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  • Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) out Sat
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) will not play Saturday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This will be the fifth straight game Teletovic has missed. The Bucks return home on Monday to host the Wizards. We should have an update on Teletovic's status early next week. Starter Khris Middleton, who has played over 38 minutes in each of Milwaukee's last four games, will continue to log heavy minutes in his absence. 49 minutes ago
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) questionable Sat
    Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Memphis.

    Advice: The Rockets do not have a shootaround on Saturday, so we likely won't have definitive word on Mbah a Moute's status until coach Mike D'Antoni addresses the media prior to tip-off this evening. If Mbah a Moute can't play, P.J. Tucker would see an uptick in minutes off the bench. Today, 8:37 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) available to play Sat
    Mike Muscala (ankle) said he will be available to play Saturday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Muscala has missed six straight games. He had started five of the previous six contests he played in prior to the ankle injury and averaged 24.2 minutes per game during that stretch. His return will likely eat into the playing time of John Collins. Starter Dewayne Dedmon may see his minutes scaled back slightly as well. Today, 8:09 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) ruled out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Saturday will mark the sixth straight game Gallinari has missed. He reportedly still isn't practicing, so it's unclear when we can expect him back in the lineup. Wes Johnson has been starting in place of Gallo. Johnson had his best game of the season on Friday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes. However, Johnson averaged just 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in his four previous starts. Today, 7:15 am
  • Grizzlies assign Jarell Martin to G-League
    The Grizzlies assigned Jarell Martin and Deyonta Davis to their G League affiliate.

    Advice: Martin had started 12 consecutive games for the Grizz while JaMychal Green was sidelined. However, Martin is out of the rotation with Green back healthy. He should not be owned in any fantasy format. Today, 6:32 am
  • Gorgui Dieng returned to action on Friday November 17. Today, 12:01 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • Alex Len scores 17 points with 18 boards
    Alex Len pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds against the Lakers on Friday, adding 17 points, two assists and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Len said this was a top-three game in his NBA career. He owned the paint and kept the Lakers in check in halfcourt sets. The Greg Monroe addition shouldn't really hurt Len much because the Suns really want to get him going as a defender and as a paint scorer. He should be owned in standard leagues and hopefully he can start putting a string of games together. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Marquese Chriss scores two points
    Marquese Chriss scored two points with three rebounds, one block and one steal in 18 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He actually played somewhat mistake-free basketball with only two fouls and strong defense. Chriss is going to have a lot of ugly lines and his teammates are really not looking for him in halfcourt sets anymore, but the blocks upside alone makes him a decent hold. Hey, maybe playing well for a few games will help coach Jay Triano trust him more. Of course, we don't blame you if you're sick of him. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores six points
    Greg Monroe scored six points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 16 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He had nowhere to go but down after his 20-point, 11-board Suns debut. Monroe is really going to have a tough time hanging around in this up-tempo offense, and he is brutal on defense. It's really hard to buy his long-term upside because it's very likely he's not on the roster in a few months and he would likely be on a team with a lot of weapons. Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores 10 points
    Dragan Bender scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He turned 20 years old today and he played very well on defense. Bender has been a bit of a mess on offense, so he's still more of a stash in most leagues. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 30 points
    Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 30 points in Friday's 122-113 loss to Phoenix.

    Advice: Wow. He started this game 0-of-6 at halftime, but finished 11-of-23 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with 10 rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. This was his sixth game of the season with 20+ points which is more than any other rookie, and there's no way that coach Luke Walton can justify taking him out the starting lineup with Larry Nance (hand) nearing a return. He doesn't get many defensive stats, but he's still a must-start player in all formats. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 15 points
    Wilson Chandler scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He is finally starting to get some shots and a lot of it has to do with the Nuggets offense starting to click. In the last three, Chandler averaged 14.0 points, 6.7 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.0 treys. The Nuggets should be a fantasy factory and they're going small slightly more, so Chandler is finally trending up as a very solid pickup in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays team-high 33 minutes
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played great next to Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit to keep the Blazers to 82 points. It may be tough for Koufos to see run every night, but getting a win when he played a team-high 33 minutes should help his case. We'll see if he plays in the back-to-back set on Saturday. It's really hard to add him with how often coach Dave Joerger changes his rotation. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 14 in ugly loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored just 14 points in an ugly 146-114 loss to the Nuggets on Friday, shooting 6-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: He only played 25 minutes in the blowout, adding six rebounds and four assists with no defensive stats. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, so expect some epic fantasy lines from Boogie Cousins if that's the case -- his usage rate climbs from 32.0 to 38.4 with Davis off the floor. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Skal Labissiere struggles in a start
    Skal Labissiere got a start on Friday against the Blazers, making 1-of-7 from the field for three points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Yuck. This is not what his very patient fantasy owners wanted to see. Labissiere's inconsistency has been the story since he was given a rotation spot last year, so hopefully this one bad game doesn't push him back down the depth chart. He's probably going to be really annoying to own in fantasy, but feel free to give him a look to see what happens. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Cheick Diallo plays 13 minutes vs. DEN
    Cheick Diallo played 13 minutes vs. the Nuggets on Friday with nine points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He had five fouls, but Diallo was a rare bright spot for the Pelicans in this ugly loss. Anthony Davis could miss time with a concussion, but coach Alvin Gentry has trusted Dante Cunningham over Diallo in the past. Just keep an eye on him for now until we hear more news regarding Davis. Yesterday, 10:04 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan flops in a start vs. Kings
    Caleb Swanigan scored two points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 10 minutes during his start against the Kings on Friday

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts has a quick hook for his unestablished players, so Swanigan has some work to do to earn his trust. He'll probably be out of the rotation once Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) comes back. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Maxi Kleber goes scoreless in start
    Maxi Kleber did not score in his first NBA start against the Wolves on Friday, adding three rebounds in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He actually played decent defense in the first half, but in the second half he got thrown to the... Wolves. Leave Kleber on the wire almost everywhere. Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Patrick Patterson sharp in limited action
    Patrick Patterson finished with six points, a rebound and an assist in Friday's loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Patterson connected for 2-of-3 from the floor, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, producing well in limited action when Carmelo Anthony and Paul George needed a spell. However, Patterson's fantasy upside is rather limited as long as Melo and PG-13 are healthy and available. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers a concussion Friday
    Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

    Advice: His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Paul George struggles with shot in loss
    Paul George posted 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals across 42 minutes in Friday's 104-101 loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: PG-13 has taking a bit of a step back after posting a combined 79 points in two games last Friday and Sunday. He has connected for just 31 points with eight turnovers while shooting just 29.0 percent (9-of-31) from the field. Still, there isn't much to worry about here, as he hasn't posted fewer than 20 points in three consecutive outings all season. Look for a bounce-back game Monday in New Orleans. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Davis Bertans contributes well off bench
    Davis Bertans finished with nine points, a rebound and a blocked shot in 11 minutess off the bench Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Bertans didn't play long, but when he was in he was effective and gave the team a nice spark. He hit 3-of-4 from behind the arc to give him team a lift when they needed it. Despite his solid shooting he continues to have a rather limited fantasy ceiling. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Yesterday, 8:59 pm
  • Labissiere starting, Cauley-Stein to bench
    Skal Labissiere will replace Willie Cauley-Stein in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Strangely enough, the Kings are going to start Zach Randolph at center against Jusuf Nurkic. Good luck with that. Skal definitely deserves more minutes and has shown some really nice flashes this season, but it's hard to add him until we see if he sticks in the first unit. Yesterday, 6:55 pm
  • Maxi Kleber starting at forward for Mavs
    Maxi Kleber is starting at forward for Mavs against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle is reaching here with a starting lineup of Dennis Smith Jr., Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Maxi and Dirk Nowitzki. This is bad news for the other Mavs bigs and it's really tough to even attack this team in fantasy because of the bad offense. Well, you can attack them with other players. We'll let you know how it goes, but leave Kleber on the wire in most leagues. Yesterday, 5:19 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available Friday
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) is available for Friday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Dieng isn't a lock to play as he might not be 100 percent yet. He's averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season, as the arrival of Taj Gibson has decimated his role in Minnesota. Yesterday, 4:16 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Yesterday, 3:42 pm
  • Mike Muscala is questionable
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: The Hawks do have Ersan Ilyasova back now and they could always play John Collins at the four in some situations, so they may not need Muscala much. Collins is going to get almost all of the backup center minutes without Muscala as well. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) questionable for Sat
    Coach Mike Budenholzer said Mike Muscala (ankle) participated in "70-80 percent of practice" on Friday "could be available" for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Muscala, who has missed six straight contests for Atlanta, had started five of the previous six games he played prior to the ankle injury. Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins have logged additional minutes in his absence. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) questionable Friday
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said Gorgui Dieng (finger) may play Friday vs. the Mavs, depending on how Dieng feels after warmups.

    Advice: Dieng has missed three straight games due to the finger injury. Even when healthy, he is averaging just 6.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 15.8 minutes this season. Playing behind Taj Gibson, Dieng has very limited fantasy value. Yesterday, 9:37 am
  • Alex Len scores nine with 13 rebounds
    Alex Len scored nine points with 13 rebounds in 21 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't rack up the fouls, he was awful on defense and was late on numerous defensive plays. Greg Monroe may have the upper hand to keep the starting job, but Len was never really going to get 30 minutes on a consistent basis this early in the season anyway. He's still a decent hold in standard leagues and has nice long-term upside later this season. Thursday, 10:17 pm
  • Marquese Chriss commits bad fouls again
    Marquese Chriss was in foul trouble for the umpteenth time on Thursday, finishing with five points, one rebound, one steal and three blocks in 15 minutes against the Rockets.

    Advice: He actually salvaged his stat line with blocks in garbage time, which is a testament to his upside. Once again, it wasn't the shooting fouls that got him to keep his playing time down. Chriss continues to make reckless fouls when things aren't set and it's why he had four fouls in eight minutes to start this game. He has to get this fixed and coach Jay Triano said he'll bench his power forward for repeated mistakes. He's easily the most annoying player to own in fantasy, so he's certainly not for the impatient type. He has upside, though. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 20 points with 11 boards
    Greg Monroe scored 20 points in his Suns debut on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 26 minutes during a blowout loss to the Rockets.

    Advice: The Rockets went right at him early in the game and it's part of the reason the Suns were out of it early. The Suns are almost certainly going to be trading him or buying him out at some point because of his expiring contract and maybe this will help them move that along faster than expected. His long-term upside doesn't sound great, but the Suns really don't have much direction. If you want to pick him up to use him before he's dealt and you need a big man, it's not a bad idea. Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Greg Monroe will start at center vs. Rockets
    Greg Monroe will start at center against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns will get their new trade chip out there in what is going to be a really tough matchup for him. Monroe has not played since Oct. 26 due to his calf injury and has been inactive since the Suns traded for him on Nov. 7. It's very unlikely that Monroe will be on the roster in a couple months and the Suns continue to talk about development of their young players, so the bar shouldn't be very high on Moose. Alex Len should still be able to get minutes in the 20s tonight. Clint Capela is probably in for a big night. Thursday, 5:48 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) will not play
    Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) will not play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He just got over some knee issues last weekend, but the Rockets will be missing one of their forwards. With him out, P.J. Tucker gets a little added opportunity in a revenge game while Ryan Anderson may also play slightly more tonight. Thursday, 5:28 pm
  • Triano says he'll bench Chriss for mistakes
    Coach Jay Triano said he will bench Marquese Chriss if he sees him making similar mistakes.

    Advice: "I told Marquese, I said, ‘If I see this, I’m going to take you out of the game and I want you to sit there. And when you refocus and kind of cleansed your mind, then let me know, and I’ll put you back in the game. But I’m not going to let you make two mistakes,'" Triano said. "The game is full of mistakes. You’re going to make mistakes, you’re going to make turnovers. Don’t make a second mistake." Chriss has two good games in a row, so maybe he's finally out of his slump. He's going to be really annoying to own, but his upside makes him worth owning in most leagues. Thursday, 12:20 pm
  • Greg Monroe (calf) says he's playing Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) said he's been told he will play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: It will be his debut for his new team and it's still unclear how much he'll play. Monroe has been on the practice court for about a week, so he may be able to get 20-24 minutes. Most indications are that the Suns won't be keeping him for long, so it'll be tough to count on him in the long term. Alex Len should still have a solid role with minutes in the mid 20s. Thursday, 11:27 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) listed as out Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (hip) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Clippers are beginning a 5-game road trip on Friday, but Gallo is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" according to coach Doc Rivers. However, Gallo is still not practicing and it's not a lock that he'll play at all on this trip. Wes Johnson and Sam Dekker will hold down the fort at SF, but neither player can be trusted in most fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 24 points
    Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been on Kuz control since Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down in the first game this month. In November, Kuzma has averaged 16.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys in 35.1 minutes per game. The Lakers starters actually haven't been bad this month, so Kuzma could still hold his starting job once Nance is back. Besides his lack of defensive stats, he should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan benched after halftime
    Caleb Swanigan started on Wednesday, but he was benched after halftime and finished scoreless with one turnover and no other stats in six minutes.

    Advice: Pat Connaughton started the second half instead of Swanigan. Terry Stotts clearly didn't like what he saw early, matchup-wise, and the Blazers leaned on a lot of small lineups tonight. The result was a victory, which doesn't bode well for Swanigan, but we'll see if he can bounce back vs. the Kings on Friday. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Paul George cools off in easy win vs. Bulls
    Paul George cooled off on Wednesday with 13 points on 4-of-15 shooting, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, one block and five turnovers in a game-high 37 minutes.

    Advice: Carmelo Anthony returned from a one-game absence tonight, and the Bulls were trounced from the opening tip, so it was surprising that George even played this much. He was coming off 37- and 42-point efforts in OKC's past two games, and there's obviously nothing to be worried about here. Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Jarell Martin out of rotation w/ Green active
    Jarell Martin fell out of the rotation with JaMychal Green (ankle) active on Wednesday.

    Advice: Martin's stint as a starter was uninspiring, particularly for fantasy purposes, and he belongs on the waiver wire with Green healthy and starting. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 25 points
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Sure, his fourth-ranked 28.2 points per game he had coming into this game is nice, but Cousins leading centers with his 5.8 dimes per game may be the biggest surprise on his stat line. It's going to be interesting to see if he can keep that around six with Rajon Rondo around, but obviously Cousins is going to post gigantic stat lines one way or another. Wednesday, 8:11 pm
  • Skal Labissiere benched until garbage time
    Skal Labissiere didn't play until garbage time on Wednesday, finishing with six points, one rebound and one assist in seven minutes.

    Advice: After a period of dwindling playing time, it looked like Skal was trending up with 25 minutes in each of his previous two games. Such is life with coach Dave Joerger. The potential is there and we expect Labissiere to eventually get turned loose, but 12-team owners should look for more reliable options. Wednesday, 7:27 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) ruled out vs. Spurs
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) has been ruled out for Wednesday against the Spurs.

    Advice: Cole Aldrich (ankle) is available to play, so coach Tom Thibodeau may not have to play Taj Gibson at the five if he doesn't want to. Dieng is not getting many minutes at the four and is backing up one of the most durable players in the NBA, so he's not a great player to own. Wednesday, 4:50 pm
  • Doc: Gallinari out for at least 1-2 more
    Coach Doc Rivers said Danilo Gallinari (hip) is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers are really shorthanded and it's part of the reason they're on a six-game losing streak. Gallinari did not practice on Wednesday and Rivers didn't sound too encouraged he can make it back for most of the upcoming five-game road trip. With him out, it's been Wes Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans and the rest of the rotation picking up the slack. Wednesday, 2:28 pm
  • Greg Monroe is questionable for Thursday
    Greg Monroe (calf) is questionable to play against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been working out for about a week, so he may be over his calf injury. On the other hand, there is plenty of talk of a buyout or trade, so that could be a factor on Monroe's availability. He's not really worth stashing in most formats. Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) doubtful for Wednesday
    Gorgui Dieng (finger) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: It looks like Wednesday will mark Dieng's third straight game on the sidelines, and with averages of just 6.9 points, 5.2 boards and not much else in 15.9 minutes per game this season, there's not much incentive for owners to hang onto him through this injury. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Nerlens Noel plays five minutes vs. the Spurs
    Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start at center on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker will replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Booker had missed four straight due to back soreness before returning Saturday vs. Utah. This will be his first start of the season. Booker did start 43 games in 2016-17 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per start. He's worth consideration as an inexpensive dart throw in DFS tournaments on Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) doubtful for Wednesday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: It looks like Wednesday will mark Muscala's sixth straight game on the sidelines, which will translate to more minutes for John Collins. Muscala isn't worth hanging onto in most formats. Tuesday, 1:12 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan will start again on Wednesday
    Coach Terry Stotts said Caleb Swanigan would remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Swanigan made his first career start Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench. Swanigan logged 20 minutes and finished with six points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks. He'll be an intriguing DFS tournament option on Wednesday, but owners in standard leagues can probably afford to exercise patience and see Swanigan can maintain his starting spot before considering plucking him off the wire. Tuesday, 8:25 am
  • Wilson Chandler scores 14 with nice line
    Wilson Chandler hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, seven rebounds, six assists and a steal on Monday and also hit all three of his free throws in a loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Chandler has come on over his last two games, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists as part of the starting unit for Denver. He's only scored in double digits four times, but looked much better over his last two, knocking down 10-of-19 shots. If he's on your waiver wire it might be a good idea to pick him up. Monday, 10:13 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan scores six points in start
    Caleb Swanigan moved into the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Nuggets, scoring six points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Making his first career start, Swanigan racked up five fouls, but he played well for the most part. The Blazers haven't gotten a lot of production from guys like Moe Harkless and Noah Vonleh, so there's a chance Swanigan sticks in the first unit. Owners in most leagues can monitor his progress from the wire while we see how the rotation develops. Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Marquese Chriss commits 1 foul in 27 minutes
    Marquese Chriss scored four points with seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one foul in 27 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: Miracles happen every day because only one Chriss foul in 27 minutes may be the most shocking stat in today's busy slate. While this game wasn't as good as his five-block Saturday, Chriss defended really well throughout the game and protected the paint nicely. His fantasy owners should be encouraged that he seems to be in a good place and isn't making as many mistakes. Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores career-high 15 points
    Dragan Bender scored a career-high 15 points against the Lakers on Monday, adding five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: It looked like he was going to have a rough night with two quick fouls in the first minute, but Bender was able to get it going for his best offensive performance. He's not exactly oozing with confidence and the Lakers left him open a ton in this game. Bender is still really young at just 19, so he'll need to produce a couple more times to become a fantasy add in most formats. Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Jarell Martin (knee) quiet in 12 minutes
    Jarell Martin (right knee) played 12 minutes on Monday vs. the Bucks with two points, two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He was averaging 2.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in his previous five games, and it's possible he falls out of the rotation when JaMychal Green (ankle) returns. Leave Martin on the wire. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Alex Len has another quiet game
    Alex Len scored one point with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: After a monster 21-point, 13-board Friday, Len has been very quiet and played just 20 minutes in each of his last two. He should wind up getting closer to 24 minutes once Tyson Chandler gets his minutes dialed back and Chandler has struggled to stay healthy, so Len is still a hold in standard leagues. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins posts another monster line
    DeMarcus Cousins torched the Hawks for 22 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 6-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Boogie also had seven turnovers that kept the Hawks in a close game until the end, but the Pelicans were able to pull it out at the end. Cousins is ranked No. 7 in's rankings and, along with Nikola Jokic, has easily been one of the top fantasy centers thus far, with no signs that he's about to slow down. And if you take out turnovers, he's No. 2 on the list, behind LeBron James. Monday, 7:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays through back scare
    Anthony Davis played through an apparent back injury on Monday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-105 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Caleb Swanigan starting, Vonleh to bench
    Caleb Swanigan is starting on Monday vs. Denver, sending Noah Vonleh to the bench.

    Advice: Interesting. Swanigan has only played in three out of five games in November, but the Blazers are looking to shake things up after a two-game losing streak. We'll let you know how Swanigan fares with the starting lineups, and deep-league owners will want to watch him closely. Monday, 6:58 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) officially ruled out
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He was downgraded from questionable to doubtful after the morning shootaround, so he could miss additional time. His minutes are way down this year with Taj Gibson in town, so Dieng is just a handcuff for Karl-Anthony Towns' owners for now. Nemanja Bjelica could be in line for more minutes behind Gibson and KAT in this one. Monday, 6:09 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) won't play on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: This is Muscala's fifth game on the shelf and he could miss more time as well. Dewayne Dedmon and John Collins will have their hands full with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, while Luke Babbitt will see more minutes as well. Monday, 4:22 pm
  • Jarell Martin (right knee) will play Monday
    Jarell Martin (right knee) is available to play on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He was originally listed as questionable, but made it through the shootaround and is officially good to go. Martin is averaging just 2.6 points and 4.2 rebounds in November, so he belongs on the waiver wire even with JaMychal Green (ankle) still out. Monday, 4:03 pm
  • Jarell Martin (knee) remains questionable
    Jarell Martin (right knee) participated in the morning shootaround on Monday.

    Advice: He's still listed as questionable to face the Bucks, but it sounds like he should be able to give it a go. If not, the Grizzlies will either use more small-ball lineups with James Ennis and Chandler Parsons at the four, or Brandan Wright and Deyonta Davis could be asked to play more minutes. Monday, 10:44 am
  • Gorgui Dieng (finger) doubtful for Monday
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) is now doubtful for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: He was originally questionable, but coach Tom Thibodeau is already planning to be without the big man for the second straight game. Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson will likely log heavy minutes on Monday, and we should see more of Nemanja Bjelica as well. Dieng's role has been reduced significantly this season, so he's more of a stash/handcuff for KAT's owners. Monday, 10:15 am
  • Carlisle talks about center rotation
    Nerlens Noel has played a total of eight minutes over Dallas' last three games including one DNP-CD.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle recently said that Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel, and on Sunday he talked about what he's looking for from his centers. "Competitiveness, care factor," Carlisle said. "Commitment to winning. Doing dirty work. Being there for your teammates. Those kind of things." Interpret this however you want, but it's starting to sound more and more like Noel is in the doghouse. It's hard to drop a player with his upside, but it's anybody's guess as to when Noel will be back in the rotation. Monday, 7:01 am
  • Paul George gets 37/8/5 with seven 3-pointers
    Paul George stepped up for the short-handed Thunder on Sunday, dropping 37 points (12-of-22 FGs, 6-of-7 FTs), seven 3-pointers, eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

    Advice: He lit up the Mavericks in the second half tonight, helping OKC earn some separation for their second straight victory. This one came without Carmelo Anthony, but over those two wins George is averaging a ridiculous 39.5 points, 5.5 threes, 8.5 boards, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals. This could be a high-water mark, but even with Melo active there's no getting around the fact that PG-13 is a fantasy stud. Sunday, 7:11 pm
  • Harrison Barnes goes for 22 & 13 in defeat
    Harrison Barnes recorded his second straight double-double on Sunday with 22 points and 13 rebounds, adding one assist and a pair of 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes knocked down 9-of-14 shots and he kept Dallas in this game, continuing a phenomenal month of November -- after shooting 37.9 percent in October, he's at a scorching 56.5 percent in his past six games. Paltry assists and defensive stats are limiting his upside in most leagues, but owners can't complain with this production. Sunday, 7:04 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played two minutes of garbage time on Sunday.

    Advice: Noel was the last person to leave the Mavs' bench tonight, after picking up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and coach Rick Carlisle said bluntly that Salah Mejri (11 minutes) has done more to earn playing time. Given the likelihood of more DNPs, Noel is just a luxury stash if you can hide him on your bench in weekly-lineup leagues. Sunday, 7:02 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (strained glute) out Monday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) will not play vs. the Sixers on Monday.

    Advice: Wes Johnson should pick up another start with Gallo sidelined, and he's worth a look with a cheap pricetag in DFS. Owners should consider Gallinari questionable to return for Friday's game vs. Cleveland, but at least the oft-injured forward gets an extended break in the schedule to recover. Sunday, 5:04 pm
  • Jarell Martin (knee) questionable Monday
    Jarell Martin (right knee) is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: JaMychal Green (left foot/ankle) is also doubtful, so coach David Fizdale might have to get creative if Martin can't suit up. We could see a lot of small lineups and/or extra minutes for Deyonta Davis and Brandan Wright. Sunday, 2:56 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) doubtful Monday vs. NO
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful to play Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: This will be Muscala's fifth straight game on the sidelines which will translate to more run for Dewayne Dedmon, John Collins and Luke Babbitt. Muscala isn't worth owning in most leagues. Sunday, 1:50 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Aldrich questionable Monday
    Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) and Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) are questionable to play Monday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Dieng sat out Saturday's game against the Suns, which resulted in Karl-Anthony Towns and Taj Gibson getting all the burn they could handle with Nemanja Bjelica seeing a slight uptick in minutes. It'll be more of the same if Dieng can't give it a go on Monday night, and we should get another update on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. Sunday, 1:35 pm
  • Skal Labissiere trying to stay positive
    Skal Labissiere is staying positive about his reduced role in Sacramento.

    Advice: "That’s all you can do," Labissiere said. "I’m going to be happy for my teammates, whoever is playing I’m going to be happy for them, whoever is doing well. That would be selfish on my part to just get caught up in my playing time or whatever. So I just support the guys." He's averaging 13.8 minutes in five November games after averaging 23.1 minutes in his first seven games, but he stepped up on Saturday with a season-high 19 points with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes. Most of the points came in garbage time, but Labissiere's role should eventually become more stable with the Kings playing for lottery balls. He's just a stash for now. Sunday, 7:26 am
  • Carlisle: Mejri has earned minutes over Noel
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Nerlens Noel.

    Advice: "Look, minutes have to be earned," Carlisle said. "At this point, if it's between him and Salah, Salah has earned the minutes. There's no doghouse here. There just isn't. It's pretty simple: You compete, and if you earn minutes, you get minutes. And you've got to compete to keep them, because it's a competitive situation." Noel was a healthy scratch on Saturday vs. Cleveland and it's hard to believe that he's behind the 31-year-old Mejri in what is supposed to be a rebuilding season. Noel should be treated like a stash until further notice. Sunday, 7:11 am
  • Marquese Chriss scores 13 w/ 5 blocks, 3 3s
    Marquese Chriss finally turned in a gem on Saturday against the Wolves, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, five blocks and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: And only four fouls! Chriss' blocks were not cheapies with two on Jimmy Butler, one on Jeff Teague, one on Karl-Anthony Towns and he spoke about his last one when Andrew Wiggins tried to posterize him. "I wasn’t gonna let him dunk on me. We all see the highlights, I wasn’t gonna be one of them," Chriss said about Wiggins' attempt. We've been saying for weeks about all the upside Chriss has and how annoying it is that he makes so many mistakes, but this is exactly why we've said to stick with him. Maybe he can actually string games together, but he should be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 11:03 pm
  • Alex Len scores four in 20 minutes
    Alex Len scored four points off the bench against the Wolves on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He did avoid foul trouble, but Tyson Chandler looked better than expected. Len can still do damage as a backup and he's played well overall, so he is still a hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 10:55 pm
  • Dragan Bender scores eight points
    Dragan Bender scored eight points with one assist in 19 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He was gaining ground on Marquese Chriss, but he lost a bunch of it today. Bender is still a solid prospect and is playing better than expected overall, but he's strictly a stash. Saturday, 10:42 pm
  • Trevor Booker back in action Saturday
    Trevor Booker (back) returned to action Saturday at Utah, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Booker hit 5-of-10 from the field and did not see to have any ill effects of the back injury which forced him to the shelf. It helped him ease back into action by not having to face the disruptive Rudy Gobert (knee), too. He'll likely continue to log 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, and his return did not affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who still logged 31 minutes in the starting five. Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Davis Bertans scores 16 off the bench
    Davis Bertans finished with 16 points and three assists in 19 minutes off the bench in Saturday's blowout victory against the Bulls.

    Advice: The game was out of hand from the get-go, as the home team outscored the visitors 37-15. The lopsided nature of the game allowed players like Bertans, Matt Costello, Darrun Hilliard and Brandon Paul a little more run. Bertans took advantage the most, hitting 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Despite the solid shooting, he'll be back to a limited role on most nights and therefore his fantasy appeal is rather minimal. Saturday, 9:18 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma goes for 21 & 11 in 42 minutes
    Kyle Kuzma notched his fourth double-double of the season on Saturday with 21 points and 11 rebounds, adding one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This marks the most minutes Kuzma has played in an NBA game, and he recovered from a cold start to finish 8-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the FT line. Shooting efficiency has been a big part of his appeal, and the defensive stats were a welcome sight. He's averaging 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks this year, which he'll need to improve to reach his full category-league potential. Saturday, 8:51 pm
  • Nerlens Noel takes DNP-CD on Saturday
    Nerlens Noel did not get into the game Saturday against the Cavaliers, taking a DNP-CD.

    Advice: Rick Carlisle liked the way Salah Mejri matched up with the Cavaliers, and he said "minutes are earned". If you need the roster spot at this point, drop Noel and get someone who is actually playing. Parting with a shot blocker is difficult because they're tough to find, but he is helping no one nailed to the bench. Saturday, 8:31 pm
  • Harrison Barnes posts 23 and 12 in loss
    Harrison Barnes ended up with 23 points and 12 rebounds over 39 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Mavericks have won just twice over 13 games so far this season, but it's no fault of Barnes. Since flipping the calendar to November he has been especially solid, averaging 22.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game across five outings. He also has at least one triple in each of his starts in November. Saturday, 8:20 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) returns, plays 28 min
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) returned to action on Saturday with two points, three steals, one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran missed just one game and he slotted back into his usual role as a versatile defender and 3-point shooter (0-of-3 tonight) off the bench. He's basically Trevor Ariza-light and has some appeal in roto leagues, especially if turnovers count and you need defensive stats. He should be unowned in points leagues, though. Saturday, 7:45 pm
  • Skal cleans up in garbage time
    Skal Labissiere scored a season-high 19 points with six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 25 minutes against the Knicks during a blowout loss.

    Advice: We'd love to get excited about this, but 14 points came in the second half with the game basically out of reach. Labissiere is still not getting consistent minutes because of matchup reasons, so he's not a reliable fantasy asset right now. The Kings are 3-9. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins puts up 35 and 15 in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 35 points with 15 rebounds, four assists, one block, eight turnovers and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes during a 111-103 win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Nobody is eating until Boogie is done with dessert and he's sitting pretty with his 33.9 usage rate, which is pretty impressive next to Anthony Davis and how he's having a career year in several categories. Cousins is averaging 28.7 points, 13.8 boards, 5.7 dimes, 1.5 steals, 1.8 blocks and 2.6 treys. Needless to say, the Pelicans are happy with their trade for him. Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes off yet again vs. Clips
    Anthony Davis scored 25 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks, two steals and one turnover in 40 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's just incredible and is racking up the stats all over the place, averaging 26.7 points, 11.5 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 2.2 blocks and 1.1 treys on 58.2 percent from the field and 79.1 percent from the line on the season. Davis' usage rate has dropped to 25.7 this year, but who cares when he's at a beautiful 66.3 TS%? He is fantasy basketball's No. 1 player right now. Stay healthy, big man. Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Cheick Diallo gets some minutes
    Cheick Diallo scored nine points with six rebounds in 19 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Somewhat surprisingly, it was Diallo stepping into Tony Allen's minutes as Dante Cunningham didn't slide over to the four as much. Diallo won't have much value and he didn't play much while Anthony Davis was hurt earlier this year. Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich will not play
    Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) will dress but will not play against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: The Wolves won't have their center depth today, so Karl-Anthony Towns could be busy. Plus, we should see some Taj Gibson at the five. Dieng isn't really worth owning in standard leagues. Saturday, 5:49 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng, Cole Aldrich game time calls
    Cole Aldrich (sprained left ankle) and Gorgui Dieng (sprained right index finger) are gametime decisions against the Suns.

    Advice: If both are out, we may see some Taj Gibson at the five, which won't be a problem against the Suns. Dieng is basically just Karl-Anthony Towns' backup. Saturday, 5:21 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic (knee) out at least two games
    Coach Jason Kidd said Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) is scheduled to resume on-court workouts on Wednesday.

    Advice: Teletovic has been ruled out of Saturday's game and will also miss Monday's game vs. Memphis. In addition, it certainly seems safe to assume he won't be able to play Wednesday vs. Detroit. With Eric Bledsoe now in the mix, Malcolm Brogdon will likely log 30-plus minutes off the bench and should soak up most of Mirza's abandoned minutes. With Milwaukee on the back end of a back-to-back, it's possible Rashad Vaughn or D.J. Wilson might enter the rotation on Saturday. Saturday, 4:40 pm
  • Trevor Booker (back) available
    Trevor Booker (back) is available against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He should see around 15-20 minutes as a backup four and even some run at the five, especially if Rudy Gobert can't play. Booker has some low-end value and this shouldn't affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson much. Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) good to go vs. MEM
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is good to go against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play on Thursday, but Mbah a Moute went through warmups and may have been close to playing. With him back, P.J. Tucker, Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza may not have to play as much in this game. Saturday, 3:20 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out again on Saturday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He did travel with the tea, but he'll be held out for his fourth straight. Dewayne Dedmon got himself into foul trouble on Friday, but he still managed a solid 13-point line in 22 minutes. John Collins should get all of the other backup center minutes and Luke Babbitt will likely start again. Saturday, 2:47 pm
  • Trevor Booker (lower back) probable vs. Jazz
    Trevor Booker (back) is probable against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Booker has been held out for four games for his back soreness, which led to a lot of small-ball lineups and Tyler Zeller to see some run. Booker coming back shouldn't really affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson too much, but he probably won't be playing 39 minutes like Friday. Saturday, 11:33 am
  • Mirza Teletovic (knee) ruled out Saturday
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup with the Lakers.

    Advice: This isn't a surprising update, as Teletovic did not play Friday and coach Jason Kidd said that Mirza would "probably miss more than one game." Kidd went with an eight-man rotation on Friday. Eric Bledsoe logged 29 minutes in his Bucks debut, with Malcolm Brogdon playing 34 minutes off the bench. Because the Bucks are on the back end of a back-to-back, it's possible Rashad Vaughn or D.J. Wilson might crack the rotation on Saturday. Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) doubtful for Saturday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Muscala is making progress and travelling with the team, but it appears he is not yet ready to return to the lineup. Saturday would be his fourth straight game on the sidelines. Luke Babbitt has started each of the Hawks last three games, and is averaging 12.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.7 treys in 31.1 minutes over that stretch. Saturday, 9:56 am
  • Report: Cavs have interest in Greg Monroe
    The Cavs have some interest in Greg Monroe, according to Joe Vardon of

    Advice: Suns GM Ryan McDonough said he's "open to a number of different scenarios" regarding the newly acquired Greg Monroe, including flipping him to a new team. Per Vardon's sources, Cleveland might explore such a deal. Vardon adds: "The Cavs, though flawed, have a crowded rotation already, so pursuing Monroe in any way would probably follow or coincide with other roster changes." Saturday, 8:43 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) questionable Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute did not play Wednesday after being listed as questionable. P.J. Tucker would see an uptick in playing time if Mbah a Moute is unable to suit up. Saturday, 8:30 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (glute) ruled out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) has been ruled out Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Saturday will be the third straight game Gallo has missed. Wesley Johnson has started each of the two prior contests, and is averaging 8.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 triples in 30.9 minutes over those two starts. The Clippers next game is Monday vs. the Sixers and it seems unlikely Gallinari will be ready to return in time for that contest. Saturday, 7:48 am
  • Pat doesn't score in 11 minutes
    Patrick Patterson didn't score in 11 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Even with Steven Adams (calf) out, the Thunder just can't play Patterson at the five. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Paul George breaks out with 42 points in win
    Paul George scored a season-high 42 points during a 120-111 win over the Clippers on Friday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It was Indiana PG-13 with his season high in usage rate, true shooting percentage and assist percentage. George and the Thunder had a long post-game meeting after getting thumped on Thursday in Denver. They still need to figure out how they're going to play off each other, and it would be nice to see all three guys play well consistently -- Carmelo Anthony scored just 14 points. George will probably have some bad games to go with the good ones, but this monster stat line will make up for his next 2-3 subpar outings. Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Alex Len posts 21 and 13 in 40 minutes (!)
    Alex Len exploded in 40 minutes against the Magic on Friday, scoring 21 points with 13 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: See what happens when he's not committing dumb fouls? Coach Jay Triano talked about Len's fouling issues and chalked it up to his movement and his last-second move to catch the refs eye. Len has been effective when he's on the court, and Tyson Chandler (back) was ruled out fairly early today. In case you can't tell by the stat line, Len should be owned in all leagues and has monster upside in DFS. Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Marquese Chriss fouls out again in 21 minutes
    Marquese Chriss fouled out in 21 minutes against the Magic on Friday, scoring nine points with four rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That is the third time in the last five he's fouled out, and only DeMarcus Cousins has more total fouls despite Boogie having almost double the playing time. The mistakes just continue to pile up and foul trouble cost him playing time yet again. Chriss' upside in blocks is also the same reason why he's so annoying because he is a little reckless. Although, only 23 of his 41 fouls before tonight this season were shooting fouls, so if he can cut down on the others he'd be a little more reliable. He's still worth owning and Jared Dudley (knee) possibly missing time should lead to more minutes, but he's a headache to watch. Friday, 8:33 pm
  • Trevor Booker will not play
    Trevor Booker (back) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going to have to go small a lot here with not much depth behind Timofey Mozgov. Expect to see some Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the five with a lot of wing minutes available. Friday, 4:43 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic (knee) ruled out Friday
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) will not play Friday vs. San Antonio and will "probably miss more than one game," according to coach Jason Kidd.

    Advice: The Bucks rotation will be in flux on Friday, as the team welcomes newly acquired Eric Bledsoe into the mix. With Teletovic sidelined, starter Khris Middleton will see extended minutes. Bucks beat writer Matt Velazquez tweeted that Teletovic's absence also means that "D.J. Wilson will get some minutes" and that "Joel Bolomboy is likely to be activated with Rashad Vaughn or Sterling Brown being inactive." Friday, 9:54 am
  • Mirza Teletovic (knee) doubtful for Friday
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Friday's matchup with the Spurs.

    Advice: Teletovic was listed as questionable prior to Wednesday's game, but was able to suit up and scored 16 points in 17 minutes vs. the Cavs. Being downgraded to doubtful is certainly not promising; however, it's only a game-notes designation, so we'll await an update from coach Jason Kidd. If Mirza is unable to play, starter Khris Middleton would be asked to log extended minutes and Rashad Vaughn and/or D.J. Wilson would likely crack the rotation as well. Friday, 6:30 am
  • Patrick Patterson scores three in 13 minutes
    Patrick Patterson scored three points with one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's really not a fit on this team anymore because the team signed him before they thought they'd have Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. If Steven Adams (leg) is hurt, Patterson could play more minutes, but he really can't be counted on in fantasy. Thursday, 10:18 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores eight with 12 boards
    Kosta Koufos scored eight points with 12 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: It seemed to be pretty clear coach Dave Joerger wanted some extra size in there to limit the 76ers inside. Koufos is getting some decent minutes when he's been healthy, but there just isn't enough long-term upside to use in most leagues. Thursday, 10:00 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 20 with 15 boards
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points in inefficient fashion against the Raptors on Thursday, making 8-of-24 from the field and 2-of-6 from the line with seven turnovers, 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The turnovers are starting to catch up to Cousins with 24 over his last five games. On the year, he's been very turnover prone in transition and in post-up plays, and he hasn't been very efficient overall in transition because of that. However, Cousins continues to make plays as he is way ahead of the other bigs for assists this season, and of course came into tonight as the only player in the top five for points and rebounds per game. Assistant coach Chris Finch should help him cut down on the turnovers sooner rather than later. Boogie is a monster. Thursday, 7:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis held in check on Thursday
    Anthony Davis scored 18 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka did a fine job on Davis in this game to keep him in check for the first time in a non-injury game. Since his injury on Oct. 24, AD posted some ridiculous averages of 31.2 points, 12.8 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steals, 2.5 blocks and 1.2 treys on 58.8 percent from the field in those previous six games. He'll get a must-see matchup against Blake Griffin on Saturday. Thursday, 7:08 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma struggles in loss to Wizards
    Kyle Kuzma had another rough showing on Thursday vs. the Wizards, scoring 13 points with nine rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: If he's not hitting shots, Kuzma is going to struggle to help fantasy owners because he has one block this season and hasn't recorded a steal in three straight. He finished 4-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, but if there's one positive, it's that he continues to get the bulk of the PF minutes with Julius Randle playing behind Brook Lopez at the five. Kuzma is a hold and should be better against the Bucks on Saturday. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) ruled out
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) has been ruled out against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through warmups to try to get cleared to play, but it sounds like he came up short. With Mbah a Moute out, the starters should play slightly more with more P.J. Tucker in the second unit. Thursday, 3:56 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) not expected to play
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is not expected to play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He is going through warmups, so he is making a case to play. He only played limited minutes on Sunday, which led to more minutes for P.J. Tucker and the other perimeter starters. Tucker could be looking at a decent amount of minutes against LeBron James. Thursday, 3:16 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) unlikely for Friday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) is unlikely for Friday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: He is going to travel, but coach Mike Budenholzer said he plans to start the same five with Luke Babbitt at the four. John Collins should also get some decent run, but foul trouble has been a thorn in his side. Muscala isn't worth owning in most leagues. Thursday, 2:35 pm
  • Trevor Booker goes through practice
    Trevor Booker (back) practiced on Thursday and is questionable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for the last three games and the Nets have had to go small more than any other team. They've even had to call on Jacob Wiley to help fill their minutes, but now it looks like Booker should be back. Considering how the Nets are quick to sit players, Booker may be tough to own in shallower leagues. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (strained glute) out Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) will not play on Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: It's never a good sign to see a player ruled out this early and his chances of playing on Saturday vs. the Pelicans probably aren't too good. Wes Johnson started and played 33 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Spurs with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one block, one steal and two triples, while Sam Dekker played just six minutes. Thursday, 10:38 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) is doubtful Friday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will travel for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Muscala may not be ready to play yet and added that he's more likely to return on Saturday vs. Washington. Coach Bud also confirmed that he will use the same starting lineup with Dewayne Dedmon and Luke Babbitt in the frontcourt. If Muscala is out again, John Collins could have a big night if he can stay out of foul trouble. Thursday, 10:30 am
  • Dragan Bender losing his momentum
    Dragan Bender scored five points with two rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He picked up his most center minutes since coach Jay Triano took over, but that was due to Tyson Chandler (back) not playing tonight. Bender has been fairly solid on defense, but he's still a major project on the offensive side and it's starting to cost his team. The Suns continue to struggle to keep games close when their second unit is out there, so it'll be interesting to see how Bender fits in now that Jared Dudley is in the mix. He's still a stash in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 9:28 pm
  • Alex Len gets into foul trouble in 19 minutes
    Alex Len battled serious foul trouble during his start for Tyson Chandler (back) against the Heat on Wednesday, finishing with six points and three rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Anyone who started him in DFS was probably on edge because he didn't get out of the negatives for fantasy points until the fourth quarter. Len's propensity to make bad fouls will continue to keep his playing time down, so it'll be tough to count on him for 30 minutes on almost any night. Bad game aside, Len should still be owned in standard leagues with Chandler on the shelf. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Marquese Chriss puts up decent line
    Marquese Chriss scored nine points with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 25 minutes before fouling out against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's still being used in a weird way on offense with more attempts from deep than attempts from within eight feet. Of course the biggest problem is how he continues to just rack up the fouls, especially in the third with almost half of his fouls coming in that frame. This was probably Chriss' best game since the first game coach Jay Triano took over, so maybe he can string games together. He did also get a few minutes at center tonight with Tyson Chandler (back) out. Chriss is very annoying to own, but his upside is undeniable as a guy who could average multiple treys and blocks. Plus, Dragan Bender is struggling on offense these days. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma quiet in 34 minutes vs. Celtics
    Kyle Kuzma played a quiet 34 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Kuzma had been terrific shooting from the field, making 56.3 percent on 11.2 attempts, which accounted for 21.3% of his roto value. This was the first time since the Lakers' opener that he's failed to hit a 3-pointer and we're not worried about his shooting. The more pressing long-term issue is defensive stats -- he has a total of one block and five steals in 11 games. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Alex Len starting for Tyson Chandler (back)
    Alex Len will start for the Suns on Wednesday in place of Tyson Chandler (back).

    Advice: Greg Monroe isn't going to play tonight, so it should be Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender getting backup minutes in the middle. It's a tough matchup vs. Hassan Whiteside, but Len's owners should still be enthused for the potential bump in minutes tonight. Wednesday, 5:31 pm
  • Alex Len could start for Tyson Chandler
    If Tyson Chandler (back) can't play on Wednesday, Alex Len would start against the Heat.

    Advice: That would mean the Suns would also have to play Dragan Bender and/or Marquese Chriss at center behind Len. Plus, Len and Hassan Whiteside had an altercation earlier in their careers, so that could be something to watch. Len could be in for a big night, assuming he avoids fouls trouble. Wednesday, 4:22 pm
  • Suns open to a number of scenarios on Monroe
    General manager Ryan McDonough said he's "open to a number of different scenarios" on Greg Monroe moving forward.

    Advice: McDonough said the team could play him this year, could look to trade him, or they could buy him out. The Suns are also expected to meet with Monroe to figure out what he wants, but chances are the Suns would try to trade him first. Plus, they only have four weeks to clear a roster spot to convert Mike James' two-way deal to a regular one. Obviously, the Suns made the Eric Bledsoe trade to get the draft pick, so keeping Monroe isn't a priority. Monroe isn't the best pickup in shallower leagues, especially because the Suns really want to play their younger guys in the near future. Wednesday, 12:07 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) questionable vs. CLE
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) tested his knee at Wednesday's practice and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Cavs.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni said he expects Mbah a Moute to get out there for Thursday's game, although he was still experiencing some soreness during Wednesday's practice, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday morning's shootaround. He's been sneaky good this season with averages of 8.7 points, 4.2 boards, 1.4 steals, 0.9 triples and 0.6 blocks per contest on 50.7 percent shooting, so he's worth owning in deep leagues. Wednesday, 10:01 am
  • Paul George hits 4-of-17 shots in loss
    Paul George hit just 4-of-16 shots and 3-of-9 3-pointers for 12 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes in Tuesday's shocking 94-86 loss to the Kings.

    Advice: George didn't appear to be fully into the game tonight and saw his streak of 20-point games broken at five. Unlike Carmelo Anthony, George has been shooting it pretty well for the Thunder and we're just chalking this up to an off night. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Kosta Koufos (head) goes to locker room
    Kosta Koufos got mowed down by a Russell Westbrook elbow to the face while going after a free throw rebound and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He took a really hard blow to his face and head and might be getting stitches, or possibly being looked at for a concussion. If Koufos were to miss time, the disappointing Willie Cauley-Stein might see a boost. Tuesday, 9:05 pm
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