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  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala out again
    Luke Babbitt (back) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: That should clear the way for John Collins to make another start. Even in a tough matchup against Blake Griffin, Collins was able to keep his fouls in check for 14 points, 10 boards and three dimes in 38 minutes during his first start. Collins should be owned in standard leagues. Today, 6:34 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) probable for Friday
    Trevor Booker (left ankle) is probable for Friday's matinee game with the Blazers.

    Advice: We get a Friday game at noon EST and we should have more info on Booker at about 10:30 in the morning. He did not play on Wednesday despite what looked like a minor ankle issue. If he's back, that could mean Tyler Zeller moves from a Wednesday starter to out of the rotation. Jarrett Allen could still be in the mix, but it's not certain. Today, 4:06 pm
  • Clifford praises Jeremy Lamb
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford can tell that Jeremy Lamb is a much more confident player this season.

    Advice: "I just think there’s nothing more important in anything you do than feeling good about it and being confident," Clifford said. "The best way to feel good about it is to put a lot of hard work in, and that’s what he’s done." Lamb was sensational on Wednesday with 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers, and with Nicolas Batum's (elbow) status up in the air going forward, there's no reason for him to be on the waiver wire while we wait for Batum's diagnosis. Today, 8:37 am
  • Terrence Ross scores season-high 22 points
    Terrence Ross started and hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 22 points, six rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been hit-or-miss all season and Jonathon Simmons has more upside, but Ross deserves some attention. He's averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, so he can offer some 12-team help if you need steals and treys. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Brook Lopez has another bad game
    Brook Lopez scored four points with one rebound and one block in 17 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The one rebound is rough, and this is his fourth one-board game on the season. Zach Randolph went off early and coach Luke Walton took Lopez out early because of it. Lopez continues to be a victim of game script and pace, especially in losses. When the Lakers win, Lopez has played 26.6 minutes per game, but that drops to 22.0 in losses. Annoying games aside, Lopez has been decent this month with 16.7 points, 5.3 boards and 2.0 blocks in his previous games. He could take a slight hit when Larry Nance Jr. (hand) comes back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Harrison Barnes hits game-winning J at buzzer
    Harrison Barnes hit a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer to win 95-94 at Memphis on Wednesday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, one assist and that 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's Harry B's first game-winning shot at the buzzer in his career (video in link below). Barnes is starting to trend up as a scorer with more attempts from the line, big minutes and also the Mavs playing in closer games. The Mavs are still dead last in the Western Conference and they'll get the Thunder and Spurs in their next two, so hopefully they can keep it close again after this win and the OT loss to the Celtics on Monday. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Nerlens Noel scores two points
    Nerlens Noel scored two points in four minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't play only in garbage time, which has been the case in the last week and change. Salah Mejri has cooled off as far as making an impact goes, but Noel is still behind him for now. Maybe he gets a chance to play at some point, but it's really hard to stash him in 12-team leagues. It'll likely be a by-committee approach at center until late in the season. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 11 in another start
    Chandler Parsons scored 11 points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: With JaMychal Green healthy, the Grizzlies shifted Parsons over to being more of a three, and he’s logging almost all of his minutes with the key first unit guys — he played 46 of 49 minutes next to Marc Gasol in the previous two. Parsons is playing 24 minutes per game as a starter and maybe he'll play in both ends of a back-to-back on Dec. 1 and 2. He's worth a look in standard leagues and could trend up in a month or so. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 29 points with 11 boards
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points during a 107-90 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's been ridiculous from an efficiency standpoint. According to Synergy, he comes in at 95th percentile for points per possession, and he even rates very well off passes thanks to keeping his turnovers so low. Davis is up to 56.5 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the line with his 26-11 averages in points and boards. As everyone knows, he just needs to stay healthy. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins gets his double-double
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points with 15 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks, six turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: After putting up double-digit rebounds in 13 of his first 14 games this year, Cousins came into this game with a three-game streak of only single-digit boards. Some of that had to do with him getting ejected on Monday and also getting blown out against Denver on Friday. Cousins has also seen his shooting drop while his turnovers are soaring at over five per game on the year to lead the league. His fantasy owners have nothing to complain about. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 15 points in 25 minutes
    Alec Burks had 15 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist in 25 minutes on Wednesday, making 5-of-10 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: This was the most points Burks has scored since opening night, and he's yet to hit double-digits in consecutive games this season. Until that changes, he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Justin Holiday w/ 12 points in 30 minutes
    Justin Holiday hit 4-of-11 shots to score 12 points on Wednesday, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Holiday is averaging 2.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.0 blocks over the past three games, while shooting a combined 11-of-43 from the field (25.6 percent). That about sums up his lack of fantasy appeal in the bulk of formats, and there should be 3-point specialists available who won't drag you down in other categories. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Khris Middleton drops 40 points vs. Suns
    Khris Middleton dropped 40 points on 14-of-26 shots in Wednesday's overtime win over the Suns, hitting 9-of-11 free throws with nine rebounds, three assists, four steals and three triples in 46 minutes.

    Advice: Middleton has a 33.1 usage rate this season with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) off the floor compared to 22.0 with him on, so it’s no surprise that he had a monster game against the non-existent defense of the Suns. Giannis is expected back on Saturday vs. the Jazz, but if you play DFS, keep this game in mind for Middleton if the Greek Freak misses another contest this season. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Shut this down: Bledsoe drops 30 vs. PHX
    Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 30 points against his former Suns in a 113-107 overtime win on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-26 shots and 6-of-13 free throws with seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two triples in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe is off to a slow start with his new team, but there's nothing like a "revenge game" to get the juices flowing. "I’m with a talented group of guys who can also make plays," Bledsoe said of his new teammates. "So I’ve got to try to find my game a little bit. It takes time." Bledsoe enjoyed a nice bump in usage with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) resting, and while his value will trend back down after this massive line, he still has enough upside to flirt with early- to mid-round value once his shot starts falling. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Tony Snell plays 22 minutes off bench
    Tony Snell moved to the bench on Wednesday vs. the Suns and played 22 minutes with four points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Snell started all 16 previous games for the Bucks, but averaged a mere 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys despite seeing over 32 minutes per outing. The Bucks made several lineup changes with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) sitting this one out, but regardless of whether or not he starts, Snell is a low-end fantasy asset at best. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb steps up for Nic Batum (elbow)
    Jeremy Lamb started the second half of Wednesday's game for Nic Batum (elbow), posting 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lamb worked over Kelly Oubre on offense, and he would be in line for big minutes if Batum misses any games. Batum exited tonight's game with a 'contusion', but it's the same elbow he tore a ligament in this summer, so Charlotte will be extra cautious here. It makes sense to add Lamb while we await an update from the Hornets. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Tony Snell will come off the bench Wednesday
    Tony Snell will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Snell should still be able to flirt with close to 30 minutes tonight with Giannis Anteotkounmpo (knee) on the sidelines, but he can't be considered anything more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) will not play vs. Cavs
    Trevor Booker (ankle) will not play against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Tuesday, but he did go through some work at shootaround on Wednesday. The Nets are likely going to be very careful with Booker throughout the year, so he may start to trend down after the break. With him out tonight, Tyler Zeller will get the start while Jarrett Allen should be in the rotation. Keep an eye on Allen in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Trevor Booker goes through shootaround
    Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

    Advice: Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Brook Lopez scores season-low 4 points
    Brook Lopez scored a season-low four points on Tuesday vs. the Bulls with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in just 25 minutes.

    Advice: His brother Robin won this matchup, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shots while Brook finished just 2-of-10 from the field. He's had some awesome games this season, but some major duds as well with six games in single digits. Things are only going to get more frustrating with Larry Nance (hand) due back next week. Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) won't play Wednesday
    Luke Babbitt (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered the back injury on Monday and is being listed as day-to-day, but he might spend more than just one game on the sidelines with the next two contests after Wednesday being a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set. Ersan Ilyasova could move back into the starting five on Wednesday night, and John Collins should see an uptick in minutes. Tuesday, 2:10 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he seems much closer to doubtful, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see a bump in minutes, with Allen offering the most upside. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) is day-to-day
    Trevor Booker (ankle) was unable to practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to coach Kenny Atkinson.

    Advice: Booker initially tweaked his ankle Friday vs. Utah and then aggravated the injury Sunday vs. Golden State. On Monday, he said the sprain is "not too bad" but was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. If Booker is unable to suit up, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would likely divvy up the additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Harrison Barnes matches season-high 31 points
    Harrison Barnes matched his season-high of 31 points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: Barnes has really blossomed into a star since the Warriors replaced him with Kevin Durant, and this is already his eighth game of the season with 20+ points. He hit 10-of-21 shots and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. will continue to be the only trustworthy players in Dallas moving forward. Monday, 9:42 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 14 w/ 6 steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points with six steals, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He finished one steal shy of his career-high and hit 6-of-13 shots, but his struggles from the perimeter continued. Since joining the Bucks, Bledsoe has hit just 4-of-25 triples (16%). He'll eventually find his rhythm and he's playing for a team that isn't chasing lottery balls, so his rest-of-season outlook is still pretty promising. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores six in 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in a loss to Portland on Monday.

    Advice: Parsons has now quietly played in six straight games and while he's not exactly killing it, he's someone to keep a close eye on. Now that he's getting regular minutes and not missing games, he has the potential to get hot and start contributing for the Grizzlies. Monday, 8:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 in win over OKC
    Anthony Davis played through his facial injury on Monday and hit 9-of-19 shots and 18-of-22 free throws for 36 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a tough win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He also had a season-high seven turnovers, which was a bit fluky since his previous season high was just five of them. This was his best game since October and he'll try to keep it going against the Spurs on Wednesday. Monday, 8:05 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 16 off Hornets bench
    Jeremy Lamb hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb should take a hit with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back in action, but played pretty well tonight. He's not longer a must-own player, but looked good through his injury and could continue to be a fantasy asset in limited minutes off the bench. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) won't return Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) won't return on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He lasted just seven minutes, finishing scoreless with three missed shots and an assist. Babbitt did have 2.6 treys per game in his previous five outings, but his role should trend down with the Hawks getting some bodies back. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins ejected w/ flagrant 2 foul
    DeMarcus Cousins was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Thunder with a flagrant 2 foul.

    Advice: After grabbing a rebound, Cousins elbowed Russell Westbrook in the head while protecting the ball. He quickly claimed that Westy flopped, but the officials weren't having it. His night finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block. Monday, 6:46 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) is available Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) will play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He hasn't missed any time since leaving a game early on Nov. 15, but the Hawks might list him as probable for the next month like they did with Marco Belinelli. He's a 3-point specialist with 2.6 treys over his last five games, but he's a one-trick pony in fantasy. Monday, 4:31 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was cleared of the concussion protocol over the weekend and is merely dealing with a sore right eye. Get him in your lineups and check back after the game to see how he fares. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is available Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is "available" for Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: DFS owners should tread carefully, as Lamb hasn't played more than 24 minutes since Nicolas Batum returned. Coach Steve Clifford said he's worried about Lamb making his injury worse, so the Hornets will keep a close eye on him all night. Monday, 3:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) probable Monday
    Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford said he thinks Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will be able to play Monday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Lamb was a full participant in shootaround and it sounds like he was fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should be out there tonight. However, with Nicolas Batum back in action, Lamb's value is quickly trending in the wrong direction, so he's not the best target on a busy 11-game Monday night. Monday, 2:35 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was originally listed as probable after clearing the concussion protocol over the weekend and said he's feeling good. Davis has cooled off a bit in November after a phenomenal start to the season, but he's easily a top-10 fantasy option every time he's active. Monday, 9:00 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) iffy for Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is still iffy to play on Monday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He went through the morning shootaround, but coach Steve Clifford is worried that Lamb could worsen the injury if he plays. Based on Clifford's comments, Lamb will likely be a game-time call. His value has been trending down with Nicolas Batum back and he hasn't played more than 24 minutes in his last three games. If he sits, the Hornets may turn to rookies Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk, but they won't be fantasy targets. Monday, 8:27 am
  • Justin Holiday shoots 5-of-20 in 37 minutes
    Justin Holiday scored 13 points with three 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and two steals in 37 minutes on Sunday, but he shot just 5-of-20 from the field without any FT attempts.

    Advice: David Nwaba (ankle) will "most likely" be out again vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, so Holiday's playing time should be safe in the short-term. That said, his heavily-weighted 35.9% shooting is dragging down his value in most fantasy formats, and the eventual return of Nwaba and Zach LaVine (knee) makes him an obvious sell-high player. Sunday, 8:08 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) probable for Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Babbitt is the new guy in Atlanta who has been getting hit with the probable tag as of late, and yes, he has not missed a single game. He'll be out there, but his minutes are starting to trend down with Ersan Ilyasova healthy. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head on Friday, but he has been cleared of the concussion diagnosis and is simply dealing with a facial contusion. His fantasy owners dodged a bullet and can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Eric Bledsoe plays just 22 minutes vs. Dallas
    Eric Bledsoe played only 22 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, hitting 2-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Bledsoe committed his third foul with 6:40 left in the second quarter, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. He's yet to score more than 15 points in five games with the Bucks, but the supporting stats have helped and an adjustment period was inevitable. Patience is a virtue. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores team-high 17
    Chandler Parsons hit 7-of-9 from the field while finishing with a team-high 17 points in Saturday's loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Parsons added two rebounds and an assist while hitting 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He was a complete disaster last season in his first year with Memphis, averaging a career-low 6.2 PPG and 2.5 PPG across 34 games. He has been showing signs of life lately, posting double-digit point totals in three of his past four while hitting a 3-pointer in a season-best five in a row. Parsons still has work to do, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can trust him again. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) starts vs. Celts Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (back) started on Saturday and had 11 points, two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes, making 4-of-12 shots with three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Babbitt played just 11 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, but he earned another start tonight despite the return of DeAndre Bembry (wrist). Tyler Cavanaugh played 15 minutes off the bench but Ersan Ilyasova was apparently a DNP-CD, which bodes well for Babbitt. He's still just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will not return
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will not return to Saturday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room with a trainer and the team ruled him out about five minutes later. Hamstring strains are the trickiest soft-muscle issue for sports injuries, so there's a chance Lamb needs to miss games. If he does, Malik Monk could get back in the rotation or Dwayne Bacon and Nic Batum could have their minutes extended. Saturday, 6:11 pm
  • Luke Babbitt in the starting lineup
    Luke Babbitt (back) will start against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and apparently everything went well for him. Babbitt has a lot of competition for his minutes now, so he will have to play well to keep his starting role. Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Rio, Brooks, Parsons, J-Myke & Gasol starting
    Chandler Parsons will start on Saturday night and James Ennis will move to the bench.

    Advice: Parsons will join Mario Chalmers, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol in the first unit. Parsons has played a lot of power forward, but coach David Fizdale will shift him to the three today in a revenge game. Parsons was up to 25 minutes in the last game and he could be closer to 27 today. He's playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Luke Babbitt likely to start on Saturday
    If Luke Babbitt (back) is OK after warmups, he will be in the starting lineup against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's still a game-time call, but he is on track to play. Babbitt would be starting next to Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon. With guys like DeAndre Bembry back, we may see Ersan Ilyasova and Babbitt start to see their minutes fade. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 19 w/ 10 boards
    Brook Lopez scored 19 points with 10 boards, three assists, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was coming off an 8-point dud against Joel Embiid and the 76ers on Wednesday, but Phoenix has been a lot more friendly to centers this season than The Process has -- the Suns have given up more points than any other team. Things will be more complicated for Lopez once Larry Nance (hand) returns, so his owners should be prepared for some frustration in Los Angeles' crowded frontcourt. Friday, 10:43 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in ugly loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored just 14 points in an ugly 146-114 loss to the Nuggets on Friday, shooting 6-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He only played 25 minutes in the blowout, adding six rebounds and four assists with no defensive stats. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, so expect some epic fantasy lines from Boogie Cousins if that's the case -- his usage rate climbs from 32.0 to 38.4 with Davis off the floor. Friday, 10:11 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers a concussion Friday
    Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

    Advice: His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores 27 in win over CHA
    Justin Holiday scored a season-high 27 points in Friday's 123-120 win over the Hornets, hitting 10-of-15 shots and 3-of-3 free throws.

    Advice: He was returning from a one-game absence for personal reasons and finished two points shy of his career-high. Holiday nailed four triples in the win, adding three rebounds, three steals and one block in 36 minutes, Zach LaVine (knee) isn't expected back until mid-December, so there are more good times ahead for Holiday's owners. Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 10 points
    Alec Burks scored 10 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: As far as playing time goes, Burks is likely the biggest beneficiary with Raul Neto from the Ricky Rubio injury. He started the second half over Jonas Jerebko because the Jazz were smoked in the first half. Burks has played point guard for coach Quin Snyder before and he'll handle the ball more while Rubio is out. He's worth a look in deeper leagues. Friday, 8:08 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala are questionable
    Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday. Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Justin Holiday (personal) will start Friday
    Justin Holiday (personal) will start on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He's back after a one-game absence. Holiday will join Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez in the first unit, but coach Fred Hoiberg hasn't decided who he will start in the other two spots. If you need triples, Holiday is your guy with averages of 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.5 triples. Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Terrence Ross logs 27 minutes Wednesday
    Terrence Ross logged 27 minutes on Wednesday but he attempted just five shots, making two of them to finish with five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: One of Ross' makes came from downtown, so this wasn't a terrible line for roto purposes, but most points-league owners have already moved on due to his low scoring (9.2 points per game) and lack of peripheral stats. He's yet to play 30 minutes in a game this month, and is a steals-and-threes specialist until further notice. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores just eight points
    Brook Lopez scored eight points with two rebounds, two assists and three fouls in 16 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was actually building up some momentum, but Joel Embiid is just too good. Lopez gets a good matchup against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll for that one. Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets 14/8/6 and defensive stats
    Eric Bledsoe finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That type of across-the-board production is exactly what EB's owners want to see, and he balanced out his 4-of-12 FGs with a 5-of-5 mark at the line. The Bucks are being careful with Bledsoe, but he said after playing 27 minutes on Monday that his legs "felt good," and the playing time should ramp up soon enough. The Bucks are now 4-0 since inserting Bledsoe in the starting unit. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 27 points w/ full line
    Khris Middleton made 12-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers on Wednesday, scoring 27 points with eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Middleton played 40 minutes and it was encouraging to see him so active offensively -- his 26.5% usage was second only to Giannis Antetokounmpo tonight. Despite a brief lull upon Eric Bledsoe's arrival, it didn't take Middleton long to reassert himself as a go-to player. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons logs season-high 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 25 minutes on Wednesday, going 5-of-7 from the field with three 3-pointers for 13 points.

    Advice: Parsons added three rebounds and two assists. The playing time could indicate that Memphis is loosening his minute restriction, but they might also have felt comfortable giving him extra burn since they're off until Saturday. Until he can consistently get minutes in the high 20s, it'll be hard for Parsons to tempt 12-team owners. Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 25 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sure, his fourth-ranked 28.2 points per game he had coming into this game is nice, but Cousins leading centers with his 5.8 dimes per game may be the biggest surprise on his stat line. It's going to be interesting to see if he can keep that around six with Rajon Rondo around, but obviously Cousins is going to post gigantic stat lines one way or another. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb plays 22 minutes off bench
    Jeremy Lamb moved to the bench on Wednesday, where he notched 13 points (4-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Nic Batum's return was always a looming threat to Lamb's value, so it's not like owners couldn't see this coming. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also looked his his usual self in 31 minutes, so the wing rotation is getting crowded in a hurry. Lamb's upside is capped with those guys healthy, but owners may want to see how his role develops in the next few weeks. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return
    Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyler Cavanaugh started the second half for the injured Babbitt. He went to the locker room in the first half, but he did return to action after that. Babbitt did check back into the game, but apparently he didn't feel well enough to continue. With him out, the Hawks may have to play Kent Bazemore at the four more, up Ersan Ilyasova's minutes, or shift John Collins over to power forward more often. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Nerlens Noel plays five minutes vs. the Spurs
    Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Justin Holiday (personal) ruled out Wednesday
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Justin Holiday (personal) would not play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Congrats are in order, as Holiday is away from the team due to the birth of his first child. Holliday leads the Bulls in minutes (33.9 per game) and field goal attempts (14.3), so there will be plenty of playing time and scoring opportunities to go around on Wednesday. Coach Hoiberg said that Kris Dunn will likely make his first start of the season but that he was unsure who would start at small forward. Lauri Markkanen (ankle) is expected to play and could be leaned on heavily. Tuesday, 9:13 am
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) scores 15 points vs. MEM
    Eric Bledsoe played through a right knee contusion on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The low minutes were probably by design, but Bledsoe didn't seem bothered by his knee and played some really nice defense on Mike Conley down the stretch. He's averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 triples through his first three games with the Bucks, but those numbers should improve once he develops some chemistry with his teammates and when his minutes go up. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins posts another monster line
    DeMarcus Cousins torched the Hawks for 22 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes on Monday.

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

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Nov 13, 7:53 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) will play
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) is in the starting lineup on Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "If he can go that means his knee is fine," coach Jason Kidd said about an hour before tip-off. Bledsoe made it through warmups just fine and this injury sounds relatively minor, so get the PG in your lineups. Nov 13, 4:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) a true game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) remains a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with Memphis.

    Advice: The Bucks may want to play it safe with Bledsoe, who hadn't seen the court for roughly three weeks before making his Milwaukee debut on Friday and has a history of knee issues, but we likely won't get official word until just prior to tipoff. If he's out, Malcolm Brogdon would return to the starting five and Khris Middleton would see some increased playmaking opportunities. Stay tuned. Nov 13, 3:27 pm
  • Bledsoe (knee contusion) is a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe is a game-time call vs. Memphis on Monday with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The Bucks were worried about Bledsoe picking up an injury because he was off for nearly two weeks when the Suns were shopping him, but at least this sounds minor. If Bledsoe can't go, Malcolm Brogdon will likely move back into the starting lineup and would get a nice bump in usage, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will have a little more weight on their shoulders as well. Nov 13, 10:39 am
  • Carlisle talks about center rotation
    Nerlens Noel has played a total of eight minutes over Dallas' last three games including one DNP-CD.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle recently said that Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel, and on Sunday he talked about what he's looking for from his centers. "Competitiveness, care factor," Carlisle said. "Commitment to winning. Doing dirty work. Being there for your teammates. Those kind of things." Interpret this however you want, but it's starting to sound more and more like Noel is in the doghouse. It's hard to drop a player with his upside, but it's anybody's guess as to when Noel will be back in the rotation. Nov 13, 7:01 am
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