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  • Lonzo Ball (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Lonzo Ball (left knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, as expected.

    Advice: Ball was never expected to take the court tonight after sitting out Tuesday's practice, and with him watching from the sidelines, Tyler Ennis figures to earn another start with more minutes falling to Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson. The Lakers take on the Pacers on Friday, and for now, we'll be considering Ball questionable for that one. 16 minutes ago
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) out Thursday vs. BOS
    Richaun Holmes (gastroenteritis) will not suit up for Thursday's game in Boston.

    Advice: This will be Holmes second straight game on the sidelines due to the stomach bug, which will translate to more minutes for Trevor Booker and Amir Johnson. Holmes is only worth owning in deep leagues as a Joel Embiid-handcuff. 23 minutes ago
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) will not play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: It's not surprising to see the 33-year-old veteran take the night off with a matchup against the 17-27 Bulls, but we'd expect him to get back out there for Saturday's game in Houston. With Iggy unavailable tonight, Omri Casspi and Nick Young will pick up most of his minutes, but neither of those guys are great targets with Kevin Durant healthy. 53 minutes ago
  • Dakari Johnson recalled from the G-League
    Dakari Johnson has been recalled from the G-League.

    Advice: He only plays if the game is a blowout. Today, 8:56 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. Today, 8:55 am
  • Frank Kaminsky (ankle) upgraded to probable
    Frank Kaminsky (right ankle sprain) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Kaminsky tweaked his ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, but it looks like he might not need to miss any additional game-time action. Check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Today, 8:35 am
  • Report: Bulls shopping Jerian Grant
    The Bulls are reportedly shopping Jerian Grant.

    Advice: With Zach LaVine back, and Kris Dunn excelling at point guard, Grant has become an expendable piece for the Bulls. They also would probably like to get a good look at Cameron Payne (foot) after the All-Star break, and moving Grant would make it easier to do that. It's unlikely Grant will be much more than a backup regardless of where he winds up, so the name on the jersey won't have much impact on his status as a non-option in fantasy hoops. Today, 7:54 am
  • J.J. Barea (groin) hopeful for Saturday
    J.J. Barea (groin) is hopeful that he'll be able to get back to the court for Saturday's game in Portland.

    Advice: Barea missed Tuesday's game due to the groin issue, but said he "should be okay," and he'll have had a full week off going into Saturday's game so maybe he'll be able to get back out there. If Barea is able to return to the court, Devin Harris' minutes will take a hit. Today, 6:54 am
  • Jayson Tatum returned to action on Tuesday January 16. Today, 12:47 am
  • Rajon Rondo posts nice line in another win
    Rajon Rondo got some revenge against the Celtics Tuesday with seven points, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's been a bit quiet lately, but is still averaging 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.2 steals over his last five games, hitting 52 percent of his shots. If you can live with the low scoring, he's worth holding. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Shabazz Napier stays relevant on Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier played through a sore back and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, three rebounds, six assists and a steal in 20 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: While it's true he's a must-start any time the Blazers are without Damian Lillard, he's actually managed to stay afloat with Lillard back. He returned to action four games ago and Napier has averaged 11.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.5 3-pointers over that stretch, despite sitting out the entire second half on Sunday with the back problem. Those aren't must-own numbers and he's tough to trust with Lillard healthy, but he might be worth grabbing, especially as a Lillard insurance policy. Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores 18 points vs. Blazers
    Troy Daniels scored 18 points vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-13 shots in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He had 11 3-point attempts and connected on six of them, adding one rebound and one steal. Josh Jackson had four fouls which limited him to 23 minutes and T.J. Warren (foot) missed another game, so Daniels stepped up when coach Jay Triano called his name. The Suns only have one more game this week and it's not until Friday, so there's no reason to pick up Daniels in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Devin Booker goes off for 43 points in loss
    Devin Booker went off for 43 points in Tuesday's 118-111 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: That's the third game of his career with 40+ points. He did everything he could to give the Suns a chance with 21 points in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough as they dropped their third straight game. He finished 14-of-29 from the field and hit all 10 of his free throws with eight assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and five triples, becoming the first Phoenix Sun to record 43+ points and 8+ assists since Stephon Marbury in 2003. He's quickly becoming one of the top shooting guards in the NBA. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays 14 minutes off bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas, playing 14 minutes with five points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He played exclusively as the backup center and didn't see any minutes next to Jokic. He was a deep-league asset even as a starter, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues even if this was a temporary move. Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jayson Tatum quiet in 27 minutes
    Jayson Tatum (knee) was quiet in 27 minutes vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and two triples.

    Advice: Tatum missed a practice over the weekend after tweaking his knee last week vs. Philly, but all the test results came back clean. "It feels a lot better. I just tweaked it in the game in London, and the long plane ride it got a little stiff," he said. "We had a few days off of practice, I mean, off until our next game. So they just told me to rest the other day at practice." He's been one of the most consistent rookies this season and is flirting with top-50 value in standard 9-category leagues, and it doesn't sound like this knee injury is going to linger. Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Mason Plumlee will come off the bench
    Mason Plumlee will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He was considered probable to play with a core strain, but the Nuggets will make a lineup switch to counter Dallas small-ball lineup. There's no word on whether or not this will be more than a temporary move, but this matchup is better suited for guys like Wilson Chandler and Trey Lyles. Yesterday, 5:55 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. Dallas on Tuesday
    Will Barton will start against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: It sounds like this is a matchup move, but Barton is worth deploying in fantasy lineups regardless of where he begins the game. He'll join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Yesterday, 5:54 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) is available vs. Suns
    Shabazz Napier (back) is available to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's dealing with a strained lower back and left Sunday's game early, but he'll give it a go tonight. He's hard to trust while Damian Lillard is healthy, but he's been terrific for a few weeks and the Blazers need to find more minutes for him. Yesterday, 5:01 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (knee) will play on Tuesday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) is good to go for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Tatum went through most of Monday's practice and looked fine at shootaround, so we wouldn't anticipate any sort of minutes limit for him tonight. Feel free to get him active. Yesterday, 2:40 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) probable Tuesday
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play Tuesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: He's been playing through the core strain issue for over a month, and it's likely going to be something he just has to deal with for the rest of the season. Plumlee is not a viable fantasy option in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:08 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable Wednesday
    Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Chicago.

    Advice: Iguodala has been dealing with soreness in his hips and knees lately, but the calf issue is new. The Dubs could opt to give him a rest day against a team that they should be able to beat without his services, which would translate to more minutes for Omri Casspi and Nick Young. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 1:02 pm
  • Dakari Johnson sent down to the G-League
    Dakari Johnson has been assigned to the Thunder's G-League affiliate.

    Advice: No fantasy spin here, as Johnson is irrelevant while Steven Adams is healthy. Yesterday, 12:46 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Lonzo Ball (knee) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ball wasn't able to practice on Tuesday and head coach Luke Walton said he didn't expect Ball to be able to get out there on Wednesday night, so the doubtful tag confirms the obvious. Tyler Ennis figures to earn another start on Wednesday if Ball sits, and there will be more minutes available for guys like Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson. Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Frank Kaminsky (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Kaminsky sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Pistons, and he was in a good amount of pain after the injury, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him sit out Wednesday's game. We should have another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard would likely split most of his minutes. Johnny O'Bryant could also get into the rotation, but he wouldn't be a fantasy target. Yesterday, 11:20 am
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) unable to practice Tuesday
    Lonzo Ball (sprained left knee) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: The MRI on Ball's knee came back clean and ruled out any structural damage; however, he was unable to play Monday vs. Memphis. Luke Walton said he doesn't expect Ball to play on Wednesday against OKC, and owners can expect official confirmation following Wednesday morning's shootaorund. If he's out, Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson will continue to see extended minutes. Yesterday, 10:39 am
  • Andre Iguodala scores nine in return
    Andre Iguodala returned from a hip injury and hit 3-of-11 shots for nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal, but was 0-for-4 from downtown in Monday's win.

    Advice: He's probably still not playing at 100 percent and doesn't do enough on most nights to be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Monday, 8:15 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) questionable Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier (strained lower back) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Napier left during the second quarter of Sunday's game and this is an unfortunate break, as he'd been playing very well the past few weeks. Hopefully we'll get some good news after Portland's shootaround, but if he can't suit up Pat Connaughton should get extra run with the second unit. Monday, 1:39 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (sprained knee) won't play Monday
    Lonzo Ball (sprained left knee) will not play vs. Memphis on Monday.

    Advice: L.A. is erring on the side of caution, predictably, but it doesn't sound serious and an MRI has already ruled out structural damage. His absence opens up the backcourt for Tyler Ennis, Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson, and maybe we'll even see Gary Payton II in the rotation tonight. Owners should consider Ball questionable for Wednesday's game in OKC. Monday, 1:26 pm
  • Lonzo Ball (knee) unlikely for Monday
    Luke Walton said it's very unlikely that Lonzo Ball will play through his left knee sprain on Monday.

    Advice: While he hasn't been ruled out, you shouldn't plan on seeing him in action today, as it sounds like there's almost now way he'll play. Josh Hart is probably the best bet for success in Ball's absence, while it should also help Jordan Clarkson and make Tyler Ennis relevant today. Ball should be considered day-to-day until further notice. Monday, 1:13 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky leaves with sprained ankle
    Frank Kaminsky sprained his right ankle with about seven minutes left in the fourth quarter on Monday and never returned, finishing with five points, five rebounds and a 3-pointer on 2-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He was defending a driving Tobias Harris and rolled it pretty badly on the play. He was down for several moments and in obvious pain, and couldn't stand up the first time he tried. He limped to the bench, and then locker room, and given the amount of pain he was in, it would not be surprising to see him miss at least a game or two due to the injury. Marvin Williams and Johnny O'Bryant would get some extra work if he's out. Monday, 11:39 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. 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. Monday, 10:39 am
  • Jayson Tatum (knee) is probable for Tuesday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: His test results all came back good and it sounds like he's dealing with a minor knee tweak. Tatum went through most of Monday's practice and should be ready to roll on Tuesday barring a setback in warmups. We'll have another update on Tuesday morning. Monday, 10:21 am
  • J.J. Barea (groin) listed as out Tuesday
    J.J. Barea (groin) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: This is coming from the team's game notes, but his owners should go ahead and have a backup plan ready. Keep in mind that Dallas has just two games total this week. Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell and Devin Harris will all get a bump with Barea expected to sit out. Monday, 10:02 am
  • Andre Iguodala (hip) is available Monday
    Andre Iguodala (hip) is available on Monday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He's been a regular on the injury report this season with a variety of ailments, but he'll power through it today and will spend a lot of time guarding LeBron James. Iggy usually steps up against Cleveland, so he could have some value even though the Warriors will have their full lineup. Monday, 9:14 am
  • Richaun Holmes (illness) ruled out Monday
    Richaun Holmes will not play on Monday vs. the Raptors due to an illness.

    Advice: Amir Johnson missed Philly's last game with an illness, but he's currently questionable. If Johnson is unable to back up Joel Embiid, Trevor Booker and Dario Saric might see some time at the five. Holmes hasn't been playing much lately and is just a handcuff for Embiid's owners. Monday, 9:03 am
  • Shabazz Napier exits Sunday w/ back tightness
    Shabazz Napier (back) didn't play in the second half on Sunday, finishing with nine points, two assists and one block in 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Napier was efficient with 3-of-5 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, but his back "tightened up" during the game, according to coach Terry Stotts. His recent play has ensured him a solid spot in the rotation, but owners will need to check for updates on Monday before relying on him in weekly lineups. If he does miss time, expect Pat Connaughton to pick up most of the slack. Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Devin Booker gets 15/7/5 in blowout home loss
    Devin Booker shot 5-of-16 from the field for 15 points on Sunday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, two turnovers and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Booker was in foul trouble tonight but that wasn't a real issue, especially since Phoenix let him play down the stretch of a blowout 120-97 defeat. He continues to run the offense more often and the Suns coaching staff is pleased with his playmaking. "Just as a point guard, he’s setting us up, he’s getting us into our offense," coach Jay Triano said before the game. "We’re asking him to be a big scorer, to set everyone up ... It’s a little bit of a new role for him." Booker is poised for a big finish in 2018. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Lonzo Ball's MRI reveals 'minor' knee sprain
    Lonzo Ball's MRI revealed a minor left knee sprain and he's questionable to play vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Ball woke up with soreness after logging 43 minutes on Saturday, but the MRI was a simple precaution and the test results were encouraging. The Lakers could play it safe, though, so there's a chance Tyler Ennis and Josh Hart will assume more minutes if Ball sits out Monday's game. Gary Payton II, who was just added on a two-way contract, could also crack the rotation. Sunday, 5:44 pm
  • Rajon Rondo logs just 24 minutes in OT win
    Rajon Rondo was held to four points on 2-of-7 shooting in Sunday's overtime win over the Knicks, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo struggled with his shot, was sloppy with the rock and played some very subpar defense against Jarrett Jack, which resulted in him getting benched down the stretch in favor of Ian Clark. We'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a potential revenage game against the Celtics in Boston. Sunday, 4:13 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. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (hip) probable for Monday
    Andre Iguodala (hip) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Iguodala sat out the second half of Saturday's game, but it looks like that was just a precautionary move, and he should be on the floor for Monday's Finals' rematch. However, with Golden State's core four healthy, Iguodala won't be involved enough to make a difference in most leagues. Sunday, 1:37 pm
  • Lonzo Ball headed for precautionary MRI
    Lonzo Ball woke up with a sore left knee on Sunday and is scheduled for a precautionary MRI.

    Advice: We'll be awaiting those MRI results, but he's probably just a bit sore after logging 43 minutes on Saturday, so we wouldn't worry much. We should have another update by Monday morning at the latest, but if this does end up being something that forces him to the sidelines, Tyler Ennis would have an opportunity to start and there would be more minutes available for Josh Hart. Sunday, 1:23 pm
  • Thunder recall Dakari Johnson
    The Thunder have recalled Dakari Johnson from the G-League.

    Advice: He was with the OKC Blue for the G-League showcase. Johnson has only played 10 minutes for the Thunder since the start of January because Steven Adams is the only true center in their rotation right now. Sunday, 7:01 am
  • Andre Iguodala (hip) sits out second half
    Andre Iguodala (strained hip flexor) sat out the second half of Saturday's game, which he finished with four points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: Iguodala was walking gingerly after a drive in the first half and Steve Kerr confirmed afterward that he was "dealing with some hip issues," although the Warriors haven't provided an official injury update. We should get clarification after Sunday's practice, and there's no doubt he'll be on the injury report prior to Monday's game in Cleveland. Saturday, 7:29 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (hip) will play on Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (hip) will play on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: Iguodala should be out there for his usual minutes tonight, but with Stephen Curry (ankle) expected to play, he won't be quite as involved in the offense. Iguodala isn't a great target in most leagues. Saturday, 3:45 pm
  • J.J. Barea goes down with a groin injury
    J.J. Barea did not play during the second half on Saturday after aggravating a groin injury, finishing with five points, one 3-pointer, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle said he had "no idea" on the severity of Barea's injury after the game, so he's likely headed for an MRI. That said, groin injuries can be tricky, so it wouldn't be surprising at all to see this result in an extended absence for the 33-year-old veteran, and if he does need to miss time that would open up minutes for Dennis Smith Jr. and Yogi Ferrell. The Mavs take on the Nuggets on Tuesday, so we should get another update on Barea in the intervening days. Saturday, 3:29 pm
  • Lonzo Ball hands out seven dimes in 43 mins
    Lonzo Ball scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting Saturday, to go with seven rebounds, seven assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in 43 minutes.

    Advice: As an added bonus for 9-cat owners Ball didn't commit a single turnover in the overtime win, and while he struggled with his own shot, he still found a way to be effective for the Lakers. Ball has been ballin' over the past eight, flirting with top-30 value behind averages of 14.1 points, 6.8 assists, 2.9 triples, 0.8 steals, 2.5 turnovers and a team-high 7.9 rebounds per contest on 43.3% shooting. Saturday, 2:01 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (knee) doesn't practice Saturday
    Jayson Tatum (knee) did not practice on Saturday, and he's scheduled for a precautionary MRI.

    Advice: Tatum tweaked his knee during Thursday's game in London, but we'll wait for the MRI results before making any proclamations about his status for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. If this is something that requires Tatum to miss time, Marcus Morris would likely move into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for guys like Daniel Theis and Jaylen Brown. Stay tuned. Saturday, 11:17 am
  • Andre Iguodala (hip) questionable Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (hip flexor strain) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Iguodala has been playing through knee and hip pain for weeks now. Seeing as Saturday is the second night of a back-to-back, the Warriors may choose to keep him sidelined for this contest. Omri Casspi (back soreness) is also listed as questionable for Saturday night. Nick Young and Patrick McCaw could see additional minutes off the Warriors bench if Iggy is unable to play. Saturday, 10:42 am
  • Devin Booker drops 27 in Friday's home loss
    Devin Booker was good for 27 points across 37 minutes in Friday's 112-95 loss against the visiting Rockets.

    Advice: Booker hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 3-of-8 from behind the arc, while adding 6-of-6 from the free-throw stripe. He also added nine assists, six rebounds and two steals. The only complaint from fantasy owners might be his ugly nine turnovers, which was a season high. He has four or more turnovers in five of his past six outings, so fantasy owners have to take the good with the bad. Usually with Booker, it's way more good than bad. Friday, 11:19 pm
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in start
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup with Gary Harris (personal) out on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barton was cold coming into tonight's game with January averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 35.9% shooting, so he was in need of a confidence booster. Harris was tending to a "private family matter" and could be back on Saturday, so Barton will be back on the bench if that happens. He's worth owning even when his shot isn't falling, as his assists give him a decent floor. Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Rajon Rondo mostly invisible on Friday
    Rajon Rondo finished with just thee points, two assists and two rebounds over 20 minutes in Friday's win against Portland.

    Advice: These types of nights are maddening for fantasy owners, as Rondo can be so special at times and look rather disinterested and uninvolved other times. He is just two games removed from posting 15 assists, and he has 12 or more dimes in three of his past eight with a few stinkers in between. The tease of elite-level assists makes him worth owning in most formats, but be ready for duds like this now and again. Friday, 10:02 pm
  • 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. Friday, 9:29 pm
  • Shabazz Napier posts 17 points in road loss
    Shabazz Napier posted 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Napier hit 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, faring surprisingly well considering he was in the starting five along Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He was solid filling in at the point when Lillard (calf) was sidelined, and he showed well here. However, his long-term fantasy outlook isn't great as long as Lillard and McCollum are each healthy and available. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Will Barton starting for Harris (personal)
    Will Barton will start in place of Gary Harris (personal) on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Harris is tending to a "private family matter," but coach Malone is hopeful to have him back on Saturday vs. the Spurs. Barton has been in a slump lately and is hitting 35.9% from the field over his last five games, so maybe the move to the first unit will get him going again. Friday, 5:36 pm
  • Shabazz Napier starting for Turner (illness)
    Shabazz Napier will start on Friday vs. the Pelicans with Evan Turner (illness) out.

    Advice: He'll join Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic in the first unit. Napier's upside isn't as high while Lillard and McCollum are active, but he still has some streaming appeal tonight. Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will play on Friday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) will play Friday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: THJ has spent the past month on the sidelines, so he'll assuredly be dealing with a minutes limit for at least his first few games of being out there. He's not a must-play guy in his first game back from the long layoff, but he is must-own now that he's finally back out there. Michael Beasley's minutes will likely take a hit once Hardway Jr. is fully up to speed, and Courtney Lee's usage will dip. He'll come off the bench tonight, but Lance Thomas' days as a starter are numbered. Friday, 3:36 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (left knee) will play Friday
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is available to play Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Iguodala has been dealing with minor, nagging injuries for much of the season, but has played in 36 of the Warriors 42 games thus far in 2017-18. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Thunder assign Dakari Johnson to G-League
    The Thunder have assigned Dakari Johnson to their G-League affiliate.

    Advice: Minimal fantasy impact here, as Johnson is averaging just 2.4 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.5 minutes per game this season. Friday, 7:07 am
  • Lonzo Ball outstanding in win over Spurs
    Lonzo Ball hit 7-of-11 shots and 4-of-7 3-pointers for 18 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, four steals and five turnovers in Thursday's 93-81 win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Ball hit just 2-of-10 shots on Tuesday, but had 11 rebounds and 11 assists, and has looked good since returning from his shoulder injury four games ago. Since then he's averaging 11.8 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting. It appears to all be coming together for the Lakers media star. Thursday, 11:08 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (knee) is probable
    Andre Iguodala (left knee soreness) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He's been a regular on the injury report and will be rested sporadically the rest of the season. He's only worth deploying when the Warriors rest a stud or two. Thursday, 4:52 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) questionable Friday
    Tim Hardaway Jr.'s (leg) status for Friday's game vs. the Wolves is unclear according to coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Hardaway Jr. scrimmaged with the Knicks for a second straight practice on Thursday, but the Knicks aren't ready to commit to him playing yet -- they will list him as questionable for now. Hardaway Jr. will be re-evaluated either this evening or on Friday morning, but he wouldn't reveal his status either. "If it was playoffs then I would obviously," THJ said. "Time will tell." Thursday, 10:10 am
  • Shabazz Napier logs 23 minutes w/ Dame active
    Shabazz Napier rolled his right ankle in the second half on Wednesday, but he continued playing to finish with nine points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard (strained right calf) was back in action tonight, which bumped Napier to the second unit and eroded his minutes. He was terrific filling in as the starting PG, though, and may have secured an 18-24 minute role from coach Terry Stotts. Napier is also a great handcuff for Lillard, even though Dame has been extremely durable throughout his career. Barring a pessimistic update about Napier's ankle, we'll leave him off the injury report. Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky scores hollow 10 points
    scored a hollow 10 points in 18 minutes vs. Dallas, going 4-of-10 from the field with two 3-pointers and one rebound.

    Advice: Charlotte was coming off a four-day break in the schedule, and they faced a tired Mavs team on the second of back-to-back games, but it was Dallas who held on for a 115-111 road win. Kaminsky continues to score double-digit points with little else -- in the past three games he's averaging 2.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.3 steals and zero blocks. Even with Cody Zeller (knee) on the shelf, he's been hurting most fantasy owners. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Shabazz Napier to bench w/ Lillard starting
    Shabazz Napier will come off the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Blazers welcome Damian Lillard (calf) back into the starting lineup. Dame is expected to be on a minute-limit, though, which could boost Napier's playing time in the short-term. Wednesday, 5:08 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores 5, but fills stat sheet
    Lonzo Ball hit just 2-of-10 shots and 1-of-7 3-pointers (including a wide open airball) for five points, but also had 11 rebounds, 11 assists, a block and a career-high five steals in Tuesday's 99-86 win over the Kings.

    Advice: Ball's court vision is as advertised and he's played well since returning from his shoulder injury three games ago, averaging 9.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.3 3-pointers since then. He's going to struggle to score and his field goal percentage could be a killer, but he's going to rack up boards, assists and steals with some 3-pointers every time out. Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Shabazz Napier scores 21 in win over Thunder
    Shabazz Napier started and scored 21 points on 5-of-10 shots in Tuesday's 117-106 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder have allowed the seventh fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, making Napier's performance even more impressive. He made 10 trips to the free throw line and connected on nine of them, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in 34 minutes. He's become a must-start player every time Damian Lillard (calf) misses a game and was averaging 18.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 triples in five previous starts. Lillard's status for Wednesday's game vs. Houston is up in the air, so be on the lookout for an update. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr (leg) gets in a full practice
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) scrimmaged with the team, and was a full participant in practice on Tuesday, but is still without a timetable for his return.

    Advice: This is an important step forward in Hardaway's rehab, as he works his way back from a stress reaction in his lower left leg. Hardaway told reporters that he felt good after practicing on Tuesday. He has not played since the end of November, but is clearly headed in the right direction. Hopefully, we soon get an update that includes a target date for his return. Tuesday, 8:46 am
  • Will Barton plays only 19 minutes Monday
    Will Barton was quiet in 19 minutes vs. the Warriors on Monday, shooting 1-of-6 from the field with two points, five assists and one block.

    Advice: Barton had been slumping from the field at 37.5% in his previous four games, but the low playing time was an unusual twist. This is the second time all season Barton has played fewer than 20 minutes, and the first time since Nov. 24, so we'll keep an eye out for any explanations. It looks like Denver just stuck with bigger lineups that were effective down the stretch. Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Rajon Rondo hands out 15 assists Monday
    Rajon Rondo tied a franchise record with nine assists in the first quarter on Monday, finishing with 15 dimes, 12 points, four rebounds and a pair of steals in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Rondo came in averaging 18.5 minutes in the Pelicans' two previous games, and coach Alvin Gentry challenged him to be more aggressive at both ends tonight. He's not always fun to own, but elite assists make him worth the trouble in most formats -- among players outside the top-100 for roto value this season, Rondo is easily the leader with 8.0 assists per game. The only players close are Lonzo Ball (7.0), Elfrid Payton (6.6), J.J. Barea (6.0) and Jarrett Jack (6.0). Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Shabazz Napier thrives as fill-in starter
    Shabazz Napier racked up 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as a fill-in starter on Sunday, making 7-of-9 shots in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was ruled out before tip-off due to his strained right calf, although it doesn't sounds like he'll miss much time -- the training staff thought it was "smarter" if he took the night off vs. the short-handed Spurs. Napier is a terrific handcuff for Lillard in deeper leagues, and he's worth opportunistic streaming in most situations whenever Lillard is unavailable. In case you missed his impressive effort tonight, follow the link for a sample of his efforts at both ends of the court. Jan 7, 9:20 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 26 points w/ five triples
    Devin Booker shot 6-of-17 from the field on Sunday, but he still scored 26 points while hitting 9-of-12 free throws with five 3-pointers, four assists and two rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Isaiah Canaan (groin) was out tonight, and coach Jay Triano has hinted that Booker will handle the ball more often in his absence. "We want him to play his natural position but also get more reps at the point," Triano said. "I can see it evolving, but right now it’s not something we want to throw at him ... [Eventually] I think he could do either [PG or SG]." Booker did handle the ball more tonight, but he committed four turnovers with his four assists. Like the Suns as a whole, it's a work in progress. Jan 7, 8:30 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. hopes to be cleared soon
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) is hopeful to be cleared for full court next week.

    Advice: "Yeah, possibly next week. hopefully next practice," THJ said. "We’ll see. We’ll have to see how it reacts, how I’m feeling the next day. I don’t feel anything right now, but you have to see how it feels the next morning when you wake up, see if there’s any pains, aches, whatever." Hardaway Jr. did take some contact during some drills at Saturday's practice and he said he's happy with his progress so far. He's set to be re-evaluated next week and it sounds like there's a really good chance we'll see him this month. Jan 7, 6:57 am
  • Mason Plumlee swats three shots in road loss
    Mason Plumlee finished with nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots over 17 minutes in Saturday's 106-98 loss at Sacramento.

    Advice: Plumlee was 3-of-5 from the field and on his way to a big stat line, but foul trouble limited his playing time. He is averaging 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assist and 3.0 blocked shots per game over his past three outings in the month of January. He isn't a great fantasy option in most leagues, but he isn't a bad big man in deeper formats. Jan 6, 9:58 pm
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