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  • Hello Again: Kevin Durant gets 40 pts vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant was phenomenal against his former team on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 40 points (13-of-16 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: "It's never going to be a regular game for me," Durant said prior to the game. "I'm sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do." He did his job at an MVP level tonight, playing with a little extra juice against Russell Westbrook and co., and he continues to hold off all challengers for No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com 22 minutes ago
  • Kosta Koufos gets the start vs. Pacers
    Kosta Koufos scored 11 points in a start with four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings went big and it actually was working early with Koufos having a positive net rating in this game. Koufos could be asked to play more next to DeMarcus Cousins, but he'll likely be used situationally at best. He's only worth a look if you're desperate for a big man. Rotoworld.com 31 minutes ago
  • Jerami Grant quiet in 29 minutes as starter
    Jerami Grant started Wednesday's game but he didn't do much, scoring seven points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) was out again tonight and Grant continues to start, but it's Enes Kanter who gains the most in this situation. Grant can be left on the wire in almost all scenarios, especially since the Thunder are off until Monday. Rotoworld.com 35 minutes ago
  • Anthony Tolliver likely headed for minutes
    Anthony Tolliver came off the bench against the Pacers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The first time Rudy Gay (Achilles) missed extended time, Tolliver was let loose a bit with 28.7 minutes per game in that 11-game span. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.9 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. While that percentage may not be sustainable, Tolliver did post ninth-round value in that span, so he's worth a look if you need treys from a power forward. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
  • David West fractures thumb, out 2 wks minimum
    David West has been diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his left thumb, and he will be reevaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: The injury was initially called a bruise, but X-rays revealed a more serious issue. The Warriors' frontcourt gets even thinner without him, and they're likely to turn to Kevon Looney while emphasizing more small-ball lineups featuring Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark. There's no clear-cut fantasy winner in this situation. Rotoworld.com 43 minutes ago
  • Tests indicate Rudy Gay tore his Achilles
    Preliminary tests indicated Rudy Gay has suffered a torn left Achilles.

    Advice: He'll have an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury, which is likely to end his season. Gay had micro tearing in his left Achilles dating back to 2014 and received shockwave treatment before. He's heading into a contract year and the timing is just terrible for the 30-year-old forward. The Kings will have to count on Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver. Temple is worth a pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 pm
  • Rudy Gay (leg) gets carried off the court
    Rudy Gay (leg) was carried off the court in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. He was driving along the baseline and his leg gave out on the play. Gay couldn't put any weight on his left leg and the Kings had four people carry him off the court. Considering how the Kings have been careful with him, he's likely to miss time here. Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple could all gain value. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 pm
  • Marcus Morris dishes season-high seven dimes
    Marcus Morris handed out a season-high seven assists on Wednesday, to go along with 14 points, 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Morris fell one dime shy of his career-high and it's a nice surprise from a guy who came in averaging just 1.9 assists on the season. He played 36 minutes despite the Pistons' unassailable lead, and preseason talk of limiting his playing time has proven to be overblown. He's shooting just 35.1 percent over the past month, however, and there are more appealing options on most waiver wires. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:13 pm
  • Andre Drummond (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Andre Drummond (knee) grabbed eight of his 17 rebounds on the offensive end on Wednesday, adding 13 points, two assists and one steal in just 23 minutes during a blowout home win.

    Advice: Drummond shot just 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line, without any blocks, so it wasn't all good news for fantasy owners. He now has 208 double-doubles since entering the NBA in 2012-13, more than any other player, and his 27 this year are good enough for a fifth-place tie with Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet in blowout loss Wednesday
    Dwight Howard returned from a rest day on Wednesday, but he was quiet in a blowout loss with just four points, three boards, two assists and three blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Howard's return resulted in a more traditional lineup tonight, sending Tim Hardaway Jr. back to the second unit. The Hawks were destroyed in the first quarter, falling into a 24-point hole, and there was so much garbage time that no Hawks' starter played more than 27 minutes tonight. At least they'll be very well rested for Friday's home game vs. Chicago. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:06 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes off bench
    Terrence Jones played just 18 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Jones also had a steal and a block, so it wasn't altogether terrible for fantasy purposes. The playing time is a concern, but with Donatas Motiejunas basically out of the rotation we expect T-Jones to see more run vs. the Nets on Friday. If you've owned him for any stretch of time this season, you already know that a ton of patience is required. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:03 pm
  • Dante Cunningham hits 7-of-11 FGs for 14 pts
    Dante Cunningham earned another start for the Pelicans on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and no other stats in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran came in shooting 38.9 percent this season, and he's typically a vacant fantasy option no matter how many minutes he gets. He belongs on the wire. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb, hand) escapes Wed
    Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:00 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo plays through bruised knee
    Bismack Biyombo played through a bruised knee to finish Wednesday's loss in New Orleans with four points, seven rebounds and no other stats in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Biyombo recently lost his starting center job to Nikola Vucevic, but even prior to the demotion he was a fantasy liability. He offers nothing beyond boards and blocks, and his awful FT shooting (49.6 percent) is destructive in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:44 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 14 points in loss
    Michael Beasley scored 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Revenge game? The Bucks went with a lot of small-ball lineups to help get Beasley over 20 minutes for the fourth time in his last five. In that span, Beasley averaged 14.2 points, 5.8 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys in 24.6 minutes per game. That's not really sustainable, but he's making a case to be picked up in 16-team leagues. Although, a potential Khris Middleton (hamstring) return would hurt him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:09 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (left ankle) quiet in return Wed
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) returned on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Noel missed Monday's game but his return confirms that it was a minor sprain, as the Sixers typically err on the side of caution with injuries. He's usually far more productive on a per-minute basis, so his owners should forgive him tonight's dud. Expect better vs. the Blazers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starting, Tolliver to bench
    Kosta Koufos will start and Anthony Tolliver will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger is going with his older lineup, but it may be due to Ty Lawson (ankle) not playing. Leave Koufos on the wire. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:34 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 18 pts, makes three 3s
    Ersan Ilyasova drained three 3-pointers and 7-of-14 shots overall on Wednesday, finishing with 18 points, five boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ilyasova has been putting in extra work on his shot after practices lately, and it paid off tonight. He's been an unlikely success story since joining the Sixers this season, establishing top-100 value with averages of 14.2 points, 2.1 triples, 6.1 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.3 blocks. The bad news is that Ben Simmons' return looms over him, and Dario Saric is playing well lately, so his rest-of-season outlook isn't the best. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:33 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays 14 minutes in debut
    Jared Sullinger looked good during his season debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-10 shots to finish with eight points, three rebounds, and no other stats in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors are going to be very cautious with Sullinger, as they were with DeMarre Carroll, and he'll be subject to limited minutes and occasional DNP-CDs until further notice. He should play both PF and backup C once he's up to speed, but most owners shouldn't stash him just yet. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 pm
  • JaMychal Green back in the swing of things
    JaMychal Green made 6-of-7 from the field for 15 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's two games in a row with at least 14 points after failing to hit double digits in points for his first five games of 2017. Green has seen a few slumps before, but he's still proven he should be owned in standard leagues with ninth-round value on the year. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:13 pm
  • Chandler Parsons has another terrible game
    Chandler Parsons didn't do much in his 19 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday, scoring six points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-6 from the field to drop him to just 36.7 percent from the field on the season. Parsons has been an unmitigated disaster for his fantasy owners to this point and has barely been a top-300 player per game on the season. If there is anything promising out there, it makes some sense to drop Parsons. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:04 pm
  • Jerami Grant starting again
    Jerami Grant will start again on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors attack Enes Kanter like he is four feet tall, so the Thunder will go small again with Domantas Sabonis shifting over to the five. Both Grant and Sabonis are worth using in DFS tonight while Grant is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:13 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) will not return
    DeMarre Carroll (sore neck) will not return to Wednesday's game.

    Advice: Carroll took a knee to the head while falling and the good news is that there's no mention of a concussion -- tests came back negative and it's being described as something similar to whiplash. Terrence Ross should gain the most if Carroll is forced to miss any games, with Norman Powell also stepping into a bigger role. The Raptors next game is Friday in Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:03 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns to action vs. Magic
    Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:57 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll goes to the locker room
    DeMarre Carroll went to the locker room in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was falling to the ground and Pascal Siakam's knee caught him as he was falling. Carroll was down for about two minutes and he needed some help off the court, so he may be dealing with a concussion. If he's out, Terrence Ross and Norman Powell would benefit. Ross is the better speculative add because he's played better late;y. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:46 pm
  • Dwight Howard back, Hardaway Jr. to bench
    Dwight Howard is back in the starting lineup to face the Pistons on Wednesday and Tim Hardaway Jr. will move to the bench.

    Advice: He should see his normal playing time, assuming he can avoid foul trouble against Andre Drummond. Even though Hardaway Jr. is coming off the bench, he's still a hold. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:44 pm
  • Confirmed: Anthony Davis will play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

    Advice: Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:40 pm
  • Jared Sullinger will make season debut in PHI
    Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wow. This comes as a surprise after Sullinger was cleared for practice on Jan. 13. He's coming off a foot surgery and chances are his conditioning isn't 100 percent yet. Sullinger will likely have a minutes limit for the foreseeable future, so he's only worth a pickup in deeper leagues right now. His upside isn't the greatest. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:09 pm
  • Noel will play; Embiid still questionable
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) will play against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Joel Embiid (illness) is still questionable to play. Noel should be looking at minutes in the low 20s regardless of Embiid's status. Jahlil Okafor could be getting minutes in the upper 20s or he could be a DNP-CD. Noel is worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:18 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (personal) is listed as out
    Wilson Chandler (personal) is listed as out for Thursday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Being listed as out isn't the same thing as being out, so hopefully we get another update on Thursday before the road game. Kenneth Faried has played really well in the first unit, which has cost Chandler some playing time. He's still worth owning, though. If he is indeed out, Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Juan Hernangomez could play more. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:56 pm
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  • Taj Gibson scheduled to play on Friday night
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is scheduled to play on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He did not practice on Wednesday, but the day off was planned before today. Before missing Monday, Gibson was coming in with some momentum with back-to-back 32-minute games on Saturday and Sunday, averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 boards in those games. Paul Zipser, Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott could lose some minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:43 am
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  • Jared Dudley expected to be back
    Jared Dudley (illness) is expected to be available against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation right now, so Dudley can remain on the wire just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:37 am
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  • Report: OKC turned off by Rudy Gay's agency
    The Thunder have reportedly been turned off by Rudy Gay joining the Roc Nation Sports agency.

    Advice: This is the same agency that represents Kevin Durant, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, OKC management partly blames the Roc Nation agency for the departure of Durant. Amick speculates that a trade sending Gay to Miami in some sort of Goran Dragic package is more likely, although Pat Riley may prefer to wait for Gay to hit free agency rather than unload assets to grab him for half a season now. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would be a decent landing spot, but this is all speculation at the moment. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:04 am
  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo took a nasty spill during Monday's game, but he played through it, and after resting up on Tuesday he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Biyombo hasn't been very good this season, owning meager averages of 6.1 points, 7.6 boards and 1.3 blocks per contest, so while his bones may very well be infused with liquid adamantium, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:33 am
  • Kevin Love (back) questionable for Thursday
    Kevin Love (back) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Love didn't take any contact during Wednesday's practice, and with a matchup against the 13-28 Suns, the Cavs may want to play it safe with Love in order to have him 100 percent for Saturday's matchup with the Spurs. We should get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like he'll be headed for a game-time call. If he's out, Channing Frye would likely draw the start, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being asked to do a bit more on offense. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:40 am
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  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) says he'll play
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:12 am
  • Drummond, Baynes will play Wednesday vs. ATL
    Andre Drummond (knee) and Aron Baynes (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Drummond and Baynes both sat out Tuesday's practice with some knee soreness, but neither injury was ever believed to be serious, so there's no reason to anticipate any sort of minutes restrictions tonight. Feel free to get Drummond active for tonight's battle of the bigs with Dwight Howard. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 am
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable to play Wednesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Noel got in a full practice on Tuesday and said that he was planning on suiting up for Wednesday's game, so it's looking like the ankle issue will only end up costing him one game on the sidelines. Joel Embiid (illness) could miss tonight's game, which would present both Noel and Jahlil Okafor with the opportunity for some extended minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:45 am
  • Kenneth Faried hits 9-of-10 shots vs. Lakers
    Kenneth Faried hit 9-of-10 shots for 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Faried has been all over the place for most of his career and even left this game to have his back looked at, but soon returned. He's starting and rolling right now, averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals on an amazing 25-of-30 shooting over his last three games. More shots at the rim please! Faried has carved out a spot in the starting lineup going forward and even though he was helped by the absence of Darrell Arthur (knee) tonight, Faried looks like a must-start in all formats right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) returns to game
    Kenneth Faried (back) has returned to Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He was considered questionable to return after leaving the game in the third quarter due to tightness in his lower back, but he appears to be fine out there. We'll have another update after the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Gibson (ankle) out, Zipser likely to start
    Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Mavs, and Paul Zipser is expected to get the start in his place.

    Advice: Zipser only saw 15 minutes of action in his previous start, so we wouldn't get too hyped up about him sticking in the starting five. Nikola Mirotic (illness) will be returning from a four-game absence today, and it'll likely be him and Doug McDermott splitting the majority of Gibson's minutes. Fred Hoiberg described Gibson's absence as precautionary and said it's unlikely that he'll need to undergo an MRI, so chances are he'll be able to return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
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  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable vs. NO
    Bismack Biyombo (right knee bruise) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo had a really nasty fall on Monday, and while he played through it, it looks like the injury swelled up on him on the flight over to New Orleans. If Biyombo can't give it a go on Wednesday night, Nikola Vucevic would likely see his minutes rise to the high-30s, and Aaron Gordon may be able to spend some more time at the four-spot. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:30 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) questionable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Davis hit the ground hard on Monday, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we feel he's probably a bit closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game. If he's out, Terrence Jones would likely move back into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for Donatas Motiejunas, while Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans would be tasked with more offensive responsibilities. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:47 am
  • Noel (ankle) expects to play Wednesday
    Nerlens Noel (ankle) said he expects to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: "It's still a little sore, but I definitely should be able to go [Wednesday]," said Noel after practice on Tuesday. Noel had been playing well prior to injuring his ankle on Saturday, which forced him to sit out Monday's game. If Noel is available, coach Brett Brown will have a tough decision to make. Does he send Jahlil Okafor back to the bench to collect DNP-CD's, or limit Noel's minutes as the sole center on the second unit? Stay tuned... Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:49 am
  • Andre Drummond (knee) misses practice Tuesday
    Andre Drummond (knee sprain) did not practice with the team on Tuesday, but reportedly "will be fine."

    Advice: Drummond sprained his knee on Sunday, which caused him to leave the game for a brief period. However, he did return, finishing with 15 points and 17 rebounds in 32 minutes. It sounds like the absence from Tuesday's practice is purely precautionary, as Pistons beat writer Rod Beard tweeted that Drummond is "fine." Thus, we expect Drummond to suit up Wednesday vs. the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 am
  • Jerami Grant blocks three shots in start
    Jerami Grant started in place of Steven Adams (concussion) against the Clippers on Monday and scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Grant logged a team-high 34 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, three triples and three blocks, but the Thunder only play one more time this week against the Warriors on Wednesday. Unless you're looking to stream some blocks in that contest, it's best to leave Grant on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) won't miss additional time
    Kevin Love (back) said that he won't miss any additional time.

    Advice: He said his back tightened up on him at Sunday's practice and it flared up when he bumped into Zaza Pachulia in the second quarter. Love did not return to the game after halftime, but the Cavs were likely being cautious due to the lopsided score. Expect Love to play on Thursday vs. the Suns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
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  • Kevin Durant scores 21 on 9-of-16 FGs
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Durant had three blocks on the night including a massive rejection on a LeBron James dunk attempt (link below). He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples, but only played 29 minutes in the blowout win. Durant should be a popular DFS target on Wednesday vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. The last time those two teams met, Durant had 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Jerami Grant will start vs. the Clippers
    Jerami Grant will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) is out, but it was initially believed that Enes Kanter would move into the starting five after he was listed as a probable starter. Instead, the Thunder will go with a frontcourt of Grant and Domantas Sabonis to match up with the small-ball lineup of the Clippers. Grant is just a short-term option for owners in need of a couple blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) will not return Monday
    Kevin Love (back) will not return for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He is dealing with lower back soreness, but the lopsided score probably has a lot to do with their decision to hold him out -- the Warriors are up by 29 points at halftime. Kyle Korver started the second half in Love's place, but we should see more minutes from Channing Frye as well. Love finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:28 pm
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  • Bismack Biyombo scores season-high 15 points
    Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 pm
  • Jared Dudley will not play Monday
    Jared Dudley (illness) will not play on Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Dudley has played a total of five minutes in January, so this doesn't have any fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:45 pm
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    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
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  • Wilson Chandler scores nine off Denver bench
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench in Denver victory over Orlando and finished with nine points (on 4-of-12 shooting), eight rebounds, three assists, two turnovers, one 3-pointer and a steal.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried slid into the starting lineup on Monday, which limited Chandler impact. It was actually the first time all season Chandler played fewer than 23 minutes. Wilson had been hot coming into Monday (averaging 17.4 points and 5.8 boards in 31.1 minutes over his last five games), so Monday's game can be viewed as a blip on the radar for the time being... Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:27 pm
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  • Faried scores 20 points in season-high 33 min
    Kenneth Faried started at power forward in Denver's win over the Magic and finished with 20 points (on 10-of-12 shooting), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in a season-high 33 minutes.

    Advice: Faried replaced Wilson Chandler in the starting lineup on Monday and rewarded coach Mike Malone's decision. It's just the third time this season Faried has cracked the 20-point plateau, and the first time he's played more than 30 minutes. Darrell Arthur (knee) didn't play, which opened up some extra time for Faried. It was Faried's first start since December 12th, so it will be interesting to see if Malone decides to go back to Chandler or stick with The Manimal in Denver's next game on Tuesday vs. the Lakers Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:59 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 15 w/ 8 boards
    Terrence Jones returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Pacers, but looked great with 15 points (6-of-13 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one triple in 26 minutes.

    Advice: To the surprise of no one, coach Alvin Gentry started Dante Cunningham, but the forward predictably flopped once again with three points in 31 minutes. Gentry's handling of Jones' minutes has been incredibly frustrating, but he may be forced to roll with Jones for extended minutes with Anthony Davis leaving the game with a back injury. Jones was worth owning before Davis went down, so make sure he's not sitting on your wire as we await further news on The Brow's status. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:43 pm
  • Dante Cunningham scores three points in start
    Dante Cunningham moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers, but scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: We have no idea why coach Alvin Gentry insists on giving Cunningham this type of workload, but it could be his downfall. The forward added just two rebounds, one steal and a triple, while Terrence Jones had 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and a triple in 26 minutes off the bench. Even with Anthony Davis (back) going down, Cunnigham isn't worth adding in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:36 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) doubtful to return
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The good news here is that the X-rays taken on his thumb and hip both came back negative, so it appears AD has avoided a serious injury. He was barely able to walk to the locker room, so it would be quite shocking to see him return to the game today. He'll end his evening with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Terrence Jones is going to be the primary beneficiary if Davis is forced to miss any additional time, so he's a solid pickup in any setting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Anthony Davis (back) heads to the locker room
    Anthony Davis (tailbone) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: Davis tried to posterize Myles Turner on a dunk attempt, but Turner did not let that happen, and Davis hit the floor hard. He was writhing in pain on the ground for roughly a minute, and while he stayed in the game to knock down his free throws, he went straight back to the locker room after knocking them down. Davis was barely able to walk on his way back to the locker room, so it seems unlikely he'll be able to return to this one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Wilson Chandler will come off the bench Mon
    Wilson Chandler will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Kenneth Faried will get the start in what is likely a matchup based move, but Chandler tends to get his numbers regardless of how he enters the game, so his value won't take much of a hit with the second unit. Feel free to get him active for a favorable matchup with the Magic. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:34 pm
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  • Faried starting, Chandler headed to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move into the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Magic, sending Wilson Chandler to the bench.

    Advice: This move is likely a matchup-based decision with Orlando going with a more traditional frontcourt, so Chandler could be back in the starting five as soon as Tuesday's game against the Lakers. In 15 starts this season, Faried owns averages of 9.8 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per contest in 22.5 minutes, so him running with the first unit won't result in a major uptick in value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Terrence Jones to return to the bench vs. IND
    Terrence Jones will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dante Cunningham will get the start today, and Jones value will take a hit with the move back to the bench. As a reserve this season, Jones owns averages of 9.3 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 block per game, so he's not a great guy to utilize in daily leagues today. He's still a solid stash, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:41 pm
  • Cunningham starting, Jones to the bench
    Dante Cunningham will return to the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Pacers, sending Terrence Jones back to the bench.

    Advice: Alvin Gentry just loves Cunningham, but there's nothing to like about his production in fantasy hoops. Jrue Holiday, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will join Cunningham in the starting five for today's matinee, and Jones' value will take a hit with the demotion to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (ankle) out Monday vs. MIL
    Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) will not play Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He did sprain it on Saturday and was able to return, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for Wednesday's game against Toronto. With Noel on the sidelines, Jahlil Okafor will serve as Joel Embiid's primary backup, but he'll likely be working with a 20-minute workload making him an unattractive target in most settings. Noel should remain owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:30 pm
  • Dwight Howard is resting Monday vs. NYK
    Dwight Howard is resting Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Howard logged 32 minutes against the Bucks on Sunday night, so the Hawks are going to give him the day off since the Knicks don't have the most imposing frontcourt with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out. Paul Millsap will slide over to center and is a strong DFS play, while Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:47 am
  • Andre Drummond hits rare 3-pointer Sunday
    Andre Drummond briefly exited Sunday's game with a right leg injury, but he returned to finish with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond appeared to injure the knee or lower part of his right leg, but he was no worse the wear after returning and we'll leave him off the injury report. He wasn't very efficient tonight, hitting 6-of-17 FGs and 2-of-5 FTs, but he managed to sink a 3-pointer for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver plays 31 minutes vs. OKC
    Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Tolliver started in his fourth consecutive game tonight and has played over 30 minutes in each of his starts. During that stretch, he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 treys per game. Coach Dave Joerger likes to mix it up with his starting five, so at any moment Tolliver could head back to his bench role. However, until that happens, he is worth considering in deeper leagues for fantasy owners in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Rudy Gay double-doubles vs. Thunder
    Rudy Gay scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: This was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season. He continues to have a nice January, averaging 35.4 minutes, 19.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. There is no reason to think he will slow down any time soon. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:16 pm
  • Andre Drummond exits w/ right leg injury
    Andre Drummond exited Sunday's game with an apparent right leg/knee injury, but he has since returned to the Pistons' bench.

    Advice: Drummond exited early in the third quarter and had a limp as he walked into the locker room, so we'll consider him questionable to return. Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic would gain the most if Drummond misses any time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Jared Sullinger won't set a return date
    Jared Sullinger (foot) said he won't set a return date despite being cleared for practice.

    Advice: "My main focus is just trying to get my legs back under me," Sullinger said. "I feel like everybody else is in tip-top shape and I’m just lagging. I can’t keep up with [Jakob Poeltl] off the dribble, so, I got a lot of work to do." He added that he has "no lungs" right now, so it's going to take him a while to get into shape. Sully is going to be limited right out of the gate, so he's more of a stash in deeper leagues for now. He will eventually be the starting power forward. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Bismack Biyombo plays 15 minutes vs. Jazz
    Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Nerlens Noel gets into some foul trouble
    Nerlens Noel was in some foul trouble against the Wizards on Saturday, finishing with six points, 12 rebounds and three turnovers in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He also sprained his left ankle and did return after he was re-taped. Obviously this was a letdown with Joel Embiid (rest) not playing, but it's not likely to affect his playing time because the 76ers won five of their last six, assuming he's healthy. He should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:45 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays great vs. Pelicans
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: With Nikola Mirotic (illness) out and the Bulls having a lead, Gibson got all he could eat in this game. He also did attempt two threes, which he missed, of course. Gibson should have a big opportunity again on Sunday with Mirotic out and going against a big team in the Grizzlies. He's a low-end big in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:29 pm
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  • Anthony Davis scores 36 points in return
    Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return to the lineup during a 107-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After missing one game due to a hip contusion, Davis had some protective padding in this game. After maybe some rust early, Davis went off in the second half with 23 points and nine boards in 21 minutes. He gets a great matchup in Indiana on Monday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Dante Cunningham scores seven points
    Dante Cunningham scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes off the bench against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He was the first forward sub of the game and checked in for Terrence Jones, so coach Alvin Gentry may see him in that role going forward. Cunningham needs a ridiculous amount of minutes to have value in even deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:00 pm
  • Terrence Jones gets 34 minutes in his start
    Terrence Jones made a start next to Anthony Davis on Saturday against the Bulls, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The bad news is the Pelicans were smashed on the glass and they lost this game, but the rotation is encouraging. The other centers didn't play, Jones soaked up the remaining nine minutes as the backup center, and he was staggered a bit with Davis. Considering the Pelicans are -23.1 in net rating in their minutes without both AD and TJ, you would think Jones would get major minutes as a starter to shorten up the second unit minutes without both. We know coach Alvin Gentry is tough to trust, but Jones has to be added in all standard leagues with his upside. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Terrence Jones expected to start next to AD
    Terrence Jones is expected to start next to Anthony Davis (hip) against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: Could it be? Could coach Alvin Gentry finally be starting his best two big men together? As we've said all season, the Pelicans have a +5.9 net rating with the Jones-Davis lineup while AD is -2.0 without TJ. Maybe, just maybe this move sticks. Make sure Jones isn't on your wire just in case it does. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:07 pm
  • Anthony Davis will play, has no restriction
    Anthony Davis (hip) will play on Saturday and does not have a minutes restriction.

    Advice: He did some work on Friday and said there was a "high probability" he would play today, so he should be all set. Davis absolutely exploded before his hip injury in the third quarter on Tuesday, scoring 40 points with 18 boards in the partial game. He makes sense on a light DFS night. Meanwhile, we'll see who starts next to him, but Terrence Jones is still worth owning for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Noel playing well with Sixers second unit
    Nerlens Noel has found his groove as a key contributor on the Sixers consistent and productive second unit.

    Advice: Over the Sixers last seven games, Noel is averaging 10.1 points (on 63.3 percent shooting), 4.3 rebounds, 1.4 steals, 1.1 blocks and 0.6 turnovers. The combo of Noel backing Joel Embiid has worked well for Philly, who have won five of their last six games. The loser in the scenario is Jahlil Okafor, who continues to be slapped with DNP-CD's. Noel has made his case as 'roster worthy' in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:40 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 23 points in loss to Cavs
    Rudy Gay scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: After all the time off due to a hip injury, Gay has turned it up over his last four. In that span, he averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He should feast the rest of the way while he's on the Kings roster, but the trade rumors and rest will be a pain for his owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 19 rebounds in loss
    Andre Drummond scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with 19 rebounds, one assist and one steal vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He was held to single-digit points for just the second time in his last 12 games, but that's what happens when you go up against the Stifle Tower (Rudy Gobert). Look for him to bounce back in a dream matchup with the Lakers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles once again
    Chandler Parsons made 1-of-7 from the field for five points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: No revenge game here, folks. He attempted five shots from deep to drop him to just 11-of-47 (23.4 percent) on the season. He said he was also worried about his plus/minus, but he had the team-low -11 tonight. Parsons has been a disaster this season, so we obviously don't blame you on cutting him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Carroll posts first double-double as Raptor
    DeMarre Carroll had his first double-double as a Raptor on Friday, scoring 18 points with 11 rebounds and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Nets.

    Advice: It's taken a very long time for the Raptors to see some dividends on their four-year, $60 million deal from the summer of 2015. Well, it's happening over their last three, averaging 18.3 points, 7.7 boards, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. Carroll has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 11 on 5-of-5 shooting
    Michael Beasley scored 11 points on 5-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 21 minutes vs. the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Of course he played well in a revenge game. Beasley has been stepping up for the Bucks and had a big 28-point game vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with Giannis Antetokounmpo battling an illness, but his upside is going to be capped when the Greek Freak is healthy like he was tonight. He's a deep-league asset at best despite some strong play this week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:23 pm
  • Nerlens Noel blocks four in 20 minutes
    Nerlens Noel blocked a season-high four shots against the Hornets on Friday, adding six points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: His jumper has actually been a story this season with another made J at the top of the key during this one. Noel is running the floor really well and his defense hasn't been too much of a drop off from Joel Embiid -- Jahlil Okafor's certainly was. As long as Embiid is limited to 28 minutes, Noel should have minutes close to 20, which should be enough value to use in standard leagues. There could be more minutes for Noel on Saturday with Embiid out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis has 'high probability' to play
    Anthony Davis (hip) said there is a "high probability" that he will play Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: "I feel better. I was able to do some movements today," Davis said. "Able to go through practice. Of course it wasn’t that much [in terms of strenuous activity], but I feel a lot better." Based on the quote, he's not all the way back and we still have to see how he feels tomorrow. If Davis does return, it'll be interesting to see if coach Alvin Gentry goes with more Terrence Jones, who should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:45 pm
  • Jared Sullinger cleared for practice
    Jared Sullinger (foot) has been cleared for practice.

    Advice: This is a huge step in his recovery. Sullinger is starting to get shots up and now it looks like he can take on more contact. The Raptors have essentially jettisoned Pascal Siakam in the rotation, so the starting spot is Sullinger's to lose once he can play in games. That said, there won't be much usage available for him, he doesn't block shots and his minutes will be managed for a long time, so he's only a pickup in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Chandler Parsons wants a good plus/minus
    Chandler Parsons said he's figuring out ways to help the team and "have a good plus/minus" while he's out there.

    Advice: Score one for the stat nerds! "These last two or three games are something to build on," Parsons said. "It’s tough trying to be efficient and to be aggressive playing within the offense." He scored a season-high 14 points on Wednesday and may wind up playing 20 minutes soon. It's still going to be a while before Parsons is turning in usable value, but he's a fine stash. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:26 am
  • Noel 'definitely satisfied' w/ role on Sixers
    Nerlens Noel has settled into his role as Joel Embiid's primary backup, and has played his best basketball of the season.

    Advice: "At this moment in time, I'm definitely satisfied with where I'm at and the team's rotation," Noel said. Over the Sixers last six games, Noel is averaging 10.8 points (on 60 percent shooting) 4.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 20.5 minutes. Meanwhile, Jahlil Okafor has been a DNP-CD in four of the Sixers last five contests. Noel possesses intriguing, especially considering the Sixers are actively trying to trade a big man to clear up the logjam in the frontcourt. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 am
  • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Thursday January 12. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:37 am
  • Marcus Morris leads Pistons w/ 21 points
    Marcus Morris hit 9-of-17 shots for 21 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in Thursday’s 107-127 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Morris led the Pistons in scoring tonight and is now averaging 34.5 minutes, 14.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 0.7 steals per game in January. Jon Leuer (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) are dinged up and could miss time, so Morris could see an increased role. His minutes are consistent, but he tends to be inefficient at times, however, he remains a low-upside hold in most formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:43 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 on 10-of-15 shooting
    Kevin Durant hit 10-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds, nine assists and a steal in Thursday's blowout 127-107 win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He stayed in the game for a lot of fourth-quarter garbage time when Stephen Curry and most other starters were resting, giving him a nice boost in DFS. This was one of Durant's most efficient games of the season, but then again, it's also just a good example of what he does. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:11 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off with 24 points in win
    Terrence Jones carried the Pelicans frontcourt in a win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 24 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Why oh why doesn't coach Alvin Gentry play him more? He obviously stepped up because of Anthony Davis (hip) not playing, but the Jones-Davis lineup has been effective for the Pelicans. Plus, the true centers have been really bad. Jones played just 30 minutes combined in the previous two and Davis could be back for Saturday, but it's kind of hard to leave him on the wire in almost any league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Dante Cunningham comes off the bench
    Dante Cunningham moved to the bench on Thursday against the Nets, finishing with four points, five boards and one steal.

    Advice: Maybe, just maybe coach Alvin Gentry will start playing Terrence Jones over Cunningham more now. Cunningham isn't worth owning in almost any league regardless. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:49 pm
  • Taj Gibson quiet in loss to Knicks
    Taj Gibson played just 25 minutes and had 12 points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: We were hoping for a little more with Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler out, but Fred Hoiberg rolled with his bench for most of the fourth quarter, as Gibson, Robin Lopez, and especially Michael Carter-Williams all saw their minutes limited tonight. Gibson is still worth owning as a low-end power forward option and is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 pm
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  • Dante Cunningham moves to the bench
    Dante Cunningham will move to the bench against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: He should still be in the rotation tonight, but obviously fantasy owners shouldn't be looking his way. Cunningham will need a lot to happen to have consistent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:10 pm
  • Terrence Jones, Omer Asik will start vs. BK
    Terrence Jones and Omer Asik will get the start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: With Anthony Davis' 37.1 minutes, 33.6 usage rate and 17.1 rebounding rate out of the picture, there are a lot of stats up for grabs against the NBA's fastest team. The last time AD was out, we saw TJ score 18 points in 26 minutes in a tough matchup against the Clippers, so he should be a nice option in DFS tonight. We'll see how much Donatas Motiejunas plays, as well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:07 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 21 in 32 minutes
    Wilson Chandler scored 21 points in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He likes playing overseas and tore it up in China during the NBA lockout season. After a sub-par finish to his 2016, Chandler is rolling in 2017 with averages of 17.4 points, 5.8 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.0 treys. He is a bit of a sell-high player due to trade rumors and being injury prone. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:44 pm
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  • Kenneth Faried scores 15 points vs. Indiana
    Kenneth Faried scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in just 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: All six of his makes were at the rim and his four offensive boards led to five points for him. Faried is in a bit of a position battle for Jusuf Nurkic for the backup five spot with Faried about a third of his minutes at the four today. He could be worth owning due to a trade possibly helping him out, but there will be several bad games with an unclear role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:34 pm
  • Mudiay, Harris, Gallo, Chandler & Jokic start
    Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Danilo Gallinaro, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic will start against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nuggets go back to their usual starting lineup with most of their depth set for this one -- Darrell Arthur (leg) is out. Chandler should be looking at minutes in the low 30s, assuming his illness doesn't limit him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:59 am
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  • Kenneth Faried (illness) will play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is available to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He missed practice on Wednesday and it's unclear when he started getting sick. The Nuggets did post some pictures of Faried around town in London, so his illness doesn't sound too bad. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:41 am
  • Wilson Chandler will play in London
    Wilson Chandler (illness) will play in London against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He popped up on the injury report earlier today and it sounds like he's good to go. He'll obviously be a risky DFS play because he may not be able to finish the game. With Darrell Arthur (leg) out, Chandler has a good chance to start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:39 am
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  • Kenneth Faried (illness) now expected to play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is now expected to play on Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable after missing Wednesday's practice. With Nikola Jokic returning from an illness, the Nuggets will have to decide whether Faried or Jusuf Nurkic gets the backup center minutes Thursday. However, Darrell Arthur (leg) and Wilson Chandler (illness) are questionable, so their absence could open up some more minutes. Faried is on the trading block and really needs a move in order to have value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 am
  • Wilson Chandler (illness) is questionable
    Wilson Chandler (illness) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: It feels like half the NBA is dealing with an illness right now including a few players on the Nuggets. We've seen studs like Jimmy Butler and Giannis Antetokounmpo post duds while playing through an illness, so Chandler will be very risky in DFS if he suits up. Danilo Gallinari (ankle) was originally questionable, but he's now expected to play and should benefit if Chandler sits. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:26 am
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  • Bismack Biyombo logs 16 minutes off bench
    Bismack Biyombo came off Orlando's bench on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic offense wasn't a big issue tonight, but their usually stalwart defense wasn't up to the task in the 105-96 road loss (103.6 defensive rating). Biyombo has been a poor fantasy option all season, helping owners with boards and blocks, while dragging them down almost everywhere else. It doesn't matter much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 17 points in loss
    Kevin Love made 5-of-15 from the field for 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave everyone a quick scare when he went to the locker room due to a left leg injury. He was only in the locker room for about a minute before he went on a bike, which he does quite often. Love has shaken his durability concerns from earlier in his career, but there's always a chance he gets a night off on the road. The Cavs don't have a road game in a back-to-back until Jan. 29. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
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  • Chandler Parsons scores season-high 14
    Chandler Parsons scored a season-high 14 points against the Thunder on Wednesday, adding one steal in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He missed all three from deep to drop him to just 23.8 percent on the season, which is getting close to almost 20 percentage points worse than his 41.4 percent last season. The good news is Parsons started the third quarter, so his restriction is getting softer. He should be better, but it'll be a while before his owners can trust him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Kevin Love returns to the game vs. Blazers
    Kevin Love returned to the game on Wednesday in the second quarter.

    Advice: He didn't go into the locker room for very long, so we're expecting him to be fine. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:22 pm
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  • Kevin Love (left leg) to the locker room
    Kevin Love (left leg) went to the locker room at the end of the first quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stepped on Al-Farouq Aminu's foot and looked to grab his left calf. Love was down for about two minutes before he went to the bench for about 45 seconds. He didn't have much of a limp and returned from the locker room to ride a bike. This seems minor for now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:09 pm
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  • Nerlens Noel gets 13 points, eight rebounds
    Nerlens Noel put together a nice game on Wednesday, scoring 13 points on 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-4 FTs with eight rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: It's a strong return for fantasy owners since Noel played just 21 minutes tonight. Interestingly, he knocked down two jumpers at the top of the key tonight and is now a combined 7-of-10 on shots 15-24 feet from the hoop this season. Regardless of his shot locations, Noel is a promising guy to own with Jahlil Okafor racking up DNPs and the Sixers likely to trade away one of their young centers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo moving to the bench
    Bismack Biyombo will move to the bench against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It is likely only because of Serge Ibaka (shoulder) not playing and the starting unit needing more offense with Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo actually gains value because he should play huge minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:56 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) questionable vs. IND
    Kenneth Faried (illness) did not participate during Wednesday's practice and he is being deemed questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: If Faried is forced to the sidelines on Thursday, Jusuf Nurkic and Darrell Arthur will split most of his minutes, but with Nikola Jokic (illness) being listed as probable, Nurkic and Arthur aren't all that appealing in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Faried's status following Thursday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 11 points in win
    Rudy Gay scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He managed to play 38 minutes despite picking up five fouls, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer. The Kings are 9th in the West with a 16-22 record and the Blazers are 8th with a 17-23 record, so the Kings may be tempted to hold onto Gay past the trade deadline because it's no secret that they're desperate to get into the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver scores 17 w/ three triples
    Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points with three triples, four rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 31-year-old sharpshooter took seven attempts from deep and finished 4-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. At first glance this looks like a fluke, but Tolliver actually had 16 points and three more triples in his previous outing. He's played 36 and 32 minutes in those two games, so feel free to give him a glance if you strictly need a couple 3-pointers. Just keep in mind that he's still Anthony Tolliver. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Andre Drummond blocks seven shots in loss
    Andre Drummond hit 4-of-5 shots and 1-of-6 free throws for nine points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a season-high seven blocks in Tuesday's 100-94 loss to the Kings.

    Advice: His previous season high was four blocks, so he nearly doubled that up tonight. He came in on fire, scoring 28 points with 14 rebounds in back-to-back games, and the seven swats helped make up for the lack of points tonight. He had also been shooting free throws pretty well in January, hitting 8-of-11 over his last four games, but couldn't get the freebies to drop tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 28 without an assist
    Kevin Durant hit 10-of-21 shots and three 3-pointers for 28 points, eight rebounds, zero assists, one steals and two blocks in Tuesday's 107-95 win over the Heat.

    Advice: This was his first game of the season without an assist, which was a complete fluke. Draymond Green had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks in 36 minutes, as the Warriors easily handled the short-handed Heat tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:19 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 28 in win over Spurs
    Michael Beasley stepped up for the Bucks in a 109-107 win over the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring 28 points on 11-of-18 shooting.

    Advice: Beasley scored 20 of his points after the break to give the Bucks their first win over the Spurs since 2008. Giannis Antetokounmpo only played nine minutes because of an illness, so Beasley played 34 minutes with five rebounds, four assists, two steals, three blocks and one triple in one of the lines of the night. As impressive as this was, Giannis has a few days to heal up for Friday's game vs. the Heat, so it's tough to pick Beasley up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in easy win
    Dwight Howard double-doubled in Tuesday's easy win over the Nets, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

    Advice: He was a monster on the glass and seven of his rebounds were on the offensive end. Howard hit 6-of-9 from the field with one block, but cooled off from the free throw line where he knocked down just 2-of-8. Howard was shooting 70.0 percent from the line in his previous four games, so hopefully he can get back on track vs. the Celtics on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Michael Beasley (shin) available on Tuesday
    Michael Beasley (bruised shin) participated in morning shootaround and will be available for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Beasley bruised his shin in Sunday's loss to the Wizards, but still managed to score 18 points in 16 minutes. With Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) a game-time decision for Tuesday night, Beasley could be in line for a significant uptick minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:46 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    Nearly a year after knee surgery, DeMarre Carroll has had his minutes restriction lifted and is getting closer to full health.

    Advice: "Yeah, I think it’s finally — it’s been an up and down thing, but now, I can tell just by my defence, being able to slide my feet better, that I’m there," said Carroll. After averaging 22.4 minutes from early December through early January, DeMarre is averaging 38.0 minutes over Toronto's last three contests. He's also averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 three-pointers over this recent stretch. He worth claiming off waivers if you have room on your roster. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:12 am
  • Terrence Jones scores 11 points vs. Knicks
    Terrence Jones scored 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and one block in 14 minutes against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: The arrival of Donatas Motiejunas hasn't done Jones any favors, as he's played an average of 15.0 minutes per game since D-Mo's debut. However, Anthony Davis went down with a left hip injury Monday, and while X-rays were negative, his status is up in the air for Thursday's game vs. the Nets. If you own Davis, handcuffing him with Jones is the right call. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 7:33 pm
  • Michael Beasley (shin) probable for Tuesday
    Michael Beasley (shin) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He'll log limited minutes off the bench, and is not a viable target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 1:48 pm
  • Andre Drummond w/ season-high 28 pts, 14 reb
    Andre Drummond piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks with just one turnover in 52 minutes of action vs. Portland on Sunday.

    Advice: Drummond made 13-of-20 shots during the Pistons' clutch double-OT victory, and he even went 2-of-3 at the FT line tonight. He played just 25 minutes in Detroit's previous game but that was due strictly to foul trouble. He's scored 20+ points just nine times this season but three of those games are in January, so his owners are certainly enjoying a happy new year. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 23 points w/ complete line
    In his second game back from a hip injury, Rudy Gay dropped 23 points in 35 minutes vs. the Warriors, making 9-of-17 shots with two 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Gay is averaging 28.0 points since returning and the hip injury should be in the rearview, although the Kings did list him as 'probable' on the injury report tonight. The veteran is a staple of trade rumors and there's a good chance that he'll finish the season with another team, but in the meantime he's cruising along with mid-round value on a per-game basis. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:53 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver starts, scores 16 in 32 mins
    Anthony Tolliver started Sunday's game and finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two steals and 3-pointers in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: The veteran displaced Matt Barnes tonight, but he's just as likely to head back to the bench in Sacramento's next game. There should be better 3-point specialists on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:53 pm
  • Kevin Durant posts well-rounded line Sunday
    Kevin Durant took some heat for a bad shot late in Friday's game, but he atoned on Sunday with 28 points on 9-of-15 FGs and 8-of-9 FTs, adding seven boards and six assists in a win vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Durant also had one steal and four blocks in 36 minutes tonight. He's averaging 3.3 blocks in his previous three games and is over 700 blocks for his career, which reflects the versatility that makes him a fantasy luminary. He's been the No. 1 value in 9-cat leagues this season, edging out Giannis Antetokounmpo, James Harden, Anthony Davis and every other fantasy stud. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:51 pm
  • JaMychal Green OK after shot to face Sunday
    JaMychal Green had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting in 32 minutes during Sunday's home win, adding six rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Green recently suffered a fractured maxilla near his right eye and he took a shot to the face tonight, but after a few scary moments he appeared to be fine. There's nothing flashy about owning Green, but he's clinging to roto value thanks to his 7.4 boards, 0.8 steals, 0.6 blocks, strong percentages, and low turnovers. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:07 pm
  • Chandler Parsons showing signs of life lately
    Chandler Parsons (illness) finished Sunday's game with nine points on 3-of-4 shooting, two 3-pointers, one rebound and one assist in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a brutal season for Parsons, trying the patience of even his most optimistic owners, but he's looked much more comfortable in the past two games. His shot isn't as flat as it was, and the decision to give him all his minutes in the first half is helping him find a rhythm. Until his minute-limit increases, however, he'll be hard-pressed to help most owners. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:06 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll w/ 26 pts, career-high six 3s
    DeMarre Carroll looked great during Sunday's home loss, finishing with a season-high 26 points on 7-of-12 shooting, including a career-high six 3-pointers.

    Advice: Carroll played a season-high 41 minutes on Saturday and he's no longer facing precautionary DNPs related to his offseason knee surgery. He added eight rebounds and one steal, while making 6-of-6 free throws in 34 minutes tonight. Don't hesitate to grab him off the waiver wire now that he's healthy and playing big minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:32 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver, Garrett Temple start Sunday
    Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple will start vs. the Warriors on Sunday, with Matt Barnes and Ty Lawson shifting to the second unit.

    Advice: The Kings' starting lineup is perpetually in flux, so this is no surprise. Lawson is the only guy in this group with sustained fantasy appeal, but check back after the game to see how Tolliver and Temple fare vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:09 pm
  • Michael Beasley exits game with shin injury
    Michael Beasley exited Sunday's game with a left shin contusion and did not return, ending his evening with 18 points, one rebound, one steal, one 3-pointer and one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Beasley was deemed questionable to return but never got back on the court following the injury, so we'll have to consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in San Antonio. If Giannis Antetokounmpo (illness) is also forced to the sidelines on Tuesday, Mirza Teletovic and Greg Monroe will likely flirt with minutes in the 30s with Monroe offering the most upside. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:42 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova hits 5-of-16 shots for 14 pts
    Ersan Ilyasova went 5-of-16 from the field and 3-of-5 from the line Sunday, on his way to 14 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer, one block and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Ilyasova had been draining an unsustainable 48.7 percent of his shot attempts, but over the past two, we've seen a regression to the mean with Ilyasova going a combined 8-of-37 from the field. The efficiency will come and go, but as long as he's starting, Ilyasova should bring enough to the box score on a nightly basis to sustain a mid-round evaluation in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:48 am
  • Chandler Parsons (illness) will play Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (illness) is a go for Sunday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: With Parsons at less than 100 percent, he's extremely unlikely to earn much more than 15 minutes tonight. Because he hasn't shown us much of anything this season, Parsons is only a deep-league stash, and with a limited workload tonight he's far from a "must start" option in most scenarios. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:08 am
  • Parsons (illness) is questionable Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (illness) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He didn't go through the morning shootaround and he's shaping up to be a game-time call. Parsons has only been playing around 15 minutes per game, but James Ennis would get the biggest bump if Parsons can't give it a go. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:13 am
  • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Saturday January 7. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 12:53 am
  • Dwight Howard scores 15 with 20 boards
    Dwight Howard scored 15 points with 20 rebounds and one steal during a 97-82 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavs went with a hack-a-Dwight in this game, but it didn't work with Howard making 7-of-9 from the line. Howard could be a usage beast if Paul Millsap is dealt. In fact, he gets a 5.0 percent boost in usage rate in his minutes without Millsap this season. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:22 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll plays season-high 41 mins
    DeMarre Carroll hit 3-of-8 shots for nine points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a season-high 41 minutes in Saturday’s overtime loss to the Bulls.

    Advice: Carroll has played heavy minutes in his previous game with 39 minutes on Thursday. He has scored in single-digits in six of his last eight games, shooting a measly 37 percent from the field during that stretch. He is testing the patience of fantasy owners with these performances, but he's worth a look now that he appears to be as healthy as he has all season. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:05 pm
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