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  • Malachi Richardson is day-to-day
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) said he's taking his time returning to the court.

    Advice: "I just want to take it day by day, just make sure I’m completely confident in my body and ready to play," Richardson said. "I don’t want to go out there and not be ready to play." Coach Dave Joerger said that Richardson could play as soon as this week, so he should be considered questionable for Friday's game vs. the Warriors. He's going to be limited to a handful of minutes when he is cleared, so most fantasy owners can ignore him for now. 32 minutes ago
  • Atkinson expects Jeremy Lin (ankle) to play
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said he expects Jeremy Lin (ankle) to play on Thursday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: "My gut is it’s very positive," Atkinson said. "I like what I see in him shooting etcetera." Atkinson previously said that Spencer Dinwiddie will start the rest of the season, and with Archie Goodwin making a case for more minutes, Lin's workload will likely be monitored. He may have to play off the ball more as well. Lin could be shut down at a moment's notice, so his outlook going forward isn't the best. 39 minutes ago
  • Goodwin likely to get second 10-day deal
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson hinted that Archie Goodwin will likely get a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: "We’ve got to discuss it as an organization but I would say it’s trending very positive," Atkinson said. "And that’s not just from a basketball standpoint but from a culture standpoint. From the first day I met him, how he presents himself every day." He scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 18 minutes vs. the Pistons on Tuesday, but with Jeremy Lin (ankle) expected back, Goodwin will likely take a hit -- Atkinson said he's looking at Goodwin as a point guard. 43 minutes ago
  • Rodney Hood struggles in 21 minutes Wednesday
    Rodney Hood had another forgettable game on Wednesday, logging 21 minutes to finish with three points on 1-of-4 shooting, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: Hood was in foul trouble during his return from a knee injury on Monday, but tonight he was the victim of his own inefficiency -- Joe Ingles played 25 minutes, Joe Johnson played 23 minutes, and even Alec Burks logged 19 scoreless minutes. With his uninspiring play and recurring knee soreness, Hood is tough to trust if you're battling for the fantasy playoffs. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Gordon Hayward shoots 6-of-17 from the field
    Gordon Hayward couldn't find the range on Wednesday, making 6-of-17 FGs and 6-of-9 FTs to finish with 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: In Utah's previous three games, Hayward was tasked with defending LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Paul George, so he may have just run out of energy tonight. The Jazz don't play again until Saturday, which is bad if you're relying on him for immediate value, but at least it'll give him a chance to recharge his batteries. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Joe Johnson shifts to bench on Wednesday
    Joe Johnson shifted to the bench on Wednesday, where he chipped in 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (bone bruise) is out indefinitely and the Jazz had been playing well with Johnson in his spot, but they opted to play the matchups with Boris Diaw starting tonight. Johnson logged 23 minutes on Wednesday and should hover in the mid-20s whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Lance Thomas quiet in 32 minutes as starter
    Lance Thomas moved into the Knicks' starting unit on Wednesday, where he posted four points, nine rebounds and two assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks went smaller tonight vs. the Jazz and they jumped out to an early lead thanks to a 34-point first quarter. Thomas isn't a great fantasy option even if he continues to start -- in 14 previous starts this season, he averaged a modest 9.5 points, 1.2 threes, 4.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.1 blocks. There are better options on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 32 points in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points in a 116-98 win at Sacramento on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block, one 3-pointer and no turnovers.

    Advice: It's just the second time this month he's hit the 30-point mark, and Antetokounmpo scored at least 20 points in just two of his previous six games. The Bucks finally had their six-game road trip end and they'll be heading back home this weekend. Antetokounmpo is much better at home with a 54.0 field goal percentage with better averages in points, boards, steals, blocks and threes at home compared to being on the road. After a down couple weeks, Giannis should go back to being a top-three guy going forward. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • Garrett Temple comes off the bench
    Garrett Temple scored 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's tough to count on any Kings vet right now with how the front office finally is getting to play the youth. Temple can remain on the wire in just about all fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 18 points
    Tyreke Evans scored 18 points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not play in the previous two games and will continue to be rested going forward. Evans will be a free agent this summer and it'll be interesting to see who pays up for him with all of his injury history. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 21 points vs. Bucks
    Buddy Hield scored 21 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's his best scoring game as a King. Hield has seen his shot total rise with at least 12 in each of his last three games as coach Dave Joerger gives his rookie more responsibility. Hield also has a steal in three straight and only 1.0 turnovers in that span, as well. His fantasy value isn't all that great because he doesn't do too much outside of scoring, but feel free to give him a look if you need some points and treys. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Ben McLemore doesn't score in 13 minutes
    Ben McLemore did not score in 13 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: He was away from the team this weekend to witness the birth of his daughter. McLemore could find himself getting more minutes, but the Kings do seem more invested on Buddy Hield right now. It'll be interesting to see how the Kings handle B-Mac this summer. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Arron Afflalo returns to action in loss
    Arron Afflalo scored 12 points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings will continue to rest their veterans and chances are Afflalo won't play either Friday or Sunday. Afflalo can remain on the waiver wire in just about all leagues. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Gary Harris racks up efficient 21-point line
    Gary Harris had another strong game during Wednesday's win vs. Cleveland, scoring 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers, four assists and three rebounds.

    Advice: The Nuggets took it to the Cavs tonight, racking up 126 points on 53.1 percent shooting, and Harris got his slice of the cake. In his past four games he's averaging 21.5 points on 56.6 percent shooting, 2.5 triples, 3.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.3 steals. Despite being perpetually banged up to start the season, Harris was worth the wait. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Jamal Murray thrives in 20 minutes vs. Cavs
    Jamal Murray thrived in 20 minutes vs. the Cavs, coming off the bench with 15 points (5-of-11 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), three 3-pointers, three assists and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Starting PG Jameer Nelson had three points and nine dimes in 28 minutes, as the two continue to share the position. Mike Malone likes to play the rookie alongside Will Barton (20 points in 33 minutes), to take pressure off him as a ball-handler, and the tandem displayed terrific chemistry tonight. Murray is trending up and he makes sense as a cheap pickup for 3-pointers, steals and a trickle of other stats. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) plays 41 minutes
    Wilson Chandler (groin) returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, making 8-of-14 shots to score 18 points with one 3-pointer, five boards, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: Chandler had missed the past four games, but he sure didn't appear rusty while playing a game-high 41 minutes tonight. He was slumping offensively prior to the injury, and it looks like the extended rest could lead to renewed efficiency over Denver's final 11 games. Make sure he's not floating on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 33 points in 27 minutes
    Kyrie Irving scored 33 points in 27 minutes vs. Denver, making 11-of-22 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 126-113 defeat.

    Advice: Kyrie went 4-of-5 from downtown with three assists, two rebounds and zero turnovers tonight. LeBron James was also efficient with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, but offense wasn't the problem -- Cleveland put up no defensive resistance and the Nuggets finished 53.1 percent from the field. They'll try to right the ship in Charlotte on Friday. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Iman Shumpert benched, logs 17 minutes
    Iman Shumpert came off Cleveland's bench for five points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 17 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Shump even knocked down his lone 3-point attempt tonight, but the playing time is a glaring red flag. With J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver both healthy, there's no reason to touch Shumpert unless Cleveland is resting LeBron James. Yesterday, 8:57 pm
  • TLC comes off the bench in second half
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot scored three points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not start the second half perhaps because he didn't play well in the first half. Luwawu-Cabarrot should remain in the first unit, but he really doesn't do enough on the stat sheet to warrant a pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Denzel Valentine quiet in 22 minutes vs. DET
    Denzel Valentine had another quiet night on Wednesday with eight points on 3-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie is getting heavy minutes with Dwyane Wade (elbow) done for the season, but inefficient shooting is a major problem for fantasy owners -- his 36.3 percent in March has actually raised his season-long percentage. Due to that issue, he's better suited to points leagues or DFS. Yesterday, 7:44 pm
  • Jimmy Butler doesn't miss in blowout win
    Jimmy Butler went 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line vs. Detroit on Wednesday, finishing with 16 points, 12 assists, five rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Butler poured in 37 points during an OT loss on Tuesday, and he ranks sixth in the league in minutes per game (36.8), but he certainly didn't let exhaustion impact his play tonight. He also dismissed a left hand/wrist injury, so we're leaving him off the injury report. He's cruising as as a top-10 value in nearly every fantasy format. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Reggie Jackson benched, plays 20 minutes
    Reggie Jackson played 20 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, going 3-of-10 from the field for six points, four assists, one rebound and three turnovers.

    Advice: Jackson didn't play in the fourth quarter vs. the Nets on Tuesday, and he's been routinely out-performed by Ish Smith, so this was a fairly obvious move for the struggling Pistons. He was barely inside the top-200 for roto value over the past two weeks, and the bench role isn't likely to help. To add injury to insult, Jax also appeared to tweak his left leg in the third quarter. We're leaving him off the injury report, but he's a cut candidate in most situations. Yesterday, 7:36 pm
  • Garrett Temple to bench on Wednesday
    Garrett Temple will come off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Arron Afflalo is getting the start tonight, and this effectively erases Temple's faint fantasy appeal. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Arron Afflalo starting, Temple to Kings bench
    Arron Afflalo (personal) will start for the Kings on Wednesday, sending Garrett Temple to the bench.

    Advice: The Kings' rotations are perpetually in flux, and tonight it'll be Afflalo getting the nod vs. Milwaukee. He's done nothing this season to encourage owners to pick him up. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Lance Thomas starting vs. Utah on Wednesday
    Lance Thomas is starting against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with their smaller lineup and put Kristaps Porzingis at the five. Thomas only averaged 9.5 points per game as a starter, so he's not really someone fantasy owners should be using. Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Joe Johnson comes off bench w/ Diaw starting
    Joe Johnson will come off the bench vs. New York on Wednesday.

    Advice: Boris Diaw will start and draw the matchup vs. Kristaps Porzingis, but the minute allotment shouldn't change too much here. Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum offers mixed back Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum finished Wednesday's game with 10 points, six assists, two rebounds and two steals, but he shot just 5-of-14 from the field with five turnovers.

    Advice: Batum may have tweaked his ankle during the game, but he didn't miss any time and we're leaving him off the injury report. The Hornets desperately need him to produce down the stretch, as they're still three games out of the No. 8 seed. They're trending up at the right moment, at least, having won three straight games after sweeping the season series vs. Orlando tonight. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) will play vs. Milwaukee
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) will play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Evans went scoreless in 14 minutes his last time out, and even if his ankle has fully recovered he's a dubious fantasy option at this stage of the season. Yesterday, 5:13 pm
  • Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out again Wed
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) will not play vs. the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Richardson is inching closer to a return, according to coach Dave Joerger, but he's not quite ready. The Kings aren't playing for anything at this point, so even when he does return he's unlikely to play more than a handful of minutes initially. Yesterday, 4:48 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will come off the bench vs. DEN
    Iman Shumpert will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: J.R. Smith will be replacing him in the starting five, and Kyle Korver (foot) will be back in action tonight, so Shumpert's minutes will likely dip to the lower-20s. He's not a viable target in most settings with Smith and Korver active. Yesterday, 4:39 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) will play vs. Cavs
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He needed almost two weeks to recover from a groin contusion. Chandler has dealt with a lot of groin injuries in his career, so the Nuggets could ease him back into his role. It'll be interesting to see where he fits in with coach Mike Malone liking the Mason Plumlee starting lineup. Chandler is worth owning, but his upside is capped. Kenneth Faried may also lose minutes. Yesterday, 4:25 pm
  • Reggie Jackson to come off Pistons bench
    Reggie Jackson will come off the Pistons' bench on Wednesday, with Ish Smith moving into the starting lineup.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy teased a lineup change after Tuesday's loss to Brooklyn, and this isn't shocking after Jackson was benched for the entire fourth quarter of that game. Smith has been playing well lately and should see an uptick in his minutes as a starter, whereas this is another hit to Jackson's already shaky value. Yesterday, 4:23 pm
  • Jeremy Lin probable for Thursday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is probable to play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: His Sunday ankle sprain looks like it's only going to cost him one game. With Lin back, Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead will be losing minutes. Lin is probably worth owning, but the Nets may take it easy on him to get a look at their younger guards. Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Nets 'hopeful' Lin (ankle) will play Thursday
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said he is "hopeful" that Jeremy Lin (ankle) will be able to play Thursday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Atkinson said the decision on Lin would be made on Thursday. Even if Lin is able to suit up, he will likely be placed on a strict minutes limit. Nonetheless, Lin's return will greatly reduce the fantasy value of Spencer Dinwiddie and Archie Goodwin. Yesterday, 10:50 am
  • Chandler (groin) expects to play Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) was able to participate in shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play Wednesday night vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Chandler had missed four straight games. If Chandler does play, he will eat into the minutes of Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Will Barton. Darrell Arthur (knee) is also expected to return on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Richardson (hamstring) closing in on return
    Coach Dave Joerger said Malachi Richardson (hamstring) is close to returning and may play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Richardson has not appeared in a game since partially tearing his right hamstring back on February 15th. "We’ll see if he can go (Wednesday)," Joerger said. "If not, maybe this weekend. But we haven’t really put a time on it. We want him to feel good when he walks away from practice. But it’s been a little bit sore." Richardson is averaging less than 10 minutes per game this season. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. Yesterday, 6:38 am
  • Ben McLemore (personal) to return Wednesday
    Ben McLemore (personal) practiced Tuesday and is expected to be available for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: McLemore missed the last two games of the Kings recent road trip due to the birth of his first child. However, the fantasy impact of McLemore's return is minimal, as he had been a DNP-CD in four of the Kings previous seven games, before his excused absence. We don't yet have an update on Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (personal). If they remain unavailable on Wednesday, then McLemore will have an opportunity to soak up extra minutes. Yesterday, 6:27 am
  • Brandon Ingram scores 21 points in 40 minutes
    Brandon Ingram scored 21 points in 40 minutes in Tuesday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: This was his second game of the season with 20+ points and he finished one point shy of his career high. He added five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two triples, and it looks like he's going to make some noise in the final few weeks of the season. Over the last five games, he's averaging 16.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 triples on 53.0 percent shooting. However, he's still struggling from the free throw line, hitting just 3-of-8 FTAs in this one. Tuesday, 10:51 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon quiet in big win over PDX
    Malcolm Brogdon hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, seven rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes of Tuesday's 93-90 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Brogdon went off for 18 points in 41 minutes on Saturday, but still hasn't been able to put together long streaks of big games. But the minutes are there, the Bucks love him and he should continue to start the rest of the way for Milwaukee. And as long as he's starting for them, he should be starting for your fantasy team. Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 22 in big win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo hit 8-of-21 shots for 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 93-90 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: Giannis tweaked an ankle on Saturday, but was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. This was a huge win for the Bucks, who now sit just 1/2 game in front of the No. 8 seeded Heat. This is good news for his owners, as the Bucks are going to need everything he has to offer in order to ensure the Bucks make the playoffs. Tuesday, 10:05 pm
  • Denzel Valentine held to four points
    Denzel Valentine was held to four points on 1-of-7 shooting vs. the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: On the bright side, Valentine played 35 minutes in the overtime loss. The rookie added five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one triple, but until he starts stringing some solid games together, he's more of a low-end streaming option. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 37 pts not enough in OT loss
    Jimmy Butler's 37 points weren't enough in Tuesday's 122-102 overtime loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: The Bulls blew a 15-point fourth quarter lead, but Butler was a monster all night. He finished 11-of-21 from the field and 12-of-14 from the line, adding 10 rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks, three triples and zero turnovers in 44 minutes. The Bulls are trailing the Bucks by 1.5 games for the No. 8 seed in the East, So Butler is locked in as a top-10 player as long as his team has their eyes on a playoff spot. Chicago has three more games this week. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Reggie Jackson plays 20 minutes in loss
    Reggie Jackson played just 20 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points and two assists in Tuesday's 98-86 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Here we go again. Ish Smith came off the bench, played 28 minutes, hit 8-of-15 shots and finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and a block off the bench. Jackson lulled us to sleep with two solid performances of 14 and 20 points over his previous two games, but Smith came on and scored 12 of his 16 in the fourth quarter, although the Pistons still lost. As has been the case all year, Jackson is still the man and the starter, and Smith will have the occasional big night when Stan Van Gundy turns to him. Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Antetokounmpo (ankle) starting vs. Blazers
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (ankle) is starting vs. the Blazers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He tweaked his right ankle while blocking Draymond Green's shot on Saturday, but wasn't listed on the injury report and should be fine. We'll let you know how he fares after the game. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Coach Atkinson praises Goodwin and McDaniels
    Kenny Atkinson praised Archie Goodwin and KJ McDaniels on Tuesday and said they would "get some opportunities" in Tuesday's contest vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: With Jeremy Lin (ankle) ruled out, Spencer Dinwiddie will draw the start but Goodwin will likely see extra minutes off the Nets bench. Archie made his Nets debut on Sunday and played 14 minutes after Lin had to leave the game due to the ankle issue. Goodwin could see 15-plus minutes on Tuesday. However, with Dinwiddie starting and playing the lion's share of minutes, Goodwin still belongs on waivers. McDaniels is averaging 17.5 mpg and that could continue to rise. Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Tuesday vs. Detroit
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Lin was doubtful heading into this one, so it's not surprising at all to see the oft-injured guard hit the sidelines. Head coach Kenny Atkinson has already said that Spencer Dinwiddie will close out the year as Brooklyn's starting point guard, so Lin figures to lose some value once he's eventually cleared as he'll be confined to a reserve role. Brook Lopez should be more active on offense with Lin watching from the sidelines. Atkinson did say that Lin is "trending positive" when asked about Lin's injury situation, but at this point in the season, we wouldn't recommend clinging to injured players. Tuesday, 2:50 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (groin) questionable vs. CLE
    Wilson Chandler (groin) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Chandler has missed the past four games, but he said on Monday that he was shooting to return on Wednesday night. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if Chandler is able to return to action, there will be less opportunity for guys like Juan Hernangomez, Kenneth Faried and Mason Plumlee. Jamal Murray's usage could also suffer a slight hit with Chandler active. Tuesday, 1:11 pm
  • Giannis tweaks ankle in Saturday's loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo tweaked his right ankle while blocking Draymond Green's shot on Saturday and immediately left the game.

    Advice: He scored just nine points in the blowout loss and played 31 minutes, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. We expect him to play on Tuesday night, but owners of the Greek Freak should watch for injury updates prior to game time in order to be certain he's playing tonight. Tuesday, 3:08 am
  • Lance Thomas returns to bench
    Lance Thomas scored just two points with one assist and one rebound in 15 minutes off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Thomas was back to a reserve role with Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) back in action. As such, Thomas is back to having very minimal fantasy appeal. However, with the Knicks all but eliminated from a spot in the postseason the team could shut down some key members and Thomas might return to a starting role. For now, most fantasy owners can leave him to the waiver wire. Monday, 10:28 pm
  • Jamal Murray tries to protect his job
    Jamal Murray hit five of his eight field goal attempts to finish with 13 points and four rebounds over 23 minutes in Monday's 125-124 loss at Houston.

    Advice: Murray continues to hold down the backup point guard job between veteran Jameer Nelson, and he is trying to hold off Emmanuel Mudiay. He did nothing to hurt his standing in Monday's game, as the rookie out of Kentucky continues to play well. He remains a nice depth option in fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams and in long-term keeper formats. Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Gary Harris takes part in a little thievery
    Gary Harris hit 10-of-16 from the floor to finish with a team-high 28 points Monday in Houston and he added four assists and three steals.

    Advice: The former Michigan State standout has averaged 20.2 points, 3.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game over his past five outings. He is also working on a streak with at least one 3-pointer in eight straight outings, while connecting for a triple in 19 of his past 20 contests. Harris has really emerged as a fantasy asset, especially in rotisserie formats. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • TLC tosses up complete dud in OT loss
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot missed all four of his field goal attempts to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes Monday at Orlando before fouling out.

    Advice: It was an ugly stat line for TLC, as he failed to take advantage of his status in the starting five. The Frenchman entered with 13.3 points per game over his past four outings, so perhaps he'll get the opportunity to bounce back in Wednesday's game at Oklahoma City. Coach Brett Brown seems to like TLC's upside, but continued struggles will get him sent right back to the bench and fantasy limbo. Monday, 8:07 pm
  • Foul trouble limits Rodney Hood
    Rodney Hood (knee) was in the starting five Monday in Indiana, and he finished with 11 points, two rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers over 16 minutes.

    Advice: Hood was limited to 16 minutes due to foul trouble, not his ailing knee. That meant Joe Ingles, who Hood supplanted in the lineup, saw more action. It might be a slow go for Hood to knock off the rust and get back into the swing of things, but he is a decent play when he is active and healthy. Monday, 7:21 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 16 points
    Nicolas Batum scored 16 points on 5-of-8 shooting vs. the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: This was his second game back after a two-game absence due to a migraine headache, but he looked much sharper this time around. Batum logged 31 minutes and dished out six assists with one rebound, one steal and one triple, and his workload should be safe as long as a playoff spot is within reach -- they are currently 3.0 games behind the Pistons (No. 8) and Heat (No. 9). Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Joe Johnson dismal from floor
    Joe Johnson misfired on six of his seven field goal attempts in Monday's 107-100 loss at Indiana, posting just two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal over 31 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson missed all four of his 3-pointer attempts and never did seem to get comfortable. The veteran has now missed 28 of his past 41 field goal attempts for a dismal 31.7 percent from the floor over the past four outings. Until he gets on track he isn't helping in any fantasy format. Monday, 6:43 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores career-high 38 at IND
    Gordon Hayward scored a career-high 38 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, a blocked shot and three 3-pointers in Monday's 107-100 loss at Indiana.

    Advice: It was likely extra special for Hayward since he spent his college days in Indy playing for the Butler Bulldogs. He was on point, connecting on 16 of his 24 field goal attempts. He now has at least one 3-pointer in all 11 games in March, and 22 straight outings dating back to Jan. 28. Monday, 6:31 pm
  • Rodney Hood starting, Joe Ingles to the bench
    Rodney Hood (knee) will return to the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the sidelines for Monday's matchup with Indiana, sending Joe Ingles back to the bench.

    Advice: Hood has been a frustrating guy to own this season, but at the very least, he could be someone to consider deploying as a deep league streamer or DFS punt play. George Hill, Gordon Hayward, Joe Johnson and Rudy Gobert will join Hood in the starting five for tonight's game. Monday, 3:31 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) expected to play Monday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is expected to play Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Hood has spent the past two games on the sidelines with a sore right knee, but it sounds like he'll be back in action tonight, which will likely result in Joe Ingles heading back to the bench and there won't be as many minutes available for Joe Johnson. Hood has been woefully inconsistent this season, but if you've got someone to cut in a deep league, he could be someone to take a flier on. Monday, 2:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) doubtful for Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: While Lin has downplayed the injury, the Nets have absolutely no incentive to rush him back to the court, so there's a good chance he could be looking at a multi-game absence here despite being listed as "day-to-day." Spencer Dinwiddie will be drawing the start in his place, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Archie Goodwin and Isaiah Whitehead. Unfortunately, at this juncture in the fantasy season, Lin is a cut candidate in all leagues without an IR-spot. Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Jeremy Lin says ankle injury nothing serious
    Jeremy Lin said that he's just day-to-day with his right ankle injury and he doesn't believe it will be a serious issue moving forward.

    Advice: Lin really played down the injury, calling it just a tweak, and said it wasn't comparable to the hamstring injury. Still, Kenny Atkinson saying on Monday that Spencer Dinwiddie will remain in the starting five to close out the year hints that Lin could be spending at least some time on the sidelines, and if he's brought off the bench once he is cleared, it could be tough for him to have much value in standard leagues. Monday, 11:37 am
  • Report: Jeremy Lin (ankle) is day-to-day
    Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said that Jeremy Lin's ankle is still being evaluated.

    Advice: The Nets aren't being very transparent here, but the "belief" is that Lin is likely day-to-day. The Nets have nothing to play for with the worst record in the NBA all but locked up, so Lin is a prime shut-down candidate going forward. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons. Spencer Dinwiddie is expected to start at PG the rest of the way, but he's not a great pickup. Monday, 10:13 am
  • Chandler and Gallinari ruled out for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is his fourth game in a row on the shelf, but both Chandler and Gallo are hoping to return on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. If he is able to play vs. the Cavs, that means his owners would still get him for three games. To be clear, he's still a very risky start in weekly formats. Will Barton, Juancho Hernangomez and Jamal Murray will continue to get a bump in value until Chandler and Gallo are able to return. Monday, 9:07 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) questionable for Monday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He can't shake this knee issue and even if does manage to play tonight, he will likely get some DNPs down the stretch. He's too frustrating to trust in the fantasy playoffs in standard leagues. Joe Ingles will be a solid streaming option if Hood is ruled out. Monday, 9:04 am
  • Cavs win, Kyrie Irving has season-high 46 pts
    Kyrie Irving blitzed the Lakers on Sunday with a season-high 46 points, making 15-of-21 field goals and 10-of-10 free throws with six 3-pointers, three assists and two rebounds in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Irving exited Thursday's game due to a sore and tight left knee, and he sat out Saturday's game as a precaution -- the rest obviously served him well. He dealt with left knee tendinitis late in the 2014-15 season, and eventually required surgery to fix a fractured kneecap, so the Cavs will likely play it safe with their star PG with the postseason looming. Owners can expect him to play in Denver on Wednesday, but a DNP wouldn't be shocking during the Cavs' back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, 9:43 pm
  • Brandon Ingram has 18 pts w/ supporting stats
    Brandon Ingram scored 18 points on 8-of-15 shooting during Sunday's tough home loss, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block, and just one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Ingram is finally making some noise for fantasy purposes. He's shooting 39.0 percent on the season, but in an expanded role in March he's averaged 12.3 points on 50.6 percent shooting, 0.8 threes, 3.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 blocks. The supporting stats are tolerable, but he's also committing 2.6 turnovers while making under half of his free throw attempts. Plan accordingly. Sunday, 9:36 pm
  • Garrett Temple hot from the perimeter
    Garrett Temple scored 15 points while hitting all three of his attempts from behind the arc in Sunday's 118-102 loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Temple matched his best shooting night since returning from a long-term hamstring injury, and this was just the second time he played in a back-to-back situation since coming back March 5. The last time he struggled in both ends of the back-to-back, but he obviously excelled this time around. Sunday, 7:17 pm
  • Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out 1-2 weeks
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) will miss "another week or two," according to CSN's James Ham.

    Advice: The Kings' telecast recently speculated that Richardson could return on Wednesday, Mar. 22, but we give far more weight to this report from Ham. Richardson has been progressing, even going through some practices and warmups, but the Kings have no reason to rush him back. He's not worth adding until we've seen him on the court. Sunday, 7:11 pm
  • Buddy Hield (finger) posts 18/5/5 in defeat
    Buddy Hield knocked down 8-of-14 shots with a pair of 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing with 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was one of Hield's best performances of the season, with the assists tying his career-high, but it wasn't enough to get a road win vs. the Spurs. He injured his right index finger during the game, ripping half of his nail, but didn't leave after getting it bandaged up. We'll let you know if it's serious enough to jeopardize his status for Tuesday's game. For now we're assuming he's fine and leaving him off the injury report. Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Kyrie Irving, LeBron, K-Love all back Sunday
    Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love will all return on Sunday after sitting out Saturday's game to rest.

    Advice: There was never any doubt that they Cavs' Big Three would be active tonight, but it never hurts to confirm. Irving did have minor left knee tightness that flared up on Thursday, so we'll keep an eye on that tonight. Sunday, 6:22 pm
  • McLemore is out again on Sunday
    Ben McLemore (personal) is out again for Sunday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation anyway and the Kings trading for Buddy Hield doesn't bode well for McLemore this offseason. Sunday, 2:30 pm
  • Arron Afflalo (personal) out Sunday vs. Spurs
    Arron Afflalo (personal) has been ruled out for Sunday's game.

    Advice: No reason has been given for Afflalo's absence, so it's unclear when he might rejoin the team. The Kings are tanking, with their young guys getting more and more minutes, so there's no reason to think the 31-year-old Afflalo will play a big role down the stretch. Sunday, 2:29 pm
  • Tyreke Evans, Afflalo, McLemore out Sunday
    Tyreke Evans (ankle), Arron Afflalo (personal) and Ben McLemore (personal) will all sit out vs. the Spurs on Sunday.

    Advice: Malachi Richardson (hamstring) is also out tonight, so once again it will be all hands on deck for the Kings. Darren Collison, Ty Lawson and Buddy Hield should do the heavy lifting, with some help from Langston Galloway and Garrett Temple. Sunday, 2:27 pm
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot playing well
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot looked good in the starting unit again, scoring 13 points with two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Celtics on Sunday.

    Advice: That's double-digit points in four straight. Coach Brett Brown started his "experiment" with TLC in the starting lineup five games ago and it's gone extremely well. In those, Luwawu-Cabarrot averaged 12.4 points 3.4 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field and 90.0 percent from the line. The 76ers broadcast team continuously talks about all the extra work TLC puts in on his jumper, so he should continue to get shots and his teammates have been trusting him when he's open along the 3-point line. Even with the strong start, he's still only been a very late round guy. He's more of a 16-team guy. Sunday, 1:53 pm
  • Archie Goodwin gets 14 minutes
    Archie Goodwin played 14 minutes with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer against the Mavs on Sunday.

    Advice: Jeremy Lin (ankle) got hurt and Spencer Dinwiddie got some early fouls, so we saw Goodwin for the first time as a Net. The Nets may get another look at him, but he's still not close to seeing consistent minutes. Sunday, 11:45 am
  • Wilson Chandler questionable for Monday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) is questionable for Monday against the Rockets.

    Advice: Due to some contact to his groin last Saturday, Chandler has missed his last three games. On Thursday, coach Mike Malone said he didn't know how much time Chandler would miss, so this is a good sign. Still, there is a chance he could miss time considering how many groin injuries he's had in his career. If he's back, this will likely take minutes from Kenneth Faried and perhaps the Nuggets won't go with as much Mason Plumlee at the four. Sunday, 11:09 am
  • Jeremy Lin (right ankle) will not return
    Jeremy Lin (right ankle) will not return to Sunday's game against the Mavs.

    Advice: He tweaked his right ankle on a drive and checked out on the next possession. Lin was on the exercise bike a few minutes later and looked like he was going to try to come back in, but he went to the locker room at some point in the second quarter. It didn't look bad, but of course the Nets will be very careful. Spencer Dinwiddie should play most of the point guard minutes while Isaiah Whitehead gets some added run, too. We might see a little more Archie Goodwin. Dinwiddie is only a lukewarm add if you're desperate for a point guard. Sunday, 9:58 am
  • Giannis Anteotokounmpo gets held to 9 points
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored nine points during a blowout 117-92 loss to the Warriors on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors know how to defend drivers as well as just about anyone and Antetokounmpo got a little too much Draymond Green today. He came into this game with a 53.9 field goal percentage in March and he continues to flirt with his two steals and two blocks per game. His fantasy owners will have a big advantage next week with the Bucks suiting up for four games. Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon plays 41 minutes
    Malcolm Brogdon scored 18 points in 41 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: After that two-game absence for a bad back, Brogdon is looking good again with averages of 12.5 points, 3.3 boards, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 treys in those four. Brogdon's upside is still somewhat low with Khris Middleton cruising, but he looks to he locked in as a late-mid value. Saturday, 10:38 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 17 points vs. Rockets
    Gary Harris scored 17 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had one of the toughest jobs in the NBA tonight, guarding James Harden for most of his minutes. Harris is being a bigger part of the offense now with an increase in usage while he's also running the offense more. He continues to be an early-round player since the break, so keep him rolling with four games next week. Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 12 points vs. Rockets
    Jamal Murray scored 12 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He had three really bad fouls early in this game and never really got it going. Coach Mike Malone has said he wants to give Murray to help develop him faster while also trusting him in clutch spots. That was the case in this game for Murray with plenty of important shots, but he did not come through -- he missed two big free throws late. Murray's usage and minutes are rising, so that makes him a pickup in competitive leagues while Danilo Gallinari (knee) is out. Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points vs. Utah
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points during a 95-86 win over the Jazz on Saturday, adding four rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He is the only sure thing in the rotation right now with coach Fred Hoiberg running the messiest rotation in the NBA. The move to start Rajon Rondo does slightly hurt Jimmy's ceiling because he's not as efficient, his assist percentage goes way down and he takes a usage rate hit with Rajon, too. All that said, Butler should be a first-round player going forward, assuming the Bulls can stay in the playoff race. Saturday, 9:32 pm
  • Denzel Valentine scores 11 with 12 boards
    Denzel Valentine scored 11 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and three 3-pointers against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: That's his first NBA double-double and a career high in rebounds. Valentine was actually having a terrible game and made just 1-of-8 in the first three quarters, but he sizzled in the fourth with nine points on 3-of-4 from the field. Valentine is trending up and it probably won't be long before he's taking minutes from Paul Zipser, so he's on the radar as an add in competitive leagues. Saturday, 9:12 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores just nine
    Gordon Hayward made 5-of-16 from the field for 14 points with six rebounds, two assists, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He's surprisingly failed to hit 15 points in three of his last five games while his averages in boards, assists, field goal percentage and free throw percentage are down in that span. All three of those bad games were on the road, and that has been a trend for Hayward with his field goal percentage four percentage points worse away from Utah. Two of his three games next week are on the road, but one of those is in Indiana for the Butler product. Saturday, 8:39 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores eight points in start
    Joe Johnson scored eight points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: The Jazz have missed Derrick Favors (knee) more than they thought and have lost three of their last five. Johnson has not exactly performed well in those games, averaging 10.2 points, 4.0 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He's not really a fantasy option and would also lose value once Rodney Hood (knee) comes back. Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 10 points
    Iman Shumpert (shoulder) scored 10 points with five rebounds and three assists vs. the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a minor shoulder strain in his previous game, but played through the issue tonight with the Cavaliers resting their studs. Shumpert finished 5-of-11 from the field in 25 minutes, but his upside is way too low when the Cavs have everyone available. Leave him on the wire. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Nic Batum scores eight points in return
    Nicolas Batum scored eight points with 10 rebounds, five assists and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He and Kemba Walker were very quiet to start this game and Batum did show some rust tonight. Batum missed the last two games due to a migraine issue, which was his first noteworthy bout with that ailment during an NBA season. His fantasy owners can go back to plugging him in as a must-start player. Saturday, 7:32 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will start on Saturday
    Iman Shumpert will start on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: With the Cavs resting their stars, Shumpert could get some decent usage today. He's still not someone fantasy owners will want to trust outside of just a streaming spot for today. Saturday, 4:17 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (knee, rest) ruled out Saturday
    Kyrie Irving (knee, rest) will not play on Saturday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He left Thursday's game early with left knee tightness, and while the issue isn't considered serious, the Cavs will hold him out as a precaution. LeBron James and Kevin Love are also resting, but hopefully all three will be good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers. With Irving out, Deron Williams will get the start and is a nice short-term option. Saturday, 4:09 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 11 points vs. OKC
    Buddy HIeld scored 11 points with one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: Even a homecoming game in Oklahoma couldn't get him going. Hield is coming of a seven-points, zero-dime game on Wednesday and he continues to do very little outside of scoring. There just isn't enough incentive to own the rookie in most leagues right now. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Garrett Temple plays 28 minutes
    Garrett Temple scored seven points with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He took some friendly fire from Kosta Koufos to the groin, but he was OK after a trip to the bench. While Temple did start, his time in the first unit likely won't be lasting very long. Even after a decent line today, he's not going to be worth owning in most leagues with the Kings going so young these days. Saturday, 2:38 pm
  • Malachi Richardson could be back Wednesday?
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) could play Wednesday, according to the Kings TV broadcast.

    Advice: This sounded more like a guess than anything else, but it's more than what we've seen. Richardson has been going through practice and warmups this week, and he did dress for Saturday's game. While the Kings will get a look at him later this year, it'll likely take a good week or so to get him up to speed. He's only a stash in very deep leagues. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Garrett Temple back in the starting lineup
    Garrett Temple will start against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: With Arron Afflalo out, there should be a decent amount of minutes going to Temple tonight. He's still not going to be a fantasy option with the Kings going young. Malachi Richardson (hamstring) returning would also take minutes from him Saturday, 11:47 am
  • Ben McLemore (personal) won't play Saturday
    Ben McLemore (personal) will not play Saturday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: McLemore has yet to play in consecutive games this month. Due in part to the seeming dysfunction in Sacramento, he can't be trusted in standard fantasy leagues. Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (personal) have also been ruled out on Saturday. These extra backcourt minutes will be divvied up among Darren Collison, Buddy Hield, Ty Lawson, Garrett Temple and Langston Galloway. Saturday, 9:47 am
  • Arron Afflalo (personal) won't play Saturday
    Arron Afflalo (personal) is not with the team and will not play Saturday vs. OKC.

    Advice: The Kings are in full tank mode and continue to shuffle their lineup haphazardly on almost a nightly basis. Afflalo has been putting up decent numbers, averaging 11.6 points and 2.9 rebounds over his last seven games, but it's hard to rely on him due to the frequent nights off. He should be left on waivers in most leagues. Saturday, 9:45 am
  • Evans, Afflalo, McLemore ruled out Saturday
    Tyreke Evans (ankle), Arron Afflalo (personal) and Ben McLemore (personal) have all been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Evans has been battling a nagging ankle injury. He played just 14 scoreless minutes on Wednesday. There will obviously be plenty of minutes available for the Kings guards that are active on Saturday. Darren Collison sat out Wednesday's game to rest but will be back on Saturday. Buddy Hield should see plenty of playing time. Ty Lawson, Garrett Temple and Langston Galloway will also likely log additional minutes. Saturday, 9:33 am
  • Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Saturday
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Hood was removed from Wednesday's game due to knee soreness and was unable to suit up on Thursday. Joe Ingles started in place of Hood on Thursday and logged 36 minutes, finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists. Joe Johnson could also see a few extra minutes with Hood sidelined. If you still own Hood, there are probably more attractive, less frustrating options on your league's waiver wire. Saturday, 9:02 am
  • Nicolas Batum (migraine) will play Saturday
    Coach Steve Clifford said that Nicolas Batum (migraine) will play Saturday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Batum had missed two games dealing with painful migraines. However, he had a CT scan of his brain on Wednesday which came back negative and apparently Batum will be able to suit up Saturday night. This is unexpectedly good news for Batum owners, as it was unknown when Batum would be cleared to return. At this point, there has not been an indication of whether or not Batum will have any minutes restriction on Saturday. Jeremy Lamb will get bumped back to the bench. Saturday, 8:09 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 26 points in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points before fouling out of Friday's 107-103 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He fouled out of a game for the fourth time this season, but at least this time he fouled out in the final minute. Giannis shot 11-of-16 from the field in 35 minutes, adding eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks, one triple and four turnovers. The Bucks have won eight out of their last nine games and are seventh in the East, so the Greek Freak will feast the rest of the way with four games on the schedule in each of the next two weeks. Friday, 10:18 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 10 points in loss
    Jeremy Lin scored 10 points with seven rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, the Nets kept Lin's minutes down in the second half of a back-to-back set after his 30 minutes on Thursday. The Nets don't have another back-to-back set until Thursday, so expect to see a few games of Lin getting closer to 30 minutes. Friday, 8:35 pm
  • Denzel Valentine plays 31 minutes vs. Wizards
    Denzel Valentine played 31 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists and two triples.

    Advice: With Dwyane Wade (elbow) out for the season, Valentine looks like the big winner and it's encouraging that he played 30+ minutes for just the third time this season. Valentine hit 4-of-10 shots and attempted seven triples, so he has the green light on a Bulls team that ranks last in 3-pointers per game. With four games next week, Valentine should be on your radar. Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Jimmy Butler's 28 points not enough vs. WAS
    Jimmy Butler scored 28 points in Friday's 112-107 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Butler hit a clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute to play and helped the Bulls claw their way back from a 19-point halftime deficit, but he missed a chance to tie the game with an off-balance triple on their final possession. Butler's usage rate rises from 22.7 to 30.7 when Wade is off the court, so he is going to eat the rest of the way. He finished 10-of-17 from the field in 38 minutes and added five rebounds, five assists, three steals and two triples. Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) questionable for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (knee) is questionable for Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He did not play on Thursday due to some soreness in his knee. Hood tapped out of Wednesday's game at half and said he was trying to play through some discomfort. The Jazz will likely be limiting him going forward, so he's probably going to be a headache to own. Joe Ingles has more value right now. Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Malachi Richardson back on practice floor
    Malachi Richardson (hamstring) was back on the practice floor on Friday.

    Advice: He went through a full contact 5-on-5 in Phoenix. For what it's worth, he was scrimmaging with Skal Labissiere, Willie Cauley-Stein, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway on his team, so that's an interesting combo of their young guys. Richardson is obviously just a stash in super deep leagues, but it sounds like he'll be back this month. Friday, 2:11 pm
  • Wilson Chandler out again for Saturday
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will not be available for Saturday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: The Nuggets haven't really missed Chandler too much these days thanks to their success with the Mason Plumlee and Nikola Jokic lineups. Besides Plumlee, Juancho Hernangomez should benefit, and he did score nine points with five boards, one steal and one trey in 26 minutes on Thursday. Kenneth Faried should also get minutes. Plumlee is probably the only one worth owning in standard leagues. Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) is day-to-day
    After Thursday's game, coach Tyronn Lue said Iman Shumpert (shoulder) "is going to be day-to-day, he's fine."

    Advice: Shumpert injured his shoulder in the third quarter of Thursday's victory over Utah when he tried to dunk on Rudy Gobert. Shumpert didn't talk to reporters after the game, but J.R. Smith said that Shump told him "it was nothing serious." There is no guarantee that Shumpert will play Saturday vs. the Clippers, but it certainly appears he is dealing with only minor discomfort. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues. Friday, 6:27 am
  • Irving (knee) 'hoping' he doesn't miss time
    Kyrie Irving (knee tightness) said he is going to receive treatment and is "hoping" that he doesn't have to miss any time.

    Advice: Irving told reporters that his left knee had been sore for 48 hours and that it tightened up after sitting to start the fourth quarter on Thursday night. He took himself out with 8:31 remaining and did not return. "I knew what was best for my body at the time," Irving said. "I'm hoping that I don't have to miss any days, but if it really comes down to that and the bigger picture is way more important than a few days, then that's what it's going to be. But as of right now I'm fine." Deron Williams would draw the start if Kyrie is unable to play on Saturday in L.A. Friday, 6:09 am
  • Gary Harris scores 20 in efficient fashion
    Gary Harris made 6-of-9 from the field and all five from the line for 20 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: Efficiency is the name of the game for Harris. His 49.2 percent from the field is better than the top-qualifying shooting guard, C.J. McCollum, but Harris does need some more games to qualify himself. Harris has been even better since the break, averaging 16.8 points, 2.6 boards, 2.8 dimes, 1.5 steals and 2.5 treys on 53.1 percent from the field. He's been a third-round player since the All-Star Game in standard leagues. Thursday, 9:38 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 10 points
    Jamal Murray made 4-of-14 from the field for 10 points with five rebounds, three steals and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He struggled with his shot, at least the usage was there and he didn't turn the ball over. The combo guard minutes are coming with 11 minutes tonight, which is way more than his average since the break. Of course, Danilo Gallinari (knee) not playing slid Will Barton to more of a straight three, so there were minutes available at SG. Regardless, Murray looks like he's part of the next crop of rookie pickups after guys like Tyler Ulis, Ivica Zubac and Skal Labissiere. If you're looking for a rookie with upside, Murray might be your guy. Thursday, 9:32 pm
  • Jeremy Lin scores 15 in 30 minutes
    Jeremy Lin scored 15 points with four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: That's the most minutes he's played in a game since returning from injury on Feb. 24. With the Nets at home on Friday night, it'll be interesting to see if coach Kenny Atkinson opts to rest Lin. The Nets are not expected to shootaround on Friday, so his fantasy owners will have to wait until pre-game before we find out his status. If he plays, that would be huge for his value going forward. Lin made it clear he really wants to play. Thursday, 8:13 pm
  • Lance Thomas scores 15 points
    Lance Thomas scored 15 points with 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during his start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he is not expected to miss much time beyond Thursday, so there's little reason to react to this line for Thomas in the short term. On the other hand, the Knicks are now 6.5 games out of the No. 8 seed and only have 13 games to play, so maybe guys get shut down to open up minutes for Thomas. Most owners can leave him on the wire. Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Ty Lue says Kyrie Irving (left knee) is fine
    Coach Ty Lue said Kyrie Irving (knee tightness) is fine.

    Advice: Lue made it sound like Irving would be able to play in the next game on Saturday against the Clippers. Although, the Cavs are on a L.A. back-to-back, so there is a chance he rests in the national game. If not, maybe he rests on Sunday. Whatever the case, there will be multiple rest days coming for Kyrie. Deron Williams isn't really an add, though. Thursday, 6:42 pm
  • Gordon Hayward quiet in loss to Cavs
    Gordon Hayward hit just 4-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, five boards, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes of Thursday's 91-83 loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He'd scored 25 and 27 points in his previous two games but had a nine-point dud last Saturday. Hayward's having a fine season but has had trouble putting together long streaks of great games all year. It's not easy to play against LeBron James and he should have a better matchup against the Bulls on Saturday. Thursday, 6:28 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) will not return
    Iman Shumpert suffered a left shoulder strain and will not return to Thursday's game.

    Advice: He'll finish with 22 minutes, nine points and three rebounds on 4-of-11 shooting and should be considered day-to-day. J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver (foot) will both see a boost in minutes if Shumpert is going to miss time, and once Korver's healthy. However, Fred McLeod reported on Twitter after the game that Ty Lue said Shumpert was "OK," meaning his injury isn't thought to be serious. Thursday, 6:10 pm
  • Kyrie Irving dealing with left knee tightness
    Kyrie Irving is dealing with left knee tightness and will not return on Thursday night.

    Advice: He hasn't really had any noteworthy left knee injuries since his left knee injury during the 2015 Finals against the Warriors, so hopefully it's just a minor flare up. The Cavs were just about to get healthy, but now they have this dark cloud hanging over their heads. Hopefully, this is just precautionary. Even if Irving gets the all clear, the likelihood he gets rest goes way up for next season. Deron Williams is a speculative add if you have something to cut. Irving finishes with 21 points, four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Expect an update after the game. Thursday, 6:08 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (shoulder) to locker room
    Iman Shumpert (left shoulder) went to the locker room on Thursday.

    Advice: He asked to come out and is likely being evaluated in the locker room. We'll have an update when the Cavs provide it. Thursday, 5:39 pm
  • Wilson Chandler's return date is unclear
    Coach Mike Malone said Wilson Chandler (groin) doesn't have a definitive timetable.

    Advice: There's a chance Chandler can make it back over the weekend, but he still isn't practicing yet. Chandler's fantasy owners will have to weigh if they want to keep him stashed, especially with the fantasy playoffs starting in several leagues. While he's out, Kenneth Faried, Mason Plumlee and Juan Hernangomez should pick up the minutes at the four. Thursday, 4:58 pm
  • Rodney Hood (knee) ruled out Thursday
    Rodney Hood (knee) will not play on Thursday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He had some soreness during Wednesday's game and couldn't finish. His knee has been an issue all season and his fantasy owners should seriously consider moving on if they haven't already. Joe Ingles looks like the best pickup in the short term, while Joe Johnson also gets a bump because he's been playing more small-ball PF. Thursday, 10:57 am
  • Archie Goodwin won't debut Thursday
    Archie Goodwin won't make his debut vs. the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: Goodwin signed his 10-day deal with the Nets on Wednesday and did go through a full practice, but coach Kenny Atkinson said he won't play until Friday or Sunday. "He’s got to get his feet under him and hopefully in this 10-day period," Atkinson said. "Probably right, not the first game. Get a few practices under his belt we can throw him in against the Celtics or the Mavs and see where he is." If he impresses and earns a long-term deal, Goodwin could be interesting later in the season if the Nets start shutting veterans down. Thursday, 8:46 am
  • Buddy Hield gets 21 minutes
    Buddy Hield scored seven points in 21 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: While he won't be rested, Hield just isn't that good yet. He hasn't picked up a steal in four of his last five and his assist:turnover ratio is below 1.0 in that span, too. Most fantasy owners should be able to do better. Wednesday, 11:52 pm
  • Arron Afflalo returns to the lineup
    Arron Afflalo scored 14 points with four rebounds in 30 minutes as a starter against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he did play well, Afflalo is likely going to get rested at some point again. Afflalo can stay on the wire in just about all leagues. Wednesday, 11:50 pm
  • Garrett Temple comes off the bench
    Garrett Temple scored eight points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is likely going to get a rest day at some point and really can't be counted on in fantasy leagues. Temple shouldn't be owned. Wednesday, 11:32 pm
  • Evans doesn't score in return
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) did not score in 14 minutes with two rebounds, three assists and one steal against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He didn't look right and couldn't really separate from his defender. Evans is going to be resting more as the season goes on, so he's really not a great property to own in most leagues. Wednesday, 11:25 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon plays 26 minutes as starter
    Malcolm Brogdon was back in the Bucks' starting five on Wednesday, finishing with 11 points, two rebounds, five assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Jason Kidd is obviously comfortable with his rookie guard, who resumed starting after initially coming off the bench following a back injury. Brogdon played alongside Matthew Dellavedova for a crucial five-minute stretch late in the fourth quarter, which is a good sign. He may be inconsistent, but he's still a standard-league option with a starting job and proven fantasy upside. Wednesday, 11:07 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo limited by fouls vs LAC
    Giannis Antetokounmpo played just 28 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points (5-of-10 FGs, 6-of-9 FTs), five rebounds, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo picked up two fouls in the first eight minutes of the game, forcing a substitution, and he picked up a third foul after playing 4:24 in the second quarter. Jason Kidd was playing it safe, in other words. Giannis came in leading his team in points (23.1), rebounds (8.6), assists (5.5), blocks (1.9), and steals (1.8), and he's successfully guided the Bucks into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Wednesday, 11:06 pm
  • Reggie Jackson plays 20 minutes in home loss
    Reggie Jackson played 20 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday to finish with eight points, two rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: Jackson had a +/- rating of -19 during his 20 minutes on the court, and it wasn't hard to see why he was on a short leash. This is his second straight 20-minute dud and Ish Smith has been the better fantasy option since the All-Star break. Jackson obviously isn't a must-play guy right now, especially if you're desperate for production in a playoff scenario. Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 18 points
    Brandon Ingram scored 18 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's starting to string games together with six straight in double-figure scoring, which started after a zero-point game on Mar. 3. He's also seen an increase in assists and defensive stats over his last five, averaging 14.2 points, 4.0 boards, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 treys on 54.5 percent from the field. Ingram likely won't be a difference maker, but he's trending up as a pickup and is locked in for big minutes. Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Gordon Hayward posts 25/9/6 in win vs. DET
    Gordon Hayward had 25 points, nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes on Wednesday, helping Utah beat the Pistons in Detroit.

    Advice: The Jazz have won nine of their last 12 games, helping them stave off the Clippers for the No. 4 seed out West. Hayward has been good but not great since the break, and it wouldn't hurt to see more assists (3.4), steals (0.9) and blocks (0.2). Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Joe Johnson starts, Boris Diaw to bench
    Joe Johnson started in place of Derrick Favors (knee) on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Favors is "out indefinitely" with a bone bruise, and coach Quin Snyder pulled a switcheroo with Johnson starting over Boris Diaw at PF tonight. As long as Favors is out, Snyder said he will deal with the power forward spot depending on matchups. That makes it hard to trust Johnson on a nightly basis, but he's worth a look as a punt play when he's starting. Wednesday, 9:24 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has a dud in loss
    Jimmy Butler made 4-of-16 from the field for 14 points during a 98-91 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one turnover in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Butler is ice cold on offense lately. In his last five games, he only averaged 15.8 points, 5.8 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.2 treys on 36.0 percent from the field. Butler could be asked to score more with Dwyane Wade (elbow) possibly missing time, especially with his 30.7 usage rate in his minutes without Wade this year. Expect Butler to turn this around quickly. Wednesday, 8:45 pm
  • Denzel Valentine closes out
    Denzel Valentine scored 11 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did close this game out and could be getting more minutes with Dwyane Wade (elbow) getting hurt. Although, coach Fred Hoiberg has turned to Paul Zipser in this spot. Valentine is playing well with back-to-back games of 11 points in 28 minutes, so he's the speculative add to make following the Wade injury. We wouldn't suggest adding him unless you're dropping something you won't miss too much. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Rodney Hood unlikely for Thursday
    Rodney Hood (knee) had some soreness on Wednesday and tried to play through.

    Advice: He made it through the first half, but was ruled out at halftime. Hood is very unlikely to play on Thursday, which means Joe Ingles, Joe Johnson and Dante Exum should benefit. If you're going to make some pickups, it makes sense to do it in that order. Hood is a drop candidate. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon starting, Delly to the bench
    Malcolm Brogdon will start and Matthew Dellavedova will move to the bench.

    Advice: This move is probably going to stick for the Bucks. Brogdon looked good with 32 minutes on Monday, so he should be looking at 30-plus minutes tonight. Although, he may not do much with that time due to minutes next to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. He's a lukewarm hold in standard leagues with limited upside. Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Rodney Hood (right knee) will not return Wed
    Rodney Hood will not return to Wednesday's game due to right knee soreness.

    Advice: Hood finishes scoreless with four rebounds in nine first-half minutes. His right knee has been a source of trouble all season, so there's a good chance Utah will hold him out of Thursday's game even if he's feeling better. Owners should check for updates after shootaround. If he does sit out, expect Joe Ingles, Alec Burks and Dante Exum to absorb most of his playing time. Wednesday, 5:45 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (ankle) probable vs. Suns
    Tyreke Evans (ankle) is probable against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It looks like the Kings are going to play all the guys they rested on Monday and rest Darren Collison and Anthony Tolliver. Evans is almost certainly going to be rested again, so he's not really worth owning. Wednesday, 5:33 pm
  • CT scan comes back negative on Batum
    Results from the CT scan on the brain of Nicolas Batum came back negative.

    Advice: It's good news for Batum, who has now missed the last two games. He's dealt with some severe headaches and it's possible he misses more time. His fantasy owners will have to figure out if they can afford to wait on him with his unclear return date. Jeremy Lamb should have nice short-term value while basically the entire rotation also gets a bump. Wednesday, 5:01 pm
  • Joe Johnson will start against the Pistons
    Joe Johnson will start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Pistons using a hybrid-type forward in Tobias Harris, the Jazz will go smaller and use Gordon Hayward more at the four. Johnson was hit and miss in his two starts in this small-ball lineup with a 16-point game against the Rockets and a five-point effort vs. the Thunder. He has a decent chance for production against the Pistons while Joe Ingles also benefits. Wednesday, 3:14 pm
  • Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari out vs. LAC
    Wilson Chandler (right groin contusion) and Danilo Gallinari (left knee bone bruise) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: This Saturday groin injury will keep him out for at least a week with the Nuggets not playing again until Mar. 18. Chandler was able to return from this injury during that game, but it's become worse over time. He should be considered questionable for Saturday. While he's out, expect more run for Mason Plumlee, Will Barton, Juancho Hernangomez and more shots for the wings. Wednesday, 12:23 pm
  • Wilson Chandler not at practice
    Wilson Chandler (groin) will not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wasn't sure if Chandler could play, but he's likely going to be questionable. We should have an update on Chandler tomorrow, but the Nuggets may opt to be careful given his history with groin injuries in his career. If he's out again, Juan Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and maybe even Kenneth Faried (back) can step up. Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Report: Batum to have CT scan on his brain
    Nicolas Batum is reportedly undergoing a CT scan on his brain.

    Advice: Batum is dealing with painful migraines, and will not be able to play Wednesday, which will be his second straight game on the sidelines. Jeremy Lamb will likely be earning another start tonight, with Kemba Walker being tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Hopefully, the CT scan doesn't reveal anything serious, but we'll provide an update as soon as that information is made public. Wednesday, 9:44 am
  • Nicolas Batum (migraine) out Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum (migraine) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Batum didn't even travel with the team to Indiana, so it's not surprising at all to see him ruled out, but perhaps he'll be able to return to action Saturday vs. the Wizards. Jeremy Lamb should draw another start tonight, and Kemba Walker will be asked to do a bit more on the offensive end. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Report: BK to ink Goodwin to 10-day contract
    The Nets will reportedly sign Archie Goodwin to a 10-day deal on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Sean Kilpatrick (hamstring), Joe Harris (concussion) banged up, and Jeremy Lin's (ankle) status for Thursday's game in New York up in the air, Goodwin may be able to pick up some minutes in the Nets rotation. However, it's unlikely he'll be on the floor enough to matter in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:21 am
  • Luwawu-Cabarrot scores 10 in start
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot started for the Sixers on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three boards, two assists and a steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He also started on Sunday and scored a career-high 18 points, and the Sixers could keep running him out there to see what they have for the future. If you're in a deep league with a bare wire, TLC might be worth a look, especially if it's announced that he'll start again on Friday against the Mavericks. Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 18 points with two treys
    Iman Shumpert hit 8-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 18 points and five rebounds in 36 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Pistons.

    Advice: It's kind of hard to believe that 18 points is a season high for Shump, but it's true. He'd only scored in double figures in one of his previous 15 games coming in and the fact that the Cavaliers were up 44-26 at the end of the first quarter and won walking away gave Shumpert some extra opportunities he wouldn't have had in a close game. Ignore him until we see this start becoming the norm instead of the highlight of his season. Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Lance Thomas plays 33 minutes in start
    Lance Thomas moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Pacers and scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This was simply a matchup move for the Knicks as they needed his defense against Paul George. The low-usage forward added seven rebounds, one assist and three triples, and any prospective owners should be scared away by the fact that the Knicks only play one more time this week. Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 26 points in blowout win
    Kyrie Irving played 30 minutes and hit 9-of-14 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers for 26 points and six assists in an easy win over the Pistons.

    Advice: Just another day at the office for Kyrie, but it might have been even better had the score not been so lopsided. Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Reggie Jackson struggles against Cavs
    Reggie Jackson hit just 3-of-13 shots for six points, one rebound, six assists and one steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's blowout 128-96 loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: This one was basically over by the end of the first quarter, so it's not all that surprising that Stan Van Gundy didn't run Jackson heavy minutes, as he doesn't appear to be a big fan to begin with. Backup Ish Smith scored 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but only had three assists and played 21 minutes. This was a forgettable night for the Pistons, all the way around. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Timothe Luwawu starting, Henderson to bench
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot is starting alongside Robert Covington (knee) on the wings for Tuesday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: TLC was expected to return to the bench with Covington returning from a one-game absence, but the rookie was very impressive vs. the Lakers on Sunday with a career-high 18 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. If the move sticks and TLC plays well tonight, deep-league owners should give him a look. Tuesday, 6:39 pm
  • Lance Thomas starting, Hernangomez to bench
    Lance Thomas will start on Tuesday vs. the Pacers, sending Willy Hernangomez to the bench.

    Advice: The Pacers are rolling with Thaddeus Young at the four, so the Knicks will match with their own small-ball lineup. Thomas is still a shaky fantasy option, while Hernangomez's owners should still start him. Tuesday, 4:44 pm
  • Batum (migraine) does not practice Tuesday
    Nicolas Batum (migraine) did not practice on Tuesday and is not scheduled to fly with the team to Indiana for Wednesday night's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say that Batum may fly to Indiana separately if he feels better. At this point, Batum seems doubtful to suit up for Wednesday's contest. Jeremy Lamb started in place of Batum on Monday and played well, scoring a career-high 26 points in 31 minutes. Lamb will be a strong DFS/streaming option if Batum is unable to play on Wednesday. Tuesday, 9:10 am
  • Butler would like to finish his career in CHI
    Jimmy Butler said he would like to finish his career with the Bulls.

    Advice: "I can't see what tomorrow will bring, but I love it here," said Bulter. "I love these people. I want to be here." The Butler trade rumors will inevitably pick up steam again this offseason, especially if the Bulls fail to qualify for the postseason. Once we get closer to draft, the Celtics will likely come calling, possibly dangling the first overall pick. Butler's numbers have been down since the All-Star break, but he did tally 23 points, 11 assists, six rebounds on Monday night. Hopefully he can keep it going. Tuesday, 6:55 am
  • Jamal Murray scores 22 points w/ five triples
    Jamal Murray scored 22 points with five 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds, one block and two steals in Monday's easy win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Nuggets were missing two key pieces in Wilson Chandler (groin) and Kenneth Faried (back), so that opened up some minutes for the rookie. He played a total of 30 minutes with 19 of those coming at PG, but coach Michael Malone said a few days ago that the rookie isn't ready to unseat Jameer Nelson as the starter. This was Murray's sixth game of the season with 20+ points, but just his first since Feb. 4. While his dynasty owners should be pumped, his re-draft value is still limited and the Nuggets only have two more games this week. Give him a look if Chandler misses another game. Monday, 11:02 pm
  • Ben McLemore drops 14 off the bench
    Ben McLemore finished with 14 points, including three triples, in Monday's win against Orlando.

    Advice: McLemore was seeing extra run off the bench with Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Arron Afflalo (rest) on the shelf. The Kings have a logjam in the backcourt and head coach Dave Joerger continues to mix and match his guards on a nightly basis. One night someone might be productive, then next game they might be a DNP-CD. It's a maddening situation for fantasy owners owning stock in any of the Kings. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • Buddy Hield productive in Monday's start
    Buddy Hield finished with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes on Monday against the Magic.

    Advice: Hield was in the starting five with Tyreke Evans (ankle) sidelined and Arron Afflalo getting a scheduled day of rest. He has 17 or more points with five or more rebounds in three straight games. The Kings are in tank mode, but they're giving their key acquisition in the DeMarcus Cousins trade a long look and he is looking like the real deal with regular playing time. Monday, 10:33 pm
  • Gordon Hayward bags four 3-pointers
    Gordon Hayward finished with 27 points while hitting nine of his 18 field-goal attempts in Monday's win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Hayward posted four 3-pointers to give him at least one triple in 10 consecutive outings. It was a nice bounce back after his worst performance since the last All-Star break last time out. As mentioned, there is no reason to worry when he occasionally has a poor game. He remains a must-start in most fantasy leagues. Monday, 9:41 pm
  • Joe Johnson efficient off bench
    Joe Johnson posted 14 points with three rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes on Monday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson came off the bench in Monday's win, but he was still very productive from the floor, including a pair of 3-pointers. The veteran is averaging 11.7 points with 2.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists over his past three games. Even though Boris Diaw slid into the starting five with Derrick Favors (knee) sidelined again, Johnson was by far the more productive option. Monday, 9:31 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon posts 15 points, eight boards
    Malcolm Brogdon (back) posted 15 points with eight assists in 32 minutes on Monday night against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Brogdon buried three triples on five attempts to give him 13 3-pointers over his past seven appearances. He is logging plenty of minutes down the stretch in Cream City as the Bucks give their younger players a long look. The former University of Virginia star appears to have a bright future with the Bucks. Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Garrett Temple starting Monday's game
    Garrett Temple is starting Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans (ankle) out, and a few others receiving a planned rest, the Kings are dressing just nine players. Temple is in line for a healthy amount of minutes, perhaps his most since returning from a long-term hamstring injury. Monday, 7:34 pm
  • Denzel Valentine looks great in 28 minutes
    Denzel Valentine scored 11 points in 28 minutes on Monday vs. the Hornets

    Advice: The rookie shot 3-of-8 from the field (all 3-pointers) with five rebounds and two assists, and it's obvious that coach Fred Hoiberg has given him the green light. It's worth noting that the Bulls shortened their rotation tonight with Paul Zipser, Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams all getting DNP-CDs, so that would be huge for Valentine's outlook if that sticks. He's trending up in deeper leagues, but his ceiling is limited while Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are active. Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 23 points w/ 11 assists
    Jimmy Butler snapped out of his slump with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Not only did he snap out of his funk, but Butler helped his team snap a five-game losing streak in the 115-109 road win. Butler added 11 assists, six rebounds, two blocks, two steals and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. For reference, only LeBron James, James Harden and Russell Westbrook have reached those totals in a game this season. With the Bulls still hoping to land a playoff spot, Butler should be a monster going forward. Monday, 6:55 pm
  • Arron Afflalo ruled out for Monday
    Arron Afflalo is out for Monday's game against the Magic due to a planned rest.

    Advice: With Afflalo (rest), Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Malachi Richardson (hamstring) out, it will be Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Ben McLemore seeing an increase in minutes. In fact, Hield might be a real steal in DFS play at a low price. Afflalo is likely to play in Wednesday's game in Phoenix. Monday, 6:13 pm
  • Tyreke, Lawson, Afflalo and Koufos out Monday
    Tyreke Evans (sore left ankle), Ty Lawson (rest), Kosta Koufos (rest) and Arron Afflalo (rest) will not play on Monday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Unlike Lawson, Koufos and Afflalo, Evans is not healthy and this is the same ankle that he sprained earlier this season. With the Kings going nowhere, Evans is likely going to be rested a lot down the stretch. He should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Suns. Darren Collison looks like a solid play and he should be a usage rate monster, while Buddy Hield and Ben McLemore should get a ton of burn on the wings. Monday, 6:11 pm
  • Joe Johnson will come off the bench
    Joe Johnson will come off the bench against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) is out again, but the Jazz are going to move Boris Diaw into the starting lineup to match up with Blake Griffin. Both Diaw and Johnson belong on the wire in standard leagues. Monday, 5:24 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (migraine) out Monday vs. CHI
    Nicolas Batum (migraine) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Bulls.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb will get the start in his place tonight and there should also be some more opportunity for guys like Marco Belinelli and Treveon Graham in the second unit. Kemba Walker's usage spikes to 30.2 with Batum off the floor, so he might be someone to consider throwing out there in DFS with a favorable matchup against Chicago.Daily Slant: None of the other Hornets pick up much usage with Batum off the floor - Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb both get rough 1.0% bumps - but Lamb should see ample court time with Batum sidelined. Lamb has averaged a shade over 30 MPG in the last three tilts without Batum in the lineup, and at his current DFS asking price, that should be more than enough for him to return value on Monday. Marco Belinelli and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist could also see modest bumps in court time. Monday, 2:19 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon available off bench Monday
    Malcolm Brogdon (back) will be available off the bench Monday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: After missing the last two games, coach Jason Kidd may ease him back in. Brogdon looked like he was trending up in a big way with 42 minutes on Mar. 4, but he only played 21.5 minutes per game in the two following that and he missed the last two. Considering the Bucks have won six straight, they may go with more of a split with him and Matthew Dellavedova. He's still probably worth owning, but he's not likely to hit the ground running. Keep that in mind if you have a big playoff matchup this week. Monday, 10:51 am
  • Nicolas Batum (migraine) questionable Monday
    Nicolas Batum is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Bulls due to a migraine headache.

    Advice: The last two games that Batum missed back in January, Jeremy Lamb started and averaged 12.0 points, 3.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game. Marco Belinelli would also benefit and posted averages of 10.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 triples in that same span. Both players are firmly on the DFS and streaming radar if Batum sits. Monday, 8:21 am
  • Malone may consider starting Murray?
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone hinted that he's not ready to hand the starting PG job over to Jamal Murray just yet.

    Advice: "I have not gotten to that point yet," Malone said. "Obviously, with 18 games to go, we’ll see what happens in those 18 games. I think Jameer [Nelson] has earned the right to be our starter for the time being." These comments were made before Nelson was listed on the injury report with a right hip flexor strain, and he's currently questionable for Monday's game vs. the Lakers. If Nelson can't go, Murray seems like the obvious choice to start with Emmanuel Mudiay still in the doghouse. The rookie is worth a speculative add in deeper formats. Mar 13, 6:19 am
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot w/ career-high 18 pts
    Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot started vs. the Lakers on Sunday, posting a career-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers with three rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Robert Covington (knee) was ruled out tonight, allowing TLC to earn his second straight start -- he started on Saturday in place of Gerald Henderson (hip). The rookie broke his previous high in scoring before halftime tonight, and he even knocked down a pair of clutch free throws to maintain the Sixers' late lead. His role should increase down the stretch, but he's a pure gamble for fantasy purposes with Henderson healthy and RoCo day-to-day. Mar 12, 9:32 pm
  • Iman Shumpert quiet in 30 minutes vs. HOU
    Iman Shumpert shot just 2-of-9 from the field on Sunday for seven points, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 Sunday.

    Advice: Shump has shot better than 42.9 percent just once since Jan. 30, an abysmal stretch that spoils any potential fantasy value as a perimeter specialist. Until his shots start to fall, he's nowhere near being worth owning in most fantasy formats. Mar 12, 9:11 pm
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