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  • DeMarre Carroll's status for Thursday unclear
    DeMarre Carroll's (rest) status for Thursday's game vs. the Wolves is unclear.

    Advice: He's not cleared for both games of back-to-back sets at least until the new year, meaning he will either sit on Thursday vs. the Wolves or Friday vs. the Celtics. Norman Powell will likely draw the start when Carroll sits which puts him on the streaming and DFS radar. We may not know Carroll's status until an hour or so before tip-off. Today, 8:09 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 points vs. Clippers
    Klay Thompson finished Wednesday's easy win vs. the Clippers with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with three 3-pointers, four boards and three assists.

    Advice: Klay scored a career-high 60 points on Monday, in just three quarters, but the Warriors didn't need his theatrics tonight. The Warriors starters outscored their Clippers counterparts 85-41 tonight, with their defense holding the Clippers to 39.6 percent shooting. They'll face an interesting test on Thursday, facing the Jazz in Utah on the second half of a back-to-back set. Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up
    Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Draymond Green hits 8-of-10 shots, scores 22
    Draymond Green was terrific at both ends of the court on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in a 115-98 win vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Green added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes of action, rounding out another subtly brilliant fantasy line. The victory moves the Warriors' record to 19-3, one full game ahead of the Spurs and 3.5 games up on the No. 3 seed Clippers. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 21 pts in losing effort
    Jamal Crawford was a bright spot for the Clippers during Wednesday's lopsided home loss, as he came off the bench for 21 points (7-of-16 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three 3-pointers and four assists.

    Advice: Crawford led a few short-lived charges to cut into the Warriors' lead, but it was never enough. After a slow start to the season, J-Craw has slipped into his typical sixth-man role with nine straight games in double-digit scoring. As his fantasy owners are aware, points, 3-pointers and a dash of assists are about the extent of his value. Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 points vs. Suns
    Paul George scored 25 points during a 109-94 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers were really attacking during this game for a season-high 41 attempts from the line. George himself made 8-of-10 and after the game he said he wanted to put pressure on the refs to make the calls. He also had an interesting comment on the heels of a blowout loss with Klay Thompson's 60 points. "We're the opposite of the Warriors. We got drivers," George said on the Suns TV broadcast. Now that George is back and healthy, expect him to fill up the box score. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony quiet in 24 minutes Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony played just 24 minutes vs. Cleveland, finishing Wednesday's home loss with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Melo checked out with his team trailing by 28 points late in the third quarter, and he played just two minutes to begin the fourth before the Knicks threw in the towel. He's looked good all season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 threes, with a healthy 29.3 percent usage, and at least he'll be rested vs. Sacramento on Friday. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Iman Shumpert has season-high four 3-pointers
    Iman Shumpert sank a season-high four 3-pointers vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Shump hit 4-of-8 shots overall, taking advantage of an expanded role with J.R. Smith (knee) out of commission tonight. His real-world value doesn't translate very well to fantasy, and he's just a borderline 14-team option while Smith is day-to-day and the Cavs are healthy. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • LeBron James scores 25 pts, Cavs rout Knicks
    LeBron James made a statement vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, racking up 25 points (7-of-10 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs) with seven assists, six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: James relishes playing in Madison Square Garden, where his career 28.5 points per game rank third all-time behind Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. He had extra juice tonight due to a simmering feud with Phil Jackson, whom LBJ proceeded to stare down while leading his team to a commanding early lead. Follow the link for one of his many vicious dunks tonight. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • DeAndre Liggins starts w/ J.R. Smith out
    DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 11 in loss
    Harrison Barnes turned it over a season-high six times against the Kings on Wednesday, making 5-of-16 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: When a player lives in the midrange, it's going to result in some rough nights. Barnes is one of only five players to average at least eight attempts from the midrange this season. He still only has four blocks and just 1.2 assists per game, so his fantasy upside isn't the greatest in standard leagues. Harry B has still been a top-80 player on the year, but he has a downward trend. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Sam Dekker bounces back w/ all-around line
    Sam Dekker bounced back on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: The Rockets have won four straight games and Dekker's contributions are a subtle reason for their success. He's emerged as a favorite reserve of Mike D'Antoni's and if you ignore Monday's quiet game, he's averaging 12.5 points, 1.0 threes, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his past four contests. He's a nice deep-league pickup and is even starting to gain traction in standard formats. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Metta World Peace disappears into LAL bench
    Metta World Peace vanished into the Lakers' bench on Wednesday with two points in seven minutes.

    Advice: MWP was a fill-in starter vs. Utah on Monday but he's in the twilight of his career and has no fantasy appeal. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Brandon Ingram logs 33 minutes off bench
    Brandon Ingram shifted to the bench on Wednesday and picked up 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries to both Jose Calderon (hamstring) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) have thrust more ball-handling duties to Ingram, who is averaging 1.8 assists and 1.5 turnovers this season. The Lakers have used him to bring the ball up court even at full strength, so it's a skill they clearly want the rookie to develop. Lousy FG percentages and middling counting stats continue to drag down his value, but he's an intriguing pickup if you're looking for rest-of-season sleepers. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 19 points vs. Mavs
    Darren Collison scored 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a slow start, Collison has been stringing games together. In his last five, he's averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 47.7 percent from the field. He's still getting some minutes next to Ty Lawson, so Collison should see plenty of run even when Lawson has a hot hand. Collison is a strong hold in all leagues with an upward trend. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD
    Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: OK then. Afflalo is only signed on a two-year deal, so the Kings may not view him as a piece going forward. He may get back in the rotation at some point, but his upside is very low. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubles in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled again during a 115-107 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: That's triple-double No. 2 on the season. While the points, assists and boards are cool for Russell Westbrook, Antetokounmpo has been absurd on the defensive stats with 2.2 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. Only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Gerald Wallace have averaged 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Giannis' high dimes tonight also get him over the 6.0 per game threshold. He's currently the No. 3 player in standard leagues and isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scoreless in 14 mins
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson failed to score in 14 minutes vs. the Nuggets, going 0-of-6 from the field with three rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: RHJ's offense is a work in progress, to be kind. He's shooting 34.3 percent from the field (27.3 percent from deep) while averaging 2.8 assists vs. 1.5 turnovers. He has interesting rest-of-season potential, as the Nets are likely to turn him loose at some point, but at present he's an anchor in standard formats. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Michael Beasley tweaks ankle, returns
    Michael Beasley scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor injury to his ankle in this one, but he did return and looked fine. Beasley's playing time has seen a slight increase over his last five games with 19.4 in that span, but he's not doing much outside of the 9.4 points per game. Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Will Barton scores 15 points w/ nine rebounds
    Will Barton had another strong game vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Barton was the only starter to avoid coach Mike Malone's wrath tonight, and he continues to prove that he's healthy after struggling with an ankle injury for most of the season. Gary Harris' eventual return won't help Barton, but he shouldn't be on any waiver wires -- after all, we saw him rack up mid-round value in just 28.7 minutes per game last season. Yesterday, 8:19 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first. Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Wayne Ellington impressive w/ 19 pts, four 3s
    Wayne Ellington had another impressive game for the short-handed Heat on Wednesday, pitching in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat are struggling after losing Dwyane Wade to free agency and Chris Bosh to injury, and it doesn't help that more recent injuries have ravaged their lineup. Tonight's loss moves their season record to 7-15, which has them at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference. Ellington has been a welcome addition to the roster, and for fantasy purposes he should remain a viable option until Josh Richardson (ankle), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) return. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Aaron Gordon quiet again in blowout defeat
    Aaron Gordon finished Wednesday's 117-87 home defeat with five points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The assists, steal and triple are nice to see, but it's hard to be enthusiastic about Gordon after such a sluggish start to the season. His starting job has failed to reap any benefits and he's shooting a career-worst 41.2 percent from the field, with numbers that have dipped in most categories despite his minutes increasing to 26.0 per game. He's just a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko scoreless in 14 minutes
    Jonas Jerebko failed to score in 14 minutes vs. Orlando on Wednesday, but he did pitch in four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Jerebko was back on the bench after a fill-in start for Amir Johnson on Monday. He's shooting a career-high 49.4 percent from the field this year, including 48.5 percent from deep, but simply isn't getting enough minutes to make a dent in standard leagues. Yesterday, 7:23 pm
  • Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • MWP back to the bench
    Metta World Peace will move back to the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He may not be in the rotation tonight after only getting 12 minutes in his start on Monday. World Peace has almost no fantasy value. Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Brandon Ingram moves to bench Wednesday
    Brandon Ingram will shift to the Lakers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ingram and Metta World Peace will be replaced by Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas, as coach Luke Walton looks to get more ball-handling and scoring into his first unit. Ingram should still play around 24-28 minutes, so his fantasy prospects doesn't change much with the benching. Yesterday, 4:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds
    Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

    Advice: Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment. Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Jerebko moving back to the bench
    Jonas Jerebko will move back to the bench on Wednesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He may have got the start against the up-tempo Rockets, but the Celtics get a matchup on the other end of the spectrum tonight. Jerebko should be around his 17.4 minutes-per-game average tonight and doesn't have much value. Yesterday, 2:41 pm
  • Doug McDermott recalled on Wednesday
    The Bulls have recalled Doug McDermott, R.J. Hunter and Paul Zipser from the D-League.

    Advice: McDermott has been practicing with the D-League team to help him get up to speed. Assuming everything went well, he could play against the Spurs on Thursday. McBuckets is still only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • MIA may wait for Rudy Gay to hit free agency
    The Heat may wait to pursue Rudy Gay as an unrestricted free agent this summer rather than unloading assets to nab him this season.

    Advice: Miami is currently in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-14, so they may pursue a tanking avenue this season rather than try and bring in talent to start winning games. Gay has been linked to the Heat franchise for some time now, and he reportedly "loves Miami," but pursuing him as a free agent next offseason might make more sense than trading for him now. That doesn't mean that Gay doesn't get traded this season, though. Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Will Barton no longer bothered by ankle issue
    Michael Malone said that Will Barton "is getting back to his old self" after dealing with an ankle injury that sidelined him for 11 games.

    Advice: "Will is getting back to his old self," Malone said. "Feeling comfortable, feeling confident and then being aggressive. Hopefully he’s over any concerns he’s had with the ankle injury and can just go out there and play." Since returning from the injury, Barton has scored a team-leading 19.7 points over the last three to go with 6.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 block and 1.7 triples a night. He needs to be owned in all leagues while he's this hot. Yesterday, 9:10 am
  • DeAndre Liggins will start Wednesday vs. NYK
    DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: This will be just the second start of Liggins' career, and while he will see some increased opportunity with the first unit tonight, Smith's minutes will likely be divvied up between Liggins, Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae with their being no clear winner here. Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Wayne Ellington scores 14 w/ four triples
    Wayne Ellington scored 14 points with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and four 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: He made another start and played 33 minutes, but that wasn't a surprise with only nine players available. Ellington hit 5-of-14 shots (11 from deep) and didn't turn the ball over, and he should be able to help standard-league owners until the Heat get some bodies back -- Josh Richardson (wrist, ankle), Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist) and James Johnson (shoulder) are currently on the shelf. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Aaron Gordon has 9 points, 5 boards
    Aaron Gordon hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: The 3-pointer, steals and blocks salvaged his fantasy line, but Gordon hasn't really been close to living up to the hype this season. Jeff Green played 25 minutes and had 20 points, which is the main reason that Gordon hasn't been able to bust loose. And as long as green is getting those kind of minutes off the bench, Gordon will have a tough time doing what his fantasy owners would like. He's still worth holding onto in most leagues, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see him start showing up on the waiver wire because he's clearly locked into a timeshare with Green. Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 35 in win over Heat
    Carmelo Anthony matched his season-high with 35 points on 13-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's 114-103 win over the Heat.

    Advice: The Knicks have won four straight games and now get to look forward to a matchup with the Cavaliers at MSG Wednesday. Anthony added four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers, hitting 6-of-7 from the line. His production is down this season playing next to Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, but he's still capable of posting monster lines like you saw tonight. Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Wayne Ellington starting again on Tuesday
    Wayne Ellington will remain in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will join Ellington in the starting five for tonight's game, and all those guys should be logging major minutes with Miami entering Tuesday's game with just nine healthy bodies. Tyler Johnson should also be flirting with minutes in the mid-30s off the bench. Tuesday, 3:54 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) could play Thurs?
    Doug McDermott (concussion) got in two full practices with Chicago's D-League affiliate, and he could return to action Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: McDermott is only averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely take away some minutes from Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan, but that really doesn't mean all that much. Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Metta World Peace starts, plays 12 minutes
    Metta World Peace started at SG against the Jazz on Monday, but only played 12 minutes and scored four points with one assist and one rebound.

    Advice: He started with Jose Calderon (hamstring) out. MWP is basically just a placeholder in the first unit and he's not going to play more than a handful of minutes. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores career-high 60
    Klay Thompson not only scored 40 points in the first half, and not only scored a career-high 60 points on the night, but did it on 21-of-33 shooting, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws in Monday's 142-106 blowout win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Sure, he only had two rebounds and one assist, but who cares? This game was over by halftime, but Klay played through the third quarter in order to get his career high. Many of us thought Thompson would take a scoring hit this season, but it simply hasn't happened. And his average is going up - way up - after tonight's game. Steph Curry double-doubled, Kevin Durant scored 20 and Draymond Green had 10 assists, four steals and a block in the scrimmage. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Brandon Ingram struggles in start at PG
    Brandon Ingram made his first career start at point guard on Monday vs. the Jazz, but struggled with four points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some early foul trouble and never really looked comfortable out there. Jose Calderon (hamstring) is out for several weeks in addition to Nick Young (calf), so the minutes are going to be there for the No. 2 overall pick, especially with his ability to play four positions for LA. He's a nice stash for the stretch run. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Paul George double-doubles in blowout loss
    Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday, but hit just 4-of-12 shots and didn't do much else.

    Advice: He did hit 13-of-13 free throws, but the Pacers were embarrassed by the Warriors after shocking the Clippers on Sunday. The fact PG played in both games and played pretty well in them is a great sign. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before returning on Sunday. Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 29 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting in Monday's 109-101 loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Harry B was everywhere, racking up seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples while hitting all seven of his free throws. With the Mavs banged up and possibly tanking, Barnes should be the best fantasy asset in Dallas the rest of the way as the clear focal point of the offense. He's returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season with averages of 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer on 45.9 percent shooting. Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko quiet in start for Celtics
    Jonas Jerebko started over Amir Johnson on Monday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: That's basically what he does off the bench, minus the blocks and steal, but he had one of his better games in recent memory with the two 3-pointers. If he sticks in the starting five, give him a look, but this move may have just been based on matching up with the small Rockets. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Sam Dekker cools off on Monday
    Sam Dekker had five points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 2-of-5 shooting in just 18 minuets on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker was rolling, scoring a career-high 17 on Friday and hitting double figures in three straight games coming into this one. He looked much more like Sam Dekker tonight, and if you picked him up recently, it's not a bad idea to peruse the waiver wire tonight and see if there's a more consistent option out there. Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu plays 17 minutes in return
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • LeBron James scores 34 in tight win
    LeBron James hit 12-of-26 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws for 34 points, eight boards, seven assists and two steals in Monday's tough 116-112 win over the Raptors..

    Advice: Kevin Love chipped in with 28 points, 14 rebounds and six 3-pointers, and Kyrie Irving added 24 points, two 3-pointers and seven assists in the win. Irving is finally dishing, handing out 15 assists over his last two games. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Metta World Peace will start for the Lakers
    Metta World Peace will start in the backcourt alongside Brandon Ingram on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jose Calderon (hamstring) is out 2-4 weeks, while D'Angelo Russell (knee) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. MWP is basically in the starting five in order to keep Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams with the second unit. Brandon Ingram will draw the start at point guard. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Will Barton stays hot, scores 22 in win
    Will Barton filled the stat sheet with 22 points, eight boards, three assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He hit 9-of-17 shots and is rolling right now, scoring 22, 20 and 17 points in each of his last three games. Make sure he's not available in your league now that he's healthy. Monday, 7:14 pm
  • Michael Beasley ejected on Monday
    Michael Beasley was ejected on Monday vs. the Spurs with two technical fouls.

    Advice: He was involved in a shoving match with Davis Bertans because he took exception to a shove on Greg Monroe by Dewayne Dedmon. Beasley finished with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting with one rebound and one block in 13 minutes. Monday, 6:57 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko starting, Amir Johnson to bench
    Jonas Jerebko will start over Amir Johnson on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It's likely just a matchup move for Boston, as Jerebko will be a better fit against Houston's Ryan Anderson. Unless we learn that this a permanent switch, it's safe to leave Jerebko on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will come off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Paul George, C.J. Miles good to go for Monday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will play Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: George returned from a three-game absence on Sunday and logged 34 minutes, while Miles got back from a six-game stint on the sidelines and was limited to 15 minutes. PG-13 will likely again be without a minutes limit tonight, while Miles should be able to get closer to the 20-minute mark. Monday, 1:15 pm
  • McDermott (concussion) assigned to NBADL
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been assigned to the NBA D-League.

    Advice: It's simply the next step in his rehab after he was recently cleared for contact. It sounds like McBuckets could return within the week, but he's only a stash in deeper leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Monday, 9:46 am
  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony busts lip, scores 20 points
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting during Sunday's 106-98 victory, adding four boards, one assist, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks now have an 8-3 record since Nov. 14, the best record in the Eastern Conference during that span. Melo's lip got cut in the first quarter tonight but he returned after a quick trip to the locker room, and it's nothing that would jeopardize his availability. Sunday, 7:29 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

    Advice: George (ankle) and Miles (knee) are both returning from extended absences in a tough road matchup vs. the Clippers tonight. Assuming they both play reduced minutes, Glenn Robinson III should be the primary beneficiary. Sunday, 5:59 pm
  • Aaron Gordon posts hollow 10-point line
    Aaron Gordon couldn't build on Friday's strong game, scoring 10 points on Sunday with three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is the epitome of a hollow line, which has been all too familiar this season. The move to SF hasn't played to Gordon's strengths and it's hard to see him making a big leap while Serge Ibaka and Jeff Green are both healthy. Sunday, 5:36 pm
  • Paul George (ankle), Miles playing on Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will both play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 20 points on seven FGAs
    Kevin Durant made scoring 20 points look easy against the Suns during a 138-109 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He needed just seven attempts from the field and made all nine from the line with just one turnover -- that's only a 16.2 usage rate. Durant's 91.2 true shooting percentage tonight boosted him to 68.0 on the season, which moves him back into the top spot on the season -- Patty Mills is No. 2 at 67.8. Durant also has 3.2 blocks per game in his last five. He's the number one player in fantasy right now. Saturday, 11:05 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points vs. Suns
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was already tearing it up in his previous eight, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field. Surprisingly, his six treys tonight were a season high, but he didn't go to the line for the sixth time this season. This big game has him at fifth-round value on the year, but he has an upward trend. Saturday, 10:49 pm
  • Wayne Ellington gets 39 minutes
    Wayne Ellington played 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra needs a shooter big time, so it looks like it'll be Ellington until the help gets back out there. He attempted eight shots from deep and should lead the team in that department until guys like Josh Richardson (ankle) come back. If you need some scoring this upcoming week, given Ellington a look for his four games. Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • Brandon Ingram gets 39 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 39 minutes with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers are running out of guards. While he’s been starting at shooting guard in the previous two, Ingram played 49 of his minutes 77 minutes as a small forward. That may change with more guard minutes until the Lakers get some guys back. Ingram hasn't done too much on the stat sheet, but he's a stash in competitive leagues, especially with some solid play on defense. Saturday, 9:10 pm
  • Will Barton scores 20 in 34 minutes
    Will Barton played through is sore ankle again on Saturday and hit 8-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, five rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He had 17 points, seven boards and five assists on Friday and the fact he made it though back-to-back games should mean the ankle injury is behind him. And with Gary Harris (foot) still out and Jamal Murray as cold as ice, Barton should keep rolling until further notice. Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in return from rest
    DeMarre Carroll returned from a day of rest and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 romp over the Hawks.

    Advice: This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Ellington, McGruder & McRoberts starting
    Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Heat need a lot of help on the wing, so they'll be getting plenty of minutes from Ellington and McGruder. Ellington has the better upside for his higher usage and 3-pointers. Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 with 5x4
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was up to his old tricks during a 112-103 victory over the Nets on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That is his second 5x4 in his last three and third in his last six. Antetokounmpo matched his career high in blocks and his 2.2 per game on the year makes him just one of five players above the 2.0 plateau (Davis, Gobert, Whiteside and Turner). He's an incredible shot blocker with his wingspan and is a rim protector quite often, so blocking two per game could definitely happen this year. He's one of the most fun players to own in a long time with first-round value to go with it. Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Will Barton will play on Saturday
    Will Barton (ankle) will play on Saturday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Nuggets put him on the report as probable, but he was never in doubt. Barton should be owned in all leagues. Saturday, 4:54 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scores five points
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a typical line against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring five points with nine rebounds, three assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He hurt his right hand on two different occasions today. Hollis-Jefferson went for a steal and looked to have jammed his fingers, and he also hurt his right hand on the rim later in the game. He was still very aggressive and used both hands on drives after that -- he's a lefty shooter. Expect RHJ to get more run against the Wizards on Monday. Saturday, 4:42 pm
  • Doug McDermott getting better
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He will practice with the D-League Windy City Bulls on Monday and Tuesday, if no setback. McDermott will likely be out for a couple more games due to suffering two concussions last month. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench. Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Will Barton (ankle) probable for Saturday
    Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, and Darrell Arthur are listed as probable for Saturday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Barton had missed 12 of the Nuggets previous 15 games, but looked great in his return to the Denver lineup on Friday night. He finished with 17 points, seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes. Better yet, he seems to have avoided aggravating his ankle injury. Barton should be locked and loaded in fantasy lineups going forward. Saturday, 9:58 am
  • Inspectah Dek: Sam Dekker scores 17 points
    Sam Dekker scored a career-high 17 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It was a fantastic game for Dekker, who was already playing the best ball of his career coming into this game. He played clutch minutes against the Warriors on Thursday and is fitting right in for coach Mike D'Antoni with minutes at both forward spots. With Trevor Ariza (back) going down tonight, Dekker is a speculative add in competitive leagues. Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in 33 minutes
    Will Barton hit the ground running in his return to the starting lineup on Friday, scoring 17 points with seven rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Well, he looks like himself again. Barton had been battling his ankle sprain since Halloween and only played in three games since then -- he also was awful in those three with a 21.4 field goal percentage. Simply put, Barton has to be picked up everywhere after this one. Friday, 10:39 pm
  • LeBron James scores 27, Cavs lose yet again
    LeBron James played 45 minutes against the Bulls during a 111-105 loss on Friday, scoring 27 points with five rebounds, 13 assists, one 3-pointer and a season-high eight turnovers.

    Advice: The Cavs have lost three straight while every other Eastern Conference seed 2-8 has won their last game. James obviously isn't happy with how his team is playing right now off their championship season. "Last year is last year and after ring night, it’s over," James said. "The honeymoon stage is over and it’s time to play some real ball." LeBron also had to wear a Chicago Cubs jersey because he lost a bet with Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler had a great quote about it. "I was more worried about when he put on that Cleveland Cavaliers uniform," Butler said after the win. The Cavs will try to get right against the Raptors on Monday. Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points vs. Wolves
    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points during a 118-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He snapped out of his slump, which included three games below 19 points on just a combined 32.0 percent from the field. Even with Kristaps Porzingis coming on, Anthony's shots haven't fallen off. He's also starting to hit more open threes with his season-high treys today, so he should be able to hold his third-round value on the season. Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Jamal Crawford scores 21 off the bench
    Jamal Crawford scored 21 points on Friday vs. the Pelicans, shooting 9-of-15 from the field.

    Advice: The 36-year-old sharpshooter picked up a few extra minutes with J.J. Redick resting and added one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers. He was averaging 11.4 points, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.4 treys in 25.1 minutes per game prior to Friday, but he could have some sneaky value later on this season if the Clippers rest their studs often. Friday, 8:44 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores career-high 17 points
    Brandon Ingram started at SG on Friday vs. the Raptors and scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: Here he comes. The Lakers are ready to set him loose and he played 35 minutes even though the game was a blowout -- no other starter played more than 24 minutes. Ingram added six rebounds, two assists and one trey, and his path to minutes has widened with his ability to play three different positions. With Nick Young (calf) out 2-4 weeks and D'Angelo Russell (knee) still out, Ingram is looking at minutes in the 30s for the foreseeable future. He's a nice pickup in most formats and he should be even better after the All-Star break. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 20 points in win vs. PHI
    Aaron Gordon busted out against the 76ers during a 105-88 win on Friday, scoring a season-high 20 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was just two points off his career high and Gordon did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. He's been horrendous for his previous 10 games with only a 37.1 field goal percentage for 8.0 points and 1.2 dimes on the offensive side. Maybe this game can get him going, but it was a dream matchup for him. He's only a borderline hold right now and gets a tougher matchup against the Pistons on Sunday. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Mudiay, Barton, Gallo, Faried & Nurk starting
    Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: We'll see how many minutes Barton gets in his return. He's worth a pickup in standard leagues while he will take minutes away from all the other forwards and wings. Friday, 6:53 pm
  • Will Barton is active as expected
    Will Barton (ankle) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The earlier report from Chris Haynes of ESPN was as good as gold, so this is not a surprise. Barton may be limited in his first game back, but he's worth a pickup in most leagues. He will take minutes away from Jamal Murray, Jameer Nelson and Wilson Chandler. Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Magic sticking with the same starters vs. PHI
    The Magic will stick with the starting lineup of D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo against the 76ers.

    Advice: The starting nod hasn't really helped Gordon while it has helped Fournier get more shots and be a facilitator. It's a great matchup for both wings, so maybe Gordon can get going. Nikola Vucevic should be fine off the bench, especially against Jahlil Okafor. Friday, 3:46 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at SG vs. Raptors
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: It's the same starting lineup as Wednesday with Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Ingram played a whopping 41 minutes in that start with a 13.0 usage rate, so maybe he gets more shots tonight. Ingram is worth a long look in DFS and is a pickup in competitive leagues with a ton of playing time headed his way while Nick Young (calf) misses 2-4 weeks. Friday, 3:18 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Draymond Green not expected to get fine
    Draymond Green is not expected to receive further discipline for his kick to James Harden's head from Thursday night.

    Advice: Green's high-kick flailing has been a problem and the league will continue to watch him on plays like that. It's not going to be easy for him to break his habit because it's just how he plays and the move is second nature to him. He'll be all set for Saturday against the Suns at Oracle Arena. Friday, 12:26 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Fri. and Sat.
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

    Advice: The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Will Barton (ankle) will play Friday night
    ESPN is reporting that Will Barton (ankle) will play Friday night vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Barton started off the year strong, averaging 18 points and five rebounds in 35 minutes over Denver's first three games of the season. However, he has missed 12 of the Nuggets last 15 games due to this nagging ankle injury. It is unknown if Barton will be on a minute restriction Friday. If you have room on your roster and he is still floating around your league's waiver wire, now is the time to nab him. Barton finished last season ranked among the top-85 overall fantasy players, according to Barton's return will likely eat into the minutes of Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray. Friday, 9:03 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 39 points in two-OT loss
    Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues. Friday, 12:22 am
  • Draymond Green scores 20 with 15 boards
    Draymond Green scored a season-high 20 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was hit with a flagrant foul in overtime for kicking James Harden in the head, so the league may take a look at it given his history. Although, he may not get an additional punishment and it didn't look as bad as some previous cases. He did say he was confused by the flagrant and non-flagrant foul calls and said he'll go read the rule book, so he may get a fine for that, too. On the season, Green's numbers have held steady with only a dip in scoring and an increase to his defensive stats. He's holding first-round value in standard leagues. Friday, 12:09 am
  • Sam Dekker gets 26 minutes vs. Warriors
    Sam Dekker played 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played a team-high 11.9 minutes in the fourth quarter and saw 4.8 minutes in the two overtime frames, so clearly coach Mike D'Antoni trusts Dekker with important minutes. Dekker is coming off a 27-minute game against the Jazz, but some of that is due to garbage time. That said, he does appear to be a guy who could be close to 20 minutes per night. With how many treys the Rockets take and the tempo leading to some steals, Dekker is on the radar in deeper leagues. Thursday, 11:40 pm
  • Aaron Gordon quiet in another start
    Aaron Gordon started again on Thursday but played just 21 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block on 3-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: Owners have reached the end of their rope with Gordon and his new starting role isn't really helping. In an ideal world he's still a hold, but if he's killing your fantasy team and you're watching good players being swiped off the wire while you're hanging onto him, a move might be in order. Just don't be surprised if he's a better player a month from now. Thursday, 9:16 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 23 in full line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo went berserk during a 111-93 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: The steals numbers are off the charts and it's moved Giannis to No. 3 in steals per game while he's also fifth in blocks per outing. Antetokounmpo made a season-high two treys in this game and hit his first corner trey, which make have lead to some post-game talk on his shooting. After the game, Giannis said he's been invited to work out with Dirk Nowitzki next summer and Giannis also talked about his shot. "My main focus is to shoot without hesitating," Antetokounmpo said. "That's my main focus right now. I don't care if it goes in or it goes out. I just shoot. I have nothing to lose. Just let it fly." If he develops a strong shot, no team is safe. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Wayne Ellington has another soild outing
    Wayne Ellington scored 17 points during a 111-110 win over the Jazz on Thursday and started the second half in place of injured Luke Babbitt (hip).

    Advice: Ellington made 6-of-9 field goals and drained three from beyond the arc. He has played over 26 minutes in his three games this season and has scored double-digit points in the last two. With Luke Babbitt (hip), Derrick Williams (back) and several other Heat players hurting, Ellington could see more minutes and a larger role in the near future. The one downside is his lack of peripheral stats, making him very dependent on his shooting. He is a good short-term add, but with Josh Richardson and Justice Winslow returning soon, there may not be too much long-term value with Ellington. But it's hard to argue with his fast start to his season. Thursday, 8:39 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returns to action
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned to action against the Bucks on Thursday, scoring seven points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 17 minutes.

    Advice: It's his first game back after missing the last three. Hollis-Jefferson played in garbage time tonight, so it looks like coach Kenny Atkinson had a planned minute rotation for his usual starter. He's going to "build up" RHJ's minutes, so expect him to get over 20 in a rematch against the Bucks on Saturday. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • LeBron James quiet in another blowout loss
    LeBron James hit just 5-of-14 shots for 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Thursday's ugly 113-94 loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Clips are one of the better defensive teams in the league and the Cavs had nothing for them on a day when LeBron was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Kevin Love hit 7-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers, but had just 16 points and four rebounds in the blowout. The Cavs got blowout by the Bucks on Tuesday, and they'll try to quickly put both games out of their memory. They'll look to get back on track against the Bulls on Friday night. Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Pickup alert: Ellington starts second half
    Wayne Ellington started the second half of Thursday’s game against the Jazz in place of the injured Luke Babbit (hip).

    Advice: The Heat are down to just seven healthy players and Ellington is hot, with 17 points in the third quarter of this game after scoring 22 points with five 3-pointers on Wednesday. James Johnson will also benefit from the loss of Babbitt, and both players are worth a look, if not a pickup, in most leagues. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points in a loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points in a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 8-of-20 from the field today and continues to get a ton of shots. Barnes is living in the mid-range with a whopping 45 percent of his shot total coming in that area, which usually indicates a guy will go through some highs and lows. He's been better than expected as a mid-round guy this season. Thursday, 7:19 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will play vs. Bucks
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) will play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nets are going to "build up his minutes" as he recovers from the ankle sprain that kept him out for a week, according to coach Kenny Atkinson. Sean Kilpatrick went off in the last game on Tuesday with 38 points and should benefit again. Hollis-Jefferson is a hold in standard leagues, but he's not a great option in DFS tonight. Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

    Advice: The rest day will decide on the matchup for the Raptors against the Lakers and Hawks. Both of the games are at home and there is a one day cushion on each end -- the Raptors played Wednesday and will play Monday after the back-to-back. It probably makes more sense to rest Carroll in the up-tempo game against the Lakers on Friday and he does have the revenge factor against the Hawks, too. When he sits, Terrence Ross would be a nice DFS option while Norman Powell also benefits. Carroll is worth owning again, especially with the Raptors possibly dropping the back-to-back restriction next month. Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Doug McDermott out for Friday night
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Draymond Green still not chasing wins
    Draymond Green said he has no interest in winning 73 games this year.

    Advice: "I don't know what the number 73 means," Green said. He said he cares about the home-court advantage, and wants to get better every time the Warriors step on the floor. Green said last year he was worried about getting the 73 wins and called the idea of it last year "dope." The Warriors have won 12 straight and lead the NBA in net rating at 13.0. The Warriors aren't resting players quite as much as anticipated, which could change once they lock up home court. Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Wayne Ellington erupts w/ 22 points, five 3s
    Wayne Ellington erupted offensively on Wednesday with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from downtown, and 12 of his points came in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Ellington was playing in his second game of the season but he looked great, adding two rebounds, two assists, four steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. His role will decrease overnight once guys like Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters return to action, and it doesn't help that he'll face Utah's defense on Thursday. Most season-long owners can take a wait-and-see approach here. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points on 15 shots
    Harrison Barnes had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting during the Mavs' home loss on Wednesday, with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Spurs are the league's worst matchup for opposing small forwards this year, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, so Barnes' owners should be relatively happy with tonight's line. He's dealt well with increased defensive attention as the Mavs' No. 1 option offensively, a situation that isn't likely to change with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) entering the twilight of his career. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts, plays 41 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 41 minutes as the Lakers' starting SG on Wednesday, finishing with eight points (1-of-9 FGs, 6-of-8 FGs), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nick Young is out 2-4 weeks with a strained calf, and it looks like Ingram will continue to start in his absence. He was averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes in two previous starts, and is worth a long look for short-term production and long-term upside. The fact that he logged 41 minutes tonight is reason enough to consider him. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at shooting guard
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nick Young (calf) is going to miss the next 2-4 weeks, so Ingram could get a chance to take this job and run with it. He gets some comparisons to Kevin Durant, who also started at shooting guard in his rookie season. Ingram hasn't played too well in his rookie season, but he's worth a look in most leagues to see if he can heat up. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting for Nick Young (calf)
    Brandon Ingram will start Wednesday's game in place of Nick Young (calf).

    Advice: Ingram will join a starting lineup that includes Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Lakers coach Luke Walton has expressed a preference to keep his second unit intact, but he doesn't have a choice here. Jordan Clarkson should also pick up extra minutes off the bench until Young is able to return in 2-4 weeks. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

    Advice: "Every case is individualized," Fred Hoiberg said. "You look at it based on what their symptoms are, and Doug, unfortunately has two of them in this early portion of the season, so he’s just not ready yet." He's yet to be cleared for contact, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Chicago's upcoming back-to-back set Friday vs. Cleveland and Saturday vs. Dallas. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets DNP
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson was a DNP on Tuesday, despite being cleared to play through his ankle injury earlier in the day.

    Advice: He's close to a return, but the Nets decided not to rush him back tonight. We're guessing he'll play on Thursday against the Bucks, but he's averaging just 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.5 3-pointers on 36 percent shooting in his 10 November games, so don't set expectations too high. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Aaron Gordon limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Aaron Gordon scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Small steps. Gordon looked much better tonight, but he only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. He added three rebounds and a triple, and it looks like he may stick in the Magic starting lineup with Jeff Green (back) coming off the bench Tuesday. Gordon should start to turn things around soon and is a hold in standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 17 off the bench
    Michael Beasley scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one triple in a season-high 26 minutes. Beasley took some minutes away from Tony Snell and Mirza Teletovic (DNP-CD), and he's scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season. However, he's a one-trick pony in fantasy and won't really help you outside of the scoring column. Leave him on the wire in standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Brandon Ingram leads Lakers in minutes
    Brandon Ingram hit 4-of-10 shots for nine points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Ingram tied Jordan Clarkson for the most minutes played by a Laker in Tuesday’s loss against the Pelicans. Ingram has now played at least 29 minutes in four consecutive games and has attempted double-digit shots in each of those contests. He could see some more playing time should Nick Young miss time. He is not a must-own player right now, but all signs are pointing in the right direction and he’s not a bad player to be holding right now. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Antetokounmpo scores 34 w/ monster line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his career-high with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting in a 118-101 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He posted a monster line with 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals, two blocks, one triple and six turnovers, hitting 7-of-10 from the line. He's also outscored LeBron James in three out of his last four matchups with the Finals MVP. The 21-year-old superstar will be a top-five fantasy play the rest of the way Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hamstring) plays 17 minutes
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) played 17 minutes vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, scoring two points with two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: J.R. Smith is struggling right now, but Shumpert isn't going to have much fantasy value while the Cavs are healthy. He belongs on the wire. Tuesday, 7:38 pm
  • LeBron James scores 22 in loss to Bucks
    LeBron James scored 22 points with four rebounds, four assists and three triples in 33 minutes in a 118-101 loss to the Bucks on Tuesday.

    Advice: LeBron turned the ball over a season-high seven times and shot 8-of-16 from the field, and he was thoroughly outplayed by Giannis Antetokounmpo. However, the Cavs were coming off a four-game winning streak and LeBron had two triple-doubles in that span, so his owners should forgive him for this "quiet" line. The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up against the Clippers on Thursday and the Bulls on Friday, so his owners will want to confirm his status for both. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson available to play
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (sore right ankle) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Nets will roll out a starting five of Isaiah Whitehead, Sean Kilpatrick, Bojan Bogdanovic, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez on Tuesday night, so if RHJ does play, he'll be coming off the bench. It's important to note that available to play doesn't mean "playing," so there's still a chance Hollis-Jefferson doesn't take the floor tonight. There's too much uncertainty here to rely on him in daily leagues. Tuesday, 3:44 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Shumpert will be returning from a one-game absence, and he'll likely see his playing time in the 20s tonight. He's not worth deploying in most settings while J.R. Smith is healthy. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) not yet cleared
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has not yet been cleared for full-contact practice, so it appears he will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • I. Shumpert (hamstring) questionable for Tues
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game at Milwaukee.

    Advice: Shump did not play Sunday vs. the 76ers. He is averaging 22.3 minutes per game this season. J.R. Smith played 38 minutes on Sunday with Shumpert out, and Smith would be a boom-or-bust DFS tournament play if Shump doesn't play on Tuesday. Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • Wayne Ellington to see increased opportunity
    Wayne Ellington (thigh) played more than expected in his season debut on Monday and is ready for a larger role going forward.

    Advice: With ailing Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow not traveling on a three-game trip that opens Wednesday, the opportunities will be there for Ellington. At this stage, it's not as if coach Erik Spoelstra has many other options. Despite being projected to play only 15 minutes on Monday, Ellington played 27. He's not o the radar in standard fantasy leagues, but may be a sneaky DFS option later in the week if he starts knocking down 3-pointers. Tuesday, 8:44 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    A full year after his initial injury, DeMarre Carroll says he "feels great just to be healthy."

    Advice: It was around this time last year - less than a month into his first season with Toronto - that Carroll initially hurt his knee. "I need my legs to knock down my 3-pointers. It just feels good to be healthy and be able to go out there and help my team win," Carroll said. He has scored 10 or more points in five straight games for the first time since joining the Raps. Over this recent stretch, he's averaging 14.4 points on 55 percent shooting, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He's totaled five steals and five blocks over the last three contests. Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year. Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Wayne Ellington returned to action on Monday November 28. Tuesday, 12:17 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 w/ 14 rebounds
    Kevin Durant scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Warriors came into the game with the top offensive efficiency rating in the NBA and the Hawks were leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, but they couldn't slow down KD who finished 8-of-16 from the field with three assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes. This was Durant's sixth game of the season with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and he's now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Draymond Green blocks four shots in win
    Draymond Green returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 105-110 win over the Hawks and blocked four shots with four points, seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Green said that he wants to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award "bad" and he showed it tonight, blocking two shots in the final minute of the game. Green didn't look limited at all Monday and his ankle shouldn't be an issue going forward. He only shot 2-of-9 from the field, but Green's fantasy values comes from his elite ability to rack up assists, steals and blocks. You can see one of his clutch blocks in the link below. Monday, 10:12 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony shoots poorly vs. Thunder
    Carmelo Anthony hit 4-of-19 shots for 18 points, grabbed eight rebounds, blocked one shot, and had a steal in 34 minutes of Monday’s loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Despite a poor shooting night, Anthony managed to score 18 points and a lot of that had to do with his 10-of-11 from the free throw line. He remains a high-usage player for New York at 29.7 percent and has attempted at least 19 shots in five consecutive games. He relies mainly on his scoring for fantasy production, but has grabbed at least six rebounds in his last five contests. Monday, 8:32 pm
  • Arron Afflalo still struggling for Kings
    Arron Afflalo started on Monday and hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He has scored eight or fewer points in six of his last seven games and simply isn't getting it done. The Kings would likely have a few more wins if they could find a reliable shooting guard, but that's been an issue for them ever since Ben McLemore arrived on the scene. McLemore didn't even play tonight, while Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes were also highly ineffective. Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Rudy Gay fills stat sheet in OT loss
    Rudy Gay hit 7-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block, six turnovers and five fouls in 38 minutes of Monday's overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: He's had at least a 3-pointer, a steal and a block in three of his last five games and is averaging 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over that stretch. Trade rumors had him as a gloom-and-doom fantasy prospect coming into the season, but he's been one of the more pleasant surprises of the season. And is showing no signs of slowing down. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in 21 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The game was over by the third quarter, so that explains the low minutes. Carroll was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, and this was his fourth solid game in a row (not including his DNP-Rest on Nov. 21). He's averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.8 triples in that span, so he's clearly trending up. Coach Dwane Casey expects him to start playing in back-to-back sets around the new year, meaning he will miss either Friday's game vs. the Lakers or Saturday's game vs. the Hawks. Monday, 7:30 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) will play Monday
    Draymond Green (ankle) will play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He made it through the pre-game warmups and we haven't heard any reports that he will be limited Monday. Fire him up in all lineups. Monday, 6:40 pm
  • Kerr plans to play Draymond Green Monday
    Steve Kerr is planning on Draymond Green playing on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Barring a setback during the pre-game warmups, Green will be in the starting lineup vs. the Hawks. We'll have confirmation within the next hour or so, but it's safe to leave Green in active lineups. Monday, 5:53 pm
  • Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos starting again
    Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos will start again on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger may shuffle his lineups quite often, but the only three players that should always be penciled into the first unit are Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Afflalo and Koufos are deep-league fantasy assets at best. Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) questionable Tuesday
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (sore right ankle) is officially being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: RHJ has sat out the past two games, and after only being a limited participant during Monday's practice, he feels closer to doubtful for Tuesday night. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Sean Kilpatrick will earn another start. Monday, 1:35 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) running at 3/4 speed
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

    Advice: Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings. Monday, 1:13 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) on track to play Mon
    Draymond Green (left ankle) is on track to play Monday vs. the Hawks, according to Warriors' Insider Monte Poole.

    Advice: Pool said after watching Green get in a solid workout during shootaround, and listening to how he talked afterwards, it would be "stunning" if the Warriors opted to hold him out Monday night. "Pushing through [an injury] Game 15 is a little on the extra side," said Green. "But it's not easy. It's boring sitting." Owners can check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off, but it's looking like it's okay to go ahead and throw Green on your active roster. Kevon Looney will return to the bench. Monday, 11:39 am
  • Draymond Green (ankle) headed for a GTD
    Draymond Green (left ankle) will be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Hawks.

    Advice: Green was a full participant during shootaround, but acknowledged that his ankle is still feeling a little "tender," and he wants to test it again while going through his pregame routine. Green also said that he's "pretty confident" he'll play tonight, but players also tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Monday, 11:11 am
  • Doug McDermott cleared for non-contact work
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and shooting.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks and still doesn't have a clear return date, but this is a step in the right direction. Prior to going down, McDermott was averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples in 23.7 minutes per game, so he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Draymond will test his ankle Monday morning
    Draymond Green (left ankle contusion) will test his ankle during Monday's morning shootaround.

    Advice: This means we should get a better idea regarding his status in about an hour or two. Coach Steve Kerr said that Kevon Looney will start against the Hawks if Green can't go, but he's not a recommended fantasy target. Monday, 10:40 am
  • Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) limited Monday
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (ankle) was limited at Monday's practice.

    Advice: His status for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers is still up in the air. RHJ has missed the last two games, but he's a hold if you're targeting steals. Sean Kilpatrick has scored a combined 38 points in the last two games, so he belongs in most lineups until RHJ is able to return. Nov 28, 10:12 am
  • Arron Afflalo doesn't care about starting
    Arron Afflalo said it doesn't matter to him if he starts or comes off the bench.

    Advice: "You can’t fault a coach for trying to win and trying to find guys that work together," Afflalo said. "But for me personally, I take pride in being a versatile basketball player, so sometimes coaches can see the benefit of me coming off the bench, and sometimes I’m a necessary stability piece in the starting lineup. It just depends." His role is going to fluctuate from game to game, and his season averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 treys aren't helping fantasy owners. Leave him on the wire. Nov 28, 6:13 am
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