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  • Nikola Jokic is good to go
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is available to play on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: He's been awesome lately, but he won't have his second-unit mate Wilson Chandler (hip). In the last two games he's been back, Jokic played 41 of his 49 minutes next to Chandler. Among the players who played the last two, Chandler has a team-high 25.2 usage rate and is second in minutes. 42 minutes ago
  • Wilson Chandler (right hip) out for Saturday
    Wilson Chandler (right hip soreness) will not play against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: This is the same hip that kept him out all of last season and needed surgery, so this isn't a minor thing. That said, it's just soreness, so don't panic on him. Chandler has played way too many minutes because he's been the best and most consistent player. With Chandler out of the lineup, Kenneth Faried may be back in the mix while Darrell Arthur and Juancho Hernagomez get boosts, as well. Expect bigger usage rates for Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray in the second unit. 49 minutes ago
  • Julius Randle (hip) feels fine
    Julius Randle (hip) said he feels fine and is expected to play on Sunday.

    Advice: He had an ugly fall at the end of Friday's loss to the Suns. Randle was down for about 15 seconds and looked OK after that. He should be ready to roll on Sunday, but his usage and assists could take a dip with D'Angelo Russell getting closer. Today, 1:11 pm
  • Nick Young still out for Sunday night
    Nick Young (calf) will not play on Sunday against the Knicks.

    Advice: He went through all of Saturday's practice, which was a big step for him to be cleared. Young has said for most of this week that he wants to play Monday, so there's a real chance that happens. When he's back, Luol Deng figures to take the biggest hit in playing time. Brandon Ingram could play fewer minutes, but the Lakers want to play him. Young can be picked up for owners seeking a scoring boost. Today, 12:42 pm
  • Tarik Black out again for Sunday night
    Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not practice and it sounds like he's going to miss more games. The Lakers have called on Thomas Robinson to take most of his minutes while Larry Nance and Julius Randle have seen a slight uptick in minutes. Black has almost no value in fantasy. Today, 12:36 pm
  • Blake Griffin listed as questionable
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday against Pelicans.

    Advice: This is off the game notes, but the Clippers are not shooting around today. That means we may not get an update on Griffin until about 9:00 EST this evening. He's going to be a game-time call for a nagging knee issue. If he's out, Paul Pierce would likely start while the other wings step up. DeAndre Jordan also gets a huge bump sans BG. Today, 11:20 am
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) won't play Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) will not play Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: This will be the second straight game Hood has missed due to his hamstring. Hood may have rushed back too soon earlier this week and the Jazz will likely err on the side of caution going forward, making sure he is as close to 100% as possible before trotting him back out there. With starting point guard George Hill also out on Saturday, Gordon Hayward (finger) is active and will be asked to shoulder the majority of the offensive load. Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will also see an uptick in minutes. Today, 10:23 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) available to play Sunday
    Nerlens Noel (knee) will be available to make his regular-season debut Sunday against the Pistons.

    Advice: Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. He has been practicing with the team for weeks and is finally ready to get back on the court. Noel enters an unfavorable fantasy situation, due to the glut of quality bigs on the Sixers roster. Embiid has been phenomenal and will start and play at least 25 minutes whenever he suits up. Embiid will not play Sunday, but when he is available, Noel will likely have to compete for minutes behind Embidd with fellow bigs Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes. Today, 10:02 am
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will play Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Hayward sat out Thursday's game against the Warriors after aggravating his finger injury on Tuesday. However, Hayward will be back in the saddle on Saturday and has been able to play well despite dealing with the nagging injury all season. He is currently averaging career-highs in points (23.1) and rebounds (6.4), in addition to 3.9 assists, 1.7 3-pointers, and 1.1 steals. Make sure he is back in your starting lineup. Today, 9:59 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) probable for Saturday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Saturday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Jokic had missed three games last week, but is back healthy and finally appears to be hitting his stride. He has posted a double-double in four straight games and is averaging 15.3 points and 11.8 rebounds, while shooting 58.3 percent from the floor over those four contests. Even though he still coming off the bench for Denver, he should be locked-and-loaded into starting lineups in fantasy leagues. Today, 8:25 am
  • Jeff Green (ankle) questionable for Saturday.
    Jeff Green (ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: Green sprained his ankle on Friday night during another disappointing outing in which he scored just three points in 24 minutes. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Nikola Vucevic (back) are also questionable for Saturday. If Green can't play, Aaron Gordon would likely see a significant uptick in minutes. It's possible the Magic might even let Mario Hezonja get some run at small forward as well. Today, 7:45 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (back) questionable for Sat.
    Nikola Vucevic (lower back contusion) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Vucevic injured his back on Friday night in a bad spill after being undercut by Roy Hibbert. Bismack Biyombo (shoulder) and Jeff Green (ankle) are also questionable, so there is a chance the Magic's frontcourt will be extremely shorthanded on Saturday. Check back for an official update closer to game time. If both Vucevic and Biyombo are out, Serge Ibaka would play all the minutes he could handle and Orlando would also likely be forced to play Stephen Zimmerman and/or Arinze Onuaku. Today, 7:24 am
  • Hawks assign DeAndre Bembry to D-League
    The Hawks assigned DeAndre Bembry to the NBA Development League on Saturday.

    Advice: Bembry will play Sunday at the Sioux Falls Skyforce. He will then return to the Hawks. Bembry remained in Milwaukee following the Hawks’ 114-110 win over the Bucks before he departed for Sioux Falls. It will be the second one-game D-League stint for Bembry. He also played for the Stars on Dec. 2 and in a game at the Los Angeles D-Fender and had a game-high 35 points. Bembry was 16 of 22 from the field with six rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes. Bembry is not in the Hawks rotation and thus does not have fantasy relevance. Today, 6:23 am
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine points in start
    Brandon Ingram moved back into the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Suns, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, three assists and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: With Nick Young (calf) expected to return on Monday vs. the Kings, Ingram should grab at least one more start vs. the Knicks on Sunday. Ingram only hit 3-of-8 shots from the field, but the biggest takeaway is that he's starting to look more confident with the ball in his hands, finishing with zero turnovers for just the fourth time this season. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 33 in win vs. Kings
    Carmelo Anthony started hot during a 103-100 win over the Kings on Friday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the first quarter and eight in the second to get the ball rolling. After Melo failed to go to the line on Wednesday, he made an extra effort to get there tonight and converted a season-high 12 shots from there. Anthony still hasn't quite hit his stride from an efficiency standpoint while his boards, dimes and steals are all down from last year, but his fantasy owners can't complain. He gets a great matchup against the Lakers on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Nick Young (calf) is targeting Monday
    Nick Young (calf) is hoping to be ready for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: If he does play, he will crush the original timetable he was given. Young was averaging 13.3 points, 1.1 assists and 2.6 triples before the injury, so feel free to pick him up if you're targeting points and triples. Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram could each lose a few minutes upon Young's return. Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Omri Casspi only gets 20 minutes
    Omri Casspi played 20 minutes with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He surprisingly didn't see his role change too much even with Matt Barnes (rest) out tonight. Casspi's fantasy value shouldn't be very attractive while Rudy Gay is active. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver scores 10 in loss
    Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was the go-to forward for Matt Barnes (rest) tonight. With Barnes possibly in legal trouble, Tolliver could have some value at some point down the line. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD again
    Arron Afflalo picked up his second straight DNP-CD on Friday.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Afflalo against the Knicks. Even with Matt Barnes (rest) out, Afflalo was still a DNP-CD. Ouch. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Alex Len scores 14 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Alex Len racked up 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 13 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in Friday's 119-115 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: With Marquese Chriss in early foul trouble, Len played 34 minutes in the win and saw some action alongside Tyson Chandler as well. This was his sixth double-double of the season and he was one block away from matching his career-high of six. His minutes were trending down prior to this outburst, so we'd like to see him do it again. However, he's still a nice stash for the stretch run with the Suns tanking. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jon Leuer could get a bump
    Jon Leuer scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Marcus Morris (face) could be missing time, so Leuer would benefit. He plays a ton of minutes next to Morris and Tobias Harris because of how Harris can play the three. Leuer may not be starting, but he should get close to 30 minutes sans Morris. He's only a speculative add for now. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18, hits 10-of-10 FTs
    Myles Turner scored 18 points and hit all 10 of his free throws on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The second-year center grabbed six rebounds with two assists and one block, hitting 4-of-9 shots from the field in 31 minutes. Turner erupted for 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks on opening night against Dallas, so his owners might have been hoping for a little more. Regardless, he's returning top-30 value in standard leagues on the season and he's still crushing his ADP. He's going to be a stud for a very long time. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • C.J. Miles hits six triples in loss to Dallas
    C.J. Miles hit six 3-pointers on his way to 18 points against the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: He was 6-of-9 from the field and all of his attempts were from beyond the arc. He played 28 minutes and added four rebounds, one assist and two steals, but this comes on the heels of a two-point dud on Wednesday vs. the Suns. He's a fun player to own when he gets hot, so taking a flier on him if you need triples is the right call. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Clint Capela only gets 17 minutes
    Clint Capela played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Friday with 13 points and six boards.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni went with Nene over Capela late in this game, which may have been due to Capela's issues at the foul line. Capela has been fantastic all season and should be all good for Saturday against the Mavs. Nene could sit, too. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Justin Anderson picks up a DNP-CD
    Justin Anderson picked up his first DNP-CD of the season on Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle couldn't stop praising him last week and also said he's hoping to play the second-year forward at the four a bit, but obviously that didn't happen. However, Carlisle confirmed after the game that he expects Anderson to be back in the rotation on Saturday vs. Houston, so it was just a matchup decision. He's still a nice stash in deeper leagues for the stretch run. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores nine, fills it up
    Andre Roberson scored nine points with eight rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: He's playing some solid basketball and is easily being overshadowed by his point guard. Roberson is on his best five-game run of the year, averaging 9.2 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.2 steals and 1.4 treys. He's an option in deeper leagues and always makes sense as a DFS tourney punt next to Russell Westbrook. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 21 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a miserable first half after picking up a couple early fouls, but looked great after the break and closed out the game over Salah Mejri. With Andrew Bogut (knee) out for a while and the Mavs tanking, Powell looks like a strong pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Rodney Hood questionable for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he aggravated his hamstring early this week, the Jazz are likely going to be careful with Hood here. Plus, he's been a little injury prone during his career. If he's out, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will be helping out Gordon Hayward (finger) on the wing. Yesterday, 7:08 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) probable Saturday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) is probable for Saturday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He missed Thursday's game vs. the Warriors, but you have to wonder if the Jazz simply wanted to rest him against arguably the top team in the league right now. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable and George Hill (toe) is out, so Hayward is going to be a strong play in all formats Saturday. Yesterday, 7:07 pm
  • Jeff Green scores three, may have hurt foot
    Jeff Green scored three points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: The Magic submitted their nominee for ugliest lineup combo of 2016 tonight: D.J. Augustin, Green, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo. Green also looked to have suffered a foot tweak in the second half and was in some pain. The Magic could need him on Saturday to play some forward minutes. Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic suffers lower back injury
    Nikola Vucevic suffered a lower back injury in the second half on Friday and will be re-evaluated in Orlando on Saturday.

    Advice: He went for a loose ball and Roy Hibbert undercut him. Vucevic landed on his right hip and was in pain on the bench for at least one minute. He's had back problems before, so hopefully this didn't tweak an older injury. The Magic do play on Saturday, so they may have to make some adjustments with more Jeff Green and a lot of small-ball combos. Vooch finished with seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes. Yesterday, 6:10 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting, Huertas to bench
    Brandon Ingram will start on Friday vs. the Suns, sending Marcelo Huertas back to the bench.

    Advice: The rookie will be the starting SG next to Jordan Clarkson. Ingram has played 33 or more minutes in four out of his last five games, but he's going to see big minutes regardless of whether or not he starts moving forward. Yesterday, 5:51 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play vs. Hornets
    Nikola Vucevic (eye) will play against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: He will have protective goggles to cover his red right eye. Vucevic did play through his corneal abrasion on Wednesday and was never really in jeopardy of missing this game. He's fully expected to play near his 27.6 minutes per game from this year. Keep him active in a somewhat favorable matchup against the Hornets second unit. Yesterday, 2:37 pm
  • Nick Young goes through a full shootaround
    Nick Young (calf) went through a full shootaround and remains out against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He's on track to beat his timetable and could even play on Monday. Coach Luke Walton said he wants to see Young go through a competitive practice before he's cleared for games, so there is still another step for Uncle P. Upon his return, Luol Deng and some of the guards could take a small hit. Young is a borderline add in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 1:29 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic expected to play
    Nikola Vucevic (eye) is likely going to play against the Hornets on Friday barring any setback.

    Advice: When Jaylen Brown caught him in the eye during Brown's emphatic dunk on Wednesday, Vucevic was in some brief pain. He stayed in the game and didn't need a timeout following the injury either. For now, expect Vooch to be a go. Yesterday, 1:03 pm
  • Blake Griffin (sore knee) a game-time call
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will be a game-time decision to face the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: If there is good news, this isn't the same leg that gave him problems last year. On the other hand, Griffin had a swelling issue with his right knee late last month. That Saturday game is the only game for the Clippers between Wednesday and Monday, so it makes sense to just rest him. If he is out, Paul Pierce, Mo Speights, Brandon Bass and the wings would get a few extra minutes. DeAndre Jordan also exploded for a 21-23 line in the last game Blake missed. Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • Nikola Vucevic (eye) questionabe for Friday
    Nikola Vucevic (right corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Jaylen Brown dunked on Vooch and caught him in the eye, so that explains the injury. Vucevic hasn't missed a game all season, and did play through it. Since being demoted to the bench back on Nov. 27, Vooch has still be able to put up solid numbers. Over Orlando's last seven games, Vooch is averaging 13.9 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Yesterday, 9:41 am
  • Nikola Jokic scores 17 points with 11 boards
    Nikola Jokic was effective in his 28 minutes off the bench during a 92-85 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: While the Nuggets have fared well with their second unit lately, that wasn't the case tonight. It wasn't Jokic's fault and he put forth quite the effort with his seven offensive boards. Even though he's not expected to start right now, Jokic's slow start is behind him. He's back to being a must-start option and continues to earn minutes. It is worth mentioning he is still wearing a brace on his wrist. Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Wilson Chandler goes ice cold in DC
    Wilson Chandler made 2-of-16 from the field for a season-low five points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This dud snaps his 13-game streak of double-digit scoring games. Even though Chandler may not start with Kenneth Faried in the doghouse, he should see heavy run in the second unit. Plus, coach Mike Malone loves keeping him out there with Nikola Jokic. As long as Chandler is healthy, he should post very nice value in most leagues. Thursday, 7:17 pm
  • Nick Young back at practice on Thursday
    Nick Young (calf) practiced on Thursday and remains out for Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: There was a report on Wednesday saying Young is targeting a return on Monday night, so going through practice today makes it seem possible. Young's initial timetable was expected to keep him out to the second half of December for his calf strain. He was putting up top-100 value before his injury, so he may be worth a pickup now. Although, his start does seem slightly unsustainable. Thursday, 12:59 pm
  • Tarik Black out again for Friday night
    Tarik Black (ankle) will not play against the Suns on Friday night.

    Advice: He suffered an ankle sprain on Monday and has been out of the lineup since. With Black out, Thomas Robinson has seen some extra minutes, but he hasn't done much with that playing time. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • Nerlens Noel could debut on Saturday?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said Nerlens Noel could debut as early as Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: He is traveling with the team again as coach Brown wants him to integrate with the players and staff. His fantasy outlook is cloudy at best in Philly because he's not going to take away minutes from Joel Embiid, meaning he will have to fight for scraps with Jahlil Okafor off the bench. If you're stashing him, you simply have to hope he's traded to a better situation. Thursday, 10:52 am
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) ruled out Thursday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This is a tough blow for a Jazz team that also ruled out Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) for Thursday, not to mention Derrick Favors (knee). Hayward broke his finger during the preseason and missed the first six games of the campaign, and he aggravated it on Tuesday vs. the Suns -- he played through the injury after he had it re-taped. X-rays were negative, so luckily he's day-to-day. Several players will have to step up, but Joe Johnson and Shelvin Mack look like the best short-term adds in standard leagues.Daily Slant: With Hayward, Hill, Hood and Favors off the floor this season, Shelvin Mack leads the team in usage at a 27.9% clip (73 minutes) with Joe Johnson right behind him at 27.4% (50 minutes). Trey Lyles and Boris Diaw also own usage rates over 25% with the big four off the floor, so this Utah side provides us with plenty of potential value. Thursday, 10:02 am
  • Update: Jokic and Murray will play Thursday
    Updating a previous report, Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) are both available to play Thursday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: As expected, the probable tag was just a formality. Nuggets coach Michael Malone is contemplating a lineup change for Thursday and Jokic has a good chance of entering the starting five at the expense of Jusuf Nurkic. Thursday, 9:02 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Thursday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) are probable for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The probable tag is likely just a formality on the second night of a back-to-back set, as both players are fully expected to play. There's no word of any setbacks and Jokic is a candidate to start Thursday's game over Jusuf Nurkic after the Nuggets had a meltdown in Brooklyn Wednesday. His fantasy value is trending up and his owners can look forward to some more great lines after he finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes on Wednesday. Thursday, 8:11 am
  • Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW
    Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Alex Len fouls out yet again
    Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony quiet in 24 minutes Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony played just 24 minutes vs. Cleveland, finishing Wednesday's home loss with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Melo checked out with his team trailing by 28 points late in the third quarter, and he played just two minutes to begin the fourth before the Knicks threw in the towel. He's looked good all season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 threes, with a healthy 29.3 percent usage, and at least he'll be rested vs. Sacramento on Friday. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Julius Randle scores season-high 21 points
    Julius Randle scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting vs. the Rockets, adding 10 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Randle's 19 shot attempts were also a season high and he did his damage in just 29 minutes, taking advantage of the game's fast pace (107.7). He was in no mood to celebrate his personal accomplishments after the loss, saying, "I don’t know what we’re doing but we’re not being ourselves, we’re not playing the right way." L.A. will look to get back on track when they host the Suns on Friday. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Dwight Powell fills it up across the board
    Dwight Powell scored six points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a little disappointing for the DFS owners, but owners in standard leagues will take this all day. Powell is going to see a significant bump in minutes and should be around 30 per night while the Mavs are shorthanded. He's a strong pickup in most leagues right now. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Brandon Ingram logs 33 minutes off bench
    Brandon Ingram shifted to the bench on Wednesday and picked up 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries to both Jose Calderon (hamstring) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) have thrust more ball-handling duties to Ingram, who is averaging 1.8 assists and 1.5 turnovers this season. The Lakers have used him to bring the ball up court even at full strength, so it's a skill they clearly want the rookie to develop. Lousy FG percentages and middling counting stats continue to drag down his value, but he's an intriguing pickup if you're looking for rest-of-season sleepers. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD
    Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: OK then. Afflalo is only signed on a two-year deal, so the Kings may not view him as a piece going forward. He may get back in the rotation at some point, but his upside is very low. Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Wilson Chandler notches 27 & 15 w/ six threes
    Wilson Chandler had another big game on Wednesday with 27 points, 15 rebounds and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes, sinking 10-of-24 field goals with one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: It was too little, too late for the Nuggets tonight, but at least they showed some fight after getting outscored 68-52 in the first half. Chandler has been awesome this season and his versatility makes him almost immune to shifting rotations in Denver, which seem inevitable in light of coach Mike Malone's comment that he'll "look at starting groups and combinations." Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Nets
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) returned from a three-game absence against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding tonight and protected the paint nicely after the Nuggets gave up 42 paint points in the first half. The Nuggets have clearly been better when Jokic is on the court these days. Over the last 10 games, Jokic has a team-high net rating of +9.1 (minimum of 25 total minutes). With coach Mike Malone getting furious about the defensive lapses, it may be time for Jokic to get consistent run in the starting lineup. He was trending up before the injury to his wrist and is trending up even more now. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Jeff Green cools off w/ three pts Wednesday
    Jeff Green's streak of double-digit scoring ended on Wednesday with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Green added two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he never got into the flow offensively -- in fairness, neither did any of his teammates. One lousy game isn't sufficient cause to cut him in deeper leagues, but this is a reminder that he tends to run hot and cold. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic posts quiet double-double
    Nikola Vucevic had a quiet double-double vs. the Celtics, coming off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Frank Vogel continues to divvy up playing time evenly, with eight players getting between 22-29 minutes tonight. As frustrating as it is for Vuc's owners to see him losing minutes to Bismack Biyombo, there's no cause for panic -- he was red hot for the past few weeks and still has eight double-doubles in his past nine games. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Rodney Hood, George Hill out for Thursday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

    Advice: Hood aggravated his hamstring strain on Tuesday and did not return. He missed last Thursday due to the strain and played 29.5 minutes per game on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 before his aggravation. With Hood out, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will get some extra minutes against the Warriors. Both are going to be DFS options with Johnson having the higher upside. Wednesday, 6:33 pm
  • Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues. Wednesday, 5:33 pm
  • Brandon Ingram moves to bench Wednesday
    Brandon Ingram will shift to the Lakers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ingram and Metta World Peace will be replaced by Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas, as coach Luke Walton looks to get more ball-handling and scoring into his first unit. Ingram should still play around 24-28 minutes, so his fantasy prospects doesn't change much with the benching. Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) available to play vs. BK
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: To be clear, available to play doesn't necessarily mean he takes the court, and he could be eased into things after spending the past three games on the sidelines, so he's not a must-start guy with 10 games being played tonight. If he does get out there, however, he'll take away minutes from Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Wednesday, 3:30 pm
  • Dwight Powell getting the big bump
    Dwight Powell is expected to see his playing time increase significantly with Andrew Bogut (knee) out of the lineup.

    Advice: "He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives." Powell is coming off a big 15-point game on Monday in 32 minutes. He is worth a pickup for anyone needing a big man right now.Daily Slant: On a night when spending up for superstars is a must, Dwight Powell provides DFS owners with a low-cost, high-upside option in tournaments. Even with Bogut in the lineup for parts of the last two games, Powell has averaged 30 minutes over those contests and figures to approach that number again tonight with DeMarcus Cousins being featured on the Sacramento side. The Kings are 22nd in rebounding differential this year, so Powell definitely has double-double upside at near minimum price. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Nick Young (calf) targeting Monday night
    Nick Young (calf) is targeting a return on Monday night, according to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.

    Advice: It's worth mentioning this report adds the Lakers downplayed that target date. Young surprisingly traveled with the team to Houston for tonight, and has been going through some pool exercise and light shooting. It's possible Young is back for Monday, but it seems slightly doubtful. There will be more minutes for Marcelo Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng. Wednesday, 11:37 am
  • Nick Young (calf) limited to light shooting
    Nick Young (calf) is still being limited to light shooting.

    Advice: Young is unable to make hard cuts or get around screens, which is to be expected given that he just hit the beginning of Week-2 of his initial 2-4 week timetable. He's out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, and it seems unlikely that he'll be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix, meaning Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram will continue to soak up the backcourt minutes in Los Angeles. He does hope to return to a full practice on Saturday, so we'll be watching for that. Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Nikola Jokic will be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be a game-time decision to face the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news for fantasy owners is that this game is in Brooklyn, so we should get word of his status before the games start tonight. The Nuggets have really leaned on Darrell Arthur to play some small-ball five while Jusuf Nurkic finally had a good game against Joel "The Process" Embiid on Monday. If Jokic is back, all the power forwards except for Wilson Chandler would take a hit. Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) questionable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Head coach Michael Malone said that the Nuggets will be taking a cautious approach in bringing back Jokic, so if there's any doubt about the health of his wrist, he'll likely be spending Wednesday's game on the sidelines. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if he is able to return to the court tonight, Kenneth Faried's minutes will likely take a hit. Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 28 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: He briefly checked out of the game and went back to the locker room with an apparent finger injury (the same one he had surgery on), but we later learned that he simply had it re-taped. Hayward added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in the win, and he's now scored 22+ points in nine straight games. The Jazz will try to get their fourth straight win against the Warriors on Thursday. Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) will not return
    Rodney Hood (sore right hamstring) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Not good. He only played 12 minutes in the first half and even made a brief trip to the locker room. This is the same hamstring that he strained last week which forced him to miss a game on Dec. 1, so it sounds like he might have tweaked it. He finished with eight points, two assists, one steal and two triples. Joe Ingles started the second half in place of Hood, but Joe Johnson is probably the better speculative pickup in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Nik Vucevic goes for 10-10-6 in win
    Nikola Vucevic hit 4-of-9 shots and finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, a steal and zero blocks in 25 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been rolling off the bench, but Bismarck Biyombo finally got hot offensively and played good defense on Marcin Gortat tonight, hurting Vuc's minutes in the process. Vuc is still averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 1.4 blocks over his last five games, but unfortunately, the Biyombo timeshare has become a reality. Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 20 in win over Wiz
    Jeff Green came off the bench and hit 6-of-9 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws for 20 points, three rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Green is rolling right now, scoring between 14 and 20 points in each of his last four games, and averaging 14 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. He's coming off the bench behind Aaron Gordon, but is getting 26 minutes a night, making him worth a look on your waiver wire if you've got a player you've been wanting to drop. Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 35 in win over Heat
    Carmelo Anthony matched his season-high with 35 points on 13-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's 114-103 win over the Heat.

    Advice: The Knicks have won four straight games and now get to look forward to a matchup with the Cavaliers at MSG Wednesday. Anthony added four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers, hitting 6-of-7 from the line. His production is down this season playing next to Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, but he's still capable of posting monster lines like you saw tonight. Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) ruled out for Wednesday
    Tarik Black (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: He won't be traveling with the team for their one-game road trip, but he could be back in action as soon as Friday's game against the Suns. With Black on the sidelines, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 12:23 pm
  • Nick Young shooting post-practice jumpers
    Nick Young (right calf) was spotted getting up some shots following Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Young is nearing the conclusion of Week-1 of his initial 2-4 week timetable, so while this is a minor step in the right direction, he's still not close to making a return. He's not really worth hanging onto if you don't have an IR-spot, and it'll be Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Ingram picking up some extra minutes in his absence. Tuesday, 12:05 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Tarik Black (right ankle sprain) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's questionable for Wednesday's game, but him sitting out Tuesday's practice isn't exactly encouraging. If Black is out Wednesday night, Thomas Robinson will likely pick up most of his minutes. Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Tarik Black (ankle) questionable for Wed.
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday and is questionable for the Lakers next game on Wednesday.

    Advice: The x-rays were negative but Luke Walton said after the game that Black was on crutches in the locker room. However, Black seemed to downplay the injury, saying "don't count him out" for Wednesday. He was able to put weight on the ankle and put on his right shoe. Check back soon for an update. Tuesday, 9:43 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 23 in win over Lakers
    Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns. Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Brandon Ingram struggles in start at PG
    Brandon Ingram made his first career start at point guard on Monday vs. the Jazz, but struggled with four points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some early foul trouble and never really looked comfortable out there. Jose Calderon (hamstring) is out for several weeks in addition to Nick Young (calf), so the minutes are going to be there for the No. 2 overall pick, especially with his ability to play four positions for LA. He's a nice stash for the stretch run. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Tarik Black sprains his ankle, done for night
    Tarik Black sprained his right ankle on Monday vs. the Jazz and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he's day-to-day, but he's considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. Houston. He's averaging 15.6 minutes per game off the bench this season, so this doesn't have many fantasy implications. If anything, Thomas Robinson could pick up a handful of minutes if Black misses more time. He finished with seven points, five rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes. Monday, 9:25 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 15 in 32 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 15 points with seven rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Powell has a huge opportunity in front of him to produce, as Andrew Bogut hyperextended his right knee in the first quarter and wasn't able to return. With Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely, that means Powell and Salah Mejri will have to hold down the fort if Bogut misses time. Powell added a block and shot 7-of-11 from the field and looks like the better pickup after Mejri logged just eight minutes. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Report: Nerlens Noel at least one week away
    Nerlens Noel is reportedly at least one week away from making his regular-season debut.

    Advice: Noel won't be traveling with the team to Memphis or New Orleans, and it sounds like he'll likely remain in Philly for Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Head coach Brett Brown wants Noel to take contact and get in some 1-on-1 work before he'll even consider bringing him into the rotation, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Playing in Philly’s crowded frontcourt is far from ideal, but there’s also a decent chance he gets traded into a better situation. Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Nerlens Noel not traveling with the 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) is not traveling with the 76ers to Memphis or New Orleans.

    Advice: He doesn't have a target date to return, but this at least rules him out until Dec. 11 against the Pistons. If you're stashing Noel, you basically have to hope he's traded out of Philly because the frontcourt is simply too crowded right now. Monday, 9:27 am
  • C.J. Miles (knee) looks good in return Sunday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) came off Indiana's bench with 12 points and five rebounds on Sunday, making 4-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: "You can go as hard as you can, but it’s still going to take you a little bit more of game playing to get into actual game shape," Miles said before tonight's contest. He didn't seem to miss a beat, however, and is worth grabbing if you need an efficient scorer and 3-point shooter who won't turn the ball over. His playing time should increase over Indy's next few games. Sunday, 9:25 pm
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: L.A. coughed up a big early lead and Griffin was one of the only players who looked engaged on both ends tonight, as the Clippers committed 20 turnovers while getting out-scored in the paint 58-36. Blake drained 10-of-21 shots tonight and the Clippers' loss doesn't make his line any less appealing to fantasy owners. Sunday, 9:23 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony busts lip, scores 20 points
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting during Sunday's 106-98 victory, adding four boards, one assist, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks now have an 8-3 record since Nov. 14, the best record in the Eastern Conference during that span. Melo's lip got cut in the first quarter tonight but he returned after a quick trip to the locker room, and it's nothing that would jeopardize his availability. Sunday, 7:29 pm
  • Andre Roberson posts all-around line Sunday
    Andre Roberson had a great all-around game on Sunday with 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, one 3-pointer, five rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Roberson defends the opposition's best swingman on a nightly basis, while his offensive game is basically limited to fastbreaks, cuts, and corner 3-pointers. He rarely draws much fantasy attention due to low offensive numbers, but he's quietly posting late-round 9-cat value on the strength of 1.3 steals, 1.1 blocks, 0.9 three-pointers and just 0.6 turnovers per game. Thanks in part to his efforts, the Thunder have now won a season-high five games in a row. Sunday, 6:46 pm
  • Jeff Green in double-digits again vs. Detroit
    Orlando followed up Friday's blowout victory with a win in Detroit on Sunday, aided by Jeff Green's 14 points on 6-of-11 FGs, two 3-pointers, five boards and three assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic have brought Green off the bench for the past five games, posting a 3-2 record in that span. The move seems to be helping Green, who has followed up an atrocious offensive stretch with three straight games in double-digits. He's a combined 17-of-32 from the field during that span but doesn't do enough across the board to merit 12-team ownership. Sunday, 5:40 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic gets 16 & 8 with two blocks
    Nikola Vucevic made 8-of-14 shots to score 16 points on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Vuc was heating up before coach Frank Vogel decided to bench him, and the move has done nothing to cool him off -- he's was riding a wave of six straight double-doubles prior to tonight's near-miss. The move to play both Vuc alongside Bismack Biyombo for stretches has been huge for his fantasy outlook. Sunday, 5:37 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) will play Sunday vs. LAC
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will play Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Miles will be returning from a six-game absence, and Nate McMillan hinted that he could be working with a minutes limit in his first game back, so he's not a great DFS target tonight. However, he was playing really well prior to going down, so he's worth a speculative add in standard leagues. Rodney Stuckey and Glenn Robinson III will take a hit with Miles back on the active roster. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Malone says DEN is being cautious w/ Jokic
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team is being cautious with Nikola Jokic (wrist).

    Advice: "Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball," Malone said. "I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down." He's been ruled out for the next three games, meaning the earliest we could see him back on the court is Saturday against Orlando. Jokic looked great right before the injury and should obviously be stashed everywhere. Sunday, 7:15 am
  • DeAndre Bembry was signed by ATL on Saturday December 3. Sunday, 12:30 am
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • Rodney Hood plays 28 minutes in return
    Rodney Hood returned from a hamstring injury and played 28 minutes on Saturday, hitting just 4-of-14 shots for 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Nuggets fare poorly against opposing shooting guards, but Hood's shot was a bit funky tonight. The good news is that his hamstring injury kept him out for just one game, so he's hopefully good to go. The bad news is that he's been struggling with his shot, averaging just 12.8 points and hitting 36 percent from the floor in his last four games played. Saturday, 9:32 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Brandon Ingram gets 39 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 39 minutes with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers are running out of guards. While he’s been starting at shooting guard in the previous two, Ingram played 49 of his minutes 77 minutes as a small forward. That may change with more guard minutes until the Lakers get some guys back. Ingram hasn't done too much on the stat sheet, but he's a stash in competitive leagues, especially with some solid play on defense. Saturday, 9:10 pm
  • Hood, Exum and Diaw starting vs. Denver
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) will get the start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll join Dante Exum, Gordon Hayward, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert in the first unit. Hood went through shootaround and there's no talk of him being limited, so get him back in your lineup. Joe Johnson will move back to the bench while Joe Ingles also takes a hit here. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Justin Anderson to play some power forward?
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Justin Anderson could see more time at power forward.

    Advice: The Mavs need some help at the four with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely. Anderson is earning more minutes and Carlisle has said he's going to give Anderson more minutes as the year goes along. He's on the radar in deeper leagues and is starting to trend up, especially since the Mavs have used him at four positions this year. Saturday, 4:00 pm
  • Nick Young out of the walking boot
    Nick Young (calf) is out of his walking boot.

    Advice: There's no word of his progressions on his strained calf, so he is still expected to miss the next 1.5-3.5 weeks. With Young out, it's been Brandon Ingram moving over the the two while the other guards have seen a few more minutes. Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Bembry with the Hawks
    DeAndre Bembry is active against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He's been lighting up the D-League and scored 35 points on Thursday. Bembry likely won't be in the rotation tonight. Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) a GTD for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) fully participated in shootaround and is a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hood missed Thursday's game due to the hamstring injury. Joe Johnson started on Thursday and will likely draw the start on Saturday as well if Hood can't go. Johnson finished with 18 points, four assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes on Thursday. Saturday, 10:24 am
  • Clint Capela scores 13 with 10 boards
    Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season. Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 24 points in loss
    Wilson Chandler scored 24 points in a 128-110 loss the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his team defended the three, but it likely wasn't on Chandler. Malone has called Chandler a blessing and it may not be a surprise to see him get the starting lineup, as well. With Chandler as arguably their best healthy player right now and how awful the Nuggets are playing, Malone may up Chandler's minutes on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 11:22 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points vs. Wolves
    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points during a 118-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He snapped out of his slump, which included three games below 19 points on just a combined 32.0 percent from the field. Even with Kristaps Porzingis coming on, Anthony's shots haven't fallen off. He's also starting to hit more open threes with his season-high treys today, so he should be able to hold his third-round value on the season. Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores career-high 17 points
    Brandon Ingram started at SG on Friday vs. the Raptors and scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: Here he comes. The Lakers are ready to set him loose and he played 35 minutes even though the game was a blowout -- no other starter played more than 24 minutes. Ingram added six rebounds, two assists and one trey, and his path to minutes has widened with his ability to play three different positions. With Nick Young (calf) out 2-4 weeks and D'Angelo Russell (knee) still out, Ingram is looking at minutes in the 30s for the foreseeable future. He's a nice pickup in most formats and he should be even better after the All-Star break. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes
    Omri Casspi scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He managed to miss four shots from the field in an 18-second span, but that's neither here nor there. Casspi has seen some consistent minutes in his last four with 22.3 per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 treys. Nothing to see here for most owners. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Julius Randle turns the ball over five times
    Julius Randle turned the ball over five times on Friday vs. the Raptors, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers were blown out by 33 points and Brandon Ingram was the only starter who played heavy minutes. Randle shot 4-of-8 from the field and this was his second game in a row with five turnovers, but to be fair he did have 13 points and 20 rebounds in his previous game. Larry Nance is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis with a knee contusion, so Randle will have a higher floor if Nance sits. Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 16 points off bench
    Jeff Green scored 16 points with six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He continues to get decent minutes with 25.0 in his last three since he moved to the bench again. Green's best game in this span was tonight, but that's likely more about the 76ers bump. His upside just isn't high enough to add in most standard-style leagues. He may lose a couple minutes to Jodie Meeks, too. Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 12 with 11 boards
    Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points with 11 rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He's really found a nice groove in his four games off the bench. In that span, Vucevic averaged 13.8 points, 12.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys in 28.1 minutes per game. The Magic have won two of their three games on this road trip and probably should've won all three -- a bad one-point loss in Memphis. Vooch is in great shape off the bench and looks like a top-50 guy again. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at SG vs. Raptors
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: It's the same starting lineup as Wednesday with Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Ingram played a whopping 41 minutes in that start with a 13.0 usage rate, so maybe he gets more shots tonight. Ingram is worth a long look in DFS and is a pickup in competitive leagues with a ton of playing time headed his way while Nick Young (calf) misses 2-4 weeks. Friday, 3:18 pm
  • Nerlens Noel called back up to 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) has been recalled from the Delaware 87ers following Friday's practice.

    Advice: He went through practice with the D-League team to help him progress in his rehab. Noel has said he's in a good place mentally and that he's looking forward to playing with the 76ers even though the roster hasn't changed yet. He's likely going to have a minutes limit, so anyone wanting to stash him will have to wait a while before he's turning in value. He still doesn't have a target date. Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Sixers assign Nerlens Noel to the D-League
    The Sixers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the D-League.

    Advice: He is scheduled to participate in practice on Friday as part of his ongoing rehab for his left knee. Noel seems to be inching towards a return to the Sixers lineup. However, with a glut of big men, it is still unknown how frequently he will play once he is finally healthy enough to suit up for actual NBA games. If the Sixers are going to trade him in February, it would make sense for them to showcase him for other teams. Noel remains stash-worthy in standard leagues. Friday, 8:23 am
  • The Hawks have recalled DeAndre Bembry
    The Hawks have recalled DeAndre Bembry from the D-League.

    Advice: Bembry poured in 35 points in his NBA Development League assignment with a game-high 35 points for the Salt Lake City Stars Thursday night. Bembry will likely bounce back-and-forth between the D-League and the Hawks this season. He is not on the fantasy radar. Friday, 8:15 am
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Thursday, 11:34 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles off bench
    Nikola Vucevic came off the bench again and hit 6-of-15 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws for 18 points, 11 boards and three blocks.

    Advice: Vucevic is keeping his head up, despite being benched for Bismack Biyombo, and has double-doubled in five straight games. He's averaging 17 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. Regardless of whether or not he's starting, he's clearly one of the most consistent fantasy centers in the NBA. Thursday, 9:37 pm
  • Jeff Green scores 14 points in loss
    Jeff Green came off the bench to hit 5-of-8 shots for 14 points, two rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes of Thursday's tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Starter Aaron Gordon played just 21 minutes, and while Green hasn't really done much to be owned in fantasy leagues, he's doing a fantastic job of ruining the fantasy value of Gordon. Green could easily replace Gordon in the starting lineup again at any time, but he's come off the bench in two straight since returning from a back injury. Gordon is still the guy to own, but Green is making him a less-than-effective fantasy player right now. Thursday, 9:35 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Justin Anderson scores 15 points
    Justin Anderson scored 15 points with three rebounds and three 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Mavs have talked about upping Anderson's minutes, but it hasn't quite happened yet. In his last five, he averaged 11.0 points, 3.6 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.2 steals and 1.4 treys in 18.4 minutes. He should be viewed as more of a stash, but it definitely helps that the Mavs are a league-worst 3-15. Thursday, 7:09 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Thank goodness he looks to be out of his slump. In his last five games, Powell has made 57.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.6 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's likely going to remain in his role as the backup big man with around 20 minutes regardless of who is out on a given night -- he did get four minutes at power forward tonight. He's only an option in deep leagues right now, but his playing time may increase later in the year. Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) out vs. Heat
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is out for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable due to his hamstring strain from Tuesday. This is Hood's first bout with a right hamstring strain in his career, but he's had some durability concerns before and the Jazz will take it easy on him. Joe Johnson should benefit most while there will be more two-PG lineups and some Joe Ingles. Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Nerlens Noel in for most of Thursday practice
    Nerlens Noel (knee) participated in most of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Yes, we're talking about practice. With a targeted late-November return now in the rearview mirror, Noel seems to be progressing towards a return. He's scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, so we may know more about his return shortly. While he'll be brought along slowly, the 22-year-old is worth a stash in most leagues. Thursday, 10:50 am
  • Alex Len has another multi-block game
    Alex Len had another single-digit scoring game on Wednesday with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler's return to the starting lineup has done Len no favors, but it's not all bad news. Len has seven straight games with at least two blocks, the longest streak by a Suns player since Jermaine O'Neal in 2012, and he's averaging 9.9 rebounds during that stretch. He's worth holding onto in most formats. Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Wilson Chandler fares well in reserve role
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler went 8-of-17 from the field with one 3-pointer and three turnovers, and his reserve role was the result of Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning after a three-game absence. He's versatile enough to play three positions and the Nuggets are still thin on the wings with Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) sidelined, making Chandler a safe option until further notice. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores 10 points vs. Wizards
    Andre Roberson scored 10 points with five rebounds, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did suffer a minor injury earlier in the game, but he returned and looked fine. There's no word of any additional evaluation or any injury update, so he's good to go. Roberson is only a low-end hold in deeper leagues due to a low upside. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Julius Randle ties career-high w/ 20 rebounds
    Julius Randle (hip) notched 13 points, a career-high-tying 20 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action vs. Chicago on Wednesday.

    Advice: Randle played 21 minutes on Tuesday and admitted that he isn't "pain-free", but his performance tonight puts to rest any concerns about his health. He's averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, and his playing time (27.3 minutes) should only increase as the Lakers prioritize player development. Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts, plays 41 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 41 minutes as the Lakers' starting SG on Wednesday, finishing with eight points (1-of-9 FGs, 6-of-8 FGs), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nick Young is out 2-4 weeks with a strained calf, and it looks like Ingram will continue to start in his absence. He was averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes in two previous starts, and is worth a long look for short-term production and long-term upside. The fact that he logged 41 minutes tonight is reason enough to consider him. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable vs. MIA
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night and did not return. Hood has been a slow healer in the past, so there's a decent chance the Jazz hold him out for the home game. If he's out, Joe Johnson figures to step up the most while Joe Ingles could get a few extra minutes. Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Wilson Chandler to bench w/ Gallinari active
    Wilson Chandler will come off the bench on Wednesday with Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning to the starting five.

    Advice: Gallinari missed three games, during which Chandler thrived in an expanded role as a starter. His minutes may tick down tonight but he's well worth holding onto unless the bottom drops out. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at shooting guard
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nick Young (calf) is going to miss the next 2-4 weeks, so Ingram could get a chance to take this job and run with it. He gets some comparisons to Kevin Durant, who also started at shooting guard in his rookie season. Ingram hasn't played too well in his rookie season, but he's worth a look in most leagues to see if he can heat up. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Julius Randle (hip) will play Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: It's the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Randle was only on the court for 21 minutes last night, so there was never much doubt about his status for Wednesday's game. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) limited at practice Weds
    Nerlens Noel (knee) was a limited participant during his practice with the 76ers' D-League affiliate on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's only been going through 1-on-1 and 1-on-none drills, and it doesn't sound like he saw a significant increase in activity with the 87ers. He's expected to re-join the 76ers on Thursday, and at that point it'll be determined if he can increase his workload. The 76ers will be bringing Noel along slowly, but he's getting close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Nick Young (right calf) will miss 2-4 weeks
    Nick Young (strained right calf) will miss the next 2-4 weeks.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed his injury, which occurred in the first quarter on Tuesday night. Young was having a very solid season with career highs in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and 3-point percentage, but now his fantasy owners probably have to cut him. While he's out, the Lakers will have to lean more on Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas until D'Angelo Russell (knee) can return. Both Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams should be very busy while more shots should go to rookie Brandon Ingram. Wednesday, 11:49 am
  • Julius Randle (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Julius Randle (hip) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Randle returned from a three-game absence on Tuesday, but only logged 21 minutes in a start, so he should be good to go for the second leg of the back-to-back tonight. Owners can expect to get official confirmation closer to tip-off. Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Nick Young (Achilles) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Nick Young (right Achilles) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Lakers haven't yet released the results of Young's MRI, so we won't be speculating on the length of his absence until that information is made available. With Young on the sidelines Wednesday night, Jordan Clarkson will more than likely move into the starting lineup, and he'll get all the run he can handle with D'Angelo Russell (knee) also unavailable. Lou Williams should also see an uptick in value, as he won't have to share the floor with a teammate that steals his passes tonight. Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • DeAndre Bembry sent down for D-League stint
    DeAndre Bembry has been sent down for a D-League stint.

    Advice: Bembry typically only plays during blowouts, so he can safely remain on the waiver wire everywhere. Wednesday, 10:26 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) sent to D-League to rehab
    Nerlens Noel has reportedly been sent down to the D-League to rehab his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel said one week ago that he's a "couple weeks away," and his D-League assignment is likely an indication that he's extremely close to making his season debut, particularly with this coming during a four-game home stand and not a lengthy road trip. That being said, head coach Brett Brown has acknowledged that it'll be tough to get Noel meaningful minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt, so he probably won't have immediate value upon his return. He could, however, have nice value if traded to the right situation, so he's a reasonable guy to stash away at this point. Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
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