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  • Aaron Gordon posts hollow 10-point line
    Aaron Gordon couldn't build on Friday's strong game, scoring 10 points on Sunday with three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is the epitome of a hollow line, which has been all too familiar this season. The move to SF hasn't played to Gordon's strengths and it's hard to see him making a big leap while Serge Ibaka and Jeff Green are both healthy. 45 minutes ago
  • Ish Smith logs 25 minutes off Pistons' bench
    Ish Smith played 25 minutes off the bench on Sunday, finishing with 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting, two assists, one rebound and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) returned tonight but he was on a strict minute-limit. Stan Van Gundy loves to give his starters heavy minutes, with Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope likely to dominate the backcourt, so Smith may not see this type of playing time for long. He's been very efficient lately, but is still a cut candidate for a more promising free agent. 49 minutes ago
  • C.J. Miles (knee) will play Sunday vs. LAC
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will play Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Miles will be returning from a six-game absence, and Nate McMillan hinted that he could be working with a minutes limit in his first game back, so he's not a great DFS target tonight. However, he was playing really well prior to going down, so he's worth a speculative add in standard leagues. Rodney Stuckey and Glenn Robinson III will take a hit with Miles back on the active roster. Today, 4:05 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) available vs. Clippers
    Kevin Seraphin (knee) is available to play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

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

    Advice: Reggie Jackson (thumb, knee) is making his regular-season debut tonight, although he'll be a minutes limit, so perhaps Smith can still churn out some low-end value. Still, his fantasy clock is ticking, as it'll be tough for him to do much on a nightly basis once Jackson is fully up to speed. Today, 2:59 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Today, 1:21 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out Monday vs. WAS
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Monday will be Lin's 15th consecutive game on the sidelines, and the Nets' haven't given any indication that he's getting close to a return. Isaiah Whitehead will continue to start in his absence, but Sean Kilpatrick remains the primary beneficiary. Lin is worth holding onto in most leagues. Today, 12:54 pm
  • Seth Curry (knee) questionable for Monday
    Seth Curry (right knee sprain) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Curry has spent the past two games on the sidelines, and his minutes have been divvied up between Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson, with Deron Williams logging around 30 minutes as a starter. It'll be more of the same if he can't give it a go Monday night. Today, 12:12 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (back) listed as day-to-day
    Mike D'Antoni said that Trevor Ariza (back) was feeling better, and the Rockets are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Ariza exited Friday's game during the closing minutes with back spasms and did not return, but Houston was up by 20 when Ariza tapped out. He did sit out Sunday's practice, and while he did say he was feeling better, he acknowledged that he might not play Monday vs. Boston. If he’s out, Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels would see a boost in value. Today, 11:17 am
  • 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. Today, 10:37 am
  • Reggie Bullock (knee) has successful surgery
    Reggie Bullock had successful surgery on his left knee.

    Advice: He was originally expected to miss 2-4 months, but now his timetable is 4-6 weeks. Regardless, Bullock shouldn't be on fantasy rosters until further notice. Today, 7:56 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 27 in loss to Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe hit 10-of-19 shots and five 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, four assists and five steals in Saturday's blowout 138-109 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: You hardly hear Bledsoe's name this season or see him in the highlight shows, but he's killing it, averaging 22.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games. He's returning fourth-round value for the season in leagues that don't count turnovers, and his value appears to be climbing right now. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 16 points vs. Heat
    Allen Crabbe scored 16 points with three rebounds and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been whisper quiet for most of the season due to only a 14.0 usage rate on the season. Crabbe is coming off a 15-point game on Wednesday, but he just isn't adding anything of note in the non-scoring categories on top of the low usage rate. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside scores 28 in 41 minutes
    Hassan Whiteside played 41 minutes during a 99-92 loss to the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 28 points with 16 rebounds, one assist and five blocks.

    Advice: That is a ton of playing time for Whiteside. He made 12-of-16 from the field and now has double-digit rebounding games in all but one game this season. Whiteside padded his lead in rebounds with 14.9 and he's also leapfrogged Rudy Gobert for the No. 2 spot in blocks per game. He's going to post some massive stat lines for the short-handed Heat and is sitting on second-round value this season. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 18 in full line
    Goran Dragic scored 18 points with nine rebounds, eight assists, two steals and five turnovers against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He needs some help. Dragic is going to be doing some serious heavy lifting this week and should post early-round value in the short term as long as he can put up decent efficiency. Keep him rolling. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Derrick Williams gets a DNP-CD
    Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: That's cold. Williams was available to play, but coach Erik Spoelstra just went with other guys. Williams may get playing time another day, but this has to sting with only eight guys playing tonight. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Josh McRoberts scores 13 points
    Josh McRoberts scored a season-high 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: From inbounds specialist to main power forward. McRoberts could stick in the starting lineup until guys like Justise Winslow (wrist) can return. He could disappear very soon, but McBobs has some short-term value. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Deron Williams hands out 15 assists in win
    Deron Williams hit just 3-of-11 shots, but had nine points, two rebounds, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Saturday's surprising 107-82 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: After missing eight of nine games with a calf injury, Williams has played in five straight. And while we don't love his game or trust him, he's deserving of some attention right now. He's averaging 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists over his last five games, but is shooting just 34 percent and has just one steal, zero blocks and two 3-pointers over that stretch. If you are desperate for assists, Williams is worth a look. But you'll just have to hope he's not hurt again before you actually get him into your lineup. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays well vs. Bulls
    Andrew Bogut returned from a day of rest and had a season-high eight points, 11 rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 22 minutes before fouling out on Saturday.

    Advice: He's averaging just 4.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks over his last four games played, and while the rebounds are fun, the non-existent scoring and blocks are not. Add in that he's always a candidate to miss games and he's barely worth owning in most fantasy leagues, especially when an eight-point night in December is your season high in scoring. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Rodney McGruder scores seven in 39 minutes
    Rodney McGruder scored seven points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Heat need wings in the worst way, so McGruder may have the best opportunity for playing time in the NBA. Even with 34.4 minutes per game over his last five, McGruder averaged 8.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. He's worth a look as a desperation play with four games coming up. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • JaMychal Green drops 16 points with 13 boards
    JaMychal Green had a big game during a 103-100 win over the Lakers on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It's a season high in boards and just his second double-double on the year. As a member of the Nasty Nine, Green has been quietly consistent over his last nine, averaging 12.1 points, 7.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.9 blocks and 0.6 treys on 59.1 percent from the field and 81.3 percent from the line. He has top-45 value in standard leagues in that span, so his patient owners have to be feeling great right now. Make sure he's somehow not on your wire. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Money Green: Troy Daniels scores 31 points
    Troy Daniels played the best game of his NBA career during a 103-100 win over the Lakers on Saturday, scoring a career-high 31 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Hey now. On Thursday, coach David Fizdale said he's going to "use the heck out of him to get shots" and he wasn't lying. Daniels had a 30.1 usage rate with no turnovers and a 63.7 true shooting percentage. Fizdale also said Daniels wants him to have the "money green light" when he's hot, so it was definitely that color tonight. The Grizzlies are rolling with their Nasty Nine, so feel free to grab Daniels and use him until Chandler Parsons (knee) and James Ennis (calf) can return. His green light should be money green with four games next week. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Lou Williams scores season-high 40 points
    Lou Williams was a one-man band during a 103-100 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, scoring a season-high 40 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He was 11-of-20 from the field and made all 14 from the line. Williams seemed like he was due for a blow up, and he finally came through. In the previous seven games without D’Angelo Russell (knee), Williams usage rate has increased to 29.5, but his minutes only increased 0.6 from his season average. This massive game boosted him up two rounds of value on the season, putting him inside the top 65 for standard leagues. He's a bit of a sell-high, but Williams is legit under coach Luke Walton. Yesterday, 9:20 pm
  • Jameer Nelson bounces back in loss to Jazz
    Jameer Nelson played 26 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, four rebounds, seven assists and a block on Saturday.

    Advice: Nelson was rolling before Friday's five-point game in 19 minutes, but bounced back on Saturday. He's averaging 15.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 2.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five games, but with Will Barton back and balling at a high level, and Emmanuel Mudiay playing 30 minutes a night, it will be tough for Nelson to keep up this pace. Mudiay played just 22 minutes tonight, which is why Nelson was back in the picture. But Mudiay is healthy, so it would likely take an injury to him or Barton to keep Nelson relevant. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic still awful without Jokic
    Jusuf Nurkic started again on Saturday, but hit 4-of-6 shots for eight points, four rebounds and zero blocks in just 13 minutes of a 105-98 loss to the Jazz.

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

    Advice: He had his minutes increase in his last game, so Williams could get over 30 again tonight. He's a hold while he's healthy, but he's one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Derrick Williams will play vs. Blazers
    Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league. Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Seth Curry (knee) will not play Saturday
    Coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that Seth Curry (right knee sprain) will not play Saturday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: This will be the second game Curry has missed since spraining his knee Wednesday night. Starter Deron Williams may play more than 30 minutes on Saturday for the first time since November 4th. Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson could also see an uptick in minutes off the Mavs bench. Yesterday, 9:30 am
  • Deron Williams (calf) probable for Saturday
    Deron Williams (left calf strain) is probable to play vs. Chicago on Saturday.

    Advice: Williams appears to have finally put his nagging calf issue in the rear-view mirror. D-Will has seen his playing time and production increase in each of the Mavs four previous games, from 15 minutes and four points last Friday to 14 points in 29 minutes on Thursday. When healthy, Willims is a fantasy asset, especially for teams in need of point guard depth. Over the first five games of this season, Williams averaged 15.0 points, 5.8 assists and 2.4 3-pointers in 35 minutes per game. Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Seth Curry (knee) questionable for Saturday
    Seth Curry (mild knee sprain) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: Curry suffered a mild sprain of his right knee on Wednesday, which caused him to miss Thursday's game. If Curry doesn't play on Saturday, Deron Williams, Devin Harris and Jonathan Gibson would see a slight uptick in minutes. Yesterday, 6:33 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't capitalize on Friday
    Jusuf Nurkic played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with 10 point, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic (wrist) did not play in this game, so Nurkic only getting 20 minutes is a pretty bad sign. He has been a disaster in pick-and-roll coverage and he didn't do a good job in really any facet on defense. Nurkic also missed both free throws, so he's killing his owners there, too. His fantasy value depends a lot on who owns him, but he's lost a lot of his preseason luster for sure. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Jameer Nelson loses minutes with Will back
    Jameer Nelson scored five points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The return of Will Barton should really hurt Nelson's minutes. Barton looked 100 percent and ready to take on most of the shooting guard minutes, which is noteworthy for Nelson because he was playing big minutes in two-PG combos. Nelson will have value at some point because he has multiple avenues for minutes and Emmanuel Mudiay is shaky, but Jameer is a drop candidate now. Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Trevor Ariza leaves game with back spasms
    Updating a previous report, Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with back spasms.

    Advice: He didn't return, but there was only a few minutes left. Ariza played 43 minutes the night before and logged 31 minutes tonight, but luckily he gets two days off before Monday's game vs. Boston. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and four treys. If we get some bad news on Ariza, Sam Dekker would get some extra burn. To be clear, Ariza should be fine. Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (leg) goes to locker room
    Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with an apparent leg injury and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was down on the ground for a while, but he was able to get up and was seen gingerly walking to the locker room without a noticeable limp. He left the game with only a few minutes left, so his night is likely done. If Ariza needs to miss time, Sam Dekker looks like he will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 20 points in win vs. PHI
    Aaron Gordon busted out against the 76ers during a 105-88 win on Friday, scoring a season-high 20 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was just two points off his career high and Gordon did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. He's been horrendous for his previous 10 games with only a 37.1 field goal percentage for 8.0 points and 1.2 dimes on the offensive side. Maybe this game can get him going, but it was a dream matchup for him. He's only a borderline hold right now and gets a tougher matchup against the Pistons on Sunday. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Derrick Williams (back) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF. Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Magic sticking with the same starters vs. PHI
    The Magic will stick with the starting lineup of D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo against the 76ers.

    Advice: The starting nod hasn't really helped Gordon while it has helped Fournier get more shots and be a facilitator. It's a great matchup for both wings, so maybe Gordon can get going. Nikola Vucevic should be fine off the bench, especially against Jahlil Okafor. Friday, 3:46 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Suns looking to get more dimes?
    The Suns are looking to add more passing into their offense.

    Advice: "It’s been stagnant at times," Eric Bledsoe said of the team’s passing. "But at the end of the day, everybody is happy with how the offense is going. The heart of our team is me, Brandon and Devin. We’re going to have the ball the majority of times." The Suns are 29th in dimes per game and lead the NBA in unassisted baskets per game. There shouldn't be much change overall, but more dimes could add more fantasy value to the Phoenix guards. Friday, 1:33 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Saturday
    Jeremy Lin (strained left hamstring) has been ruled out for Saturday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be the 14th straight game Lin has missed due to his nagging hamstring injury. Isiah Whitehead will likely draw the start on Saturday. Sean Kilpatrick will also continue to see extended minutes. Kilpatrick has been scoring hot of late. Over the Nets last five games, Kilpatrick is averaging 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.4 3-pointers, while shooting 47.6 percent from the floor and 37.5 percent from downtown. Friday, 10:48 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday night vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Mahinmi has appeared in just one game this season and holds no fantasy value. Jason Smith should see a few additional minutes. Friday, 10:03 am
  • Derrick Williams (back) hopeful to play Sat.
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

    Advice: The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players. Friday, 7:28 am
  • Trevor Ariza struggles from deep
    Trevor Ariza made 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, and one steal in Thursday’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Ariza missed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc, but continues to get plenty of looks. He has now attempted seven or more 3-pointers in four of his last six games. While he does have plenty of bumps in the road due to his cold spells, Ariza's output in steals has still made him an early-round asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 11:18 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 19 points vs. Magic
    Troy Daniels matched a season-high 19 points in 29 minutes against the Magic on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: On the heels of a 19-point Wednesday, this is the best two-game run of his career and the first time he's had consecutive games with at least 16 points. Daniels had his best game on defense, closed this one out, and clearly impressed his coach. "Whenever he’s out there, I’m going to use the heck out of him to get shots," coach Fizdale said. Fizdale also asked Daniels what color green light he should have when he gets to let it fly and Daniels said "money green." He may have some short-term value and is worth a look in deep leagues for owners needing treys. Thursday, 9:51 pm
  • Aaron Gordon quiet in another start
    Aaron Gordon started again on Thursday but played just 21 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block on 3-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: Owners have reached the end of their rope with Gordon and his new starting role isn't really helping. In an ideal world he's still a hold, but if he's killing your fantasy team and you're watching good players being swiped off the wire while you're hanging onto him, a move might be in order. Just don't be surprised if he's a better player a month from now. Thursday, 9:16 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Goran Dragic leads Heat in scoring
    Goran Dragic scored 27 points during a 111-110 win over the Jazz on Thursday, adding six assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: Dragic had a strong fourth quarter, scoring 14 of his 27 points and tied his season high in points. With all the injuries on the Heat, he has been playing a lot of minutes, averaging 36.3 over his last three games compared to his season average of 32.5 and has been asked to carry this team. He has at least 16 points in the last three games and has a good matchup on Saturday against the Trail Blazers who play at a fast pace, which should create extra opportunities. Thursday, 8:49 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside almost double-doubles
    Hassan Whiteside hit 4-of-11 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds, and one steal in Thursday night’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Whiteside was one point shy of 16th double-double of the season and his fourth consecutive one. He is averaging 17.7 points, 15.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks per game and remains one of the league's best centers. It was a rough night for Whiteside against a tough defense and his 47-game streak with a blocked came to an end. His next game comes against Portland who is allowing 45.8 rebounds per game with a -3.3 differential Thursday, 8:31 pm
  • Derrick Williams in locker room w/ back spasm
    Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

    Advice: Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now. Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Deron Williams gets 30 minutes vs. CHA
    Deron Williams scored 14 points with three rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign to see Williams get this much playing time on the second half of a back-to-back set -- he played 26 minutes on Wednesday. Williams is basically an injury waiting to happen, but he's worth a pickup if you have something to cut and need a point guard. Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • Heat using same starters on Thursday
    The Heat will start Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: There is a shortage of guards in Utah tonight, so McGruder should be busy. Expect to see plenty of Wayne Ellington off the bench. Thursday, 5:19 pm
  • Deron Williams will start against the Hornets
    Deron Williams (calf) will start against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: He played 26 minutes on Wednesday night, so the back-to-back factor is likely in play on his minutes tonight. Coach Rick Carlisle has rested Williams in the second half of a game before, so that's an option. Williams is a risky asset in standard leagues and is a tough target in DFS. Thursday, 3:52 pm
  • Seth Curry (mild knee sprain) will not play
    Seth Curry (mild knee sprain) will not play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: It's only a minor issue and there is no word of the team giving him further evaluation. Curry has a good chance to play this weekend and is a hold in standard leagues. For tonight, Devin Harris (toe) will pick up some run while rookie Jonathan Gibson should pick up the backup point guard minutes. Thursday, 2:43 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
  • Andrew Bogut will sit on Thursday vs Hornets
    Andrew Bogut (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Bogut will get a rest day on the second half of the Mavs back-to-back, and Salah Mejri will likely draw the start in his stead. Mejri is worth a look in daily fantasy leagues, while Bogut is worth holding onto as a blocks and boards specialist. Thursday, 9:10 am
  • Deron Williams probable for Thurs vs Hornets
    Deron Williams (left calf strain) is probable for Thursday's game against Charlotte.

    Advice: Williams was able to play 26 minutes on Wednesday and is likely to see similar minutes on Thursday. He doesn't have a ton of upside, but D-Will is worth a look as a bottom-of-roster player in standard leagues. Thursday, 9:06 am
  • Seth Curry questionable for Thurs vs Hornets
    Seth Curry (knee) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Curry is dealing with a mild sprain of his right knee and looks to be headed for a game-time decision on Thursday. If he sits on Thursday, both Jonathan Gibson and Devin Harris would see an uptick in fantasy value. Thursday, 9:05 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in Wednesday's defeat
    Jusuf Nurkic had another forgettable game on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and three fouls in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic has been much improved scoring around the rim this season, but he's still haunted by familiar fantasy failings. He's shooting 30.1 percent while 3-10 feet from the hoop, and he's averaging more turnovers (2.2) than assists (1.6). His fouls per minute have dropped this season, but he's still been a net-negative contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. He has enough upside to hold in most leagues, but it makes sense to start floating some trade offers. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Josh McRoberts starts without leaving a mark
    Josh McRoberts started at PF for the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with one point, three rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: McRoberts missed all four of his shots and he was the only Heat player to post a negative plus-minus rating during tonight's road win. Miami is also likely to get some healthy players back in the near future, including Justise Winslow, so there's no reason to grab McBob in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Deron Williams (calf) plays 26 minutes Wed
    Deron Williams (calf) finished Wednesday's game with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Williams' playing time is slowly creeping up, which is one bit of good news in the midst of a depressing season for the Mavs. With a 3-14 record they are dead last in the league, trailing even the 76ers (4-14), Nets (5-12), and Timberwolves (5-13). Williams has late-middle-round upside, but his injury-based risk makes him a borderline option in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Seth Curry suffers mild knee sprain vs. Spurs
    Seth Curry suffered a mild sprain of his right knee against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Mavs went with Jonathan Gibson over Curry to close this game and this is why. Curry is going to travel with the team for their game against the Hornets on Thursday, so he has a chance to play. There is no word of an MRI at this time or any further evaluation on Curry's minor knee issue. He finished Wednesday's game with 14 points, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers. If he's out, Gibson and Devin Harris would benefit. Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 19 points in loss to TOR
    Troy Daniels came off the Grizzlies' bench to score 19 points in a loss on Wednesday, making 6-of-12 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with four 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Vince Carter was out tonight with a hip injury, joining a pile of injured Grizzlies that includes Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons, James Ennis and Brandan Wright. The result was 21 minutes for Daniels, who made the most of the opportunity. Most fantasy owners can take a wait-and-see approach here, especially while Carter is day-to-day. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 16 pts with five steals
    JaMychal Green had 16 points, five rebounds, a career-high five steals, one block and one assist vs. Toronto on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green played 34 minutes with just one turnover, finishing 5-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line. He's been a low-end fantasy option in most 12-team leagues this season, but has stepped up his game during the absence of Zach Randolph (personal). Z-Bo is day-to-day, but if you need a productive PF don't hesitate to add JaMychal to your squad. Wednesday, 8:13 pm
  • Ish Smith gets 19/8/8 in road win vs. Celtics
    The Pistons finished their back-to-back set with a win in Boston on Wednesday, aided by Ish Smith's 19 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

    Advice: Smith sank 9-of-12 shots with zero turnovers in 36 minutes of action, a stellar performance that we're unlikely to see re-produced once Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb) gets back on the court. Stan Van Gundy loves to play his starters heavy minutes, and Smith and Jackson aren't likely to share the court on a routine basis, so he'll be a cut candidate in the near future. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He'll likely be limited, but coach Rick Carlisle said he wants to see him add a little more run. Williams is a risky fantasy asset. Wednesday, 5:32 pm
  • McRoberts, McGruder & Babbitt starting vs DEN
    Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another new lineup for the Heat, who look to be without Josh Richardson (ankle) for this one. McRoberts likely won't play too much after playing just seven minutes on Monday. He's not a reliable fantasy option in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:25 pm
  • 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
  • Reggie Bullock (knee surgery) out 2-4 months
    Reggie Bullock (left knee) will undergo surgery on his torn meniscus and miss 2-4 months.

    Advice: Ouch. Bullock is having a tough year with injuries after problems with his hip and back. He could have been in the rotation for the Pistons, especially with Stanley Johnson struggling this year. Bullock has no fantasy value right now. Wednesday, 2:07 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) remains out vs. Bucks
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play against the Bucks on Thursday.

    Advice: He doesn't a timetable to return. The Nets are really taking it easy on Lin and will wait until he's 100 percent healthy. Hamstring injuries can linger, so that's likely the reasoning to keep him out. Isaiah Whitehead will get at least one more start while Sean Kilpatrick also benefits. Wednesday, 2:00 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
  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Aaron Gordon limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Aaron Gordon scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Small steps. Gordon looked much better tonight, but he only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. He added three rebounds and a triple, and it looks like he may stick in the Magic starting lineup with Jeff Green (back) coming off the bench Tuesday. Gordon should start to turn things around soon and is a hold in standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:35 pm
  • Lou Williams continues to play well
    Lou Williams hit 5-of-14 shots for 16 points, three rebounds, four assists, and one steal in 22 minutes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Williams continues to be efficient in the minutes he receives, averaging over a fantasy point per minute. He is averaging a career-high 16.6 points per game and is currently matching his career-high in steals, despite playing the fewest minutes per game since the 2010-11 season. He should be owned in all formats and continues to be a solid contributor in several categories for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • C.J. Miles out Wednesday but possible Sunday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will not play Wednesday in Portland, but there is a possibility he returns Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Wednesday will be the sixth game Miles misses due to a deep bone bruise in his left knee. However, Miles is certainly trending in the right direction, as coach Nate McMillan confirmed that Miles was able to participate in practice on Tuesday. Miles had been playing well before injuring his knee, averaging 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steals over the first 13 games of the season. Thanks in part to terrific shooting percentages (49.2 percent from the floor and 90.5 percent from the free throw line), Miles currently ranks 42nd overall, according to If you have roster space and he is still sitting on your league's waiver wire, he is worth a speculative add. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Deron Williams (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Deron Williams (ankle) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: "I’d like to get him up some and see," said Rick Carlisle in reference to expanding Williams' workload. "Things are trending in a good direction." Williams logged 20 minutes in his return to action on Sunday, and it seems that he could see a slight increase in his playing allotment on Wednesday night. As Williams' minutes go up, Seth Curry's minutes will likely trend in the opposite direction. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) did some individual work on the side but did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mahinmi seems questionable at best for Wednesday night's game in OKC. He has played just 14 minutes this entire season, so this won't have significant fantasy implications, either way. Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • JaMychal Green struggles in loss to CHA
    JaMychal Green struggled against the Hornets on Monday, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He also had five fouls on the night. Green was coming into Monday's game with averages of 12.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 3-pointer and 0.5 blocks in his previous four games, so his owners should stick with him. Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Rodney McGruder scores 11 in start
    Rodney McGruder started on Monday and hit 4-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, five rebounds, a steal and six turnovers in a season-high 38 minutes of a loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: McGruder has scored in double figures in four straight games and played at least 31 minutes in all four of them. He could take a hit once Justise Winslow is finally back from his wrist injury, so he's not a must-add player right now. But if you're in a deep league and need a warm body, he may suffice. Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Goran Dragic drops 27 & 17 in loss
    Goran Dragic returned from his elbow injury on Monday and went off for a season-high 27 points, a season-high 17 assists and a steal on 8-of-15 shooting in Monday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: He also hit 11-of-12 free throws and looked fantastic after missing the last two games with his injury. Hopefully you had him in your lineup for his best game in recent memory. And now you just have to hope he's ready to start going off on a nightly basis for the Heat. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside posts monster line Monday
    Hassan Whiteside, who was iffy coming into Monday night with a knee injury, hit 10-of-13 shots for 25 points, 17 rebounds and two blocks.

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

    Advice: He made it through warmups unscathed and the good news is that the MRI results came back negative. We'll let you know how he looks after the game, but he belongs in all season-long lineups. Nov 28, 3:50 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) is a game-time call
    Hassan Whiteside (knee) is a game-time call vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Whiteside's MRI came back clean and it's a good sign that he's warming up. We should have another update within the hour, but expect Willie Reed to step up if Whiteside can't go. Nov 28, 2:53 pm
  • Goran Dragic (elbow) will play Monday vs. BOS
    Goran Dragic (elbow) is a go for Monday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Miami seriously needs him with both Tyler Johnson (tooth) and Dion Waiters (groin) out tonight, so his minutes will likely be in the high-30s tonight, and he's on the radar in DFS. Season-long owners should obviously deploy him with confidence. Nov 28, 2:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out Monday vs. Sacramento
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Mahinmi made his regular-season debut on Saturday, logging 14 minutes off the bench, and the positive here would be that this is Mahinmi's good knee. He'll miss Monday's game, and his minutes will likely be divvied up between Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, but none of these guys matter in most leagues. For now, we'll consider Mahinmi questionable for Wednesday's game in OKC. Nov 28, 2:29 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) running at 3/4 speed
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

    Advice: Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings. Nov 28, 1:13 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) works out on Monday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) was able to go through some individual work on Monday.

    Advice: Miles has missed the past five games with a sore knee, but he's going to be re-evaluated this week, and his sweat-drenched post to Snapchat indicates he's moving in a positive direction. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in Portland, and owners can expect to get a few more updates in the intervening days leading up to Wednesday's tip. Paul George is going to miss Wednesday's game, so Miles could be forced into heavy minutes if he does return on Wednesday. Nov 28, 1:03 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) still has no timetable
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) still has no timetable to return.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Lin is "making strides" and that the PG is hoping to return to practice soon. It's probably safe to rule him out for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers because the Nets aren't going to let him play until he goes through a full practice. Isaiah Whitehead and Sean Kilpatrick will continue to benefit while Lin is out, with Kilpatrick being the better fantasy option. Nov 28, 10:21 am
  • Goran Dragic (elbow) questionable for Monday
    Goran Dragic (elbow) remains questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Dragic said over the weekend that he was "hopeful" to play, but he may have to try to give it a go with Dion Waiters (groin) and Tyler Johnson (oral surgery) already ruled out. If Dragic is unable to play, Josh Richardson is going to be one busy man on Monday. Nov 28, 9:33 am
  • Hassan Whiteside (knee) questionable Monday
    Hassan Whiteside (left knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Whiteside's left knee was an issue during the preseason, but this is the first mention of it since the regular season started. He's likely dealing with soreness, but the Heat may be cautious since they currently have a 5-11 record. He will have an MRI later this afternoon, so we'll know more shortly. Willie Reed (knee) is expected to be available Monday and could be in line for a sizable workload if Whiteside sits. Nov 28, 9:32 am
  • Lou Williams scores team-high 21 points
    Lou Williams made 5-of-13 FGs and 9-of-9 FTs to finish a win vs. the Hawks with a team-high 21 points, four rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: Williams has scored 20+ points off the bench in six games this year, exceeding his total from the entire 2015-16 season. He's off to a torrid start and it's hard to avoid a sell-high recommendation since the Lakers are likely to emphasize youth development as the season progresses. Nov 27, 9:53 pm
  • Allen Crabbe hits 2-of-3 triples off bench
    Allen Crabbe was quiet in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring six points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Crabbe started the last time Portland faced the Rockets, beginning the game as James Harden's primary defender, but tonight that honor went to Moe Harkless. The upside is that he made 2-of-3 shots from deep after coming in with a career-worst 33.8 percent mark from downtown. He's getting plenty of easy looks, so eventually that number should trend up. Nov 27, 9:17 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 18 points on seven FGA
    Trevor Ariza made the most of limited opportunities on Sunday, scoring 18 points on seven shot attempts with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: The Rockets have won five of their past six games and Ariza is a subtle reason for their success. In addition to his defensive play, he's been lights-out on corner 3-point shooting this season -- he leads the NBA in that category and sank 4-of-5 triples tonight. Although he's less valuable in most points leagues, he's sitting as a top-30 roto value in 9-cat. Nov 27, 9:11 pm
  • Deron Williams (ankle) logs 20 minutes Sunday
    Deron Williams (ankle) played 20 minutes during Sunday's home victory, finishing with nine points, four assists, two rebounds and five turnovers.

    Advice: "I think there's a chance [Williams] will play into the second half tonight, but I don't know that for sure," coach Rick Carlisle said before the game. D-Will did start the third quarter but he sat out the final 16 minutes and it looks like the Mavs were keeping him on a strict 20-minute limit. If you own him, it makes sense to at least bench him until his playing time increases. Nov 27, 7:35 pm
  • Starter Aaron Gordon scoreless on 0-of-12 FGs
    Aaron Gordon couldn't buy a bucket as a fill-in starter on Sunday, going 0-of-12 from the field to finish scoreless with eight boards, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Jeff Green (sore lower back) was unavailable tonight, giving Gordon a boost in the playing-time department, but he simply couldn't get his shot to drop. He's shooting 62.0 percent within eight feet of the hoop, but is a miserable 31-of-103 beyond eight feet (30.1 percent). Gordon's multi-cat contributions give him nice upside, but he'll need to start making jumpers to crack top-100 value. Nov 27, 6:59 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores career-high 35 points
    Eric Bledsoe went off for a career-high 35 points Sunday, adding four 3-pointers, six rebounds, six assists, two steals, two blocks and three turnovers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: This was Bledsoe's 10th career 30-point game, and the four 3-pointers also tied a career-high. He got off to a slow start this year, but he's been a top-50 play over the past six with averages of 22.7 points, 6.3 boards, 5.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.8 treys and 4.0 turnovers per game while his usage rate has spiked to 32.5. This hot streak does happen to coincide with T.J. Warren (head) hitting the sidelines, but it would be surprising to see a significant drop-off in production when T.J. gets back. Nov 27, 4:06 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 16 minutes on Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was only on the floor for 16 minutes during Sunday's 120-114 win over the Suns, ending his evening with just eight points, six boards, two assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Nurkic's value has been trending in the wrong direction ever since Nikola Jokic went to the bench, and at this point it's looking like a trade is going to be the only thing that can rectify his season. Since Jokic went to the bench seven games ago, Nurkic has been abysmal with averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 boards and just 0.7 swats per game while hitting just 35.3 percent of his freebies. Those numbers have him ranked well outside the top-250, but he still has way too much upside to outright cut. Nov 27, 3:40 pm
  • Jameer Nelson scores 21 points w/ four treys
    Jameer Nelson scored 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, two boards, three assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Nelson looks like a starter until further notice with Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) ailing, and this was his second productive game in a row (he posted a 21-point, 13-dime double-double on Friday). Nelson could be worth a speculative add in deep leagues for owners seeking some production in triples and assists, but just know that the 34-year-old veteran can fall off at a moment's notice. Nov 27, 3:33 pm
  • DJA, Fournier, Gordon, Ibaka, Biyombo start
    D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic will come off the bench in this one, and Jeff Green (back) being unavailable will allow Gordon to return to the starting five. With Augustin at the point, that should open up some spacing for Gordon, so he should be able to turn things around tonight and is a safe bet to be looking at minutes close to the 30-minute mark sans Green. Nov 27, 2:32 pm
  • Aaron Gordon expected to start on Sunday
    Aaron Gordon is expected to move back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Jeff Green is out with a sore back, so Gordon could easily see his minutes in the 30s tonight, and his value will see a nice bump in the starting unit. As a starter this season, Gordon has put in averages of 11.0 points, 5.3 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 triple per game, so feel free to get him active. Nov 27, 2:06 pm
  • Goran Dragic (elbow) hopeful for Monday
    Goran Dragic said he is "hoping" to play Monday against Boston.

    Advice: Dragic said he couldn't extend his elbow when shooting, dribbling or passing after picking up the injury on Monday in Philly, and he hasn't practiced since Wednesday's game vs. Detroit. He's been doing some cardio on the side to stay in shape, but the Heat wanted to take it easy on him over the weekend. The Heat will not practice on Sunday, so we won't hear anything else regarding his status until Monday's shootaround. Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder and Tyler Johnson will all benefit if Dragic misses more time. Nov 27, 10:07 am
  • Troy Daniels was a DNP-CD
    Troy Daniels was a DNP-CD against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He is likely going to remain out of the rotation unless the Grizzlies need threes in bunches. Daniels can be dropped almost everywhere. Nov 26, 9:29 pm
  • J-Myke stringing games together, scores 12
    JaMychal Green scored 12 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, three 3-pointers and no turnovers against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: After way too many tough matchups to start the season, J-Myke is finally on a roll. In his last five, he's averaging 13.4 points, 8.0 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys on a phenomenal 77.5 true shooting percentage. He's flirting with top-50 value in that span and has his arrow pointing up. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Nov 26, 9:22 pm
  • Rodney McGruder gets 34 minutes
    Rodney McGruder played 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday with 11 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That is a lot of playing time for a guy who wasn't in the rotation earlier this season. McGruder's fantasy value is directly tied to Goran Dragic (elbow) missing time and it also helps that Justise Winslow (wrist) is out. Unless you're cutting someone with very little value, McGruder may not have value in 3-4 days. Nov 26, 8:57 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi makes his season debut
    Ian Mahinmi played 14 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with one rebound, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

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

    Advice: We'll see what available to play means here, but Daniels isn't a lock to start. He had a bad game on Friday while Troy Williams had some productive minutes. We'll be looking for Memphis' starting lineup and post it ASAP. Nov 26, 4:11 pm
  • Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow out again
    Goran Dragic (elbow) and Justise Winslow (wrist) are out against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: That means the Heat should be rolling with the same starters of Josh Richardson, Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside. This will be Dragic's second game out due to his elbow issue and he should be considered questionable. Besides the starters, both James Johnson and Tyler Johnson get big bumps in opportunity today. Nov 26, 3:22 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will make season debut
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will his make season debut against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been doing some 4-on-4 work since last week, but he will have his minutes monitored for tonight. While the Wizards paid up to get Mahinmi, he shouldn't affect Marcin Gortat too much. Mahinmi is only worth a look in deep leagues. Nov 26, 2:22 pm
  • Jeremy Lin still out for Sunday night
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) remains out for Sunday against the Kings.

    Advice: The Nets continue to rule him out before game action. The Nets have been saying Lin has been "progressing" since last week, but obviously that doesn't mean much. Isaiah Whitehead looks like he'll have at least a couple more starts, but isn't worth owning in most leagues. Lin should be stashed in almost all leagues. Nov 26, 1:44 pm
  • Goran Dragic listed as doubtful vs. MEM
    Goran Dragic (elbow) is listed as doubtful for Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He missed Friday night's action and was ruled out before warmups. Dragic is only day-to-day, so he has a good chance to play Monday against the Celtics. If he is out for tonight, Rodney McGruder should get another start on the wing while Josh Richardson gets another shot as the starting point guard. Tyler Johnson should also get minutes in the low 30s. Both Richardson and Johnson are worth owning in all standard leagues. Nov 26, 12:18 pm
  • C.J. Miles (sore knee) out for Sunday
    C.J. Miles (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: With Paul George (ankle) also out, it's Glenn Robinson III time. Robinson III went off in a dream matchup against the Nets with 20 points in 40 minutes. He obviously has tougher sledding on Sunday, but Robinson is worth a short-term look and is a nice DFS punt. Nov 26, 11:27 am
  • Troy Daniels questionable for Saturday
    Troy Daniels (left groin) is questionable to play against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He started for the second time in a row on Friday, but it did not go well in his 19 minutes. If Daniels doesn't play, Troy Williams would be a good bet to start while Andrew Harrison could wind up getting 40 minutes tonight. Daniels has no fantasy value right now. Nov 26, 11:04 am
  • Ariza scores 18, HOU takes NBA record 50 3PAs
    Trevor Ariza scored 18 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets were bombing threes like never before, setting an NBA record with 50 attempts from beyond the arc -- they made 21. Ariza has typically been a horrible starter in the season, but he's off to a fantastic run this year with top-30 value in standard leagues. He has at least one trey and at least one steal in all but one game this season and clearly the return of Pat Beverley hasn't hurt him. Nov 25, 11:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 23 points with 10 dimes
    Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points during a 98-85 loss to the Wolves on Friday, adding six rebounds, 10 assists, three steals, seven turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Since he was semi-benched with only 13 minutes on Nov. 18, Bledsoe is surging again. In those four, he averaged 23.8 points, 7.3 boards, 6.8 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.8 blocks, 1.8 treys and 4.5 turnovers. Although, those turnovers are really high and coach Earl Watson was not happy with his team turning it over 26 times tonight. Still, Bledsoe is trending up after a brutal start. Nov 25, 10:54 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside fouls out on Friday
    Hassan Whiteside fouled out in 27 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday with four points, 12 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: It's the first time he fouled out this season. Whiteside's fouls have seen a slight uptick to 3.3 per game, but that's not too surprising with his 3.7 minute increase. While he has slowed down offensively with just 10 points combined in his last two, there's no need to worry. Nov 25, 10:27 pm
  • Rodney McGruder plays 32 minutes
    Rodney McGruder played 32 minutes in a start for Goran Dragic (elbow) against the Grizzlies on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He actually closed this game out with the Heat playing well in the fourth. Dragic shouldn't be out for long, so there's no need to add McGruder in most leagues unless you're streaming with hopes of the Heat taking it easy on The Dragon. Nov 25, 10:23 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 14 points
    JaMychal Green scored 14 points with six rebounds and one assist during a 90-81 loss to the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He's starting to show some signs of life in his last four, averaging 13.8 points, 8.3 boards, 0.8 blocks and 0.3 treys on 67.9 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the line. Green has sixth-round value in that span, so maybe he can string games together going forward. If he was dropped, give him a look. Nov 25, 10:19 pm
  • Troy Daniels gets another start
    Troy Daniels scored three points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Troy Williams played pretty well in the second unit, so Daniels may be bumped from the starting lineup. Although, they both might start on Saturday for the aging Tony Allen. Daniels isn't worth owning. Nov 25, 9:59 pm
  • Jameer Nelson picks up 21 points, 13 assists
    Jameer Nelson started vs. the Thunder on Friday and had 21 points, a season-high 13 assists, four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Denver was playing without Gary Harris (foot) or Will Barton (personal/ankle), which thrust Nelson back into the starting five. Barton is questionable to return for Sunday's game, and his availability will determine whether Nelson (who closed out the game at PG ahead of Emmanuel Mudiay) has more short-term fantasy appeal. Keep an eye on the injury report. Nov 25, 9:11 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points against the Hawks on Friday with seven rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and hitting all seven of his free throws. Hayward was in a bit of a mini-slump last week, but he's since scored 22 or more points in his last three games and is averaging 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.7 treys in that span. Nov 25, 8:38 pm
  • Seth Curry starts 2nd half w/ D-Will resting
    Seth Curry started the second half on Friday and scored 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting, with four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers.

    Advice: Deron Williams' return initially bumped Curry to a reserve role, but D-Will was rested as a precaution in the second half. Curry will come off the bench again on Sunday but a reserve role doesn't destroy his fantasy appeal, especially while J.J. Barea (calf) is out of commission. Despite some inconsistency, Curry is worth tucking away in most leagues. Nov 25, 7:14 pm
  • Seth Curry starts 3Q, Mavs down 72-38 at half
    Seth Curry started the second half against the Cavs over Deron Williams on Friday night.

    Advice: When you're down 72-38 at half and the opposing point guard, Kyrie Irving, scores 21 points on a 125.0 effective field goal percentage, it's probably time for a change. Curry has more value than Williams right now. Nov 25, 6:04 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin (knee) out next three games
    Kevin Seraphin (knee) will miss the next three games for the Pacers.

    Advice: This means the earliest he could return would be on Dec. 4 vs. the Clippers. Serpaphin has a very limited role anyways, but Al Jefferson may pick up a few extra minutes off the bench. Nov 25, 5:28 pm
  • Seth Curry will come off the bench Friday
    Seth Curry will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: It's an expected move with Deron Williams (calf) back in the lineup. It's only a matter of time before the Mavs start tanking and Williams isn't the most durable player, so Curry should be locked into a solid role the rest of the way. He's been a hit-or-miss fantasy asset, though. Nov 25, 4:35 pm
  • Jameer Nelson starting next to Mudiay
    Jameer Nelson will start at shooting guard over Jamal Murray on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone will stick with his familiar backcourt rotation. Murray is playing lights out right now, so he's the preferred option in both season long and for DFS. Nelson is worth a look in deeper formats while Will Barton (ankle) is out. Nov 25, 4:32 pm
  • Rodney McGruder starting on Friday
    Rodney McGruder is starting on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Goran Dragic (elbow) is out, so McGruder will start next to Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters. With Justise Winslow (wrist) also out, McGruder is not a bad streaming option and is looking at a heavy workload. In his only other start of the season, he played 37 minutes with eight points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Nov 25, 4:20 pm
  • Goran Dragic (elbow) ruled out for Friday
    Goran Dragic (elbow) has been ruled out for Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Just as he got over his ankle injury, a new ailment sends Dragic to the sideline. The Heat said he is only day-to-day, so he may be able to go against the Grizzlies on Saturday. The last time Dragic was out, Josh Richardson started at the point, so that may happen again with Rodney McGruder starting. Even if Tyler Johnson stays on the bench, both he and Richardson should benefit. Nov 25, 3:34 pm
  • Reggie Bullock (knee) out indefinitely
    Reggie Bullock tore the meniscus in his left knee on Wednesday and will be out indefinitely.

    Advice: He tore the meniscus in the second quarter of Wednesday's game vs. Miami. Per the Pistons, Bullock will not play Friday vs. the Clippers. He will have the knee evaluated further by team doctors to determine the best course of action for treatment and recovery. Bullock should not be owned in any fantasy leagues. Stanley Johnson will likely replace Bullock in the Pistons rotation. Nov 25, 8:10 am
  • Goran Dragic (elbow) questionable for Friday
    Goran Dragic (strained left elbow) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Dragic had finally moved past a nagging ankle injury, now we find out he is dealing with an elbow issue. Per Heat reporter Anthony Chiang, Dragic had an ice pack wrapped around his left elbow after Wednesday's shootaround, but said he was "ok" when asked about it. Dion Waiters (strained right groin) is also listed as questionable. If both Dragic and Waiters miss Friday, expected a major increase in minutes for both Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson. Nov 25, 7:57 am
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This will be the ninth straight game Lin has missed due to the injury to his left hamstring. It seemed Lin was making solid progress when it was reported that he looked good in lengthy workouts earlier this week. However, the Nets are taking a cautious approach, as hamstring injuries can linger for months if not properly healed. Sean Kilpatrick and Isaiah Whitehead will continue to see the lion's share of minutes at point guard in place of Lin. Nov 25, 7:33 am
  • C.J. Miles will not play vs Nets on Friday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Miles is still dealing with a deep bruise on his left knee and will miss Friday's game against Brooklyn. Rodney Stuckey and Glenn Robinson III will pick up most of Miles' minutes on Friday and are worth a look in deeper leagues. Nov 24, 9:34 am
  • Kevin Seraphin will not play vs Nets Friday
    Kevin Seraphin (knee) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Seraphin is dealing with a sore left knee and will miss his second straight game on Friday. He can be left on the waiver wire even when he returns to action. Nov 24, 9:31 am
  • Reggie Bullock may miss some time
    Reggie Bullock (lower left left) may some time, according to head coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: Bullock left Wednesday's game against the Heat, and the Pistons are awaiting more news about his injury. "I don't know the final thing here, but we'll have to find out," Van Gundy said. "It's too bad. The guy just got back to playing, and we'll see what happens." Both Henry Ellenson and Michael Gbinije are in the D-League and could be in line for a call-up if Bullock misses extended time. Nov 24, 9:23 am
  • Reggie Bullock returned to action on Wednesday November 23. Nov 24, 12:44 am
  • Ish Smith plays just 18 minutes Wednesday
    Ish Smith played a season-low 18 minutes vs. Miami, scoring six points with three rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Smith shot 2-of-6 from the field and he simply didn't need to play much with the score out of hand early, though it didn't help that Beno Udrih played well with 12 points and five dimes in 30 minutes off the bench. The biggest threat to Smith's value is the impending return of Reggie Jackson (knee, thumb), who is expected to return in early December. Once R-Jax is back, it shouldn't take long for Smith to fade into fantasy obscurity. Nov 23, 11:04 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside struggles in loss to Pistons
    Hassan Whiteside followed up Monday's career game with just six points, eight rebounds, one steal and one block in 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Whiteside scored 32 points in a losing effort vs. the Sixers but he flopped in tonight's matchup vs. Andre Drummond. He gets a pass tonight due to the tough opponent and the fact that he's been incredible through Miami's first 14 games, averaging 18.8 points, 15.9 rebounds, 0.9 steals and 2.7 blocks. That's good enough for top-20 roto value, and he's an easy first-round player if you toss out free throw shooting. Nov 23, 10:59 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic has an awful game
    Jusuf Nurkic made 1-of-8 from the field and missed all three shots from the line for two points with six rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had success against Rudy Gobert before, but not tonight. Nurkic had a big game on Tuesday and is still battling with his consistency this season. Nurkic's abysmal 50.0 percent from the line this season has torpedoed his fantasy value, but he's still a hold for his upside. Nov 23, 9:58 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (calf) plays well in 25 minutes
    Andrew Bogut (calf) looked good in his return on Wednesday, posting four points with 12 rebounds (four offensive), six assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs' big man got off to a quiet start this year, averaging just 3.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting with 9.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks in 25.6 minutes. He picked apart the Clippers with his passing tonight, and helped Dallas earn a 44-43 edge in rebounding, but it wasn't nearly enough as Dallas fell at home 124-104. If you own Bogut as a blocks and boards specialist, feel free to run him out there. Nov 23, 9:52 pm
  • Seth Curry disappears in tough matchup vs LAC
    Seth Curry was invisible in 29 minutes vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, finishing with just seven points, one assist, one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: Curry was coming off an excellent game vs. the Spurs but he couldn't duplicate the performance against another elite defense. He gets a pass tonight due to the difficult matchup, and owners should take a wait-and-see approach to his role going forward -- Deron Williams (calf) is day-to-day, but the extended absence of J.J. Barea (calf) leaves Curry with a path to sustainable value. Nov 23, 9:51 pm
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