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  • Blake Griffin out Saturday, will play Monday
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: It sounds like the Clippers are resting him, because coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he will be back in the lineup on Monday vs. Portland. DeAndre Jordan should be a monster on Saturday, while Paul Pierce and Mo Speights should get a bump as well. 29 minutes ago
  • Anderson Varejao starting for Zaza vs. MEM
    Anderson Varejao will start for Zaza Pachulia (wrist) on Saturday.

    Advice: The Warriors are not likely going to give AV many minutes and hopefully we see some of the younger guys. Varejao has no value most nights. Today, 5:04 pm
  • Draymond Green good to go
    Draymond Green (ankle) is in the starting lineup against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He was never really at risk of missing this game. He'll get a tough matchup against JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol up front. We'll let you know how he fares tonight. Today, 4:49 pm
  • D-Mo not ready to go yet
    The Rockets are still gathering medical info on Donatas Motiejunas' physical exam.

    Advice: The Rockets are not ready to activate him yet. Coach Mike D'Antoni said there are "some issues" on D-Mo, so that explains it. Motiejunas' role is unclear, so there's no need to stash him in most leagues. Today, 4:22 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (migraine) out for Saturday
    Justin Hamilton (migraine) is out for Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere, so the Nets will need to fill in for their backup center. Anthony Bennett and Luis Scola figure to pick up some of the slack. Hamilton has lost a lot of value after a hot start. Today, 4:09 pm
  • Ed Davis will start against Pacers Saturday
    Ed Davis will start against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Meyers Leonard will return to the bench. Al-Farouq Aminu (back) likely won't play Saturday, so there should be plenty of minutes available for Davis. In 10 starts this season, he's averaging 5.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.0 block per game. Today, 3:58 pm
  • Udonis Haslem is available for Saturday
    Udonis Haslem is available for Saturday.

    Advice: With Haslem back, the Heat could make Derrick Williams a DNP-CD tonight. This is a situation to avoid in almost all cases. Today, 3:47 pm
  • Update: Bismack Biyombo will start vs. DEN
    Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) will start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, the Magic have changed their tune. Biyombo is going to play with some soreness and with a harness, so he's not 100 percent. If he's able to avoid injury, he should be busy. This takes Stephen Zimmerman off the board in DFS and also hurts guys like Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green and Aaron Gordon slightly. Today, 2:47 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic, Bismack Biyombo are out
    Nikola Vucevic (back) and Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) are out against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Well, coach Frank Vogel may actually have to go small. The Magic have rolled with a three-man big rotation, but now he's left with just Serge Ibaka -- he should play a too. Expect to see a lot of Aaron Gordon at the four, which should open up minutes for Jeff Green and the bench wings. Stephen Zimmerman should also get some burn as a dart throw tonight. Today, 2:42 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo is a game-time call
    Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) is a game-time decision to face the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll go through warmups and the Magic will go from there. If he and Nikola Vucevic (shoulder) are out, we'll see plenty of new lineup combos, especially more Aaron Gordon at the four. Serge Ibaka will anchor the defense while Stephen Zimmerman could play a bit. Today, 2:29 pm
  • Vucevic and Biyombo are game-time calls
    Nikola Vucevic (back) and Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) are game-time calls for Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is what we all expected. The Magic called up Stephen Zimmerman, so there's a chance both players are out. Vucevic was in a lot of pain and likely has the worst chance to play. If he's out, Aaron Gordon will have to play more four to open up minutes for the wings. Plus, Zimmerman may be in the mix. Serge Ibaka will play a ton. Today, 2:26 pm
  • Nene not on the injury report
    Nene is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Mavs.

    Advice: He does want to play, but this would be his first time on both games of a back-to-back. Nene will come off the bench, so we won't get a 100 percent answer on this. Clint Capela is fine regardless, but Montrezl Harrell is a question mark for minutes. Today, 2:17 pm
  • Nikola Jokic is good to go
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is available to play on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: He's been awesome lately, but he won't have his second-unit mate Wilson Chandler (hip). In the last two games he's been back, Jokic played 41 of his 49 minutes next to Chandler. Among the players who played the last two, Chandler has a team-high 25.2 usage rate and is second in minutes. Today, 1:50 pm
  • Stephen Zimmerman gets recalled for Magic
    The Magic recalled Stephen Zimmerman on Saturday.

    Advice: That is not a good sign for Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) for tonight. Zimmerman actually blew up in the D-League on Friday with 20 points, 12 boards and two blocks. He's been awesome all year at Erie with averages of 21.8 points, 15.8 boards, 1.8 steals and 1.5 block -- yes, that's nice. He may get in the rotation and was a block machine in Summer League, but it would take a little slice of crazy to roll him out there for DFS. That would change if Vogel gets wild and starts him. Today, 1:25 pm
  • Tarik Black out again for Sunday night
    Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not practice and it sounds like he's going to miss more games. The Lakers have called on Thomas Robinson to take most of his minutes while Larry Nance and Julius Randle have seen a slight uptick in minutes. Black has almost no value in fantasy. Today, 12:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin listed as questionable
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday against Pelicans.

    Advice: This is off the game notes, but the Clippers are not shooting around today. That means we may not get an update on Griffin until about 9:00 EST this evening. He's going to be a game-time call for a nagging knee issue. If he's out, Paul Pierce would likely start while the other wings step up. DeAndre Jordan also gets a huge bump sans BG. Today, 11:20 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) available to play Sunday
    Nerlens Noel (knee) will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. He has been practicing with the team for weeks and is finally ready to get back on the court. Noel enters an unfavorable fantasy situation, due to the glut of quality bigs on the Sixers roster. Embiid has been phenomenal and will start and play at least 25 minutes whenever he suits up. Embiid will not play Sunday, but when he is available, Noel will likely have to compete for minutes behind Embidd with fellow bigs Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes. Today, 10:02 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) probable for Saturday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Saturday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Jokic had missed three games last week, but is back healthy and finally appears to be hitting his stride. He has posted a double-double in four straight games and is averaging 15.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor over those four contests. Even though he still coming off the bench for Denver, he should be locked-and-loaded into starting lineups in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:25 am
  • Kevon Looney (ankle) questionable for Sat.
    Kevon Looney (left ankle sprain) questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: This doesn't have significant fantasy implications, as Looney has only seen spot minutes off the Warriors bench. Today, 7:52 am
  • Biyombo (shoulder) questionable for Saturday
    Bismack Biyombo (sprained/strained shoulder) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Biyombo appeared to injure the shoulder on a block attempt in the second half on Friday night. He played only 16 minutes. Nikola Vucevic (back) and Jeff Green (ankle) are both questionable for Saturday as well, so the Magic frontcourt situation appears extremely muddled at the moment. If both Biyombo and Vucevic can't play Saturday, Serge Ibaka would be asked to play all the minutes he could possibly handle. Orlando would also activate Stephen Zimmerman, and possibly start him at center. Today, 7:32 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (back) questionable for Sat.
    Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku. Today, 7:24 am
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 33 in win vs. Kings
    Carmelo Anthony started hot during a 103-100 win over the Kings on Friday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the first quarter and eight in the second to get the ball rolling. After Melo failed to go to the line on Wednesday, he made an extra effort to get there tonight and converted a season-high 12 shots from there. Anthony still hasn't quite hit his stride from an efficiency standpoint while his boards, dimes and steals are all down from last year, but his fantasy owners can't complain. He gets a great matchup against the Lakers on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn turns in nice game vs. SAC
    Kyle O'Quinn scored eight points with 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: That's two really good games from O'Quinn this month. This wasn't quite as strong as his 20-point explosion on Dec. 3, but the Knicks will take this all day. KOQ is only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28, picks up tech
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block during a 103-100 home loss to the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: In Boogie fashion, he made fun of Joakim Noah's free throw form from, but the two hugged it out later. But he also picked up his league-leading eighth technical foul of the season, as well. For those of you scoring at home, that means he's halfway to a suspension and it's still early December. Cousins was 9-of-25 from the field in this game and has cooled off on the efficiency front with a sub-40 percentage from the field in three of his last four. He'll have a really tough matchup against Rudy Gobert on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Omri Casspi only gets 20 minutes
    Omri Casspi played 20 minutes with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He surprisingly didn't see his role change too much even with Matt Barnes (rest) out tonight. Casspi's fantasy value shouldn't be very attractive while Rudy Gay is active. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Andre Drummond goes off for 22 and 22 in win
    Andre Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for 22 points during a 117-90 win at Minnesota on Friday, adding 22 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He is back and he has been on fire since his ejection on Nov. 29. In his previous five, he had a 24.1 rebounding percentage, a 23.0 usage rate, a 60 true shooting percentage, 17.0 points, 14.2 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks. The return of Reggie Jackson hasn't been the reason either with Drummond having a much higher efficiency without Jackson in the last four -- Drummond is cleaning up in the paint. Whatever is going on with Drummond, it looks for real and he's back to being a fantasy superstar for those who don't care about free throw percentage. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Alex Len scores 14 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Alex Len racked up 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 13 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in Friday's 119-115 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: With Marquese Chriss in early foul trouble, Len played 34 minutes in the win and saw some action alongside Tyson Chandler as well. This was his sixth double-double of the season and he was one block away from matching his career-high of six. His minutes were trending down prior to this outburst, so we'd like to see him do it again. However, he's still a nice stash for the stretch run with the Suns tanking. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jon Leuer could get a bump
    Jon Leuer scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Marcus Morris (face) could be missing time, so Leuer would benefit. He plays a ton of minutes next to Morris and Tobias Harris because of how Harris can play the three. Leuer may not be starting, but he should get close to 30 minutes sans Morris. He's only a speculative add for now. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18, hits 10-of-10 FTs
    Myles Turner scored 18 points and hit all 10 of his free throws on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The second-year center grabbed six rebounds with two assists and one block, hitting 4-of-9 shots from the field in 31 minutes. Turner erupted for 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks on opening night against Dallas, so his owners might have been hoping for a little more. Regardless, he's returning top-30 value in standard leagues on the season and he's still crushing his ADP. He's going to be a stud for a very long time. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Clint Capela only gets 17 minutes
    Clint Capela played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Friday with 13 points and six boards.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni went with Nene over Capela late in this game, which may have been due to Capela's issues at the foul line. Capela has been fantastic all season and should be all good for Saturday against the Mavs. Nene could sit, too. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 21 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a miserable first half after picking up a couple early fouls, but looked great after the break and closed out the game over Salah Mejri. With Andrew Bogut (knee) out for a while and the Mavs tanking, Powell looks like a strong pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo dealing with sore shoulder
    Bismack Biyombo is dealing with a sore left shoulder and will be re-evaluated on Saturday.

    Advice: The cause for the injury isn't 100 percent clear, but he looked to have tweaked his left shoulder on a block attempt in the second half. With Nikola Vucevic (back) also getting hurt, the Magic will really need Biyombo on Saturday. If both are out, we'll see a lot of Serge Ibaka, Jeff Green and small-ball lineups. Stephen Zimmerman would also likely be activated. Biyombo finished Friday's game with nine points, three rebounds and two turnovers in 16 minutes. Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic suffers lower back injury
    Nikola Vucevic suffered a lower back injury in the second half on Friday and will be re-evaluated in Orlando on Saturday.

    Advice: He went for a loose ball and Roy Hibbert undercut him. Vucevic landed on his right hip and was in pain on the bench for at least one minute. He's had back problems before, so hopefully this didn't tweak an older injury. The Magic do play on Saturday, so they may have to make some adjustments with more Jeff Green and a lot of small-ball combos. Vooch finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes. Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Udonis Haslem will not play Friday
    Udonis Haslem (personal) is not with the team on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat need forwards big time, but they still won't miss Haslem much. Yesterday, 3:48 pm
  • Nene will play Friday, wants to play Saturday
    Nene will play on Friday and wants to play on Saturday.

    Advice: The Rockets are on a back-to-back set and have been limiting Nene. Montrezl Harrell has been solid, so it makes sense to rest Nene tomorrow. Clint Capela is having a big season and isn't affected here. Yesterday, 3:34 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play vs. Hornets
    Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: He will have protective goggles to cover his red right eye. Vucevic did play through his corneal abrasion on Wednesday and was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. He's fully expected to play near his 27.6 minutes per game from this year. Keep him active in a somewhat favorable matchup against the Hornets second unit. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Ed Davis not on injury report
    Ed Davis is not on the injury report for Saturday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle tweak on Thursday and had his ankle heavily taped leaving the FedEx Forum in Memphis. Davis' playing time could rise again with Al-Farouq Aminu (back) questionable to play. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic expected to play
    Nikola Vucevic (eye) is likely going to play against the Hornets on Friday barring any setback.

    Advice: When Jaylen Brown caught him in the eye during Brown's emphatic dunk on Wednesday, Vucevic was in some brief pain. He stayed in the game and didn't need a timeout following the injury either. For now, expect Vooch to be a go. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded
    DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded this season.

    Advice: "I talk to management a lot," Cousins said. "We’re on the same page. I’m not worried about it." ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Kings "believe it’s still on the early side to seriously entertain the idea of parting with Cousins." The Kings are sitting at 8-13 and these Boogie trade rumors won't be going away any time soon. He'll have a ton of fantasy value regardless, buthis third-ranked usage rate suggests he has the most value in Sacramento. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Blake Griffin (sore knee) a game-time call
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: If there is good news, this isn't the same leg that gave him problems last year. On the other hand, Griffin had a swelling issue with his right knee late last month. That Saturday game is the only game for the Clippers between Wednesday and Monday, so it makes sense to just rest him. If he is out, Paul Pierce, Mo Speights, Brandon Bass and the wings would get a few extra minutes. DeAndre Jordan also exploded for a 21-23 line in the last game Blake missed. Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (eye) questionabe for Friday
    Nikola Vucevic (right corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown dunked on Vooch and caught him in the eye, so that explains the injury. Vucevic hasn't missed a game all season, and did play through it. Since being demoted to the bench back on Nov. 27, Vooch has still be able to put up solid numbers. Over Orlando's last seven games, Vooch is averaging 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Rockets and Motiejunas agree to a new deal
    Numerous outlets are reporting that the Rockets and Donatas Motiejunas' have agreed to a new deal.

    Advice: It appears the drama is finally over. Motiejunas' deal with the Rockets is worth $31 million if hits no bonuses, $35 million if hits all likely bonuses and $37 million if hits every possible bonus. Although he has an intriguing upside, Motiejunas will only likely see limited minutes off the bench in Houston, especially initially as he works his way back into game shape. Yesterday, 7:22 am
  • Draymond Green plays through ankle sprain
    Draymond Green returned to Thursday's game after spraining his left ankle and going to the locker room, and finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, four steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: His ankle injury didn't look great and he appeared to be in a lot of pain, but we're guessing he just had it re-taped and was good to go. He played most of the fourth quarter until the end of the game, but the key will be to see if it swells overnight. The Warriors are off until Saturday, when they visit Memphis, so hopefully his ankle will have time to heal between now and then. Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Ed Davis double-doubles off bench
    Ed Davis took his demotion to the bench in stride on Thursday, racking up 10 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks in just 18 minutes in a 88-86 loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This was Davis' best game in a while, as he had failed to score more than nine points in his previous seven games. Maybe he'll be better off the bench, if the move lasts. Meyer Leonard didn't even score in the start tonight, lasting just 17 minutes and missing all three of his shots. Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) goes to locker room
    Draymond Green turned his left ankle and went to the locker room in the third quarter on Thursday.

    Advice: Shelvin Mack drove to the basket and Stephen Curry backed into Green. The contact caused Green to roll his ankle on the floor and he was on the court for about 30 seconds. After walking it off for about 20 seconds, Green walked slowly to the locker room under his own power. The injury didn't look bad, but he may be done for the night. This is the same left ankle that cost him time earlier this season. Thursday, 7:52 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 17 points with 11 boards
    Nikola Jokic was effective in his 28 minutes off the bench during a 92-85 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: While the Nuggets have fared well with their second unit lately, that wasn't the case tonight. It wasn't Jokic's fault and he put forth quite the effort with his seven offensive boards. Even though he's not expected to start right now, Jokic's slow start is behind him. He's back to being a must-start option and continues to earn minutes. It is worth mentioning he is still wearing a brace on his wrist. Thursday, 7:38 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. Thursday, 4:57 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. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Rockets will hold Motiejunas to offer sheet
    The Rockets will hold Donatas Motiejunas to the offer sheet he signed, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: This means they won't be returning him to restricted free agency. The Rockets are going to play the waiting game and hope D-Mo changes his mind, as he is reportedly at odds with Houston because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets. He won't have much fantasy value in Houston, so he's not a great stash unless his situation changes. Thursday, 11:10 am
  • 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. Thursday, 10:52 am
  • Update: Jokic and Murray will play Thursday
    Updating a previous report, Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) are both available to play Thursday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: As expected, the probable tag was just a formality. Nuggets coach Michael Malone is contemplating a lineup change for Thursday and Jokic has a good chance of entering the starting five at the expense of Jusuf Nurkic. Thursday, 9:02 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Thursday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) are probable for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The probable tag is likely just a formality on the second night of a back-to-back set, as both players are fully expected to play. There's no word of any setbacks and Jokic is a candidate to start Thursday's game over Jusuf Nurkic after the Nuggets had a meltdown in Brooklyn Wednesday. His fantasy value is trending up and his owners can look forward to some more great lines after he finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes on Wednesday. Thursday, 8:11 am
  • Draymond Green hits 8-of-10 shots, scores 22
    Draymond Green was terrific at both ends of the court on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in a 115-98 win vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Green added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes of action, rounding out another subtly brilliant fantasy line. The victory moves the Warriors' record to 19-3, one full game ahead of the Spurs and 3.5 games up on the No. 3 seed Clippers. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony quiet in 24 minutes Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony played just 24 minutes vs. Cleveland, finishing Wednesday's home loss with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Melo checked out with his team trailing by 28 points late in the third quarter, and he played just two minutes to begin the fourth before the Knicks threw in the towel. He's looked good all season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 threes, with a healthy 29.3 percent usage, and at least he'll be rested vs. Sacramento on Friday. Wednesday, 9:41 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. Wednesday, 9:25 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. Wednesday, 9:18 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. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Nets
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) returned from a three-game absence against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding tonight and protected the paint nicely after the Nuggets gave up 42 paint points in the first half. The Nuggets have clearly been better when Jokic is on the court these days. Over the last 10 games, Jokic has a team-high net rating of +9.1 (minimum of 25 total minutes). With coach Mike Malone getting furious about the defensive lapses, it may be time for Jokic to get consistent run in the starting lineup. He was trending up before the injury to his wrist and is trending up even more now. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic posts quiet double-double
    Nikola Vucevic had a quiet double-double vs. the Celtics, coming off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Frank Vogel continues to divvy up playing time evenly, with eight players getting between 22-29 minutes tonight. As frustrating as it is for Vuc's owners to see him losing minutes to Bismack Biyombo, there's no cause for panic -- he was red hot for the past few weeks and still has eight double-doubles in his past nine games. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Andre Drummond has 26 & 20 in loss to Hornets
    Andre Drummond racked up 26 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks during the Pistons' road loss in Charlotte on Wednesday, making 11-of-14 FGs and 4-of-7 FTs.

    Advice: Drummond has been a borderline first-round fantasy player with FT percentage excluded this season, thanks to averages of 14.1 points on 52.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. Stan Van Gundy has pushed him to defend the rim with a purpose and he's responded to the challenge -- over their past five games, Detroit has allowed a league-low 33.2 points in the paint. With tonight's huge game, Drummond now has a league-best 11 games with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds since the 2012-13 season. Wednesday, 6:48 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) available to play vs. BK
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: To be clear, available to play doesn't necessarily mean he takes the court, and he could be eased into things after spending the past three games on the sidelines, so he's not a must-start guy with 10 games being played tonight. If he does get out there, however, he'll take away minutes from Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Wednesday, 3:30 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. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Motiejunas not reporting because of money
    Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets, according to Calvin Watkins of

    Advice: Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets last week, but the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet. That explains the $6 million difference. According to the report, "Houston's options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn't report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent." Wednesday, 11:55 am
  • Nikola Jokic will be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be a game-time decision to face the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news for fantasy owners is that this game is in Brooklyn, so we should get word of his status before the games start tonight. The Nuggets have really leaned on Darrell Arthur to play some small-ball five while Jusuf Nurkic finally had a good game against Joel "The Process" Embiid on Monday. If Jokic is back, all the power forwards except for Wilson Chandler would take a hit. Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) questionable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Head coach Michael Malone said that the Nuggets will be taking a cautious approach in bringing back Jokic, so if there's any doubt about the health of his wrist, he'll likely be spending Wednesday's game on the sidelines. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if he is able to return to the court tonight, Kenneth Faried's minutes will likely take a hit. Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Nik Vucevic goes for 10-10-6 in win
    Nikola Vucevic hit 4-of-9 shots and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and zero blocks in 25 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been rolling off the bench, but Bismarck Biyombo finally got hot offensively and played good defense on Marcin Gortat tonight, hurting Vuc's minutes in the process. Vuc is still averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but unfortunately, the Biyombo timeshare has become a reality. Tuesday, 7:19 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
  • Bismack Biyombo drops 14-13-3 line on Wiz
    Bismack Biyombo hit 4-of-7 shots and 6-of-13 free throws for a season-high 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Tuesday's nice win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Biyombo held Marcin Gortat in check and is shooting it much better lately, hitting seven of his last 11 shots. Shooting had been a problem recently for Biyombo, but he's righted the ship. As long as he's starting for the Magic, he's worth owning in fantasy leagues. Tonight marked his third double-double of the season, but that number would be a lot higher if he could score consistently. Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 35 in win over Heat
    Carmelo Anthony matched his season-high with 35 points on 13-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's 114-103 win over the Heat.

    Advice: The Knicks have won four straight games and now get to look forward to a matchup with the Cavaliers at MSG Wednesday. Anthony added four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers, hitting 6-of-7 from the line. His production is down this season playing next to Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, but he's still capable of posting monster lines like you saw tonight. Tuesday, 6:56 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
  • Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Rockets
    Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Houston to take a physical and join the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but the Rockets decided to match. As recently as last week, Motiejunas had said he would be open to a return to Houston, but obviously something has gone wrong. Per Woj, the Rockets and Motiejunas' representatives are discussing what the next steps will be. Motiejunas would only have seen limited minutes in Houston, so the fantasy implications here are relatively minor. Tuesday, 9:49 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
  • Nene Hilario 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
  • 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
  • Nene (rest) will be available for Monday
    Nene (rest) will be available on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He's been rested in the last two games, but it's going to be interesting to see if he keeps his spot in the rotation with Montrezl Harrell playing very well off the bench. Nene belongs on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 3:25 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
  • Report: HOU matches Motiejunas' offer sheet
    The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

    Advice: Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios. Monday, 2:03 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
  • 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
  • Carmelo Anthony busts lip, scores 20 points
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting during Sunday's 106-98 victory, adding four boards, one assist, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks now have an 8-3 record since Nov. 14, the best record in the Eastern Conference during that span. Melo's lip got cut in the first quarter tonight but he returned after a quick trip to the locker room, and it's nothing that would jeopardize his availability. Sunday, 7:29 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
  • Nikola Vucevic gets 16 & 8 with two blocks
    Nikola Vucevic made 8-of-14 shots to score 16 points on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Vuc was heating up before coach Frank Vogel decided to bench him, and the move has done nothing to cool him off -- he's was riding a wave of six straight double-doubles prior to tonight's near-miss. The move to play both Vuc alongside Bismack Biyombo for stretches has been huge for his fantasy outlook. Sunday, 5:37 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
  • Malone says DEN is being cautious w/ Jokic
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team is being cautious with Nikola Jokic (wrist).

    Advice: "Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball," Malone said. "I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down." He's been ruled out for the next three games, meaning the earliest we could see him back on the court is Saturday against Orlando. Jokic looked great right before the injury and should obviously be stashed everywhere. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • 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
  • Justin Hamilton doesn't score
    Justin Hamilton did not score against the Bucks on Saturday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson wanted to keep his second unit together with Trevor Booker (illness) out and he didn't tweak Hamilton's minutes at all tonight. He was getting more run at power forward earlier in the year, but he's been more of a center these days. Saturday, 4:40 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 13 with 10 boards
    Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season. Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points vs. Wolves
    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points during a 118-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He snapped out of his slump, which included three games below 19 points on just a combined 32.0 percent from the field. Even with Kristaps Porzingis coming on, Anthony's shots haven't fallen off. He's also starting to hit more open threes with his season-high treys today, so he should be able to hold his third-round value on the season. Friday, 9:42 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
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes
    Omri Casspi scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He managed to miss four shots from the field in an 18-second span, but that's neither here nor there. Casspi has seen some consistent minutes in his last four with 22.3 per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 treys. Nothing to see here for most owners. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores four in win
    Bismack Biyombo scored four points with 13 rebounds, four assists and one turnover in 32 minutes agains the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He's not a part of the offense with a team-low 12.6 usage rate in the last four starts. Biyombo's averages aren't very impressive either with 5.0 points, 9.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.5 steals in that span. If that sounds appealing to you, give him a look. He's really just a blocks and boards specialist. Friday, 7:27 pm
  • Nene (rest) will not play again Friday night
    Nene (rest) will not play again on Friday night against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Wow, he's getting back-to-back nights off. This likely has a lot to do with Montrezl Harrell playing very well on Thursday, so maybe it's possible rotation change, too. Nene can be dropped in most leagues while Harrell could have another nice game. Harrell would only be worth a look in deep leagues. Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Nets sign Motiejunas to $37M offer sheet
    The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

    Advice: Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried. Friday, 4:40 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
  • Draymond Green not expected to get fine
    Draymond Green is not expected to receive further discipline for his kick to James Harden's head from Thursday night.

    Advice: Green's high-kick flailing has been a problem and the league will continue to watch him on plays like that. It's not going to be easy for him to break his habit because it's just how he plays and the move is second nature to him. He'll be all set for Saturday against the Suns at Oracle Arena. Friday, 12:26 pm
  • 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
  • Rockets hope to keep Donatas Motiejunas
    Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

    Advice: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Draymond Green scores 20 with 15 boards
    Draymond Green scored a season-high 20 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was hit with a flagrant foul in overtime for kicking James Harden in the head, so the league may take a look at it given his history. Although, he may not get an additional punishment and it didn't look as bad as some previous cases. He did say he was confused by the flagrant and non-flagrant foul calls and said he'll go read the rule book, so he may get a fine for that, too. On the season, Green's numbers have held steady with only a dip in scoring and an increase to his defensive stats. He's holding first-round value in standard leagues. Friday, 12:09 am
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Thursday, 11:34 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo grabs 14 rebounds
    Bismack Biyombo made another start on Thursday and hit 1-of-4 shots for three points, 14 rebounds, one block and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He played four more minutes than Nikola Vucevic (18 points, 11 boards) and the Magic are grasping at straws by bringing Vuc off the bench in favor of starting BB. The Magic blew a 14-point fourth quarter lead tonight and Biyombo hasn't really done anything to earn the starting job. In fact, he's averaging just 3.8 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and is shooting 23 percent over his last five games. He'll shoot it better than this soon, but his general lack of scoring makes him tough to own for some boards and a handful of blocks. Thursday, 9:21 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

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

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

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Nene (rest) will not play on Thursday night
    Nene (rest) will not play on Thursday against the Warriors.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest and he'll be all set for Friday against one of his former teams, the Nuggets. With Nene out for Thursday, there should be some backup minutes for Montrezl Harrell, who has been battling a calf issue lately. Clint Capela's fantasy ceiling also goes up with this news. Thursday, 11:35 am
  • Draymond Green still not chasing wins
    Draymond Green said he has no interest in winning 73 games this year.

    Advice: "I don't know what the number 73 means," Green said. He said he cares about the home-court advantage, and wants to get better every time the Warriors step on the floor. Green said last year he was worried about getting the 73 wins and called the idea of it last year "dope." The Warriors have won 12 straight and lead the NBA in net rating at 13.0. The Warriors aren't resting players quite as much as anticipated, which could change once they lock up home court. Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Nets preparing Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet
    The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Andre Drummond gets 20 & 17 in road victory
    Andre Drummond vacuumed up 17 rebounds to go along with 20 points, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics have a -3.6 rebound differential, sixth-worst in the league, and Drummond made them pay tonight -- the Pistons finished with a 52-33 edge on the glass. He made 8-of-13 field goals and 4-of-7 free throws, thwarting a half-hearted attempt to hack him in the second half, and he's been everything owners hoped for on draft day. Wednesday, 7:34 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
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