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  • Dejounte Murray starts ahead of Tony Parker
    Dejounte Murray was a surprise starter vs. the Pacers on Sunday, and Tony Parker suggested afterward that it's a permanent change.

    Advice: Murray finished with eight points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes, but the biggest news came after the game. Parker told reporters that Gregg Popovich "thought it was time" he yield the starting job, and Parker didn't object. Murray started 14 games prior to Sunday, averaging 8.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks and 2.4 turnovers. He's not a 3-point shooter and struggles with percentages, and the starting gig isn't a guarantee of big minutes in San Antonio, but he's a decent pickup while we see how he fares. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Darren Collison strong in 34 mins vs. Spurs
    Darren Collison had 15 points, four assists, three steals, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Sunday, without any turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers concluded their five-game road trip with a win in San Antonio, and Collison's game was a nice bounce-back after he shot 1-of-9 in L.A. on Friday. Indiana heads home with the No. 6 seed -- the Sixers, Bucks and Pistons are all within two games, and the playoff race in the East is setting up to be very interesting. Collison has been a big part of Indiana's success and he's quietly crushing draft-day expectations as a top-50 value. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Dwight Buycks gets DNP-CD vs. Nets
    Pistons G Dwight Buycks was a DNP-CD on Sunday.

    Advice: Stan Van Gundy telegraphed this move by questioning Buycks' ability to handle pressure defensively, and his minutes went to Langston Galloway tonight. Needless to day, Buycks isn't helping fantasy owners. Yesterday, 4:50 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell quiet again in 14 minutes
    D'Angelo Russell came off the Nets' bench again on Sunday, making 1-of-5 shots for three points, two turnovers and one assist in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He's very rusty and is a combined 1-of-10 from the field the past two games, finally scoring late in the third quarter tonight. Russell also logged 14 minutes in his return on Friday and the Nets are going to play it safe here, so owners should have modest expectations for this upcoming three-game week. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Dejounte Murray listed as starting PG Sunday
    Dejounte Murray is listed as a starter vs. Indiana on Sunday.

    Advice: This means Tony Parker is likely headed for a DNP-CD, but we'll have confirmation shortly. Patty Mills will also get a boost if Parker is rested. Yesterday, 4:02 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hits game-winner vs Pistons
    Spencer Dinwiddie exacted some revenge vs. the Pistons on Sunday, hitting a game-winner in the paint to finish with 22 points, five assists, four rebounds and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Nets blew a lead in the fourth quarter tonight, but Dinwiddie bailed them out by navigating two defenders to sink a tough, leaning shot in the lane (see link below). He made 9-of-13 shots tonight and we haven't seen his role decrease with D'Angelo Russell active. The Nets seem eager to find him minutes and he's worth holding in all leagues as we watch how his role evolves. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Kris Dunn (concussion) iffy for Mon & Wed
    Kris Dunn's concussion symptoms haven't improved, according to coach Fred Hoiberg, and his status is uncertain for games on Monday and Wednesday.

    Advice: Beat writer Carlos Douglas Jr. writes that Dunn "is now in danger of missing" those two games -- given how strict the NBA's protocol is for concussions, he's probably closer to 'doubtful' than 'questionable'. If he does miss more time, expect Jerian Grant to continue starting at PG with Ryan Arcidiacono and Denzel Valentine pitching in off the bench. Yesterday, 3:31 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) questionable Monday
    Mario Chalmers (right shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Chalmers sat out Saturday's game with the shoulder injury, and with Memphis sitting on a 16-29 record, there's not much incentive for Chalmers to try and fight through the pain. We should have another update following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, there will be more minutes for Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Andrew Harrison (shoulder) probable Monday
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) is probable for Monday's game vs. Philly.

    Advice: Harrison's shoulder kept him out of Saturday's game, but that was likely a precaution in the second half of a back-to-back set. Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is questionable for Monday, so Harrison could have a full plate if his veteran backcourt mate can't go. Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) questionable for Monday
    Goran Dragic (knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Tyler Johnson (ankle) is also listed as questionable, so owners should check for updates after Miami's shootaround in Houston. James Johnson and Josh Richardson handled the ball even more than usual in Miami's previous game, while Wayne Ellington dropped 26 points as a starter, so there are a lot of player values impacted by their availability. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 22 points in win
    Elfrid Payton scored a team-high 22 points in Sunday's win over the Celtics, adding six boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Payton did a nice job of picking his spots in the offense, and he was a huge factor in the Magic snapping their 14-game road losing streak. He had a slow start to the year, but he's really picked up his play over the past month with averages of 16.5 points, 6.5 dimes, 1.5 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 54.4% shooting from the field and 76.6% from the stripe, which has been good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He should be able to close out the year as a mid-round guy. Yesterday, 12:55 pm
  • Kyrie Irving's 40 points not enough for BOS
    Kyrie Irving (shoulder) scored a game-high 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting in his return from a one-game absence on Sunday, but ultimately, it was not enough to pull out a win against Orlando.

    Advice: Irving added five triples, seven boards, five dimes, one block and one turnover in his 40 minutes of floor time, and also went 7-of-8 from the stripe to give him a 75.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 30.5 usage rate. The shoulder was a complete non-issue, so he should be fine for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Atkinson hints more mins coming for Russell
    Head coach Kenny Atkinson implied that D'Angelo Russell will see slightly more minutes on Sunday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Atkinson said that Russell was on a 15-minute limit on Friday, and that his minutes will start coming up "incrementally," so he should see a couple extra minutes today in Detroit. He's not going to be on the floor enough to be worth using in DFS, but season-long owners can go ahead and get him active. Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Marcus Smart coming off the bench
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is good to go after a one-game absence. Even though he plays a few minutes less as a reserve, his averages as a starter are pretty similar. As always, he's worth owning if you don't mind his field goal percentage. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Josh Magette assigned to G-League
    Josh Magette has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: With Magette back in the G-League, Isaiah Taylor will be the third-string PG for Monday's game vs. the Jazz. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will play
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will play on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was trending in this direction and now we have confirmation. Irving "looked good" at Saturday's practice and the Celtics held him out on Thursday as a "precaution," but we'll let you know how his shoulder holds up after the game. Expect him to start and see his normal allotment of minutes, meaning Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will lose some value. Yesterday, 8:07 am
  • Hardaway forming chemistry w/ Burke
    Tim Hardaway Jr. said Trey Burke is "definitely making the most of his opportunity right now."

    Advice: "I can just read him on the floor anywhere, especially when he’s coming downhill,’’ Hardaway said of his chemistry with Burke. "Yeah, it was immediate. I kind of know his game so well. Even when I wasn’t playing with him the past couple of years, I definitely watched him in Utah, Washington." The Michigan alumni combined for 13 points in the fourth quarter vs. the Jazz on Friday, and Burke has now created another position battle in New York between himself, Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina. We'll be watching the rotation closely. Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Kyrie Irving is questionable for Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: This comes from the team's game notes, so we'll hopefully get another update after the morning shootaround. Irving said a couple days ago that he would try to play and he "looked good" at Saturday's practice, but it's possible the Celtics hold him out as a precaution. If he can't go, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will have to step up and Al Horford would get a nice bump. Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • C.J. McCollum drops 26 against Mavs
    C.J. McCollum finished with 26 points over 38 minutes in Saturday's 117-108 victory against the Mavericks.

    Advice: McCollum was 11-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 2-of-2 from the free-throw stripe. He also picked up four rebounds, two assists and a steal, but he ended up with a team-worst minus-14 rating. He was feeling a bit nauseous last time out, but he didn't seem to be dealing with any ill effects of the situation. Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. posts 21/6/6 with 3 steals
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it going against the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily in his best groove of his career with four 20-plus scoring games over his last five. In that span, he's averaged 20.8 points, 3.8 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 46.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the line. A big reason why has been his shot selection, making 68.8 percent at the rim with those attempts accounting for 38.1 percent of his shot total over this five-game stretch. Patience looks like it's about to pay off for the rookie phenom. Saturday, 10:12 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores five in 33 minutes
    Jeff Teague made 2-of-11 from the field for five points with three rebounds, 10 assists and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: While this shooting line is tough to shallow, Teague did make plays late and coach Tom Thibodeau went with him down the stretch yet again. Tyus Jones keeps playing well for the most part and Teague hasn't exactly been thriving, but it does look like Teague has some leash to close games. He's actually a decent buy-low option, especially if Jimmy Butler needs to miss more time. Saturday, 9:56 pm
  • Tyus Jones plays 15 minutes, scores nine
    Tyus Jones scored nine points with four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It looked like coach Tom Thibodeau was going to close with Jones here, but Delon Wright ripped him to get Jeff Teague back in the game. Jones is only a handcuff with only slight standalone value. He also didn't play any SG with the injuries to Jamal Crawford and Jimmy Butler. Saturday, 9:53 pm
  • Alec Burks contributes 15 points off bench
    Alec Burks ended up with 15 points in Saturday's 125-113 victory against the visiting Clippers.

    Advice: Burks hit 4-of-7 from the field, and he was 7-of-8 from the line, while adding six rebounds and just one turnover across 18 minutes off the bench. After back-to-back DNP-CDs he had a chance to shine with Rodney Hood (leg) out of the lineup. He did just that, but it's no guarantee he'll stick in Quin Snyder's rotation once Hood is back in the mix. Saturday, 9:36 pm
  • Fred VanVleet returns on Saturday
    Fred VanVleet scored eight points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He may be the third point guard on the roster, but VanVleet continues to find minutes because of how Delon Wright plays on the wing so often. FVV still doesn't have much fantasy value. Saturday, 9:35 pm
  • Off shooting night for Ricky Rubio
    Ricky Rubio finished with 12 points over 31 minutes in Saturday's 125-113 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Rubio was just 3-of-11 from the field, but he made up for the poor shooting night by adding six rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer with just two turnovers. The veteran is averaging 1.8 steals per game in nine outings in the month of January. His usage rate has been trending up this month, but he has a long way to go to come anywhere close to his ADP price tag. Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Delon Wright puts up 12/6/6 line
    Delon Wright scored 12 points with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in 29 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He closed this game out next to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, and also hit all six free throws. Wright is quickly becoming one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA and he'll find himself getting minutes in the upper 20s on a regular basis. His ability to fill so many stats makes him a hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:22 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 23 points in win
    Donovan Mitchell finished with a team-high 23 points in Saturday's 125-113 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Mitchell also dished out seven assists while collecting five rebounds and two steals across his 36 minutes, finishing 9-of-16 from the field. Picky fantasy owners might complain about his 1-of-6 night from behind the arc and 4-of-7 from the free-throw line, but he more than made up for it in the other categories. He'll look for better numbers from behind the arc and at the stripe in his next outing Monday in Atlanta. Saturday, 9:13 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points in 35 minutes
    James Harden scored 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Harden said he still doesn't have his wind back, but you wouldn't know it based on how he came up huge late with a filthy step-back triple against Stephen Curry (video in link below). Yesterday, coach Mike D'Antoni said he was going to play him around 30 minutes, but on Saturday he added there was a "little bit of a tug of war" with him and someone else regarding the minutes cap. Harden probably won't have a cap against the Heat on Monday. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Jawun Evans does nothing in Saturday's loss
    Jawun Evans finished with just two points over 19 minutes off the bench in Saturday's 125-113 loss at Utah.

    Advice: Evans had an ugly shooting performance, going 0-of-6 from the field. He chipped in with three steals, two assists and a rebound, but it wasn't nearly enough to help fantasy owners. Even with Danilo Gallinari (glute), Austin Rivers (heel) and C.J. Williams (ankle) injured, Evans isn't doing enough to warrant fantasy consideration. Once the team gets healthy his value will be negligible. Saturday, 9:07 pm
  • Fred VanVleet expected to play
    Fred VanVleet (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said VanVleet could've probably played on Friday, so it sounds like he should be close to 100 percent. If he's back, that will probably bump Norman Powell out of the rotation again. Saturday, 5:25 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will not play vs NO
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are going to be a little shorthanded and they'll be turning Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden a bunch today. Chalmers doesn't really have enough fantasy value when healthy. Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) will not play vs. CHA
    Goran Dragic (knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He will be in uniform for this game, but he's not going to play due to a bruised knee. Dragic was just starting to get hot after his elbow injury held him down, so hopefully this doesn't linger. It'll be the Josh Richardson show on offense while Wayne Ellington also slides into the starting lineup. Saturday, 3:22 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is a game-time call
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is a game-time call against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes against the Kings on Friday, so chances are this is a minor injury. If he's out, the Grizzlies could extend Tyreke Evans' minutes while guys like Wayne Selden and Ben McLemore would benefit. Kobi Simmons hasn't played lately. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Andrew Harrison will not play on Saturday
    Andrew Harrison (shoulder) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He's had a lingering shoulder injury an it's kept him on the injury report for most of this month, but the Grizzlies will hold him out in the second half of a back-to-back set. With him out, Wayne Selden and Ben McLemore could see more run, especially if Mario Chalmers can't go. Saturday, 2:52 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) could miss Saturday
    Goran Dragic (knee) might sit out Saturday against the Hornets due to a bruised knee.

    Advice: He played in the final 7:38 of Friday's game, so maybe he took on some contact and it swelled up on him. The back-to-back set is probably a factor here, but the Heat could really use Dragic with Tyler Johnson (ankle) out. If Dragic can't go, Josh Richardson will be running the offense while Wayne Ellington, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr. would see more playing time. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Kris Dunn still has headaches and dizziness
    Kris Dunn (concussion) still has headaches and dizziness, and will not play Saturday against the Hawks or against the Pelicans on Monday.

    Advice: That's not good and getting ruled out two days in advance could mean he misses even more time. The Bulls are also on the road to play the 76ers on Wednesday, so Dunn's fantasy owners should consider him doubtful for that game. Jerian Grant will get at least a couple starts and could be worth a look based on his volume. Expect to see more minutes going to Denzel Valentine to help handle the ball, and Ryan Arcidiacono could be the backup PG. Saturday, 12:39 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) questionable
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) is also listed as questionable, and of course Mike Conley (Achilles) is still sidelined, so Memphis may have to get creative at PG on Saturday. We should have a definitive update on Chalmers and Harrison's status at around 5:30 pm EST. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Andrew Harrison (shoulder) questionable Sat
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Harrison was listed as questionable on Friday, but played through the injury and tallied 12 points with two assists, one rebound, two steals and two triples in 22 minutes vs. the Kings. Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is also listed as questionable for Saturday, so the Grizz could be quite thin at PG, leaving Tyreke Evans to handle more point guard responsibilities than usual. Saturday, 11:17 am
  • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) practices Saturday
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) practiced on Saturday and coach Brad Stevens said he "looked good."

    Advice: Irving scored 27 points in 41 minutes on Tuesday but was unable to play Wednesday. Fortunately, an MRI on the shoulder came back clean on Thursday and Stevens told reporters he didn't believe the injury would be a "long-term issue." We should have an update on Irving's status for Boston's Sunday matinee vs. Orlando shortly. With Irving sidelined on Wednesday, Marcus Smart drew the start and Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin saw an uptick in minutes off the bench. Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Trey Burke scores seven, closes vs. Utah
    Trey Burke scored seven points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Maybe not, but Burke gave the Knicks some good minutes as he took time from Frank Ntilikina, and he even played down the stretch. This probably won't last long, so leave Burke unless you're truly desperate at point guard. Friday, 10:38 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 17 points in loss
    Donovan Mitchell scored 17 points with four rebounds, seven assists, one block, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He had some issues with efficiency during this game, making 7-of-21 from the field, not going to the line, and turning the ball over five times to match a career-high. Mitchell continues to be one of the best stat-stuffing guards over his last dozen games, averaging 23.3 points, 4.0 boards, 3.5 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.5 blocks and 2.3 treys. He's been a second-round player in nine-cat leagues over that span and the same goes for the rookie over his last 20. Enjoy the ride for one of the most fun players to own in fantasy. Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Ugly shooting performance for Darren Collison
    Darren Collison hit just 1-of-9 from the field, including 0-of-4 from the field, to finish with five points in Friday's road loss against the Lakers.

    Advice: Collison didn't fare very well in town where he played his college ball (UCLA). Perhaps he was just trying to do too much. He has been a bit erratic lately, as he just turned in an impressive 23-point performance in Portland last night, hitting five 3-pointers. However, he also has three single-digit point totals over his past six outings. He'll look to regroup Sunday in San Antonio. Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 17 points
    Ricky Rubio scored 17 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was really struggling as a scorer coming into this game, making a combined 6-of-26 from the field for 18 points over his previous three games. Rubio's usage rate is slightly trending up this month while he's been able to pile up the steals with 1.9 per game over his eight January games. There's still some hope, but Rubio almost certainly won't match his ADP price tag. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie comes up big late in win
    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 points with six rebounds, three assists, one 3-pointer and four turnovers against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He and Caris LeVert were fantastic today with that duo posting a +71.2 net rating in their eight minutes together. Dinwiddie did not play next to D'Angelo Russell today, but that should happen in the near future once Russell is back to full health. Regardless, Dinwiddie should still have a good chance to flirt with top-50 value in nine-category leagues. Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) scores 12
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) scored 12 points with two assists, one rebound, two steals and two triples in 22 minutes vs. the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: His minutes went down for the fifth straight game, so he's only on the radar in deeper leagues at the moment if you need a handful of assists, 3s and defensive stats. Friday, 8:15 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell has quiet return vs. Miami
    D'Angelo Russell made his return against the Heat on Friday, missing all five shots from the field and making 1-of-2 from the line for one point with two assists and two turnovers in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The rust was there for Russell tonight. He played nine minutes in his first stint with most of his minutes coming next to Caris LeVert. He also didn't close this game after his five-minute stint in the second half, but that's no surprise after missing two months. It'll probably take Russell a handful of games to get going again, so his owners may need to wait a little longer before they start feeling good about him being back in the lineup. Friday, 7:56 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores 10 points in loss
    Dejounte Murray scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 26 minutes vs. the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: Tony Parker finished 1-of-9 from the field in 17 minutes, so the Spurs rolled with Murray and Patty Mills for most of the night. We're seeing a lot more two-PG lineups lately because the Spurs are so banged up, so Murray is trending up. He's averaging 7.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals in 20.8 minutes per game over his last five, and while he's not a great option in re-draft formats at the moment, his dynasty owners have to be pleased with his recent progress. Whenever Parker rests, Murray will get a bump. Friday, 6:41 pm
  • Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) will play
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) will play on Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: His minutes have been trending down lately, as he's played 30, 29, 27 and 23 minutes in his last four outings. Harrison also hasn't scored in double digits in three straight games, but he is a low-end source of assists and defensive stats for deep-league owners. Friday, 4:09 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell will come off the bench
    D'Angelo Russell will come off the bench against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: There's still no word of a minutes limit, but it would be a major surprise to see him get close to 30 minutes after missing over two months. Russell has said he's excited to play next to Spencer Dinwiddie, so that duo should still see a decent amount of run tonight. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Fred VanVleet is a game-time call
    Fred VanVleet (knee) is a game-time decision against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He is still sore, but he can't do additional damage. The Raptors are fine in the depth department, so maybe they'll hold VanVleet out for one more game. If he's out, Norman Powell and Delon Wright will benefit. Friday, 2:26 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) to play 30 mins Sat
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden's minutes restriction will be increased to 30 Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Harden logged 26 minutes in his return to action Thursday against the Wolves. He shot 3-of-15 from the field and finished with 10 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. Most importantly, it appears Harden didn't suffer a setback. Once he knocks off the rust, he'll start posting the monster numbers we've grown accustomed to. Friday, 10:32 am
  • C.J. McCollum has nausea issue, returns
    C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room for about five minutes in the second half, but McCollum did return to the game in the fourth. The team said he went to the locker room for nausea, so maybe he had a stomach issue. The Blazers get Friday off before they take on the Mavs on Saturday, so McCollum should be fine for that one. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 23 points vs. POR
    Darren Collison scored 23 points with three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a difference maker in fantasy on the stat sheet over his last 10 games, averaging 14.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 treys and 1.2 turnovers on 58.7 percent from the field and 96.0 percent from the line. That's good for top-30 value over this span, so Collison is proving to be a really nice value these days. He's been a third-round player overall in nine-category leagues so far. Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Tyus Jones scores 13 points in loss
    Tyus Jones scored 13 points with one rebound, one steal and three 3-pointers in 16 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a hot hand in this game and coach Tom Thibodeau still went with Jeff Teague. Jones should see minutes in the teens most nights, but most of his value is as a handcuff behind Teague. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores six points in loss
    Jeff Teague scored six points with five rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 32 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He got the Chris Paul treatment, but Teague was playing well coming into this game. It was also somewhat encouraging that coach Tom Thibodeau went back to Teague after a rough night, so he still has some leash. Expect him to be a mid-round point guard in standard leagues. He does get another really tough matchup against the Raptors for his next game. Thursday, 8:43 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 19 with eight dimes
    Elfrid Payton scored 19 points with four rebounds, eight assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been boom or bust lately, but Payton has finally found his mojo over his last dozen games. In that span, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 boards, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.6 treys on 54.2 percent from the field and 78.0 percent from the line. Not coincidentally, Nikola Vucevic (hand) went down 12 games ago, so that may explain his recent improvement. Keep him rolling, though. Thursday, 7:28 pm
  • Marcus Smart doesn't do much in start
    Marcus Smart made a start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) against the 76ers during an 89-80 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: You'd think Smart making his shots would lead to a big line in a start, but that wasn't the case. Chalk Smart doesn't usually pan out in DFS and he actually came into this game with a lower scoring average as a starter compared to coming off the bench. Smart is playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:45 pm
  • Andrew Harrison (shoulder) on injury report
    Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) is listed as questionable for Friday's game.

    Advice: Harrison's minutes have trended down in each of the past three games, and he finished Wednesday's home win with three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 23 minutes. His inclusion on the injury report looks like a precaution, but deep-league owners should confirm his status on Friday. Thursday, 3:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out, Smart starting
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will not play vs. the Sixers on Thursday, and Marcus Smart will start in his place.

    Advice: An MRI came back negative and Celtics coach Brad Stevens "does not believe [Kyrie's shoulder] will be a long-term issue." Irving was getting treatment on his shoulder prior to logging 41 minutes on Tuesday, so hopefully this is just a precautionary rest day in a back-to-back situation. Smart is starting, but Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should also benefit from his absence.Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09. Thursday, 2:16 pm
  • Update: Kris Dunn diagnosed w/ concussion
    Kris Dunn has been diagnosed with a concussion and he's not traveling with the Bulls for Saturday's game in Atlanta.

    Advice: Dunn took a nasty fall during Wednesday's game, landing face-first and knocking loose a few teeth. A concussion was initially ruled out, but subsequent tests revealed that he will indeed be in the league's strict concussion protocol. Chicago's next three games are on the road and it's unclear when Dunn might join them -- they play Saturday (at Atlanta), Monday (at New Orleans) and Wednesday (at Philadelphia). Jerian Grant and Denzel Valentine should earn more minutes if he misses any games. Thursday, 1:22 pm
  • Hawks recall Josh Magette
    The Hawks have recalled Josh Magette from the G-League.

    Advice: Atlanta just sent down Isaiah Taylor for a G-League stint, so Magette may get a handful of minutes as the third-string PG. Thursday, 7:12 am
  • Donovan Mitchell drops 34 pts on 14-of-19 FGs
    Donovan Mitchell was sensational throughout Wednesday's road win in Sacramento, scoring 34 points on 14-of-19 shooting with three assists, three steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Mitchell also hit 5-of-7 free throws, with three turnovers in 34 minutes. He's incredibly polished for a 21-year-old rookie and shows no signs of tiring despite averaging 31.4 minutes in a featured role. If you have any doubts, click on the link below for a high-flying dunk when he basically went 1-of-5 vs. the Kings' defense. Whether or not the No. 10 seed Jazz have playoff hopes, Mitchell is locked into a huge role over Utah's final 37 games. Wednesday, 10:13 pm
  • Alec Burks gets DNP-CD on Wednesday
    Alec Burks picked up another DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Burks has bounced in and out of coach Quin Snyder's rotation since Rodney Hood returned to action, but couldn't earn minutes tonight even with Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) done for the season. That could change late in the season, but Burks doesn't qualify as a 'stash' candidate -- this is his seventh season in the NBA, after all. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • No concussion symptoms for Kris Dunn
    Kris Dunn (mouth) did not have concussion symptoms following his exam on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He chipped and dislocated two front teeth when he fell with 2:52 left in the fourth quarter in tonight’s game, and he is going to be re-evaluated tomorrow. The scary fall after a dunk should only make him day-to-day for now and the Bulls are off until Saturday. After some dental work, expect an update on Thursday afternoon. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Kris Dunn evaluated for concussion
    Kris Dunn is being evaluated for a concussion on Wednesday.

    Advice: After Dunn did a face plant on his dunk, Zach LaVine said Dunn should be "all good" following this loss. It looked like Dunn may have lost a tooth, but it turns out his tooth took a piece of the the United Center floor. For now, expect Dunn to be ready for Saturday against the Hawks. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Dejounte Murray scores three points
    Dejounte Murray scored three points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs are really thin on the wing, so Murray should be looking at some minutes at the two. He has the length to earn more run there and he's a terrific rebounder for his position. Still, he may need Tony Parker or Patty Mills to miss time to break through in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie drops career-high 13 dimes
    Spencer Dinwiddie made 3-of-13 from the field for nine points with one rebound, two steals and a career-high 13 assists against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: With no turnovers as well, that makes this game the most assists for a Net without a turnover since Jason Kidd's 13 way back in 2004. Dinwiddie has been superb at the point and he's clearly earned minutes even when D'Angelo Russell returns, which could come on Friday. His per-minute numbers are fantastic with DAR, so Dinwiddie should still be held in all leagues. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Kris Dunn to the locker room after bad fall
    Kris Dunn (face) went to the locker room in the fourth quarter after a bad fall.

    Advice: He made a breakaway layup, but the momentum pulled him off the rim and put his body horizontal. Dunn landed on his face and it looked like he may have lost a tooth. He'll certainly be getting checked for a concussion here and he's almost certainly out for the rest of the game, but he was able to walk to the locker room under his own power. Dunn finished with 16 point, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes. Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • No suspension for James Harden or Chris Paul
    The league will not be suspending James Harden or Chris Paul for their participation in Monday's locker room incident with the Clippers.

    Advice: Harden and Paul have been described as trying to calm the situation down, so they won't be catching any heat in this ordeal, while both Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will be serving a two-game suspension. Harden is expected to make it back to the court on Thursday, and he'll be dealing with a 24-25 minute limit. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Fred VanVleet (knee) will not play vs. DET
    Fred VanVleet (knee) will not play against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Raptors will play it safe in the middle of January here. With VanVleet out, the Raptors will likely ask Delon Wright to handle the ball more in the second unit while Norman Powell figures to get in the rotation again. Wright should be owned in standard leagues and is one of the hottest waiver-wire adds over the past few weeks. Wednesday, 3:17 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) 'getting close'
    Kenny Atkinson said that D'Angelo Russell (knee) "looked good" at shootaround on Wednesday and that he's "getting close" to a return.

    Advice: Russell will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs, but maybe he'll be able to get back to the court for Friday's game against the Heat. We'll have a better idea on his status for Friday's game based on his activity level at practices, but he recently was cleared to go through 5-on-5 work, so there aren't many hurdles left to clear. He'll likely be working with a minutes limit upon his return, but he offers enough upside to warrant ownership in all leagues at this point. Wednesday, 3:01 pm
  • Fred VanVleet (knee) is a game-time call
    Fred VanVleet (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is dealing with a bruise to his knee, but doesn't have structural damage. If VanVleet can't go, that should increase Delon Wright's playing time while Norman Powell would likely get back in the rotation. Wednesday, 2:57 pm
  • James Harden likely to have minutes limit
    James Harden (hamstring) is expected to be on a 24-25 minute limit upon his return, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: If Harden goes through Wednesday practice without an issue, he will be probable to face the Wolves on Thursday. Harden suffered his injury on Dec. 31, and it's been mostly positive news since he went down. His return means Gerald Green takes a big hit while Eric Gordon moves to the bench. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable
    Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is not feeling well on Wednesday and did not practice. With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also questionable, the Celtics could be thin at guard with Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown picking up some extra minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) doesn't practice
    Kyrie Irving has a sore left shoulder and did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is also going to be questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday. Irving played a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday, and he's also in a bad slump to start 2018 at just 35.4 FG% in those five games. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin figure to pick up the most playing time. Hopefully, he is only being held out of practice as a precaution. Wednesday, 11:19 am
  • James Harden expected to play Thursday
    James Harden (hamstring) is expected to return to the court for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well during Wednesday's practice, Harden should be able to get back to the court for Thursday night's game, which will queue Eric Gordon's return to the second unit. Gerald Green will also see a reduction in minutes with Harden back in action, so those that picked up Green during the hot streak should start perusing the waiver wire for other options. Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • C.J. McCollum hits six triples in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January. Tuesday, 9:53 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 25 in tough loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for 25 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Smith helped lead a fourth-quarter comeback when Dallas outscored Denver 33-19, but came up just short. DSJ had a big three-point play near the end that cut the lead to one when he hit the free throw, but he also had a costly late turnover, as well. DSJ is playing very well right now, averaging 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and has hit 16-of-17 free throws in his last four. He's still learning how to play, but has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games. Make sure he's in your lineup if Dallas is playing. Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Irving scores 27 points in overtime loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 27 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five triples in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was Boston's second game in the last 10 days, but the well-rested Irving got off to a slow start before erupting with a 16-point third quarter. He finished just 8-of-24 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with an uncharacteristic six turnovers -- this was his third game of the season with that many. Expect a more efficient game on Thursday vs. Philly. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Jeff Teague cools off on Tuesday
    Jeff Teague hit 6-of-17 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: Teague was coming off a big game against Portland on Sunday when he had 22 points and eight assists, but returned to form tonight. Teague hasn't shot the ball particularly well since returning from his knee injury, but then again, he's only played in four games after missing seven straight with the injury. He should be nearing 100 percent health for the second half of the season. Tuesday, 6:44 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) questionable vs. MIN
    James Harden (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni said on Sunday that there was a chance Harden could make it back to the court for Thursday's game, although Monday's reported incident between the Clippers and the Rockets could complicate things. We're sure to get a few more updates on Harden leading up to Thursday's tip, but if he is able to get back out there, Eric Gordon would return to the bench and Gerald Green's value would take a hit. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 3:33 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Wednesday vs. SAS
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Russell did not practice on Tuesday, but he'll be active at Wednesday morning's shootaround. He recently went through a 5-on-5 scrimmage with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, so he has to be close. His next opportunity to get out there will be Friday against Miami. Allen Crabbe could head back to the second unit once Russell gets back to the court, and Caris LeVert's value could take a hit. Tuesday, 11:44 am
  • Fred VanVleet (knee) considered day-to-day
    Fred VanVleet does not have any structural damage in his injured knee and is considered day-to-day.

    Advice: VanVleet injured his right knee on a layup attempt in Monday's game vs. the Sixers. He limped off the floor and was unable to return to the contest. Fortunately, VanVleet said he was feeling better on Tuesday. We'll still consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Detroit. If VanVleet is unable to play, Delon Wright would soak up additional minutes off the Raptors bench. Tuesday, 10:20 am
  • James Harden involved in post-game fracas
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green reportedly pushed into the Clippers' locker room on Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers, but security intervened before anything physical took place.

    Advice: It's uncertain if players will face fines or suspensions from the league as a result of the altercation, but we'll keep an eye on it closely. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden could return from his hamstring injury Thursday or Saturday, but any kind of penalty from the league could delay his return. Stay tuned. The teams meet again Feb. 28. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Darren Collison cools off in win over Jazz
    Darren Collison hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: No, it wasn't as good as his 9-of-11 shooting performance on Friday when he scored 22 points with a fun stat line, but it wasn't all that bad either. Scoring is just one category, so don't let tonight's six points scare you away from Collison. He's the only point guard of choice in Indy and this game was a blowout. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hits 1-of-7 shots for 2 points
    Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, five rebounds, zero assists and two steals in 23 minutes of Monday's ugly loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Rubio showed signs of life last Wednesday with 21 points and a fun stat line, and had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, a 3-pointer and a block in his previous game, but Monday was a disaster. The Jazz turned to Raul Neto and Alec Burks for a chunk of minutes tonight after the Pacers blew the game open in the third quarter. Some of us still believe Rubio can bounce back for a big second half like he did last year, but then again, others of us think those people should have their heads examined. While a two-point game isn't really surprising for Rubio, this was the first time this season he didn't record a single assist. Unfortunately, some of that has to do with his teammates. If he doesn't get this turned around against the Kings on Wednesday, Rubio's going to start showing up on a lot of waiver wires. Monday, 8:30 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie has ugly shooting outing
    Spencer Dinwiddie finished Monday's game against the Knicks with just eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Dinwiddie has been a rising start in fantasy this season, but this was certainly a clunker. He was 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, but at least able to salvage the fantasy line somewhat with his five assists and four rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. This comes on the heels of an ugly 2-of-10 shooting night last time out in Washington. It won't get much easier with the defensive-minded Spurs on the horizon Wednesday night, but don't panic. Dinwiddie's overall body of fantasy work has been stellar and he'll snap out of it. Monday, 3:29 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 22 points in loss
    Goran Dragic scored 22 points and hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-9 free throws in Monday's 119-111 loss to Chicago.

    Advice: The loss snapped a seven-game losing streak for Miami, but Dragic was terrific, notching nine assists and five rebounds before fouling out in 38 minutes. Tyler Johnson suffered an ankle injury and will undergo some tests on Tuesday, so Dragic may see an increased workload going forward. He's scored 20 or more points in four straight and will look to make it five on Wednesday vs. the Bucks. Monday, 3:28 pm
  • Trey Burke makes his Knickerbocker debut
    Trey Burke made his first appearance for the Knicks, posting five points with two assists and a rebound in eight minutes off the bench Monday in Brooklyn.

    Advice: Burke received a nice ovation from the Knicks crowd that made its way to the Barclays Center, acknowledging him for his first time in orange and blue. He'll be operating as the third-string point guard behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina, so he should remain on the waiver wire in all but the very deepest of fantasy leagues. Monday, 2:52 pm
  • Delon Wright nets career-high five triples
    Delon Wright drained a career-high five 3-pointers during Monday's loss to the 76ers, to go with 20 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Wright has actually been better with the second unit this season, so Kyle Lowry’s return isn’t necessarily a bad thing for his outlook. Fred VanVleet exited the game with a knee contusion, and if he can't play on Wednesday against the Pistons, Wright should be able to earn minutes in the mid-20s. He's played well enough this season to warrant ownership in most leagues. Monday, 1:06 pm
  • Fred VanVleet suffers right knee injury
    Fred VanVleet has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and he will not return to Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: VanVleet hurt his knee coming down off a layup attempt, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was sporting a fairly obvious limp. He'll end his evening with eight points, two rebounds and one turnover in 16 minutes, and for now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons. Monday, 12:11 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell goes through 5-on-5
    D'Angelo Russell was able to go through a 5-on-5 scrimmage at Monday's practice in the G-League.

    Advice: This was his first 5-on-5 scrimmage since the injury, confirming that Russell should be back any day now. Coach Kenny Atkinson said he would like to see Russell practice with the Nets before returning, so if he practices on Thursday then we could see him make his return on Friday vs. the Heat. Monday, 10:32 am
  • Delon Wright to come off the bench
    Delon Wright will come off the bench on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry (back) is back in the lineup a little sooner than expected, but Wright should still have some value in a four-game week. He was playing really well before Lowry's injury, so his owners might want to see if he can get it going again. Monday, 9:32 am
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) assigned to G-League
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: He'll practice in the G-League while the Nets take on the Knicks, but he'll be recalled right after. This is part of his rehab and maybe he'll go through some 5-on-5 for the first time. He's set to return any day now and should be owned everywhere. Monday, 7:37 am
  • Jeff Teague picks up 22 points, eight assists
    Jeff Teague lit up the Blazers on Sunday with 22 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, eight assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague just missed his season-high of 23 points, which he set back on Oct. 30. The Wolves are now 4-0 when he scores at least 20 points, but the fact that it's only happened four times is indicative of his supporting role most nights. The best news for fantasy owners is that his knee injury hasn't limited him, and he's again producing mid-round value on a nightly basis. Jan 14, 9:19 pm
  • C.J. McCollum gets 18 points w/ little else
    C.J. McCollum scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and one steal on Sunday, but he failed to record any rebounds, assists or blocks in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Portland lost their third game in a row tonight, leaving them one game above .500 for the season (22-21). They're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed, with the surging Clippers just 1/2 game back, which should ensure guys like McCollum and Damian Lillard play huge minutes in the coming weeks. He's a prime bounce-back candidate with the Suns visiting Portland on Tuesday. Jan 14, 9:15 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25 points with four treys
    Goran Dragic kept his hot streak alive on Sunday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go with three rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dragon has really picked up his play over the past seven games with averages of 21.9 points, 2.1 triples, 6.9 dimes, 5.1 boards, 0.9 steals and 2.9 turnovers per contest on 45.6% shooting, which has been good enough for top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. He’s seen his usage rate spike to 28.8 and his assist percentage has jumped to 31.0 over that seven-game span, which has unsurprisingly coincided with a seven-game win-streak for Miami. He had a sluggish start to the season, but he looks primed for a strong second half, particularly with Dion Waiters done for the year. Jan 14, 12:42 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Monday vs. NYK
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Monday vs. the Knicks, according to multiple sources of Nets Daily.

    Advice: Russell still hasn't been able to go through any 5-on-5 work, although he did recently go through some 3-on-3 drills and looked good according to head coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets will practice again on Tuesday, and if Russell is able to go through 5-on-5, full-contact work, there's a chance he could make it back out there for Wednesday's game against the Spurs. He's close enough that he needs to be stashed in all leagues. Jan 14, 12:12 pm
  • James Harden could play Thursday or Saturday
    Mike D'Antoni said that James Harden (hamstring) could return to the court for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves or Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: It sounds like Harden will sit out Monday's game against the Clippers, but there's a good chance he'll be getting back out there next week, which could queue the end of Gerald Green's run as a fantasy relevant asset. Eric Gordon will return to the bench once Harden is able to get back out there, and Chris Paul's usage and assist rate will take a slight hit. Jan 14, 12:03 pm
  • Knicks sign Trey Burke
    The Knicks have officially signed Trey Burke.

    Advice: It's a minimum deal for the remainder of the season. Burke did have a lot of success in the G-League, but he's not on the fantasy radar and should be firmly behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina. Jan 14, 10:03 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. trending up
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. has been "earning his minutes" lately.

    Advice: "It's a very precise game, and when you have the ball that much you are going to be in situations where you have to make decisions and make plays -- and he's learning a lot about those kinds of things," Carlisle said. DSJ has played more than 30 minutes just five times since the start of December, but he's now done that three games in a row with averages of 19.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 triples in just under 35 minutes per game. His fantasy arrow is finally pointing straight up. Jan 14, 6:49 am
  • Kris Dunn stuffs boxscore in win vs. Pistons
    Kris Dunn filled up the boxscore on Saturday with 18 points (7-of-13 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals, three blocks and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Chicago opened the game 15-of-20 from the field against a listless defensive effort from Detroit, and they held on for an impressive 107-105 victory. Dunn has now recorded at least eight assists in six consecutive games, which is a career-long streak, and he's thriving as the undoubted starting PG for Chicago. Zach LaVine's return is primarily a threat to Denzel Valentine and David Nwaba, so Dunn's owners can keep him locked in active lineups going forward. Jan 13, 8:43 pm
  • Delon Wright starts, logs 24 minutes vs. GSW
    Delon Wright started Saturday's game vs. the Warriors, posting four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Wright went 1-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line tonight. He's struggled over his past two starts with averages of 5.0 points on 30.8% shooting, showing some growing pains in a starting role without Kyle Lowry (tailbone). He was heating up as a featured option with the second unit and Lowry is just day-to-day, so owners should stay patient for at least a few more games. Jan 13, 8:30 pm
  • Fred VanVleet solid in 21 mins off TOR bench
    Fred VanVleet was solid in 21 minutes off the bench on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers and one steal.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry was out again with a bruised tailbone but he's day-to-day and could return as soon as Monday vs. the 76ers. VanVleet was instrumental in the Raptors' second-half run tonight, and this comes on the heels of Thursday's 22-point outburst, so maybe he'll earn more minutes regardless. Most owners should take a wait-and-see approach. Jan 13, 8:19 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie struggles with his shot
    Spencer Dinwiddie hit just 4-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-10 from behind the arc, to finish with 13 points across 35 minutes in Saturday's overtime setback at Washington.

    Advice: Dinwiddie was able to chip in with six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot to salvage the line for fantasy owners in standard leagues, but his awful field-goal percentage killed those in 9-cat formats. Chalk it up as one bad outing. More worrisome is the impending return of D'Angelo Russell, and how that will be handled. For now, head coach Kenny Atkinson has said he's considering starting both of them together, but it will be interesting to see whether his fantasy value takes a hit or not. Jan 13, 7:16 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 23 points in OT loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. earned a season-high 39 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers, tallying 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: Smith Jr. came out firing in this one, looking for his shot early and often while relentlessly attacking the rack, and he did a nice job defensively against Lonzo Ball which helped him stay on the floor. It’s been an up-and-down season for DSJ, as Rick Carlisle has made him have to earn everything, but this is his upside and he could be in for a strong second half to the season if he can keep playing like this. "I thought he earned the minutes," Rick Carlisle said after the game. "This is a game all of our young guys will learn from." Jan 13, 2:53 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee) out Saturday vs. WAS
    D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not suit up for Saturday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Russell has been going through full-contact practices with Brooklyn's G-League affiliate, which suggests he's on the cusp of a return, so while he won't be taking the court tonight, he needs to be owned everywhere. He's next opportunity to play will come on Monday at home against the Knicks. Jan 13, 2:22 pm
  • Knicks to sign Trey Burke
    The Knicks will waive Ramon Sessions on Saturday to make room to sign Trey Burke, according to Ian Begley of ESPN.

    Advice: Burke has appeared in 26 games for the Knicks G-League affiliate this season and is averaging 26.6 points, 5.3 assists and 2.7 3-pointers. However, he'll be the third-string point guard on the Knicks, behind Jarrett Jack and Frank Ntilikina. Burke can be left on waivers in standard fantasy leagues. Jan 13, 8:19 am
  • Fours wild for C.J. McCollum in NOLA
    C.J. McCollum finished with 23 points Friday in New Orleans, hitting four 3-pointers while adding four assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: McCollum shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc, banging home 4-of-10, and he added a steal and a blocked shot over his 36 minutes. He was one of four Portland starters to tally at least two triples on the evening. McCollum will look to match a season-high streak of six in a row with 20 or more points when his team plays Sunday night in the Twin Cities against the Timberwolves. Jan 12, 9:22 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 12 points in win
    Jeff Teague scored 12 points with eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, one triple and three turnovers in 33 minutes vs. the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: It was a step in the right direction after he looked rusty in his return on Wednesday with just eight points over 26 minutes. He was 3-of-11 from the field tonight, but playing 33 minutes in just his second back is a really good sign. It won't be long before he's churning out top-75 value again and that's being conservative. He gets a matchup with the Blazers on Sunday. Jan 12, 9:19 pm
  • Hair no problem for Elfrid Payton on Friday
    Elfrid Payton was able to score a team-best 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting in Friday's loss at Washington while adding eight assists, five rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: When Payton is struggling, there is talk that his crazy hairdo gets in the way and affects his shooting vision. He entered the game with just 7.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game over his past two contests, so the talk was creeping in again. This will silence the critics, as he banged home his only 3-pointer attempt and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line, too. Jan 12, 8:45 pm
  • Dinwiddie leads BKN past ATL w/ 20-10-9 line
    Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets to a 110-105 win over the Hawks on Friday with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

    Advice: He also added a steal, three triples and three turnovers in 30 minutes, and he carried the Nets down the stretch -- he went coast-to-coast to hit the go-ahead layup and knocked down a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to seal the deal. He's becoming a star right before our eyes and the Nets will figure out a way to make sure he stays relevant when D'Angelo Russell comes back -- coach Kenny Atkinson said he's considering starting them together. Jan 12, 7:53 pm
  • Darren Collison efficient from field in win
    Darren Collison was a solid 9-of-11 from the field in Friday's 97-95 win against Cleveland, finishing with a team-high 22 points.

    Advice: Collison also contributed four assists, two steals and two rebounds while adding a 3-pointer, and he was best among all Indiana starters with a plus-8 rating. It was a nice bounce-back game after his seven-point stinker against Miami on Wednesday. The 22 points are his most since he dropped 30 in Chicago on Dec. 29. He'll face a favorable matchup on the road against Phoenix on Sunday, as the Suns allow an NBA-worst 112.1 PPG. Jan 12, 7:41 pm
  • Donovan Mitchell scores 35 points in loss
    Donovan Mitchell went off for 35 points in a 99-88 loss to the Hornets on Friday, hitting 10-of-20 shots and 10-of-11 free throws in 37 minutes with five rebounds, two steals and five triples in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was the only starter who scored in double digits as the Jazz dropped to 3-10 since Rudy Gobert went down with his latest knee injury. As phenomenal as Mitchell was, he ran out of steam late in the game and missed his final four shots with four turnovers in the final five minutes, but we're not about to complain and neither will his fantasy owners. This was his fourth game of the season with 30+ points and he's giving Ben Simmons a run for his money for the ROY award. Jan 12, 6:44 pm
  • Dejounte Murray double-doubles in loss
    Dejounte Murray hit 7-of-14 shots for 14 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block in 26 minutes of Thursday's 93-81 loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were all out tonight and the Spurs threw the towel in midway through the fourth quarter. Murray's been bad, failing to score more than eight points in his previous eight games, so it was impossible to see this one coming. And since Parker (ankle) will probably be back in the next one, there's no reason to get excited about Murray Jan 11, 10:34 pm
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