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  • Wesley Matthews posts team-high 23 points
    Wesley Matthews finished Saturday's loss at Portland with a team-high 23 points over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews hit 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-9 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also added five rebounds, two assists and a steal while turning it over twice. January has easily been his best month of the season, as he is averaging 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game in eight outings in the month. As such, he is a sell-high candidate, as it's likely the team will start playing some of its younger talent more down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores season-high 29 points
    Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Harrison Barnes pulls down 10 boards
    Harrison Barnes finished Saturday's game at Portland with eight points, 10 rebounds and a blocked shot over 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes had an ugly 3-of-13 performance from the floor, and he was 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line to snap an 11-game streak with at least one triple. It was also his first single-digit performance in 23 outings dating back to Dec. 2. Chalk it up as just one poor outing. He'll look to get back on track Monday night against Washington, the first of a four-game schedule in the upcoming week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Muhammad scores seven in 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad scored seven points with two rebounds in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He seems to be behind both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Nemanja Bjelica to help fill the void left on the wing. Muhammad isn't really worth adding in almost any league. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 20 points vs. Wolves
    DeMar DeRozan scored 20 points with three rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: The 3-pointers are back with five attempts and several of them coming on a high degree of difficulty. DeRozan had missed his previous 11 attempts from deep over his last four, but he still managed to make at least 44 percent from the field in all of those. He's also been dropping dimes like a clumsy toll booth attendant with 5.7 per game in his previous January games. He's not just a scorer anymore. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
     
  • Norm gets a DNP-CD
    Norman Powell was a DNP-CD on Saturday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He's clearly behind Fred VanVleet and Delon Wright. Powell just hasn't been able to build off his strong 2017 postseason. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 pm
     
  • Joe Ingles ties career high with 21 points
    Joe Ingles tied a career-high 21 points in Saturday's 125-113 victory against the visiting Clippers.

    Advice: Ingles finished 8-of-15 from the field while going 5-of-10 from behind the 3-point line, and he also finished with four rebounds, four steals and two assists over 33 minutes. After being bumped from the starting five on Friday, he was back starting with Rodney Hood (leg) on the mend and Jingles was playing with a chip on his shoulder. He continues to have top-100 fantasy value whether starting or not. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
     
  • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 14 points in start
    Luc Mbah a Moute scored 14 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: P.J. Tucker also chipped in with 12 points. These two filled in nicely for Trevor Ariza, but Ariza will be back after his two-game suspension ended following the game. Mbah a Moute could still find minutes around 24, but he's not much of a fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • James Johnson scores 22, runs some point
    James Johnson scored 22 points with six rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He ran the offense a lot in this game because the Heat basically had no point guard -- not counting Josh Richardson. Johnson was a lacking some burst coming into this game, but he looked much better on both ends. Plus, he managed to score five points in four seconds to help the Heat earn a big win. His owners should feel a little better and can expect him to be a mid-round guy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:46 pm
     
  • Dario Saric ends up with 13 points in win
    Dario Saric finished with 13 points across 32 minutes in Saturday's victory against the visiting Bucks.

    Advice: Saric also added seven assists, six rebounds and a steal while hitting 4-of-10 from the floor, 1-of-5 from behind the arc, and 4-of-4 from the free-throw stripe. He didn't have the great shooting night, but at least he chipped in across multiple categories. He has been one of the most consistent 76ers for fantasy owners, and he'll continue to post mid-round value with the team in no hurry to bring back Markelle Fultz (shoulder). Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:40 pm
     
  • Nicolas Batum scores season-high 26 points
    Nicolas Batum scored a season-high 26 points with three rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: Maybe this will help his trade value. Earlier this week, ESPN reported the Hornets are looking to get Batum's contract off the books, but it's not going to be easy with Batum having his worst season in years. He's still an OK hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 pm
     
  • Tyreke Evans scores 12 points
    Tyreke Evans made 3-of-16 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He's finally started to slow down over his last five outings, averaging 15.2 points, 5.6 boards, 7.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 treys on 35.0 percent from the field. That's still pretty solid overall for Evans and Mike Conley doesn't sound like he's close to a return. He's still more of a sell-high player than anything else. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:46 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans Mem - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Wayne's World: Ellington scores 26 points
    Wayne Ellington scored 26 points in the starting lineup against the Hornets on Saturday, adding three assists, one steal and six 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great in the first unit today and he certainly is going to give coach Erik Spoelstra something to think about as a possible starter even when Goran Dragic (knee) can return. Ellington has the greenest of lights and is up to 3.0 treys per game on the year, and now he's starting to see minutes in the 30s to increase his season average of 25.3 minutes per game. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Joe Ingles back in the starting lineup
    Joe Ingles back in the starting lineup against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Rodney Hood (leg) is not going to play today because of a leg contusion, so Ingles is right back in the starting lineup after he was bumped on Friday. He'll continue to flirt with around top 100 value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
     
  • Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play vs. TOR
    Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's being called a left great toe sprain and not much else is known. With Crawford out, Tyus Jones will probably see some SG minutes while Marcus Georges-Hunt could also help out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:06 pm
     
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play vs. Raptors
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere after Butler played a whopping 42 minutes on Thursday night. The team is calling it a sore right knee, so this could be a lingering issue for one of the league's hottest players. Butler has had problems with his left knee, but he hasn't had any noteworthy injuries to his right since 2013. With him out, Andrew Wiggins will have to shine while Shabazz Muhammad and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt steps up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:05 pm
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  • Rodney Hood (leg) will not play on Saturday
    Rodney Hood (leg) will not play on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: His leg injury from Friday night will keep him out of action in a back-to-back set. Leg injuries have been a thorn in the side of Hood for years now and he's not exactly a fast healer either. Plus, there's a chance the Jazz are being cautious because he's reportedly on the trade block. He's still probably worth owning in 12-team leagues, though. Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson should pick up some run. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:22 pm
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  • Manu is questionable
    Manu Ginobili (thigh) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: He has missed the last two games due to a bruise on his thigh. The Spurs went with a lot of small-ball combos while Ginobili was out, but there's no need to rush him back. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • Wayne Ellington starting for Goran Dragic
    Wayne Ellington is starting for Goran Dragic (knee) against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: Presumably, this means Dragic is not going to play today. Ellington is going to be firing away and should get over 35 minutes. Coach Erik Spoelstra wants him to take 20 treys, so today could be the day. He's worth owning in standard leagues while the Heat are so shorthanded. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Another report says Jazz are shopping Hood
    Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports the Jazz are "actively looking to trade" Rodney Hood.

    Advice: This makes it the third credible report in the last 24 hours on Hood being dealt with the New York Times and ESPN reporting a similar story. The Jazz have a huge stretch coming up with a tough game against the Clippers tonight and then a lot of road games before the deadline. In case you missed it, Hood is questionable for tonight against the Clips. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:16 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko is probable
    Jonas Jerebko (back) is probable for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: The Jazz played him 12 minutes on Friday with Rudy Gobert back for that loss. Jerebko could get minutes around 12 again because Rodney Hood (leg) is questionable, but you can't count on him in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:49 am
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  • Rodney Hood (leg) questionable vs. Clippers
    Rodney Hood (leg) is questionable against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a lower leg contusion on Friday night and he did not close out the game with Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles seeing the clutch minutes. Hood does find himself on the injury report a lot, so it's possible the Jazz hold him out. If so, Ingle and Johnson figure to benefit the most. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:37 am
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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. to remain on 25-minute limit
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he plans to keep Tim Hardaway Jr. on a minutes restriction of about 25 per game during the Knicks current seven-game road trip.

    Advice: The Knicks have four games left on this road swing, including a back-to-back Thursday and Friday of next week. Hardaway Jr. was able to do plenty of damage in limited playing time in Friday's win over the Jazz. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes. Despite the minutes cap, he should be owned and started in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:29 am
  • Rodney Hood dealing with left leg contusion
    Rodney Hood is dealing with a lower left leg contusion and his status for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers is uncertain.

    Advice: Hood scored 18 points in 29 minutes on Friday vs. the Knicks but was unable to play in the fourth quarter with due to pain in his leg. The Jazz will provide an update by Saturday afternoon, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if they held him out of the back end of a back-to-back. If Hood is unable to play Saturday, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Johnson and Alec Burks would likely see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 am
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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 31 points in win
    Tim Hardaway Jr. lit up the Jazz during a 117-115 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field for 31 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he got a big contract this summer, but Hardaway Jr. has performed while healthy. THJ did miss two clutch free throws with 33 seconds left in the fourth, but did ice the game with two free throw makes with nine second left. The Knicks will get another back-to-back set on Jan. 25-26 and another on the 30th and 31st, so his owners will have to make sure he's good for those. He needs to be owned in all leagues regardless. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Courtney Lee makes FTs, brings defense
    Courtney Lee scored 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He made all four from the line to get him to 50 straight makes, which is already a franchise record and is just three shy of Stephen Curry's 53 for the most this season. Lee also played really well on defense and his playing time isn't going anywhere. He's been a draft-day steal as he continues to flirt with top-50 value in standard leagues. Although, he is a bit of a sell-high player because he's basically topping out on potential. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic posts 11 points in loss
    Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 11 points across 32 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Lakers.

    Advice: Bogdanovic was also able to chip in with six rebounds, two steals, an assist and a 3-pointer while turning it over twice. He hasn't done much over the past few games, but he continues to be a decent low-end fantasy asset in fantasy leagues with 12 or more teams. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Joe Ingles scores nine off the bench
    Joe Ingles moved to the bench against the Knicks on Friday with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The move to the bench didn't really hurt his output with Ingles and Rodney Hood basically just swapping roles. Ingles isn't much of a scorer anyway, so expect him to be around a top-100 player regardless of is position in the lineup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 pm
     
  • Joe Johnson scores 15 points vs. Knicks
    Joe Johnson scored 15 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He had a wide-open look for a 3-pointer in the corner that would've tied the game 19 seconds left, but it did not go down. The Jazz playing from behind may have helped Johnson's playing time along with Hood being dinged up, so don't expect him to hit 27 minutes too often. This decent game doesn't really make him an add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:22 pm
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    Joe Johnson Uta - SG,SF,PF
     
  • Jonas Jerebko moves to the bench
    Jonas Jerebko scored three points with one rebound in 12 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: Now that Rudy Gobert is back, Jerebko could find himself out of the rotation in some matchups. Drop him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:18 pm
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  • Rodney Hood scores 18 points as starter
    Rodney Hood made a start against the Knicks on Friday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: His move to the starting lineup wasn't the biggest news on Hood for the night. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that "there is a growing belief in league personnel circles" that the Jazz could trade Hood before the deadline. He seems to be fairly comfortable with the Jazz no matter where his playing time comes from, so his owners should want him to stay put. Although, he did have a minor leg issue late in the game, so keep an eye out on that for the oft-injured wing. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:10 pm
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  • Reggie Bullock back in the starting five
    Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to the lineup Friday against the Wizards, posting nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

    Advice: Bullock is over a bout of bronchitis, and he was listed as a game-time decision for this one. He also chipped in with two assists and a blocked shot over 24 minutes. He is averaging just 5.5 points per game over his past two outings, and he has single-digit performances in four of his past five. If you normally rely upon him, keep him reserved in all fantasy leagues until he starts to produce with a little more consistency. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Stanley Johnson plays 12 minutes off bench
    Stanley Johnson (hip) was active for Friday's game against the Wizards, playing 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Johnson was able to post five points on 1-of-3 shooting, while going 2-of-2 from the free-throw line with two steals and an assist. Even though he is healthy and was able to play without any setbacks, he can mostly be left to the waiver wire in all but the deepest of fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
  • T.J. Warren returns with 25 points in win
    T.J. Warren returned against the Nuggets on Friday, scoring 25 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great on both ends of the floor, so the Suns were likely careful with his back injury. The Suns are also very successful when Warren goes off with a 10-1 record in the 11 games he's scored at least 25. He's been on fire over his last seven active games with 23.9 points per outing thanks to making 36-of-48 (75 percent) at the rim over that span. They don't call him Tony Buckets for nothing. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 pm
     
  • Wayne Ellington scores 10 in 33 minutes
    Wayne Ellington scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra seems to like him in the second unit and Ellington did finish this game. He'll be taking close to 10 treys per game until Tyler Johnson (ankle) can return and Ellington should still have value after that because of no Dion Waiters. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:39 pm
  • James Johnson scores eight in 24 minutes
    James Johnson scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: For the most part, Johnson did look a step slow in this game and it may have cost him a few minutes. On the plus side, he had a very nice drive against DeMarre Carroll in the fourth and he did close this game. Maybe his ankle is still bothering him, but his fantasy owners should continue to plug him into their lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:29 pm
     
  • Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is available
    Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is available on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) is back in the lineup and will see about 24 minutes, so Jerebko isn't a lock to see any action. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:47 pm
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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will start vs. Utah
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: That'll bump Lance Thomas to the bench. Hardaway Jr. still could be limited as he recovers from his leg injury, and he did play 26 minutes on Wednesday. He should still be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:18 pm
  • Joe Ingles coming off the bench
    Joe Ingles will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ingles did have 14 points and four dimes in his last game, but he's been cold for a while. The Jazz will roll with the hot hand of Rodney Hood tonight and there's a chance that he could stick in the first unit. Ingles will still have a significant role, but he's a low-end fantasy option and it's been that way for a while. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:56 pm
     
  • Rubio, Mitchell, Hood, Favors & Rudy starting
    Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert will start against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: The Jazz get wild here with a couple new starters in Hood and Gobert returning. Hood has been shooting the ball really well, so maybe he does get a few extra minutes in the first unit. If he stays healthy, he should be worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:56 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) a game-time call
    Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is a game-time call vs. the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: His status may not matter with Rudy Gobert (knee) back, but there will be certain matchups when the Jazz will need him. We'll have an update shortly. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:48 pm
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  • Stanley Johnson is active
    Stanley Johnson (hip) is active for Friday night against the Wizards.

    Advice: It's still possible Johnson is out of the rotation with Reggie Bullock playing well lately. Leave Johnson on the wire in just about all leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:24 pm
  • Reggie Bullock (illness) is active Friday
    Reggie Bullock (illness) is active for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He sat out of the morning shootaround and was considered "50/50" to play, but he'll give it a go and could see his normal allotment of minutes if he's feeling up to it. He's been inconsistent, but he does have some low-end value for his 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute scores 14 points in start
    Luc Mbah a Moute made a start for Trevor Ariza (suspension) on Thursday, scoring 14 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: His playing time may have been a little higher than this, but the Rockets went with a more traditional lineup against a bigger Wolves team for most of the fourth. Expect Mbah a Moute to play around 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday, so he will be on the board as a DFS punt play or as a streamer. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:08 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has another terrific line
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's basically been an eight-category player this month, averaging 22.8 points, 5.1 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.9 steals and 1.3 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the line in his previous games this month. Not surprisingly, Butler has been a top-four player in standard leagues over his last 10 and last 25. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:55 pm
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  • Dario Saric scores 16 points vs. Boston
    Dario Saric scored 16 points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been one of the most consistent players on the team for scoring with double-digit points in every active game dating back to Nov. 28. Saric's better-than-expected season should continue going forward because the 76ers are clearly not in a rush to bring Markelle Fultz back. Don't expect a drop-off from his mid-round value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:55 pm
     
  • Jonas Jerebko is questionable for Friday
    Jonas Jerebko (back spasms) is questionable for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: The Jazz may not need him with Rudy Gobert (knee) probable to play. Derrick Favors would likely slide over to more power forward, so Jerebko may be out of the rotation anyway. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:17 pm
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  • T.J. Warren (back) practices, probable Friday
    T.J. Warren (back) practiced on Thursday and is expected to start Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Josh Jackson would head back to the bench with Warren active, undermining his appeal as a streaming and DFS option. Warren has missed the past two games but the injury sounds minor, and we should have confirmation of his status after Friday's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:56 pm
     
  • Manu Ginobili (thigh) ruled out Friday vs TOR
    Manu Ginobili (bruised thigh) will not play vs. the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis) and Kawhi Leonard (quad tendinosis) are also out, of course, which leaves a big opportunity for guys like Kyle Anderson, Danny Green and Bryn Forbes. Ginobili is just day-to-day, so maybe he'll be ready to go vs. Indiana on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:21 am
  • Rodney Hood scores 25 points w/ full line
    Rodney Hood lit up for 25 points vs. Sacramento on Wednesday, making 9-of-16 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Hood also had two steals without a turnover tonight, and it's encouraging to see him chip in across the board -- he's averaging a mere 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks this season. Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) is done for the season, which leaves 20+ minutes available on the wings, so it's likely Hood will absorb some of that -- he played 31 minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:19 pm
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  • Wayne Ellington scores 11 points
    Wayne Ellington scored 11 points with five rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was a mild disappointment for anyone who used him in DFS, but he should still be better going forward. Coach Erik Spoelstra has talked about how he wants Ellington to shoot 20 treys in a game and he'll probably get a few more opportunities with Tyler Johnson (ankle) dinged up. He should be considered as a strong hold while the Heat look to replace Dion Waiters' shooting. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Joe Ingles bounces back, scores 14 points
    Joe Ingles bounced back on Wednesday with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting, four 3-pointers, four assists, one rebound and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Ingles struggled in a blowout loss on MLK Day with zero points in 20 minutes, and he only attempted one shot. He was more aggressive tonight and it paid dividends, but this did come against the Kings' defense -- we'd like to see him do it again vs. the Knicks on Friday. For now, Ingles remains a low-end option in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:01 pm
     
  • Courtney Lee sets Knicks' free-throw record
    Courtney Lee made 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: In the process, Lee set a Knicks record by making 46 consecutive free throws. He's tops in the NBA at 96.1 percent from the stripe, and the only bad news is that he doesn't get there often with 1.8 attempts per game. He's been a sneaky mid-round fantasy value this season but could fade if New York commits to playing young guys more late in the season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. plays 26 minutes Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. played 26 minutes on Wednesday, posting 16 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist.

    Advice: THJ sat out Monday's game as a precaution, as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he looked fine in a tough loss at Memphis tonight. He came off the bench again but coach Jeff Hornacek has hinted he could resume starting soon, which would bump Lance Thomas (15 minutes) to the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It should only be a matter of time until THJ finds himself back in the starting five, but today will not be the day. Still, he should see 25+ minutes tonight, so he's worth deploying in season-long settings. Michael Beasley's value takes a hit with Hardaway Jr. back in action. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • Stanley Johnson will not play Wednesday
    Stanley Johnson (hip) is inactive on Wednesday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He did not go through shootaround and the Pistons don't appear to be in a rush to bring him back. Johnson is probably behind Reggie Bullock anyway. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:49 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) skips shootaround
    Stanley Johnson (hip) did not go through shootaround and he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Johnson skipping shootaround isn't a great sign regarding his status for tonight's game, and we should get official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. If he's out, Reggie Bullock will continue to flirt with minutes in the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:21 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Jeff Hornacek indicated on Tuesday that THJ could be returning to the starting lineup for tonight's game, which would shift Lance Thomas back to the second unit. With Hardaway Jr. back on the court, Michael Beasley won't play as much and Courtney Lee's usage will take a hit. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:55 am
  • Jimmy Butler scores 28 with monster line
    Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: On top of all that, he also made all four of his free throws and didn't have a single turnover. After a slow start to the season, Butler has played like a premier NBA shooting guard and worked his way up to the No. 9 fantasy player according to Basketballmonster.com. Karl-Anthony Towns had a 15 & 12 double-double with three blocks, but the Wolves didn't get much out of Andrew Wiggins on a night Evan Fournier went crazy for the Magic. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:49 pm
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  • Manu Ginobili (thigh) out Wednesday vs. BKN
    Manu Ginobili (thigh) will not play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The 40-year-old got hurt fighting over a Dewayne Dedmon screen on Monday, so it's not surprising that he'll be missing Wednesday's game. With him unavailable, there will be more minutes for Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:44 pm
  • T.J. Warren (back) out Tuesday vs. Portland
    T.J. Warren (back) will not suit up for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Josh Jackson (groin) is likely looking at another start tonight, so he could be someone to consider in DFS with a favorable matchup against the Trail Blazers. This will be Warren's second straight game on the sidelines, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for Friday's game in Denver. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:44 pm
     
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) questionable for Wed
    Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Johnson returned from a five-game absence last Wednesday but reaggravated his hip injury in that contest and was forced to sit out Monday's game vs. Charlotte. Reggie Bullock has played well in Johnson's absence, and the Pistons have plenty of depth on the wing, so it is unlikely Johnson will be able to earn enough playing time to make a fantasy impact even when he is fully healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:03 am
  • T.J. Warren (back) questionable Tuesday
    T.J. Warren (sore lower back) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Warren was unable to play Sunday vs. the Pacers. Josh Jackson (groin) started in his place and Jackson responded with a career-high 21 points in 30 minutes. Jackson is listed as questionable for Tuesday as well. We should have an update on the status of both players after Phoenix's shootaround Tuesday morning. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 am
     
  • Luc Mbah a Moute returned to action on Monday January 15. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 am
  • Joe Ingles fails to score in loss to Pacers
    Joe Ingles missed his only shot and played just 20 minutes on Monday, failing to score against the Pacers.

    Advice: He only had an assist, a steal and two turnovers on the night, so he actually hurt owners with negative points if you used him in some leagues. He's really tailed off lately, averaging 6.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 3-pointers on 35 percent shooting over his last five games. He was returning late eighth-round fantasy value on the season coming into tonight's game, according to Basketballmonster.com, but given how badly he's struggling, you can probably find a more exciting free agent out there. Just don't be surprised if he gets it turned around sooner than later. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:24 pm
     
  • Mbah a Moute and Tarik Black are available
    Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) and Tarik Black (eye) are available on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's been out for about a month and was averaging 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 25.3 minutes before the injury, but he'll more than likely have some restrictions for a bit. He's only worth keeping an eye on in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:03 pm
  • Tyreke Evans robbed of triple-double
    Tyreke Evans had 15 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes of Monday's 123-114 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He looked great again, as usual, and just missed a triple-double when teammate JaMychal Green stole a late rebound from him. Evans has had an awesome bounce-back season and should be owned and started everywhere, but things could change for him if he's traded before the deadline. If you've been thinking about selling high on him and are worried about him being traded to an unfavorable situation, the sell-high window is wide open right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:40 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans Mem - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Jonas Jerebko starting vs. the Pacers
    Jonas Jerebko is back in the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) is at least a week away from a return and Thabo Sefolosha may need season-ending knee surgery, so Jerebko may have some low-end value as a 3-point specialist this week. His long-term outlook isn't great, though. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:23 pm
    GTD
     
  • Wayne Ellington scores 20, hits five triples
    Wayne Ellington bounced back nicely in Monday's 119-111 loss to the Bulls, scoring 20 points (6-of-13 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with five rebounds, one assist and five triples in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Ellington has been a hot waiver-wire pickup for weeks, especially now that Dion Waiters (ankle) is out for the season and Tyler Johnson (ankle) may need to miss some time. He's played 30+ minutes in 13 out of his last 14 games and has been an excellent 3-point specialist, averaging 3.5 treys in that span. Ellington and the Heat have three more games this week against the Bucks, Nets and Hornets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute expected to play Monday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is expected to play Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's been out for a month, so if he is able to get out there tonight, he'll likely be dealing with a minutes limit. Mbah a Moute isn't worth owning in most leagues, but he could take away some minutes from P.J. Tucker once he's fully up to speed. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:02 pm
  • Courtney Lee sets franchise record Monday
    Courtney Lee hit his only free-throw attempt Monday in Brooklyn to tie the team's all-time mark for consecutive free throws made at 44, equaling the record set by Chris Duhon.

    Advice: Lee finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-2 from behind the arc, while chipping in with two assists, a rebound and a blocked shot. He is also working on a 14-game streak with at least one 3-pointer dating back to Dec. 18. Lee continues to be a decent fantasy asset in 9-cat leagues, particularly when Tim Hardaway Jr. is not on the court. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:49 pm
  • Dario Saric hits 3-of-10 shots for 11 points
    Dario Saric struggled with his shot on Monday, going 3-of-10 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to 11 points in 33 minutes.

    Advice: While Saric struggled with his shot for much of the game, he hit some big shots in the clutch to keep Philly on top in Monday's tightly contested matchup, and he rounded out his stat line with one 3-pointer, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers. He's been playing some phenomenal basketball over the past month, so it would be surprising to see him lose his spot in the starting five if and when Markelle Fultz (shoulder) is able to return to the court. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:34 pm
     
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 24 points in loss
    DeMar DeRozan went 8-of-18 from the field and 8-of-9 from the stripe on his way to 24 points, five dimes, one rebound, two steals and three turnovers in 35 minutes in Monday's loss to the 76ers.

    Advice: DeRozan is hitting career-highs in triples (1.2), dimes (5.0), and FG% (48.2) this season, to go with averages of 25.4 points, 4.2 boards and 1.1 steals per game, which translates to top-30 value in 9-cat leagues. Toronto currently sits just four games out of the No. 1 spot out East, and it looks like they’ll be battling Boston and Cleveland for seeding, so we wouldn't expect DeRozan to get hit with random rest days down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:57 pm
     
  • Manu Ginobili will not return for Spurs
    Manu Ginobili has a right thigh contusion and will not return to Monday's game.

    Advice: Here we go again with another episode of Spurs, old guys and injuries, brought to you by Gregg Popovich. Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul will both benefit, as will Danny Green, if he ever gets fully healthy again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:50 pm
  • Manu Ginobili headed to the locker room
    Manu Ginobili (leg) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what happened, but Ginobili called for a sub after tweaking his leg and limped his way back to the locker room. We should have another update soon, but if he's forced to miss time, that would open up minutes for guys like Brandon Paul and Bryn Forbes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:37 pm
  • Nicolas Batum fills stat sheet in win
    Nicolas Batum hit just 4-of-13 shots, but also had a 3-pointer, 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in Monday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: The shooting was bad, but it was nice to see Batum do some other things, as well. He's had a rough season and his gimpy elbow has slowed him down, but there's still a decent chance Batum has a nice second half. Turnovers have been an issue for him and he had four more today, but he's scored in double figures in three straight and has at least a steal and a 3-pointer in each of those. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:29 pm
     
  • Reggie Bullock scores 20 in loss to Charlotte
    Reggie Bullock hit 8-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 35 minutes of Monday's loss to Charlotte.

    Advice: Bullock usually scores and hits some 3-pointers, but the steals were a new wrinkle to his game today. Bullock was fading hard, scoring 10 or fewer points in three straight games, but looked fantastic today. He's mostly a one-trick pony that can score and hit some 3-pointers, so keep that in mind if you make a move on him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:55 am
  • Hornacek says Hardaway Jr. could start Weds
    Jeff Hornacek said that Tim Hardaway Jr. "quite possibly" could be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: In case you missed it, THJ will be unavailable for the Knicks' MLK Day game against Memphis with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll replace Lance Thomas in the starting five on Wednesday. With Hardaway Jr. on the sidelines on Monday, there will be more minutes available for Michael Beasley and Courtney Lee will see a slight uptick in usage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:28 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. ruled out for Monday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: THJ appeared to tweak his left leg on Sunday, but coach Jeff Hornacek said THJ is fine and that he's resting on the second game of a back-to-back set. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. Michael Beasley will pick up the slack on offense for the second unit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:39 am
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) ruled out Monday
    Stanley Johnson (hip) will not play on Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He had some tightness in his hip when he returned from a five-game absence, so the Pistons will sit him until he's back to 100 percent. Reggie Bullock will see a bump in value and could be a nice source of triples and steals with the Pistons playing four times this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:56 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic gets 14 pts, nothing else
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored a hollow 14 points vs. the Suns, making 4-of-10 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with a pair of 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes were down because it was a blowout, but Bogdanovic was still strikingly one-dimensional tonight -- he didn't have a single rebound, assist, steal or block. He's scraping along with some value in most 12-team formats, but free agents with higher upside are easy to find. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:29 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits 3-of-10 shots for 10 points
    Courtney Lee went just 3-of-10 from the field during Sunday's overtime loss to the Pelicans, finishing with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lee suffered from some suffocating defense from Jrue Holiday, but he’s also just been less involved in the offense since Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the court. In the two games since THJ has gotten back out there, Lee’s usage has dipped to 15.0, so it looks like his value will take a bit of a hit once Hardaway Jr. is fully up to speed. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:02 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 25 points, tweaks leg
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points in 33 minutes during Sunday's overtime loss to the Pelicans but appeared to tweak his left leg on the final possession of the game.

    Advice: He did add two triples, five boards, three dimes, three steals and three turnovers while he was out there, but the main takeaway is the leg injury. The injury occurred on a non-contact play on New York's final possession, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was sporting an obvious limp. The Knicks play again on Monday in Brooklyn, so it wouldn't be surprising to see THJ hit the sidelines for the second leg of this back-to-back. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • T.J. Warren (sore back) out, Jackson starting
    T.J. Warren (sore lower back) will not play vs. the Pacers on Sunday.

    Advice: Josh Jackson will start in place of Warren and should get all the minutes he can handle, so give him a look for DFS purposes. Dragan Bender will also be busy with Marquese Chriss (hip) on the sidelines tonight. This is the first we've heard about Warren's back issue, so we'll consider him questionable to return vs. Portland on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:55 pm
     
  • James Johnson hands out eight dimes in start
    James Johnson dished out eight assists in a start on Sunday, to go with four points, four boards, two steals, two blocks and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The shooting wasn’t pretty as Johnson went just 2-of-8 from the field, but he did do a fantastic job defensively against Giannis Antetokounmpo and had a nice two-man game going with Tyler Johnson. JJ has been better as a starter this season, but Erik Spoelstra will likely continue to alternate the starting four-spot based on the matchup. Kelly Olynyk finished with seven points, seven boards, one steal and one turnover in 18 minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:31 pm
     
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) could play Monday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) is scheduled to practice on Sunday and if all goes well, he'll return to the court for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute has spent the past month on the sidelines, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll be getting back to the court on Monday. He'll likely be dealing with a minutes limit for his first handful of games, but once he's fully up to speed, he could siphon away some playing time from P.J. Tucker. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:06 pm
  • James Johnson starting, Olynyk to bench
    James Johnson will replace Kelly Olynyk in the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This may be a matchup move, as the Heat will need Johnson to defend Giannis Antetokounmpo. He's averaging 28.3 minutes per game in 11 starts and 25.7 minutes in 22 games off the bench, so he'll see a slight bump in value Sunday. He's a must-own fantasy asset regardless of where he begins the game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:26 am
     
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) questionable Monday
    Stanley Johnson (hip) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Johnson returned from a five-game absence back on Wednesday, but he felt tightness in his hip after just 20 minutes. He's not a big part of the rotation and wasn't able to practice on Saturday, so the Pistons may play it safe and hold him out, especially with the trade deadline coming up. Reggie Bullock should have some low-end value this week for his 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:49 am
  • Reggie Bullock logs 35 minutes w/ Johnson out
    Reggie Bullock missed a potentially game-tying layup at the buzzer vs. Chicago on Saturday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Stanley Johnson (hip) was out tonight due to tightness in his hip, which allowed Bullock to log unfettered minutes as the starting SF. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy ruled out structural damage for Johnson, but Bullock should keep the starting gig even when he's healthy. He's been extremely efficient for the past month with 57.8% field goals and 83.3% free throws, while hitting 2.4 triples per game, so owners might as well ride the hot hand. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:49 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 42 points vs. Warriors
    The Raptors mounted a furious comeback attempt on Saturday, ultimately falling 127-125 despite DeMar DeRozan's game-high 42 points on 17-of-31 FGs and 8-of-10 FTs.

    Advice: DeRozan was phenomenal but Toronto's defense was the issue, as they gave up 81 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 27 points tonight. He added five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes, with a huge usage rate in the absence of Kyle Lowry (tailbone). As a footnote, DeRozan's big game tonight also pushed him past Vince Carter as the Raptors' all-time leader in games with 30+ points (92 games). He's surging as a top-20 value over the past month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:11 pm
     
  • Nicolas Batum scores 12 in home loss
    Nicolas Batum went for 12 points on 4-of-13 shooting in Saturday's 101-91 loss against Oklahoma City.

    Advice: Batum was able to hit a pair of 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot, but he also turned it over four times. He just hasn't been himself this season, and he started out behind the 8-ball with a rather serious elbow injury to start. It's uncertain if the ailment continues to bother him more than he is saying, but something is amiss, much to the dismay of his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:24 pm
     
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) out Saturday vs. CHI
    Stanley Johnson (hip) will not play Saturday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Johnson just got back from a five-game absence, but he felt tightness in his hip flexor after logging 20 minutes on Wednesday, which will again force him to the sidelines tonight. Stan Van Gundy said that he's not dealing with any structural damage, but he's having "mobility issues." For now, we'll consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets, and with him unavailable tonight, there will be more minutes for Reggie Bullock. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:46 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points w/ 2 steals
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points on 7-of-21 shooting Saturday to go with one 3-pointer, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes got off to a sluggish start in this one, but he really started to get going during crunch time, rocking a 37.0 usage rate during the fourth quarter and banking in a tough shot with six seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime. The shooting wasn't pretty, but we'd expect a more efficient outing on Tuesday in Denver. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:33 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores 17 points w/ three 3s
    Wesley Matthews drained another three triples on Saturday, on his way to 17 points, four assists, one rebound and zero turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews has been rolling over the past few weeks, flirting with top-50 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 15.1 points, 3.4 dimes, 2.6 triples and just 0.7 turnovers per contest on 45.9% shooting from the field and 83.3% from the charity stripe. This is probably going to be the high water mark for Matthews this season, as his playing time could begin to dwindle after the All-Star break, so now would be good opportunity to try and sell-high on the 31-year-old swingman. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:09 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (shoulder) a GTD on Monday
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said Luc Mbah a Moute (dislocated shoulder) will be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's odd that D'Antoni has decided a player will be a GTD for a game that is still three days away; nonetheless, it's confirmation that Mbah a Moute is making solid progress and is very close to returning. Before getting injured, Mbah a Moute was averaging 6.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 25.3 minutes for the Rockets this season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:19 am
  • T.J. Warren goes for 21 points in home win
    T.J. Warren finished with 21 points in Friday's 112-95 loss against the Rockets, hitting 10-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: Warren is averaging 22.0 points over the past two games since returning from a one-game absence due to illness. He has been shooting the ball well over his past 11 outings, 53.5 percent from the floor. He has been one of the most reliable fantasy producers in the Valley of the Sun this season, and he is posting top-75 roto value for most owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:09 pm
     
  • Tyreke Evans scores 12 points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shots in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, adding four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two triples.

    Advice: He scored 20+ points in 10 of his previous 12 games, so credit to Denver's defense for slowing him down. The Grizzlies are shopping Evans' expiring contract and want a first-round pick in return, but Evans brushed off the rumors. "I know it’s a business, I just gotta come and work, do what I do every day. I can’t, that’s not in my hands," he said. "So, whether they trade me or they keep me, I’m coming to work every day, work hard, and just get better." Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Tyreke Evans Mem - PG,SG,SF
     
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 16 points in return
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) returned to action in a 118-108 loss to the Wolves on Friday, scoring 16 points (6-of-13 FGs) with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and four triples.

    Advice: He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, but he showed little to no rust at all. As long as his leg responds well in the morning, his workload will continue to ramp up and he should be back in the first unit sooner rather than later. With top-70 value in 9-category leagues on a per-game basis, there's no reason for him to be sitting on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Jimmy Butler cools off w/ 13 points
    Jimmy Butler cooled off on Friday vs. the Knicks, hitting 6-of-12 shots for 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and one triple in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's been remarkably consistent and this was just his fourth game under 20 points since the beginning of December. The Wolves have been on another level defensively and held each of their last seven opponents below 100 points before tonight. "Now we're taking pride in our defense," Butler said. "We're taking it personal with matchups. I like to see that." The Wolves are 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season and the strong play of Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler is the reason why. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:43 pm
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  • Nicolas Batum scores 11 points in win
    Nicolas Batum scored 11 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in Friday's win over the Jazz.

    Advice: He was 5-of-11 from the field with two turnovers and zero free throw attempts in 36 minutes. He's been pretty bad since the start of the new year and you have to wonder if his elbow is holding him back. Batum is averaging 9.8 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 triples over his last five games, numbers you wouldn't expect from a guy who is owed nearly $100 million over the next four seasons. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:27 pm
     
  • Jonas Jerebko plays five minutes
    Jonas Jerebko returned to the bench on Friday vs. the Hornets with zero points and one missed shot in five minutes.

    Advice: He was headed towards a DNP-CD, but Thabo Sefolosha sprained his right knee and didn't return. Jerebko may see a handful of minutes if Sefolosha misses time, but he belongs on the waiver wire in the vast majority of leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:07 pm
    GTD
     
  • Rodney Hood tweaks ankle in loss to CHA
    Rodney Hood tweaked his left ankle on Friday vs. the Hornets, but returned and scored 15 points with one rebound, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room, but the Jazz diagnosed him with a "mild left ankle sprain" and he seemed fine the rest of the evening. Hood hit 4-of-13 shots in the loss and can't seem to snap out of his slump, as he's now averaging 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 triples on 33.9% shooting over his last five games. If there's a hot free agent available, we wouldn't blame you for moving on. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
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  • Jonas Jerebko back to the bench
    Jonas Jerebko will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: The Jazz will go with a smaller lineup with Thabo Sefolosha and Derrick Favors (knee) at the four and five. Jerebko was a DNP-CD in two straight games before his start on Wednesday, so he's not a lock to see minutes tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:12 pm
    GTD
     
  • Rodney Hood fined $35k for phone incident
    Rodney Hood has been fined $35,000 for slapping a cell phone out of the hands of a fan on his way back to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hood was perturbed after getting ejected from Wednesday's game in just 15 minutes and took his frustrations out on the phone of a fan sitting courtside. The hilarious stunt will cost him a new car, but he won't be facing a suspension, so owners can plan on rolling him out there for Friday's matchup with the Hornets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:23 am
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  • Stanley Johnson (hip) questionable for Sat
    Stanley Johnson (strained hip) did not practice on Friday and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Johnson returned from a five-game absence on Wednesday but was held scoreless in 20 minutes of action. In addition, it appears he re-aggravated his hip injury. The Pistons have plenty of depth on the wing, making it difficult for Johnson to secure consistent playing time even when fully healthy. He should be left on waivers in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:41 am
  • Manu Ginobili returns for eight points
    Manu Ginobili returned from a rest and played 22 minutes in a loss to the Lakers on Thursday, finishing with eight points, one rebound, four assists and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Owning Spurs in fantasy hoops is not fun and Manu is no longer someone who should be rostered in standard leagues. And tonight's 93-81 loss to the Baby Lakers marked the first time the Spurs have lost to them at home since 2013 (eight games). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:46 pm
  • Jimmy Butler joins elite company with Wolves
    Jimmy Butler went for 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds, four steals and two blocked shots across 36 minutes in Wednesday's 104-88 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Butler was a solid 7-of-13 from the floor and 11-of-12 from the free-throw line. He joined Kevin Garnett as the only player in Timberwolves history to record at least 26 points, seven rebounds, eight assists, four steals and a blocked shot in a single game. He is averaging 22.7 points, 8.3 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game over his past three outings, as he is putting up top-10 fantasy numbers in 9-category formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:30 pm
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  • Andrew Wiggins posts 19 points in home win
    Andrew Wiggins ended up with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting Wednesday's 104-88 home win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Wiggins chipped in with three rebounds, two assists and a steal over 42 minutes. He also extended his streak with at least one 3-pointer to 11 games dating back to Dec. 20. He is averaging 21.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over his past three outings, but overall his numbers this season have been down across the board. That includes an awful 63.0 percent from the free-throw line, easily a career low. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Reggie Bullock starts, plays 28 minutes
    Reggie Bullock started vs. the Nets on Wednesday and had seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, four rebounds, one 3-pointer and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy admitted it was a "mistake" to start Bullock ahead of Anthony Tolliver on Monday, against the Pelicans' big frontcourt. Those two will continue swapping starts depending upon the matchup, which makes it hard to trust either one in standard fantasy leagues. The return of Stanley Johnson (hip) tonight is just one more reason to avoid Bullock. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) logs 20 bench minutes
    Stanley Johnson (strained hip) returned from a five-game absence on Wednesday with zero points on 0-of-3 shooting in 20 minutes, but he chipped in five rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Johnson came off the bench behind starter Reggie Bullock, who had already claimed the job prior to Johnson getting hurt. Stan Van Gundy recently blasted his team's defensive effort as "pathetic," and defense is Johnson's specialty, so he should maintain a solid 18-24 minute role as he gets up to speed. He's best left unowned in the majority of leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 pm
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