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  • Evan Fournier off to a strong start
    Evan Fournier said he has regained his "confidence and energy" after a down 2018-19 season.

    Advice: "Like I’ve said, there were a lot of reasons why I had the year that I had [last season]. There were personal reasons,’’ Fournier said. "But just playing for my country [in the World Cup], thinking about something else and just kind of flushing last season down the toilet, it helped me regain my confidence and energy." Fournier is hitting 48.7% from the field and 44.9% from 3-point range through 13 games, a huge improvement from last season. He's returning 8th-round value in 9-cat right now, and while the shooting may trail off a little, he looks like a top-100 player for the rest of the way. 45 minutes ago
  • Nurse praises Hollis-Jefferson's play
    Raptors coach Nick Nurse praised Rondae Hollis-Jefferson for his recent play.

    Advice: "It’s who he is," Nurse said. "He’s not the most skillful guy, but he gets everything done on effort and he’s just going out there and playing hard." RHJ has done a 180 since Nurse called him out in training camp, taking advantage of some injuries and playing some key minutes for Toronto. He played a big part in slowing down LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Damian Lillard in the past week, as that trio of players were held to a total of 34 points on 24% shooting. RHJ also played 25 minutes against Dallas even with OG Anunoby, so it looks like he's here to stay. He's trending up in deeper leagues. 53 minutes ago
  • Patrick Beverley (calf) is questionable
    Patrick Beverley (left calf soreness) is questionable for Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Beverley has missed two straight games with this injury, but coach Doc Rivers did say that he was scheduled to rest one of those anyways. If Beverley can't go Monday, there's a good chance Rivers turns back to Terrence Mann after the rookie had the best game of his season with 13 points, eight assists and sx rebounds. Today, 6:55 am
  • Clippers list Kawhi Leonard as questionable
    The Clippers listed Kawhi Leonard (left knee contusion) as questionable for Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Leonard played 41 minutes vs. the Rockets on Nov. 13 and he's paying the price for it with two straight DNPs. Coach Doc Rivers did sound hopeful about having Kawhi back to get his first appearance alongside Paul George, but you never know with this guy. Patrick Beverley (calf) is also questionable, so Terrence Mann could get another extended look after he posted a 13-8-6 line in his last outing. Today, 6:51 am
  • Andre Roberson (left knee) out Monday
    Andre Roberson (left knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He just can't seem to shake this knee injury. Roberson hasn't played a minute since the end of the 2017-18 regular season, and if/when he does get a chance this season, he'll have heavy restrictions. Today, 6:41 am
  • Joel Embiid frustrated by his slow start
    When asked about his role in the offense, Joel Embiid said he needs "to do more."

    Advice: "I felt like I haven’t done enough. So that’s what I think I need to do," he added. He's averaging 22.9 points per game compared to 27.5 last season, but his usage is basically the same. He is playing about five less minutes per game (29 compared to 33.7), but fantasy owners will be fine with that as long as it helps him stay healthy. He still has another gear to hit though, but Wednesday's matchup vs. the Knicks is tougher than you'd think with the team allowing the third fewest fantasy points to centers. Today, 6:37 am
  • Rajon Rondo scores 15 after day of rest
    Rajon Rondo was back in action on Sunday after getting Wednesday off for rest and had 15 points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo looked good tonight but LeBron James is the point guard of this team, meaning Rondo should struggle to put up fantasy-worthy numbers as long as he's coming off the bench. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma plays well with AD back in action
    Kyle Kuzma hit 6-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 17 points, five rebounds, one assist and a block in 26 minutes of Sunday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: This was just Kuzma's second game over 25 minutes and it happened in back-to-back games. This one was off the bench, which is a good sign that he could continue to see big minutes going forward. The fact that Anthony Davis is banged up works in Kuzma's favor and the Lakers may start giving Kuzma more minutes on a regular basis in order to take it easier on AD's banged up body going forward. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 14 in return on Sunday
    Anthony Davis returned from his ribs/shoulder scare on Sunday and hit 5-of-14 shots for 14 points, one rebound, five assists and five blocks in 28 minutes against the Hawks.

    Advice: It wasn't his best night, but at least he played and didn't seem to wince or moan after he awkwardly missed a right-handed rebound jam, either. The five blocks were a pleasant surprise and tied his season high, and the hope is that AD will be able to play in in all three of the Lakers games this week. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • LeBron James roasts Hawks with 33 & 12
    LeBron James hit 13-of-21 shots and six 3-pointers for 33 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a block in Sunday's 122-101 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: It wasn't a triple-double and it wasn't his biggest line of the season, but LeBron shot it as well from deep as he ever has tonight. He's yet to miss a game this season, has the Lakers on top of the West with an 11-2 record, and doesn't look anything close to being one of the oldest players in the league. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Chandler Parsons plays two minutes Sunday
    Chandler Parsons made his season debut on Sunday and didn't score or record a stat in his two minutes of action.

    Advice: This will get him off our injury report but that's about it. Unfortunately, his knees are wonky and have basically ended his career early. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Trae Young leads Hawks with 31 in loss
    Trae Young hit 11-of-22 shots, 2-of-8 3-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws for 31 points, three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and eight turnovers in Sunday's loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: That's an ugly assist-to-turnover ratio, but Young is still really fun to watch and has been putting up third-round fantasy value all season. It's scary to think how good he might be a few years from now. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Reddish scores career-high 13 in start
    Cam Reddish hit 5-of-13 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers for a career-high 13 points, three rebounds, one assist and three steals in 27 minutes on Sunday.

    Advice: He started and played pretty well, but still isn't doing enough to be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Just keep him on your radar, as he's expected to take a hit once John Collins (suspended) and Kevin Huerter (shoulder) are healthy. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker scores 19 in win
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker hit 7-of-18 shots and five 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 35 minutes off the bench on Sunday.

    Advice: He had 27 on Saturday and is clearly benefitting from the absence of guys like Brandon Ingram (knee), Lonzo Ball (groin), Josh Hart (knee) and Derrick Favors (back). NAW's not the most trustworthy guy around, but as long as those guys are out with their injuries, he's worth a spot start in DFS, and could hold some short-term value in season-long leagues. But he will take a hit once Ingram, Hart and Ball are back. Yesterday, 7:10 pm
  • Nicolo Melli scores 16 off Pels' bench
    Nicolo Melli hit 5-of-8 shots (career-high 5-of-7 3-pointers) for a career-high 16 points, five rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes of Sunday's win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The rookie had his best game of his short career and has scored in double digits in two straight games with Brandon Ingram (knee), Jahlil Okafor (ankle) and Derrick Favors (back) out tonight. He can play either forward spot and is worth a deep-league look with four games coming up in each of the next two weeks. But he's just as likely to score five points as he is to hit another career high on any given night. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Evan Fournier dishes nine dimes, scores 25
    Evan Fournier had nine assists on Sunday, one shy of his career high, with 25 points, five 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: Fournier is settling into a nice groove and his play has helped the Magic win four of their past five games. He scored 26 points on Friday and is shooting the ball really well, at a career-high 49.4% from the field and 42.6% from deep. We don't expect the assists to stay up and he's not a source of defensive stats, but there's enough talent and opportunity for top-100 value the rest of the way. Yesterday, 6:04 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 14 points over 23 minutes
    Joel Embiid scored a season-low 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting (2-of-2 from the line) Sunday, to go with four rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: This was just the third time this season Embiid hit less than 50% of his shots, and his four rebounds accounted for his lowest rebounding total since March of 2018. Al Horford finished with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, two steals, two blocks and two turnovers in 29 minutes. The 76ers have a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set coming up during Week 5, so Embiid and Horford owners can anticipate a rest day for one of those games. Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Trae Young scores 20 points with six dimes
    Trae Young saw just 29 minutes during Saturday's blowout loss to the Clippers, and he ended his evening with 20 points, two triples, five rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: Young struggled to get his shot to drop for the second game in a row, going just 4-of-15 from the floor, but he still found a way to be effective by getting to the line and finished 10-of-12 from the charity stripe. The Hawks were embarrassed in the blowout loss, so Young sat out most of the fourth quarter, but he should be able to come through with a more impressive effort on Sunday against the Lakers. Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Cam Reddish scores 12 points w/ three blocks
    Cam Reddish scored 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting Saturday, to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and three blocks over 32 minutes.

    Advice: Reddish missed all five of his shot attempts through a scoreless first half of action, although he was able to turn things around after halftime, and the blocks accounted for a career-high. However, in his previous 11 games he had a total of just two blocks, so don’t expect him to suddenly become a shot-blocking dynamo. He also did most of his damage during garbage time, so we’ll need to see a repeat performance before recommending Reddish as an add anywhere. Saturday, 10:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Nickeil Alexander-Walker scores 27 points
    Nickeil Alexander-Walker went off for a career-high 27 points during a 109-94 loss to the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Besides Jrue Holiday and after Frank Jackson (neck) got hurt tonight, the Pelicans were down to NAW and E'Twaun Moore as their rotation normal rotation wings -- Moore was a DNP-CD in some games, too. He becomes the second Pelicans rookie ever to hit five 3-pointers in his first dozen games, and the first since Anthony Davis to score 27-plus points in his first 12. The Pelicans play again on Sunday and chances are they're still going to be missing multiple guys, so adding NAW for that game makes sense. Saturday, 7:31 pm
  • Nicolo Melli scores 10 in 28 minutes
    Nicolo Melli scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He had to start the the third quarter because of injuries to Frank Jackson (neck) and basically the whole rotation. Melli could be looking at big minutes again on Sunday, but there's a good chance Brandon Ingram could return. He's only a speculative add in deep leagues. Saturday, 7:22 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not play Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard (knee) will not play Saturday against the Hawks.

    Advice: That's not good, especially after he played 41 minutes two games ago. This is not a back-to-back set, so that's not a factor for him sitting out. Leonard didn't really have many injuries last season to cost him multiple games, but his knee issue has been well documented since his Spurs days. Leonard was easily the riskiest player to take in drafts, and there's a good chance he won't be able to play in 60 games this season. Expect some JaMychal Green, Terrance Mann, Moe Harkless and Rodney McGruder to help out. Saturday, 5:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (calf) out Saturday vs. ATL
    Patrick Beverley (left calf soreness) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Beverley was given a planned day of rest on Thursday, but it appears he's carrying an injury, too. Lou Williams will shoulder the load with Beverley out while Terance Mann, Jerome Robinson and Rodney McGruder will also see added minutes. Saturday, 5:41 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) probable Sunday
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder soreness, bruised ribs) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Davis was back in the lineup on Friday night. He didn't look like his normal self, but he still managed to play 35 minutes and block four shots. Davis doesn't seem to be taking a cautious approach, so he should be out there as long as he can be. Fire him up like usual. Saturday, 5:36 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) active for Saturday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is active for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Hawks are thin due to injuries, so it's possible Parsons gets minutes. Saturday, 12:34 pm
  • LeBron James scores 29 w/ 11 dimes
    LeBron James dropped 29 points with 11 assists, four rebounds, three steals and two steals in 39 minutes of a 99-97 win over the Kings.

    Advice: The Lakers improve to 10-2 and LeBron sealed the win by hitting two clutch free throws despite being 68.6% from the line prior to Friday. He has been terrific as the "point guard" for the Lakers, racking up double-digit dimes in nine out of 12 games. "He's going to make the right play every time and he delivers the ball on time, on target everywhere or just about everywhere he throws it -- to the 3-point line or lobs at the rim or back cuts or whatever," coach Frank Vogel said. "He's just one of the best passers I've been around." Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Anthony Davis blocks four shots vs. SAC
    Anthony Davis (ribs, shoulder) scored 12 points on 5-of-12 shots with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He looked uncomfortable in the first half but did seem better after the break, and it's pretty obvious he let LeBron James carry the Lakers tonight. Davis still did his part and swatted Harrison Barnes' game-tying drive, so credit to him for stepping up despite being far from 100 percent. Fantasy owners will be relieved to hear that Davis has no plans to be "load managed," and he did say that his bruised ribs were causing him more problems than his troublesome shoulder. "Obviously, it's great [to win]," he said. "If something comes up where somebody has to sit out, then fine, but I don't think anyone on this team is probably going to sit out." Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Joel Embiid puts up 31/12 with 4 treys vs OKC
    Joel Embiid was back in the lineup on Friday in Oklahoma City, scoring 31 points (12-of-24 FGs, 3-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and a season-high four 3-pointers in 38 minutes against the Thunder.

    Advice: Embiid got the night off on Wednesday against the Magic on the second night of a back-to-back set. After his effort tonight, he's now shooting 41.2 percent from deep on the season. Embiid hasn't gotten off to the same type of hot start as he did last season, but he's still posting fringe first-round value through the first few weeks of the year. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Evan Fournier drops 26 points in win vs. SAS
    Evan Fournier was clutch down the stretch of Orlando's 111-109 win over the Spurs on Friday, scoring a season-high 26 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and five triples in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-15 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and he buried a couple pull-up 3-pointers to seal the win late. Fournier is really starting to heat up with at least 19 points in three out of his last four games, and his playmaking has been up too with 4.0 dimes per game in that span. He doesn't really have the name value to sell high, so his fantasy owners should just stay the course and ride him while he's hot. He'll get the Wizards on Sunday. Friday, 6:59 pm
  • Anthony Davis will play on Friday night
    Anthony Davis (ribs, shoulder) will play on Friday night against the Kings.

    Advice: He has been expected to play since Wednesday night when he sat out of a back-to-back set. Davis is not going to have a minutes limit tonight, and he should get a full workload in a favorable matchup. Get him in your lineup. Friday, 5:53 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (sore calf) is questionable
    Patrick Beverley (sore left calf) is questionable against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Doc Rivers said that the Clippers had scheduled the day to give Pat-Bev the night off, so this is odd they would call him questionable for Saturday. Hopefully, this isn't a pattern after they were fined for Doc Rivers' comments on Kawhi, but we're still expecting Beverley to play. Friday, 5:09 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (knee) questionable Saturday
    Kawhi Leonard (left knee injury) is questionable for Saturday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: A questionable tag after a rest-related DNP? Yikes. This is looking like the same story as last season with the missed games already piling up. Paul George was outstanding in his debut and should feast again if Kawhi sits, while Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell get a sizable bump in value when Kawhi sits too. Friday, 5:07 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) is probable
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is probable for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He was probable for Thursday and didn't play, so Chandler is likely just an emergency guy. Friday, 5:07 pm
  • Joel Embiid good to go for Friday night
    Joel Embiid will play on Friday night against the Thunder.

    Advice: He got the night off in a back-to-back set in Orlando, so he was fully expected to play today. As expected. Embiid's minutes per game are down 5.0 minutes per game while his usage rate and pace have also taken a small hit. He's still a monster whenever he's active. Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Andre Roberson (left knee) ruled out Friday
    Andre Roberson (left knee) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: Roberson hasn't played since the end of the 2017-18 season. He belongs on the waiver wire everywhere. Friday, 6:44 am
  • Cam Reddish ejected, scores nine
    Cam Reddish was ejected in the fourth quarter on Thursday, finishing with nine points, five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: His opportunity is huge right now with Kevin Huerter (shoulder) out for at least two weeks, but Reddish is one of the worst offensive players in the league right now. Minutes aren't everything in fantasy, and Reddish not doing much with them makes him a guy who should be on most wires. Thursday, 9:24 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Anthony Davis is probable for Friday
    Anthony Davis (shoulder, ribs) is probable to play against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel had said yesterday that Davis was going to be ready to go for Friday, so e should be in the starting lineup. Davis is going to have to play through a shoulder injury and he's had shoulder injuries before, so this will be something to watch going forward. Thursday, 5:32 pm
  • Chandler Parsons is probable for Thursday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is probable for Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: The Hawks are missing some bodies at forward, so maybe Parsons cracks the rotation tonight. Thursday, 4:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) questionable vs. Suns
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is questionable for Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: Parsons might be pressed into action with Kevin Huerter (shoulder) out and DeAndre Bembry under the weather. Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Cam Reddish getting the start Thursday
    Cam Reddish will get the start on Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: With Kevin Huerter (shoulder) out for at least two weeks, the Hawks are going to have to turn to Reddish for more offensive output. Among players with 23-plus minutes, he's been the worst player from the field by far with a 28.9 eFG%, so at least he has nowhere to go but up. He's only a stash right now. Thursday, 3:12 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Patrick Beverley (calf) won't play Thursday
    Patrick Beverley (sore left calf) will not play on Thursday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: This is likely only going to be a one-game absence for Beverley considering it's just a sore calf, so we'd expect him back in the lineup on Saturday vs. the Hawks. Lou Williams figures to earn some extended minutes with Beverley on the sidelines, so he might be someone to think about in DFS with an uptempo matchup in New Orleans. Thursday, 11:29 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (rest) won't play on Thursday
    Kawhi Leonard (rest) will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Pelicans, as expected.

    Advice: He might not play in a back-to-back for the rest of his career, and will likely make a lot of owners miserable during the fantasy playoffs. On a more positive note, Paul George is expected to make his regular-season debut tonight, and he figures to shoulder a large load on offense with Leonard on the sidelines. Thursday, 11:26 am
  • LeBron James scores 23 with 12 dimes in win
    LeBron James made 11-of-21 from the field for 23 points during a 120-94 win over the Warriors on Wednesday, adding six rebounds, 12 assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The Warriors couldn't stop the Lakers throughout this game, especially to start the game with 38 points in the first. James was setting his teammates up for each shots all night, and his teammates made 12-of-13 from the field off his passes, per ESPN stats. LeBron is leading the league in dimes per game, but his scoring is down from last year due to a drop in his FG%. He's been a top-25 player per game in nine-category leagues and figures to slot in the 12-25 range all season unless his foul shooting somehow clicks. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores 22 in start vs. Warriors
    Kyle Kuzma got the start against the Warriors on Wednesday, scoring 22 points with five rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel inserted him in the first unit for Anthony Davis (shoulder, ribs), and he played over 25 minutes for the first time this season. Kuzma's minutes have been on the rise since the start of the season and he may see minutes in the upper 20s even when AD comes back. He had scored the ball well in the previous two at 19.0 per outing, so he could start to make a dent for value in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:51 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson thrives without OG
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson notched season highs with 16 points, 11 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 26 minutes during Wednesday's win in Portland.

    Advice: This was RHJ's best game in recent memory and he was efficient as a scorer with 6-of-8 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs. Part of that is because he lived in the paint with eight offensive rebounds, taking advantage of the Blazers' frontcourt woes. Hollis-Jefferson came into this game as a complete fantasy liability in standard leagues, and this might be a blip since OG Anunoby (eye) is just day-to-day. It's still nice to be reminded of RHJ's skill after such a long dormant period. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores 26 points in 41 minutes
    Kawhi Leonard played 41 minutes in a 102-93 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, scoring 26 points with 12 rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His previous season-high in minutes was 35, so presumably he's out for Thursday night. Coach Doc Rivers was asked about Kawhi's playing time in this loss and it doesn't sound like it'll happen often. "He felt good," Rivers said about Kawhi. "He kept saying, ‘Keep me in.’ He’s not going to be playing 40 minutes many nights, I can tell you. That’s too many. That’s on me as well." With Paul George (shoulders) expected back on Thursday, the Clippers could be even more careful with Kawhi going forward. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma starting for Anthony Davis (ribs)
    Kyle Kuzma will start Wednesday's game in place of Anthony Davis (ribs).

    Advice: Davis is expected back on Friday, according to coach Frank Vogel, which makes sense -- they likely won't need him tonight anyway vs. the Warriors. Kuzma gets a boost with more minutes and usage probably coming to him, so he'll be popular in DFS and fire him up wherever he's owned. Wednesday, 5:26 pm
  • Chandler Parsons doubtful for Thursday
    Chandler Parsons (knee) is doubtful for Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: He had been listed as out up until now, so maybe Parsons enters the rotation now that Kevin Huerter (shoulder) is out. Parsons is only worth a look in super deep leagues. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Cam Reddish (shoulder) is probable again
    Cam Reddish (left shoulder) is probable for Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: The Hawks continue to list him as probable with this shoulder injury, so he is fully expected to play. With Kevin Huerter (shoulder) out for at least one game, Reddish should be looking at additional minutes. He's still not playing well enough to be trusted as anything but a stash. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Kawhi Leonard will play Wednesday vs. HOU
    Kawhi Leonard is a go for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: He'll likely be skipping tomorrow's game in New Orleans, but Kawhi is safe to fire up tonight. Paul George (shoulders) is out, but he'll likely be making his regular-season debut vs. the Pelicans on Thursday. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Load management: Joel Embiid out Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (rest, left knee soreness) will not play on Wednesday in Orlando.

    Advice: This is the first back-to-back set of the year, and Embiid will be taking the night off, which isn't a great sign looking towards the rest of the season. The 76ers have 12 more back-to-back sets after Wednesday, with two of those back-to-backs coming in March during the fantasy playoffs, so Embiid could again be a headache to own this year. Furkan Korkmaz or Matisse Thybulle could get the start tonight, while the main guys will all be asked to do a bit more on offense. Wednesday, 10:30 am
  • Report: Anthony Davis won't play on Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (ribs, shoulder) will not play on Wednesday against the Warriors, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

    Advice: Davis got hit in the ribs on Tuesday night, and while he played through it, he's clearly very banged up right now with a bum shoulder and bruised ribs. The Lakers don't really need him against the 2-9, Stephen Curry-less Warriors, but maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Friday's game against the Kings. Kyle Kuzma will likely move into the starting lineup sans AD tonight, so he could be someone to think about in DFS going up against the Warriors hapless defense. Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • Report: Anthony Davis likely to sit Wednesday
    After getting X-rays on his right rib cage Tuesday night it appears unlikely that Anthony Davis will play on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: X-rays were negative but the big man is beat up right now while also dealing with a lingering right shoulder problem that isn't going away. And according to Brad Turner's source in the attached tweet, "all signs are pointing to the Lakers holding out Davis" tonight. Thankfully, the X-rays were negative and he's been able to play through his shoulder pain. Hopefully the day off will give AD some much needed rest and he'll be ready to roll again when the Lakers play the Kings on Friday. Go ahead and fire up an already hot Kyle Kuzma tonight, as he should get most of AD's minutes. Wednesday, 5:14 am
  • LeBron James scores 19 points vs. PHX
    LeBron James put up 19 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds, one triple and one turnover in 37 minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game that he was planning to play LeBron and Anthony Davis in both games of this back-to-back set. LeBron indicated last week that he's not going to be a "load management" player as long as he's healthy, so this pretty much confirms it. Just don't be surprised if his minutes are closer to 30 vs. the reeling Warriors. Tuesday, 9:15 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma goes off for 23 points
    Kyle Kuzma found his shot on Tuesday in a 123-115 win over the Suns, scoring 23 points on 9-of-16 shooting with four rebounds, one steal and three triples.

    Advice: That's a season-high for points and it's his second game in a row hitting three triples. Kuzma has now scored 15+ points in three out of his last four games which indicates that he's getting into a rhythm, but we know what his upside in category leagues is and it's not great. He's a lukewarm pickup and more of a specialists for points and triples. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo will rest on Wednesday
    Rajon Rondo will be rested against the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was a predetermined plan for the Lakers. Rondo made his season debut on Tuesday vs. the Suns and played pretty well, scoring five points with six rebounds, seven assists and one triple in 14 minutes. He basically took Troy Daniel's spot in the rotation, so deep-league owners looking for dimes and steals can give Rondo a look once his minutes start ramping up. Tuesday, 9:02 pm
  • Davis takes a shot to ribs, scores 24
    Anthony Davis played through bruised ribs on Tuesday vs. the Suns, scoring 24 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 12 boards, four assists, two steals, one block and one triple in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He took a shot to the ribs in the first quarter and later went to the locker room to get taped up, so the injuries are piling up. His shoulder did seem to bother him a bit too, but it didn't prevent him from having another monster night as he feasted in his matchup with Dario Saric. Coach Frank Vogel said before the game that he planned to play Davis in both games of this back-to-back, but fantasy owners should check his status before Wednesday's game vs. the Warriors just in case the bruised ribs changes Vogel's mind. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Trae Young's season-high 42 helps Hawks win
    Trae Young hit 13-of-21 shots, 8-of-13 3-pointers and 8-of-11 free throws for a season-high 42 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, a block and six turnovers in Tuesday's impressive 125-121 win at Denver.

    Advice: It's hard to describe how good Young was tonight if you didn't see the game, but he was bombing triples from all over the court, dishing out beautiful passes and taking the ball inside when necessary. He scored 14 points with four triples in the second quarter, when the Hawks took over the game, and then came through with 15 points in the fourth quarter, when they fought off a Nuggets run. The free throws and turnovers weren't great, but Young has the ability to keep the Hawks in every game they play - especially when his 30-foot 3-point attempts are falling like they were tonight. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes to locker room, returns
    Anthony Davis took a shot to the ribs and went to the locker room at the end of the third quarter of Tuesday's game at Phoenix.

    Advice: He was also seen holding his shoulder tonight but he ventured back to the bench with 10 minutes left in the fourth quarter and then re-entered the game. He's OK, but there's no doubt that AD's shoulder is bothering him every time he plays. Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) will play on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (sore right shoulder) is good to go for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He's dealing with a bum shoulder, but it's not bad enough to keep him on the sidelines and head coach Frank Vogel said he intended to play both LeBron James and AD for tomorrow's game against the Warriors as well. AD is no stranger to the injury report, but he's playing on a good team and motivated to push through the pain, so we're not too worried about him. Tuesday, 4:48 pm
  • Rajon Rondo will be on 15-minute limit Tues
    Rajon Rondo (calf) will play and be on a 15-minute limit for Tuesday's game against the Suns, but he will not play on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: Rondo will be coming off the bench in his regular-season debut, and with him back in the rotation, both Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso's minutes figure to take a hit. Rondo probably won't do much tonight with the minutes cap, but he's on the radar in deep leagues for his dime-dropping abilities. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard not on the injury report Weds
    Kawhi Leonard is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game in Houston.

    Advice: Wednesday's game will be the first of a back-to-back set, so if Leonard does play tomorrow, you can bank on him receiving a rest day on Thursday. For now, it looks like he'll play and owners can expect to get official confirmation on his status closer to tomorrow's tip. Tuesday, 3:49 pm
  • Joel Embiid good to go for first game of B2B
    Joel Embiid is good to go for Tuesday's game against Cleveland, but Brett Brown wouldn't commit to having him available for Wednesday's game in Orlando.

    Advice: Back-to-backs weren't much of an issue for Embiid last season, and if the 76ers are able to keep his minutes semi-low against the lowly Cavs tonight, that will increase the likelihood of Embiid playing tomorrow. However, because Wednesday's game will be the second of a back-to-back set, the 76ers won't host a shootaround, so we likely won't get an update on his status for that game until just prior to tip-off. He's safe to fire up tonight, though. Tuesday, 2:39 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) upgraded to probable
    Rajon Rondo (calf) has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Rondo was able to get through some 5-on-5 work at Monday's practice, and it looks like he'll finally be making his regular-season debut tonight, although he'll likely be limited with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. Rondo could have some low-end value as a dimes specialist in deep leagues, so he may be someone to think about as a speculative add if you've got someone to cut. Alex Caruso and Quinn Cook will take a hit with Rondo in the rotation. Tuesday, 12:57 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson steps up for TOR
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played a season-high 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Monday, scoring nine points on 4-of-11 shooting with nine rebounds, one assist, three steals and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: OG Anunoby left this game after two minutes with an eye injury and will visit a specialist on Tuesday. RHJ got the nod in his absence and played some solid defense on Kawhi Leonard, helping Toronto limit him to 2-of-11 shooting. RHJ can't shoot from deep but he can get to the rim, rebound, facilitate a bit and can rack up defensive stats, so with Toronto so banged up he might be worth an add if we get bad news on Anunoby. Monday, 10:47 pm
  • Patrick Beverley grabs 12 boards vs. TOR
    Patrick Beverley grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds with six points, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes vs. the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: This is already his third game with double-digit boards and he was averaging 6.2 per game prior to Monday. He's been a decent source of dimes (3.1) and steals (1.6) too this season, and the Clippers may need him to handle the ball more since Landry Shamet does that for the second unit -- Shamet left tonight's game with a nasty ankle injury. The Clippers have a back-to-back on Wednesday and Thursday and Kawhi Leonard will surely sit out one, so Pat Bev is worth streaming even if you're in a shallow league. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Kawhi posts 12-11-9 line in win vs. TOR
    Kawhi Leonard hit just 2-of-11 shots but scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists, three steals and nine turnovers in Monday's 98-88 win over the Raptors.

    Advice: What a defensive battle. Kawhi's former team double teamed him all night but he got some help from Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell to put this game away late. The Clippers have a road back-to-back coming up on Wednesday vs. Houston and Thursday vs. the Pelicans, but instead of listing Kawhi as out for one of those for "load management," the NBA has asked the Clippers to start using his ongoing injury to the patella tendon in his left knee as the reason he sits. For now, it's unclear whether he sits on Wednesday or Thursday. Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Cam Reddish (shoulder) is probable
    Cam Reddish (AC joint sprain - left shoulder) is probable for Tuesday vs. Denver.

    Advice: With Kevin Huerter getting his legs under him, Reddish's role has taken a hit. He's hitting a disastrous 24.6% from the field on the season and the counting stats haven't been there either. Reddish is just a dynasty stash until further notice. Monday, 4:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) questionable for Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo (calf) went through some 5-on-5 work during Monday's practice and is questionable to play on Tuesday against the Suns.

    Advice: Rondo said that his calf injury initially began with Achilles soreness, so the Lakers' medical staff has been extremely careful bringing him back given what happened to Kevin Durant in the Finals. This helps explain why the calf strain has caused him to miss over a month, but he is making progress and should be back soon. Tuesday's game will be the first of a back-to-back set, though, so don't be surprised if his regular-season debut if pushed back one more game. Monday, 1:33 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets a look vs. LAL
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson got a rare look vs. the Lakers on Sunday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Prior to Sunday, RHJ had played just four minutes all season. Toronto expanded their rotation in the absence of Kyle Lowry (thumb) and Serge Ibaka (ankle), and OG Anunoby got into foul trouble which gave RHJ an opportunity that he took advantage of. "It was tough. I’m human; I have feelings and I’m a competitor," Hollis-Jefferson said of his role this season. "I’m emotional. I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it was definitely tough." He's not an add right now but is at least worth monitoring in deeper leagues in case he carves out a role. Nov 11, 6:51 am
  • Kyle Kuzma scores 15 with three triples
    Kyle Kuzma played 24 minutes and hit 6-of-13 shots and a season-high three 3-pointers for 15 points and five rebounds in Sunday's loss to Toronto.

    Advice: He tied his season high with the 15 points and has a four-game week, although he might be a candidate to sit on Tuesday or Wednesday, when the Lakers go back-to-back. He's basically a 3-point specialist with Anthony Davis in L.A., but is still worth a look with four games in Week 4. Nov 10, 10:18 pm
  • LeBron triple-doubles in loss to Raptors
    LeBron James hit 5-of-15 shots for 13 points, 13 rebounds, 15 assists and a block in Sunday's 113-104 loss to the Raptors, snapping the Lakers' seven-game winning streak.

    Advice: LeBron has now triple-doubled in four of his last five games although tonight's line was pretty inefficient. The Lakers play four times this week and have a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, so it's possible that he could get a night off in one of those. But even three games of LeBron is better than most fantasy owners can do with a four-game player, and there's still a chance LeBron will play in all four of his games this week. Fire him up. Nov 10, 10:14 pm
  • Trae Young hits 9-of-30, scores 35 in loss
    Trae Young hit just 9-of-30 shots and 3-of-13 3-pointers on Sunday night, but also made 14-of-17 free throws and finished with 35 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and seven turnovers in a 124-113 overtime loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: This makes back-to-back 30-point games for Young and he's already got four of them in his eight games played this season. He also has a 29-point game under his belt, although the shooting and TOs left a little to be desired tonight. After a hot start, the Hawks have lost three straight games and five of their last six, and may have trouble winning without John Collins in uniform for the foreseeable future. You knew that you were drafting some inefficiency when you took Young, but at least he's scoring a ton of points, hitting triples and handing out assists. He's hit double digits in assists in three of his last four games. The Hawks go four times this week, so make sure Young is in your lineup. Nov 10, 9:19 pm
  • Joel Embiid fills it up in win vs. Charlotte
    Joel Embiid chipped in across the board during Sunday's home win, scoring 18 points with nine boards, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Embiid was also efficient tonight, making 6-of-10 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws - he did miss his only 3-point attempt. The minutes will hover around 30 per game and he'll burn owners with occasional DNP-CDs, as Philly tries to keep him rested and healthy for a postseason run, but you can't argue with the results when he's out there. Nov 10, 5:43 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) won't play on Sunday
    Rajon Rondo (strained right calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Rondo is inching his way closer to a return, but he's not ready just yet. Quinn Cook and Alex Caruso will continue to see extended minutes with Rondo out, and for now, we'll be considering No. 9 doubtful for Tuesday's game in Phoenix. Nov 10, 12:57 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) not expected to play Sun.
    Rajon Rondo (strained right calf) is not expected to make his season debut on Sunday against Toronto, according to Yahoo's Chris Haynes.

    Advice: Rondo, listed as questionable, went through a workout on Saturday, but still isn't feeling quite ready enough to return to game action. He's closer than he has been at any point, though, and should make his debut soon. Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels will continue to see extra minutes in his absence. Nov 9, 8:36 pm
  • Nicolo Melli gets just five minutes
    Nicolo Melli turned it over three times with one rebound in five minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was -11 and Kenrich Williams might be leaving Melli in the dust for more rotation minutes. Melli is a drop in the majority of leagues. Nov 9, 7:04 pm
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) questionable Sunday vs TOR
    Rajon Rondo (right calf strain) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: This is the first time Rondo has been listed as anything other than out or doubtful. Reports surfaced on Friday that he hopes to make his season debut in this game and it looks like he does indeed have a chance. It remains to be seen how Rondo will factor into the rotation, but he'll take some time away from guys like Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso and Troy Daniels. Nov 9, 5:33 pm
  • Rajon Rondo expected to play Sunday
    Rajon Rondo aims to make his season debut Sunday against the Raptors, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: The Lakers are playing extremely well, so it's going to be interesting to see where Rondo fits in here. Danny Green absolutely won't lose minutes and Avery Bradley should be safe, but guys like Troy Daniels, Quinn Cook and maybe Alex Caruso could lose chance. Rondo is only an add if you really need a point guard. Nov 8, 11:28 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores seven points vs. MIA
    Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction, left ankle) scored seven points with five rebounds and one assist, one triple and four turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to be listed as probable for a while as he continues to ramp up his minutes. Kuzma looks healthy, but his upside leaves a lot to be desired in category leagues. Let someone else grab him. Nov 8, 10:57 pm
  • Trae Young drops a 30-2-12, five-steal line
    Trae Young made 12-of-22 from the field for 30 points during a 121-109 loss to the Kings on Friday, adding two rebounds, 12 assists, five turnovers and three 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks didn't play great as a whole, but Young got hot in the third with 16 points to keep it close. He had a bad game on Wednesday, but it was a road B2B and he just got over an ankle sprain. Young has been extremely effective as a pull-up shooter, and the Hawks continue to let him do whatever he wants with the ball as the league's leader in seconds per touch this season. He's in for a huge year and should flirt with top-10 value in standard leagues. Nov 8, 7:22 pm
  • Cam Reddish moves to the bench
    Cam Reddish moved to the bench to start the third quarter on Friday, finishing with seven points one rebound, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Kings.

    Advice: Coach Lloyd Pierce may have had enough of Reddish's shooting with the rookie making just 8-of-45 jumpers prior to this one. He's going to struggle from the field as he learns how to score at this level, but there's some potential he can add some non-scoring stats to his lines. He's only a stash in most formats. Nov 8, 7:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Melli will start, Hart coming off bench
    Nicolo Melli will start on Friday vs. the Raptors, pushing Josh Hart to the bench.

    Advice: Melli didn't even see the floor vs. Brooklyn on Monday but gets a chance tonight against Toronto's frontcourt duo of Pascal Siakam and Marc Gasol. This is strictly a matchup move, but Melli is a viable 3-point streamer in deeper leagues tonight. Hart's fantasy value is obviously fine, starting or not. Nov 8, 4:10 pm
  • Cam Reddish is available for Friday
    Cam Reddish (sore right shoulder) is available to play on Friday against the Kings.

    Advice: He's been listed as probable in each of the last two, so there's really no concern here. The big concern here is that he's just 8-of-45 on jumpers this season, so he absolutely has to get better there. He's a tough player to hold in 12-team leagues, but maybe he turns the corner at some point. Nov 8, 2:41 pm
    New Player Note
    Cam Reddish Atl - PG,SG,SF
  • Rajon Rondo (calf) listed as doubtful for Fri
    Rajon Rondo (sore right calf) is listed as doubtful on the injury report for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: It was reported on Thursday that Rondo had been ruled out of Friday's contest, but he's officially "doubtful." Nonetheless, it remains highly unlikely he makes his season debut on Friday night. Nov 8, 7:12 am
  • Kyle Kuzma (ankle) probable for Friday
    Kyle Kuzma (stress reaction, left ankle) is listed as probable for Friday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Kuzma is coming off his best game of the season, as he scored a season-high 15 points vs. the Bulls on Tuesday in 21 minutes. Fortunately, it appears his ankle injury is no longer an issue. Nov 8, 6:58 am
  • Rested Kawhi Leonard scores 27 points in win
    Kawhi Leonard made 9-of-23 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 27 points during a 107-101 win over the Blazers on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks, six turnovers and no 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After getting Wednesday off for load management, Leonard did look a step slow until late in the game, but he said after the game he felt great. He had really struggled in the first three quarters, but took over late with 18 points in the final frame to pull off a comeback victory. Leonard is almost a lock to be sitting out part of every back-to-back set, and now that he's another year older his legs may need even more rest late in the season. Plus, Paul George coming back could make him more likely to miss time, as well. Nov 7, 10:28 pm
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