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  • Damian Lillard scored 34 points in win at BK
    Damian Lillard scored 34 points with four rebounds, nine assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers during a 127-125 Friday matinee win in Brooklyn.

    Advice: It was almost reverse Lillard time with 30 points in the first three quarters and just four in the fourth in this win. In the last loss to the Nets on Nov. 10, Lillard stressed how the Blazers struggled against the smaller lineups, but this time they were ready to go and crushed the Nets when they went super small, including a 10-0 run in the second quarter. Lillard has also made 10 free throws in two of his last games and this gem gets him over the 25 points-per-game plateau on the year. 25 minutes ago
  • C.J. McCollum scores 26 points in win
    C.J. McCollum scored 26 points with two rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal, no turnovers and one 3-pointer against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He had arguably his worst offensive game since he became a star in this league with a 1-of-14 shooting line on Wednesday. McCollum's bad game dropped him below 50 percent from deep, but even that massive dud still has him at 46.0 percent from the field on the season. He's a fantasy stud and playing in 80 games in each of the last two seasons is another big factor for his fantasy value. 30 minutes ago
  • Pat Connaughton gets a start
    Pat Connaughton started on Friday against the Nets with four points, one rebound and two assists in 15 minutes.

    Advice: Considering he almost switched to play baseball this summer, he has been much better than expected and is part of the solution to fill the void left by Allen Crabbe. Still, this was likely just a matchup move after the Blazers lost their last game against the Nets and Shabazz Napier is taking wing minutes, so Connaughton isn't really a strong add here. Although, Connaughton will get another start against the Wizards on Saturday. 41 minutes ago
  • Shabazz Napier getting run as third guard
    Shabazz Napier played 20 minutes with five points and one rebound against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Terry Stotts sure does love using three-guard lineups. In the last six games, Napier has played next to both C.J. McCollum and Damian Lillard for 53 minutes, which crushes the three minutes that combo was used in the first 14 games combined. Plus, that trio has a +30.8 net rating in the last six, so there could be more on the way. Napier is more of a desperation point guard to own, though. 46 minutes ago
  • Ben Simmons (elbow) out for Saturday's game
    Ben Simmons (left elbow) is out for Saturday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: He expected some soreness in his left elbow and he will be re-evaluated on Sunday. Excluding Markelle Fultz (shoulder) earlier this year, the 76ers are usually very careful with their stars and ruling him out a day early is a little troubling. With him out, T.J. McConnell should be looking at some heavy minutes as basically the rest of the rotation also has to pick up the slack, especially Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. 47 minutes ago
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 23 points in loss
    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 23 points with four rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal, four 3-pointers and no turnovers in 31 minutes during a 127-125 loss to the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The zero turnovers is impressive and he almost hit a would-be, game-winning triple, but it was short after the Nets got off to a fast start today. Besides an eight-point dud on Wednesday, Dinwiddie has been cooking with gas over his last four with three 21-plus scoring games to go with some full stat lines, averaging 19.3 points, 3.0 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.5 treys on 46.3 percent from the field over those four. He should be a difference maker in all leagues for the next month and possibly beyond. 58 minutes ago
  • Joe Harris hands out five assists
    Joe Harris handed out a career-high five assists against the Blazers on Friday, adding 13 points, two rebounds and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been under the radar, but Harris is having himself a nice season. He said his goal is to make 40 percent from deep this year, but he's just a shade behind at 38.4 percent. He's also coming off a revenge-filled 18-point game against the Cavs, so he could be a sneaky deep-league play until D'Angelo Russell gets back. Today, 11:36 am
  • John Wall (left knee) had an MRI on Friday
    John Wall (left knee) had an MRI on Friday and the results have not yet been revealed.

    Advice: This left knee issue seems to have been bothering Wall for a good portion of this month and he will be questionable for Saturday. Hopefully, this is just a precaution, but obviously taking the time to get an MRI does show that Wall's knee is just not right at this time. Hopefully, we'll have an update later today. If you're in a deeper league, it's not a bad idea to add Tim Frazier until Wall gets the all clear. Today, 11:31 am
  • Caris LeVert scores 14 points vs. Blazers
    Caris LeVert scored 14 points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's getting some decent backup point guard minutes and he's also found his shot recently. Over his last five games, LeVert averaged 12.2 points, 4.4 boards, 3.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 treys on 54.5 percent from the field. LeVert can probably hang around these averages until D'Angelo Russell (knee) gets back, so LeVert is worth a look in standard leagues. Today, 11:24 am
  • Woj: Rose evaluating his future in basketball
    Derrick Rose is away from the team and is evaluating his future in basketball, according to

    Advice: Rose's commitment has been questioned before, so this isn't really a total stunner like it would be for most former MVPs. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Rose is "tired of being hurt" and it's taking a toll on him mentally. For now, expect Rose to get some time off to figure out what he wants to do. Today, 11:11 am
  • John Wall (left knee soreness) not practicing
    John Wall (left knee soreness) is not practicing on Friday.

    Advice: Hopefully this is just a maintenance day for Wall to keep him fresh. He had a lot of treatment on his knee last week and he did miss a game on Sunday. For now, expect him to be ready to roll for Saturday against the Blazers after a 31-point Wednesday. Today, 10:36 am
  • Wilson Chandler (back) probable vs. Memphis
    Wilson Chandler (lower back soreness) is probable against Memphis on Friday.

    Advice: He was probable for Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so this is the status quo for Chandler going forward. Although, he's been injury prone, so you may want to make sure he's good to go. The Nuggets have shift him back to small forward against a bigger Grizzlies team and how him at the four didn't work out against the Rockets on Wednesday. Today, 10:13 am
  • Avery Bradley (groin) will play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: There was some concern raised when Bradley sat out of Wednesday's practice; however, it appears it Pistons were simply attempting to limit his reps. Bradley got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but has been increasingly effective on the offensive end of the floor. He's averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers over his last nine games. Today, 9:28 am
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson probable vs. NY
    Eric Gordon (sore calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are practicing Friday and are expected to play Saturday vs. the Knicks, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen.

    Advice: Gordon was unable to play on Wednesday, but fortunately, it appears it will be just a one-game absence. The Rockets didn't miss either player on Wednesday, as they blew out the Nuggets by 30 points. Gordon had started 13 of the first 14 games he appeared in this season, before moving into the sixth-man role last week. Gordon should continue to see plenty of minutes and scoring opportunities as long as he is healthy. Today, 9:11 am
  • Pat Connaughton to start at SF on Friday
    Pat Connaughton will start in place of Moe Harkless on Friday afternoon vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Connaughton will join Dame Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Noah Vonleh and Jusef Nurkic in the Blazers starting five. This will be the second career start for Connaughton. He's averaging just 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds over 16.1 minutes in the 11 games the Blazers have played this month. Despite Harkless' ineffectiveness leading to his demotion, Connaughton will split minutes with Harkless, Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier, which limits Connaughton's fantasy value. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues for now. Today, 8:51 am
  • Jeremy Lamb to start at SF on Wednesday
    With Nicolas Batum (elbow) sidelined, Jeremy Lamb will start at small forward vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Batum was injured on Wednesday, which allowed Lamb to step and step up. Lamb finished with 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers in Wednesday's win over the Wizards. He is averaging 16.7 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists in the 12 games he has started this season. Lamb will be a very enticing DFS option on Friday night. Today, 8:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) ruled out for Friday
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: Batum initially injured the elbow on Wednesday night vs. the Wizards, when he collided with Otto Porter. The good news is Batum is traveling with the team, which hopefully means he won't miss an extended period of time. We should have an update on his status moving forward once coach Steve Clifford addresses the media. Jeremy Lamb will start in place of Batum on Friday. Lamb had 24 points, seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers on Wednesday. Today, 8:04 am
  • C.J. Miles (personal) will not play Friday
    C.J. Miles (personal) will not play vs. the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: Congrats to the Miles family, as C.J.'s wife gave birth to a baby girl on Thanksgiving night. With Miles out of the mix on Friday, it will open up more minutes for Norman Powell and OG Anunoby. OG started at small forward on Wednesday, but finished with just three points, one board and one assist in 16 minutes. Powell, making his return to the lineup after missing four games due to a hip injury, scored 11 points with four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes on Wednesday. Today, 7:51 am
  • Ron Baker (shoulder) back practicing
    Ron Baker (shoulder) is back practicing but not at full contact.

    Advice: Baker sprained the AC joint in his left shoulder in a G-League game back on November 14th. "It’s definitely not 100 percent, but it feels way better than when it happened," said Baker. "The range of motion is 75 percent." He added that the next "three, four days will be very important." Baker's has very limited fantasy value, as he has fallen behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina in the PG pecking order. Today, 7:01 am
  • C.J. Miles (personal) doubtful for Friday
    C.J. Miles (personal) is listed as "not with the team" in the game notes for Friday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: No word on the reason for Miles absence, but it's safe to assume he will miss Friday's game. We should have confirmation after the Raptors shootaround. Miles has been playing well of late. He's scored in double-figures in six straight games and is averaging 13.8 points, while shooting .477 (21-for-44) from 3-point range during this span. If Miles does not play, Norman Powell and OG Anunoby will soak up extra minutes. Today, 6:34 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) travels to Cleveland
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) traveled with the team to Cleveland and is listed as questionable for Friday.

    Advice: This is good news that he's not staying behind for further evaluation. It's a very specific diagnosis for a nerve in his elbow and hopefully it's not affecting the feeling in his arm. Batum reportedly feels this new injury isn't as bad as his left elbow injury that kept him out for six weeks, which makes sense because it didn't look bad in the second quarter on Wednesday. If Batum can't go, Jeremy Lamb would be busy in the starting lineup. Expect Batum to be a game-time call for the 8:00 EST start. Yesterday, 2:49 pm
  • Report: Batum doesn't think injury is as bad
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) doesn't feel that his new left elbow contusion is as bad as the original injury, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: On Wednesday, Batum looked to have banged his left elbow to the chest of Otto Porter and he did not return. This is the same elbow that caused him to miss six weeks from an injury on Oct. 4, so maybe that's why the team ruled him out at halftime. While we wait for more concrete information or if he's going to be re-evaulated, he is questionable for Friday. Jeremy Lamb had a big game on Wednesday with 24 points and he should be owned in all leagues until Batum gets the all clear. Yesterday, 11:22 am
  • Hornets list Batum (elbow) as questionable
    The Hornets have listed Nicolas Batum (elbow) as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Game notes are never a sure thing and we don't even know if Batum has undergone any tests yet, but his owners can consider this good news for now. While we wait for more information, make sure Jeremy Lamb isn't sitting on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Kendall Marshall retires from G-League
    Kendall Marshall has reportedly retired from the G-League.

    Advice: Still only 26 years old, it's unclear if Marshall will continue to pursue a job in the NBA, but there's a good chance that he'll head overseas in the meantime. Yesterday, 8:42 am
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  • Clifford praises Jeremy Lamb
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford can tell that Jeremy Lamb is a much more confident player this season.

    Advice: "I just think there’s nothing more important in anything you do than feeling good about it and being confident," Clifford said. "The best way to feel good about it is to put a lot of hard work in, and that’s what he’s done." Lamb was sensational on Wednesday with 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs), seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers, and with Nicolas Batum's (elbow) status up in the air going forward, there's no reason for him to be on the waiver wire while we wait for Batum's diagnosis. Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Frank Ntilikina returned to action on Wednesday November 22. Yesterday, 12:39 am
  • De'Aaron Fox keeps up strong play vs. Lakers
    De'Aaron Fox had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in just 23 minutes during Wednesday's win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Fox hasn't had an eye-opening game recently, but he is getting more consistent as he adjusts to a starting role. Over the past three games he's averaging 12.0 points on 48.3% shooting, 1.3 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals. When you pair that immediate production with his upside, he needs to be owned. Wednesday, 10:21 pm
  • Vince Carter returns vs. Lakers on Wednesday
    Vince Carter (kidney stones) played nine minutes on Wednesday, finishing with two points, one rebound and one block.

    Advice: VC wound up missing seven games, but his return doesn't have a clear fantasy impact -- Sacramento's rotations are already chaotic, and Carter hasn't played more than 18 minutes in a game all season. It's nice to see him healthy, though. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 13 points, trending down
    Jrue Holiday scored 13 points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another somewhat quiet game, which has a little to do with Rajon Rondo coming back. Before this game, we had a 41-minute sample of Jrue with Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The numbers were not very good with only an 18.6 usage rate while his assist percentage sat at just 9.1 with those three — it’s 42.9 without them in a tiny sample. Holiday can still do a number of things, but he's probably not going to help in dimes like he usually does. Wednesday, 9:33 pm
  • Shut this down: Bledsoe drops 30 vs. PHX
    Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 30 points against his former Suns in a 113-107 overtime win on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-26 shots and 6-of-13 free throws with seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two triples in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe is off to a slow start with his new team, but there's nothing like a "revenge game" to get the juices flowing. "I’m with a talented group of guys who can also make plays," Bledsoe said of his new teammates. "So I’ve got to try to find my game a little bit. It takes time." Bledsoe enjoyed a nice bump in usage with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) resting, and while his value will trend back down after this massive line, he still has enough upside to flirt with early- to mid-round value once his shot starts falling. Wednesday, 9:30 pm
  • Patty Mills scores just two points
    Patty Mills scored two points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Tony Parker (quad) getting closer to a return, Mills could move back into his normal bench role. He's been fairly decent in that role and the Spurs certainly won't be unleashing Parker, but Mills will likely take a smaller hit to his playing time. If you've been riding him at the end of your bench, you may want to get ready to look to someone else. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Tony Snell plays 22 minutes off bench
    Tony Snell moved to the bench on Wednesday vs. the Suns and played 22 minutes with four points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Snell started all 16 previous games for the Bucks, but averaged a mere 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys despite seeing over 32 minutes per outing. The Bucks made several lineup changes with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) sitting this one out, but regardless of whether or not he starts, Snell is a low-end fantasy asset at best. Wednesday, 9:16 pm
    Player Note
    Tony Snell Mil - SG,SF
  • Wilson Chandler scores two points
    Wilson Chandler scored two points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's going to be interesting to see how the Nuggets use Chandler. Last year, he reportedly asked for a trade because he didn't like how his role wasn't consistent. Now the Paul Millsap (wrist) out, the Nuggets may have to mix and match who Chandler plays next to. Considering the result of this game, he'll probably be playing more three in the short term. He is a low-end hold and could possibly trend up while Millsap is on the shelf. Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb steps up for Nic Batum (elbow)
    Jeremy Lamb started the second half of Wednesday's game for Nic Batum (elbow), posting 24 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with seven rebounds, five assists, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lamb worked over Kelly Oubre on offense, and he would be in line for big minutes if Batum misses any games. Batum exited tonight's game with a 'contusion', but it's the same elbow he tore a ligament in this summer, so Charlotte will be extra cautious here. It makes sense to add Lamb while we await an update from the Hornets. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • John Wall posts 31 & 11, makes 13-of-26 FGs
    John Wall notched 31 points, 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and one block during an OT load loss on Wednesday, making 13-of-26 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Wall is playing a lot of isolation sets offensively this year, which is one reason his FG percentage has dipped to 42.8%, so it was nice to see him make half his attempts tonight. The best news for fantasy owners is that Wall's recent knee swelling doesn't seem like a lingering issue, and he gets a few days to rest before hosting the Blazers on Saturday. Wednesday, 7:40 pm
  • Ben Simmons gets another all-around gem
    Ben Simmons had another big all-around game on Wednesday with 16 points, nine assists, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocks vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Simmons did his damage in 39 minutes and this line doesn't even stand out -- after all, he came in averaging 18.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 7.6 assists per game. This was also Simmons' sixth game of the season with at least three steals, the type of supporting stats that fantasy owners adore. He's putting up top-50 value in 9-cat leagues, and goes even higher if you're willing to ignore his turnovers (3.5 per game) and FT shooting (58.0% on 5.1 attempts). Wednesday, 7:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Shabazz Napier scores 13 points in 27 mins
    Shabazz Napier notched 13 points, four assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer on Wednesday.

    Advice: Napier played 27 minutes and it looks like coach Terry Stotts will stick with him as a key part of the rotation -- Stotts even went with a three-guard lineup for a while in the second half. Napier has scored 10+ points in six of his past eight games, and he's worth a look if you need a cheap PG who's available on most waiver wires. Wednesday, 7:16 pm
  • C.J. McCollum shoots 1-of-14 for five points
    The Blazers' two-game win streak ended in Philly on Wednesday, as C.J. McCollum contributed just five points on 1-of-14 shooting, five rebounds and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Portland got trounced to begin this game, falling behind 19-2, and their 14 first-quarter points were the fewest by any team vs. the Sixers since 2010. McCollum's rough game didn't help matters, but he's not prone to extended slumps and should come out firing vs. Brooklyn's defense on Friday. Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) gets 30 points, six 3s
    Damian Lillard played through his right ankle injury on Wednesday, posting 30 points with six 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The injury didn't look good when it happened on Monday, but Lillard received treatment every day and said the ankle responded better than he anticipated. He's a gamer who often plays at less than 100 percent, and the playing time tonight proves he'll be fine going forward. He finished 11-of-27 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie dishes 10 assists in defeat
    Spencer Dinwiddie chipped in eight points, 10 assists, one rebound, one steal, one block and a pair of 3-pointers during a road loss vs. the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: D'Angelo Russell (knee surgery) is out indefinitely, and Jeremy Lin (knee) is already done for the season, which means Dinwiddie should be owned in all but the shallowest leagues. We were hoping for more scoring tonight, since Jose Calderon was defending him, but the 3-pointers and defensive stats make it a decent line for roto. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Joe Harris posts 18/5/4 with defensive stats
    Joe Harris scored 18 points vs. his former team on Wednesday, going 7-of-10 from the field and 4-of-7 from deep with five boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Harris did his damage in 29 minutes tonight, and he fell just shy of his career-high 19 points. His minutes have stabilized in the mid-20s, but tonight's line was the clear outlier -- Cleveland's defense isn't good, to put it lightly, and Harris is best viewed as a 3-point specialist. Wednesday, 6:52 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (left elbow) will not return
    Nicolas Batum (left elbow contusion) will not return to Wednesday's game and Jeremy Lamb started in his place for the second half.

    Advice: With about 90 seconds left in the first half, Batum had Otto Porter on his back and it looked like he banged his elbow against him. Batum was shaking his arm for a few seconds and then he was taken out. This is the same elbow that kept him out to start the season, so hopefully he didn't aggravate anything. Batum finished with four points, three rebounds and no turnovers in 14 minutes. Lamb and Dwayne Bacon could play more if he needs to miss time, but it didn't look bad. Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (back) will start Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler (back) will start at power forward for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, sending Kenneth Faried back to the bench.

    Advice: The Nuggets will be rolling out a small ball lineup featuring Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Will Barton, Chandler and Nikola Jokic, and Chandler should see a boost here as he tends to play better at the four-spot. Faried will be fighting for the reserve four-man minutes with Juan Hernangomez and Trey Lyles, so he's not in a good spot to produce tonight. Wednesday, 4:53 pm
  • Tony Snell will come off the bench Wednesday
    Tony Snell will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Snell should still be able to flirt with close to 30 minutes tonight with Giannis Anteotkounmpo (knee) on the sidelines, but he can't be considered anything more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Wednesday, 4:44 pm
    Player Note
    Tony Snell Mil - SG,SF
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson officially out
    Eric Gordon (sore calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The good news on this is that it's just being called soreness for Gordon. Plus, the Rockets don't play again until Saturday, so he's basically getting a week off from game action. With him out, Bobby Brown or even Troy Williams could be added to the rotation, or the Rockets could add more minutes to their usual rotation. P.J. Tucker is going to start tonight. Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (back) available to play Weds
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) will be available to play Wednesday vs. Houston.

    Advice: Chandler was a full participant during Tuesday's practice and has only missed one game with this minor back issue, so he'll likely return to the starting five tonight, which will shift either Will Barton or Kenneth Faried back to the second unit. Barton should be fine regardless of how he enters the game because he's due for an uptick in usage sans Paul Millsap (wrist), but Faried would be far less effective as a reserve. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 3:36 pm
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson doubtful vs. DEN
    Eric Gordon (calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are doubtful to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Gordon and he may have suffered it on Saturday during a blowout win against the Grizzlies. Gordon has really struggled to stay healthy in his pre-Rockets days, so hopefully this isn't the start of something that lingers. With him out, P.J. Tucker figures to step up the most while Bobby Brown could get in the rotation. Chris Paul is also expected to play 28 minutes. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) says he's playing
    Damian Lillard (ankle) said he will play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: After he rolled his ankle on Monday, Lillard said he was going to get treatment and keep his ankle elevated on Monday night. He was not on the injury report coming into this game and it's not a surprise Dame is out there as one of the most durable players in the NBA. Fire him up, but he may have a tough matchup against the size on the 76ers. Wednesday, 2:47 pm
  • Avery Bradley (groin) expected to play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) sat out Wednesday's practice but he's expected to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Bradley doesn't have a history of groin issues, so it sounds like the Pistons were just playing it safe here in order to give him a full two days off prior to Friday's in OKC. Owners can expect to get another update following Friday morning's shootaround, but for now, it doesn't seem like there's too much to worry about here. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Wilson Chandler (back) upgraded to probable
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Chandler said he was 95 percent sure he'd take the court on Wednesday night after getting through Tuesday's practice without issue, so it's looking like the sore back will end up costing him just one game on the sidelines. His return to the floor will result in either Will Barton or Kenneth Faried heading back to the bench. Wednesday, 9:59 am
  • Wilson Chandler (back) questionable Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Chandler said he was "confident" he'd be able to take the court on Wednesday night following Tuesday's practice, but we'll get a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's out again, Will Barton would be in line for another start, and Juan Hernangomez would have the opportunity for some increased minutes with the second unit. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 6:49 am
  • Vince Carter (illness) practices Tuesday
    Vince Carter (illness) practiced on Tuesday and said he was "ready to get back on the court."

    Advice: Carter has missed each of the Kings last seven games due to complications from kidney stones. However, it appears he will make his return Wednesday when the Kings host the Lakers. Buddy Hield (ankle) was also able to practice on Tuesday. If both Carter and Hield return on Wednesday, they'll cut into the playing time of Garrett Temple, George Hill, and Bogdan Bogdanovic Tuesday, 2:26 pm
  • Damian Lillard not on the injury report Weds
    Damian Lillard (ankle) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Lillard tweaked his ankle on Monday night, but he said he didn't expect to spend any time on the sidelines and his absence from the injury report suggests that will be the case. Owners can expect official confirmation following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but it doesn't look like there's anything to worry about here. Tuesday, 1:58 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina (illness) sat out 4Q Monday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina didn't play in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Clippers due to an illness.

    Advice: Ntilikina failed to score and had just one assist and four turnovers in 11 minutes over the first three quarters on Monday. "He’s been fighting it two, three days now. He just didn’t have it (vs LAC)," said Hornacek. "He actually said, ‘I’m not helping the team now.’ Frank’s a smart player. He realized he didn’t have enough energy. He sacrificed." The Knicks next game is Wednesday vs. the Raptors. We should have an update on Ntilikina after Wednesday's shootaround. Tuesday, 9:18 am
  • Wilson Chandler (back) probable Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) said he is confident he'll be back in the lineup for Wednesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Chandler sat out Monday's victory over Sacramento. Will Barton started for Denver and hit 9-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds and five assists. Chandler got off to a very slow start this season, averaging just 7.7 points and 4.0 rebounds over the Nuggets first twelve games. However, before sitting out on Monday, he had scored in double-figures in four straight and was averaging 14.8 points and 6.0 rebounds over that four-game stretch. Tuesday, 6:26 am
  • De'Aaron Fox plays 32 minutes in loss
    De'Aaron Fox started at point guard again on Monday, scoring 12 points with five assists, three boards, one steal, one triple and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings have basically moved George Hill to shooting guard, so Fox has seen an uptick in minutes and production lately. He was more efficient than usual tonight, hitting 4-of-9 shots and all three of his free throws. With the Kings going nowhere this season, we'd expect Fox to continue seeing heavy run. Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Patty Mills fills stat sheet vs. Hawks
    Patty Mills hit 3-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Monday's win.

    Advice: Mills is averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting over his last five. If you need a point guard and the hot free agents are gone, Mills is getting enough run right now to help your team. Monday, 9:34 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 14 w/ 6 steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points with six steals, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He finished one steal shy of his career-high and hit 6-of-13 shots, but his struggles from the perimeter continued. Since joining the Bucks, Bledsoe has hit just 4-of-25 triples (16%). He'll eventually find his rhythm and he's playing for a team that isn't chasing lottery balls, so his rest-of-season outlook is still pretty promising. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Shabazz Napier scores 16 in 27 minutes
    Shabazz Napier played 27 minutes and hit 5-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four boards, three assists, a steal and a block off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Napier is quietly averaging 11.8 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games in 22 minutes. Napier is worth a look as a DFS punt right now, as well as a deep-league pickup. And if Damian Lillard were to miss Wednesday's game against the Sixers with an ankle injury, Napier could be a must-play in that one. Monday, 8:57 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 24 points in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 8-of-17 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points and eight rebounds in Monday's 100-92 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: His stat line was mysteriously devoid of any assists or steals, but he still played well and is having another great season. He should be primed for a big game on Wednesday against the Sixers, especially if an ankle injury keeps Damian Lillard out of that one. Monday, 8:46 pm
  • Damian Lillard says he's playing on Wednesday
    Damian Lillard, who tweaked his ankle on Monday night, predicts that he won't miss any time with the injury.

    Advice: "I'm playing," he said when asked about his status for Wednesday's game against the Sixers. He was able to start the second half of Monday's game and played well, finishing with 21 points and four assists on 5-of-15 shooting. Unless Lillard suffers a setback on Tuesday or Wednesday, we're guessing he'll be out there on Wednesday night. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 w/ six dimes in win
    John Wall (knee) returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 99-88 win over the Bucks, scoring 15 points (5-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six assists, one rebound and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wall played a few less minutes than normal, but that was all part of coach Scott Brooks' plan. Depending on how Wall's knee responds over the next 48 hours, he could see his normal allotment of minutes on Wednesday vs. Charlotte. Monday, 8:37 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina quiet vs. the Clippers
    Frank Ntilikina had a night to forget on Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing scoreless on two missed shots with one assist and four turnovers in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Like most rookies, The Frenchise is going to have an up-and-down season, but it's been mostly positive (especially on defense). He doesn't offer much in fantasy at this point in his career besides steals and assists, so treat him like a stash or watch his progress from the wire. He should eventually overtake Jarrett Jack as the starter. Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 16 off Hornets bench
    Jeremy Lamb hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Monday.

    Advice: Lamb should take a hit with Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist back in action, but played pretty well tonight. He's not longer a must-own player, but looked good through his injury and could continue to be a fantasy asset in limited minutes off the bench. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores season-high 17 in win
    Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes of Monday's 118-102 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Batum has only been back for four games this season and is starting to rack up some production, averaging 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers thus far. He was worth the wait if you sat on him for the early part of the season. Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Ben Simmons scores 27 in easy win
    Ben Simmons hit 13-of-24 shots for 27 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and four steals in Monday's easy 107-86 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: Simmons didn't hit a 3-pointer, missed 3-of-4 free throws and committed four turnovers, proving he's human. The kid's a beast, is the consensus for Rookie of the Year, and has helped the Sixers get off to a 9-7 start to the season. Monday, 6:59 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) will start 2nd half
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will start the second half of Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He had a nasty ankle turn that forced him to the locker room, but he's going to give it a go. Lillard was walking gingerly on his way back to the court for the second half, and we'll be watching him closely the rest of the evening. Monday, 6:31 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) goes to locker room
    Damian Lillard rolled his right ankle and went back to the locker room on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It was a nasty turn of his ankle and Lillard was down for a while in a lot of pain. He eventually hobbled off to the locker room, but we should get the official word on his status for the rest of the game momentarily. Monday, 6:13 pm
  • Wilson Chandler (sore back) out Monday
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) will not play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: There's no word on who will replace Chandler in the starting lineup, but Juancho Hernangomez and Will Barton would make the most sense. Chandler is considered day-to-day and shouldn't be dropped outside of shallow leagues. Monday, 6:06 pm
  • John Wall starting, Tim Frazier to the bench
    John Wall (knee) will return to the starting five for Monday's matchup in Milwaukee, sending Tim Frazier back to the bench.

    Advice: Scott Brooks said that Wall had a "great chance" of returning to the floor tonight, so it's not all that surprising to see him out there and it looks as though his one-game absence was more precautionary than anything else with this being the second game of a back-to-back set. With Wall back in action, Bradley Beal won't see quite as many playmaking opportunities, and Frazier will likely be looking at minutes in the teens. Brooks did say he'd like to keep Wall's minutes in the low-30s tonight, but that's still plenty of time for him to offer up a robust stat line. Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is available Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is "available" for Monday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: DFS owners should tread carefully, as Lamb hasn't played more than 24 minutes since Nicolas Batum returned. Coach Steve Clifford said he's worried about Lamb making his injury worse, so the Hornets will keep a close eye on him all night. Monday, 3:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) probable Monday
    Hornets' head coach Steve Clifford said he thinks Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will be able to play Monday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Lamb was a full participant in shootaround and it sounds like he was fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should be out there tonight. However, with Nicolas Batum back in action, Lamb's value is quickly trending in the wrong direction, so he's not the best target on a busy 11-game Monday night. Monday, 2:35 pm
  • Vince Carter (kidney stones) out Monday
    Vince Carter (illness) will miss Monday's matchup with the Nuggets.

    Advice: This will be Carter's seventh consecutive game on the sidelines due to kidney stones, and the Kings haven't given any clues as to when we can expect him back. Buddy Hield (ankle) will also be missing tonight's game, so Bogdan Bogdanovic should be able to get close to 30 minutes of floor time. Monday, 11:32 am
  • Wilson Chandler (back) questionable Monday
    Wilson Chandler (sore back) is questionable to play Monday against the Kings.

    Advice: Chandler has been logging a lot of minutes as of late, and it looks like his back flared up on him, so he could be a true game-time call tonight. If he's out, Will Barton could move into the starting five and there would be more minutes available for Juan Hernangomez in the second unit. Stay tuned. Monday, 11:17 am
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) iffy for Monday
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) is still iffy to play on Monday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He went through the morning shootaround, but coach Steve Clifford is worried that Lamb could worsen the injury if he plays. Based on Clifford's comments, Lamb will likely be a game-time call. His value has been trending down with Nicolas Batum back and he hasn't played more than 24 minutes in his last three games. If he sits, the Hornets may turn to rookies Dwayne Bacon and Malik Monk, but they won't be fantasy targets. Monday, 8:27 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 21 points Sunday
    Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points (4-of-13 FGs, 11-of-13 FTs), eight assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in a home loss vs. Golden State on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Angelo Russell (left knee) had arthroscopic surgery on Friday and the Nets haven't pegged a specific timetable for his return, so Dinwiddie should be starting for the foreseeable future. He was coming off a career-best 25-point game on Friday, and has earned the trust of coach Kenny Atkinson. "He’s an aggressive, confident guy," Atkinson said. "He’s definitely got the intelligence, the IQ. I love that he’s doing it on both ends." Double-check that he's not still floating on your waiver wire. Sunday, 6:08 pm
  • Caris LeVert plays 22 minutes off Nets bench
    Caris LeVert played 22 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring 13 points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Spencer Dinwiddie picked up a few quick fouls, so the injury-depleted Nets turned to LeVert to run the offense early in this game. He's now scored 10+ points in three straight games, but hasn't shown the all-around consistency coveted in fantasy leagues -- among other issues, he's shooting just 61.5% from the line on 2.7 attempts per game. Sunday, 6:07 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable for Monday
    John Wall (left knee) has a "great chance" of playing vs. the Bucks on Monday, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: "Just playing it safe," Brooks said, referring to Wall's DNP on Sunday. "We got three games in four nights, so we’re going to sit him out [Sunday] and see how he feels [Monday]. It’s a great chance there that he will play [Monday]." Wall's knee reportedly swelled up as a side-effect from IVs he received this week to help him recover from an illness, so fortunately it doesn't sound like anything structural. Check for confirmation on Monday afternoon, but it sounds safe to plug Wall into weekly lineups. Sunday, 3:12 pm
  • John Wall (knee) out Sunday vs. Toronto
    John Wall (sore left knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Wall said he felt like he could "barely move" after Friday's game in which he finished just 3-of-12 from the field, so it's not all that surprising to see him taking the night off, particularly with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. Tim Frazier will draw the start in his place tonight, and Bradley Beal will see a major spike in usage, making both those guys solid DFS targets. For now, We'll be considering Wall questionable for Monday's game in Milwaukee. Sunday, 11:14 am
  • Damian Lillard defends coach Stotts
    Damian Lillard said coach Terry Stotts isn't to blame for Portland's slow start.

    Advice: "Late game turnovers and not getting stops has nothing to do with a coach," Lillard said before Saturday's rematch with the Kings. "Blame me then. This the NBA ... we play 82 games and we've played 15 and won more than we've lost. Relax family." Lillard has cooled off a bit lately and is shooting 39.4 percent over his last five, but does get a matchup against a Memphis team that is missing Mike Conley on Monday. Sunday, 7:46 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 25 points in win
    C.J. McCollum scored 25 points during a 102-90 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was also solid with his 22 points, two rebounds, six dimes, one steal, one block and one trey. As for McCollum, he's been one of the league's best shooters with his 50.6 percent from deep to get him to 3.1 triples per game. Compared to last year, his dimes and blocks are down, but his steals and boards are up. McCollum is a top-20 player so far this year and he'll probably stay there. Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox scores 11 points in loss
    De'Aaron Fox scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer during a 102-90 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 5-of-9 from the field with no attempts from the line, so the usage hasn't really been there. One reason why Fox caught our attention early was because of such high usage, but that has really dipped. In his last five, he only had an 18.9 usage rate, but that number was at 26.9 in the first five games. Low usage aside, it's encouraging that he looks to be starting the rest of the way, so there may be a small buy-low window on Fox. Saturday, 9:43 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays just 22 minutes vs. Dallas
    Eric Bledsoe played only 22 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, hitting 2-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Bledsoe committed his third foul with 6:40 left in the second quarter, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. He's yet to score more than 15 points in five games with the Bucks, but the supporting stats have helped and an adjustment period was inevitable. Patience is a virtue. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Eric Gordon good for three 3-pointers
    Eric Gordon ended up with 12 points across 29 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win in Memphis.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't terribly efficient, as he made just 3-of-10 from behind the arc while missing his only attempt from inside the paint. However, he still ended up with a game-best plus-27 rating. He was seeing extended minutes with the game out of reach in the second half, as the Rockets were able to give Chris Paul and James Harden rest. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Ben Simmons puts up 23/8/12 in loss to GSW
    Ben Simmons made 11-of-15 from the field for 23 points with eight rebounds, 12 assists and one steal during a 124-116 loss to the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The 76ers were incredible in the first quarter with 47 points, but the Warriors returned the favor and then some with a 47-15 edge in the third. Not even the Warriors could limit Simmons because of his size, and he received a lot of praise from Kevin Durant after the game. "Something I've never seen before," Durant said. "[Playing the point guard] with that height, that speed and that strength." Simmons is also like something we've never seen from a fantasy rookie. He has Rookie of the Year in the bag as long as he plays 60 games. Saturday, 8:25 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Nicolas Batum does a little of everything
    Nicolas Batum finished Saturday's win against the Clippers with 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 28 minutes.

    Advice: This was Batum's best all-around stat line in three outings since returning from a preseason elbow injury. He is still just 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc, but he'll round into form soon. Head coach Steve Clifford said there would be nights Batum would play less as they work to get him up to speed, and so far he is averaging 29.0 minutes per game. Once he gets back to his normal 34-35 minutes per outing his fantasy owners are really going to be happy. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will not return
    Jeremy Lamb (hamstring) will not return to Saturday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: He went back to the locker room with a trainer and the team ruled him out about five minutes later. Hamstring strains are the trickiest soft-muscle issue for sports injuries, so there's a chance Lamb needs to miss games. If he does, Malik Monk could get back in the rotation or Dwayne Bacon and Nic Batum could have their minutes extended. Saturday, 6:11 pm
  • Fox, Hill, Temple, Skal & Z-Bo will start
    De'Aaron Fox, George Hill, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: One good turn deserves another, apparently. This lineup got a win last night, but it was more about Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit. Fox has a decent chance to keep the job as a starter and he played 25-of-27 minutes next to Hill last night. Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable vs. Raptors
    John Wall (knee) is questionable to play against the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: He said his team started out slow on Friday because of him and that he's had some issues from his knee dating back to early this week. Wall did have surgery on both his knees in the summer of 2016, but somehow he got past his minutes limit almost 1.5 months earlier than expected. If Wall can't go, Tim Frazier will likely get a start and Bradley Beal will be a great option. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Vince Carter (illness) will not play Saturday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play Saturday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This will be the sixth straight game Carter has missed due to his kidney stones issue. Buddy Hield (ankle) has also been ruled out on Saturday. Garrett Temple, George Hill, and Bogdan Bogdanovic will be the biggest beneficiaries in terms of playing time. Saturday, 9:34 am
  • De'Aaron Fox gets a start, scores nine points
    De'Aaron Fox scored nine points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 27 minutes during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes next to George Hill and it would appear the Kings are finally going to allow Fox to show what he can do as the engine of the offense. The Kings are also on a back-to-back in Portland on Saturday, so maybe Fox sticks in the first unit after their embarrassing 46-point loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Fox has actually attempted 111 jumpers this year and made 35 (31.5 percent), and he's even been unassisted on 75.8 percent of his makes, so his scoring should come easier as his teammates learn how to play with him. He should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 11:49 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. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 points in bad loss
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers during an 86-82 loss to the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Blazers after they were starting to turn it on with their 4-2 run coming into this game. Lillard looked like he was going to have a huge night with a strong first quarter, but the Blazers as a team didn't score more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. Luckily for them, they get the Kings again on Saturday in Portland. Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie puts up monster stat line
    Spencer Dinwiddie exploded during a 118-107 win over the Jazz on Friday, scoring a career-high 25 points with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals, six 3-pointers and no turnovers.

    Advice: We'll save you the time to start this blurb: Dinwiddie needs to be added everywhere. He is the first player in franchise history to record 25-plus points, six-plus 3-pointers made and eight-plus assists with no turnovers in a game. D'Angelo Russell (knee) is expected to miss a good amount of time, so Dinwiddie has the keys to one of the most fantasy-friendly systems out there. He is going to be a difference maker until DAR is back, which could be a long while. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores 10 in 22 minutes
    Caris LeVert scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely looking at minutes at the point and he saw some today. LeVert is also going to be the best perimeter scorer in the second unit with nobody else really capable of making plays, so he's likely to trend up in a hurry. He still hasn't quite been able to string games together, but his opportunity is as great as almost any bench player. Friday, 8:46 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores nine points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Friday, 7:39 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) to miss at least 2 weeks
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will miss at least the next two weeks.

    Advice: This isn't surprising and the Cavs will just be careful with the oft-injured guard. Iman Shumpert could get some more starts, but Jeff Green ha likely benefited the most because of players moving around. There isn't much to like on adds in fantasy from the Rose news. Also, Channing Frye should play more, so keep an eye on that. Friday, 2:49 pm
  • Shabazz Napier earning more minutes
    Shabazz Napier is averaging 20.2 minutes per game over the Blazers last four contests.

    Advice: Prior to last week, Napier had been a DNP-CD in three straight games and was averaging fewer than five minutes per contest. And last season, according to, Dame Lillard and C.J. McCollum were on the bench for only 149 of about 3,650 possible minutes, excluding games where Lillard was injured or both players rested. However, over the last week, Stotts has experimented with Napier and Evan Turner in the backcourt. Napier is not yet worthy of a roster spot in standard leagues, but he would have value if Lillard or McCollum missed time. Friday, 8:36 am
  • Ron Baker (shoulder) ruled out Friday
    Ron Baker (shoulder) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Baker had been dealing with an ankle issue earlier this season, but this is the first we are hearing of a shoulder injury. However, he has not played since the first week of the season, so there is no fantasy impact to note. Baker belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Friday, 7:50 am
  • Eric Gordon 13 points off the bench
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points off the bench against the Suns on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If not for garbage time, Gordon would've probably been right at his normal usage and playing time. However, this was certainly a good matchup and Chris Paul will have to take a least a piece of Gordon's 33.3 minutes and 22.1 points per game. Gordon should still have a chance to score in the teens, but expect him to trend down in most fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • Vince Carter is out again for Friday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play on Friday against the Blazers.

    Advice: The kidney stones issue will keep him out for over a week and hopefully he's doing well. Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and George Hill could play slightly more, but the rotation is a total mess. Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • CP3, Harden, Ariza, Ryan & Capela starting
    Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela will start against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: That means Eric Gordon will move back to his sixth-man role and that should continue going forward. He was absolutely on fire coming into the week, but he scored just 12 points on Tuesday in a loss to the Raptors. He was an obviously sell-high candidate, but he should still have enough value to use in most matchups. Thursday, 6:48 pm
  • Courtney Lee praises Frank Ntilikina
    Courtney Lee said he's noticed that Frank Ntilikina is more confident on the floor.

    Advice: "He already had the physical gifts, being 6-5, 6-6, with long arms and the foot quickness and it's him just learning the terminology and learning where to be at," Lee said of the rookie. "You knew that was gonna take time, but he's matured fast." Ntilikina is tied for second in the league in steals per game (2.0), leading the NBA in steals per 36 minutes (3.5) and third in the league in deflections per 36 minutes (4.3), and coach Jeff Hornacek said the team has "great confidence" in him defensively. It won't be long before he's starting, so Ntilikina is a fun player to stash at the end of your roster. Thursday, 6:32 am
  • Avery Bradley scores season-high 28
    Avery Bradley hit 8-of-18 shots and a season-high six 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 28 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 20 points in three straight games and is averaging 22.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in November. Hopefully you hung in there with him during the early, dark days. Thursday, 2:59 am
  • Ben Simmons puts up 18/9/10 with 5 steals
    Ben Simmons had another impactful game against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He and Joel Embiid are already one of the most dominating duos in the Eastern Conference. In their 266 minutes together, they have a +13.8 net rating and it feels like they're on their way to the postseason. Not coincidently, the 76ers have turned it on with a 7-2 record in their last nine games and Simmons has filled the stat sheet like few others with averages of 18.6 points, 8.8 boards, 7.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in that span. He's still made just four shots outside of 15 feet on the year, but who cares? His upside is Giannis-esque. Wednesday, 11:15 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Pat Connaughton starts 2nd half, benched late
    Pat Connaughton started the second half of Wednesday's game but finished with just two points, two assists and one rebound in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Connaughton was basically a placeholder in the second half and he didn't play the final 17 minutes of a close game, as Terry Stotts opted to play Shabazz Napier a ton down the stretch. It would take a few injuries for Connaughton to spring loose as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Shabazz Napier hits five 3s, scores 19 points
    Shabazz Napier tied his career-high with five 3-pointers on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting, three steals, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Blazers coach Terry Stotts praised Napier before the game, saying, "He’s had three good games in a row ... Getting him on the court, in various capacities, is something that will probably continue." During the preseason, Stotts even "toyed with" the idea of having Napier run the show while Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum both rest. Owners in deeper leagues shouldn't hesitate to grab him in case he manages to stick in a 20-minute role. Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Damian Lillard gets 26/11/7 with five triples
    Damian Lillard helped the Blazers stave off the Magic on Wednesday for a 99-94 victory, posting 26 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Dame is on the cusp of first-round value, thanks in part to career-high averages in rebounds (5.6), steals (1.3), FT percentage (93.1%), and even blocks (0.5). He's scoring 24.4 points per game despite shooting 40.4%, which would be a career-low, and when his accuracy goes up his fantasy value will follow suit. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 13 points vs. Wolves
    Patty Mills scored 13 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Wolves during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs haven't had much success on back-to-back sets. They've had four of them and went just 3-5 in those eight games. As for Mills, this is his eighth straight start and he's consistently been around 28 minutes most of his November games. Mills hasn't really done much to be held in standard leagues unless you're just looking for a low-upside guy to give you 12 points with little else. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets 14/8/6 and defensive stats
    Eric Bledsoe finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That type of across-the-board production is exactly what EB's owners want to see, and he balanced out his 4-of-12 FGs with a 5-of-5 mark at the line. The Bucks are being careful with Bledsoe, but he said after playing 27 minutes on Monday that his legs "felt good," and the playing time should ramp up soon enough. The Bucks are now 4-0 since inserting Bledsoe in the starting unit. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 18 points vs. Raptors
    Jrue Holiday scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played just 15 minutes next to Rajon Rondo, but Holiday's stats in that time are not very encouraging, scoring 10 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and no turnovers. While this stat line is solid tonight, Holiday is probably going to trend down a bit and be more of a top-75 player in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb plays 22 minutes off bench
    Jeremy Lamb moved to the bench on Wednesday, where he notched 13 points (4-of-9 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Nic Batum's return was always a looming threat to Lamb's value, so it's not like owners couldn't see this coming. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist also looked his his usual self in 31 minutes, so the wing rotation is getting crowded in a hurry. Lamb's upside is capped with those guys healthy, but owners may want to see how his role develops in the next few weeks. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Nicolas Batum gets 16/6/5 in return Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina plays 20 minutes vs. Utah
    Frank Ntilikina chipped in seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes during a 106-101 win vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ntilikina was coming off a six-steal game vs. the Cavs on Monday, and he added two more tonight. He didn't have any assists, but owners will have to take the good with the bad from the 19-year-old PG. He had played at least 23 minutes in the Knicks' previous five games, which is where he'll likely be vs. Toronto on Friday. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox quiet in 19 minutes vs. Hawks
    De'Aaron Fox had two points on 1-of-4 shooting, two assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 46-point loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: Fox is now shooting just 10-of-34 in his past four games, and he's under 20% from downtown on the season. The upside is there, and he should only get better as the season continues, but most owners should keep him benched until he heats up. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play 20-22 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be starting with Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard, so Jeremy Lamb moves to the bench here. Batum is still likely going to have his minutes managed for a couple games, but he should be added in all leagues. As for Lamb, he may still have value because coach Steve Clifford said he wants to play him heavy minutes. Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • Ron Baker will not play Wednesday vs. Utah
    Ron Baker will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Jazz.

    Advice: He's on the inactive list, out of the rotation and irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Vince Carter out again for Wednesday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been out since Thursday because of kidney stones, so hopefully he's doing well. Buddy Hield has picked it up since Carter has missed time while Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Bogdan Bogdanovic should play slightly more. Wednesday, 1:45 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie returned to action on Tuesday November 14. Tuesday, 10:47 pm
  • Patty Mills scores season-high 19 vs. Dallas
    Patty Mills started at point guard and hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Mills has started all seven Spurs games in November, taking over for the struggling Dejounte Murray, but has been very hit-or-miss since then. He had just five points, six assists and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes on Saturday, so don't kick yourself if you weren't on him tonight. He is averaging 11.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, so if you want to roll with him until Tony Parker (quad) comes back, go for it. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits six triples in win over HOU
    C.J. Miles hit 6-of-12 shots, all of which were 3-pointers, on his way to 19 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and a block in just 17 minutes off the Raptors' bench in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Wow. The six 3-pointers tied his season high, which came on opening night when he had 22 points in just 20 minutes. We thought Miles might get extra run without Norman Powell (hip) around, but it was starter OG Anunoby who got 30 minutes tonight. Anunoby might continue to get starts for as long as Powell is out, but it would be surprising if Miles doesn't at least approach 23 minutes off the bench in that scenario. Neither Miles or Anunoby are must-own players, but taking a flier on either of them while Powell is out might make sense in 12-team or deeper leagues. Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • Eric Gordon cools off vs. Raptors
    Eric Gordon cooled off vs. the Raptors on Tuesday, scoring 12 points with three assists, one rebound and one steal in 33 minutes.

    Advice: This was his first game without a 3-pointer since the season opener. Prior to this dud, Gordon was one of the hottest SGs in the NBA with 22.9 points and 4.0 triples per game which ranked 2nd in the NBA behind James Harden. With Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return to action on Thursday, Gordon's owners should expect a dip in value, so his sell-high window is closing. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Joe Harris scores 19 points in loss to BOS
    Joe Harris scored 19 points (7-of-14 FGs) with four rebounds and five 3-pointers in 20 minutes vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: When he's on, he's on. Harris also has an 18-point and 16-point game on his resume this season, but he's way too streaky to rely in most formats. In his previous five games, Harris was averaging 9.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.4 triples in 22.8 minutes. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 12 w/ 11 assists
    Spencer Dinwiddie started at point guard and double-doubled with 12 points and 11 assists in Tuesday's loss to Boston.

    Advice: Dinwiddie didn't play against the Jazz on Saturday due to a hamstring injury, but it's a really good sign that he was able to play 34 minutes. His shot wasn't falling (4-of-14 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), but Dinwiddie made some really nice plays and added four rebounds with one block and one 3-pointer. D'Angelo Russell (knee) is expected to miss "several games" even though coach Kenny Atkinson said he's day-to-day, so Dinwiddie could have some really nice short-term value if you can live with his rough field goal percentage. Tuesday, 7:10 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores 15 points in 22 minutes
    Caris LeVert scored 15 points with four assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 109-102 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: With D'Angelo Russell (knee) out a while, LeVert was handling the ball a lot for the second unit and it's surprising that he didn't play more than 22 minutes. He finished 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and hopefully this game will give him some renewed confidence because he was shooting 37.8% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in his previous five games. The Nets only have two more games this week and are off until Friday, but give LeVert a look if you need a low-end streaming option while Russell is out. Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, RHJ, Carroll, Booker start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start vs. the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: Dinwiddie was the suspected D'Angelo Russell replacement, but it's interesting that Booker will be replacing Timofey Mozgov in the starting five tonight. As for Dinwiddie, he's played well in limited minutes (22.3) this season with averages of 9.8 points, 4.9 dimes, 1.5 triples and just 1.1 turnovers per contest, so he's certainly someone to consider throwing out there in daily leagues. Tuesday, 3:40 pm
  • Ben Simmons still rolling for Sixers
    Ben Simmons had 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers on 9-of-14 shooting in Monday's big win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Yes, his turnovers are a buzzkill, but he's steamrolling toward the Rookie of the Year Award (assuming he can hold off Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.), and is averaging a ridiculous 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45 percent shooting over his last five. Baller. Monday, 10:52 pm
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