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  • Danilo Gallinari (glute) out on Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (glute) will not play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and Gallo is expected to miss at least 3-6 more days. Wes Johnson went off on Wednesday with 24 points on just 11 possessions used, so he'll get another chance to produce. Don't expect him to repeat, but he's worth a short-term look. 47 minutes ago
  • Avery Bradley (groin) will play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: There was some concern raised when Bradley sat out of Wednesday's practice; however, it appears it Pistons were simply attempting to limit his reps. Bradley got off to a bit of a slow start this season, but has been increasingly effective on the offensive end of the floor. He's averaging 19.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 3-pointers over his last nine games. Today, 9:28 am
  • Andre Drummond, Avery Bradley will play Fri
    Andre Drummond (dental implant) and Avery Bradley (groin tightness) will play Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Both players missed practice on Wednesday, but it appears that was only precautionary. Drummond has been playing at a high level over the first five weeks of the season. He is currently averaging 13.5 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds and a career-high 3.4 assists, to go along with 1.5 steals and 1.2 blocks. Drummond is also shooting 61.5 percent from the free-throw line, far above his career average of 39.1 percent. Today, 9:23 am
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play Fri
    Ryan Anderson (illness) is practicing on Friday and is expected to play Saturday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Anderson missed his first game of the season on Wednesday, when the Rockets beat the Nuggets by 30. P.J. Tucker replaced Anderson in the starting lineup and finished with seven points and 11 rebounds in 35 minutes on Wednesday. Tucker will get bumped back to the bench with Anderson returning to action. Today, 9:21 am
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson probable vs. NY
    Eric Gordon (sore calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are practicing Friday and are expected to play Saturday vs. the Knicks, according to Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen.

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

    Advice: Zhou will be up and down all season, and it won't have any fantasy impact, as he is not a part of Houston's rotation. Today, 9:07 am
  • Moe Harkless demoted to bench on Friday
    Moe Harkless will be replaced in the starting lineup by Pat Connaughton Friday vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Harkless has been a mess this entire month. Over the Blazers last 12 games, he is averaging just 4.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 25.0 minutes, while shooting 13.3 percent from downtown and 62.5 percent from the free-throw stripe. His dud on Wednesday (one point, zero rebounds and zero assists in 18 minutes) forced coach Terry Stotts' hand. Harkless will compete for minutes off the bench with Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier. If you have been holding on to Harkless, it's time to cut him loose. Today, 8:59 am
  • Pat Connaughton to start at SF on Friday
    Pat Connaughton will start in place of Moe Harkless on Friday afternoon vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Connaughton will join Dame Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Noah Vonleh and Jusef Nurkic in the Blazers starting five. This will be the second career start for Connaughton. He's averaging just 3.5 points and 2.0 rebounds over 16.1 minutes in the 11 games the Blazers have played this month. Despite Harkless' ineffectiveness leading to his demotion, Connaughton will split minutes with Harkless, Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier, which limits Connaughton's fantasy value. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues for now. Today, 8:51 am
  • Joakim Noah (illness) out Friday and Saturday
    Joakim Noah (illness) will miss Friday's game vs. the Hawks and Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said Noah did not make the two-game road trip with the team because he didn't want to risk Noah getting the other players sick. This has no fantasy implications, as Noah is not part of the rotation and has yet to appear in a regular season game this season. Today, 8:48 am
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) available to play Fri
    Trevor Booker (left ankle) is available to play Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Tyler Zeller will draw another start at center on Friday. Booker, who was sidelined on Wednesday, will split minutes off the bench with Quincy Acy and Jarrett Allen. Today, 8:38 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) ruled out for Friday
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Cavs.

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

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

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

    Advice: No fantasy impact to note here, as Noah is not a part of the Knicks rotation. He has yet to be activated since he finished serving his 20-game suspension earlier this month. Today, 6:52 am
  • C.J. Miles (personal) doubtful for Friday
    C.J. Miles (personal) is listed as "not with the team" in the game notes for Friday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: No word on the reason for Miles absence, but it's safe to assume he will miss Friday's game. We should have confirmation after the Raptors shootaround. Miles has been playing well of late. He's scored in double-figures in six straight games and is averaging 13.8 points, while shooting .477 (21-for-44) from 3-point range during this span. If Miles does not play, Norman Powell and OG Anunoby will soak up extra minutes. Today, 6:34 am
  • Agent says Nets are resting Timofey Mozgov
    The agent for Timofey Mozgov said the Nets informed him they planned to rest Mozgov, whom they felt was worn down from the FIBA European championships this summer.

    Advice: Mozgov played in a total of 20 games (11 of them were "friendlies") this summer. The hope is that added rest will help Mozgov gain strength and improve his conditioning. Mozgov has been a DNP-CD for three straight games. Even when he was fully healthy and starting, Mozgov played more than 18 minutes just once this season. Despite his hefty salary, Mozgov won't play significant minutes for the Nets anytime soon. He should be left on the waiver wire. Today, 6:23 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) close to returning
    Coach Alvin Gentry said that Omer Asik (illness) is "getting really close" to returning to game action.

    Advice: Asik hasn't appeared in a game since February of last season. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease and lost 30 pounds over the course of a few months. "He's getting really close, I think, to being able to play a few minutes here and there," Gentry said. "He hasn't been able to run or condition or anything like that. Even when he's released to play, it's going to take a while for him to be able to play anything other than really short spurts." Even when fully healthy, Asik has limited fantasy value. He should be left on waivers in all leagues. Today, 6:11 am
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) probable for Friday
    Trevor Booker (left ankle) is probable for Friday's matinee game with the Blazers.

    Advice: We get a Friday game at noon EST and we should have more info on Booker at about 10:30 in the morning. He did not play on Wednesday despite what looked like a minor ankle issue. If he's back, that could mean Tyler Zeller moves from a Wednesday starter to out of the rotation. Jarrett Allen could still be in the mix, but it's not certain. Yesterday, 4:06 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) travels to Cleveland
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) traveled with the team to Cleveland and is listed as questionable for Friday.

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

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

    Advice: Game notes are never a sure thing and we don't even know if Batum has undergone any tests yet, but his owners can consider this good news for now. While we wait for more information, make sure Jeremy Lamb isn't sitting on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Moe Harkless invisible in 18 minutes vs. PHI
    Moe Harkless vanished on Wednesday, finishing with just one point and no other stats to his credit in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Yikes. Harkless hasn't scored double-digit points in a single game this month and his minutes are trending down in a hurry. He was benched for the final 18 minutes tonight, in favor of Evan Turner and Shabazz Napier, and there's no reason to cling to him in any format. Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (left elbow) will not return
    Nicolas Batum (left elbow contusion) will not return to Wednesday's game and Jeremy Lamb started in his place for the second half.

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

    Advice: The good news is he is active for this game. Asik likely won't see minutes while the Pelicans are healthy and in close games. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) out Wednesday vs. DEN
    Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: P.J. Tucker has a decent chance of moving into the starting five tonight, and he might be someone to consider throwing out there as a punt play in daily leagues with a favorable matchup against Denver. Luc Mbah a Moute should also see an uptick in minutes, and he too could be used as a punt or low-end streamer in deep leagues. Wednesday, 3:47 pm
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson officially out
    Eric Gordon (sore calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are out for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: The good news on this is that it's just being called soreness for Gordon. Plus, the Rockets don't play again until Saturday, so he's basically getting a week off from game action. With him out, Bobby Brown or even Troy Williams could be added to the rotation, or the Rockets could add more minutes to their usual rotation. P.J. Tucker is going to start tonight. Wednesday, 3:43 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) doubtful Wednesday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) has been downgraded to doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Anderson unavailable tonight, Luc Mbah a Moute could be in line for a start and there will be more minutes available for P.J. Tucker in the second unit. Anderson was initially expected to play, so he should be over this illness in time for Saturday's game against the Knicks. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Eric Gordon, Ryan Anderson doubtful vs. DEN
    Eric Gordon (calf) and Ryan Anderson (illness) are doubtful to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He did not practice on Tuesday, but he did go through some work at shootaround on Wednesday. The Nets are likely going to be very careful with Booker throughout the year, so he may start to trend down after the break. With him out tonight, Tyler Zeller will get the start while Jarrett Allen should be in the rotation. Keep an eye on Allen in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 3:09 pm
  • Avery Bradley (groin) expected to play Friday
    Avery Bradley (groin tightness) sat out Wednesday's practice but he's expected to play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Bradley doesn't have a history of groin issues, so it sounds like the Pistons were just playing it safe here in order to give him a full two days off prior to Friday's in OKC. Owners can expect to get another update following Friday morning's shootaround, but for now, it doesn't seem like there's too much to worry about here. Wednesday, 10:45 am
  • Andre Drummond, Bradley probable Friday
    Andre Drummond (dental implant) and Avery Bradley (groin tightness) did not practice on Wednesday, but both are expected to play Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Drummond might not be able to gorge himself at Thanksgiving after the dental implant, but it doesn't sound like he's in any danger of missing Friday's game. Bradley's injury is slightly more concerning, but it sounds like his absence from Wednesday's practice was more precautionary than anything else. Check back for another update following Friday morning's shootaround. Wednesday, 10:42 am
  • Trevor Booker goes through shootaround
    Trevor Booker (ankle) reportedly "worked pretty hard" at shootaround, but he remains questionable to play Wednesday vs. Pheonix.

    Advice: Booker wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, and while it's encouraging that he was able to go hard at shootaround, it needs to be noted that Brooklyn often errs on the side of caution with injuries. He'll likely be a game-time call tonight, but if he's not able to give it a go, that would open up a lot of opportunity for Jarrett Allen. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 10:07 am
  • Omer Asik (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Omer Asik (illness) has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: This is the first time Asik has been hit with the questionable-tag this season, but regardless of his playing status, he won't be receiving enough minutes in New Orleans while Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy to make an impact in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 9:16 am
  • Rockets assign Zhou Qi to G-League
    Zhou Qi has been assigned to the G-League.

    Advice: No fantasy impact to note here, as Zhou is not a part of the Rockets rotation. Tuesday, 2:18 pm
  • Asik (illness) present at Tuesday's practice
    Omer Asik (illness) was present during Tuesday's practice and head coach Alvin Gentry said he hopes to have Asik back on the court "at some point this year."

    Advice: Asik has been dealing with a pretty severe illness, so it's nice to see that he's at least at the point where he can attend practices. That said, the Pelicans are in no rush to get him back, and he won't play much at all once cleared as long as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all settings. Tuesday, 2:13 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he seems much closer to doubtful, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see a bump in minutes, with Allen offering the most upside. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) is day-to-day
    Trevor Booker (ankle) was unable to practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to coach Kenny Atkinson.

    Advice: Booker initially tweaked his ankle Friday vs. Utah and then aggravated the injury Sunday vs. Golden State. On Monday, he said the sprain is "not too bad" but was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. If Booker is unable to suit up, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would likely divvy up the additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:17 am
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play Wed
    Ryan Anderson (illness) is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Anderson was unable to practice on Monday but is expected to get back on the practice floor Tuesday, although possibly in a limited fashion. Anderson, a 3-point specialist, is averaging 2.8 treys per game this season, tied for ninth-most in the NBA. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Nicolas Batum scores season-high 17 in win
    Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes of Monday's 118-102 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Batum has only been back for four games this season and is starting to rack up some production, averaging 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers thus far. He was worth the wait if you sat on him for the early part of the season. Monday, 7:39 pm
  • Andre Drummond awful in loss to Cavaliers
    Andre Drummond hit just 3-of-7 shots and 2-of-6 free throws on his way to just eight points, a season-low eight rebounds, zero blocks and six turnovers in Monday's ugly loss to the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Pistons shut Drummond down after just 25 minutes in the blowout and this will not only go down as his worst game of the season, but one of the worst of his career. He's also really struggling with turnovers, committing six in each of his last two games, and is averaging 5.0 turnovers a game over his last six. Drummond had 20 points, 16 rebounds and two blocks on Sunday, so don't panic over Monday's disaster. Monday, 6:20 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari out another 7-10 days
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) said that he'll be out for another 7-10 days.

    Advice: This timetable isn't set in stone, but at least we have an idea of where he's at in his rehab. Wes Johnson isn't the most consistent player, but he has been stepping up for the Clippers and could have some short-term value this week. Monday, 5:14 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) won't play on Monday
    Danilo Gallinari (hip) will remain on the sidelines for Monday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: This will be his seventh consecutive game on the sidelines, and with no reports of him ramping up his activity level at practice, we have to assume he's not close. Wes Johnson will continue to start in his absence, and he's someone to consider as a low-end streamer in deep leagues for owners seeking some steals, triples and a trickle of swats. Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) will miss practice
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not attend Monday's practice.

    Advice: The Rockets don't play until Wednesday, but with a total of two games on the schedule in Week 6, he's safe to bench in weekly formats even if he doesn't miss any time. Anderson is hitting 2.8 triples per game this season, but he's basically a one-trick pony in fantasy. Monday, 9:12 am
  • Andre Drummond gets 20 & 16 w/ full line
    Andre Drummond hauled in nine offensive rebounds on Sunday, finishing with 16 boards, 20 points, four assists, two steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond left in the third quarter in obvious pain, apparently due to a left elbow/forearm injury, but he looked fine upon returning. It's possible he banged his funny bone and we'll leave him off the injury report prior to Monday's game vs. Cleveland. Sunday, 6:35 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Eric Gordon good for three 3-pointers
    Eric Gordon ended up with 12 points across 29 minutes off the bench in Saturday's win in Memphis.

    Advice: Gordon wasn't terribly efficient, as he made just 3-of-10 from behind the arc while missing his only attempt from inside the paint. However, he still ended up with a game-best plus-27 rating. He was seeing extended minutes with the game out of reach in the second half, as the Rockets were able to give Chris Paul and James Harden rest. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Ryan Anderson posts three triples in road win
    Ryan Anderson posted 13 points with four rebounds and an assist across 27 minutes in Saturday's blowout win in Memphis.

    Advice: Anderson finished 4-of-7 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, before resting for a good chunk of the fourth quarter. Anderson has knocked down nine triples over his past two outings, and that's really what sets him apart for fantasy owners. In fact, he has at least one 3-pointer made in each of his 17 games this season, averaging 2.8 triples per outing. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Nicolas Batum does a little of everything
    Nicolas Batum finished Saturday's win against the Clippers with 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 28 minutes.

    Advice: This was Batum's best all-around stat line in three outings since returning from a preseason elbow injury. He is still just 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc, but he'll round into form soon. Head coach Steve Clifford said there would be nights Batum would play less as they work to get him up to speed, and so far he is averaging 29.0 minutes per game. Once he gets back to his normal 34-35 minutes per outing his fantasy owners are really going to be happy. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Joakim Noah patiently waiting for opportunity
    Joakim Noah, who has yet to be activated since returning from his suspension, said he "understands the situation."

    Advice: The Knicks have four quality centers on their roster. Enes Kanter, Kyle O’Quinn and Willy Hernangomez are all ahead of Noah on the depth chart. Thus, it's hard to envision Noah finding a path to playing time as long as two of those three players are healthy. "I’m going to do my best in a team setting. That’s always been who I’ve been. I just want to be true to myself," said Noah. He should be left on waivers in all fantasy formats. Saturday, 7:51 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) ruled out Saturday
    Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) is listed as out for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Saturday will mark the sixth straight game Gallinari has missed. He reportedly still isn't practicing, so it's unclear when we can expect him back in the lineup. Wes Johnson has been starting in place of Gallo. Johnson had his best game of the season on Friday, finishing with 15 points, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes. However, Johnson averaged just 6.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in his four previous starts. Saturday, 7:15 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Mozzy gets a DNP-CD
    Timofey Mozgov was a DNP-CD on Friday.

    Advice: There's really no reason to play Mozgov in this offense. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores nine points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes against the Pacers during a 107-100 loss on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Pistons with a 22-point lead during the third quarter. As for Drummond, that makes it 15 straight games with 12-plus boards, which puts him one shy of Moses Malone's record of 16 straight games with 12-plus boards to start an NBA season. While Drummond's free throw shooting has dropped from that absurd 77.8 percent he had as of Nov. 7, at least he's been at 50 percent or better in each of his last four games. Drummond is a playing big minutes and has a chance at a 20-15 in almost any matchup. Friday, 6:39 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. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Ron Baker (shoulder) ruled out Friday
    Ron Baker (shoulder) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Baker had been dealing with an ankle issue earlier this season, but this is the first we are hearing of a shoulder injury. However, he has not played since the first week of the season, so there is no fantasy impact to note. Baker belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. Friday, 7:50 am
  • 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. Thursday, 10:24 pm
  • Eric Gordon 13 points off the bench
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points off the bench against the Suns on Thursday, adding two rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: If not for garbage time, Gordon would've probably been right at his normal usage and playing time. However, this was certainly a good matchup and Chris Paul will have to take a least a piece of Gordon's 33.3 minutes and 22.1 points per game. Gordon should still have a chance to score in the teens, but expect him to trend down in most fantasy leagues. Thursday, 10:22 pm
  • CP3, Harden, Ariza, Ryan & Capela starting
    Chris Paul, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Clint Capela will start against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: That means Eric Gordon will move back to his sixth-man role and that should continue going forward. He was absolutely on fire coming into the week, but he scored just 12 points on Tuesday in a loss to the Raptors. He was an obviously sell-high candidate, but he should still have enough value to use in most matchups. Thursday, 6:48 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (hip) listed as out Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (hip) is listed as out for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Clippers are beginning a 5-game road trip on Friday, but Gallo is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" according to coach Doc Rivers. However, Gallo is still not practicing and it's not a lock that he'll play at all on this trip. Wes Johnson and Sam Dekker will hold down the fort at SF, but neither player can be trusted in most fantasy leagues. Thursday, 8:27 am
  • Joakim Noah will remain on inactive list
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said Joakim Noah will remain on the inactive list going forward.

    Advice: "Jo’s a great team guy," Hornacek said. "He wants us to win. He sees how they’re playing right now. He doesn’t want to have to rock the boat but he is competitive and he wants to be out there to help us." Hornacek added that Noah has handled this "professionally," but it's likely just a matter of time before the Knicks try to clean up their logjam at center. Thursday, 7:17 am
  • Avery Bradley scores season-high 28
    Avery Bradley hit 8-of-18 shots and a season-high six 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 28 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's scored at least 20 points in three straight games and is averaging 22.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.8 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in November. Hopefully you hung in there with him during the early, dark days. Thursday, 2:59 am
  • Pat Connaughton starts 2nd half, benched late
    Pat Connaughton started the second half of Wednesday's game but finished with just two points, two assists and one rebound in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Connaughton was basically a placeholder in the second half and he didn't play the final 17 minutes of a close game, as Terry Stotts opted to play Shabazz Napier a ton down the stretch. It would take a few injuries for Connaughton to spring loose as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum gets 16/6/5 in return Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play 20-22 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He's on the inactive list, out of the rotation and irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 2:50 pm
  • Joakim Noah will not play Wednesday vs. Utah
    Joakim Noah will not play Wednesday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This will be the second game in a row that the Knicks will keep their second-highest paid player on the inactive roster, which indicates that Noah might not even be in the rotation this season. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Doc: Gallinari out for at least 1-2 more
    Coach Doc Rivers said Danilo Gallinari (hip) is not expected to play "for at least one or two of these games" on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers are really shorthanded and it's part of the reason they're on a six-game losing streak. Gallinari did not practice on Wednesday and Rivers didn't sound too encouraged he can make it back for most of the upcoming five-game road trip. With him out, it's been Wes Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell, Jawun Evans and the rest of the rotation picking up the slack. Wednesday, 2:28 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits six triples in win over HOU
    C.J. Miles hit 6-of-12 shots, all of which were 3-pointers, on his way to 19 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and a block in just 17 minutes off the Raptors' bench in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

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

    Advice: This was his first game without a 3-pointer since the season opener. Prior to this dud, Gordon was one of the hottest SGs in the NBA with 22.9 points and 4.0 triples per game which ranked 2nd in the NBA behind James Harden. With Chris Paul (knee) targeting a return to action on Thursday, Gordon's owners should expect a dip in value, so his sell-high window is closing. Tuesday, 8:06 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov plays six minutes off bench
    Timofey Mozgov came off the bench and played just six minutes vs. Boston on Tuesday with two points and one rebound.

    Advice: He wasn't a fantasy asset as the full-time starter and the move to the bench completely takes him off the radar. It won't be long before Jarrett Allen passes him on the depth chart as well. Tuesday, 7:14 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov will come off the bench Weds
    Timofey Mozgov will head to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: He's being replaced by Trevor Booker in the starting unit, and it'll be interesting to see what his minutes look like tonight in a reserve role with Jarrett Allen (foot) returning to action. Mozgov hasn't done anything noteworthy this season, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all formats. Tuesday, 3:49 pm
  • Moe Harkless scores two points in win
    Moe Harkless scored two points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 20 minutes vs. Denver on Monday.

    Advice: Harkless was one of the most improved players in the NBA last season, but he hasn't looked quite right in 2017-18. Despite playing nearly 30 minutes per game, Harkless' season averages (prior to Monday) of 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.9 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.7 triples just aren't getting it done for most fantasy owners. Monday, 9:37 pm
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