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  • Willie Cauley-Stein steps up in 23 minutes
    Kings coach Dave Joerger praised Willie Cauley-Stein after Sunday's game for his "versatility and length."

    Advice: The Kings mixed things up with Cauley-Stein playing some PF alongside DeMarcus Cousins in the second half, and he finished with nine points and four boards in 23 minutes. Joerger said it was helpful to have WCS guard Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis for stretches, "where maybe that’s not [Kosta Koufos'] strength." Cauley-Stein has said all along that he's more comfortable playing PF, and it will be interesting to see if this alters the Kings' rotations going forward. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) gets healthy DNP
    Kevin Seraphin (sore left knee) picked up a healthy DNP-CD on Sunday.

    Advice: Sunday's game marked the first time all season that the Pacers didn't have anyone inactive due to injuries, but Seraphin couldn't crack the rotation. He won't be worth fantasy owners' attention while Myles Turner and Al Jefferson are active. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: L.A. coughed up a big early lead and Griffin was one of the only players who looked engaged on both ends tonight, as the Clippers committed 20 turnovers while getting out-scored in the paint 58-36. Blake drained 10-of-21 shots tonight and the Clippers' loss doesn't make his line any less appealing to fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Anthony Davis denies having X-rays on foot
    Anthony Davis (right foot/ankle) reportedly had X-rays taken after Sunday's game in Oklahoma City, though Davis denied the report.

    Advice: ESPN's Justin Verrier reports, "Davis had an X-ray taken after the game in Oklahoma City, according to league sources. Davis denied the account, but the Pelicans forward received treatment and [had] a black wrap on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media. Davis ... appeared to be walking without a hobble in the locker room." He played 43 minutes on Sunday and did appear to be limping on certain possessions, though he never left the game. We're adding him to the injury report, and in the absence of an update owners should consider him questionable for Monday's home game. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets nine boards, four blocks
    Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) quiet in 25 mins Sunday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) returned to action on Sunday with two points, five rebounds and one steal in 25 foul-plagued minutes.

    Advice: He slotted back into his usual starting spot in a tough matchup vs. DeMarcus Cousins, but the opponent can hardly be blamed for tonight's dud -- Noah came in averaging just 4.0 points on 46.6 percent FGs and 28.6 percent FTs this season. Until he stays healthy and provides sustained numbers, he's nothing but a boards and blocks specialist in deep leagues. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Kristaps Porzingis posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Porzingis could have had a monster line if he shot better from the field, but his fantasy owners can't complain with tonight's block-laden double-double. He's a second-round value in most fantasy formats, and has been averaging 34.2 minutes despite ranking third in the NBA in fouls per game. Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Kosta Koufos grabs 11 boards as starter
    Kosta Koufos grabbed 11 rebounds in 19 minutes as a starter on Sunday, but he scored only two points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: Kings coach Dave Joerger said the Kings should "play big a little more to deal with Knicks' length," which is likely why he stuck with Koufos as a starter. Sacramento once again was forced to rally back after digging an early deficit, as Joerger has yet to find sustained success with his rotations. Don't be surprised to see another lineup switch vs. the Mavs on Wednesday. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Anthony Davis' 37 & 15 not enough vs. OKC
    Anthony Davis piled up 37 points (14-of-32 FGs, 9-of-11 FTs) with 15 rebounds, four blocks, two steals and two assists on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to avoid a road loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was simply unstoppable for stretches tonight, but he got negligible help from his teammates. His offensive exploits shouldn't obscure the fact that he ranks first in blocks (2.7), fourth in defensive rebounds (9.1), and is holding opponents to 4.4 percent below their typical shooting averages against him. Expect another monster effort vs. the visiting Grizzlies on Monday. Yesterday, 6:50 pm
  • Enes Kanter double-doubles w/ Adams ailing
    Enes Kanter double-doubled in 30 minutes on Sunday, scoring 17 points with 10 rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kanter took advantage of a bigger role with Steven Adams exiting early due to a sprained ankle. So far this season, his fantasy upside has only been limited by a lack of playing time -- on a per-36-minute basis he's averaging 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.5 blocks. If Adams can't suit up on Monday, Kanter stands out as a very promising DFS target. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne grabs season-high 11 boards
    Joffrey Lauvergne started the second half on Sunday with Steven Adams (ankle) unavailable, finishing with four points and a season-high 11 rebounds in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Lauvergne might find himself with another start if Adams can't return to face Dwight Howard and the Hawks on Monday. It doesn't help that it's a road game in Atlanta. Lauvergne will be a possible punt-play in DFS if Adams sits out, but that's about it. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Serge Ibaka racks up 21 points w/ packed line
    Serge Ibaka filled up the boxscore on Sunday with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocked shots.

    Advice: Ibaka got off to a slow start this season but he's coming on strong in Orlando's past dozen games, averaging 16.1 points, 7.6 boards, 2.3 blocks, 1.5 triples and 1.0 assists, on 50.0 percent FGs and 87.5 percent FTs. That's good for top-30 value and he shows no signs of slowing down. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic gets 16 & 8 with two blocks
    Nikola Vucevic made 8-of-14 shots to score 16 points on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Vuc was heating up before coach Frank Vogel decided to bench him, and the move has done nothing to cool him off -- he's was riding a wave of six straight double-doubles prior to tonight's near-miss. The move to play both Vuc alongside Bismack Biyombo for stretches has been huge for his fantasy outlook. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
  • Steven Adams (ankle) won't return on Sunday
    Steven Adams will not return on Sunday after spraining his left ankle in the first quarter.

    Advice: Adams dealt with a sprained right ankle earlier this season, so at least it's not a related injury. His absence means plenty of minutes for Enes Kanter on Sunday, and plenty of problems for OKC's defense vs. Anthony Davis. The Thunder have a quick turnaround vs. the Hawks on Monday, and owners should consider Adams questionable until further notice. Yesterday, 4:54 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) available vs. Clippers
    Kevin Seraphin (knee) is available to play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: Seraphin missed three games with the injury and his return doesn't have big fantasy implications. He'll take away some playing time from Al Jefferson, but that's about it. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Yesterday, 3:58 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) will play Sunday vs. SAC
    Jaokim Noah (ankle) will start Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: With Noah active, Kyle O'Quinn's minutes will likely return to the teens, and Willy Hernangomez's value will also take a decent sized hit. Noah is averaging just 4.0 points, 8.1 boards and 3.1 assists per game on the year, so he's not a great option in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:54 pm
  • Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) ruled out for Monday
    Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: It'll be Dirk's fifth straight game on the sidelines, and the only recent update we've had on Nowitzki from Rick Carlisle is that he'll be out "a while." For now, we'll consider him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Kings. Dorian Finney-Smith will continue to start in his absence, with Harrison Barnes acting as the No. 1 option on offense. Yesterday, 12:09 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be his fourth game in a row on the shelf. This is not the same knee that he had offseason surgery on, but the Wizards are going to play it safe with their $64 million backup center. He was able to practice Sunday, so he's considered day-to-day. Yesterday, 10:37 am
  • Malone says DEN is being cautious w/ Jokic
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team is being cautious with Nikola Jokic (wrist).

    Advice: "Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball," Malone said. "I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down." He's been ruled out for the next three games, meaning the earliest we could see him back on the court is Saturday against Orlando. Jokic looked great right before the injury and should obviously be stashed everywhere. Yesterday, 7:15 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) says he's 'all in'
    Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles strain) said that he's committed to returning to the struggling Mavs as soon as he can.

    Advice: "I'm all-in. I want to play," Nowitzki said. "This is obviously not a career-ending injury that I've got. It's something that just keeps lingering unfortunately. I can hopefully get over it." The Mavs have listed him as out indefinitely, but the hope is that he can return before the end of December. Stash him in an IR spot if possible, and look for Dwight Powell to benefit the most off the bench after he scored 17 points with eight rebounds in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday. Yesterday, 6:24 am
  • JaVale McGee scores 11 in win
    JaVale McGee scored a season-high 11 points against the Suns on Saturday with two rebounds in 13 minutes.

    Advice: The season high is cool, but the real highlight was JaVale McGee taking the ball out of bounds after the Warriors made a free throw (video in link below). Never change, Pierre. Never change. Saturday, 10:43 pm
  • Tyson Chandler falls flat in rout to GSW
    Tyson Chandler had just two points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: We thought this might be a decent matchup for TyChan as he can run the floor and he played 25 minutes, but only attempted one shot on the evening. He's not really doing much for the Suns, other than stunting the growth of Alex Len (17 minutes tonight), but he is averaging 6.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and .8 blocks over his last four games. He's fine if you're only looking for boards and a solid filed goal percentage, but that's about it. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 28 in 41 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside played 41 minutes during a 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and five blocks.

    Advice: That is a ton of playing time for Whiteside. He made 12-of-16 from the field and now has double-digit rebounding games in all but one game this season. Whiteside padded his lead in rebounds with 14.9 and he's also leapfrogged Rudy Gobert for the No. 2 spot in blocks per game. He's going to post some massive stat lines for the short-handed Heat and is sitting on second-round value this season. Saturday, 10:22 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • Josh McRoberts scores 13 points
    Josh McRoberts scored a season-high 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: From inbounds specialist to main power forward. McRoberts could stick in the starting lineup until guys like Justise Winslow (wrist) can return. He could disappear very soon, but McBobs has some short-term value. Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays well vs. Bulls
    Andrew Bogut returned from a day of rest and had a season-high eight points, 11 rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 22 minutes before fouling out on Saturday.

    Advice: He's averaging just 4.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks over his last four games played, and while the rebounds are fun, the non-existent scoring and blocks are not. Add in that he's always a candidate to miss games and he's barely worth owning in most fantasy leagues, especially when an eight-point night in December is your season high in scoring. Saturday, 10:03 pm
  • Kenneth Faried quietly productive
    Kenneth Faried had 10 points, six rebounds and a block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He stands to get a couple more starts with Jokic's wrist injury likely to keep him out for at least two more games, and is averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's been a little boring, but he has seventh-round value on the season. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic still awful without Jokic
    Jusuf Nurkic started again on Saturday, but hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, four rebounds and zero blocks in just 13 minutes of a 105-98 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: It's hard to believe how bad Nurkic has been this season, but the fact he's averaging just 17.6 minutes over his last five games has a lot to do with why he's averaging just 7.6 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over that stretch. If the Nuggets aren't going to cut him loose and let him play, fantasy owners are going to be forced to cut him loose. And Nurkic didn't benefit one iota with Nikola Jokic out with a wrist injury again, and Jokic is expected to miss at least a couple more games. Sadly, it may be time to finally move on, since the Nuggets show no intentions of giving him the 25 minutes he needs to succeed, although there is still a sliver of hope that he finally gets it going as long as Jokic is missing games. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Nikola Jokic is out at least 3 more games
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be out at least the next three games.

    Advice: Ouch. Just as Jokic turned the corner, he's now going to miss at least four games with his sore wrist. The new timetable means the soonest he can return would be Thursday against the Wizards. With Jokic out, the Nuggets will really need Jusuf Nurkic to play better while Darrell Arthur, Kenneth Faried and Juan Hernangomez could get more playing time. Jokic's owners have to hold him. Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis not on the injury report
    Anthony Davis is not on the injury report for Sunday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: This is good news after Davis gave us a scare with a right shoulder injury. There wasn't any concern about him after the game, so he's apparently good to go. Coach Alvin Gentry did say the Clippers limiting Davis on Friday was "a little bit of both" regarding the defense and his injury. Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) practices fully on Sat.
    Joakim Noah (ankle) practiced fully on Saturday.

    Advice: A full practice the day before a game is usually a good indicator that the player is ready to return. However, the Knicks center situation is unclear at the moment. New York signed Noah to a $72 million contract this summer, but the former Bull has stumbled out of the gate this season. He is currently averaging 4.0 points and 8.1 rebounds, while shooting just 46.6 percent from the floor and 28.6 percent from the free throw line. Furthermore, Kyle O'Quinn (who tallied 20 points and 13 boards in a win over the T-Wolves on Friday) and Willy Hernangomez have played well in relief of Noah. Saturday, 10:18 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) ruled out for Saturday
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist sprain) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Jokic initially suffered what was believed to be a minor wrist injury on Wedneday. However, it has now cost him two straight games, which stings because Jokic was finally starting to snap out of his season-long slump. Starters Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic should see more time on Saturday. Darrell Arthur could also see a few extra minutes off the bench, as the Nuggets are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Saturday, 9:46 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely
    Coach Rick Carlisle said on Saturday that Dirk Nowitzki (right Achilles strain) is going to be out "a while."

    Advice: Carlisle added that Dirk should be deemed "out indefinitely." This is not all that surprising, considering that the Mavs had already announced Dirk would miss at least the Mavs next two games. The immediate future is very murky for Dirk. He has missed 13 of the Mavs last 15 games as his Achilles has been unable to heal properly. Considering the Mavs are currently disincentivized to win, as each loss means a greater likelihood of securing a top lottery pick, expect Dallas to be extremely cautious with Dirk and only play him when he is close to 100% Saturday, 9:37 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't capitalize on Friday
    Jusuf Nurkic played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with 10 point, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic (wrist) did not play in this game, so Nurkic only getting 20 minutes is a pretty bad sign. He has been a disaster in pick-and-roll coverage and he didn't do a good job in really any facet on defense. Nurkic also missed both free throws, so he's killing his owners there, too. His fantasy value depends a lot on who owns him, but he's lost a lot of his preseason luster for sure. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 14 points
    Kenneth Faried scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets were run out of their own gym to start this one, giving up 42 points in the first quarter. After the game coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his guys covered Ryan Anderson in the first quarter, and he talked about how the hustle wasn't there. To be clear, this doesn't necessarily mean he's talking about Faried. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Friday, 11:11 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) scores 21 points
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers and looked fine, scoring 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He bumped into Marreese Speights in the first quarter and was in the locker room for about 10 minutes, but it didn't seem to bother him down the stretch. This isn't the same shoulder that had a partial tear last season, so there's no real concern here and we haven't heard anything about the Pelicans running any tests. He grabbed six rebounds with four assists, one steal and one block and he should be ready to go for Sunday's game vs. the Thunder. Friday, 7:57 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts, plays nine minutes
    Kosta Koufos started and played nine minutes against the Celtics on Friday, grabbing three rebounds and failing to score.

    Advice: The Kings looked bad with their big lineup as per usual. Coach Dave Joerger wants to try to get his old style in Memphis going here, but he just doesn't have the personnel for it. Koufos has extremely low upside. Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 12 with 11 boards
    Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He's really found a nice groove in his four games off the bench. In that span, Vucevic averaged 13.8 points, 12.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys in 28.1 minutes per game. The Magic have won two of their three games on this road trip and probably should've won all three -- a bad one-point loss in Memphis. Vooch is in great shape off the bench and looks like a top-50 guy again. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) returns to game
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game. Friday, 6:04 pm
  • Anthony Davis questionable to return vs. LAC
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (left wrist) out vs. Rockets
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is a surprise after Jokic played through what looked like a minor wrist injury sustained from Wednesday night. Jokic did say he couldn't move his wrist the following day, so it apparently was worse than it looked. Jokic was really coming on after a rough start with two straight double-doubles. For tonight, it'll be more of Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Plus, there should be more small-ball lineups against the Rockets. Friday, 5:19 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) to miss 2 more games
    Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), already ruled out of Saturday's game against the Bulls, is likely to miss at least one additional game.

    Advice: The Mavs following game is Monday vs. Charlotte. They then play the Kings on Wednesday, which seems to be the earliest we would see Dirk back on the floor. However, even that is questionable due to the lingering soreness in his right Achilles' tendon. "Dirk's situation is improving, but he is really out indefinitely," Carlisle said during his weekly appearance on 103.3 FM ESPN. Dirk has played in just two of the Mavs last 13 games. With the 3-15 Mavs headed towards a top lottery pick, they have absolutely no reason to rush Dirk back into the lineup. Friday, 3:23 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Joakim Noah, Courtney Lee out vs. Wolves
    Courtney Lee (ankle) and Joakim Noah (ankle) are both unavailable for Friday's game against the Wolves.

    Advice: The Knicks are in a similar position as they were on Wednesday with Noah out for that game against the Wolves. Somewhat surprisingly, Marshall Plumlee picked up some extra run while Kyle O'Quinn and Mindaugus Kuzminskas also saw some added playing time. Noah is day-to-day and could play Sunday against the Kings, so the aforementioned bigs only have very short-term boosts. Friday, 2:51 pm
  • Nikola Jokic likely to be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: On Wednesday night, Jokic was pushed to the ground and braced himself with his left wrist, so that's likely when he suffered the injury. Jokic did stay in the game and it doesn't sound serious. He's playing some outstanding ball and does appear to have a good chance to play. If he's out, more run will go to Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and a number of other forwards. Friday, 11:23 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday night vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Mahinmi has appeared in just one game this season and holds no fantasy value. Jason Smith should see a few additional minutes. Friday, 10:03 am
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles off bench
    Nikola Vucevic came off the bench again and hit 6-of-15 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws for 18 points, 11 boards and three blocks.

    Advice: Vucevic is keeping his head up, despite being benched for Bismack Biyombo, and has double-doubled in five straight games. He's averaging 17 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. Regardless of whether or not he's starting, he's clearly one of the most consistent fantasy centers in the NBA. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka posts 11-8-4 line in loss
    Serge Ibaka, coming off an 18-point game on Tuesday, hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 32 minutes of a tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Magic blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose the game, while the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. While Ibaka's not exactly crushing it every night, he's still a pretty good player, and is worthy of a fourth-round fantasy pick this season in nine-category leagues. He's playing well right now, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside almost double-doubles
    Hassan Whiteside hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds, and one steal in Thursday night’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Whiteside was one point shy of 16th double-double of the season and his fourth consecutive one. He is averaging 17.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game and remains one of the league's best centers. It was a rough night for Whiteside against a tough defense and his 47-game streak with a blocked came to an end. His next game comes against Portland who is allowing 45.8 rebounds per game with a -3.3 differential Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Thank goodness he looks to be out of his slump. In his last five games, Powell has made 57.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.6 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's likely going to remain in his role as the backup big man with around 20 minutes regardless of who is out on a given night -- he did get four minutes at power forward tonight. He's only an option in deep leagues right now, but his playing time may increase later in the year. Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Nikola Jokic pops up on the injury report
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is questionable to face the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is surprising for Jokic, who didn't appear to be hurt during Wednesday's game against the Heat. Jokic is expected to see a few extra minutes and coach Mike Malone wants to run more offense through him. Hopefully, Jokic goes through shootaround and we can get more information on his wrist issue on Friday morning. Thursday, 2:18 pm
  • Jokic to get extended minutes?
    Coach Mike Malone said he's made an effort to give Nikola Jokic extended minutes.

    Advice: "Even though [Jusuf Nurkic] has been starting, Jokic been getting the lion share of minutes at center and I think I’ve been making a more concerted effort when he is out there to play through him," Malone said. Jokic has been terrific in his last two games, averaging 15.0 points, 12.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.5 blocks in his 27.5 minutes per game. After a horrible start, he's trending up big time. Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi gets treatment on Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He had surgery on his left knee, so it's not an aggravation to his knee. Considering the Wizards aren't too thin, they may want to bring Mahinmi along slowly. Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Noah, Lee and Thomas are questionable Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle), Joakim Noah (ankle) and Lance Thomas (ankle) will all be listed as questionable for Friday against the Wolves.

    Advice: Noah missed Wednesday's game against the Wolves, which allowed some minutes to go to Kyle O'Quinn, Marshall Plumlee and Mindaugas Kuzminskas in the win. Noah is likely going to be limited for the foreseeable future, so he's tough to stash in most leagues. We'll see if Willy Hernangomez can get more action, but Kuzminskas may be the most appealing short-term add in super deep leagues. Thursday, 11:07 am
  • Andrew Bogut will sit on Thursday vs Hornets
    Andrew Bogut (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Bogut will get a rest day on the second half of the Mavs back-to-back, and Salah Mejri will likely draw the start in his stead. Mejri is worth a look in daily fantasy leagues, while Bogut is worth holding onto as a blocks and boards specialist. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in Wednesday's defeat
    Jusuf Nurkic had another forgettable game on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and three fouls in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic has been much improved scoring around the rim this season, but he's still haunted by familiar fantasy failings. He's shooting 30.1 percent while 3-10 feet from the hoop, and he's averaging more turnovers (2.2) than assists (1.6). His fouls per minute have dropped this season, but he's still been a net-negative contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. He has enough upside to hold in most leagues, but it makes sense to start floating some trade offers. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts 17 & 14 w/ three assists
    Nikola Jokic had another productive evening on Wednesday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and one steal, making 7-of-11 FG and 3-of-4 FTs in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "We took a big step back tonight, and that's disappointing," coach Mike Malone said after the game. That quote isn't likely to apply to Jokic, who was one of three players to finish with a positive +/- rating, and he's quietly on the upswing for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Josh McRoberts starts without leaving a mark
    Josh McRoberts started at PF for the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with one point, three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: McRoberts missed all four of his shots and he was the only Heat player to post a negative plus-minus rating during tonight's road win. Miami is also likely to get some healthy players back in the near future, including Justise Winslow, so there's no reason to grab McBob in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 29 points in win
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points during a 106-104 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He carried the Knicks throughout this game while Carmelo Anthony struggled and scored just 14. On the other hand, Melo hit a game-winning jumper to help give the Knicks the win and get them back to .500. Porzingis did have an awkward landing today and was limping for about 20 seconds, but he was fine and stayed in the game. The Wolves and Knicks get a rematch at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • McRoberts, McGruder & Babbitt starting vs DEN
    Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another new lineup for the Heat, who look to be without Josh Richardson (ankle) for this one. McRoberts likely won't play too much after playing just seven minutes on Monday. He's not a reliable fantasy option in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:25 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Joakim Noah is out, Kyle O'Quinn will start
    Joakim Noah (left ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Wednesday and Kyle O'Quinn will start in his place.

    Advice: He won't get to play against his old coach, Tom Thibodeau. This is not the same ankle Noah had problems with during the preseason, but he's obviously not a quick healer. Noah's playing time is going to be very low all year, so he's not worth owning. Willy Hernangomez should get minutes off the bench while Justin Holiday also benefits due to more Kristaps Porzingis playing more center. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out against the Thunder
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not go through shootaround and the Wizards will just be safe with Mahinmi. He had surgery on left knee, so this is something different. There will be a couple extra minutes for Jason Smith tonight. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) did not participate during shootaround, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Mahinmi was also limited during Tuesday's practice, so he's probably much closer to doubtful for tonight's game. He's not worth owning anywhere, and his absence will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) out for 3 more games
    Dirk Nowtizki (Achilles) will miss at least the next three games for the Mavericks, and he's without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: On Tuesday, Rick Carlisle ruled Nowitzki out for Dallas' upcoming back-to-back set, but now we can go ahead and take Saturday's home game against the Bulls off the table as well. Dirk has only managed to suit up for five games this season, and given the Mavs record (3-13), there's no need for him to rush back to the team. Dorian Finney-Smith will continue to start in his absence, but Harrison Barnes is the true beneficiary. At 38 years old, Nowtizki is no longer worth a roster spot in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:25 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) a game-time decision
    Joakim Noah (sprained ankle) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with Portland.

    Advice: It's currently unclear if this is the same ankle that forced Noah to miss time during the preseason, but he does seem to always find a way to pop up on the injury report. He's posting just 14th round value on the year in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 4.0 points, 8.1 boards, 3.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 blocks per game, so he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Jeff Hornacek said he'd consider starting Kristaps Porzingis at the five if Noah is out. Wednesday, 8:48 am
  • Serge Ibaka leads Magic with 18 points
    Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds in a 95-83 win over the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Magic. Ibaka shot 7-of-11 from the field and added two assists, two steals, one block and two triples in 34 minutes. He's rolling over his last three games, averaging 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 triples in that span. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic plays 25 minutes off the bench
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, scoring 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row off the bench and Vucevic wasn't happy about the demotion, but he's still going to get his touches and the minutes will be there if Frank Vogel continues to use a three-man rotation in the frontcourt. Vooch had 17 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 30 minutes in his previous game, so his fantasy value should be fine. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes beast mode on Lakers
    Anthony Davis torched the Lakers for 41 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks, a 3-pointer and just one turnover in 41 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Wow. He had 75.7 Fanduel points, hit 14-of-27 shots and 12-of-14 free throws, so hopefully you didn't fade him tonight. Since scoring just 13 points in 19 minutes against the Hawks a week ago (when he tweaked his knee), he's scored at least 31 points in four straight games and is averaging 38.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 3-pointers and just 2.0 turnovers over that stretch. He's an obvious sell-high candidate based on his injury history, but that's easier said than done when you're enjoying the fruits of his labor right now. Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

    Advice: The Clippers probably don't need him to secure a win over the lowly Nets (4-12), so it makes sense to give Griffin the night off, but head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he'll be back in action for Thursday's game in Cleveland. Chris Paul will be running the show on offense tonight, and DeAndre Jordan could be looking at a 20-20 game, so both those guys look like solid DFS targets. Interestingly, when Griffin has been off the court this season, J.J. Redick's usage rate has spiked to 27.1, so he too could have a nice game against a terrible defensive team. Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) to miss 2 more games
    Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles tendon) will miss at least the Mavs' next two games.

    Advice: Dirk has simply not been able to shake the nagging Achilles injury that has plagued him since the start of the season. "He's making gradual progress but not enough to play him right now," coach Rick Carlisle said. With the Mavs in contention to finish with the league's worst record this season (and the top overall pick in a loaded 2017 NBA draft), Dallas has every reason to be exceedingly cautious with Dirk. The fantasy outlook for Nowitzki the rest of this season is dark and cloudy. Dorian Finney-Smith will likely continue to start in Nowitzki's absence, but will only see limited minutes. Harrison Barnes is the biggest fantasy beneficiary. Tuesday, 10:53 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) did some individual work on the side but did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mahinmi seems questionable at best for Wednesday night's game in OKC. He has played just 14 minutes this entire season, so this won't have significant fantasy implications, either way. Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • Doc Rivers to consider sitting his starters?
    On Tuesday, Doc Rivers said he would consider resting some of his players over the final three games of their current road trip.

    Advice: Rivers declined to give any details about which players he might sit, and/or during which games. The Clippers play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and then play in Cleveland on Thursday and at New Orleans on Friday in a back-to-back. This is obviously a situation we will keep an eye on. Encouragingly, Rivers did say that Blake Griffin's calf, which was kicked during last Friday's game in Detroit, was "fine." Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis goes off in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points, three 3-pointers, two steals and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He's pretty much just killing it these days, averaging 22.4 points, 7.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.2 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. If he starts stealing the ball, look out. Monday, 11:31 pm
  • Boogie Cousins drops 36 & 20 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 16-of-34 shots and a 3-pointer for 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 40 minutes of Monday's OT loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Steven Adams double-doubles on Monday
    Steven Adams went 7-of-11 from the field, scoring 14 points and grabbing 10 boards in 31 minutes against the Knicks.

    Advice: Adams recorded his third double-double in the month of November. He is averaging 31.2 minutes per game this season and accounts for 25.4 percent of the Thunder’s rebounds. Despite a low usage rate, his contributions under the rim, his field goal percentage, and ability to block shots, make him a decent center option in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:56 pm
  • Enes Kanter has big night vs. Knicks
    Enes Kanter went 12-of-17 from the field, scoring 27 points, grabbing 10 rebounds, and blocking three shots in 28 minutes on Monday night.

    Advice: Kanter was very efficient when he was on the court against the Knicks, recording a double-double in 28 minutes of play. He is averaging 19.2 minutes per game, but has played over 20 minutes in three of his last six games off of the bench. Since November 7th, he is averaging 15.8 points, eight rebounds, and one block per game, in any game he has played more than 20 minutes. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside posts monster line Monday
    Hassan Whiteside, who was iffy coming into Monday night with a knee injury, hit 10-of-13 shots for 25 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: He hit just 5-of-10 free throws, but coming through with the monster line after it looked like he might not even play was huge. He's been the best fantasy center in the game this season and has already racked up 14 double-doubles in his 17 games. Monday, 7:38 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) is starting Monday
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is starting against the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: He made it through warmups unscathed and the good news is that the MRI results came back negative. We'll let you know how he looks after the game, but he belongs in all season-long lineups. Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) is a game-time call
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is a game-time call vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Whiteside's MRI came back clean and it's a good sign that he's warming up. We should have another update within the hour, but expect Willie Reed to step up if Whiteside can't go. Monday, 2:53 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out Monday vs. Sacramento
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Mahinmi made his regular-season debut on Saturday, logging 14 minutes off the bench, and the positive here would be that this is Mahinmi's good knee. He'll miss Monday's game, and his minutes will likely be divvied up between Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, but none of these guys matter in most leagues. For now, we'll consider Mahinmi questionable for Wednesday's game in OKC. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) questionable Monday
    Hassan Whiteside (left knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Whiteside's left knee was an issue during the preseason, but this is the first mention of it since the regular season started. He's likely dealing with soreness, but the Heat may be cautious since they currently have a 5-11 record. He will have an MRI later this afternoon, so we'll know more shortly. Willie Reed (knee) is expected to be available Monday and could be in line for a sizable workload if Whiteside sits. Monday, 9:32 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) has some minor swelling
    Blake Griffin said after Sunday's loss to the Clippers that he some swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Griffin was kicked in the calf during Friday's game against the Pistons and wore a sleeve on his right leg on Sunday to provide some extra support for his knee. It sounds like the injury is minor and it shouldn't be a long-term concern, but it's worth noting that the Clippers play the 4-12 Nets on Tuesday. For now, we'll keep Griffin off the injury report. Monday, 8:01 am
  • Nikola Vucevic not happy about role change
    Nikola Vucevic said that he wasn't happy with coach Frank Vogel's decision to bring him off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: "I didn't think there was a reason for me to go to the bench. But it's Coach's decision," Vucevic said. "All I can do is control what I can control, which is when I'm on the court [to] play to the best of my ability and help the team and stay professional. Whatever is going on, I will keep giving my best and my full effort." The move may have motivated Vucevic, as he scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 30 minutes, and he played almost three more minutes than his season average. Whether he's starting or not, Vucevic's fantasy value should be safe. Monday, 6:36 am
  • Joerger praises DeMarcus Cousins
    Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: "[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process. Monday, 6:20 am
  • Dwight Powell gets five steals in 26 minutes
    Dwight Powell came off the bench on Sunday for four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and a career-high five steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Powell tied a Mavericks record for most steals in a game by a center, the position he was playing in a small-ball attack vs. the Pelicans tonight. His efforts helped snap a brutal eight-game skid and he's averaging a steady 1.3 steals per game this year, but he's done little else to recommend himself in 12-team formats. Nov 27, 7:34 pm
  • Anthony Davis' 36 & 13 not enough vs. Dallas
    Anthony Davis exploded for 36 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-22 FGs and 12-of-14 FTs in a losing effort.

    Advice: Davis padded his league-leading scoring average of 31.3 points per game and continues to hold down the No. 1 spot for roto value. Unfortunately, he got absolutely no help tonight with his teammates shooting a combined 18-of-55 from the field (32.7 percent) against one of the league's worst defenses. They'll look to get back on track vs. the visiting Lakers on Tuesday. Nov 27, 7:31 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic benched, still gets 17 & 16
    Nikola Vucevic shifted to the bench on Sunday, where he posted 17 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo got the start tonight as coach Frank Vogel thoroughly shook up his starting rotation with three new starters. The decision to bench Vuc was even more surprising since he came in red hot, averaging 19.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in his previous two games. Vuc still played 30 minutes tonight, including some time alongside Biyombo, and his owners obviously shouldn't overreact to the perceived demotion. Nov 27, 7:00 pm
  • Kosta Koufos quiet in 26 minutes as starter
    Kosta Koufos started vs. the Nets on Sunday and had six points, two rebounds and two turnovers in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nets play with the fastest pace in the league so it was an interesting choice by coach Dave Joerger to start Koufos ahead of Matt Barnes. Tonight's line simply affirms what fantasy owners already know -- there's no reason to touch Koufos outside of very deep leagues. Nov 27, 6:14 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins notches 37 & 11 w/ full line
    DeMarcus Cousins piled up 37 points, 11 rebounds, four 3-pointers, four steals, two assists and one block during Sunday's game in Brooklyn, making 13-of-24 field goals and 7-of-9 free throws.

    Advice: The Kings got off on the right foot to start a six-game road trip that includes matchups vs. the Wizards, 76ers, Celtics, Knicks and Mavericks. The only bad news for Cousins' owners tonight is that he picked up his sixth technical foul for hitting Luis Scola in the mouth after a shot attempt. It may have been inadvertent, however, so there's a chance the league will rescind the tech upon further review. Nov 27, 6:13 pm
  • Tyson Chandler double-doubles in 38 minutes
    Tyson Chandler posted a 10-point, 15-board double-double in 38 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: He went 5-of-6 from the field and also managed to swat away two shots, and it looks like he's going to be the starting center in Phoenix moving forward. Chandler rarely contributes much on the defensive end, so he's basically just a rebounding specialist who can boost your field goal percentage. Nov 27, 4:15 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles in 31 minutes
    Nikola Jokic double-doubled in 31 minutes off the bench on Sunday, producing 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Jokic has excelled off the bench for the Nuggets, and since the demotion he's returned top-80 value in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 9.6 points, 7.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 0.9 blocks and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field and 82.4 percent from the stripe. The 31 minutes were the most he's played since the second game of the season, so hopefully things continue to trend in this very positive direction. Nov 27, 3:52 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 16 minutes on Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was only on the floor for 16 minutes during Sunday's 120-114 win over the Suns, ending his evening with just eight points, six boards, two assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Nurkic's value has been trending in the wrong direction ever since Nikola Jokic went to the bench, and at this point it's looking like a trade is going to be the only thing that can rectify his season. Since Jokic went to the bench seven games ago, Nurkic has been abysmal with averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 boards and just 0.7 swats per game while hitting just 35.3 percent of his freebies. Those numbers have him ranked well outside the top-250, but he still has way too much upside to outright cut. Nov 27, 3:40 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts again vs. BKN on Sunday
    Kosta Koufos started alongside DeMarcus Cousins on Sunday, sending Matt Barnes to the bench.

    Advice: Koufos has negligible fantasy upside whether he's starting or coming off the bench -- leave him on the wire. Nov 27, 3:13 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) ruled out Sunday
    Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) will not play against the Pelicans on Sunday.

    Advice: He has been back in action for the previous two at 23.5 minutes per game, but the Mavs just want to be careful on their Hall of Fame forward. Coach Rick Carlisle said a full recovery for Nowitzki is "going to take some time ... My hope is that is that [Dirk's recovery] can be complete some time in December." He's going to be very annoying to own in standard leagues. In the meantime, the Mavs will go smaller with Harrison Barnes at the four with more Justin Anderson, Dorian Finney-Smith and Dwight Powell. Nov 27, 2:28 pm
  • Vucevic to bench, Bismack Biyombo starting
    Nikola Vucevic will move the bench against the Bucks on Sunday with Bismack Biyombo starting ahead of him.

    Advice: Wow. Coach Frank Vogel is really shaking things up tonight after Vooch turned in two really good games heading into this one. It's likely just about the combos and Vucevic's minutes shouldn't dip too much. Plus, Vogel is likely just going to roll with a three-man big rotation. Vucevic's owners shouldn't worry here. Nov 27, 2:21 pm
  • Tyson Chandler starting, Len to the bench
    Tyson Chandler will replace Alex Len in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Len's value is going to take a pretty significant hit with the demotion to the second-unit, so he's now off the radar as a DFS option. Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, P.J. Tucker and Marquese Chriss will join Chandler in the starting five for today's game, and this will be the first time we've seen this group together this season. Nov 27, 11:51 am
  • Joakim Noah says he needs to play better
    A frustrated Joakim Noah said that he knows he needs to play better.

    Advice: "I think everybody [wants to play down the stretch of games]," Noah said. "But those are not things I can control. All I can control is my progress. I need to play better and I will. I just got to stay working." He hit rock bottom on Saturday with just 13 minutes against the Hornets, but he didn't use his illness as an excuse. Until he shows us something, Noah belongs on the wire in most leagues. Nov 27, 8:20 am
  • Nowitzki, Williams questionable for Sunday
    Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) and Deron Williams (calf) are questionable for Sunday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Nowitzki has played in two straight games, but it's not clear if the Mavs want to rest him or if he suffered a minor setback. We'll know more after the morning shootaround. If Nowitzki sits, the Mavs could go small with Harrison Barnes at the four which would open up more minutes off the bench for guys like Dwight Powell and Justin Anderson. All of the veterans in Dallas are going to be annoying to own in fantasy with the Mavs tanking. Nov 27, 6:09 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 25 points in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 25 points in a 107-102 loss against the Hornets on Saturday, adding six rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Knicks fall back to .500 on the season at 8-8 with this loss. Coach Jeff Hornacek has also kept his word to give Porzingis more shots late. Before this weekend, KP only had one shot in 12 minutes of clutch time, but he had four of those in two minutes this weekend. Porzingis is going to be good for a long time and is already the most valuable Knick in fantasy. Nov 26, 7:31 pm
  • Joakim Noah turns in a 0.0 usage rate
    Joakim Noah didn't take any shots or turn the ball over in 12 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday, adding three rebounds.

    Advice: He had the ol' 0.0 usage rate for the seventh time in his career and first time since 2008. Noah's minutes are going to stay somewhat low all year, so fantasy owners may not want to even bother. Nov 26, 7:14 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi makes his season debut
    Ian Mahinmi played 14 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with one rebound, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The rust was apparent for his first game of the season. Mahinmi was not moving very well out there and looked tired out there. He could get close to 20 minutes than this, but the Wizards will keep his playing time down as long as Marcin Gortat is healthy. He's only a desperation handcuff in deep leagues. Nov 26, 6:24 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will make season debut
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will his make season debut against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been doing some 4-on-4 work since last week, but he will have his minutes monitored for tonight. While the Wizards paid up to get Mahinmi, he shouldn't affect Marcin Gortat too much. Mahinmi is only worth a look in deep leagues. Nov 26, 2:22 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 32, makes 5 treys
    DeMarcus Cousins made a career-high five 3-pointers during a 117-104 loss to the Rockets on Friday, finishing with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and five blocks in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's three 30-point games for Cousins in his last four an average of 2.8 treys per game in that span. Before this game, Boogie came in making 37.0 on catch-and-shoot treys, so he's grown in that department. The bad news is the Kings haven't had much success when Boogie scores 30, winning just one of seven games on the year. Cousins is on the rise and could have first-round value this year after a disappointing 2015-16. Nov 25, 11:41 pm
  • Tyson Chandler scores six in 11 minutes
    Tyson Chandler returned on Friday with six points, seven rebounds and one turnover in 11 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: After the game, coach Earl Watson talked about Chandler looking good and said he makes an impact every time he steps on the floor. The Suns continue to hint about playing their young guys, so Chandler's minutes may continue to stay closer to 20. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach unless they need boards badly. Nov 25, 10:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis drops 31 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes vs. the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Pelicans. It was just another day at the office for Davis, as he registered a season-high five blocks with his 11th game of 30 or more points on the season. Davis is the No. 1 player in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, so his trade value can't be any higher. Nov 25, 10:40 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside fouls out on Friday
    Hassan Whiteside fouled out in 27 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday with four points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: It's the first time he fouled out this season. Whiteside's fouls have seen a slight uptick to 3.3 per game, but that's not too surprising with his 3.7 minute increase. While he has slowed down offensively with just 10 points combined in his last two, there's no need to worry. Nov 25, 10:27 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 16 points vs. CHA
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 16 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, three blocks and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes during an overtime loss to the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: His rim protection was fantastic tonight, especially with his two blocks on Cody Zeller and Frank Kaminsky. Porzingis said this week his experience is helping him know how to use his length, which is showing on both ends. Coach Jeff Horacek also used KP at the five in overtime, so that is another positive for tonight. Porzingis is just cruising with top-20 value on the year and looks like a monster all year. Unicorns are just really friendly monsters, right? Nov 25, 9:34 pm
  • Joakim Noah returns with 18 minutes
    Joakim Noah played 18 minutes in his return to the lineup on Friday, finishing with six points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and no turnovers.

    Advice: He said he had a bad illness the past few days and it felt good to play today. Noah did add he's at 100 percent, so the low playing time may be about the back-to-back set. With Willy Hernangomez coming on, the Knicks may keep Noah's minutes around 20 most nights. Nov 25, 9:16 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 12 points vs. OKC
    Kenneth Faried got back into double-digits on Friday with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds, two blocks, one assist and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Faried isn't known for his defense or shot-blocking, but he swatted away a potentially game-winning layup by Russell Westbrook at the buzzer in regulation (the Nuggets still lost in OT). Faried's starting gig hasn't resulted in many more minutes or higher usage, so he's still just a low-end option. Nov 25, 9:09 pm
  • Steven Adams struggles w/ foul trouble Friday
    Steven Adams was saddled with foul trouble for most of Friday's game in Denver, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Adams scored 20 points on Tuesday and he's dismissed concerns about his injured right hand, so owners just have to shrug off tonight's quiet performance. His foul trouble was part of the reason the Nuggets scored 62 points in the paint, but OKC overcame the disadvantage to steal a 132-129 win in overtime. Adams, who has returned top-75 value in 8-cat and 9-cat, draws a tough matchup vs. Andre Drummond on Saturday. Nov 25, 9:06 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts understated line Friday
    Nikola Jokic chipped in seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' tough home loss on Friday.

    Advice: Jokic has found his rhythm after moving to the bench, and over the past five games he's averaging a steady 8.8 points on 57.6 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 blocks. It's not ideal, but he's doing enough to maintain a roster spot in all formats. Nov 25, 9:06 pm
  • Joffrey Lauvergne scores season-high 15 pts
    Joffrey Lauvergne got hot off the bench vs. Denver on Friday, hitting 6-of-8 shots for a season-high 15 points with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, one steal and one block in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams' foul trouble resulted in more minutes for Lauvergne, who has yet to score double-digit points in consecutive games this season. He's shooting the lights out lately but doesn't get enough playing time to be worth adding in standard leagues. Nov 25, 9:01 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 27 minutes in blowout
    Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points, six rebounds and three assists in his second game back from an Achilles injury, making 7-of-18 shots in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs are wisely keeping Dirk on a minute-limit for now, but tonight's low playing time was also a result of the score -- Dallas was trailing by nearly 40 points when Nowitzki took a seat for good. His playing time should creep into the 30-minute mark before long, and he shouldn't be on any waiver wires. Nov 25, 7:13 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 17 in big stat line
    Nikola Vucevic filled the stat sheet during a 94-91 loss to the Wizards on Friday, scoring 17 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That's two really good games in a row for Vooch with a 21-point, 13-board game coming on Wednesday. On the year, Vucevic's shot distribution is very similar to last year, but he's missing shots in all different areas on the court while his usage is also noticeably down. He's going to be better than he has to date, so there's still a buy-low window here even after these two gems. Nov 25, 6:55 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He took a bad fall in the second half in a collision under the basket with Otto Porter. Ibaka landed on his tailbone, but was also grabbing his wrist after the game. For now, he looks to be fine. His fantasy value is also fine in his last five averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He's on a roll and shows no signs of slowing down. Nov 25, 6:51 pm
  • Tyson Chandler will come off the bench
    Tyson Chandler will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Alex Len is going to draw the start, but coach Earl Watson said he wants to give Chandler minutes. Assuming he's still ahead of Alan Williams, Chandler is worth a look if you're specifically targeting rebounds. Nov 25, 5:39 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) out next three games
    Kevin Seraphin (knee) will miss the next three games for the Pacers.

    Advice: This means the earliest he could return would be on Dec. 4 vs. the Clippers. Serpaphin has a very limited role anyways, but Al Jefferson may pick up a few extra minutes off the bench. Nov 25, 5:28 pm
  • Watson wants to play Tyson Chandler Friday
    Suns coach Earl Watson wants to play Tyson Chandler on Friday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He's back with the team and is available to play, but it's still not clear if he will start over Alex Len. We'll have an update shortly, but Chandler is just a rebounding specialist in standard leagues. Nov 25, 4:33 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn returns to the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the expected move with Joakim Noah (illness) back in the starting lineup. KOQ is only relevant in very deep leagues. Nov 25, 3:51 pm
  • Tyson Chandler available to play
    Tyson Chandler is available to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Whether he starts or not will depend on his pre-game workout. Chandler has played just one game since Nov. 7, so there should be some rust for the 34-year-old big man. Alex Len should still get minutes in the upper 20s tonight, but Alan Williams likely stays out of the rotation. Nov 25, 1:59 pm
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