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  • Wesley Matthews scores 26 points in loss
    Wesley Matthews stayed hot on Saturday vs. Houston, scoring 26 points on 8-of-22 shooting.

    Advice: The Mavericks were blown out by 22 points, but Matthews still played 35 minutes. He added three rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers, hitting 5-of-7 from the line as well. Matthews is on an absolute tear over his last five games, averaging 22.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal and 5.0 3-pointers on 46.2 percent shooting. 37 minutes ago
  • Serge Ibaka scores 22 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 22 points during a 121-113 loss to the Nuggets on Saturday, adding four rebounds, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: His rim protection was fantastic all game and he had a grown-man block against Jusuf Nurkic (video in link below). With Nikola Vucevic (back) out of the lineup, Ibaka could be looking at an increase in usage and playing time. After a slow start, Ibaka is back inside the top 40 for standard leagues for the season. 38 minutes ago
  • Evan Fournier scores 24 points in loss
    Evan Fournier scored 24 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He needed a bounce back and came through in a big way. Despite added playmaking chances, Fournier is coming off a zero-dime game on Friday, but he was able to get the ball to all of his teammates tonight. Although, we do have to add the Nuggets defense has been a disaster against shooting guards. Still, this may help get Fournier going. 41 minutes ago
  • Aaron Gordon scores 11 in 22 minutes
    Aaron Gordon scored 11 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in a little bit of foul trouble, but Gordon played well for the most part. He also played more power forward than usual, which may explain said foul trouble. After being left for dead last week, Gordon has shown signs of life with 26.3 minutes per game over his last four. If he was cut and you want to see if he can get it going, give him a look. His upside still doesn't look great. 50 minutes ago
  • Jeff Green scores 17 points in loss
    Jeff Green scored 17 points off the bench against the Nuggets on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: His ankle sprain from Friday did seem to bother him. He picked up a lot of clutch minutes in this game and hit a late trey to give the Magic a prayer late. Green could wind up playing more minutes with Nikola Vucevic (back) on the shelf, but he doesn't really do much outside of scoring. He's more of a short-term points pickup. 56 minutes ago
  • Thaddeus Young scores 24 w/ six triples
    Thaddeus Young broke out of his slump on Saturday vs. the Blazers, scoring 24 points with six 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in 40 minutes.

    Advice: Not bad for a guy who hit seven total triples last season. Young and Paul George sparked a comeback for the Pacers and helped them overcome a 20-point deficit. Young shot 9-of-13 from the field with a few turnovers, but it looks like he wasn't lying when he said he spent the offseason working on his outside shot -- he's now hit 25 triples though 24 games. He was only averaging 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in his previous five, so maybe this outburst will get him going. Today, 6:52 pm
  • Jabari Parker has a bad game vs. Wizards
    Jabari Parker scored eight points with four rebounds in 24 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some foul trouble, but he also had a rough first quarter on both ends. Parker has been phenomenal all season and should bounce back against the Raptors on Monday. Today, 6:48 pm
  • C.J. Miles fails to score in 14 minutes
    C.J. Miles failed to score in 14 minutes on Saturday vs. the Blazers, missing all three of his shots from the field.

    Advice: Miles had 18 points with six triples the previous night against Dallas, so his disappearing act was puzzling, especially with Monta Ellis leaving the game at halftime with a groin issue. Miles added two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block, but his owners may want to give him another chance if they picked up him after his scoring outburst on Friday. Today, 6:44 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III scores five points
    Glenn Robinson III started the second half on Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, finishing with five points on 2-of-2 shooting with one rebound and one triple in 14 minutes.

    Advice: Monta Ellis (sore groin) did not play in the second half, but there's no word of his status moving forward. GR3 showed plenty of promise earlier this season when Paul George and C.J. Miles were on the shelf, but he's not worth adding in most format unless we hear bad news regarding Ellis. Today, 6:33 pm
  • Blake Griffin out Saturday, will play Monday
    Blake Griffin (sore right knee) will not play on Saturday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: It sounds like the Clippers are resting him, because coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he will be back in the lineup on Monday vs. Portland. DeAndre Jordan should be a monster on Saturday, while Paul Pierce and Mo Speights should get a bump as well. Today, 5:52 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III starts 2nd half for Ellis
    Glenn Robinson III started the second half of Saturday's game vs. Portland in place of Monta Ellis (groin).

    Advice: Ellis was ruled out for the rest of the game with a sore groin. GR3 has been quiet since Paul George and C.J. Miles returned, but he's worth keeping an eye on in case Ellis misses time. Put him on your radar. Today, 5:25 pm
  • T.J. Warren (head) ruled out for Sunday
    T.J. Warren (head) will not play on Sunday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: However, he's getting closer and was limited to three-on-three, half-court play at Saturday's practice. "T.J. looked solid," Suns coach Earl Watson said. "He played well. You can tell his timing’s not back yet. It’ll come with time. He needs to get game experience in order to get that back." It sounds like the Suns want him to practice for a bit more before clearing him for game action, but he could be back at some point during the next week. He should be stashed everywhere. Today, 5:13 pm
  • Joe Ingles will start in place of Hood
    Joe Ingles will start in place of Rodney Hood (hamstring) on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He deserves the start after erupting for 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block on Thursday vs. the Warriors. Gordon Hayward (finger) is back in the lineup, so Ingles won't be nearly as busy. He belongs on the wire in most leagues. Today, 4:29 pm
  • Jeff Green is available to play vs. Denver
    Jeff Green (ankle) is available to play vs. Denver on Saturday.

    Advice: His ankle tweak didn't look too bad, so he may not be limited. Green should actually play a lot tonight, so he's on the board as a DFS punt. He doesn't have much value in standard leagues. Today, 2:45 pm
  • 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. Today, 1:50 pm
  • 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. Today, 1:43 pm
  • 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
  • Stanley Johnson to the D-League
    Stanley Johnson has been assigned to the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League.

    Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy said Johnson is still a part of the team's long-term plans, but it's very obvious he's not in the mix right now. The Pistons picking up Jon Leuer to add depth to their forwards was a big blow to Johnson's chances at playing time because of how Tobias Harris can play some three. Darrun Hilliard has more short-term value in super deep leagues. Today, 12:01 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • James Harden scores 21 points in win at OKC
    James Harden scored 21 points during a 102-99 win over the Thunder on Friday, adding nine rebounds, 12 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He beat his former team, but it certainly wasn't his best game. Harden had eight turnovers and made just 6-of-23 from the field. Interestingly, he's not touching the ball as much since Pat Beverley has returned. Before Beverley, Harden had a time of possession of 9.5 minutes per game, but that number has dropped to 8.7 in the previous 11 games before tonight. He's still going to be a stat monster and so much for coach Mike D'Antoni dropping his minutes, right? Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Thaddeus Young hits rock bottom in loss
    Thaddeus Young was held to five points on 2-of-5 shooting in Friday's loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: There's no word of any injury and he wasn't in foul trouble, as the Pacers rolled with Paul George at the four for the majority of the game to match up with Harrison Barnes. Young added four rebounds, one block and one triple and has been eerily quiet over his last five games, averaging 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes. With that said, he should be better moving forward and there is some buy-low appeal here. Yesterday, 9:24 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
  • Wesley Matthews scores 26 points in win
    Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 26 points in 36 minutes in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Matthews was on fire, hitting 8-of-16 from the field and 5-of-10 from deep with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. He's averaging a ridiculous 5.0 3-pointers over his last four games and it's not a bad idea to sell high with his team sliding in the standings. Yesterday, 9:08 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
  • T.J. Warren (head) will practice Saturday
    T.J. Warren (head) will return to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been out of commission since Nov. 18 against the Pacers. Warren has been doing some individual workouts for the past few days, but his return to practice doesn't mean he will play on Sunday vs. New Orleans. However, this is tremendous news for the Suns and Warren should be picked up in all leagues after he put up averages of 17.7 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.9 steals and 0.6 triples on 45.8 percent shooting prior to the injury. Yesterday, 8:53 pm
  • Jabari Parker scores 27 points w/ three treys
    Jabari Parker scored 27 points with four rebounds, four assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes in a 114-110 loss to the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: "[Jabari] is a beast right now," Giannis Antetokounmpo said before the game. Parker carried the load tonight with Giannis in foul trouble and shot 11-of-24 from the field and 2-of-4 from the line. This was his third game in a row with at least one triple and he's scored 23+ points in that span as well. He's now returning fifth-round value in standard leagues and still has room to grow. Yesterday, 7:42 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores nine in 29 minutes
    Aaron Gordon scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes during a 109-88 loss to the Hornets on Friday

    Advice: The Magic have played him at small forward for almost the entire season, but they may have to shift him over to the four with the injuries to their big guys tonight. He's playing at least a little better over his last five, averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 boards, 1.6 assist, 0.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.0 treys. With all those injuries, maybe Gordon can trend up again in standard leagues. Yesterday, 6:32 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
  • Evan Fournier scores 14 with little else
    Evan Fournier scored 14 points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: The Magic continue to give Fournier more ball-handling responsibility, but he has just 2.0 assists per game over his last four. All of his other stats are also down, especially his 10.8 points per game over his last four. Fournier makes sense as a buy-low option and could bounce back against his former team, Denver, on Saturday. Yesterday, 6:18 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 12 in 29 minutes
    Serge Ibaka scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes against the Hornets.

    Advice: He looked like he was off to a great start with 12 points early into the second quarter, but he was extremely quiet after that. The Magic had their other two key bigs go down, so Ibaka may be very, very busy on Saturday against the Nuggets. Yesterday, 6:15 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
  • Serge Ibaka more confident he'll stay
    Serge Ibaka said he's confident he'll stay with the Magic next season.

    Advice: He'll be a free agent this coming offseason. Obviously if Ibaka doesn't come back, the Magic trade to acquire him from the Thunder will be a disaster. Last year, he said he wanted more offensive chances, and it's resulted in a 3.3 usage rate increase. Ibaka is back to being an early-round asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:59 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
  • Jingle Bells: Utah's Joe Ingles scores 21
    Joe Ingles came off the bench for the banged up Jazz on Thursday and hit 7-of-13 shots, 5-of-9 3-pointers and 2-of-3 free throws for a season-high 21 points, five rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block.

    Advice: Rodney Hood (hamstring) and Gordon Hayward (finger) joined George Hill (toe) in street clothes, and Ingles took advantage, just missing his career high by one point in a season-high 35 minutes. If those three are out again on Saturday, Ingles, and not Joe Johnson, looks like the way to go in fantasy. Just keep in mind that he hadn't scored more than eight points in each of his previous three games, so the key to Ingles' success is the absence of Hayward. Make sure Hayward is out before deploying Ingles. Thursday, 9:11 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jabari Parker scores 27 in win over Blazers
    Jabari Parker scored 27 points against the Blazers on Wednesday, adding three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's not just scoring at the rim anymore. Over his last nine, only 44.9 percent of his shots have been at the rim. He hasn't really shot the ball too well over that span with a 48.6 percent field goal percentage, averaging 19.8 points, 5.0 boards, 1.2 steals and 1.2 treys. Parker has posted sixth-round value on the season and could improve on that going forward. Wednesday, 8:48 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
  • Aaron Gordon quiet again in blowout defeat
    Aaron Gordon finished Wednesday's 117-87 home defeat with five points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The assists, steal and triple are nice to see, but it's hard to be enthusiastic about Gordon after such a sluggish start to the season. His starting job has failed to reap any benefits and he's shooting a career-worst 41.2 percent from the field, with numbers that have dipped in most categories despite his minutes increasing to 26.0 per game. He's just a borderline option in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 14 points on 14 shots
    Evan Fournier needed 14 shot attempts to score 14 points vs. Boston on Wednesday, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics have limited opposing backcourts to a league-low 39.6 points this season, so it's not surprising to see Fournier struggle offensively. He's now just 13-of-41 from the field (31.7 percent) in Orlando's past four games, and owners have no choice but to stay patient. His next hot stretch could be just around the bend, though he'll face another tough defense in Charlotte on Friday. Wednesday, 7:26 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
  • 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
  • Joe Ingles starts 2nd half, scores seven
    Joe Ingles started the second half of Tuesday's game vs. the Suns and scored seven points with three rebounds, one assist and one triple in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring, so Ingles got the call in the second half over Joe Johnson. We still like Johnson as the better add if we learn that Hood will miss time, so it's safe to leave Ingles on the wire in most leagues. Tuesday, 8:59 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
  • Evan Fournier scores just 10 on Tuesday
    Evan Fournier hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and five fouls in Tuesday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: This was one of Fournier's worst games of the season and followed Sunday's 1-of-7 shooting performance, when he scored just five points. He was on fire prior to the last two games and he should get hot again very soon, but if you used him in DFS on Sunday or Tuesday, things probably didn't go too well. Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Aaron Gordon has 9 points, 5 boards
    Aaron Gordon hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for nine points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: The 3-pointer, steals and blocks salvaged his fantasy line, but Gordon hasn't really been close to living up to the hype this season. Jeff Green played 25 minutes and had 20 points, which is the main reason that Gordon hasn't been able to bust loose. And as long as green is getting those kind of minutes off the bench, Gordon will have a tough time doing what his fantasy owners would like. He's still worth holding onto in most leagues, but it also wouldn't be surprising to see him start showing up on the waiver wire because he's clearly locked into a timeshare with Green. Tuesday, 6:58 pm
  • Serge Ibaka quiet on 5-of-15 shooting
    Serge Ibaka hit just 5-of-15 shots and missed all four of his 3-point attempts to finish with just 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ibaka never got it going on Tuesday, but played 31 minutes and the four blocks were helpful. Ibaka may not be living up to the hype for a deep Orlando team, but is still producing effectively, and has knocked down five 3-pointers with 14 blocks over his last five games. Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • T.J. Warren (head) doing on-court drill work
    T.J. Warren (head) has progressed to going through some light on-court drill work, although he remains without an official timetable to return.

    Advice: Warren is dealing with an "unspecified head injury," which is both a strange and concerning injury, and Tuesday will mark his eighth consecutive game on the sidelines. With the lack of information coming out of Phoenix, It's impossible to speculate on when he'll be able to return, but he was a top-50 producer prior to going down so he has too much upside to outright cut in most settings. P.J. Tucker and Eric Bledsoe have emerged as the primary beneficiaries sans Warren. Tuesday, 2:20 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
  • 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
  • James Harden scores 37 in win over Celtics
    James Harden hit 8-of-14 shots, three 3-pointers and 18-of-18 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steals and 10 turnovers in Monday's 107-106 win over Boston.

    Advice: He was a couple boards and assists away from a dubious quadruple-double, while the 18 free throw makes were easily a season-high for Harden. His box scores aren't really comparing to the ridiculous things Russell Westbrook is doing right now, but they're pretty darn good. Monday, 8:58 pm
  • Harden having fun playing for Mike D'Antoni
    James Harden said it's been "fun" playing for Mike D'Antoni this season.

    Advice: "He doesn’t try to control anything. If he has a play, he’ll throw it at me, and if I have something better, I’ll just tell him I have something better, and he’s cool with it," said Harden. "That kind of relationship, it goes a long way. We’re able to talk about anything." D'Antoni failed to recreate his Suns' success with the Knicks and Lakers, but those struggles had more to do with roster construction and less to do with D'Antoni's effectiveness as a coach. Harden has completely bought into D'Antoni's system, and he's having an MVP-caliber season as a top-4 play in 8-cat leagues. Monday, 1:58 pm
  • 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
  • Glenn Robinson III scoreless in 14 minutes
    Glenn Robinson III played 14 scoreless minutes off the Pacers bench on Sunday, finishing with just one rebound, one steal and two personal fouls.

    Advice: GR3 could carve out a spot in the rotation due to his excellent play as a fill-in starter, when he averaged 15.2 points, 2.2 threes and 6.4 rebounds in five games. With Paul George and C.J. Miles both active, however, there may not be enough minutes to go around. If you want to cut him for a hot free agent, go ahead. Sunday, 9:24 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
  • 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
  • Serge Ibaka racks up 21 points w/ packed line
    Serge Ibaka filled up the boxscore on Sunday with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocked shots.

    Advice: Ibaka got off to a slow start this season but he's coming on strong in Orlando's past dozen games, averaging 16.1 points, 7.6 boards, 2.3 blocks, 1.5 triples and 1.0 assists, on 50.0 percent FGs and 87.5 percent FTs. That's good for top-30 value and he shows no signs of slowing down. Sunday, 5:39 pm
  • Evan Fournier struggles, makes 1-of-7 FGs
    Evan Fournier hit just 1-of-7 field goals to finish Sunday's game with five points, three steals, two assists, one rebound and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier was averaging 21.0 points, 2.0 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.5 steals in the previous four games with Orlando's new-look lineup. He was also making 54.5 percent FGs and 84.2 percent FTs in that span, which was unsustainable, but coach Frank Vogel's recent changes have still been a boon for Fournier's fantasy value. His owners should shrug off tonight's dud. Sunday, 5:39 pm
  • Aaron Gordon posts hollow 10-point line
    Aaron Gordon couldn't build on Friday's strong game, scoring 10 points on Sunday with three rebounds and zero assists, steals, blocks or 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is the epitome of a hollow line, which has been all too familiar this season. The move to SF hasn't played to Gordon's strengths and it's hard to see him making a big leap while Serge Ibaka and Jeff Green are both healthy. Sunday, 5:36 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
  • 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
  • Wes Matthews scores 26 in blowout win
    Wesley Matthews hit 9-of-17 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to tie a season high with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Mavs surprisingly dominated this game and the strong play of Matthews was a big reason as to why it happened. He's been killing it from downtown lately, hitting at least five 3-pointers in three of his last four games. He's averaging 22 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four. After a hot start in an October and a mostly forgettable November, Matthews is crushing right now. Saturday, 10:14 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
  • James Harden scores 20 in win at Denver
    James Harden scored 20 points during a 128-110 win in Denver on Friday, adding six rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Not a bad win for a team that didn't get into the high altitude until 5 a.m. following a win in Oakland. Harden's shot was off a bit and it took him until late in the fourth to make his trey, which made him the first player in Rockets history to make a 3-pointer in each of the first 20 games of a season. The Rockets are completely ridiculous with their 3-pointers lately, attempting 39.4 per game in their last five. Meanwhile, they've only taken 6.0 midrange shots in their last five -- Harrison Barnes has taken 8.2 midrange shots per game in his last five. Harden is an MVP candidate with his league-leading assists and has his team sitting in the No. 4 spot in the Western Conference. Friday, 11:57 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Gordon scores 20 points in win vs. PHI
    Aaron Gordon busted out against the 76ers during a 105-88 win on Friday, scoring a season-high 20 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was just two points off his career high and Gordon did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. He's been horrendous for his previous 10 games with only a 37.1 field goal percentage for 8.0 points and 1.2 dimes on the offensive side. Maybe this game can get him going, but it was a dream matchup for him. He's only a borderline hold right now and gets a tougher matchup against the Pistons on Sunday. Friday, 7:32 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
  • Magic sticking with the same starters vs. PHI
    The Magic will stick with the starting lineup of D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo against the 76ers.

    Advice: The starting nod hasn't really helped Gordon while it has helped Fournier get more shots and be a facilitator. It's a great matchup for both wings, so maybe Gordon can get going. Nikola Vucevic should be fine off the bench, especially against Jahlil Okafor. Friday, 3:46 pm
  • Stanley Johnson still a long-term guy
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Stanley Johnson is "definitely part of our long-term plan."

    Advice: "I think the guy has a chance to be really, really good," Van Gundy said. In other words, Johnson is out of the rotation right now. Darrun Hilliard is ahead of Johnson right now and that may be the case for a while, especially with the Pistons playing good ball. Friday, 11:18 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
  • James Harden triple-doubles in 2-OT win
    James Harden scored 29 points in a double-overtime win on Thursday night, adding 15 rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Harden recorded his fourth triple-double of the season and continues to have one of the highest usage rates in the league at 34 percent. He accounts for 61.8 percent of the Rockets assists, 33.1 percent of the points, 24 percent of the steals, and 21.8 percent of the rebounds. He stuffs the stat sheet just about every night and remains a top five fantasy player. Thursday, 11:13 pm
  • Joe Ingles brings spark off bench
    Joe Ingles scored 15 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, adding four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Ingles played 22 minutes off the bench, but ignited the offense with three 3-pointers and played the entire fourth quarter. It was the most minutes that he has played since Nov. 14 and only the third time this season he has played 22 or more minutes. Once the Jazz gets healthier, Ingles will see his role diminish. Thursday, 9:38 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
  • Evan Fournier on fire in Thursday's loss
    Evan Fournier hit all seven of his shots in the first half and finished the night by hitting 11-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 28 points and four assists in Thursday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He missed his season high by one point and is cooking, scoring 25 or more points in three of his last five games. He's hit double figures in 17 straight games and all but one of his games this season. The Magic are an utter mess, but Fournier seems to be the one beacon of light for them right now. Thursday, 9:31 pm
  • Aaron Gordon quiet in another start
    Aaron Gordon started again on Thursday but played just 21 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block on 3-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: Owners have reached the end of their rope with Gordon and his new starting role isn't really helping. In an ideal world he's still a hold, but if he's killing your fantasy team and you're watching good players being swiped off the wire while you're hanging onto him, a move might be in order. Just don't be surprised if he's a better player a month from now. Thursday, 9:16 pm
  • Serge Ibaka posts 11-8-4 line in loss
    Serge Ibaka, coming off an 18-point game on Tuesday, hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 32 minutes of a tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Magic blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose the game, while the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. While Ibaka's not exactly crushing it every night, he's still a pretty good player, and is worthy of a fourth-round fantasy pick this season in nine-category leagues. He's playing well right now, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. Thursday, 9:10 pm
  • Jabari Parker scores 22 points vs. Nets
    Jabari Parker scored 22 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and one foul in 29 minutes against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: He went right at the smaller Sean Kilpatrick throughout this game. Parker still hasn't quite turned the corner as a jump shooter, making just 35.6 percent of those on the year. Although before tonight., his added 3-pointers have bumped up his catch-and-shoot efficiency by 17.1 effective field goal percentage points compared to last year. He's going to be an offense force and should flirt with top-50 value. Thursday, 8:52 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
  • Wes Matthews cools off against Hornets
    Wesley Matthews made 4-of-15 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: He was coming in on fire with 11 treys in his last two games combined. Matthews did have to go to the locker room for about two minutes in real time, but it doesn't appear to be injury related. Despite ugly 35.3 percent from the field on the year, Matthews is worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 7:01 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
  • MDA wants James Harden down to 34 mpg?
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said he eventually wants to get James Harden to 34 minutes per game.

    Advice: This isn't the first time MDA has said he wanted to drop Harden's minutes, but he's played 37.6 minutes per game over his last five outings. Harden is still likely going to put up monster numbers and we're not expecting him to drop too far below his season average of 36.9. Thursday, 6:39 pm
  • Joe Ingles coming off the bench
    Updating a previous item, Joe Ingles will come off the bench on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: He should still get solid minutes, especially with how frequently the Heat go small. Ingles isn't quite as appealing as Joe Johnson, but he's in the mix for owners in deep leagues. Thursday, 5:37 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
  • Joe Ingles likely to start for Rodney Hood
    Joe Ingles is likely to start for Rodney Hood (hamstring) against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: It makes sense to keep the second unit together and bring Joe Johnson off the bench. Ingles actually exploded in his only start this year, scoring 20.0 points in 33 minutes. With the Jazz very thin on the outside, both Joe and Jingles should be getting big minutes. Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III has another solid outing
    Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's shooting the ball very well in his last three starts, making 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) for his 17.3 points per game. The Pacers only have one more game this week with Sunday's game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Paul George (ankle) has a good chance to return after that, so Robinson's value is likely going to take a hit soon. He still gets a lot of credit for turning around a rough start to his season. Wednesday, 10:08 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
  • Wesley Matthews has five 3s, scores 26 points
    Wesley Matthews stayed hot on Wednesday, making 8-of-19 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five 3-pointers, to finish with a team-high 26 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Matthews said recently that he's "never going to be worried" about his shot, and that he was always confident despite a brutal start from the field this season. In the seven games prior to tonight, he was averaging 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and a whopping 3.6 triples per game, good enough for top-100 value in 8-cat leagues. He's on the upswing and is a fine pickup in most formats. Wednesday, 9:27 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • James Harden hits 8-of-23 shots in loss
    James Harden hit just 8-of-23 shots and two 3-pointers for 26 points, five rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 35 minutes of Tuesday's 120-101 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Harden led the team in minutes, but didn't play very well tonight. He hit 11-of-22 shots in his previous game and came into this one hitting 46 percent of his shots on the season. But he's at just 41 percent overs his lsat five games and the seven dimes tied his season low. Obviously, he's fine and will be ready to blow up again in the near future. Possibly against the Warriors on Thursday. Tuesday, 9:03 pm
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