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  • Damian Jones will be active
    Damian Jones will be active for Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: Coach Steve Kerr said he wants to play him tonight. That may be for garbage time, though. Jones has very little value. Today, 5:01 pm
  • Ed Davis coming off the bench
    Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Davis saw his playing time drop on Wednesday, so he may see even a bigger hit tonight. He's a drop candidate in most leagues. Today, 4:57 pm
  • Meyers Leonard starting, Ed Davis to bench
    Meyers Leonard will start and Ed Davis will move to the bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a lot of success against the Grizzlies in the 2015 playoffs, so that is likely the reasoning here. Leonard isn't a fantasy add until he can string games together. Today, 4:56 pm
  • Marc Gasol (groin) in the starting lineup
    Marc Gasol (groin) will start against the Blazers on Thursday night.

    Advice: He gets an outstanding matchup tonight against a sub-par Blazers interior defense and rebounding. Gasol may have a slight hit in minutes, so he's a risky DFS play even when it's not on a back-to-back set. He's an obvious start in season long leagues. Today, 4:45 pm
  • Omer Asik to the bench
    Omer Asik will come off the bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He hasn't scored a field goal since Friday, but obviously Asik isn't in the lineup for offense. He has veery little upside regardless. Today, 4:23 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca getting the start
    Alexis Ajinca will start against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll get a dose of The Process to start out tonight. Given Ajinca's fouling issues, he may foul out in under 10 minutes. Today, 4:21 pm
  • Joel Embiid still has a 28-minute limit
    Joel Embiid will have a 28-minute limit in his start against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: He'll be starting and should be a lot of fun to watch. Anthony Davis said Embiid has "actually played well" this season, so he may find out just how much everyone trusts The Process. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Kenneth Faried moving to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He is firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Faried could eventually get out of said doghouse, but it'll be Darrell Arthur getting the first crack at minutes at the four. Faried owners should totally panic, but he certainly has lost value. Today, 3:36 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starting, Faried to bench
    Darrell Arthur will start and Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: This move was fully expected after coach Mike Malone benched Faried to start the second half on Wednesday. Malone likes Arthur for his defense, so that will be a big reason why he's in the mix. Arthur is a bit of a hit-or-miss option, but he could have a good game in a solid matchup. He has value in 16-team leagues. Today, 3:25 pm
  • Damian Jones called up for Warriors
    The Warriors called up Damian Jones on Thursday.

    Advice: He has looked good in the D-League and looks to be over his ruptured pectoral. Jones likely won't be in the rotation. The Warriors are in no rush to play him. Today, 3:13 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out for Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: This signing is not going well for the Wizards so far with Mahinmi getting just 14 minutes in his one game this season. Today, 2:32 pm
  • Paul Millsap is probable for Friday
    Paul Millsap (left hip soreness) is probable for Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Millsap has said he has to fight through the pain of his current injury, but he's fully expected to play. He looked good on Wednesday with 21 points and a full line on Wednesday. Today, 2:07 pm
  • Marc Gasol (groin) questionable for Thursday
    Marc Gasol (right groin) is questionable for Thursday against the Blazers.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Gasol. He played a whopping 80 minutes combined on Monday and Tuesday, which is by far the most he's played in a back-to-back set. Gasol did play down the stretch on Tuesday night and didn't appear to be hurt. That said, the Grizzlies could choose to be careful with their best player even though they're not on a back-to-back set tonight. If he's out, Zach Randolph and Jarell Martin figure to pick up extra run. JaMychal Green's upside also goes up here. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Tarik Black out again for Friday night
    Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Monday and has been out of the lineup since. With Black out, Thomas Robinson has seen some extra minutes, but he hasn't done much with that playing time. Today, 12:53 pm
  • Nerlens Noel could debut on Saturday?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said Nerlens Noel could debut as early as Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: He is traveling with the team again as coach Brown wants him to integrate with the players and staff. His fantasy outlook is cloudy at best in Philly because he's not going to take away minutes from Joel Embiid, meaning he will have to fight for scraps with Jahlil Okafor off the bench. If you're stashing him, you simply have to hope he's traded to a better situation. Today, 10:52 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) ruled out Thursday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: He remained home in Philly as he recovers from his illness. Okafor's next chance to play will be on Saturday vs. Detroit. Joel Embiid will play 28 minutes on Thursday with Richaun Holmes backing him up. Today, 10:32 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) questionable for Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) is questionable for Thursday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He reportedly went through portions of the morning shootaround, so we know he's getting closer. The Wizards have every reason to bring him along slowly, so his minutes will be limited if he's able to play Thursday. Leave him on the wire while Marcin Gortat is healthy. Today, 10:01 am
  • Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW
    Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Alex Len fouls out yet again
    Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE
    Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes.

    Advice: In the past four games, including one start for injured Joakim Noah, O'Quinn is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, while hitting 22-of-31 field goals. His minutes are on the rise, which isn't a surprise given how poorly Noah (five points in 15 minutes) has played this season. There are never any guarantees with KOQ, but he's worth a speculative add if you need a big man. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Tyson Chandler getting some heavy run
    Tyson Chandler played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: After his 11-minute return to the lineup on Nov. 25, the Suns are playing Chandler quite a bit. In those five, he's averaged 7.6 points, 9.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 28.6 minutes. Chandler also is now up to 70.5 percent from the field on the year, which would lead the NBA if he qualified. He's probably worth owning in most leagues right now. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling with his shot
    Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night on Wednesday, going 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: KP is now just 19-of-60 in his past four games (31.7 percent), but it's not a total loss for fantasy owners -- he's still averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in that span. This might be the closest thing to a 'buy low' window we've seen all season, even though it's just a temporary lull. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs season-high 20 boards
    Tristan Thompson scored three points on Wednesday, going 0-of-5 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he also secured a season-high 20 rebounds in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thompson added two steals, one block, one assist and zero turnovers, and his work on the glass was instrumental in the Cavs' 126-94 victory. Although he'll never offer much upside, Thompson remains a rock-steady source of boards, blocks and FG percentages. As a bonus for 9-cat owners, he turns the ball over just 0.5 times per game. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Dwight Powell fills it up across the board
    Dwight Powell scored six points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a little disappointing for the DFS owners, but owners in standard leagues will take this all day. Powell is going to see a significant bump in minutes and should be around 30 per night while the Mavs are shorthanded. He's a strong pickup in most leagues right now. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Salah Mejri gets in foul trouble vs. Kings
    Salah Mejri played 11 minutes in a start for Andrew Bogut (knee) against the Kings on Wednesday, scoring two points with seven boards.

    Advice: Foul trouble kept his minutes down tonight, which isn't a surprise against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri should be looking at more playing time in the next week, so he may have some short-term value in 16-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • A.J. Hammons gets minutes
    A.J. Hammons played 11 minutes on Wednesday with five boards and two blocks.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle said he'd look at Hammons, but it didn't happen until garbage time. You would have to be in a super deep league to take a look at the rookie. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Kenneth Faried in Mike Malone's doghouse
    Kenneth Faried was benched four minutes into the first quarter on Wednesday, finishing with just four points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Mike Malone confirmed that Faried wasn't injured and that his benching was "more of a coach's decision." Faried did re-enter the game in the second half, but not before Malone was tossed for arguing with the refs. The Nuggets' starting lineup of Faried, Jusuf Nurkic, Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay had a -27.2 net rating in 54 minutes this season, which was Denver’s worst lineup (minimum 20 minutes together). Malone is still searching for answers, obviously, and it would be surprising if Faried weren't benched in favor of Darrell Arthur vs. the Wizards on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts second half for Faried
    Darrell Arthur started the second half ahead of Kenneth Faried on Wednesday, posting three points and two turnovers with no other stats to his credit in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: Denver was embarrassed in the first half and there's a good chance Arthur will start at PF for at least Thursday's game -- coach Mike Malone confirmed that Faried's benching tonight was "a coach's decision." It was Wilson Chandler doing most of the work at PF in the second half, however, so anything is possible. We'll let you know if Malone tips his hand prior to Thursday game in D.C. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Ed Davis gets just 17 minutes
    Ed Davis played 17 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with two points and five rebounds.

    Advice: With Al-Farouq Aminu now back in action, Davis could see his playing time take a hit. Although, Aminu isn't having the strongest season. Whatever the case, most of Aminu's minutes should come from Davis, so his owners in deeper leagues should expect a hit there. Yesterday, 7:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 21 pts, 9 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk
    Paul Millsap (hip) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs during Wednesday's 103-95 win vs. the Heat, adding nine boards, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap admitted before the game that his hip still hurts, saying that he's "just playing through and seeing what happens. Hopefully, getting better." That's not entirely encouraging for fantasy owners, but tonight's vintage-Sapper production was a terrific indication that he's feeling better. There's no reason to think he's in imminent danger of missing games. Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Darrell Arthur starts 3Q over Kenneth Faried
    Darrell Arthur started the third quarter over Kenneth Faried on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nets just dominated in the first half with 42 points in the paint. Faried played just four minutes in the first half and is now firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Arthur may get a little boost and is worth a look in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Salah Mejri will start against the Kings
    Salah Mejri will start against the Kings on Wednesday night.

    Advice: It'll be his third start of the season. Andrew Bogut (knee) is going to miss several games and at least 10 days, so Mejri is going to get some run. He played 29.5 minutes per game in his previous starts, so he may be on the radar as a short-term pickup in deeper leagues. Dwight Powell also benefits in a big way tonight. Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Joel Embiid will start on Thursday night
    Joel Embiid will start against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

    Advice: The 76ers rested Embiid in his last game on Tuesday, but he should be able to play his 28 minutes against Anthony Davis and company. The 76ers do not have another back-to-back until Dec. 29-30, so there shouldn't be much rest for The Process. Yesterday, 2:50 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) not with 76ers in NO
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is still not traveling with the 76ers.

    Advice: Okafor has stayed in Philly while the 76ers have gone on their three-game road trip, and it was reported on Tuesday that the plan was for Okafor to remain at home for Thursday's game in New Orleans, so things are not trending in a positive direction here. He'll more than likely spend Thursday night on the sidelines, and he could miss Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Richaun Holmes should pick up some extra minutes in his absence, but that doesn't mean much with Joel Embiid active. Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Dwight Powell getting the big bump
    Dwight Powell is expected to see his playing time increase significantly with Andrew Bogut (knee) out of the lineup.

    Advice: "He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives." Powell is coming off a big 15-point game on Monday in 32 minutes. He is worth a pickup for anyone needing a big man right now.Daily Slant: On a night when spending up for superstars is a must, Dwight Powell provides DFS owners with a low-cost, high-upside option in tournaments. Even with Bogut in the lineup for parts of the last two games, Powell has averaged 30 minutes over those contests and figures to approach that number again tonight with DeMarcus Cousins being featured on the Sacramento side. The Kings are 22nd in rebounding differential this year, so Powell definitely has double-double upside at near minimum price. Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Could A.J. Hammons get minutes?
    Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned A.J. Hammons as a possible option to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: "It makes it much more difficult, but with [Dwight] Powell, [Salah] Mejri and Hammons, we’ll probably have to invent something else here, too, just to make sure we have enough manpower, especially tonight with [DeMarcus] Cousins," Carlisle said. Hammons hasn't played a single second in the first three quarters this season, so he's nowhere near being on the radar right now. Yesterday, 12:47 pm
  • Salah Mejri listed as probable starter
    Salah Mejri is listed as the probable starter for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: This is the expected move with Andrew Bogut (knee) out and going against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri has played 29.5 minutes per start, averaging 5.5 points, 11.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. While he does get a nice bump for fantasy purposes, Dwight Powell should also get a huge bump off the bench. Yesterday, 12:41 pm
  • Marc Gasol just wants the ball in his hands
    Marc Gasol said during Tuesday's postgame interview that he just wants the ball in his hands.

    Advice: "I just want the ball," said Gasol. "I don't care where, how, I just want it and to be able to make a decision with it." Gasol is currently operating with a career-high 26.6 usage rate to accompany his career-high 24.5 assist percentage, and those two things have culminated in him pumping out top-30 value on the year with averages of 19.2 points, 5.9 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 triples and just 2.1 turnovers per game. He's going to be a beast moving forward sans Mike Conley (back). Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) will play through the pain
    Paul Millsap (hip) said he will fight through the pain, and he fully intends to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: "It’s sore," Millsap said after practice Tuesday. "It’s something that probably will have to be dealt with. By that I mean just playing through and see what happens. Hopefully, getting better." Millsap is being listed as probable for tonight's game, and after returning from his three-game stint on the sidelines Monday night and going through Tuesday's practice, there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Get him active. Yesterday, 6:32 am
  • Marc Gasol posts serviceable line w/ 26 pts
    Marc Gasol scored 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 34 minutes in Tuesday's 96-91 win over the 76ers.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set after Gasol triple-doubled on Monday with 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in a double-overtime win. He played 46 minutes in that contest, so coach David Fizdale said before Tuesday's game that he would play a "serviceable" amount of minutes vs Philly. Apparently that means 34. Gasol is rolling right now and his owners just need to hope that he stays healthy. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn scores 12 off the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench these days with Joakim Noah healthy again, but Noah picked up four fouls and only played 14 minutes which allowed KOQ to see 27 minutes of action. He made the most of his minutes and shot 6-of-8 from the field and did a respectable job against Hassan Whiteside, but he's going to be hard to trust while the Knicks are healthy. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (stomach) doubtful Thursday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is doubtful to play Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Okafor has not yet joined the team on their road trip, and it doesn't seem likely that that fact will change on Thursday. Joel Embiid (rest) will be returning from his rest day on Thursday, so Okafor's absence won't mean all that much. Richaun Holmes could see an uptick in minutes, but that's about it. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Marc Gasol will play 'serviceable' mins Tues
    Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale said that Marc Gasol will play a "serviceable" amount of minutes during Tuesday's matchup with the 76ers.

    Advice: This could be a clue that Gasol will head to the bench early if the game turns into a blowout, thus making Gasol a slightly riskier play in daily leagues. He's obviously a must-start guy in season-long settings, though. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) ruled out for Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Mahinmi has only managed to suit up for one game this season, and Tuesday will be his fifth consecutive game on the sidelines. In other words, he belongs on the waiver wire everywhere. Tuesday, 2:23 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Millsap returned from a three-game absence on Monday and put up 24 points, five boards, four assists, three steals and a triple in 39 minutes, so there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Tuesday, 2:00 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tarik Black (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: He won't be traveling with the team for their one-game road trip, but he could be back in action as soon as Friday's game against the Suns. With Black on the sidelines, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's questionable for Wednesday's game, but him sitting out Tuesday's practice isn't exactly encouraging. If Black is out Wednesday night, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes. Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Tarik Black (ankle) questionable for Wed.
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday and is questionable for the Lakers next game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The x-rays were negative but Luke Walton said after the game that Black was on crutches in the locker room. However, Black seemed to downplay the injury, saying "don't count him out" for Wednesday. He was able to put weight on the ankle and put on his right shoe. Check back soon for an update. Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) questionable for Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Mahinmi has missed four straight games due to a knee issue. He has appeared in just one game this season, and shouldn't be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:37 am
  • Joel Embiid returned to action on Monday December 5. Tuesday, 12:00 am
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Marc Gasol triple-doubles in double-OT win
    Marc Gasol's crazy season continued on Monday when he had 28 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on 11-of-25 shooting in 46 minutes of Monday's 110-108 double-overtime win against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Gasol is insane right now, knocking down threes and flirting with a Russell Westbrook-like line tonight. Gasol, never known for assists or 3-pointers, has hit a three in all but three games this season, and has racked up 19 dimes over his last two games. He's returning third-round value right now, but that arrow appears to be pointing up after this one. And over his last five games? He's averaging 21.8 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Tarik Black sprains his ankle, done for night
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday vs. the Jazz and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day, but he's considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Houston. He's averaging 15.6 minutes per game off the bench this season, so this doesn't have many fantasy implications. If anything, Thomas Robinson could pick up a handful of minutes if Black misses more time. He finished with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes. Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 15 in 32 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 15 points with seven rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Powell has a huge opportunity in front of him to produce, as Andrew Bogut hyperextended his right knee in the first quarter and wasn't able to return. With Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely, that means Powell and Salah Mejri will have to hold down the fort if Bogut misses time. Powell added a block and shot 7-of-11 from the field and looks like the better pickup after Mejri logged just eight minutes. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Millsap plays well, but Hawks lose again
    Paul Millsap returned from his hip injury on Monday and played well, racking up 24 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and a 3-pointer on 8-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Finally. Millsap wasn't playing well before his injury and owners in weekly leagues had a tough decision to make with him. He came through tonight and looked like vintage Millsap, so hopefully he's over his injury and his knee is also feeling better. As for the Hawks, they are reeling, losers of seven straight games and 10 of their last 11. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Tristan Thompson grabs 14 boards, 2 blocks
    Tristan Thompson had six points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in Monday's win over the Raptors.

    Advice: After three pretty disappointing lines, Thompson got back on track tonight. Despite some quiet nights, he's still averaging 8.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks over his last five, meaning he's worth hanging onto if you're thin at center. Just don't expect him to score very much. Monday, 7:49 pm
  • Ken Faried plays just 13 minutes on Monday
    Kenneth Faried played just 13 minutes and missed his only shot for two points, two rebounds and a block on Monday.

    Advice: Faried had scored at least 10 points in five straight games, but never got it going tonight. He was outplayed by Darrell Arthur, who got 23 minutes and finished with seven points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block. Faried is probably still the guy to own here, but if his minutes are down again in the next one, it might be time to think again. Especially with Nikola Jokic on his way back from a wrist injury. Monday, 7:09 pm
  • Joel Embiid hits 5-of-15 shots Mon., out Tues
    Joel Embiid hit just 5-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four rebounds and five blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Process wasn't great tonight and actually struggled a bit against Jusuf Nurkic. He was serviceable and saved his line with the blocks, but will sit out on Tuesday against the Grizzlies. Jahlil Okafor (stomach) is also out for that one, meaning Richaun Holmes could be a sneaky play tomorrow night. Monday, 6:56 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) to start, Muscala to bench
    Paul Millsap (hip) will start vs. the Thunder on Monday, moving Mike Muscala to the bench.

    Advice: He made it through warmups just fine and is returning after a three-game absence. We haven't heard about any restrictions for Millsap, so season-long owners should make sure he's active. Monday, 3:41 pm
  • Report: Nerlens Noel at least one week away
    Nerlens Noel is reportedly at least one week away from making his regular-season debut.

    Advice: Noel won't be traveling with the team to Memphis or New Orleans, and it sounds like he'll likely remain in Philly for Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Head coach Brett Brown wants Noel to take contact and get in some 1-on-1 work before he'll even consider bringing him into the rotation, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Playing in Philly’s crowded frontcourt is far from ideal, but there’s also a decent chance he gets traded into a better situation. Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Okafor (gastroenteritis) out Monday & Tuesday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) has been ruled out for Monday's game against Denver as well as Tuesday's game in Memphis.

    Advice: Gastroenteritis is no joke, but Okafor should be just fine after spending these next two games on the sidelines, so we'll consider him on the probable side of his inevitable questionable-tag for Thursday's game in New Orleans. Joel Embiid will be drawing the start tonight, but with him set to rest Tuesday vs. Memphis, we could see a lot of Richaun Holmes at the five-spot. Dario Saric and Ersan Ilyasova could also man the five during certain small ball lineups. Daily Slant: Joel Embiid will be the guy down low for the Sixers tonight, but we'll have ample opportunity to attack the back-up big men tomorrow. With Okafor and Embiid set to sit on Tuesday, Dario Saric, Richaun Holmes and Ersan Ilyasova are all in play, with Saric seemingly holding the highest ceiling among the three. He also happens to own a solid 26.5% usage with Embiid/Okafor off the floor. Monday, 2:18 pm
  • Nerlens Noel not traveling with the 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) is not traveling with the 76ers to Memphis or New Orleans.

    Advice: He doesn't have a target date to return, but this at least rules him out until Dec. 11 against the Pistons. If you're stashing Noel, you basically have to hope he's traded out of Philly because the frontcourt is simply too crowded right now. Monday, 9:27 am
  • Paul Millsap (hip) a game-time call Monday
    Paul Millsap (hip) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Millsap has missed the last three games for the Hawks, but he's truly day-to-day and the Hawks didn't even feel the need to give him an MRI which is a very good sign. If Millsap is ultimately ruled out Monday, Mike Muscala could possibly make his second straight start at PF, but he won't be a great option outside of deeper leagues. Monday, 8:45 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (illness) questionable Monday
    Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Okafor has been playing well of late. He has scored in double-figures in five straight games and over the Sixers last four contests, Okafor is averaging 15.0 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.0 block. Joel Embiid is going to play on Monday night, but will sit out (rest) on Tuesday. Thus, if Okafor is not close to 100%, the Sixers may choose to hold him out on Monday in hopes he recovers in time for Tuesday's contest, when they will be sans Embiid. Monday, 8:38 am
  • Joel Embiid will play Monday, out Tuesday
    Joel Embiid will play vs. the Nuggets on Monday and will sit out against the Grizzlies on Tuesday.

    Advice: Embiid's minute restriction has been bumped up to 28 minutes, and the Sixers will likely need all 28 on Monday, as Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is questionable and Robert Covington (left knee, flu symptoms) is out. Embiid has been incredibly productive despite limited minutes all season and will be heavily owned in all DFS formats on Monday. Monday, 8:36 am
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: L.A. coughed up a big early lead and Griffin was one of the only players who looked engaged on both ends tonight, as the Clippers committed 20 turnovers while getting out-scored in the paint 58-36. Blake drained 10-of-21 shots tonight and the Clippers' loss doesn't make his line any less appealing to fantasy owners. Sunday, 9:23 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets nine boards, four blocks
    Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Kristaps Porzingis posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Porzingis could have had a monster line if he shot better from the field, but his fantasy owners can't complain with tonight's block-laden double-double. He's a second-round value in most fantasy formats, and has been averaging 34.2 minutes despite ranking third in the NBA in fouls per game. Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be his fourth game in a row on the shelf. This is not the same knee that he had offseason surgery on, but the Wizards are going to play it safe with their $64 million backup center. He was able to practice Sunday, so he's considered day-to-day. Sunday, 10:37 am
  • Tyson Chandler falls flat in rout to GSW
    Tyson Chandler had just two points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Saturday's blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: We thought this might be a decent matchup for TyChan as he can run the floor and he played 25 minutes, but only attempted one shot on the evening. He's not really doing much for the Suns, other than stunting the growth of Alex Len (17 minutes tonight), but he is averaging 6.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and .8 blocks over his last four games. He's fine if you're only looking for boards and a solid filed goal percentage, but that's about it. Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • Kenneth Faried quietly productive
    Kenneth Faried had 10 points, six rebounds and a block in 29 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He stands to get a couple more starts with Jokic's wrist injury likely to keep him out for at least two more games, and is averaging 12.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks over his last five games. He's been a little boring, but he has seventh-round value on the season. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 15 in loss to Boston
    Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points in a start for Joel Embiid (rest) on Saturday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He is playing well on the offensive side and took care of business on that end. However, it's not a secret that NBA teams love to go after Okafor on defense and Isaiah Thomas even threw some shade. "We wanted to get Okafor in as many pick-and-rolls as possible," Thomas said. Even with the bad defense, Okafor is worth owning in standard leagues with coach Brett Brown OK with playing him next to Embiid. Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Joel Embiid officially resting on Saturday
    Joel Embiid (rest) will not play against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the back-to-back set for The Process. He has seen his minutes limit rise to 28 and it's starting to feel like his back-to-back restriction may not be going on all season. With Embiid out, a non-restricted Jahlil Okafor will get most of the minutes with Richaun Holmes backing him up. Saturday, 2:49 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 14 points
    Kenneth Faried scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 23 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets were run out of their own gym to start this one, giving up 42 points in the first quarter. After the game coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his guys covered Ryan Anderson in the first quarter, and he talked about how the hustle wasn't there. To be clear, this doesn't necessarily mean he's talking about Faried. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Friday, 11:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores eight in nine minutes
    Darrell Arthur scored eight points in nine minutes against the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Even with Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur still couldn't get decent run. Arthur can stay on the wire in most leagues. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

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

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Friday, 8:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 25 points with 10 boards
    Joel Embiid played 27 minutes during a 105-88 loss to the Magic on Friday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a 28-minute limit for this game and even played in some of garbage time to help him get close to it. Embiid did play 13 minutes next to Jahlil Okafor tonight against the bigger lineup of the Magic, so that's something to watch. Obviously it's not going to affect his minutes, usage or rebounding rate. Plus, coach Brett Brown really likes him around the rim, so his blocks should be fine, too. Embiid is very likely to rest on Saturday. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets first double-double
    Jahlil Okafor posted his first double-double of the season against the Magic on Friday, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown used Okafor next to Joel Embiid for 13 minutes tonight. That would be great news for Okafor in most matchups, but against the Magic it's not a big deal. Embiid is almost certainly going to rest on Saturday, so Okafor will look to build off this game against the Celtics at home. He's worth a look if you need a big man. Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) is available Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: With Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur will likely be in the rotation. He hasn't been healthy all season, so his minutes will likely be pretty limited. Leave him on the wire. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) out Friday and Saturday
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Pistons on Friday and is also out for Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: These DNPs will be his second and third games out of the lineup. Despite going scoreless on Wednesday, Mike Muscala should get another start while Mike Scott could also see a few extra minutes than his four on Wednesday. Millsap's injury doesn't sound serious and it may be more about pain tolerance, so he could make it back for Monday against the Thunder. Friday, 3:32 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Nerlens Noel called back up to 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) has been recalled from the Delaware 87ers following Friday's practice.

    Advice: He went through practice with the D-League team to help him progress in his rehab. Noel has said he's in a good place mentally and that he's looking forward to playing with the 76ers even though the roster hasn't changed yet. He's likely going to have a minutes limit, so anyone wanting to stash him will have to wait a while before he's turning in value. He still doesn't have a target date. Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday night vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Mahinmi has appeared in just one game this season and holds no fantasy value. Jason Smith should see a few additional minutes. Friday, 10:03 am
  • Embiid minute limit increased to 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid will be on a 28-minute limit Friday night vs. Orlando, but likely will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: In addition to the 28-minute limit vs. Magic, the Sixers announced that "the team anticipates to follow prior back-to-back protocol for Celtics on Saturday." Thus, we can safely assume they will rest Embiid on Saturday. Embiid has not played more than 27 minutes in any game this season, so 28 minutes would represent a career high. It will be interesting to see if Embiid can sustain his incredible per-minute production as his playing time increases. His current per-36 minute averages are mind-boggling: 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers. Friday, 8:36 am
  • Sixers assign Nerlens Noel to the D-League
    The Sixers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the D-League.

    Advice: He is scheduled to participate in practice on Friday as part of his ongoing rehab for his left knee. Noel seems to be inching towards a return to the Sixers lineup. However, with a glut of big men, it is still unknown how frequently he will play once he is finally healthy enough to suit up for actual NBA games. If the Sixers are going to trade him in February, it would make sense for them to showcase him for other teams. Noel remains stash-worthy in standard leagues. Friday, 8:23 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 25 points in win vs. Magic
    Marc Gasol scored 25 points in 32 minutes during a 95-94 comeback win over the Magic on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, five blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: What a huge win for the Grizzlies. Coach David Fizdale continues to talk up The Nasty Nine, and his squad has just been money in tough situations. In fact, the Grizzlies are now 5-0 on the second night of a back-to-back set and they improved to 8-0 when the margin is within three points in the final minute. As for Gasol, the solid playing time after 35 minutes on Wednesday. He'll likely get rest at some point, but expect Gasol to post great stats sans Mike Conley (back). Thursday, 10:26 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Tristan Thompson scores 3 points in loss
    Tristan Thompson had three points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block in 34 minutes of Thursday's blowout loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: After back-to-back double-doubles, Thompson is cold again, averaging just 5.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 2.0 blocks over his last two games. Both of them were blowout losses and we're guessing Thompson gets back on track against the Bulls on Friday. Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Thank goodness he looks to be out of his slump. In his last five games, Powell has made 57.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.6 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's likely going to remain in his role as the backup big man with around 20 minutes regardless of who is out on a given night -- he did get four minutes at power forward tonight. He's only an option in deep leagues right now, but his playing time may increase later in the year. Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Salah Mejri gets 27 minutes in start
    Salah Mejri played 27 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday with three points, 11 rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut (rest) did not play while Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) is still out, so there were heavy center minutes up for grabs. The Mavs were being careful with Mejri earlier in the season due to some injuries, but they may play him more on the nights Bogut sits. Mejri is barely in the rotation when Bogut is active, so he's only a plug-and-plug or DFS punt. Thursday, 6:43 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Grizzlies sticking with the same starters
    The Grizzlies will start Andrew Harrison, Tony Allen, Troy Williams, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol on Thursday.

    Advice: it's a home game on a back-to-back set, so there's a chance Gasol's minutes take a slight dip to play some of the younger guys. He should be very busy while Mike Conley (back) is on the mend. Thursday, 4:49 pm
  • Salah Mejri, Dorian Finney-Smith starting
    Salah Mejri will get the start on Thursday.

    Advice: Andrew Bogut is getting the night off tonight, so Mejri should find himself getting minutes in the low 20s. Dwight Powell should also get some minutes in the second unit and could be a better option. Powell has really struggled lately, though. Thursday, 3:53 pm
  • Darrell Arthur probable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable for Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to an illness and should be back. Arthur won't be playing much while the Nuggets are somewhat healthy at the four and five. Thursday, 2:29 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) is questionable for Friday
    Paul Millsap is listed as questionable to play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The Hawks are on a back-to-back set with another game in Toronto on Saturday. Millsap was playing through his hip injury for about a week before he missed Wednesday against the Suns. He'll likely be a game-time call for the 8:00 start. If he can't go, Mike Muscala should play close to 30 minutes with a few more minutes going to Mike Scott (knee), assuming Scott is a go. Thursday, 2:02 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi gets treatment on Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He had surgery on his left knee, so it's not an aggravation to his knee. Considering the Wizards aren't too thin, they may want to bring Mahinmi along slowly. Thursday, 12:07 pm
  • Nerlens Noel in for most of Thursday practice
    Nerlens Noel (knee) participated in most of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Yes, we're talking about practice. With a targeted late-November return now in the rearview mirror, Noel seems to be progressing towards a return. He's scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, so we may know more about his return shortly. While he'll be brought along slowly, the 22-year-old is worth a stash in most leagues. Thursday, 10:50 am
  • Joel Embiid scheduled to play on Friday
    Joel Embiid is scheduled to play against the Magic on Friday, according to Tom Moore.

    Advice: While this isn't set in stone, Moore also reports that Embiid is likely to sit the second half of the 76ers back-to-back on Saturday. We'll keep an eye on news surrounding Embiid, but it looks like his fantasy owners can deploy him for Friday night. Thursday, 10:46 am
  • Damian Jones unlikely to crack Dubs rotation
    Warriors general manager Bob Myers said Damian Jones will have a hard time playing his way into Golden State's rotation.

    Advice: Jones is currently in the D-League as he recovers from a pectoral tear, and Myers said he's unlikely to make a dent with the Warriors this season. "It's gonna be hard to crack our rotation," Myers said. "But he hasn't played basketball in seven months He needs to play a lot more basketball. But we're encouraged." Jones has some upside, but he isn't worth owning in any fantasy leagues after comments like that. Thursday, 7:05 am
  • Alex Len has another multi-block game
    Alex Len had another single-digit scoring game on Wednesday with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler's return to the starting lineup has done Len no favors, but it's not all bad news. Len has seven straight games with at least two blocks, the longest streak by a Suns player since Jermaine O'Neal in 2012, and he's averaging 9.9 rebounds during that stretch. He's worth holding onto in most formats. Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Ed Davis gets 32 minutes minutes vs. Indy
    Ed Davis played 32 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with two points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: That's a lot of playing time and it shows that coach Terry Stotts has become somewhat committed to using Davis as his starting big man. Over his last five, Davis averaged 7.2 points, 6.2 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 steals on 64.0 percent from the field and 80.0 percent from the line. He's been a solid short-term hold, but his value will drop once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returns. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 29 points in win
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points during a 106-104 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

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

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Ed Davis is starting against the Pacers
    Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Against a quicker Thaddeus Young, this is somewhat surprising. Davis will likely have to guard Myles Turner in this game and should focus on the defensive end. He's not a fantasy option in most leagues. Wednesday, 6:59 pm
  • Paul Millsap out, Mike Muscala will start
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday and Mike Muscala will start in his place.

    Advice: He went through some warmups in Phoenix, but the Hawks will just hold him out. Millsap suffered the injury last week and has been playing through it. He is only day-to-day and has a decent chance to play this weekend. Besides a big bump to Muscala, Mike Scott should benefit. Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: He did not go through shootaround and the Wizards will just be safe with Mahinmi. He had surgery on left knee, so this is something different. There will be a couple extra minutes for Jason Smith tonight. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Brown says Jo and Okafor will play together
    Coach Brett Brown said Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor playing together "will happen" on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Embiid getting 28 minutes, this news does suggest Okafor can still get to 24 minutes. Okafor's defense has been a big problem on the help side, so it'll be Embiid protecting the rim. Okafor has some low-end value now that he doesn't have a minutes cap. Wednesday, 2:36 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) limited at practice Weds
    Nerlens Noel (knee) was a limited participant during his practice with the 76ers' D-League affiliate on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's only been going through 1-on-1 and 1-on-none drills, and it doesn't sound like he saw a significant increase in activity with the 87ers. He's expected to re-join the 76ers on Thursday, and at that point it'll be determined if he can increase his workload. The 76ers will be bringing Noel along slowly, but he's getting close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • More Trust: Joel Embiid can play 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid had his minutes limit increased to 28 minutes for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: Oh yeah. We'll get more of The Process, which means fewer minutes for Jahlil Okafor. Embiid is second in the NBA in usage rate at 37.6 while he's also seen some very good rebounding and block numbers lately. Hopefully this also means Embiid's back-to-back limit can go away soon. Trust The Process. Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Darrell Arthur ruled out for Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Heat.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (thigh) back, the Nuggets won't need Arthur as much. Wilson Chandler should slide over to the four more tonight and should still get plenty of minutes. Arthur isn't worth stashing in most leagues. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) did not participate during shootaround, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Mahinmi was also limited during Tuesday's practice, so he's probably much closer to doubtful for tonight's game. He's not worth owning anywhere, and his absence will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) sits out shootaround
    Darrell Arthur (illness) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur sitting out shootaround is a pretty good indication that he won't be playing tonight. He's not worth owning anywhere. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Damian Jones sent down for a D-League stint
    Damian Jones has been sent back down for another D-League stint.

    Advice: Jones will have a marginal role with the Dubs this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:10 am
  • Okafor, Embiid could play together Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid could share the floor during Wednesday's matchup with the Kings.

    Advice: Head coach Brett Brown has been talking about pairing the big man duo for some time now, and he believes that he'll finally have the opportunity to do so on Wednesday night, given how Sacramento likes to play big. Okafor hasn't been great this season, and while he could see a slight boost tonight if he is able to share the floor with Embiid, this is not likely a strategy that Brown will be able to use regularly. Wednesday, 7:36 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) sent to D-League to rehab
    Nerlens Noel has reportedly been sent down to the D-League to rehab his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel said one week ago that he's a "couple weeks away," and his D-League assignment is likely an indication that he's extremely close to making his season debut, particularly with this coming during a four-game home stand and not a lengthy road trip. That being said, head coach Brett Brown has acknowledged that it'll be tough to get Noel meaningful minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt, so he probably won't have immediate value upon his return. He could, however, have nice value if traded to the right situation, so he's a reasonable guy to stash away at this point. Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • Tristan Thompson blocks three shots in loss
    Tristan Thompson blocked three shots on Tuesday vs. the Bucks with eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This was eighth game of the season with multiple blocks and he's now averaging nearly 1.7 swats per contest. He's going to hurt his owners with his free throw shooting and he only hit 2-of-4 attempts tonight, but he's worth owning for his blocks and elite rebounding. Tuesday, 7:48 pm
  • Omer Asik finally double-doubles
    Omer Asik made another start on Tuesday and had his first double-double of the season with 10 points, 11 boards, a steal and a block on 4-of-6 shooting in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's been pretty useless thus far, despite starting, and hadn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds in his previous six games. And in his three previous games double-digit rebounding games, he scored a total of zero points in them. He belongs on waiver wires, despite tonight's heroics. The Lakers have a way of giving things up to guys they shouldn't. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

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

    Advice: Arthur seems to always find a way to pop up on the injury report, but he's not a meaningful part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) did some individual work on the side but did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

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

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

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

    Advice: Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 15 points Monday
    Jahlil Okafor scored 15 points with five rebounds and one block against the Raptors on Monday.

    Advice: Okafor has yet to eclipse the 27-minute mark this season and only played 25 minutes Monday, shooting 7-of-14 from the field. He averages about four more minutes per game as a starter, so there's not a lot of upside here. Joel Embiid was resting Monday, so Okafor will head back to the bench on Wednesday vs. the Kings. Monday, 7:18 pm
  • Damian Jones recalled from D-League
    Damian Jones has been recalled from the D-League.

    Advice: The Warriors could really use his size and rim protection, but it's not clear if he will be active for Monday's game vs. the Hawks. Nov 28, 10:33 am
  • Earl Watson praises Alex Len
    Suns coach Earl Watson praised Alex Len for his rim protection.

    Advice: "His timing is getting better," Watson said. "You get timing through experience. Practice can’t create that environment. You have to get in-game minutes." Len is averaging 9.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games, and it sounds like Watson wants to keep feeding him minutes even with Tyson Chandler back in the mix. He will be a little inconsistent, but could have a strong finish to the season once the Suns focus on player development. Nov 28, 9:21 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) has some minor swelling
    Blake Griffin said after Sunday's loss to the Clippers that he some swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Griffin was kicked in the calf during Friday's game against the Pistons and wore a sleeve on his right leg on Sunday to provide some extra support for his knee. It sounds like the injury is minor and it shouldn't be a long-term concern, but it's worth noting that the Clippers play the 4-12 Nets on Tuesday. For now, we'll keep Griffin off the injury report. Nov 28, 8:01 am
  • Joerger praises DeMarcus Cousins
    Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: "[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process. Nov 28, 6:20 am
  • Ed Davis starts, plays 22 minutes Sunday
    Ed Davis started at PF again on Sunday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-3 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs, three rebounds and one assist in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Terry Stotts was mixing and matching his lineup in the absence of Al-Farouq Aminu, but he seems to have settled on Davis as his every-night PF. In his first five starts, Davis averaged 6.4 points, 7.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 blocks in 24.0 minutes per game. That's a good indication of his low-end value until Aminu returns -- just don't expect him to continue making 85.7 percent of his free throws as a starter. Nov 27, 9:16 pm
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