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  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points vs. Suns
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was already tearing it up in his previous eight, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field. Surprisingly, his six treys tonight were a season high, but he didn't go to the line for the sixth time this season. This big game has him at fifth-round value on the year, but he has an upward trend. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 19 points in win vs MIA
    Damian Lillard scored 19 points during a 99-92 win over the Heat on Saturday, adding four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He buried his 2,500th field goal in his career during this game to be the third-fastest Blazer to do so (Petrie, Wicks). Lillard did not shoot the ball well in this game, making just 6-of-19 from the field. He was really heating up before this game, so expect a better line against the Bulls on Monday. Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 16 points vs. Heat
    Allen Crabbe scored 16 points with three rebounds and four 3-pointers against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been whisper quiet for most of the season due to only a 14.0 usage rate on the season. Crabbe is coming off a 15-point game on Wednesday, but he just isn't adding anything of note in the non-scoring categories on top of the low usage rate. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Evan Turner turns in nice game off bench
    Evan Turner scored nine points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This may have been his best game in reality and he's actually shown some nice consistency. In his last five, Turner averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys. He's worth a look, but he'll likely take a hit once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) comes back. Yesterday, 10:28 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores 26 in blowout win
    Wesley Matthews hit 9-of-17 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to tie a season high with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Mavs surprisingly dominated this game and the strong play of Matthews was a big reason as to why it happened. He's been killing it from downtown lately, hitting at least five 3-pointers in three of his last four games. He's averaging 22 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four. After a hot start in an October and a mostly forgettable November, Matthews is crushing right now. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores nine in 34 minutes
    Tyler Johnson scored nine points on 3-of-14 from the field against the Blazers on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played 21.2 minutes next to Goran Dragic out of necessity with 12.8 minutes as the lone point guard. The Heat need players to help space the offense, so Johnson is looking at plenty of minutes this week. He should be owned in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Deron Williams hands out 15 assists in win
    Deron Williams hit just 3-of-11 shots, but had nine points, two rebounds, a season-high 15 assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Saturday's surprising 107-82 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: After missing eight of nine games with a calf injury, Williams has played in five straight. And while we don't love his game or trust him, he's deserving of some attention right now. He's averaging 9.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.4 assists over his last five games, but is shooting just 34 percent and has just one steal, zero blocks and two 3-pointers over that stretch. If you are desperate for assists, Williams is worth a look. But you'll just have to hope he's not hurt again before you actually get him into your lineup. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • Wayne Ellington gets 39 minutes
    Wayne Ellington played 39 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday with 12 points, two rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra needs a shooter big time, so it looks like it'll be Ellington until the help gets back out there. He attempted eight shots from deep and should lead the team in that department until guys like Josh Richardson (ankle) come back. If you need some scoring this upcoming week, given Ellington a look for his four games. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays well vs. Bulls
    Andrew Bogut returned from a day of rest and had a season-high eight points, 11 rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 22 minutes before fouling out on Saturday.

    Advice: He's averaging just 4.8 points, 12.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.5 blocks over his last four games played, and while the rebounds are fun, the non-existent scoring and blocks are not. Add in that he's always a candidate to miss games and he's barely worth owning in most fantasy leagues, especially when an eight-point night in December is your season high in scoring. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Rajon Rondo awful in blowout loss to Mavs
    Rajon Rondo, who has made no secret about his disdain for the Mavericks, played just 24 minutes, hit 1-of-4 shots and finished with two points, two rebounds, two assists, a steal and five turnovers in Saturday's ugly loss to his former team.

    Advice: If there was ever a revenge-game scenario that set up well in fantasy hoops, it was tonight with Rondo. And we're still in a bit of shock that he failed to even show up. Rondo was owned in 42 percent of a FanDuel tourney we looked at, so we weren't the only ones drinking the revenge-game Kool Aid. Not to mention that Rondo was coming off a 15-11-12 monster triple-double against the Cavaliers on Friday night. Maybe the back-to-back was too much for him to handle, or maybe he was trying too hard to embarrass Mark Cuban. But Rondo disappeared at the worst time and the Bulls were the ones who were ultimately embarrassed in the 107-82 blowout. He's still averaging 10 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.8 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting over his last five, so just forget about this one and prepare for the next. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Rodney Hood plays 28 minutes in return
    Rodney Hood returned from a hamstring injury and played 28 minutes on Saturday, hitting just 4-of-14 shots for 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Nuggets fare poorly against opposing shooting guards, but Hood's shot was a bit funky tonight. The good news is that his hamstring injury kept him out for just one game, so he's hopefully good to go. The bad news is that he's been struggling with his shot, averaging just 12.8 points and hitting 36 percent from the floor in his last four games played. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay plays just 22 minutes
    Emmanuel Mudiay played just 22 minutes on Saturday, finishing with 12 points, three rebounds, zero assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone is freaking out about his team's defense and the Nuggets have lost five of their last six games. It's possible that Malone benched EM due to defense, but he's still clearly the team's starting point guard. He's not injured and owners just have to hope that he'll be back up to his normal 30 minutes in his next game. Saturday marked the second time this season he didn't have an assist, but he's still averaging 12.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson struggles with extra role
    Jordan Clarkson started the second half for Jose Calderon (hamstring) on Saturday, finishing with eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get a big bump with Calderon out and he hasn't really done much lately either. Surprisingly, Clarkson’s usage rate has dropped since D’Angelo Russell (knee) went down. Plus, his assist rate is similiar while his efficiency has dropped. Clarkson only has 10th-round value, but he's still a hold. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Ellington, McGruder & McRoberts starting
    Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: The Heat need a lot of help on the wing, so they'll be getting plenty of minutes from Ellington and McGruder. Ellington has the better upside for his higher usage and 3-pointers. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Hood, Exum and Diaw starting vs. Denver
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) will get the start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll join Dante Exum, Gordon Hayward, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert in the first unit. Hood went through shootaround and there's no talk of him being limited, so get him back in your lineup. Joe Johnson will move back to the bench while Joe Ingles also takes a hit here. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Deron Williams will start against the Bulls
    Deron Williams (calf) will start against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: He had his minutes increase in his last game, so Williams could get over 30 again tonight. He's a hold while he's healthy, but he's one of the most injury-prone players in the NBA. Yesterday, 5:32 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) a GTD for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) fully participated in shootaround and is a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hood missed Thursday's game due to the hamstring injury. Joe Johnson started on Thursday and will likely draw the start on Saturday as well if Hood can't go. Johnson finished with 18 points, four assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:24 am
  • Deron Williams (calf) probable for Saturday
    Deron Williams (left calf strain) is probable to play vs. Chicago on Saturday.

    Advice: Williams appears to have finally put his nagging calf issue in the rear-view mirror. D-Will has seen his playing time and production increase in each of the Mavs four previous games, from 15 minutes and four points last Friday to 14 points in 29 minutes on Thursday. When healthy, Willims is a fantasy asset, especially for teams in need of point guard depth. Over the first five games of this season, Williams averaged 15.0 points, 5.8 assists and 2.4 3-pointers in 35 minutes per game. Yesterday, 6:40 am
  • Emmanuel Mudiay struggles vs. Houston
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 3-of-12 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Friday, adding three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: With Will Barton back in the mix, that means Mudiay will now have more pressure on him, as well. With Jameer Nelson playing well and the shooting guard minutes looking very full with Barton and Jamal Murray, Nelson could take some minutes from Mudiay. That's especially the case when the Nuggets are trailing in the second half. He's a headache to own in standard leagues. Friday, 11:02 pm
  • Rajon Rondo triple-doubles in win vs. Cavs
    Rajon Rondo triple-doubled against the Cavs on Friday with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a few phenomenal matchups to get him going strong and his coach has been impressed with how he runs the offense. "I thought Rondo was great all night long," coach Fred Hoiberg said. "You could hear him yelling 'Run with me' to all the guys all game." Rondo will take his momentum in an ultimate revenge game against the Mavs and Mark Cuban with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. After Saturday, it's not a bad idea to try and sell high off the string of favorable matchups. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 14 points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and three treys in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He only shot 4-of-15 from the field, but did hit all three of his freebies at the line. Clarkson is locked in for minutes in the 30s with Nick Young (calf) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) out, so the big lines will start flowing if he can find his shot -- he's shooting 38.0 percent from the field over his last five games. Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Wayne Ellington has another soild outing
    Wayne Ellington scored 17 points during a 111-110 win over the Jazz on Thursday and started the second half in place of injured Luke Babbitt (hip).

    Advice: Ellington made 6-of-9 field goals and drained three from beyond the arc. He has played over 26 minutes in his three games this season and has scored double-digit points in the last two. With Luke Babbitt (hip), Derrick Williams (back) and several other Heat players hurting, Ellington could see more minutes and a larger role in the near future. The one downside is his lack of peripheral stats, making him very dependent on his shooting. He is a good short-term add, but with Josh Richardson and Justice Winslow returning soon, there may not be too much long-term value with Ellington. But it's hard to argue with his fast start to his season. Thursday, 8:39 pm
  • Pickup alert: Ellington starts second half
    Wayne Ellington started the second half of Thursday’s game against the Jazz in place of the injured Luke Babbit (hip).

    Advice: The Heat are down to just seven healthy players and Ellington is hot, with 17 points in the third quarter of this game after scoring 22 points with five 3-pointers on Wednesday. James Johnson will also benefit from the loss of Babbitt, and both players are worth a look, if not a pickup, in most leagues. Thursday, 7:31 pm
  • Deron Williams gets 30 minutes vs. CHA
    Deron Williams scored 14 points with three rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign to see Williams get this much playing time on the second half of a back-to-back set -- he played 26 minutes on Wednesday. Williams is basically an injury waiting to happen, but he's worth a pickup if you have something to cut and need a point guard. Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • Wes Matthews cools off against Hornets
    Wesley Matthews made 4-of-15 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: He was coming in on fire with 11 treys in his last two games combined. Matthews did have to go to the locker room for about two minutes in real time, but it doesn't appear to be injury related. Despite ugly 35.3 percent from the field on the year, Matthews is worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 7:01 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

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

    Advice: He was listed as questionable due to his hamstring strain from Tuesday. This is Hood's first bout with a right hamstring strain in his career, but he's had some durability concerns before and the Jazz will take it easy on him. Joe Johnson should benefit most while there will be more two-PG lineups and some Joe Ingles. Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Deron Williams will start against the Hornets
    Deron Williams (calf) will start against the Hornets on Thursday.

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

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

    Advice: Williams was able to play 26 minutes on Wednesday and is likely to see similar minutes on Thursday. He doesn't have a ton of upside, but D-Will is worth a look as a bottom-of-roster player in standard leagues. Thursday, 9:06 am
  • Tyler Johnson returned to action on Wednesday November 30. Thursday, 12:56 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 28 points with 10 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored 28 points during a 131-109 win over the Pacers on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's back after a brief slump with his fourth consecutive game with at least 27 points. Lillard's 564 points to start the season are the most by any Blazer in the first 20 games of a season. He's also the first player with at least 28 points, 10 dimes and four steals in a game this season. Lillard is back to posting first-round value on the season for his standard league owners. Wednesday, 10:41 pm
  • Wayne Ellington erupts w/ 22 points, five 3s
    Wayne Ellington erupted offensively on Wednesday with 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including a 5-of-9 mark from downtown, and 12 of his points came in the fourth quarter.

    Advice: Ellington was playing in his second game of the season but he looked great, adding two rebounds, two assists, four steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes. His role will decrease overnight once guys like Justise Winslow, Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters return to action, and it doesn't help that he'll face Utah's defense on Thursday. Most season-long owners can take a wait-and-see approach here. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (mouth) gets 18 pts, 7 assists
    Tyler Johnson (mouth) returned on Wednesday with 18 points, seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson figures to earn extra playing time with Dion Waiters (groin) out for a few weeks, which bolsters his short-term appeal for games vs. the Jazz (Thursday) and Blazers (Saturday). He's been a borderline 12-team option all season even with the Heat close to full strength, so he makes sense as a short-term pickup - especially with Josh Richardson also hurting for the Heat. Wednesday, 9:48 pm
  • Wesley Matthews has five 3s, scores 26 points
    Wesley Matthews stayed hot on Wednesday, making 8-of-19 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five 3-pointers, to finish with a team-high 26 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Matthews said recently that he's "never going to be worried" about his shot, and that he was always confident despite a brutal start from the field this season. In the seven games prior to tonight, he was averaging 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and a whopping 3.6 triples per game, good enough for top-100 value in 8-cat leagues. He's on the upswing and is a fine pickup in most formats. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Deron Williams (calf) plays 26 minutes Wed
    Deron Williams (calf) finished Wednesday's game with nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Williams' playing time is slowly creeping up, which is one bit of good news in the midst of a depressing season for the Mavs. With a 3-14 record they are dead last in the league, trailing even the 76ers (4-14), Nets (5-12), and Timberwolves (5-13). Williams has late-middle-round upside, but his injury-based risk makes him a borderline option in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Rajon Rondo's efficient 14/8/6 isn't enough
    Rajon Rondo notched 14 points, eight rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday, with just one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls lost tonight but they have a 3-0 record this season when Rondo hands out 10+ assists, which highlights his importance to the offense. The problem tonight wasn't a lack of distribution, but a lack of shot-making -- Rondo (6-of-12 FGs) and Bobby Portis (1-of-2 FGs) were the only Bulls players to shoot at least 50 percent, with the team going a combined 35.2 percent from the field. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Clarkson, Williams lead Lakers' bench effort
    Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams each scored 18 points off the bench vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, with Clarkson going 9-of-18 from the field with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers' bench has averaged 52.4 points per game this season, the most for any team since at least 1985-86. That remarkable fact speaks to how well coach Luke Walton has balanced his young players and veterans, and the Clarkson/Williams duo isn't likely to be separated any time soon. Williams made 4-of-12 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs, with five boards and five assists, and both guys should have expanded roles until Nick Young (calf) returns to action. Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable vs. MIA
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night and did not return. Hood has been a slow healer in the past, so there's a decent chance the Jazz hold him out for the home game. If he's out, Joe Johnson figures to step up the most while Joe Ingles could get a few extra minutes. Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Deron Williams in the starting lineup
    Deron Williams (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: He'll likely be limited, but coach Rick Carlisle said he wants to see him add a little more run. Williams is a risky fantasy asset. Wednesday, 5:32 pm
  • Tyler Johnson will play with mouth guard
    Tyler Johnson (mouth) will play with a mouth guard against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I need it. I can't be missing games because I'm missing teeth," Johnson said about playing with the mouth guard. He's had a rough run with mouth injuries in his career, so it makes sense for him to try something new. With Johnson back, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder should take a hit in playing time. Johnson is worth holding in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:33 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson leads Lakers in minutes
    Jordan Clarkson hit 4-of-14 shots for nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 29 minutes against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Clarkson, along with teammate Brandon Ingram, led the Lakers in minutes with 29 on Tuesday night. He has now played at least 29 minutes in four straight games and has attempted no less than 14 shots in each of those games. The Lakers appear to be more inclined in giving Clarkson the playing time during D’Angelo Russell’s absence. Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring strain) won't return
    Rodney Hood (right hamstring strain) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a massive blow for the Jazz and it's a shame because Hood was having one of his best games of the season. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples in 20 minutes. Joe Johnson will benefit if Hood misses time and is worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues. Gordon Hayward and George Hill will be busier as well. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Deron Williams (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Deron Williams (ankle) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: "I’d like to get him up some and see," said Rick Carlisle in reference to expanding Williams' workload. "Things are trending in a good direction." Williams logged 20 minutes in his return to action on Sunday, and it seems that he could see a slight increase in his playing allotment on Wednesday night. As Williams' minutes go up, Seth Curry's minutes will likely trend in the opposite direction. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Tyler Johnson (tooth) questionable for Wed.
    Tyler Johnson (oral surgery) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Denver.

    Advice: Johnson sat out Monday's game vs. Boston. With both Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow ruled out for Wednesday, there is already plenty of extra minutes to be split amongst Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder. Check back on Wednesday morning for an official update regarding Johnson's status. Tuesday, 9:13 am
  • Wayne Ellington to see increased opportunity
    Wayne Ellington (thigh) played more than expected in his season debut on Monday and is ready for a larger role going forward.

    Advice: With ailing Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow not traveling on a three-game trip that opens Wednesday, the opportunities will be there for Ellington. At this stage, it's not as if coach Erik Spoelstra has many other options. Despite being projected to play only 15 minutes on Monday, Ellington played 27. He's not o the radar in standard fantasy leagues, but may be a sneaky DFS option later in the week if he starts knocking down 3-pointers. Tuesday, 8:44 am
  • Wayne Ellington returned to action on Monday November 28. Tuesday, 12:17 am
  • Rodney Hood held to nine points on Monday
    Rodney Hood was held to nine points on Monday vs. Minnesota, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hood's second dud in a row after he scored eight points against the Hawks on Friday. Hood finished just 4-of-12 from the field on Monday and took a backseat with Gordon Hayward and George Hill running the show. Hood is still holding onto 8th-round value in standard leagues and gets a favorable matchup against the Rockets on Tuesday. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Ellington (thigh) will have 15-minute limit
    Wayne Ellington's (thigh) playing time will be capped at 15 minutes for Monday's matchup with the Celtics.

    Advice: Ellington will be making his regular-season debut tonight, but he'll likely be brought along slowly after spending the first month of the year on the sidelines. He's not a viable target in most settings. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Matthews was never worried about his shot
    Wesley Matthews said he was "never worried" about getting his shot to drop.

    Advice: "I was never worried about it. That was you guys," Matthews said of his slow start. "I think I said that during the time. I wasn’t worried about my shot. I’m never going to be worried about it. I know the time I put into it, I know the confidence that I have, and I know the confidence that the team has in me." Matthews has been much improved over the past seven games, putting up late-round value with averages of 15.6 points, 3.6 triples and 2.1 dimes per contest on 43.2 percent shooting. Monday, 1:29 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (thigh) to make season debut
    Wayne Ellington (thigh) is expected to make his season debut on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Heat may not be able to ease him back into action too slowly because Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist) and Tyler Johnson (mouth) are out, while Goran Dragic (elbow) is questionable. Even with all these injuries in Miami, Ellington is not worth adding in standard leagues until he gives us a reason to pick him up. Monday, 9:54 am
  • Tyler Johnson (tooth) ruled out Monday
    Tyler Johnson (oral surgery) will not play on Monday vs. Boston.

    Advice: We would imagine that Johnson should be able to return on Wednesday vs. the Nuggets. Dion Waiters (groin) is also out and Goran Dragic (elbow) is questionable, so Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington (thigh) and Rodney McGruder will have to step up Monday. Johnson is a hold in standard leagues. Monday, 9:34 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 18 points on 17 shots
    Jordan Clarkson shifted to the bench on Sunday, where he turned in 18 points on 17 shot attempts, with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Clarkson's line would have been even nicer if he shot at his usual 46.3 percent from the field, but few owners will complain with this across-the-board production. He's a steady value whether he's starting or, more likely, coming off the bench. Nov 27, 9:46 pm
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points on 6-of-12 FGs
    Evan Turner pitched in 15 points, six rebounds and two assists during a high-scoring loss to Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Turner went 6-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench. He's starting to find his groove with the Blazers, scoring double-digit points in four of the past five games with strong FG percentages and at least two assists in each of those contests. His defensive stats leave a lot to be desired, and he's an inconsistent 3-point shooter, but deep-league owners should consider scooping him up while he's hot. Nov 27, 9:18 pm
  • Allen Crabbe hits 2-of-3 triples off bench
    Allen Crabbe was quiet in 29 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring six points with two 3-pointers, five rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Crabbe started the last time Portland faced the Rockets, beginning the game as James Harden's primary defender, but tonight that honor went to Moe Harkless. The upside is that he made 2-of-3 shots from deep after coming in with a career-worst 33.8 percent mark from downtown. He's getting plenty of easy looks, so eventually that number should trend up. Nov 27, 9:17 pm
  • Wesley Matthews hits 6-of-8 threes, scores 21
    Wesley Matthews drained 6-of-8 three-pointers to finish Sunday's victory with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Dallas improved their record to 3-13 but that's still the worst mark in the NBA, trailing teams like the Suns (5-13), Wolves (5-11), 76ers (4-13) and Nets (4-12). They'll take what they can get at this point, though, and that includes a strong game from Matthews. He got off to a terrible start shooting the ball, but in his past four games he's a combined 14-of-25 from downtown. Now is the time to pick him up if he's floating on your waiver wire. Nov 27, 7:36 pm
  • Deron Williams (ankle) logs 20 minutes Sunday
    Deron Williams (ankle) played 20 minutes during Sunday's home victory, finishing with nine points, four assists, two rebounds and five turnovers.

    Advice: "I think there's a chance [Williams] will play into the second half tonight, but I don't know that for sure," coach Rick Carlisle said before the game. D-Will did start the third quarter but he sat out the final 16 minutes and it looks like the Mavs were keeping him on a strict 20-minute limit. If you own him, it makes sense to at least bench him until his playing time increases. Nov 27, 7:35 pm
  • Dwight Powell gets five steals in 26 minutes
    Dwight Powell came off the bench on Sunday for four points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and a career-high five steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Powell tied a Mavericks record for most steals in a game by a center, the position he was playing in a small-ball attack vs. the Pelicans tonight. His efforts helped snap a brutal eight-game skid and he's averaging a steady 1.3 steals per game this year, but he's done little else to recommend himself in 12-team formats. Nov 27, 7:34 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson back to bench w/ Young active
    Jordan Clarkson will return to the bench on Sunday with Nick Young (toe) back in action.

    Advice: Clarkson's upside takes a hit with the news, but he's still an every-night fantasy option in standard leagues. Nov 27, 6:28 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 19 points w/ six dimes
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting Sunday, to go with four boards, six assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay's done a good job of taking care of the rock over his past five outing, committing just 1.2 turnovers per game, but unfortunately his other numbers of 10.8 points, 4.6 assists and 1.0 trey during that five-game span are far from encouraging. When you take into account the fact that he's hit just 36.2 percent of his shot attempts on the season, you have a guy that's just not worth owning outside of points leagues. Nov 27, 3:28 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (thigh) questionable Monday
    Wayne Ellington (thigh) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: The Heat will bring him along slowly, so he's not worth adding in any format just yet. If anything, his return could take some minutes away from Rodney McGruder. Nov 27, 10:24 am
  • Evan Turner starting to feel comfortable
    Evan Turner said he's starting to feel more comfortable in Portland.

    Advice: "It’s always going to be a big adjustment getting the plays down," Turner said. "The pace of it [in the Western Conference] is crazy. The last couple of weeks I am fully getting our plays second nature to me, and once again now it’s just building the consistency." He's playing a little better since his brutal start to the season, averaging 11.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.8 treys on 39.5 percent shooting, but he's only getting 26.2 minutes per game because Moe Harkless has been outstanding. Turner is just a deep-league asset while the Blazers are healthy. Nov 27, 8:09 am
  • Jordan Clarkson drops 20 w/ 4 treys, 5 steals
    Jordan Clarkson started in place of Nick Young (toe) and went off for 20 points, two rebounds, five steals and four treys in 38 minutes in a 190-85 loss to the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: His season-high for minutes was 31 prior to Friday, but the Lakers needed him to step up with both Nick Young (toe) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) out. Clarkson shot 6-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, and he's looking at another heavy workload on Sunday vs. the Hawks -- Young's status is still up in the air and Russell is out for a couple weeks. He will be a popular target in DFS. Nov 25, 11:33 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores 22 points in 33 minutes
    Tyler Johnson scored 22 points with five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes during a 90-81 win over the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: That's three straight games with at least 30 minutes for TJ, and he obviously saw a few extra tonight because Goran Dragic (elbow) did not play. Johnson still looks to be locked into his role around 30 minutes per game despite how he will come off the bench for just about all games, assuming the Heat are not decimated. He's a hold in standard leagues. Nov 25, 10:43 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 w/ 11 assists
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points with 11 assists, four rebounds, one block and three triples in a 119-104 win over the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: The Blazers had lost five of their previous six games, so they needed this win in the worst way. Lillard hit 9-of-17 shots from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with just one turnover. He was coming off a 40-point effort vs. the Cavs with 11 dimes and five treys, so his mini-slump is clearly behind him. He gets the Rockets on Sunday in what should be a shootout. Nov 25, 10:04 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay finds shot, scores 17 pts
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 points on Friday, making 5-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with a 3-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: As nice as it is to see Mudiay find his shooting stroke, he's liable to follow it up with a stretch of five brutal games. He was a combined 7-of-28 in his previous three games and is shooting just 35.4 percent on the season -- he's actually regressed from his horrible shooting as a rookie. Aside from the scoring tonight, he added five assists, three rebounds and one steal with just one turnover in 30 minutes. Nov 25, 9:09 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points against the Hawks on Friday with seven rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and hitting all seven of his free throws. Hayward was in a bit of a mini-slump last week, but he's since scored 22 or more points in his last three games and is averaging 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.7 treys in that span. Nov 25, 8:38 pm
  • Rajon Rondo has a good game vs. Philly
    Rajon Rondo made 2-of-5 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line for six points with eight rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and one turnover in 26 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: That'll work. A lower usage rate with some dimes, boards and steals will be a recipe for success in both fantasy and reality. Rondo's owners would love to see more lines like this one as a low-end asset in standard leagues. Although, this did come against the 76ers. Nov 25, 8:13 pm
  • Clarkson, Ingram listed as starters on Friday
    Jose Calderon, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov are listed as the starters against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to need plenty of help on the outside, so Clarkson should get major run tonight in an up-tempo matchup. We'll see plenty of Lou Williams off the bench tonight, as well. Nov 25, 7:25 pm
  • Wes Matthews quiet in crushing road loss
    The Mavericks added another loss to their league-worst record on Friday, with Wes Matthews contributing just six points on 2-of-8 shooting, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Dallas recently got back Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), and Deron Williams (calf) was in the starting lineup tonight, but it didn't matter in a tough road game at Cleveland -- the Mavs trailed by 20 points after one quarter and they ultimately lost by 38 points. Matthews came in shooting just 34.5 percent on the season but he was accurate in his previous two games, so hopefully he'll get back on track vs. the Pelicans on Sunday. Nov 25, 7:14 pm
  • Tyler Johnson chips tooth on Wednesday
    Tyler Johnson shattered a tooth in Wednesday's loss to the 76ers.

    Advice: Johnson's replacement tooth shattered during the loss, but it's nothing that will force the guard to miss any time. "I didn't even feel it," he said. "Obviously I felt that there was nothing there. But it didn't hurt or nothing. I thought I swallowed my tooth, though, because I couldn’t find it." Johnson has been inconsistent as of late, but he's still worth a bench spot in standard leagues. Nov 24, 7:13 am
  • Andrew Bogut (calf) plays well in 25 minutes
    Andrew Bogut (calf) looked good in his return on Wednesday, posting four points with 12 rebounds (four offensive), six assists and two steals in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Mavs' big man got off to a quiet start this year, averaging just 3.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting with 9.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 blocks in 25.6 minutes. He picked apart the Clippers with his passing tonight, and helped Dallas earn a 44-43 edge in rebounding, but it wasn't nearly enough as Dallas fell at home 124-104. If you own Bogut as a blocks and boards specialist, feel free to run him out there. Nov 23, 9:52 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores three
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 1-of-8 from the field for three points with one assist and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a nice run last week, he's ice cold again. Mudiay is one of the most annoying players to own in fantasy and his owners in nine-category leagues may not even want to bother. He's worth owning in points leagues, though. Nov 23, 9:50 pm
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