, it is likely L.A.'s prized rookie will see an increase in playing time and scoring opportunities. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 am
  • Austin Rivers scores 20 points vs. T-Wolves
    Austin Rivers scored 20 points with two assists, one rebound, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday's 101-104 loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Rivers fouled out with five seconds left in the game, but was feeling it tonight as he scored 20 points for just the sixth time this season. He continues to play big minutes, averaging over 35 minutes per game in January and playing at least 31 minutes in eight consecutive games. With Chris Paul (hand) out for 6-8 weeks, Rivers will remain a big part of the Clippers offense until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 points in win vs. DEN
    Kawhi Leonard was on fire yet again during a 118-104 win over the Nuggets on Thursday, scoring 34 points with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He earned an All-Star starting spot today, which was fairly obvious. Leonard has scored at least 30 points for five consecutive games, which has only been done by two other Spurs ever (George Gervin and Mike Mitchell). Coach Gregg Popovich had a very typical answer about Kawhi's play after the game. "Kawhi Leonard was super, but he's getting paid to be super," Pop said. Leonard is going to be super for a long time. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:24 pm
  • James Johnson struggles offensively vs. Mavs
    James Johnson scored five points with eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes on Thursday against the Mavs.

    Advice: Although he struggled in the scoring department, Johnson came through in a big way defensively for the Heat, holding Harrison Barnes to just one made field goal in the second half. Johnson continues to play big minutes for the Heat, averaging over 31 minutes per game in January. This was the first time he scored in single digits since Dec. 29 and he does a little bit of everything, making him a must-own player in all formats despite tonight's dud. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Brandon Ingram not starting just yet
    Coach Luke Walton said he has no plans to start Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Walton said the team has been doing some extra workouts with Ingram to help his shooting. In the last nine games, Ingram posted a 56.7 effective field goal percentage on jumpers. That's a massive boost from the 30.9 eFG% in his NBA career before that stretch. He's trending up, but he's still only a stash. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Rodney Hood ruled out for Friday
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play against the Mavs on Friday night.

    Advice: It's somewhat encouraging he is going to travel for the front end of a back-to-back set, but Hood is still fully expected to miss 1-2 weeks. With him out, Joe Ingles picked up some serious run with 34 minutes on Monday. Give him a look for some added short-term value. Hood is a drop candidate in shallower leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Brett Brown says Simmons should play
    Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

    Advice: In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:27 am
  • Paul George scores 24 points vs. Kings
    Paul George scored 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 106-100 win over the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: You could say this was the best win for the Pacers, coming back from a 22-point deficit to get a road win. The Pacers ended 2016 on a serious down note with five losses in their final six games. Well, 2017 has been the opposite, winning six of their first seven games. George is starting to trend up again with second-round value so far in 2017. He could flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Hello Again: Kevin Durant gets 40 pts vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant was phenomenal against his former team on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 40 points (13-of-16 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: "It's never going to be a regular game for me," Durant said prior to the game. "I'm sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do." He did his job at an MVP level tonight, playing with a little extra juice against Russell Westbrook and co., and he continues to hold off all challengers for No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Jerami Grant quiet in 29 minutes as starter
    Jerami Grant started Wednesday's game but he didn't do much, scoring seven points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) was out again tonight and Grant continues to start, but it's Enes Kanter who gains the most in this situation. Grant can be left on the wire in almost all scenarios, especially since the Thunder are off until Monday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Tyreke Evans fills it up in just 20 minutes
    Tyreke Evans made the most of his 20 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: New Orleans' offense ran wild tonight and Evans looked great once again -- over the past five games he's now averaging 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 92.9 percent FTs, 1.6 triples, 3.2 boards, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals. He said he's "getting used to [a bench role], just coming off, being aggressive," and he needs to be in your active lineups in light of his recent success. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
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  • Courtney Lee gets 9/8/7 in win vs. Celtics
    Courtney Lee handed out a season-high seven assists in 38 bench minutes vs. the Celtics on Wednesday, adding nine points and eight rebounds in a convincing road win.

    Advice: C-Lee added one 3-pointer and one block to round out his line. He will have the ball in his hands more often with the second unit, but it's hard to see him approaching this many minutes routinely - Ron Baker was in foul trouble all game long. Leave C-Lee on the wire unless he can duplicate this performance a few times. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Jerami Grant starting again
    Jerami Grant will start again on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors attack Enes Kanter like he is four feet tall, so the Thunder will go small again with Domantas Sabonis shifting over to the five. Both Grant and Sabonis are worth using in DFS tonight while Grant is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:13 pm
  • ESPN: Ben Simmons could debut after AS break
    Ben Simmons (foot) "could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break," according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

    Advice: The report adds the No. 1 pick has a chance to make his NBA debut "near March," assuming he doesn't have a setback. He went through 5-on-5 for the first time last week and continues to do some work pre-game, including on the road. He'll likely have a minutes limit upon his return, so it may be a while before he's contributing reliable production. Simmons is a questionable stash in standard leagues, especially if you need to make up ground in the standings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:36 pm
  • Evan Fournier (heel, foot) out for Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (heel, foot) will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tried to return from a heel injury last week and apparently it's caused additional problems to his foot due to compensation. Fournier's owners obviously have to stash him. Jodie Meeks should play minutes around 30 while Elfrid Payton has also been terrific without Fournier lately. Meeks is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • No chance Simmons plays on Jan. 27
    Coach Brett Brown said there is "no chance" Ben Simmons will play on Jan. 27 against the Rockets.

    Advice: That game was switched to national TV, which has caused some speculation about Simmons making his debut. He is doing some on-court work and the 76ers actually in the mix to make the postseason has given the team a reason to play him. Perhaps he can make his debut next month, but he's still only a questionable stash without a target date. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:32 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (right wrist) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He also did not practice on Wednesday. Deng was called out indefinitely on Tuesday, so he's likely not going to play with a sprained shooting wrist. Even when he's back, the Lakers seem to be shifting to their younger players. If he's out, Brandon Ingram should continue to start and get heavy minutes, making him a target in standard leagues. The guards also benefit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:06 pm
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  • Brandon Ingram stuffs the stat sheet in loss
    Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 34 w/ 7 boards, 5 dimes
    Kawhi Leonard scored 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's 122-114 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He's unfair. This was Leonard's 12th 30-point game of the season and his fourth in a row, becoming the first Spur to score 30+ points in four straight since Tim Duncan in Jan. 2004. The Claw added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and two triples, and he also finished 8-of-9 from the free throw line. There's no reason why he shouldn't be a top-5 option in standard leagues the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • James Johnson fills stat sheet again for Heat
    James Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He didn't have a block and committed five turnovers, but he's basically putting up some variation of this line, minus the TOs, every night. He's a must-own player for the time being. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Dion Waiters hits 7-of15 shots for 17 points
    Dion Waiters made another start on Tuesday and hit 7-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a win over the Heat.

    Advice: Waiters has been in an ugly shooting slump and missed some layups tonight, but looked much better than he has over his previous four games, when he hit just 15-of-53 shots. He's locked and loaded at shooting guard with Josh Richardson out for the next couple weeks, making him a hot pickup in fantasyland. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Luol Deng (wrist) is considered out indefinitely, so the rookie is looking at a hefty workload going forward. As a starter this season, Ingram has posted averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 11 games. We'll let you know how he fares tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Luol Deng (wrist) ruled out indefinitely
    Luol Deng will not play on Tuesday due to a sprained right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: This came out of nowhere, but he apparently suffered the injury two days ago and he was sporting a huge wrap on his wrist prior to being ruled out. Look for Brandon Ingram to get some extra run in his absence, while Thomas Robinson could also see a small boost. Deng has a history of wrist problems so it will be interesting to see how long this one keeps him out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:27 pm
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  • Austin Rivers looking at an increased role
    Austin Rivers is looking at an increased role moving forward with Chris Paul (thumb) out 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Rivers was going to lose some value with Blake Griffin (knee) nearing a return, but not so fast. With Paul out, both Rivers and Felton could realistically play over 30 minutes a night even with a healthy Blake. Rivers is averaging 16.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 triples in January, and his usage rate climbs from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court. Go pick him up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:34 pm
  • Fournier, Biyombo questionable for Wednesday
    Evan Fournier (heel) and Bismack Biyombo (knee) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Fournier missed five straight games with this same injury earlier this month, and that wasn't enough time off to get himself right, so he could miss more time this time around. Considering he's only sat out the past two, we feel he's much closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game, but we should get another update after shootaround. Biyombo had a nasty fall on Monday, and while he played through it, it looks like the knee swelled up on the flight to New Orleans. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out for Wednesday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against Portland.

    Advice: Wednesday will mark Lamb's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Lamb typically isn't a major part of the rotation while the team is at full strength, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Marco Belinelli will have the opportunity for some extended minutes, but that's about it. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:20 pm
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  • Courtney Lee unsure if he will come off bench
    Courtney Lee is unsure if he will continue to come off the bench or return to the Knicks starting lineup.

    Advice: "[Coach Jeff Hornacek] said it might just be for this game [Monday], it might be for a couple games. He was just saying we need to change something around," Lee said after the Knicks lost to the Hawks on Monday afternoon. Lee played just 21 minutes and was benched the entire fourth quarter. He is averaging only 6.5 points and shooting just 19 percent from 3-point territory over his last six games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:03 am
  • Evan Fournier returned to action on Monday January 16. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:41 am
  • Jerami Grant blocks three shots in start
    Jerami Grant started in place of Steven Adams (concussion) against the Clippers on Monday and scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Grant logged a team-high 34 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, three triples and three blocks, but the Thunder only play one more time this week against the Warriors on Wednesday. Unless you're looking to stream some blocks in that contest, it's best to leave Grant on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 16 w/ six assists
    Austin Rivers scored 16 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He played impressive defense on Russell Westbrook and is thriving with the first unit. Rivers logged 35 minutes and added six assists, two rebounds, one steal and two triples, and he could have the ball in his hands a lot more if Chris Paul (sprained thumb) misses any time. Rivers' usage rate rises from 14.9 to 21.8 when Paul is off the court, so he looks like a solid pickup in addition to Raymond Felton. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 on 9-of-16 FGs
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Durant had three blocks on the night including a massive rejection on a LeBron James dunk attempt (link below). He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples, but only played 29 minutes in the blowout win. Durant should be a popular DFS target on Wednesday vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. The last time those two teams met, Durant had 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in win vs. Cavs
    Draymond Green triple-doubled in an easy 126-91 win over the Cavaliers on Monday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

    Advice: This was his third triple-double of the season and the 17th of his career. Green was incredible on the defensive end, racking up one steal and matching his career-high with five blocks. He didn't have a single turnover in 35 minutes and finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe in one of his best lines of the season. The Warriors will go for their fifth straight win on Wednesday vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Jerami Grant will start vs. the Clippers
    Jerami Grant will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) is out, but it was initially believed that Enes Kanter would move into the starting five after he was listed as a probable starter. Instead, the Thunder will go with a frontcourt of Grant and Domantas Sabonis to match up with the small-ball lineup of the Clippers. Grant is just a short-term option for owners in need of a couple blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) expected to miss two weeks
    Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said on Monday that he's hopeful to have Rodney Hood (knee) back on the court in two weeks.

    Advice: Hood is dealing with a bone bruise and hyperextended knee, so this timetable makes sense. Joe Ingles will move into the starting lineup with Hood on the sidelines, and he's worth a speculative add in most leagues. Joe Johnson should also see an uptick in minutes, and Alec Burks' could have his rehab process slightly accelerated. Hood had been struggling mightily over the past month, ranking well outside the top-250, so he's a cut candidate in leagues without an IR-spot. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:00 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 12 points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting in Monday's loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Evans appeared to bang his surgically-repaired left knee on the floor after a layup attempt and he was seen rubbing it, but he was able to carry on and didn't appear to be limited. Evans' owners are going to freak out whenever they hear about his left knee, but it sounds like he escaped with just a bruise. He added five rebounds, four assists and two steals in 23 minutes, and he could be looking at a larger role if Anthony Davis (back) is forced to miss any time -- the last time Davis missed a game, Evans went off for a season-high 29 points with four rebounds, three assists, four steals, one block and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:30 pm
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  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points in Monday's win over the Pelicans, but only shot 6-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: PG-13 added six assists, five rebounds, two steals, two triples and three turnovers in 34 minutes, but he's really cooled off in his last three games. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.6 triples in that span, shooting a combined 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent). He has two cupcake matchups against the Kings and Lakers up next, so expect him to get it going sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:20 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up six steals in win
    Thaddeus Young racked up six steals in Monday's win over the Pelicans, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young was poked in the left eye tonight, but it only cost him a couple minutes and he looked fine down the stretch. This was his eighth career game with 6+ steals (his career high is eight steals) and his second in the span of a week, so this wasn't a complete fluke. He finished 8-of-9 from the field and hit his only free throw in one of the best fantasy lines of the day. He gets another favorable matchup vs. the Kings on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Thaddeus Young (eye) available to return
    Thaddeus Young (eye) is available to return to Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jrue Holiday inadvertently poked Young in the left eye, but after being examined in the locker room, he was deemed available to return. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 1:57 pm
  • Evan Fournier (heel) out Monday vs. Denver
    Evan Fournier (heel) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Nuggets, as expected.

    Advice: He's currently without an official timetable to return, and it sounds like there's a good chance he'll spend the entire week on the sidelines. Jodie Meeks will draw the start in his place, and Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will join him in the starting five. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 12:47 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores seven off bench
    Courtney Lee scored seven points off the bench with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: After the game, Lee said he found out he was benched just before the game. In a halftime interview, Carmelo Anthony said Lee handled the benching like a pro and also made it seem like it was more of an experiment. Lee has also really fallen off as a shooter lately, making just 2-of-15 from deep in his last four -- he was leading the NBA in 3-point percentage last month. Lee is only a 16-team guy for now. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 12:33 pm
  • Courtney Lee will come off the bench
    Courtney Lee will come off the bench on Monday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: The Knicks have been shredded on defense all season, so they're going to take their best wing defender out of the lineup. Sounds about right. Lee was a low-end asset to own before this news, so feel free to drop him for a hot free agent. With that said, he should still see a healthy dose of minutes Monday. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 9:27 am
  • Norman Powell scores 21 points off the bench
    Norman Powell got hot off the bench during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, tallying 21 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Powell went 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, giving him a solid true shooting percentage of 67.1 on the evening as he took advantage of the Knicks' lackluster effort on defense. Powell got some extended minutes tonight with the game being a blowout, but as long as DeMarre Carroll is healthy, Powell's playing time will be too inconsistent to depend on him in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 4:11 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores 17 points off the bench
    Justin Holiday scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Holiday also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a sterling true shooting percentage of 83.3 on the evening. The blowout nature of the game, partnered with Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) going down early with an injury helped Holiday get some extended minutes, and it'll be interesting to see if he can keep his momentum going into Monday's matchup with the Hawks. This is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 3:22 pm
  • Rodney Hood diagnosed with a bone bruise
    Rodney Hood (knee) was diagnosed with a right knee bone bruise and hyperextension after having an MRI on Sunday morning.

    Advice: While Hood has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. Phoenix, he's going to be day-to-day moving forward because he has no structural damage. After Monday's game vs. the Suns, the Jazz are off until Friday vs. the Mavs, so it's possible he could be back for that one. Hood is a hold in standard leagues. Look for Alec Burks to see a bump in minutes on Monday in addition to Joe Ingles. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 10:22 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (foot) ruled out for Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (foot) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: This will be his second game in a row on the shelf. The Hornets are ruling him out a full 24 hours before tip-off, an indication that he could miss additional time. Luckily for the Hornets, Nicolas Batum looked healthy in 32 minutes of action on Friday. Marco Belinelli could pick up a few extra minutes with Lamb out. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:36 am
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  • Evan Fournier doesn't have a timetable
    Evan Fournier (heel, foot) doesn't currently have a timetable to return.

    Advice: "I was compensating a lot, so now it’s more than just the heel," Fournier said. "It’s just the bottom of the foot, period. It’s frustrating, man. I could probably keep playing like this, but it’s not getting any better and I’m playing [at] like 60 percent [of my ability]." This is the same injury that sidelined him for five games in a row earlier in the season, so don't expect him to play on Monday vs. the Nuggets or Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. His owners just need to hold onto him for now, while Jodie Meeks is worth a look if you need a short-term boost in triples and points. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 7:24 am
  • Burks says he saw Rodney Hood walking
    Alec Burks said he saw Rodney Hood (knee) walking around after Saturday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward didn't sound as encouraged saying it "sucked" for Hood to be out with an injury, and Hayward added the Jazz will "need more" of Alec Burks contributing. Hood is going to be re-evaluated, but there's a decent chance he misses time with this injury. For now, Burks is only a speculative add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 2:24 am
  • Snyder: Rodney Hood has hyperextended knee
    Coach Quin Snyder said Rodney Hood (right knee) has a hyperextended knee.

    Advice: "Hopefully it's not serious," Snyder said. This is just an initial diagnosis and it's still very unclear how much time he's going to miss. Hood's knee looked like it buckled on the way up, so it's possible there was some ligament damage. This could be a tough blow for the Jazz, especially with Hood getting hot all of the sudden. Alec Burks looked great in limited action and could pick up some added run. Plus, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles may help out. The mysterious factor for Burks makes him an interesting speculative add in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:54 pm
  • Rodney Hood hurts right knee on Saturday
    Rodney Hood hurt his right knee in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

    Advice: It looked terrible. Hood was on a breakaway layup and his knee buckled after he stepped on Jodie Meeks' foot on the way up. He could not put weight on his leg as he went to the locker room. We'll have another update shortly, but Alec Burks could be getting some increased run with his good game today. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:28 pm
  • Ka-Wow: Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 38
    Kawhi Leonard exploded for a career-high 38 points during a 108-105 loss to the Suns in Mexico on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: It's almost shocking to see the Spurs lose a game when Kawhi turns in his best offensive game, but he got very little help. Leonard has now scored 30-plus points for three straight games for the first time in his career. Leonard is also three games shy of tying Tim Duncan's franchise record for consecutive games with double-digit scoring. Leonard has an absolutely absurd 77.9 true shooting percentage in his last three as the hottest scorer in the NBA. Oh and he's a good defender. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:42 pm
  • Manu Ginobili gets added run
    Manu Ginobili scored 16 points with two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: With Tony Parker as the only active point guard, Manu picked up some added playing time as the second unit ball handler. If Patty Mills (calf) needs to miss more time, Ginobili could see meaningful minutes in the mid 20s. Plus, the Spurs do not have any back-to-backs for their three games this week. There are worse players to use this week in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:22 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 14 points
    Tyreke Evans made 6-of-15 from the field 14 points with one rebound, six assists, one steal and one turnover in 22 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Bad shooting line aside, Evans really does look great. He's run the offense for most of his minutes while he's out there and he's playing three positions in the process. There's a massive injury risk on Evans going forward, but his owners can start using him as a must-start player when active. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:18 pm
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  • Austin Rivers scores 15 points in start
    Austin Rivers scored 15 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: He likely has the starting job locked up with his dad trusting him against small forwards of all sizes until Blake Griffin (knee) comes back. Rivers has been very effective in his last four, averaging 19.0 points, 3.8 boards, 4.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He'll be taking a big hit once BG comes back and only has three games for the upcoming week, so Rivers' value isn't the greatest going forward. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 3:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram plays really well in loss
    Brandon Ingram scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Luol Deng resting, Ingram started the second half. He's playing a lot better and it has a lot to do with his shot selection. Ingram is open more on his jumper lately and he's also been very good close to the basket, making 64.0 percent on his shots within eight feet in his previous 10 -- that accounts for 38 percent of his total. Ingram is trending up, but his standalone value isn't that great right now. He should have solid value in about a month and is worth a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:53 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts 3Q over Lou
    Brandon Ingram started the third quarter over Lou Williams on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers were torched in the first half and were down 19 at half, so that's likely the reasoning here. There's no reason to react to this news from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 1:55 pm
  • Waiters confident he will snap out of slump
    Dion Waiters feels healthy and is confident he will snap out of his recent slump.

    Advice: Since returning from a groin tear back on January 4th, Waiters is averaging 8.4 points, while shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor and 17.6 percent from downtown. Waiters believes he is close to regaining the form he had prior to the injury, when he was playing arguably the best basketball of his career. "No question, it's coming," Waiters said confidently. "Sooner than later, there's no doubt about that. The wait is over." Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 11:04 am
  • Rodney Hood scores 27 w/ seven triples
    Rodney Hood scored a season-high 27 points with seven pointers in Friday's 110-77 win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Coach Quin Snyder said before the game that he wants Hood to fire away and he's now posted two solid games in a row after he scored 18 points with four triples on Tuesday. "I don’t want him to ever pass up a shot," Snyder said. Hood finished an efficient 10-of-14 from the field with four rebounds, two assists and a block, and he was a team-high +33 in the win. He obviously won't be this good going forward, but it's time to get him back in your lineups now that he's finally out of his slump. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 10:58 pm
  • Jeff Green scores five in return to bench
    Jeff Green returned to the bench and scored five points on 2-of-4 shooting with five rebounds, two assists and a triple in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to have a decent role going forward because coach Frank Vogel wants to use more small-ball lineups. "[We’ll] probably play less big-big lineups than we had been playing," Vogel said. "Part of the reason, I think, that we haven’t been able to get over the hump is trying to force that maybe a little too much. So we’ll play more spread lineups with Jeff Green at the four." Even with a slight uptick in minutes, Green is not worth owning in most leagues with Serge Ibaka healthy again. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:47 pm
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