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  • Kenneth Faried (back) returns to game
    Kenneth Faried (back) has returned to Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He was considered questionable to return after leaving the game in the third quarter due to tightness in his lower back, but he appears to be fine out there. We'll have another update after the game. Rotoworld.com 37 minutes ago
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 27 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 points (10-of-18 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs) with 16 rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Towns has made an effort to find his shot earlier in games and it's paying dividends, as he's averaging 11.4 points in the first quarter of his last five games. "Just wanted to do what I can to get us W’s and make it as easy as I can for us as a whole to try to get wins," Towns said. "I felt that me being more aggressive in the first quarter would help us a little more, and I’m glad that it’s been working so far. I’ll keep riding the train." If he keeps this up, Towns should be a top-10 option the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:48 pm
  • Rajon Rondo fading, scores zero Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo played 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday but missed all four of his shots and failed to score, finishing with just three rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Mavs.

    Advice: Rondo is fading fast, hasn't scored more than six points in any of his last four games, and is averaging just 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 0.5 steals over his last four games, while hitting just 6-of-25 shots over that stretch. There are simply better players to spend your time and effort on than Rondo right now, but he's probably still worth holding in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:19 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 29 in win over MIN
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting vs. the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: Aldridge was coming off a rough three-game stretch in which he averaged 13.7 points per game, but got back on track tonight. He grabbed four rebounds with three assists and two blocks, finishing 5-of-6 from the free throw line. He should be able to build off this momentum in a favorable matchup vs. the Nuggets on Thursday -- Aldridge dropped 28 points against the Nuggets on Jan. 5. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:17 pm
  • James Johnson fills stat sheet again for Heat
    James Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He didn't have a block and committed five turnovers, but he's basically putting up some variation of this line, minus the TOs, every night. He's a must-own player for the time being. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:25 pm
  • Tarik Black (left ankle) is available
    Tarik Black (left ankle) is available for Tuesday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He's averaging 15.8 minutes over his last five games, so he shouldn't be on most fantasy rosters. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:55 pm
  • Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play Tuesday
    Kyle Lowry (rest) will not play Tuesday vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Nothing like a very late and unexpected lineup change involving a stud to send DFS players scrambling at the last minute... The Raps announced that "Lowry will dress but likely not play to rest bumps/bruises." Safe to assume that playing the last-place Nets factored into Toronto's thought process, in addition to the fact that this is the front-end of a back-to-back for the Raps. Cory Joseph will replace Lowry in the lineup on Tuesday. Lowry should be ready to roll on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:17 pm
  • Steven Adams (concussion) out Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Steven Adams has officially been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's still going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and he won't be able to return until he clears all the necessary steps. Because the Warriors like to play small, Jerami Grant could be looking at another start sans Adams, and Enes Kanter should see his minutes closer to the 30-minute mark. After Wednesday, the Thunder don't play again until Monday vs. the Jazz, so this might only end up being a two-game absence for Adams. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:57 pm
  • Gibson (ankle) out, Zipser likely to start
    Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Mavs, and Paul Zipser is expected to get the start in his place.

    Advice: Zipser only saw 15 minutes of action in his previous start, so we wouldn't get too hyped up about him sticking in the starting five. Nikola Mirotic (illness) will be returning from a four-game absence today, and it'll likely be him and Doug McDermott splitting the majority of Gibson's minutes. Fred Hoiberg described Gibson's absence as precautionary and said it's unlikely that he'll need to undergo an MRI, so chances are he'll be able to return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:22 pm
  • Omri Casspi (calf) set to miss 1-2 weeks
    Omri Casspi will miss the next 1-2 weeks of action with a right calf injury.

    Advice: Casspi randomly moves in and out of the rotation in Sacramento, so this injury won't have any major consequences in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:19 pm
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  • Steven Adams listed as out for Wednesday
    Steven Adams (concussion) is being listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Warriors.

    Advice: To be clear, this report is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, so we'd recommend checking back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Jerami Grant got the start in his place on Monday night vs. the Clippers, although the game was a massive blowout, so head coach Billy Donovan might want to rethink that strategy. If Adams can't give it a go on Wednesday, both Grant and Enes Kanter should see an uptick in minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:27 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis could return Wednesday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) could get back to the court for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Head coach Jeff Hornacek also hinted that he'd like to start Porzingis at center with Carmelo Anthony moving to the four-spot, a move that would result in Joakim Noah going to the bench, and that demotion likely wouldn't go over very well with the underperforming 31-year-old center who is due $17 million this season. The losses in New York have been piling up as of late, so Hornacek needs to make some changes, even if it upsets the veterans. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:15 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Tarik Black (left ankle) is expected to play Tuesday vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was a full participant during shootaround, so he should be out there tonight. However, Black is only averaging 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season, so his playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:24 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Okafor has played in each of the Sixers last two contests (the first time he has played in consecutive since late December) due to Joel Embiid resting on Saturday and Nerlens Noel (ankle) missing Monday's game. Okafor has "some soreness" in his ankle, but is expected to be healthy enough to play on Wednesday. Noel is currently questionable for Wednesday, so Okafor could again see significant minutes if Noel is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:35 am
  • Ty Lawson (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Ty Lawson (ankle) is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Lawson twisted his left ankle in the second half of the Sunday's game vs. OKC and was unable to return. However, it appears that the injury is minor and that Lawson "isn't expecting to miss" the Kings next game, which is Wednesday vs. Indiana. Stay tuned for a formal update from the team regarding his status. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:12 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 20 with five triples
    J.J. Redick scored 20 points with five 3-pointers in Monday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-15 from the field in just 27 minutes, adding two assists, one rebound and two steals. Redick is rolling with averages of 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 3.8 triples over his last five games, but expect his numbers to take a hit when Blake Griffin (knee) returns in the near future. Chris Paul (sprained thumb) picked up an injury tonight, but Redick won't benefit as much if CP3 misses time because his usage rate, true shooting percentage and offensive rating are lower when CP3 isn't on the court. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores 11 in start for Jazz
    Joe Ingles started for Rodney Hood (knee) and hit 4-of-6 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 34 minutes of Monday's 106-101 win over the Suns.

    Advice: The Jazz play two more times this week, meaning Ingles should have at least a couple more starts in him with Hood out for at least a couple weeks. If you have dead weight you want to cut to take advantage of Ingles' new opportunity, go for it. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Faried scores 20 points in season-high 33 min
    Kenneth Faried started at power forward in Denver's win over the Magic and finished with 20 points (on 10-of-12 shooting), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in a season-high 33 minutes.

    Advice: Faried replaced Wilson Chandler in the starting lineup on Monday and rewarded coach Mike Malone's decision. It's just the third time this season Faried has cracked the 20-point plateau, and the first time he's played more than 30 minutes. Darrell Arthur (knee) didn't play, which opened up some extra time for Faried. It was Faried's first start since December 12th, so it will be interesting to see if Malone decides to go back to Chandler or stick with The Manimal in Denver's next game on Tuesday vs. the Lakers Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Joe Ingles will start Monday vs. Phoenix
    Joe Ingles will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Suns, with Rodney Hood (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: Hood is expected to miss the next two weeks of action, so Ingles is worth a look in most leagues if you've got someone to cut. In three starts this season, Ingles has compiled averages of 13.7 points, 4.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.0 triples per contest on 56.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:55 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 10 points off bench
    Jahlil Okafor returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight and also hit a pair of free throws. Okafor wasn't initially expected to play with Joel Embiid returning from a rest day, but Nerlens Noel was ruled out with an ankle sprain so Okafor took over as the backup center. 76ers' reporter Keith Pompey hinted that the team is showcasing Okafor for a trade, so if you need a big and you have a roster spot it's not a bad idea to stash him through the trade deadline. If Noel returns on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, Okafor might fall back out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Faried starting, Chandler headed to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move into the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Magic, sending Wilson Chandler to the bench.

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

    Advice: Black was previously dealing with a right ankle sprain, so this is a new injury. If he's out, Thomas Robinson would likely soak up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much, as Black only averages 15 minutes a night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:00 pm
  • Steven Adams (concussion) out Monday vs. LAC
    Steven Adams has been diagnosed with a concussion and he will not play Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Adams won't be able to return until he clears the league-mandated concussion protocol testing, and whether or not Enes Kanter moves into the starting five, he's sure to be flirting with minutes in the 30s so he could have a huge game tonight. For now, we'll be considering Adams questionable for Wednesday's game in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench Monday
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Okafor actually had a nice line in his previous outing with Joel Embiid resting, but with Embiid back in action and Nerlens Noel serving as his primary backup, Okafor is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Update: Kristaps Porzingis won't play Monday
    Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He was supposed to warm up and was considered a game-time call after going through shootaround, but the Knicks are ruling him out well before tip-off which is a bit concerning. This will now be his third game in a row on the shelf and his sixth missed game of the season due to his lingering Achilles issue. The Knicks were contemplating starting Porzingis at the five in place of Joakim Noah if he was cleared, so it's going to be interesting to see which direction they go. Mindaugas Kuzminskas is a candidate to see a sizable workload with Lance Thomas (face) also out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:48 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis is a game-time call Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Porzingis said he felt good during the morning shootaround, but he will see how his Achilles responds in the pre-game warmups before making a final decision. It sounds like has a great chance to play vs. the Hawks and it's worth noting that Porzingis was previously targeting this game for his return. With Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be asked to take on a larger role if KP can't play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:24 am
  • Steven Adams scores six points, exits game
    Steven Adams (head) scored six points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: Adams left the game after hitting his head on the floor and never returned, as he was being evaluated for a concussion. The Thunder play against the Clippers on Monday, so if Adams did indeed suffer a concussion, he will almost certainly miss that contest. If that is the case, Enes Kanter will see a boost and becomes an enticing DFS value play. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:42 pm
  • Ty Lawson exits Sunday's game vs. OKC
    Ty Lawson (ankle) twisted his left ankle and will miss the remainder of Sunday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Lawson played 20 minutes and scored four points with four assists, one rebound and one steal before leaving the game. If he misses any time, Darren Collison and Garrett Temple will get a boost. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:22 pm
  • Steven Adams exits game vs. Kings
    Steven Adams (head) will not return to Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He is being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and will miss the remainder of tonight's game. Enes Kanter will move into the starting lineup and see a boost in production, if Adams misses any time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:52 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 16 points with full line
    Kyle Lowry scored 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry finished the game with a plus/minus rating of +35, and he ranks No. 6 overall on the year in total plus/minus with 323. He's had a strong first half of the year, churning out first-round value while hitting career-highs in points (22.4), triples (3.3), field goal percentage (47.8) and 3-point percentage (51.0), so hopefully he can avoid the injury bug to close out the year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:36 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Towns has crept into the first-round equation with averages of 22.3 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 91.4 percent shooting from the stripe. He should be able to finish the second half of the season as a first-round stud. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:36 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play on Sunday vs. the Raptors as expected.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row and his fifth total game of the season with his lingering Achilles issue. Porzingis simply needs rest to get right and the Knicks obviously want to be cautious, but he did say that he was hopeful to play on Monday vs. the Hawks. Lance Thomas could draw another start, but he has very little upside. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 19 points off the bench in his last outing and is worth a look as a punt in DFS, while Carmelo Anthony gets a sizable usage bump with Porzingis on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:33 am
  • Joe Ingles scores eight points in 10 mins
    Joe Ingles scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 10 minutes against Orlando on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not see much run in this contest, but Rodney Hood (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee tonight, so Ingles could be in for a larger role if Hood misses. In the five games that Hood has missed this season, Ingles is averaging 33.4 minutes, 15.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals, while making 17 3-pointers during that stretch. He can be considered a DFS value play if Hood is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 pm
    Player Note
    Joe Ingles Uta - SG,SF
     
  • Unprocessed: Jahlil Okafor scores 26 points
    Jahlil Okafor went off in his start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards during a 109-93 loss on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Nerlens Noel also sprained his ankle and was in foul trouble, so Okafor saw some serious burn as the only other active center. In his halftime interview, Okafor said he put in extra work for this game because he knew this was his chance. As encouraging as this was, the 76ers were ripping off wins before with Okafor out of the lineup, so he's likely going to fall out of the rotation again. Maybe this game will make teams more willing to trade for him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores six points
    Rajon Rondo scored six points off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up 100 percent of the backup point guard minutes, but he did only play two minutes in the fourth quarter. Rondo is clearly behind Michael Carter-Williams for now, so the needle hasn't moved on his enough to add him in standard leagues. If you're desperate for a point guard in a deep league, feel free to give him a look to see if anything changes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:50 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays great vs. Pelicans
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: With Nikola Mirotic (illness) out and the Bulls having a lead, Gibson got all he could eat in this game. He also did attempt two threes, which he missed, of course. Gibson should have a big opportunity again on Sunday with Mirotic out and going against a big team in the Grizzlies. He's a low-end big in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor to start for The Process (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a huge spot for Okafor, who figures to slide into Embiid's 28-minute role. There should still be about 20-26 minutes of Nerlens Noel, so keep him rolling in all lineups tonight and in DFS, too. Okafor can be left on the wire in shallower formats and needs a trade for value. Additionally, Marcin Gortat could have a big game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • Rajon Rondo remains in the rotation vs. NO
    Rajon Rondo will remain in the rotation on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: That means Jerian Grant is likely out of the rotation now that Jimmy Butler is back from illness. Rondo is still not worth owning, especially with the Bulls going with more no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:27 pm
  • Porzingis (Achilles) unlikely to play Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) told reporters that he "probably" won't play Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

    Advice: Things are trending in the wrong direction for Porzingis, who has missed four of the Knicks last eight games. Achilles injuries can be tricky and typically only get better with rest. The Knicks have to think long-term with their prized 21-year phenom, and will likely err on the side of caution. Expect Lance Thomas to start on Sunday, with Mindaugas Kuzminskas coming off the bench. Kuz, fresh off a career-high 19 points, is the preferable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:07 am
  • Porzingis (Achilles) questionable for Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis would be held out of practice on Saturday, so listing KP as questionable is certainly not surprising. We likely won't have true clarity on this situation until Sunday morning. It is also worth noting that the Knicks play the second game of a back-to-back on Monday afternoon and 11 games over the next 18 days. Yes, the Knicks want to win games, but New York also needs to be careful with their franchise cornerstone. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:27 am
  • Ty Lawson scores 17 points vs. Cavs
    Ty Lawson scored 17 points with four rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 26 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: The Kings are really starting to ditch the two-PG lineups, which is going to hurt Lawson and Darren Collison, who scored 13 points with one rebound, four assists and two 3-pointers. Lawson is trending back down and is only a borderline asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 with 17 boards
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Thunder during a big 96-86 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: And here comes the Wolves. After a big win against the Rockets on Wednesday, they now are on their longest winning streak with three wins in a row. Towns is also looking like the player his fantasy owners drafted over his last five, averaging 24.4 points, 14.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys on 57.8 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. We're expecting him to turn in early-first value in standard leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Kyle Lowry drops massive stat line in win
    Kyle Lowry filled it up against the Nets during a 132-113 win on Friday, scoring 20 points with six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Those 132 points are a franchise record in a non-OT game. Obviously Lowry's fantasy owners know how good Lowry is with his No. 8 rank on the season, but Lowry is still under appreciated in most NBA circles. Lowry has a 2015-16 Steph-like 64.2 true shooting percentage and is second in the Eastern Conference for real plus minus. He should be starting in the All-Star Game. He may not be this good the rest of the way, but he should still be able to post elite value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:31 pm
  • James Johnson hands out 12 assists in loss
    James Johnson double-doubled with 10 points and 12 assists in Friday's loss vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: You read that right. The 12 assists were obviously a career-high, beating his previous mark of eight set back in 2014. Johnson played some more center tonight with Willie Reed out and logged 38 minutes, shooting 4-of-7 from the field with two rebounds, two blocks and a triple. He's a workhorse for coach Erik Spoelstra and could be a beast the rest of the way if the Heat don't add any forwards at the before the trade deadline. He's a must-own player for his ability to stuff the stat sheet in multiple categories. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Porzingis (Achilles) questionable for Sunday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) probably will be held out of practice on Friday and Saturday.

    Advice: Porzingis missed Thursday's game due to a nagging Achilles injury that cost him three straight games earlier this month. Hornacek said he received a text from Porzingis on Thursday afternoon, telling him he was really sore. "It flared up again, so the trainers will continue to look at it," Hornacek said. Hornacek did say an MRI exam already has been taken to rule out the possibility of a slight tear that could get worse. Porzingis owners will simply have to be patient and wait for an update regarding New York's next game, which is Sunday in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:48 am
  • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Thursday January 12. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:37 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge returned to action on Thursday January 12. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:37 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scored 13 points vs. LA
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 13 points in 24 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday with four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: His 3-pointer was a lucky bank shot and just about everything was dropping for the Spurs tonight. Before this garbage time-filled game and LMA's DNP on Tuesday, he was playing a whopping 35.0 minutes per game in his first four January outings. He's also played lights out in those, averaging 23.3 points, 8.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 0.8 treys. There will be rest, but Aldridge looks like an early-round guy per game going forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:48 pm
  • Rajon Rondo plays 23 minutes in loss
    Rajon Rondo played 23 minutes and hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: The Bulls were awful in the third quarter and Fred Hoiberg went with his bench for most of the fourth. Rondo played seven more minutes than starter Michael Carter-Williams tonight, but it probably doesn't mean too much, as they were both outplayed by Jerian Grant. Rondo's poor shooting from both the field and the free throw line, along with his seven points per game, make him a shaky fantasy investment, unless you're desperate at point guard. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:04 pm
  • Taj Gibson quiet in loss to Knicks
    Taj Gibson played just 25 minutes and had 12 points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

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

    Advice: He missed Tuesday due to an illness, which is pretty common these days. Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard and Pau Gasol will also be in the starting lineup. Much like last season, Aldridge is starting to heat up after a slow start. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: This is the same left Achilles soreness that kept Porzingis out for three games. He's really looked off in the last two games, making just 6-of-23 from the field with only seven total boards. Perhaps the Achilles is still limiting him, so sitting him on a back-to-back makes sense. With KP out, it'll be Lance Thomas likely to start with Mindaugas Kuzminskas backing him up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 15 points vs. Indiana
    Kenneth Faried scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in just 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: All six of his makes were at the rim and his four offensive boards led to five points for him. Faried is in a bit of a position battle for Jusuf Nurkic for the backup five spot with Faried about a third of his minutes at the four today. He could be worth owning due to a trade possibly helping him out, but there will be several bad games with an unclear role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:34 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) will play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is available to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He missed practice on Wednesday and it's unclear when he started getting sick. The Nuggets did post some pictures of Faried around town in London, so his illness doesn't sound too bad. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:41 am
  • Rajon Rondo will be the sixth man on Thursday
    Rajon Rondo will be the sixth man off the bench on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Rondo was in the doghouse with five straight DNP-CDs, but he returned to the rotation on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and hit 6-of-13 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in 27 minutes. With Jimmy Butler (illness) out again, Rondo is looking at another decent workload. If you want to take a chance on him, now would be the time to pick him back up with three more games on the schedule this week. He will need another strong game in order to keep his spot in the rotation with Butler expected back on Saturday, but coach Fred Hoiberg did say that he wants Rondo to be the leader of the second unit moving forward. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:09 am
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) now expected to play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is now expected to play on Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable after missing Wednesday's practice. With Nikola Jokic returning from an illness, the Nuggets will have to decide whether Faried or Jusuf Nurkic gets the backup center minutes Thursday. However, Darrell Arthur (leg) and Wilson Chandler (illness) are questionable, so their absence could open up some more minutes. Faried is on the trading block and really needs a move in order to have value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 am
  • J.J. Redick: 22 pts w/ season-high five dimes
    J.J. Redick scored 22 points on 7-of-16 FGs and 5-of-7 FTs vs. the Magic on Wednesday, adding a season-high five assists and six rebounds in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Redick's six rebounds were his second-highest total of the season, trailing only Sunday's total of seven boards, and he's been terrific in the month of January. He added three 3-pointers and one block without a single turnover tonight, and needs to be started in all leagues until (or unless) he cools off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:35 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns gets 23 & 18 in win vs HOU
    The Wolves upset the visiting Rockets on Wednesday, aided by Karl-Anthony Towns' 23 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal.

    Advice: KAT has nine straight double-doubles and 29 on the season, which is third in the league behind the usual suspects -- Russell Westbrook and James Harden. He made 10-of-17 shots tonight, with a 3-of-4 mark at the line, and is toying with first-round value (8-cat) over the past month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 12 in 39 minutes
    Steven Adams scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Thunder went with the big lineup with Adams and Enes Kanter for 21 minutes tonight and it worked with a +24.9 net rating. It's also been successful all season with a +13.2 net rating in 260 total minutes. As for Adams himself, his minutes are on the rise with 34 per game in January. He's a solid mid-round player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets third straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor picked up his third straight DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Okafor said recently that he's "not the type of player that’s DNP," but he also praised coach Brett Brown for his "phenomenal" communication about the issue. He's not griping about his disappearance from the lineup, in other words, but it might take a trade (either of Okafor or Nerlens Noel) for him to reemerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggles in 28 minutes
    Kristaps Porzingis couldn't get going on Wednesday, finishing a 98-97 loss in Philly with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, three boards, and two assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: KP didn't miss a beat after returning from a sore Achilles on Jan. 6, but over the past two games he's been held to 8.0 points on 6-of-26 shooting (23.1 percent). He got into some foul trouble tonight and never found his rhythm, so owners should give him a pass -- he should fare much better vs. the visiting Bulls on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor says he's not a DNP-player
    Jahlil Okafor said he's not the type of player that should pick up DNP-CDs.

    Advice: "Obviously, it’s not what I want to be in a position," Okafor said. "I know I’m not the type of player that’s DNP. But that’s what it is right now. Coach Brown has been phenomenal with communicating with me. I know in the long run, I’ll be fine." Unfortunately, that's exactly who he is on the current 76ers' roster, and he's not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Knicks. Okafor doesn't have the best upside with his limited contribution of defensive statistics, so he's a cut candidate in most scenarios. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) questionable vs. IND
    Kenneth Faried (illness) did not participate during Wednesday's practice and he is being deemed questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: If Faried is forced to the sidelines on Thursday, Jusuf Nurkic and Darrell Arthur will split most of his minutes, but with Nikola Jokic (illness) being listed as probable, Nurkic and Arthur aren't all that appealing in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Faried's status following Thursday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Kyle Lowry hits five 3-pointers in win
    Kyle Lowry hit 7-of-12 shots and five 3-pointers for 24 points, four rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a block in Tuesday's 114-106 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas and DeMar DeRozan all had big nights and collectively carried their team to the win. Lowry's had a couple quiet nights recently, but has also played very well in most of his games this season. He's got a decent shot at making the All-Star Team for the East. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:24 pm
  • Rajon Rondo plays well in return to rotation
    Rajon Rondo returned from a five-game absence to play 27 minutes and hit 6-of-13 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's 101-99 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Rondo may be slowly climbing out of the doghouse, but he may not have even played tonight had Jimmy Butler (illness), Nikola Mirotic (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) been active. If you've got a spot and want to take a flier on Rondo without dropping anyone too valuable, now looks like as good a time as any to grab the disgruntled star. Especially since Fred Hoiberg said after the game that Rondo's performance "should allow him to get some more minutes moving forward." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • Rajon Rondo to serve as Sixth Man on Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo will back in the rotation for the shorthanded Bulls on Tuesday night vs. Washington, serving as the Sixth Man.

    Advice: Rondo has been slapped with five straight DNP-CD's, but with Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out for Tuesday, Coach Fred Hoiberg's hand was forced. Rondo will serve as the first guard off the bench, with Jerian Grant and Michael Carter-Williams starting in the backcourt. Rondo is still obviously in the doghouse, so he can be left on the waiver wire for now. We can assume Rondo will be buried on the bench once Butler and Wade return. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:46 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor says he thinks he'll play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor thinks he'll play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's not actually his decision, and over the past two games he's picked up two straight DNP-CDs. Even when Okafor has been on the court this season, he hasn't been all that impressive, and with limited upside, he's not worth stashing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) out Tuesday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (gastroenteritis) will not play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The indomitable flu bug claims yet another victim. David Lee (knee) missed the Spurs previous game on Saturday, but practiced on Monday and is expected to be available on Tuesday. Lee drew the start last time Aldridge sat out. Davis Bertans, coming off a terrific game in which he scored 21 points in just 18 minutes on Saturday, will also see additional playing time on Tuesday. Bertans did start one game earlier this season in which Aldridge was rested. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:26 am
  • Rajon Rondo could 'potentially' play Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo could "potentially" play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Rondo has now picked up five straight DNP-CDs, but with Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out for Tuesday, there's a slight chance we could get a Rondo sighting. However, it's never been more obvious that he's in the doghouse, so fantasy owners can leave him on the wire as long as he remains in Chicago or until his situation changes. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 8:54 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 34 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points on an efficient 15-of-19 shooting in Monday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He stuffed the stat sheet in this one, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and two triples in 37 minutes. Towns is just the fourth player this season to record 34+ points, 11+ rebounds, 4+ assists and 3+ blocks in a single game, joining DeMarcus Cousins (2), Anthony Davis and Otto Porter. He could live up to his top-5 price in fantasy if the Wolves keep feeding him the ball like they did in this one. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 8:41 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 20 points vs. Bulls
    Steven Adams went off for 20 points on 11-of-14 shooting in Monday's easy win over the Bulls.

    Advice: He torched Robin Lopez all night and added five rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes. This was his fifth game with 20+ points this season, an impressive number when you consider that he failed to reach 20 points in his previous three seasons. Adams has a tough matchup with Memphis on Wednesday, a team that held him to six points on 1-of-9 shooting in their last meeting. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 8:09 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis held to nine points
    Kristaps Porzingis was held to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Porzingis' usage rate rises from 23.2 to 26.2 when Derrick Rose (undisclosed) isn't on the court, so this line from KP was very underwhelming. He added four rebounds, one assist and two blocks, and only played 24 minutes in the blowout loss. Porzingis became the first Knicks player in the last 30 years to put up four blocks and four triples in the same game in his previous outing vs. the Pacers, so look for the fantasy superstar to bounce back vs. the 76ers on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 7:00 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) plays 12 minutes Sunday
    Tarik Black (sore right ankle) had seven points, three rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Magic.

    Advice: The ankle injury isn't a legitimate concern, so any deep-league owners relying on Black can start him confidently in a four-game week. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:43 pm
  • Ty Lawson scores 15 points in loss to GSW
    Ty Lawson finished Sunday's home loss with 15 points, three assists and two rebounds in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Lawson came off the bench tonight and he continues to bounce around the rotation depending upon matchups and the whims of coach Dave Joerger. The good news is that he made 4-of-8 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs tonight, so it wasn't that bad of a return for his owners. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:55 pm
  • Ty Lawson heads to the bench
    Ty Lawson will move to the bench in Sunday’s game against the Warriors.

    Advice: With Garrett Temple starting at shooting guard, Darren Collison will start at point guard. Anthony Tolliver also got the start, moving Matt Barnes to the bench as well. Lawson's minutes should not be affected much by this move. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:11 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 25 points with four treys
    J.J. Redick scored 25 points on 9-of-19 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Triples and efficient scoring, that's what Redick does. Amongst guards, Redick ranks in the top-10 in true shooting percentage at 61.2, the top-4 in 3-point percentage (44.1) and with 97 total triples on the year, he ranks in the top-12 in 3-points made. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 4:13 pm
  • James Johnson scores 12 points with full line
    James Johnson scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Johnson's minutes fell back down to the mid-20s with Hassan Whiteside (eye, personal) back in action, but as you can see, that didn't really alter his production. He's been averaging 26.6 minutes per game over the past six to go with 16.3 points, 5.0 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 block, 2.5 triples and 3.3 turnovers per game on 50.8 percent shooting, so he should be viewed as a must-own guy with Justise Winslow (shoulder) done for the year. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 3:34 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor picks up second straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor was a DNP-CD during Sunday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: This was Okafor’s second straight DNP-CD, and the sporadic minutes for the centers not named Joel Embiid will continue until this situation is resolved via trade. Okafor hasn’t been all that impressive throughout his career thus far, basically showing he can grab boards and score points without doing much else, so at best, he’s not much more than a low-end hold in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:52 am
  • Kenneth Faried returned to action on Saturday January 7. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 12:53 am
  • Kyle Lowry nearly triple-doubles in loss
    Kyle Lowry scored 27 points with 12 assists, nine rebounds, three steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 44 minutes on Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He recorded his sixth double-double of the season and is starting off the New Year red hot, averaging 38.3 minutes, 26.8 points, 6.5 assists, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. He continues to be one of the league’s best point guards and after a career-year in 2015-16, he is having an even better season this year. Sign him up for an All-Star spot. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:56 pm
  • Taj Gibson has a quiet night vs. TOR
    Taj Gibson hit 3-of-7 shots for eight points with six rebounds and one assists in just 19 minutes on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The Bulls trailed by double-digits for a big portion of the second half and needed scorers on the court, which led to Gibson sitting. The 19 minutes tied his season-low, but he should go back to his regular role on Monday against Oklahoma City. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:30 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores four vs. OKC
    Kenneth Faried scored four points with 10 rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: As expected, he played most of his minutes at the backup five spot. Faried was also in Marc Stein's report of possible trade candidates, which is hardly surprising given how well Nikola Jokic (illness) has played. Faried is going to have to fight for his minutes with Jusuf Nurkic, so his value is far from solidified right now. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 7:47 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) is probable
    Tarik Black (ankle) is probable to play on Sunday against the Magic.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and should be fine. Black won't have much value while the Lakers are healthy up front. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:42 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor receives DNP-CD on Friday
    Despite Joel Embiid fouling out and Nerlens Noel picking up his fifth foul in the fourth quarter, Jahlil Okafor still did not play at all on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his decision after the game, coach Brett Brown didn't give a clear answer. "It’s difficult to play three bigs in a 48-minute window. Sometimes it’s difficult to pair up two bigs. Tonight wasn’t one of those nights. We decided to rotate the group because of that," said Brown. With Noel playing so well (13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks), the Sixers center situation is more cloudy than ever. All would benefit from a trade to clear the logjam upfront. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:48 am
  • Tarik Black double-doubles in win
    Tarik Black double-doubled vs. the Heat on Friday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was his first double-double of the season. Black finished 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but this has fluke written all over it. Prior to Friday, Black was averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.7 minutes per game. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:27 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets the start, scores 17 points
    Ty Lawson started on Friday with 17 points, four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes against the Clippers.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger finally pulled the trigger to put Lawson in the first unit and did so with Darren Collison, who had 20 points with five rebounds in the loss. Lawson should be looking at minutes in the low 30s going forward, especially with how well he plays next to DeMarcus Cousins. If you need a point guard, he could be your guy. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:14 pm
  • James Johnson scores 20 w/ four triples
    James Johnson stayed hot on Friday vs. the Lakers with 20 points, five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson continues to light it up and finished 7-of-11 from the field, but only hit 2-of-4 from the line. The Heat are going to ride Johnson and deploy him at several different positions with Justise Winslow (shoulder) done for the season, so the minutes will be there. He's averaging 19.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 3.5 triples over his last four games, and while he won't be this good when Hassan Whiteside (eye) returns, Johnson is worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:09 pm
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