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  • Mavs sign Kyle Collinsworth to another 10-day
    The Mavs will sign Kyle Collinsworth to a second 10-day contract.

    Advice: Collinsworth played a career-high 18 minutes in the Mavs win over Washington on Monday, finishing with four points, four boards and three assists. However, he belongs on the waiver wire in all fantasy formats. 6 minutes ago
  • Montrezl Harrell scores 23 points in loss
    Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points with six rebounds and one steal vs. the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He was 8-of-13 from the field and logged 31 minutes despite picking up five fouls. He helped the Clippers limit Karl-Anthony Towns to 1-of-7 shooting, and he's been way more effective than Willie Reed in the absence of DeAndre Jordan (ankle). Coach Doc Rivers said before the game that he thought Jordan would be back by now and added that he's close, so Harrell's window for fantasy value is closing. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Blake Griffin posts massive triple-double
    Blake Griffin triple-doubled in Monday's 126-118 loss to the Wolves, posting 32 points with 12 rebounds, 12 assists, one steal and two triples in 37 minutes.

    Advice: That's his second triple-double of the season and the seventh of his career. Griffin hit 13-of-22 shots and 4-of-7 free throws, but turned the ball over four times including one really bad one with the Clippers down three points in the final 20 seconds. He's been a monster lately with 23.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.4 triples over his last five games, and his outlook will be fine as long as the Clippers continue to fight for the No. 8 seed out West. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Bjelica scores 18 points w/ nine boards
    Nemanja Bjelica matched his season-high with 18 points vs. the Clippers on Monday, hitting 6-of-13 shots and 3-of-4 free throws.

    Advice: He made his second straight start for the injured Jimmy Butler (knee), but unlike last game, he closed over Marcus George-Hunt. Bjelica grabbed nine rebounds with four assists, one steal and three triples in 34 minutes, and he's now averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 triples in his last two games. If Butler continues to miss time, Bjelica will be a solid streaming option on Wednesday vs. the Blazers and Thursday vs. the Warriors. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores season-high 30 points
    Jeff Teague scored a season-high 30 points in Monday's win over the Clippers, hitting 7-of-14 shots and 16-of-17 free throws.

    Advice: The 16 free throws were three more than his previous career-high, but Teague wasn't done there, as he racked up six assists with three rebounds and a turnover in 34 minutes. He was in a funk coming into tonight's game with averages of 11.0 points, 6.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 triples on 36.8% shooting in his previous six games, and while he obviously benefitted from Jimmy Butler's (knee) absence, hopefully this a sign of things to come. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins goes off for 40 points
    Andrew Wiggins posted a season-high in points for the second time in a row in Monday's 126-118 win over the Clippers, dropping 40 points in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Wiggins hit 16-of-28 shots and 5-of-8 free throws, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three triples. He had 29 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes in his last game, and he's been the putting the Wolves on his back with Jimmy Butler missing the last two games with right knee soreness. This was the sixth game of his career with 40+ points and he'll be a monster play once again if Butler can't go vs. the Blazers on Wednesday or the Warriors on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 25 points vs. Nuggets
    Damian Lillard scored 25 points on Monday vs. the Nuggets, hitting 10-of-18 shots and 1-of-2 free throws in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Western Conference Player of the Week added eight assists, two rebounds and four triples, but Portland's three-game winning streak came to an end. Lillard's injuries appear to be behind him and he's been on fire lately, scoring 25+ points in four straight games. It'll be a huge upset if he's not named to the All-Star team on Tuesday. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Nurkic scores 19 points in loss to Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points (7-of-13 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with 12 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in a 104-101 loss to the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: This was his first game in Denver since he was traded, and it's no secret that he had an issue with coach Mike Malone when he was there -- when asked about their relationship at the morning shootaround, Nurkic plainly said they didn't have one. "He plays better when he has an edge," Damian Lillard said of Nurkic. "For Nurk, when he’s locked in, he’s focused, when he’s paying attention to the small things, too, instead of the things that jump out, that’s when you see the best version of him." He averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 57.5 percent shooting in three previous meetings, so it's easy to see why he was such a popular DFS target tonight. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores nine points in bench role
    Trey Lyles returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Blazers, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shots.

    Advice: Mason Plumlee started and fared well, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes. Lyles did log 24 minutes with six rebounds, one assist, two steals, two blocks and one triple, but coach Mike Malone's changing rotations has made life difficult for Lyles' fantasy owners. He's a hold in most leagues, at least until Paul Millsap (wrist) is back. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell scores 14 in 31 minutes
    Yogi Ferrell played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ferrell had just seven points and not much else on Saturday, but bounced back tonight. He's getting more minutes than J.J. Barea and looks like a hot pickup right now, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting and 35 minutes per night over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Blue Arrow Hits Bullseye: Murray scores 38
    Jamal Murray busted out for a career-high 38 points with five rebounds, six assists, one turnover and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Blazers during a 104-101 win on Monday.

    Advice: It was a virtuoso performance from one of the league's best point guards. Murray hit mid-range jumpers and six shots in the paint to get him to his best scoring game ever. Murray has been on a serious roll for two months, so his patient owners are laughing to the bank. Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Will Barton goes 0-of-7 from the field
    Will Barton missed all seven of his shots from the field against the Blazers on Monday, but hit 7-of-8 from the line for seven points.

    Advice: Barton got the start at small forward over Wilson Chandler, and while it may have been a matchup move, it's possible coach Malone gave him the start since he was playing against his former team (he did the same thing with Mason Plumlee). Despite the rough shooting line, Malone let Barton close this game and he was able to grab eight rebounds with two assists and a steal in 34 minutes. His splits as a starter are significantly higher, so his fantasy owners will be hoping that he makes another start vs. the Knicks on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 17 with 6 dimes
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it rolling on Monday, hitting 7-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in 31 minutes of a 98-75 blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: DSJ is rolling after a rough patch in the first half of the season, averaging 20.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. He's returning seventh-round fantasy value over his last 10 games, and fifth-round value over his last five. Hopefully he's setting up for a big second half of the season. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 11 points in win
    Mason Plumlee started and scored 11 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal in 29 minutes vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone has been changing his starting lineup a lot lately depending on the matchups, but Plumlee got the nod over Trey Lyles against his former team. You could argue that this was just his second strong game in the last two weeks, so he's hard to rely on in a standard league, starting or not. The Nuggets play the Knicks on Thursday and they use a traditional two-big lineup, so maybe Plumlee gets another start. Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • Wall, Beal & Wizards struggle with shooting
    John Wall hit 4-of-15 shots for 11 points, Bradley Beal hit 4-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, and the Wizards' starters combined to hit just 14-of-52 shots (27%) in an ugly 98-75 loss to the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: The bench wasn't much better and the Wizards hit just 31 percent of their shots in the blowout loss. Hopefully shots are falling against the Thunder on Thursday, and hopefully Wall's migraine is a distant memory by then. He was iffy coming in because of it, but was able to play. And the migraine likely explains at least part of the poor performance for Wall and his teammates tonight. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starting, Lyles to bench
    Mason Plumlee will replace Trey Lyles in the starting lineup on Monday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Plumlee and Nikola Jokic combination hasn't really worked this season, so it's puzzling that coach Mike Malone keeps going back to it, especially with the Blazers starting Al-Farouq Aminu at the four. Regardless of where he begins the game, Plumlee is a low-end fantasy option while Jokic is active. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Will Barton starts; Wilson Chandler to bench
    Will Barton will start at small forward and Wilson Chandler will move to the bench against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Barton goes against his former team and Chandler has been whisper quiet, but moving Barton into the first unit makes a lot of sense here. This could stick with coach Mike Malone really unsatisfied with his first unit, so maybe Barton trends up a bit. Chandler loses value here in his first game off the bench. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • John Wall (migraine) listed as a starter
    John Wall (migraine) is listed in the starting lineup for Monday's game vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He missed the morning shootaround and was a game-time call, meaning he's probably not 100 percent. His season-long owners should deploy him and hope for the best, and be sure to check back after the game to see how he fares. Yesterday, 5:10 pm
  • John Wall (migraine) now a game-time call
    John Wall (migraine) is now a game-time call vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Wall missed the morning shootaround, but it didn't sound like his status was in doubt. Maybe coach Scott Brooks just wants him to go through warmups first, but DFS owners will have to be careful here. If wall can't go, Tim Frazier and Tomas Satoransky will benefit, while Bradley Beal will see a bump in usage. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Wall (illness) is expected to play vs. DAL
    John Wall (illness) is expected to play vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: Wall missed the morning shootaround, but it sounds like the Wizards were just playing it safe. He's a little risky in DFS, but his season-long owners can deploy him in their lineups. We'll have an update after warmups. Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic looking forward to some revenge
    Jusuf Nurkic said he's definitely looking forward to playing the Nuggets in Denver for the first time since he was traded.

    Advice: "It's a regular game here, but over there [it's] not. So, definitely super excited for Monday, looking for another win definitely." Nurkic has averaged 20.0 points and 7.0 rebounds on 57.5 percent shooting in three previous meetings with the Nuggets (all in Portland), his highest scoring average vs. any opponent. He's been frustrating this season, but tonight's matchup should get him going again and Damian Lillard hinted that he'll have a big night. "He'll get the opportunities and hopefully he has a big game," Lillard said. "When he has big games we win." Yesterday, 6:56 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in victory
    Damian Lillard made 10-of-15 from the field for 31 points during a 117-108 win over the Mavs on Saturday, adding five rebounds, nine assists and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He was rolling to start this game, making all nine of his first shots including all seven of those treys. That's not really a surprise because Lillard is en fuego since returning from injury, averaging 26.8 points, 4.7 boards, 8.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 3.0 treys on 50.5 percent from the field and 89.7 percent from the line. The Blazers are right in the thick of the playoff race and Dame's owners can expect him to suit up for every game he can as a top-10 player in standard leagues. Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 10 points vs. Mavs
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did have some decent momentum coming into this game, but he was sloppy on both ends of the floor. Nurkic did also tweak his right elbow when he got tangled up with Salah Mejri, but it sounds like he's OK. He's been a bit of a headache in fantasy this season. Saturday, 10:23 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
  • Andrew Wiggins scores season-high 29 points
    Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook. Saturday, 10:00 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
  • Nemanja Bjelica scores eight points in start
    Nemanja Bjelica scored eight points with six rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It wasn't a huge game, but this works. Although, the last time Bjelica started at small forward he put up 24 points, eight boards, three dimes, three steals and five 3-pointers in 41 minutes. We don't know the extent of Jimmy Butler's injury yet, but it doesn't sound serious and his right knee hasn't given him problems in years. Bjelica is more of a deep add for now. Saturday, 9:51 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores seven points in loss
    Montrezl Harrell posted seven points with three rebounds and two steals over 18 minutes in Saturday's loss against the Jazz.

    Advice: Harrell, not Willie Reed, is the fantasy option you want as long as DeAndre Jordan (ankle) remains sidelined. He has played well in recent games, although this wasn't the best of his performances. Harrell could continue to have some fantasy staying power if Jordan is shipped out of town. He is worth scooping up if he is available in deeper fantasy leagues. Saturday, 9:02 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 25 points in road loss
    Blake Griffin went for 25 points across 38 minutes in Saturday's 125-113 loss at Utah.

    Advice: Griffin hit 8-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-7 from behind the arc, while going 6-of-8 from the free-throw line. He also added eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. The Clippers have a four-game schedule in the upcoming week, so Griffin is in line for a big fantasy points. He is averaging 24.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.0 steals over his past three outings. Saturday, 8:38 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica starting for Jimmy Butler
    Nemanja Bjelica is starting for Jimmy Butler against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's been a while since we've seen Bjelica play small forward and he's had some big games in that role. The Wolves have a massive hole to fill on Jimmy, so Bjelica may be a speculative add in deeper leagues. Expect more Tyus Jones and Shabazz Muhammad to help out, too. Saturday, 5:13 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 30 points against PHX
    Jamal Murray scored 30 points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and five 3-pointers during a 108-100 loss to the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He made 10-of-17 from the field with two emphatic jams in the third and also hit all five free throws. Murray did also foul out for the first time in his NBA career due to T.J. Warren getting some favorable calls. The second-year guard has been extremely durable in his NBA career and missed his first game due to a concussion, but getting back out there is another positive for Murray in his breakout campaign. He should flirt with early-round value going forward. Friday, 9:00 pm
  • Mason Plumlee moves to the bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, scoring one point with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone ditched his two-center combos in this game with Plumlee not logging a minute next to Nikola Jokic. Despite the loss, that wasn't the problem for the Nuggets, so this loss shouldn't dissuade Malone from staying away from that combo. Plumlee is a fairly easy drop candidate unless you're desperate. Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Will Barton scores eight off the bench
    Will Barton moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, making 3-of-10 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Denver second unit couldn't hang in this loss, but Barton still played down the stretch as the Nuggets failed in their comeback attempt. Barton's playing time should be close to 30 minutes even when the Nuggets are healthy, so don't worry too much about him missing shots tonight. Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores 15 points vs. Suns
    Trey Lyles scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes during his start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It's his first time starting next to Nikola Jokic and that unit looked fine. However, the Denver second unit got thumped, so maybe coach Mike Malone goes back to putting Lyles with that group. Either way, Lyles' fantasy value will depend on his shot making, so his value doesn't change too much as a starter. He's still a decent add if he was dropped. Friday, 8:39 pm
  • John Wall dishes out 11 assists in win
    John Wall posted 16 points and 11 assists over 37 minutes in Friday's road victory against the Pistons.

    Advice: Wall hit 6-of-15 from the field, including 2-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, while also chipping in with three boards and a steal. It wasn't all great, as he had five turnovers, but apparently Scott Brooks liked the effort enough. The head coach warned of changes in minutes coming if the effort wasn't there, but Wall had 37 minutes and is apparently not in the doghouse. Friday, 8:19 pm
  • Mason Plumlee to the bench
    Mason Plumlee will move to the bench against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: This move should probably stick because the two-center lineups have been costly to the Nuggets and to Nikola Jokic. Plumlee is a drop candidate in most leagues. Friday, 5:38 pm
  • Will Barton to the bench
    Will Barton will move to the bench on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: His minutes should still be there in the second unit and he'll likely be running the point when Jamal Murray is on the bench. Barton's value only takes a small hit and he should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 5:37 pm
  • Jamal Murray starting; Will Barton to bench
    Jamal Murray will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets get their point guard back after just one game off. He was cooling off before his concussion, but he gets a dream matchup against the Suns tonight. Friday, 5:35 pm
  • Trey Lyles starting next to Nikola Jokic
    Trey Lyles will start against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone may have finally ditched his two-center lineup as Lyles makes his first start. He's been a little cold as a shooter, so maybe this will get him going. Friday, 5:32 pm
  • Jamal Murray is available for Friday vs. PHX
    Jamal Murray is available to play on Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This means he has officially cleared the concussion protocol. Expect him to start and see his normal allotment of minutes tonight. He was cold before picking up the concussion, so hopefully he gets it going again. Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Malone optimistic Jamal Murray will play
    Coach Mike Malone said he’s optimistic about Jamal Murray's availability for Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Murray said he's preparing to play, so it sounds like Murray is only going to miss one game from his concussion on Tuesday. If he is back, that should move Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation and it sounds like Mason Plumlee is getting bumped from the first unit regardless. Will Barton will slide over to the wing and may even come off the bench. Friday, 4:22 pm
  • Mason Plumlee unlikely to start Friday night
    Coach Mike Malone told reporters that Mason Plumlee will likely not start Friday vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Malone said he would start "start mixing and matching starting power forwards for the foreseeable future." The goal is to get Nikola Jokic more time at center. Plumlee has been consistent but offers a limited upside in fantasy. Now that he won't be starting, his value takes an additional hit. Friday, 10:44 am
  • Jamal Murray (head) upgraded to questionable
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) has been upgraded to questionable for Friday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Murray missed Wednesday's game after taking a shot to the face Tuesday vs. Dallas. However, Murray told reporters on Friday that he has already had physical activity, including shootaround Friday morning, and will go through warmups before a final decision is made on whether he will play against the Suns. The Nuggets tip off at 9:00 pm EST, so we should have an update when coach Mike Malone speaks to the media at approximately 7:30. Friday, 10:13 am
  • Damian Lillard posts 26 points and 8 dimes
    Damian Lillard scored a game-high 26 points during a 100-86 win over the Pacers on Thursday, adding five rebounds, eight assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

    Advice: It's safe to say he's back as he's driving more and getting to the line more frequently, too. Since his return on Jan. 10, Lillard averaged 26.0 points, 4.6 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.2 treys on 47.8 percent from the field and 88.6 percent from the line -- 7.0 attempts per game from the charity stripe, too. His fantasy owners can probably expect him to flirt with top-10 value the rest of the way, especially with the Blazers in the thick of the playoff race. Thursday, 9:53 pm
  • Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic explodes for 19 & 17
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a much-needed Nurk Alert after two terrible games in favorable matchups against the Suns and Wolves, averaging just 8.5 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. On the positive side, Nurkic is finally making his shots from the field at 52.0 percent from the field this month before his 8-of-14 tonight (57.1 percent). He still has some major work to do to meet his ADP price, but things are looking up right now. Thursday, 9:48 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
  • Montrezl Harrell gets 18 points, full line
    Montrezl Harrell had another big game on Wednesday with 18 points, eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks, making 6-of-10 FGs and 6-of-13 FTs in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said before tonight's game that DeAndre Jordan's sprained ankle remains swollen and is "progressing slower than the Clippers have expected." That opens the door for Harrell to play extended minutes again on Saturday, and either way he should have secured a steady bench role. In the past five games, he's averaging 16.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks, while making 64.8% field goals. Just beware his terrible FT shooting. Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Will Barton puts up 17/6/6 as starting PG
    Will Barton started at point guard against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone gave him some heavy burn again after a 42-minute Tuesday night. Barton is likely looking at another game as the starting PG against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should be raising their expectations for that game. Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Trey Lyles scores 11 points in loss
    Trey Lyles scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: While it's a step in the right direction after scoring just three points in back-to-back games, it's still not close to what we saw from Lyles in December. Lyles really needs to make shots to have value, so he's moving from the "add" column to the "drop" section in shallower leagues. Plus, Paul Millsap (wrist) returning next month would likely hurt him even more, but he may still have three more weeks of decent value. Wednesday, 10:37 pm
  • Plumlee starting at the four
    Mason Plumlee will start against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Will Barton is sliding over to the point with Jamal Murray not playing tonight. Plumlee has lost a lot of his momentum and getting the start tonight doesn't really change his outlook once Murray can return. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Jamal Murray not expected to play Friday
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) is not expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he is not going to play tonight. Murray took a shot to his face on Tuesday, but he was able to return to the game. There's a very good chance he did play after he suffered the blow to his head, so expect the Nuggets to be extra cautious. Murray will miss his first NBA game tonight and Will Barton will be running the point in the first unit. Emmanuel Mudiay should be in the rotation off the bench. Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • No suspension for Blake Griffin
    Blake Griffin will not be suspended for his Monday incident against the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a small surprise with the Clippers getting off light. Griffin can be put into all lineups and may actually be a strong DFS play against the Nuggets tonight. Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core) is available
    Mason Plumlee (core) is available to play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team is calling it a lateral trunk strain and it would appear he'll be out there in a back-to-back set. Plumlee did not play next to Nikola Jokic on Tuesday, and that will probably continue tonight. He's not a great fantasy asset these days. Wednesday, 2:05 pm
  • Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) out vs. LA
    Jamal Murray (concussion protocol) will not play against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury happened on Tuesday night and Murray was diagnosed with a facial contusion. He did return to the game in the fourth, but the team monitored him through the night and Wednesday morning. Murray does not have a timetable to return, but hopefully this is more of a day-to-day issue. With him out, that should mean Emmanuel Mudiay gets in the rotation again while Will Barton plays more PG. That should also open up minutes for Torrey Craig and Malik Beasley.Daily Slant: Believe it or not, with Millsap/Murray and non-active Nuggets off the floor, Emmanuel Mudiay actually leads the team in usage at 25.9% (0.85 FPPM). While the majority of that production came with the second-unit against back-ups, Mudiay does enter the DFS discussion but remains a low-floor/high-ceiling option. Will Barton is the safer target with a higher ceiling, as he figures to pick up ball-handling duties. Wednesday, 1:35 pm
  • Mason Plumlee (core strain) probable vs. LAC
    Mason Plumlee (core strain) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Plumlee will likely be dealing with this core strain for the remainder of the season, but it shouldn't cost him any game-time action. He's not worth owning anywhere. Wednesday, 10:46 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 31 points in win
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-19 shots and four 3-pointers for 31 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 36 minutes of Tuesday's 118-111 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Devin Booker stole the headlines with his 43-point performance, but despite the final score, the Blazers were in control of this game throughout, with Lillard and C.J. McCollum (27 points, 3 steals, 2 blocks, 6 3-pointers) leading the charge. Lillard's been back from his calf injury for four games and hasn't missed a beat, going off for 26 points, 7.8 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 3-pointers in those four games. Tuesday, 9:49 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 22 minutes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.

    Advice: He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays 14 minutes off bench
    Mason Plumlee moved to the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas, playing 14 minutes with five points and three rebounds.

    Advice: He played exclusively as the backup center and didn't see any minutes next to Jokic. He was a deep-league asset even as a starter, so he belongs on the wire in most leagues even if this was a temporary move. Tuesday, 9:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Jamal Murray struggles again
    Jamal Murray had another off night on Tuesday vs. Dallas, scoring seven points on 3-of-9 shots in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He added just three rebounds, one assist, one triple and three turnovers, and this comes on the heels of a two-point dud on Saturday. Murray is pretty streaky, but he has no competition for minutes right now and coach Malone went back to him late in the game even though he was cold. He has a great chance to bounce back on Wednesday vs. Milos Teodosic and the Clippers. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell goes for 13 & 7 off bench
    Yogi Ferrell moved to the bench with J.J. Barea out (groin) on Tuesday and hit 5-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 35 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Mavs started Maxi Kleber, who did nothing, and Ferrell was instrumental in helping the Mavs win the fourth quarter 33-19 and giving his team a chance to win the game. Ferrell's generally more fun to use when he's starting, but has scored in double figures in four straight games. If you picked him up and used him this week, we're at the halfway mark, with Dallas finishing their week on Saturday against the Blazers. Tuesday, 8:47 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
  • 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
  • Mason Plumlee will come off the bench
    Mason Plumlee will come off the bench on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He was considered probable to play with a core strain, but the Nuggets will make a lineup switch to counter Dallas small-ball lineup. There's no word on whether or not this will be more than a temporary move, but this matchup is better suited for guys like Wilson Chandler and Trey Lyles. Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. Dallas on Tuesday
    Will Barton will start against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: It sounds like this is a matchup move, but Barton is worth deploying in fantasy lineups regardless of where he begins the game. He'll join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Tuesday, 5:54 pm
  • Nemanja Bjelica ejected Tuesday night
    Nemanja Bjelica was ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game vs. Orlando after getting into an altercation with Arron Afflalo.

    Advice: Both players received double technical fouls after jawing at one another earlier in the quarter. Then, a few minutes later, Afflalo threw a right-handed punch to Bjelica's face. Gorgui Dieng could see a few extra minutes in the second half of Tuesday's contest with Bjelica out of the game. Tuesday, 4:52 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell solid against old team
    Montrezl Harrell posted 10 points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots over 32 minutes in Monday's win against the Rockets, his former team.

    Advice: Harrell had a chance to exact a little revenge against his old teammates with DeAndre Jordan (ankle) on the shelf and only Willie Reed standing in his way. While Reed started, he was limited to 10 minutes, opening the door for the more gifted offensive player Harrell to shine. He hit 4-of-7 from the field and 2-of-3 from the free-throw line while posting a plus-8 rating. As long as Jordan is sidelined Harrell has some short-term fantasy and DFS appeal. Monday, 11:28 pm
  • Blake Griffin ejected late Monday vs. Houston
    Blake Griffin was ejected late during Monday's 113-102 victory, finishing with 29 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and a steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Griffin and Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni were assessed technicals for exchanging words in the fourth quarter, then Griffin was hit with a second tech after jawing with Trevor Ariza. Blake hit 11-of-22 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, and his point total was his highest since Nov. 25, a span of nine games and a couple of injuries. The buy-low window will slam shut if he is able to replicate these results Wednesday against the visiting Nuggets. We'll see if there is any disciplinary action after his two techs. Monday, 11:00 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points with nine assists
    John Wall went 7-of-22 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, one triple, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 41 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has finally been trending in a positive direction over the past few weeks, posting averages of 25.9 points, 11.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 triples and 5.3 turnovers per contest on 44.2% shooting from the field and 70.7% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-15 value when punting turnovers. Wall hasn’t been great from the charity stripe this season, but as a career 78.5% shooting from the line, it should only be a matter of time until he’s draining those. Monday, 2:11 pm
  • 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
  • Nemanja Bjelica productive off Wolves' bench
    Nemanja Bjelica had another productive game on Sunday, coming off the bench with five points, five rebounds, one 3-pointer and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Tom Thibodeau had nothing but praise for Bjelica after Friday's game, when he scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting. "When [Bjelica] plays the small forward position, it makes us real long," he said. "The 3-point shooting is obviously something we need and it opens up the floor. He complements all of our players well, the starters and the bench guys." Thibs' high praise aside, Bjelica isn't a standard-league asset while the Wolves' frontcourt is healthy. Jan 14, 9:19 pm
  • Damian Lillard's 21/8/6 not enough vs. Wolves
    Damian Lillard had 21 points, eight assists, six rebounds, one steal in a road loss vs. the Wolves on Sunday, making 7-of-14 field goals and 5-of-6 free throws in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard joined Klay Thompson as the only players in NBA history to make at least 100 three-pointers in their first six NBA seasons -- he finished 2-of-6 behind the arc tonight. The Blazers were a fantasy wasteland tonight, other than Lillard and Pat Connaughton, but they should fare much better at home vs. the Suns on Tuesday. Jan 14, 9:17 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
    Jusuf Nurkic had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 20 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss in Minnesota.

    Advice: The Blazers' big man has struggled with consistency all season, so this is nothing new for fantasy owners. He was coming off a strong effort in 31 minutes on Friday but couldn't keep up with Karl-Anthony Towns defensively tonight, which helps explain the dip in playing time. We expect to see him back in his typical 24-30 minute range in the Blazers' upcoming three-game week. Jan 14, 9:15 pm
  • 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
  • Shot abandons Trey Lyles in San Antonio
    Trey Lyles finished with just three points, five rebounds and one assist with a minus-9 rating in 20 minutes off the bench Saturday at San Antonio.

    Advice: Lyles had an awful 1-of-9 shooting night, snapping a career-high 14-game streak with double-digit points. He was able to extend his streak to 12 straight games with five or more rebounds. Chalk it up as just one bad outing. He has been a top-70 fantasy option over the past month. He'll remain a decent fantasy option until Paul Millsap (wrist) is healthy enough to return. Jan 13, 9:00 pm
  • Blue Arrow pointing down on Saturday
    Jamal Murray managed just two points in Saturday's dismal 112-80 loss in San Antonio.

    Advice: Murray was able to hit just 1-of-7 from the floor, going 0-of-3 from behind the arc, while adding two assists and a rebound with a minus-18 rating. The two-point stinker snaps a career-high 10-game streak with double-digit points. He has hit just 2-of-14 (14.3 percent) from the field over the past two outings, as The Blue Arrow is in a bit of a funk. It didn't help facing a decent defensive club on their home court. He should find more room to operate on Tuesday against Dallas. Jan 13, 8:53 pm
  • John Wall drops 16 dimes in OT victory
    John Wall finished with 23 points while tying a season high with 16 assists over 40 minutes in Saturday's overtime victory against the Nets.

    Advice: Wall wasn't the big star on Polish Heritage Night in D.C., as that honor belonged to Marcin Gortat. But Wall made it a successful night and sent the home crowd home happy. If you're wondering what sixteen is in Polish, and who wouldn't be, it's 'szesnascie'. Wall has managed nine or more assists in each of his six January outings, and seven in a row. His six-game run with at least one blocked shot came to an end, however. Jan 13, 7:34 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores 17 points off bench
    Montrezl Harrell netted 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting Saturday, to go with six rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one turnover in 22 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Harrell should be flirting with minutes in the mid-20s while DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is on the sidelines, which is enough floor time for him to make a meaningful impact in fantasy hoops. Jordan's ankle injury doesn't seem very serious, but if you picked up Harrell during his recent three-game hot streak, you might as well just keep him until he gives you a reason to send him to the wire. Jan 13, 4:59 pm
  • Blake Griffin struggles with shot in win
    Blake Griffin went 3-of-8 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to 11 points, four boards, one 3-pointer, nine assists and five turnovers in 29 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Ugly shooting has been a consistent issue for Griffin this season, who is currently connecting on a career-worst 42.9% of his shot attempts. Some of that has to do with the fact that he's jacking up a career-high 5.7 triples per contest, but the lack of spacing in Los Angeles hasn't done him any favors either. That said, he's still managed to produce top-60 value on the year and there's room for improvement, so he's someone to think about as a buy-low target. Jan 13, 4:44 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell double-doubles in overtime loss
    Yogi Ferrell notched an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double in 43 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Ferrell also added four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in the loss, and he tends to play well when given the minutes. As a starter this season, Ferrell has produced averages of 12.1 points, 2.1 triples, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 43.9% shooting, so as long as he’s starting, he’s worth owning in deep leagues. Jan 13, 3:02 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
  • Mavs sign G Kyle Collinsworth to 10-day deal
    The Mavs have signed Kyle Collinsworth to a 10-day contract.

    Advice: Dallas initially signed Collinsworth to a two-way contract back in December, but then waived him last week to open up a roster spot for Jalen Jones. Collinsworth can be ignored in all fantasy formats, as he is unlikely to crack the Mavs rotation. Jan 13, 9:21 am
  • Trey Lyles scores 16 points vs. Memphis
    Trey Lyles scored 16 points on 7-of-13 shots vs. the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He struggled from the line (2-of-5 FTs), but it was another solid outing for Lyles with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 29 minutes. He failed to hit a 3-pointer for the first time since Dec. 8 and has been a top-70 value in standard category leagues for the past month, and the only thing that can slow him down is the eventual return of Paul Millsap (wrist). Jan 12, 10:49 pm
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in start
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup with Gary Harris (personal) out on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barton was cold coming into tonight's game with January averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 35.9% shooting, so he was in need of a confidence booster. Harris was tending to a "private family matter" and could be back on Saturday, so Barton will be back on the bench if that happens. He's worth owning even when his shot isn't falling, as his assists give him a decent floor. Jan 12, 10:38 pm
  • Damian Lillard good for 23 points on Friday
    Damian Lillard (right calf strain) was in the lineup Friday at New Orleans, and he finished with 23 points across 38 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard didn't play with any type of minutes cap, and he hit 9-of-22 from the floor while adding eight assists, three steals and two rebounds. His shot was a bit off, and he was just 2-of-11 from behind the 3-point line, too, but whenever he is in the lineup he is an obvious must-start across the board in all fantasy formats. Jan 12, 9:25 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
  • Jusuf Nurkic goes for 19 points in road loss
    Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points across 31 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Nurkic was a very efficient 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while adding five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal. The Pelicans didn't do very well on interior defense and Nurk was able to take advantage. It was a very nice bounce back game after his dud Wednesday in Houston snapped a five-game streak with 10 or more points. Jan 12, 9:17 pm
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