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  • Iman Shumpert (knee) questionable to return
    Iman Shumpert (knee) is questionable to return to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's dealing with left knee soreness, so it's not the same knee that bothered him earlier this season. With Shumpert's night possibly over, Jose Calderon is the next man up with Derrick Rose (ankle) out at least a couple weeks. 49 minutes ago
  • David Nwaba (ankle) targeting Sunday
    David Nwaba (ankle) is targeting a return on Sunday.

    Advice: He will have to go through practice on Saturday without any setback, but he looks like he'll be his original timetable of 2-4 weeks back on Nov. 6. Nwaba was outstanding just before his injury and he'll have a chance to be a starter once he's back. He's a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but that could change if Denzel Valentine thrives tonight. Today, 4:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee soreness) out Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Jazz play again on Saturday vs. Orlando, so hopefully they are just resting him for that one. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko is looking at extended minutes and is worth a look if you need 3-pointers -- he's hit three triples in each of his last two games. Today, 3:54 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. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) ruled out Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka has been experiencing soreness since banging his knee on Nov. 12 vs. Boston. He did play through the pain against the Pelicans and Rockets, but he didn't look right. With Ibaka sitting this one out, Paskal Siakam is worth a look if you need short-term help with averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts, while we should see more of OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles as well. Today, 3:32 pm
  • Denzel Valentine will start vs. Hornets
    Denzel Valentine will start against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: The Bulls are ranked dead last in offensive rating with their 92.9 offensive rating, so they need some changes. Valentine started the second half on Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so he may have a chance to see minutes in the 30s. He hasn't exactly played well, but maybe the new role gets him going. Paul Zipser may not be in the rotation today. Today, 3:20 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) doubtful Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is not expected to play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka banged his knee in a fall against Boston and has been sore ever since -- this may explain his poor play against the Pelicans and Rockets. With Ibaka likely to sit, Paskal Siakam is probably the biggest winner and has put up averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts. Today, 3:16 pm
  • Courtney Lee is a little sore
    Courtney Lee (leg) will play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He is "a little sore" according to coach Jeff Hornacek. Lee took some contact to his upper leg late in the game on Wednesday, but he should be able to play his normal amount of minutes. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starting at point guard
    Donovan Mitchell will start at point guard against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This news was somewhat easy to see from a mile away with Ricky Rubio (Achilles) out, and based on how Mitchell played 32 minutes at point guard in the last three games. He's likely going to play big minutes as Utah tries to climb out of their bad start, so Mitchell could become a very valuable asset. He should be owned in all leagues. Meanwhile, all of the other wings benefit by Mitchell moving over, especially Alec Burks. Today, 3:02 pm
  • Justin Anderson (shin splints) out 3 weeks
    Justin Anderson (shin splints) is expected to miss about three weeks.

    Advice: Even though he was questionable on Wednesday for a shin issue, he played eight minutes in a win. Chances are that playing time set him back and he he dealt with discomfort following that one. The best treatment for shin splints is rest, so hopefully the time off will help him recover. We should see a few more minutes for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and he could be worth a look in deep leagues. Today, 2:58 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (illness) cleared to play
    Domantas Sabonis (illness) has been cleared to play on Friday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: He's still managed to hold onto value with Myles Turner back in the lineup, posting 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes over his last four games. He doesn't provide many defensive stats, but Sabonis is doing enough to warrant ownership in most fantasy leagues. Today, 2:56 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes. Today, 2:53 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. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Isaiah Taylor (eye bruise) is questionable
    Isaiah Taylor (eye bruise) is questionable for Saturday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He's played better than Malcolm Delaney at times, but Delaney would get all of the backup minutes if Taylor is out. Plus, the Hawks have run a lot of two-PG lineups, so that could help DeAndre Bembry. Today, 1:57 pm
  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala are questionable
    Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday. Today, 1:50 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Larry Nance Jr. (hand) cleared for practice
    Larry Nance Jr. (hand) has been cleared to return to practice.

    Advice: This is awesome news after his Nov. 2 fracture to his hand. Coach Luke Walton said he's surprised how far along Nance is, so there's a small chance he could slightly beat his 4-6 week timetable. Nance was taking shots on Wednesday with a small brace, so he is almost there. It'll be really interesting to see how Kyle Kuzma fits in here, and Nance has played some center in his time. Nance is a low-end stash for now and Kuzma owners shouldn't worry too much. Today, 12:10 pm
  • Will Barton back to bench on Friday
    With Gary Harris (shoulder) returning to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Will Barton will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Barton started in place of Harris in each of Denver's last two games, but has been very productive off the bench this season as well. Barton is averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.5 minutes over 12 games as a reserve. Despite the return of Harris, Barton should be owned in all leagues. Today, 10:44 am
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) out at least two weeks
    The Grizzlies have announced that Mike Conley (Achilles) will miss at least two more weeks.

    Advice: Here's the full statement from the team: "Conley will undergo therapy and treatment to help promote healing and alleviate soreness in his left heel and Achilles following consultations with physicians. There is no timetable for his return at this time. Further updates will be provided in approximately two weeks." Mario Chalmers is expected to remain the starter while Conley is sidelined. Chalmers is averaging 11.0 points and 6.0 assists in 27.4 over Memphis' last two games. Tyreke Evans will continue to log heavy minutes off the bench as well. Today, 10:21 am
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday
    Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lee limped off the court on Wednesday's following the Knicks win over the Jazz. However, Lee said it was just cramping and that he's good to go for Friday night. Lee has been sneakily solid all season for the Knicks. He's averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists 1.8 treys and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes this season. He ranks inside the top-70 overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. Today, 9:44 am
  • Serge Ibaka (knee) questionable for Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka missed one game earlier this season due to swelling his right knee, but this is the first time he's popped up on the injury report for an issue with his left knee. Pascal Siakam started in place of Ibaka that one game Serge missed. Norman Powell (hip) is doubtful, and Delon Wright (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday, so the Raps will really have to shake up their lineup if Ibaka is unable to play. Siakam, OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles would all see additional minutes. Today, 9:26 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee) questionable Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Sefolosha was averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the three games the Jazz has played since Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. If Thabo is unable to suit up on Friday, Jonas Jerebko would likely remain in the starting lineup and see additional minutes. Ekpe Udoh would also see an uptick in playing time. Today, 9:04 am
  • Domantas Sabonis (illness) a GTD on Friday
    Coach Nate McMillan said that Domantas Sabonis (illness) would be a game-time decision for Friday's matchup against the Pacers.

    Advice: Despite being bumped back to the bench since Myles Turner's return, Sabonis has still managed to post impressive numbers. Over his last four games, Sabonis is averaging 13.5 points (on 63.6 percent shooting), 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 25.7 minutes. If Sabonis is unable to play on Friday, Al Jefferson would serve as Turner's primary backup. Today, 8:15 am
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) questionable Sat
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He did go through practice on Friday and has a good chance to return. We should have a reliable update on Augustin either after practice on Friday or following Saturday morning's shootaround. Upon his return, D.J. will replace Shelvin Mack as Elfrid Payton's primary backup. Today, 8:13 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup against Utah.

    Advice: This is only a game-notes designation, so we'll have to wait to hear from coach Frank Vogel, either after practice on Friday or Saturday morning after shootaround. Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games, but said he was feeling better on Wednesday despite still dealing with discomfort when he moves side-to-side. Today, 8:04 am
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Today, 7:02 am
  • Kings assign Georgios Papagiannis to G-League
    The Kings have assigned Georgios Papagiannis to their G-League affiliate.

    Advice: Papagiannis, the 13th overall pick in the 2016 draft, is averaging just 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.3 minutes over four appearances for Sacramento this season. Today, 6:28 am
  • James Harden scores 48 points in 142-116 win
    James Harden went berserk during a 142-116 win over the Suns on Thursday, making 12-of-22 from the field for 48 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block, five turnovers and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets became the first team since 1991 to score 90 points in a half with 45 points in the first and second quarters. Harden also made all 18 from the line tonight and all 19 on Tuesday, which helped him get to 43 consecutive free throws and counting. Those free throws are part of the reason why he's scored 40.2 points per game over his last six on a ridiculous 68.8 TS% and a 39.0 usage rate. He did actually bang knees with Josh Jackson with nine minutes left in the second quarter tonight, but he stayed in the game and it clearly didn't affect him in a negative way. Yeah, Chris Paul could hurt him slightly, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see Harden finish the year as fantasy's top player. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores season-high 24 points
    Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 24 points with four rebounds, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: The Suns forgot to defend the 3-point line and maybe coach Jay Triano should've made a lineup tweak like many coaches do against this starting unit. Anderson was already trending down and now he'll have to give up shots to Chris Paul. His fantasy owners should expect him to be more of a fringe asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:24 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. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 11 with 10 dimes in 21 mins
    Chris Paul returned to action against the Suns on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were just ridiculous while CP3 was out there with a +14 in those 21 minutes, but it was more about shot making from deep than anything else. Paul did leave the arena in the fourth to do cardio with the training staff, and he told TNT's Kristen Ledlow he felt great. Coach Mike D'Antoni has said he wants to stagger Paul from Harden and that'll be when CP3 does his best work, but clearly there's enough to go around in this offense. After almost a month off, Paul's fantasy owners should start to see some dividends. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Chris Paul expected to play about 20 minutes
    Chris Paul (knee) is expected to play about 20 minutes in his return against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: The loss of Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) for tonight won't change coach Mike D'Antoni's plan on CP3. It will be interesting to see if CP3 is staggered from James Harden tonight, but Paul should still be able to produce a decent stat line in his first game back. MDA did say CP3 will be out there whenever Harden is not, so that should account for 12 minutes or so. Yesterday, 6:08 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. Yesterday, 12:20 pm
  • D.J. Augustin hopes to play Sat. or Monday
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) hopes to return to game action on Saturday against the Jazz or Monday against the Pacers

    Advice: "I’m leaving it up to the training staff on when I could return, but it’s looking like pretty soon," Augustin said. "It’s hard to sit out. But with a hamstring, you want to be careful with it, because it could recur and I don’t want to go backwards." Dating back to when Augustin went down on Nov. 1, Jonathon Simmons has made it clear he can be a ball handler in the second unit. DJA likely won't hurt Simmons, but Shelvin Mack would likely move out of the rotation. Yesterday, 12:14 pm
  • Hoiberg likes keeping Valentine in 2nd unit
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't given Denzel Valentine a chance in the starting lineup because he likes what he brings to the second unit.

    Advice: "We need a playmaker and scorer in that second unit,’’ Hoiberg said. "Denzel has done a nice job in that role.’’ Valentine is usually on the floor for the end of games which is more important anyways, but the Bulls did turn to him in the third quarter of Wednesday's game when he replaced Jerian Grant in the first unit. However, Justin Holiday (personal) wasn't with the team, so Valentine will likely stick in the second unit for the time being where he's been a low-end fantasy asset. Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • David Nwaba (ankle) not ready to return
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said David Nwaba (ankle) isn't ready to return to action yet.

    Advice: He was given a 2-4 week timetable nearly two weeks ago, but Hoiberg said he still has some soreness. "We miss David a lot. He's a downhill threat and very athletic wing who can get into the paint," Hoiberg said. "We miss his defensive intensity and rebounding. The important thing is to get him right." Nwaba is only worth stashing in very deep leagues, while Denzel Valentine and Paul Zipser will continue to see a bump in minutes in his absence. Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Courtney Lee (lee) says he'll be fine
    Courtney Lee (leg) said that he'll be fine for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said after Wednesday's game that Lee tweaked his hamstring, but Lee later said that he was just cramping and that he took a knee to the tailbone. "I’m fine, bro,’’ Lee said. "I’ll be ready for the next game. I’m fine.’" Expect him to play, but Lee's owners can check back for an update after Friday's morning shootaround to be safe. Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 2nd half on Wednesday
    Denzel Valentine replaced Jerian Grant to start the third quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 92-79 loss with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Valentine was the only Bulls player in rhythm in the first half, and he provided some much-needed shooting for the first unit, finishing 5-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. Justin Holiday (personal) is day-to-day and could return on Friday, so this doesn't really move the needle for Valentine, fantasy-wise. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis looks good in 24 minutes
    Domantas Sabonis came off the bench for 13 points, six rebounds and four assists on Wednesday, making 6-of-10 shots in 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: Nate McMillan admitted that he's still trying to find "combinations that work" as his team tries to get back to .500. Sabonis shared the court with Myles Turner for about nine minutes tonight, which could work to the advantage of both big men if it increases. Either way, Sabonis is a solid source of points, rebounds, and especially FG percentage. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) says he's OK
    Updating a previous item, Courtney Lee (leg) said he cramped up in the fourth quarter and took a "knee to the butt bone" late in the game.

    Advice: A bump to his leg is much better news than a hamstring muscle pull, so Lee is probably going to be able to suit up this weekend. For now, his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll on Friday against the Raptors. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 19 points w/ extras
    Donovan Mitchell stayed hot on Wednesday, scoring 19 points on 8-of-17 shooting with three 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: The rookie was billed as a hard-nosed defender, but his offensive game has been a welcome surprise. He's shooting with high volume and his lousy FG% is trending in the right direction -- over the past three games he's gone 28-of-54 from the field (51.9%). With plenty of steals and 3-pointers, and a trickle of boards and assists, his owners must be elated. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Courtney Lee tweaks hamstring at end of game
    Courtney Lee tweaked his hamstring in the final minute of Wednesday's game and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: He played the final 9:31 of this game, so the injury probably occurred in the last possession or two. Lee hasn't had any noteworthy hamstring issues in his NBA career, but teams are usually very careful with this injury because it can linger. If he does need to miss time, Doug McDermott or Michael Beasley could be asked to play more, or there could be more two-PG lineups used with Frank Ntilikina. The Knicks may also roll the dice on Damyean Dotson to fill some minutes. Lee finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. He's been a must-own player to this point in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 3Q for Jerian Grant
    Denzel Valentine is starting the third quarter over Jerian Grant on Wednesday.

    Advice: Something had to change and it'll be Valentine coming in for Grant. Kris Dunn didn't exactly play well, but the Bulls were down 24 at half because they only scored seven points in the first quarter. Valentine hasn't busted out yet, but he should have some opportunity to make noise. He's worth a look if you need a wing. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
  • Justin Anderson is available
    Justin Anderson (shin) is available on Wednesday to face the Lakers.

    Advice: He could see minutes in the low double digits, but Anderson doesn't have much fantasy value while Robert Covington is active. Wednesday, 6:22 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) sheds walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but he was seen without a walking boot.

    Advice: Isaac said that he "still feels discomfort when he moves side to side," but he's feeling better. Orlando will play it safe but he gets a few days off before Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, so there's a chance we'll see him this weekend. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return
    Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyler Cavanaugh started the second half for the injured Babbitt. He went to the locker room in the first half, but he did return to action after that. Babbitt did check back into the game, but apparently he didn't feel well enough to continue. With him out, the Hawks may have to play Kent Bazemore at the four more, up Ersan Ilyasova's minutes, or shift John Collins over to power forward more often. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Norman Powell out, OG Anunoby starting
    Norman Powell (hip) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, allowing OG Anunoby to earn another start.

    Advice: Anunoby played very well through 30 minutes as a starter on Tuesday, registering 16 points, three triples, two boards, one assist and one steal, although head coach Dwane Casey said he will try and keep his minutes down on the second leg of a back-to-back, thus limiting his DFS appeal. The Raptors play again Friday vs. New York and we'll be considering Powell questionable for that one, but he's been too up-and-down this season to warrant a hold in standard 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) will not play vs. Indy
    Mike Conley (Achilles) will sit out against Indiana on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is day-to-day, but coach David Fizdale said this is something he's been struggling with since Day-1, so it sounds like there could be additional maintenance on his foot going forward. Conley's fantasy value has dropped in a big way, and it could be a while before he's 100 percent. His value is probably too low to trade, so his fantasy owners may want to just sit tight until he can get it going again. Mario Chalmers is worth a look in 12-team leagues while Andrew Harrison should get minutes, as well. Tyreke Evans should be busy in the second unit. Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Justin Anderson (left shin) questionable
    Justin Anderson (left shin soreness) is questionable to face the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: If he can't play, we may see Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot get more run at both wing spots in the second unit. Anderson hasn't done much this season with just 13.2 minutes per game. Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Chris Paul (knee) expected to start Thursday
    Mike D'Antoni said he expects Chris Paul (knee) to start on Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: D'Antoni added that he'll likely have CP3 on a 20-minute limit, but barring a setback, it looks as though Paul will be back in action on Thursday night with Eric Gordon heading back to the second unit. Paul didn't play all that well in his lone game this season, and there are some concerns about how he'll be able to mesh with James Harden, but the two guards are simply too talented to not figure this thing out. Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Mike Conley (Achilles) skips shootaround
    Mike Conley (left Achilles) did not participate during shootaround and remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley looks to be headed for a game-time call, but given his history with Achilles issues, the Grizzlies may want to play it safe and give him the night off. After Wednesday, the Grizzlies don't play again until Saturday, so if Conley sits that would give him a full four days to rest his sore left Achilles. Mario Chalmers will draw the start if Conley sits, and there will be more shots to go around for guys like Tyreke Evans and Marc Gasol. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Ryan Anderson scores nine points
    Ryan Anderson scored nine points with eight rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers vs. the Raptors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was 3-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line, and the Rockets were torched when he was on the floor -- he had a +/- rating of -24 in his 31 minutes. Anderson is worth owning for 2.6 triples per game, but that's really all he's bringing to the table right now. Tuesday, 8:15 pm
  • James Harden scores 38, hits 19-of-19 FTs
    James Harden hit 8-of-25 shots and 19-of-19 free throws for 38 points in Tuesday's 129-113 loss to the Raptors.

    Advice: This was the sixth game of his career with 19 free throws made, and he's comfortably leading the NBA in free throws made per game this season. He dished out 11 assists with six rebounds, one block, three triples and nine turnovers in 39 minutes, but his owners should be expecting a small dip in value with Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return on Thursday vs. Phoenix. Even with CP3 in Houston, Harden could still be a top-5 fantasy asset and hasn't scored fewer than 26 points since Oct. 28. Tuesday, 7:50 pm
  • Serge Ibaka quiet with 5-5-2 line
    Serge Ibaka hit just 2-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, five rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Ibaka had just eight points, six boards, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Sunday, and has been a bit disappointing this season. He's averaging 11 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games, meaning he's worth holding in all leagues. But he's a far cry from the fantasy beast he was a few years ago in OKC. Tuesday, 7:42 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 Conley (Achilles) questionable Wednesday
    Mike Conley (left Achilles) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: Conley will never be one to make excuses, but coming off a 2-of-12 shooting performance, it's tough to try and say that the Achilles issue isn't affecting him. This is the same Achilles that limited him to just 56 games during his 2015-16 campaign, so the Grizzlies may want to give him some time off to avoid this turning into a lingering issue. If he's out, Mario Chalmers would likely draw the start and Marc Gasol would see a spike in usage. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 2:59 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) unlikely for Wed
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) is making progress but is unlikely to play Wednesday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Per Orlando beat reporter John Denton, Augustin was getting shots up after practice and is "getting closer," but will likely sit out at least one more game. After Wednesday, the Magic don't play again until Saturday, so Augustin will have three more days to let his hamstring heal. Shelvin Mack will continue to serve as Elfriid Payton's backup. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip pointer) has officially been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Powell not playing has been the expected outcome since he injured his hip during Sunday's game and left the arena on crutches. He has ditched the crutches but is not yet ready to return to game action. With Powell sidelined, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will soak up additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful
    Coach Dwane Casey says Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Casey told reporters after shootaround: "I don’t think he’s going to play." We should have confirmation when Casey speaks with the media prior to tip-off. C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will see an uptick in minutes with Powell sidelined. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Will Barton playing well for Nuggets
    Will Barton got another start for Gary Harris (shoulder) on Monday and had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harris should be back for the next one, but Barton has been playing well, getting minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. In fact this was one of his worst games in recent memory, which is saying something. He's averaging 17.8 points, 6.4 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. He should be owned everywhere. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 7 points on 2-of-12 FGs
    Mike Conley scored a season-low seven points and hit just 2-of-12 shots in Monday's loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: As referenced in the link below, Conley's shooting numbers are down across the board this season. Despite playing 33 minutes, he wasn't productive in other areas of the boxscore either with two assists, one steal and two triples. Conley did miss a game on Nov. 1 due to an Achilles issue, so maybe he's not 100 percent. However, if he is healthy then he's way too good to not snap out of this funk, so this could be a great buy-low opportunity. Monday, 8:50 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
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points off bench
    Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and zero steals in 22 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He might get some starts with Rudy Gobert out with a leg injury, but Jonas Jerebko got the nod tonight. Sefolosha is a steals specialist and had five of them on Saturday, but came away empty handed in this one. However, the three 3-pointers were a season high. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Rookie Donovan Mitchell scores 24 points
    Rookie Donovan Mitchell made another start on Monday and hit 10-of-19 shots and three 3-pointers for 24 points, four rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in a team-high 35 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. The kid is on fire after scoring 26 points on Saturday and is averaging 17.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers over his last five games. And over his last two he's shooting lights out, hitting 20-of-37 shots (54%). If he's somehow still available in your league, run, don't walk, to get him. Monday, 8:39 pm
  • Luke Babbitt hit four more 3-pointers
    Luke Babbitt started again for the Hawks and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes of Monday's one-point loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Babbitt has been starting for a little more than a week now and is averaging 10.8 points 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in those five games. He's been up and down like a yo-yo, but is getting 31 minutes a night, shooting the ball well and knocking down threes. He's worth a look in standard leagues as long as he's starting for the Hawks. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) doubtful for Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The good news is that Powell was no longer sporting crutches at Monday's practice, but the bad news is that he's doubtful and did not participate. OG Anunoby started the second half on Sunday night when Powell went out, which we could see again on Tuesday, and there will also be more minutes available for C.J. Miles. Stay tuned. Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) wearing a walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) was spotted sporting a walking boot on Monday.

    Advice: Isaac has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors, but the fact that he's sporting a walking boot would suggest his absence could extend well beyond Monday's game. With him out, Aaron Gordon will get all the burn he can handle, and Jonathon Simmons could see a slight uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:04 pm
  • Chris Paul (knee) targeting Thursday vs. PHX
    The Rockets are hoping to have Chris Paul (knee) back in the lineup for Thursday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: The Rockets will have a light day of practice on Monday, but CP3 is scheduled to go through intense workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday to see how his knee responds. This means it's safe to rule him out for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, but his owners should be relieved that he could be back in their lineups in just a few days. "We don’t want to push it," Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. "If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday [in Memphis]." Monday, 8:49 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) won't play on Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This is his third straight game on the shelf and seventh overall because of his ankle. The Cavs have said that Rose won't return until he's 100 percent, so he's safe to bench in weekly leagues with two more games on the schedule in Week 5 (Wednesday vs. CHA and Friday vs. DET). Shumpert will make his third straight start and is averaging 6.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals over his last two games. Monday, 7:36 am
  • Domantas Sabonis gets 17 points on 7-of-10 FG
    Domantas Sabonis hit 7-of-10 shots for 17 points on Sunday, adding five boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Sabonis did play nearly five minutes alongside Myles Turner tonight, which is something we'll continue to watch. The more comfortable coach Nate McMillan is playing them both in the frontcourt, the more minutes Sabonis is likely to earn as the season progresses. Indiana has every incentive to play him, and he's a firm 'hold' in fantasy leagues. Sunday, 5:58 pm
  • James Harden dishes 15 assists vs. Pacers
    James Harden distributed a season-high 15 assists on Sunday, adding 26 points, five rebounds, three 3-pointers and two steals in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harden had nine assists in the first quarter alone, helping Houston claim a 35-18 lead, and he came within two dimes of his career-high. Chris Paul went through some light work during Friday's practice and he's inching closer to a return, but Houston has no need to rush him back -- their 11-3 record is tops in the West, just ahead of the 10-3 Warriors. Sunday, 5:46 pm
  • Ryan Anderson posts hollow line vs. Pacers
    Ryan Anderson had made 2-of-7 shots with one 3-pointer to finish Sunday's win in Indiana with five points, nine rebounds (four offensive), and zero assists, steals or blocks.

    Advice: Beyond his 2.8 triples per game, which bolsters his appeal, Anderson is averaging a modest 11.8 points, 5.5 boards, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.5 blocks. He's shooting 43.4% from the field, and even his solid free throw shooting (85.7%) barely helps due to a career-low 1.1 attempts per game. As usual, he's little more than a 3-point specialist. Sunday, 5:32 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) ruled out Monday
    D.J. Augustin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Monday's game vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is officially questionable but it sounds like he'll be ready to go, which would bump Shelvin Mack to the second unit. Augustin isn't expected to play during Orlando's road trip, so he'll likely get another DNP vs. Portland on Wednesday. Sunday, 4:33 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores eight points in 30 minutes
    Serge Ibaka was quiet in his 30 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring eight points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The offense in Toronto runs through Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, leaving Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas to fight over the scraps, and that's how things will continue to be for the Raptors as long as Dwane Casey is at the helm. Valanciunas finished with just six points, three boards and one turnover in his 18 minutes of action, and it's looking like top-75 value will be a best-case scenario for either of these guys. Sunday, 4:00 pm
  • Norman Powell (right hip) leaves on crutches
    Norman Powell (right hip) left the arena on crutches after Sunday's game.

    Advice: It was called a hip pointer injury and although the crutches aren't a good sign, we'll wait for an update before speculating as to the severity. If Powell isn't ready to play vs. the Rockets on Tuesday, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby should be called on to absorb his minutes. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) will not return Sunday
    Norman Powell exited Sunday's game with a right hip pointer injury, and he will not return.

    Advice: Powell was able to limp his way back to the locker room after taking a knee from Aron Baynes, but was ruled out pretty quickly, so for now, we're going to have to consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in Houston. He'll end his evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and zero points in seven minutes and his absence should lead to more minutes for C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game and wasn't able to return, and while X-rays were negative, the severity of the injury is not clear at the moment. With Isaac out, we could see more of Jonathon Simmons on Monday because the Magic will need his defense against the defending champs. Sunday, 10:17 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
  • 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
  • Donovan Mitchell scorches Nets for 26
    Donovan Mitchell finished with 26 points, three assists, three rebounds and a steal across 26 minutes on Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: Mitchell hit 10-of-18 from the field while going 1-of-5 from the perimeter and a perfect 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. It was a welcome sight for fantasy owners after he had made just 8-of-35 field-goal attempts over his past two outings. He has shown a nice scoring touch in November, eclipsing 25 points on three different occasions. He has also hit at least one 3-pointer in eight consecutive outings. Saturday, 10:11 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha records five steals
    Thabo Sefolosha was in the starting lineup Saturday against Brooklyn with Rudy Gobert (knee) sidelined and he stepped up with nine points, nine rebounds and five steals across 32 minutes.

    Advice: Sefolosha did a good job with his quick hands, and his insertion into the starting five made sense since the Nets are a smaller team that likes to run. He did a good job at both ends of the floor and finished with a game-high plus-17 rating. It's uncertain if Gobert will need more time to heal, but Sefolosha might come off the bench Monday with a bigger Timberwolves team coming to Salt Lake. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Will Barton scores season-high 26 points
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Will The Thrill is playing some of his best ball of his career, and coach Mike Malone is giving him a lot of responsibility with the ball. On the year, Barton is averaging 15.1 points, 5.4 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 treys on 45.8 percent from the field. He's logging minutes at three positions and is a perfect example of how a bench player can put up strong value in fantasy. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 points in win
    Courtney Lee made 7-of-9 from the field for 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He uncharacteristically was not shooting the ball well with only a 41.2 field goal percentage on the season before this game, and he was under 43 percent in each of his previous four. This strong game from Lee moves him to a sneaky mid-round value in nine-category leagues, so he's vastly under owned in standard formats. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac suffers a right ankle sprain
    Jonathan Isaac suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative for a fracture. He went down near the baseline and limped back to the locker room. Isaac was ruled out about five minutes after the injury, but the Magic were being blown out. He's been very good on defense and has played two positions for the Magic. The rookie finished with two points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 16 minutes. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Mike Conley, Marc Gasol play just 28 minutes
    Mike Conley had a forgettable game vs. Houston on Saturday, shooting 4-of-11 from the field for 12 points, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes aren't a concern since there was plenty of garbage time -- Marc Gasol also played 28 minutes while getting 15 points, nine boards and three assists. Houston has been stingy vs. PGs despite the early loss of Chris Paul this season, giving up the 10th-fewest DFS points, and Conley should bounce back vs. the Bucks on Monday. Saturday, 7:53 pm
  • James Harden still red hot, scores 38 points
    James Harden's hot streak continued on Saturday as he piled up 38 points (11-of-25 FGs, 10-of-14 FTs), eight assists, six 3-pointers, four rebounds and one block in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Harden has zoomed to the No. 1 spot in nearly every fantasy format over the past five games, and his numbers in the past three are unreal -- 43.0 points, 6.3 threes, 5.7 rebounds, 11.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's averaging 11.8 free throw attempts this month, up from 7.0 in October, and has made at least six 3-pointers in his past five games. With Chris Paul (knee) inching closer to a return, this is a timely reminder that, in the end, Harden's talent will win out. Saturday, 7:44 pm
  • Luke Babbitt scores five points
    Luke Babbitt scored five points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: The Hawks actually had to use Babbitt at the five because of John Collins getting into some foul trouble. Babbitt continues to see minutes around 30 with Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Mike Muscala (ankle) out, so he does have some short-term upside in deeper leagues or as a streamer. Saturday, 6:29 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start, Favors to center
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense against a Nets team that loves to run. Although, Derrick Favors has rarely played next to four smaller players, so this is a lot of pressure on him. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Will Barton getting the start
    Will Barton will start for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been in a serious groove and now Barton could be looking at minutes in the upper 30s. His move to the first unit should also mean Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay get more run. Plus, Malik Beasley may see minutes in the upper teens. Saturday, 4:29 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
  • 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
  • Iman Shumpert to start again on Saturday
    Iman Shumpert will start in place of Derrick Rose (ankle) Saturday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Shumpert finished with seven points, five assists and one rebounds over 32 minutes in Thursday's loss to the Rockets. Shump will likely see plenty of playing time again on Saturday, but is still nothing more than a dart throw in DFS tournaments. Saturday, 9:03 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play Saturday
    Derrick Rose (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Iman Shumpert will start at point guard vs. Dallas. Rose was held out of Thursday's contest due to "continuing discomfort in his left ankle." Rose also missed four games in late October due to pain in the same ankle. A variety of nagging leg injuries have plagued Rose the last few years, so his inability to stay on the floor this season isn't overly surprising. Saturday, 8:47 am
  • Chris Paul (knee) gets in a light practice
    Chris Paul (bruised left knee) took part in a light practice on practice on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, so Friday was more of a walk-through than a full, intense practice. Nonetheless, it's an encouraging indication that Paul is moving in the right direction. "He got on the court a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Things are progressing." It appears there is a strong chance CP3 returns to the Rockets lineup next week. Saturday, 8:11 am
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 12 points
    Donovan Mitchell scored 12 points in a start against the Heat during a 84-74 loss on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He scored all 12 of his points in the first half, finishing at just 5-of-14 from the field in his 36 minutes. Mitchell is coming off a 3-of-21 shooting line on Wednesday, but coach Quin Snyder still trusted him in that game and even close with him at point guard. Mitchell has a 28.7 usage rate on the year and he's getting minutes in the 30s. He'll get a dream matchup against the Nets on Saturday, so he could be in for a big night. Friday, 11:03 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac scores a career-high 11 points
    Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 11 points against the Suns on Friday with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, it was against the Suns, but Isaac just shows up on tape like few other rookies. He has the potential to be a deadly roll man and he's already showing he has potential range with his five triples. Plus, he is beyond his years as a defender and it looks like he'll make a big impact in steals and blocks one day. The Magic are good, so Isaac may not have much value this season while the team is healthy. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Denzel Valentine has forgettable night
    Denzel Valentine finished with three points, four assists and three rebounds while hitting just 1-of-10 from the floor Friday against Indiana.

    Advice: Valentine played more than 20 minutes off the bench for the fourth straight game, as he continues to get an opportunity to play more with David Nwaba (ankle) on the shelf. However, Valentine will need to do a lot better than this if he hopes to hang onto his extra minutes. Friday, 8:34 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
  • Domantas Sabonis plays 26 minutes in return
    Domantas Sabonis (calf) returned to action Friday in Chicago and he played 26 minutes, posting eight points with nine rebounds.

    Advice: Sabonis spent time on the court with Myles Turner, and Victor Oladipo said the combination of the two bigs on the floor at the same time could be "very special". He had managed double-digit scoring totals in eight of his first 10 games, but don't worry about Sabonis. The good news is that he made it through the entire game without any setbacks. Friday, 7:46 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starting, Hood to bench
    Donovan Mitchell will replace Rodney Hood in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Coach Quin Snyder said earlier that he was considering a lineup change and Mitchell was always the favorite to get the nod. He shot just 3-of-21 from the field last game, but the Jazz love his defense and his offensive game is also progressing. If you can live with a poor FG%, Mitchell is worth owning in standard 9-category leagues. Friday, 5:26 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
  • Domantas Sabonis (calf) available to play
    Domantas Sabonis (calf) is available to play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: With Sabonis back, it'll be very interesting to see how coach Nate McMillan uses him now that Myles Turner is back. Sabonis and Turner have only used together for 11 minutes this year, but McMillan has said that duo should play more. Sabonis is certainly going to trend down, but his fantasy owners should stand pat in most instances. Friday, 3:49 pm
  • Nuggets to continue to play Will Barton at PG
    Coach Michael Malone plans to continue using Will Barton at point guard.

    Advice: "It is a new era of point guard," coach Malone said. "In today’s NBA, yeah, Will Barton can play point guard... I think now he’s leading the sixth man of the year race because now he’s contributing in so many different areas. He has that type of ability." Barton is third on the team in assists (3.0 dimes per game), while also averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 treys. He's inside the top-100 overall in nine-category leagues. Friday, 9:41 am
  • MDA expects CP3 (knee) back in 'a week or so'
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said that he expects Chris Paul (knee) back "in a week or so."

    Advice: Paul has been targeting mid-November, so this update is in line with those initial projections. The Rockets have been playing exceptionally well without CP3 (their 9-3 record is tied with the Warriors for the top spot in the West), so there is certainly no need to rush Paul back. Houston has the luxury of waiting until CP3 is as close to 100 percent as possible before inserting him into the starting lineup. We should get a more thorough update from D'Antoni early next week. Friday, 6:37 am
  • Will Barton scores 13 points vs. OKC
    Will Barton scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone loves him and he continues to use him as a ball-handler with plenty of minutes next to the starters. Barton has three strong games in a row with at least 31 minutes in each, so he makes a case to be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 10:40 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles, scores 35 in win
    James Harden posted his second triple-double of the season during a 117-113 win over the Cavs on Thursday, scoring 35 points with 11 rebounds, 13 assists, five steals, one block and six 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: He joins Russell Westbrook and Ben Simmons as the only players with multiple triple-doubles on the year. While Harden's dimes have been there and his scoring is better than last year, his rebounding numbers have plummeted to 4.9 per game from 8.1 last season. Harden is also back to living at the line with his 11.4 attempts per game over his last five games, which explains the 36.0 points per game in that span. He's on a serious roll right now and his owners shouldn't worry too much about Chris Paul (knee) coming back. Thursday, 8:32 pm
  • Ryan Anderson scores five points
    Ryan Anderson scored five points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did very little on the defensive glass again and this was his eighth game this season with a usage rate under 16. No matter what background Anderson is shooting against, he's really going to have a tough time holding his current mid-round value in standard leagues. He's trending down and there could still be a chance to sell high. Thursday, 8:28 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points vs. Pelicans
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: It was one of his best games in the box score and in reality with some terrific defense against Anthony Davis. Ibaka has cleared the 30- minute mark just once on the season prior to his game, but he did play 29 minutes in each of his previous two games. He's not going to play 30 minutes often because the Raptors second unit is one of the best in basketball, but Ibaka is still flirting with mid-round value. He should be a fine hold all year as long as you're not expecting many lines like this gem. Thursday, 7:25 pm
  • Norman Powell continuing not to play late
    Norman Powell played 18 minutes with eight points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey still doesn't trust Powell in the clutch and tonight it was OG Anunoby taking his minutes late in this game -- we've seen Delon Wright also take time from him. Powell has only played in the fourth quarter for just four games on the year and that accounts for only 21 of his 243 minutes, so he may have some work to do to get minutes in the upper 20s per game. It'll be tough to count on him on a nightly basis. Thursday, 7:22 pm
  • Lonzo Ball posts 10-8-8, but shoots 3-of-12
    Lonzo Ball notched 10 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one triple in Thursday's 111-95 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Once again, Ball's efficiency was brutal, as he finished 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 from deep and 3-of-7 from the line with four turnovers-- one of his free throws barely grazed the rim. "Its in my head to be honest," Ball said of his struggles. "I know I can shoot the ball." If you're not punting FG% in 9-category leagues, Ball is doing more harm than good to your fantasy team. Thursday, 6:36 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
  • Domantas Sabonis (calf) questionable vs. CHI
    Domantas Sabonis (right calf) is questionable to face the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He's missed the last two games and the Pacers have used Al Jefferson as their backup five in those two losses. The Pacers also used Bojan Bogdanovic as a small-ball four to open up more minutes for Lance Stephenson and Cory Joseph on the wing. Myles Turner has also played just 11 minutes next to Sabonis all year, so that'll be something to watch upon his return. Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • D.J. Augustin likely out next four games
    D.J. Augustin is not expected to play in Orlando's four-game road trip.

    Advice: The trip begins on Friday in Phoenix and ends on Nov. 15, so this rules him out for the next week. "I don’t anticipate that [D.J. can play on the trip]," coach Frank Vogel said. "He’s really just in the mindset that he’s going to continue to try to improve and see how he responds from treatment." The good news for Orlando is that Elfrid Payton returned on Wednesday and looked great, so they will take their time bringing Augustin back. Shelvin Mack will hold down the fort as the backup PG in the meantime. Thursday, 9:57 am
  • Iman Shumpert will start for Derrick Rose
    Iman Shumpert will start for Derrick Rose (ankle) on Thursday vs. Houston.

    Advice: Shumpert doesn't play too much PG these days, but it makes sense for Cleveland to match him up with James Harden on defense. LeBron James is going to run the offense anyways, and Shumpert starting doesn't change the fact that he's never been a reliable fantasy asset. Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Derrick Rose (ankle) ruled out for Thursday
    Derrick Rose will miss Thursday's game vs. the Rockets because of "continuing discomfort in his left ankle."

    Advice: He missed four games earlier this season because of the same ankle, but it hasn't been determined yet if he will miss Saturday's game vs. Dallas well. Rose has been a disaster in Cleveland with a 118.5 defensive rating, and his averages of 14.3 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.3 steals and 0.4 triples makes him a low-end fantasy asset best. Iman Shumpert will draw the start in his absence with Jose Calderon backing him up. Thursday, 6:27 am
  • 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
  • Lonzo Ball gets 9/6/5 and four blocked shots
    Lonzo Ball shot 4-of-15 from the field to finish Wednesday's loss with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and a career-high four blocks.

    Advice: The blocks bolstered tonight's line, but Ball came in shooting horribly from both the field (29.9 percent) and the FT line (53.8 percent), which has ruined his appeal in roto and dragged him down in all category-based leagues. With 11.7 shot attempts per game, he's actually been the single-biggest drag on FG% this year. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Courtney Lee gets four steals in 30 minutes
    Courtney Lee had 12 points, four steals, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Wednesday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Lee was coming off a nine-assist performance in 36 minutes on Tuesday, and he continues to be a sneaky top-100 roto value. Jeff Hornacek loves him and he hasn't faced much competition, although SF Doug McDermott could be a threat if he continues to play well. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Domantas Sabonis (calf) out Wednesday
    Domantas Sabonis (right calf contusion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: The Pacers are listing Sabonis as day-to-day, so maybe he'll be able to get back to the court for Friday's game in Chicago. In the meantime, Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young will get all the run they can handle, with Al Jefferson picking up most of the backup five-man minutes. Wednesday, 9:24 am
  • Donovan Mitchell hits 3-of-21 shots
    Donovan Mitchell played 31 minutes off the bench on Tuesday but hit just 3-of-21 shots and 2-of-11 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He actually started the third quarter tonight, but if you've owned Mitchell for any length of time, you should already know that you have to be prepared to take the good with the bad. He came in hot, averaging 23.3 points and 3.3 3-pointers over his last three games, but fell back to earth tonight. He's been pretty inconsistent thus far and will probably continue to be until further notice. But he looks like one of the most NBA-ready rookies out there and owners should at least hang tight until his next big game. And if you can't handle the inconsistency that he'll bring, sell high as soon as it happens. Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Will Barton plays well off Denver bench
    Will Barton came off the bench and hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes of Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Barton ended up playing a lot of point guard tonight while Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay struggled, and he came through. Barton doesn't appear to be a threat to Murray's job, despite his struggles, but is playing very well right now, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers while hitting 46 percent of his shots over his last five games. It's time to move on him if he's available in your league. Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Iman Shumpert returns to action
    Iman Shumpert (right knee soreness) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Bucks, scoring six points on 3-of-3 shooting with five rebounds in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's back in the rotation after four games on the sidelines, but he isn't going to play much in Cleveland's crowded wing rotation. Shumpert is safe to leave on the wire almost everywhere. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Norman Powell cools off in win vs. Bulls
    Norman Powell cooled off during Tuesday's home win, chipping in seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was coming off a season-best 19-point effort on Sunday, but the usage won't always be there while starting alongside Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. The good news is that he was hot coming in, and coach Dwane Casey praised an increase in his activity, saying, "He’s not tip-toeing around and moving at a slug-like pace." The Raptors aren't bursting with depth, and Powell is a solid hold. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Sabonis (calf) uncertain for Wednesday
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan said he's not sure if Domantas Sabonis (right calf contusion) will travel for Wednesday's game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: McMillan confirmed that he's day-to-day, but it sounds like we'll have to wait until the morning for another update. Just like we saw on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, both Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young will see minutes in the high 30s if Sabonis misses another game. Tuesday, 7:35 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell starts 3Q over Rodney Hood
    Donovan Mitchell started the third quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Philly over Rodney Hood.

    Advice: The Jazz were trailing at the half and Hood was giving them nothing with two points on 0-of-3 shooting. Mitchell didn't have a strong first half either and couldn't buy a bucket, but he's been outplaying Hood for over a week. Check back after the game for an update. Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • D.J. Augustin (hamstring) won't play Wed
    D.J. Augustin (left hamstring) won't play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton (hamstring) is still dealing with soreness in his left hamstring and is questionable for Wednesday. Shelvin Mack is the only healthy point guard on the roster, although Jonathon Simmons has handled point guard responsibilities in each of the Magic's last two games. Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Trevor Booker, Allen out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Trevor Booker (back) and Jarrett Allen (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This will be Booker's third straight game on the shelf, and with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson joining him on the sidelines, DeMarre Carroll will likely be asked to play a lot of power forward tonight which will trickle down minutes to guys like Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert. After Tuesday, the Nets don't play again until Friday in Portland, and for now, we'll be considering Booker and Allen questionable for that one. Tuesday, 11:36 am
  • Domantas Sabonis (calf) ruled out Tuesday
    Domantas Sabonis (right calf contusion) has been ruled out of Tuesday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Sabonis popped up on the injury report on Monday with the calf issue. He had been playing exceptionally well over the first few weeks of the season. In fact, Sabonis is one of just three players currently averaging a double-double and shooting over 60.0 percent from the floor. T.J. Leaf (ankle) is also sidelined Tuesday, which means Myles Turner and Thaddeus Young will play all the minutes they can handle. Alex Poythress will also likely see an uptick in playing time off the pine. Tuesday, 8:11 am
  • Iman Shumpert (knee) probable for Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (right knee soreness) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Shumpert has missed four straight games, but had very limited fantasy impact even when healthy. In the last three games he appeared in prior to the injury, Shump averaged just 3.7 points and 1.0 assists in 17.4 minutes. He can be left on waiver wires. However, Shumpert will eat into the minutes of Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver. Tuesday, 8:08 am
  • Trevor Booker (back) doubtful for Tuesday
    Trevor Booker (back) is unlikely to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Booker has missed two straight games due to a sore back. Per the New York Post: When Booker was asked if he was going to be able to play Friday in Portland, he grimaced, shook his head and said: "We’re just taking it day by day." If Booker is unsure of his status for Friday, it's probably safe to assume he'll be unable to suit up on Tuesday night. Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller should see an uptick in minutes. Tuesday, 6:53 am
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