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  • P.J. Tucker fails to score in 21 minutes
    P.J. Tucker finished with one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: We're not kidding. Tucker didn't attempt a shot and failed to add any assists, rebounds or blocks. The Suns were giving him a ton of minutes prior to Tuesday and there's no word of any injury. Tucker had a nice two-game run last week with 17 points against the Hawks on Nov. 30 and 21 points against the Nuggets on Nov. 27, but feel free to move on unless he gets hot again. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Kyle Anderson breaks loose on Tuesday
    Kyle Anderson played 22 minutes off the bench and had 11 points, a 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and a block on 2-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's 105-91 win over the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Anderson had scored a total of six points in his previous four games, so don't get too excited. But with Danny Green scoring just five points last night, and averaging just 7.5 points in his 13 games this season, Anderson is worth keeping an eye on in case Gregg Popovich grows tired of Green's struggles. But for now, Anderson belongs on waivers, along with Green. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Joe Johnson scores 13 points vs. Suns
    Joe Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: The veteran wing added two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 29 minutes. Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring and didn't return, so Johnson is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. The last time Hood missed a game on Dec. 1, Johnson started and scored 18 points in 33 minutes. Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard goes off against Wolves
    Kawhi Leonard hit 11-of-15 shots for 31 points, one rebound, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: It's not a season high in points for Kawhi, but it's close. He scored 34 points way back on Nov. 9, and hadn't scored more than 23 points in his previous six games. Leonard didn't exactly crush the stat sheet like he's capable of doing, but he did fill it. He hasn't had a night off yet this season, so it's time to start watching for news that Gregg Popovich will sit him for a game. But if you drafted Leonard and have been disappointed with his output, tonight was a nice step in the right direction. Yesterday, 8:51 pm
  • Nik Stauskas plays 38 minutes in loss
    Nik Stauskas played 38 minutes on Tuesday vs. Memphis, scoring 12 points on 3-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-8 from beyond the arc and added four rebounds, one assist and one block. He also only hit 5-of-10 from the line which was a surprise because he was a career 78.8 percent shooter prior to Tuesday. He's played 33 or more minutes in three straight games, but his upside is pretty low and he's more of a deep-league play. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores five in loss to Pistons
    Nikola Mirotic hit just 2-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, six rebounds, two steals and a block in 23 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mirotic went off for 18 points, seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers on Monday, when no one saw it coming, and laid an egg on Saturday with Dwyane Wade out, when most of us thought he might do something. And that's the problem with Mirotic. He's more like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates than a reliable NBA player at this point. Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 32 in loss to DET
    Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-21 shots for 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: He hit 10-of-10 free throws, but didn't hit a 3-pointer tonight. This line isn't really news, as Butler is averaging 26 points, 6.7 rebounds, four assists and a lot more on the season. Yesterday, 7:42 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. Yesterday, 7:34 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. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores nine points in return
    Courtney Lee (ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Tuesday vs. the Heat, scoring nine points with seven rebounds, one assist and one triple in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks had no interest in easing him back into action and there's no word of any restrictions for Wednesday's game vs. the Cavs on the second night of a back-to-back set. Lee shot 4-of-8 from the field and is worth a look as a low-end option if you could use help in 3-pointers and steals. Just keep your expectations in check. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Otto Porter scores just seven points in loss
    Otto Porter hit 3-of-4 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three rebounds and nothing else in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He was in foul trouble and the 27 minutes were his fewest since Nov. 21. There are no reports of an injury and this was simply a bad night for OPJ. He should bounce back in the next one, as tonight broke a streak of six straight games in double-digit scoring for the young Wizard. Yesterday, 6:45 pm
  • Courtney Lee starting on Tuesday vs. MIA
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is starting against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: Justin Holiday will move back to the bench. Lee is averaging 9.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.3 triples this season, so he's a low-end fantasy asset. Yesterday, 4:41 pm
  • Dion Waiters (groin) hopes to play next week
    Dion Waiters (torn groin muscle) told reporters he feels "much better" and hopes to play next week.

    Advice: Waiters has missed Miami's previous four games and will miss at least four more, as he won't travel on Miami's upcoming three-game road trip. The earliest he'll be eligible to return will be Monday, December 12th, when the Heat return home to play the Wiz. Waiters was playing arguably the best basketball of his career before injuring his groin. In the six games prior to his injury, he was averaging 18.7 points, 5. assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers. Yesterday, 4:09 pm
  • Brandon Rush is available Tuesday
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is available for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation, so he may not see the floor. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • James Johnson (shoulder) to miss 3 more games
    James Johnson (right rotator cuff strain) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Knicks and will not travel won't travel on Miami's three-game road trip.

    Advice: The Heat roster has been absolutely decimated by injuries. Like Johnson, Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), Josh Richardson (ankle/wrist) and Luke Babbitt (hip) all won't travel on the three-game trip. Miami will have just nine healthy players on the roster. Johnson won't be eligible to return until Monday, December 12th at the earliest when the Heat host the Wiz. Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington will benefit by seeing plenty of minutes at small forward. Yesterday, 3:32 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) could play Thurs?
    Doug McDermott (concussion) got in two full practices with Chicago's D-League affiliate, and he could return to action Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: McDermott is only averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely take away some minutes from Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan, but that really doesn't mean all that much. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) out Tuesday vs. the Knicks
    Luke Babbitt (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) will join Babbitt on the sidelines on Tuesday, leaving Miami with just nine healthy players for tonight's game. Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside will dominate the offensive possessions tonight, and guys like Derrick Williams and Rodney McGruder are viable punt play options in DFS. Yesterday, 2:59 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. Yesterday, 2:20 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. Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Kent Bazemore sits out Tuesday's practice
    Kent Bazemore did not practice on Tuesday, but head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Bazemore is not dealing with an injury.

    Advice: It sounds like it's just a rest day, but Bazemore has been struggling mightily over the past two weeks with forgettable averages of 8.7 points, 1.1 triples, 1.4 steals and 1.9 turnovers per contest while hitting just 28.3 percent of his shot attempts. He should eventually turn things around, but owners may want to bench him until that happens. Yesterday, 11:24 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Rockets
    Donatas Motiejunas will not report to Houston to take a physical and join the team, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Motiejunas, a restricted free agent, signed an offer sheet with Brooklyn last week but the Rockets decided to match. As recently as last week, Motiejunas had said he would be open to a return to Houston, but obviously something has gone wrong. Per Woj, the Rockets and Motiejunas' representatives are discussing what the next steps will be. Motiejunas would only have seen limited minutes in Houston, so the fantasy implications here are relatively minor. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • Brandon Rush (toe) is questionable for Tues.
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Rush has been sidelined for the past three games due to the toe injury. Rush is averaging just 1.6 points this season and shouldn't be owned in any standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) expected to play Tuesday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects Courtney Lee (ankle) to play Tuesday vs. Miami

    Advice: Lee has missed two straight games after spraining his ankle last Wednesday. Lee's return will bump Justin Holiday back to the bench. However, Holiday played well in his two spot starts, averaging 9.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.0 steals, which may have earned him additional playing time going forward. Lee is averaging 29.7 minutes per game this season, but may see those minutes reduced slightly if he doesn't pick up his level of play (he's sitting on a career-low 10.3 PER this season) Yesterday, 7:42 am
  • Paul George double-doubles in blowout loss
    Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday, but hit just 4-of-12 shots and didn't do much else.

    Advice: He did hit 13-of-13 free throws, but the Pacers were embarrassed by the Warriors after shocking the Clippers on Sunday. The fact PG played in both games and played pretty well in them is a great sign. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before returning on Sunday. Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 14 w/ 15 rebounds
    Nicolas Batum scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes against Dallas on Monday.

    Advice: Batum shot 5-of-14 from the field and missed all six of his 3-pointers. but was able to hit all four of his freebies from the line. He's averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he's only shooting 33.3 percent from the field in that span. Monday, 10:00 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled in Monday’s win over the Mavericks, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This was his fifth double-double of the season. MKG added one assist and one block with zero turnovers, hitting 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games, but he’s a low-end asset in standard leagues because he’s yet to make a 3-pointer this season. Monday, 9:57 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 29 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting in Monday's 109-101 loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Harry B was everywhere, racking up seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples while hitting all seven of his free throws. With the Mavs banged up and possibly tanking, Barnes should be the best fantasy asset in Dallas the rest of the way as the clear focal point of the offense. He's returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season with averages of 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer on 45.9 percent shooting. Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko quiet in start for Celtics
    Jonas Jerebko started over Amir Johnson on Monday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: That's basically what he does off the bench, minus the blocks and steal, but he had one of his better games in recent memory with the two 3-pointers. If he sticks in the starting five, give him a look, but this move may have just been based on matching up with the small Rockets. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 points in loss
    Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: The big performances have been few and far between, as he was coming off a scoreless dud against the Mavericks and has scored a combined 14 points in his last four games. Despite his upside, he's very inconsistent to say the least and is a headache to own in fantasy. If he can string together a few good games, then it will be time to pick him back up. Monday, 8:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 26 points in loss to POR
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Jimmy Buckets hit all eight of his free throws and added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, two triples and two turnovers in 37 minutes. He took on more responsibility with Rajon Rondo suspended, but both Rondo and Dwayne Wade will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game vs. Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back set. Butler has scored 20+ points in 14 straight games and is comfortably returning first-round value in standard leagues. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • Bazemore bottoms out for struggling Hawks
    Kent Bazemore played just 18 minutes and missed all seven of his shots, finishing with zero points, four rebounds and three assists in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Bazemore just can't get it going consistently for the Hawks and it's hurting his team. After scoring 22 on Wednesday, he's scored 7, 8 and 0 points in each of his last three. He'll get hot again soon enough, but he's been highly frustrating to own this season. And the Hawks, losers of 10 of their last 11 games, are feeling the pain as much as anyone. Monday, 8:01 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 18 points in win
    Otto Porter scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in Monday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Porter is having a remarkable season in Washington and he's averaging career-highs across the board. He added four rebounds, two assists, three steals and four triples with zero turnovers before fouling out in 36 minutes. Porter is returning first-round value in standard leagues, but he will have a hard time keeping that pace as he's shooting a blistering 53.5 percent from the field. Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Nik Stauskas hits 1-of-7 shots in loss
    Nik Stauskas hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) for four points, three rebounds, five assists, a block and three turnovers in 35 minutes of Monday's start for the Sixers.

    Advice: Stauskas has hit just 4-of-24 shots over his last three games. The minutes and opportunity are there, but he's in a shooting slump, making him a borderline fantasy play right now. He could get hot at any time though, and is too good a shooter to not break out of his funk sooner than later. Monday, 6:53 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko starting, Amir Johnson to bench
    Jonas Jerebko will start over Amir Johnson on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It's likely just a matchup move for Boston, as Jerebko will be a better fit against Houston's Ryan Anderson. Unless we learn that this a permanent switch, it's safe to leave Jerebko on the wire in most leagues. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Nik Stauskas will start again Monday vs. DEN
    Nik Stauskas will remain in the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Nuggets with Robert Covington (knee, illness) unavailable.

    Advice: Covington is going to spend the next three games on the sidelines, so Sauce Castillo could be looking at a 30-plus minute starting role this week. That being said, Stauskas basically only hits triples (inefficiently) and he turns the ball over quite a bit (2.0 per game over the past two weeks) for a guy with a 17.3 usage rate. At the moment, he's just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Report: HOU matches Motiejunas' offer sheet
    The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

    Advice: Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios. Monday, 2:03 pm
  • Paul George, C.J. Miles good to go for Monday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will play Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: George returned from a three-game absence on Sunday and logged 34 minutes, while Miles got back from a six-game stint on the sidelines and was limited to 15 minutes. PG-13 will likely again be without a minutes limit tonight, while Miles should be able to get closer to the 20-minute mark. Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Tuesday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He made it through a limited practice on Monday, so his injury may not be as bad as initially believed. James Johnson (shoulder) is the newest addition to the injury report and will not play, so Babbitt could see plenty of minutes if he's available. Even if he does play, he won't be a great fantasy option. Monday, 10:44 am
  • James Johnson (shoulder) won't play Tuesday
    James Johnson (right rotator cuff strain) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Heat just can't catch a break. This is a new injury for Johnson and it's not clear how much time he will miss. Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin) remain out, while Luke Babbitt (hip) and Josh Richardson (ankle) are questionable. Expect to see a lot of three-guard lineups vs. the Knicks with Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington picking up some minutes at the three. Monday, 10:32 am
  • McDermott (concussion) assigned to NBADL
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been assigned to the NBA D-League.

    Advice: It's simply the next step in his rehab after he was recently cleared for contact. It sounds like McBuckets could return within the week, but he's only a stash in deeper leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Monday, 9:46 am
  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

    Advice: George (ankle) and Miles (knee) are both returning from extended absences in a tough road matchup vs. the Clippers tonight. Assuming they both play reduced minutes, Glenn Robinson III should be the primary beneficiary. Sunday, 5:59 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
  • Paul George (ankle), Miles playing on Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will both play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out Sunday vs. Kings
    Courtney Lee (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Justin Holiday will likely be drawing the start tonight, and he's someone to consider in DFS after putting up 13 points, seven boards, three steals, one block and two triples over 31 minutes in a spot-start on Friday night. For now, we'll be considering Lee questionable for Tuesday's game in Miami. Sunday, 2:53 pm
  • P.J. Tucker quietly hot for Suns
    P.J. Tucker had nine points, seven rebounds, two assists, a steal and a 3-pointer on 4-of-11 shooting against Kevin Durant and the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: He came into this one hot and at least stayed relevant with the line and is averaging 12.2 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. It's possible you're holding a player doing less than that, so at least give Tucker a look as long as he's starting for the Suns. Saturday, 10:29 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic disappears in rare start
    Nikola Mirotic started over Dwyane Wade (rest) on Saturday, but missed all four of his shots and played just 13 minutes, finishing without a point and five rebounds as the Bulls were crushed by the lowly Mavericks 107-82.

    Advice: There is nothing good about this situation. Mirotic had 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers in his last start, so there was some hope he might post a decent line tonight. It wasn't meant to be and if Mirotic couldn't do anything with this opportunity, other than somehow managing a +/- of -24 in just 13 minutes, the outlook for him coming off the bench is pretty bleak. He belongs on waivers in most leagues until he starts showing that he can play well consistently. Or at all. Saturday, 9:42 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
  • James Johnson ejected for two technical fouls
    James Johnson was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday for picking up two technical fouls.

    Advice: The Heat are now down to just seven healthy players for the fourth quarter. Johnson wasn't having a great game today, finishing with two points, four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He's still a hold in standard leagues with the missing so many players. Saturday, 8:55 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets 33 minutes in start
    Nik Stauskas got the start for Robert Covington (knee) on Saturday, scoring 10 points with two rebounds, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He matched up against Avery Bradley tonight and held his own for the most part. Coach Brett Brown likes Stauskas more than last year because he's doing more than just shooting, so he may have a chance at 30 minutes while RoCo is out -- there is no word on the severity of Covington just yet. Sauce Castillo's ceiling isn't the best, so he's more of a player to add for owners with something to cut. That may change if Covington is out for an extended period of time. Saturday, 8:18 pm
  • Kent Bazemore hits 3-of-12 shots
    Kent Bazemore hit just 3-of-12 shots for eight points, two rebounds and two assists in Saturday's brutal 128-84 loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: You know the deal with Baze this season. You either get the good version or the bad version from night to night, as he's been wildly inconsistent. And unfortunately, the Hawks got Bad Baze tonight. Speaking of the Hawks, they are in a free fall, losing eight of their last nine games and following up their three-game losing streak with a six-game losing streak. The Hawks looked like one of the Top 3 teams in East after an 11-2 start, but now look like one of the early-season's most overrated teams. Saturday, 8:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum hands out 12 dimes, scores 15
    Nicolas Batum handed out a season-high 12 assists during a 125-120 overtime loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The offense went through Batum to make him more of a passer, which helped keep down his somewhat inefficient ways. The inconsistency has been a factor for Batum on the scoring side of things for most of the season. In his previous games, Batum had just 10.0 percent of his shots at the rim while he’s only made 32.8 percent on midrange. He’s posted sixth-round value on the year. Saturday, 7:12 pm
  • P.J. Tucker will start opposite Kevin Durant
    P.J. Tucker will start at small forward against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll start opposite Kevin Durant. Good luck, Mr. Tucker. Saturday, 6:30 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
  • Doug McDermott getting better
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He will practice with the D-League Windy City Bulls on Monday and Tuesday, if no setback. McDermott will likely be out for a couple more games due to suffering two concussions last month. Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic starting for Dwyane Wade
    Nikola Mirotic is starting for Dwyane Wade (rest) against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He erupted in his last start with 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers. The matchup isn't quite as good and Mirotic is wildly inconsistent, but he's certainly capable of putting up another nice line. He's a prime DFS option tonight and is a low-end hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 4:06 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
  • Brandon Rush inactive
    Brandon Rush is inactive for Saturday against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Wolves not using Rush is part of the reason Zach LaVine has played 42.0 minutes per game in his last three. Saturday, 3:17 pm
  • Nik Stauskas gets the start for Covington
    Nik Stauskas will start for Robert Covington (knee) against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he wants another ball-handler out there, which may have to do with Joel Embiid being out of the lineup tonight. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably, making just 38.1 percent from the field. Although, the uptick in assists with 3.6 per game in his last five may be the reason he starts. He's a speculative add in competitive leagues while Hollis Thompson should benefit as well. Saturday, 2:50 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) not expected to play
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is not expected to play and is only available for emergency situations against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's out. Babbitt could miss two weeks due to his hip injury from Thursday night. He also may not have many minutes available once he's back with James Johnson outplaying him and it's possible Justise Winslow (wrist) is back. For tonight, Johnson, Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington should get some additional run. Saturday, 11:43 am
  • 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
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Courtney Lee says his ankle sprain is improving and he hasn't ruled out returning to the lineup Sunday against the Kings.

    Advice: "It feels a lot better than it did when I initially twisted it," Lee said Friday. "I wasn't able to walk that night but I was able to move around (Friday)." If Lee can't play Sunday, look for Justin Holiday to start in his place. Holiday played well in his start on Friday, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block. He will be a cheap DFS option on Sunday if Lee doesn't play. Saturday, 9:24 am
  • Brandon Rush (toe) questionable for Saturday
    Brandon Rush (sprained right big toe) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Rush has been sidelined for the past two contests with a sprained right big toe. He's averaging just 1.6 points this season and hasn't played more than eight minutes in a game since November 5th. He holds no fantasy value and can be left on waivers. Saturday, 7:12 am
  • Jimmy Butler goes off again, of course
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks, three steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: It's going to be the Jimmy Butler Show on Saturday with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. The last time Wade sat out, Butler went off for a season-high 40 points. Butler has also been on fire since that explosion, averaging 29.8 points, 6.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys in those five. Jimmy is coasting with first-round value in standard leagues and is an elite DFS play. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic set for a big Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic scored two points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He'll likely be getting a start against the Mavs on Saturday night with Dwyane Wade (rest) getting the night off. The last time Wade sat, Mirotic exploded with 15 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes. He's going to be a popular DFS target. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Kent Bazemore held to seven points in loss
    Kent Bazemore was benched at halftime during Friday's blowout loss to the Pistons, finishing with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks benched their entire starting unit at halftime and coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that he's considering lineup changes, but we still think Kyle Korver would head to the bench before Baze. He's been all over the place lately with two games with 21+ points and three games with single-digit points in his last five, but he's still a hold in standard leagues. Friday, 9:26 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
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expecting him to play, so he's probably closer to doubtful. Derrick Williams (back) is also questionable, so we should see a lot of James Johnson and Josh McRoberts. Friday, 7:01 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
  • Nik Stauskas doesn't score vs. Magic
    Nik Stauskas missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Magic on Friday, adding one rebound and five assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Hey, at least the five assists were a season high. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably in his last five, making just 38.1 percent from the field for 9.0 points per game with 3.6 dimes. There could be more minutes headed his way with Robert Covington (knee) getting hurt tonight. Stauskas' upside still isn't all that great, so he's only a speculative add in deep leagues for now. Friday, 6:26 pm
  • Nets sign Motiejunas to $37M offer sheet
    The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

    Advice: Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried. Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Courtney Lee out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with more of Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings to help fill the void left by Lee. Holiday hasn't played too well, but he should be able to get minutes in the upper 20s. Plus, Jennings could see minutes around 30, especially if he plays close to 10 minutes next to Derrick Rose. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Fri. and Sat.
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

    Advice: The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend. Friday, 9:21 am
  • Rockets hope to keep Donatas Motiejunas
    Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

    Advice: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Luke Babbitt dealing with a hip-flexor strain
    Luke Babbitt is dealing with a hip-flexor strain but did fly to Portland and expected to remain with the team until their Sunday flight back to Miami.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach Spoelstra said Babbitt's injury is similar to the one that will have Dion Waiters out for at least two weeks. "Probably a little bit similar to Dion," he acknowledged after Thursday night's game. "We'll find out more. But it's a hip-flexor strain. It's not a contusion. So we'll evaluate him." Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Babbitt, and would see an increase in minutes if Babbitt misses time. Friday, 7:21 am
  • 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
  • Joe Johnson starts vs. Heat
    Joe Johnson started on Thursday and hit 6-of-9 shots for 18 points, three rebounds, and four assists.

    Advice: Johnson played 32 minutes against his former team, draining four from beyond the arc. He now has seven 3-pointers in the last two games and has scored double-digit points in each of those games. The 18 points was the second most he has scored all season and the 32 minutes was the most he has played since November 2nd. He will have nights like these, but they do not come often. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is day-to-day, once he returns, Johnson will go back to the bench. Thursday, 9:28 pm
  • James Johnson has a big night
    James Johnson hit 11-of-15 shots for 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block in Thursday’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Johnson played 24 minutes and saw more playing time after Luke Babbitt (hip) exited the game. Prior to tonight’s game, Johnson was averaging 30.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in his previous five. Although he does not do anything particularly great, he contributes to just about every category. Johnson was already making a charge for added minutes before this game, but the new wave of injuries to guys like Luke Babbitt (hip) strengthens his case as an asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores 14 points
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: MKG's playing time, usage or other stats haven't changed since the Marvin Williams (knee) injury -- the biggest difference is a dip in rebounding. The Hornets are missing Williams on defense and it's put even more pressure on Kidd-Gilchrist. After an awesome start, MKG has only been a lukewarm asset in standard leagues. He'll likely just be a late-round guy. Thursday, 7:40 pm
  • Luke Babbit (hip) ruled out
    Luke Babbit will miss the remainder of Thursday’s game against the Jazz with a hip flexor.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the half and will not return. If he misses an extensive amount of time, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson, who have been hot, should see an increased role, while Derrick Williams could also get back into the rotation. Thursday, 7:20 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points in a loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points in a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 8-of-20 from the field today and continues to get a ton of shots. Barnes is living in the mid-range with a whopping 45 percent of his shot total coming in that area, which usually indicates a guy will go through some highs and lows. He's been better than expected as a mid-round guy this season. Thursday, 7:19 pm
  • Luke Babbit (back) goes to locker room
    Luke Babbit left Thursday’s game against the Jazz with 4:07 left in the half due to back tightness.

    Advice: Babbit headed to the locker room after tweaking his back and is questionable to return. He played seven minutes, scoring one point and one steal. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) likely out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: This report adds that Lee is not expected to miss much time. His ankle doesn't appear to have any structural damage and perhaps he can make it back next week. Until then, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday should get some extra run. Thursday, 6:01 pm
  • Update: Joe Johnson will start against Heat
    Joe Johnson will start against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: Revenge game? it was previously reported Joe Ingles would get the start, but coach Quin Snyder wants to go with Iso Joe against his former team. Johnson should get minutes close to 30 tonight and could have short-term value. Rodney Hood (hamstring) is only day-to-day for now. Thursday, 5:34 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
  • Doug McDermott out for Friday night
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is questionable for Friday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Wednesday night and did not return. Lee is not expected to miss much time and could even be back for Friday. If he's going to miss another game, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday would get some extra playing time. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Nets preparing Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet
    The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Brandon Rush questionable for Friday vs NYK
    Brandon Rush (toe) is questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Rush looks to be a game-time decision with his toe injury, but he can be left on waivers in fantasy leagues regardless of his status. Thursday, 8:58 am
  • Courtney Lee unlikely to miss extended time
    Courtney Lee (left ankle) sprain is unlikely to miss extended time after leaving Wednesday's game.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Lee's ankle and he isn't expected to be out for very long. We'll keep an eye on his progress, but Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings will both see a bump in deeper fantasy league value while Lee is out. Thursday, 7:08 am
  • P.J. Tucker efficient in win vs. visiting ATL
    P.J. Tucker led the Suns' starters on Wednesday with 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting, hitting two 3-pointers with three rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Tucker has been on fire for his past two games, with a combined 12-of-19 mark from the field, including 2.5 threes, 5.5 rebounds. 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals. T.J. Warren (head) is out indefinitely, which opens up more opportunities for Tucker, but he's not a strong rest-of-season addition. Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Kent Bazemore's 22/5/3/3 not enough vs. Suns
    Kent Bazemore had 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bazemore hit 8-of-16 field goals and made both of his free throws, but it wasn't enough to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. "My rookie year, I got my car popcorned ... the car was clean but the smell was still there," Bazemore said, referring to a hazing ritual. "That's kind of what this feels like. We're playing the right way but we cant get it to go our way." Atlanta will look to recover at home vs. the Pistons on Friday. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points on 15 shots
    Harrison Barnes had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting during the Mavs' home loss on Wednesday, with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Spurs are the league's worst matchup for opposing small forwards this year, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, so Barnes' owners should be relatively happy with tonight's line. He's dealt well with increased defensive attention as the Mavs' No. 1 option offensively, a situation that isn't likely to change with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) entering the twilight of his career. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard leads short-handed Spurs to win
    The Spurs bounced back from a disappointing loss to the Magic, beating the Mavericks on Wednesday 94-87 thanks to Kawhi Leonard's 21 points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: Leonard shot just 5-of-16 from the field but he made 9-of-12 free throws in 31 minutes, helping the Spurs maintain their undefeated record on the road. They are a perfect 11-0 on the road this season, but just 4-4 at home. Kawhi has yet to miss a game this season, which has helped him maintain top-six fantasy value in nearly all formats on a cumulative basis. Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 22 pts in loss to Lakers
    Jimmy Butler finished Wednesday's home loss to the Lakers with 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, Butler gave some credit to former teammate Luol Deng, now with the Lakers. "The way I look at it, I owe him a little bit," he said. "That's why I'm going to show him the protege is doing it." Butler made 13-of-15 free throws but was just 4-of-18 from the field, and his team lost to a rebuilding Lakers squad tonight, so it wasn't exactly a pristine performance. Expect him to rise to the challenge vs. Cleveland on Friday. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) will not return vs. MIN
    Courtney Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Wednesday night and will not return, though X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: The Knicks ruled him out somewhat quickly from his sprain in the first half. With Lee out, they're already going with more two-PG lineups while Justin Holiday should also get a nice bump in minutes. Holiday and Brandon Jennings are both worth speculative looks in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:03 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
  • Brandon Rush out again for Wednesday
    Brandon Rush (toe) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: His toe sprain is minor, but Rush isn't a lock for the rotation anyway. Wednesday, 4:04 pm
  • Dion Waiters (groin) out at least 2 weeks
    MRI results revealed Dion Waiters (groin) has a Pectineus tear and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: There is still a chance Waiters needs to miss more time beyond those two weeks. He was playing through his groin strain for over a week, which in hindsight may have been a mistake. Waiters was actually playing really well as the starting shooting guard, including a 28-point game on Saturday. While he's out, Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington may pick up some extra minutes. Waiters is a drop candidate. Wednesday, 2:13 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
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

    Advice: "Every case is individualized," Fred Hoiberg said. "You look at it based on what their symptoms are, and Doug, unfortunately has two of them in this early portion of the season, so he’s just not ready yet." He's yet to be cleared for contact, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Chicago's upcoming back-to-back set Friday vs. Cleveland and Saturday vs. Dallas. Wednesday, 11:00 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
  • Nick Young (Achilles) sporting a walking boot
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) was spotted leaving the Smoothie King Center wearing a walking boot.

    Advice: Young was also able to put pressure on his foot while limping around the Lakers' locker room after Tuesday's game, and he was in high spirits, although Uncle P is eternally optimistic. He's scheduled to undergo an MRI once the Lakers arrive in Chicago, but for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bulls. If he's out, Jordan Clarkson will get all the burn he can handle and Brandon Ingram will see some increased opportunity with the second unit. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 8:06 am
  • Joe Johnson scores 11 off the bench
    Joe Johnson scored 11 points on Tuesday vs. the Rockets with three rebounds, three assists and three triples in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Rodney Hood left the game with a hamstring strain and didn't return after 20 minutes, so Johnson is the next man up if Hood has to miss time. He's been quiet lately, but he did average 13.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 triples in six starts at the beginning of the season. Just put him on your radar until we get an update on Hood. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • Jeff Green (sore lower back) plays 25 minutes
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, scoring six points on 3-of-10 shooting with three rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He came off the bench behind Aaron Gordon and we'd be a little surprised if he moved back into the starting five. Green was shooting 29.6 percent from the field prior to Tuesday and is having a tough year in Orlando. He belongs on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring strain) won't return
    Rodney Hood (right hamstring strain) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a massive blow for the Jazz and it's a shame because Hood was having one of his best games of the season. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples in 20 minutes. Joe Johnson will benefit if Hood misses time and is worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues. Gordon Hayward and George Hill will be busier as well. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Nic Batum bounces back from off night
    Nicolas Batum hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's

    Advice: He's still recovering from an eye injury and has now hit just 4-of-16 shots since returning to action, but he at least filled the stat sheet a bit tonight, unlike on Monday. Batum could be in line for even more run going forward after Jeremy Lamb suffered a right knee contusion on Tuesday. Tuesday, 6:38 pm
  • Nick Young (Achilles strain) won't return
    Nick Young (right Achilles strain) will not return on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Young needed the help of his teammates to get back to the locker room and the Lakers ruled him out for the game after just a few minutes. Young will have an MRI on Wednesday and the Lakers will provide an update at that time. His status for Wednesday's game vs. the Bulls isn't looking great right now. Jordan Clarkson is looking at heavy minutes if Young misses additional time. Tuesday, 5:25 pm
  • Nick Young goes to locker room Tuesday
    Nick Young (right leg) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans and went to the locker room. Tuesday, 5:19 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) not yet cleared
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has not yet been cleared for full-contact practice, so it appears he will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Jeff Green (back) will play Tuesday
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) will play Tuesday in San Antonio, but he will come off the bench according to coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: Green has been a major disappointment this season in Orlando. He hasn't scored more than 11 points in three weeks. Over the Magic's last 10 games, eight of which he started, Green is averaging just 6.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 assists, while shooting a frigid 29.6 percent from the floor; including 17.9 percent from 3-point territory. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Dion Waiters (groin) to miss at least 3 games
    The Heat announced on Tuesday that Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) will not travel with the team on their three-game road trip.

    Advice: The Heat play Wednesday in Denver, Thursday in Utah and Saturday in Portland, but both players will stay in Miami to receive treatment. The news stings for Waiters owners because he had been playing some of the best basketball of his career of late. Prior to missing Monday's contest, Waiters was averaging 18.7 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 3-pointers over Miami's previous five games. Josh Richardson and Rodney McGruder will see a boost in value with Waiters sidelined. Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Kent Bazemore shoots 4-of-15 in loss
    Kent Bazemore scored just eight points on 4-of-15 shooting on Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Bazemore. He missed all six of his attempts from deep and added seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 28 minutes. He's been a frustrating player to own in fantasy because of his inconsistency, but he was coming of a 21-point game against the Lakers with four assists, one rebound, one steal and zero turnovers. His owners just need to take the good with the bad, but it's not a bad idea to bench him until he heats up. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Rodney Hood held to nine points on Monday
    Rodney Hood was held to nine points on Monday vs. Minnesota, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hood's second dud in a row after he scored eight points against the Hawks on Friday. Hood finished just 4-of-12 from the field on Monday and took a backseat with Gordon Hayward and George Hill running the show. Hood is still holding onto 8th-round value in standard leagues and gets a favorable matchup against the Rockets on Tuesday. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Otto Porter hot again for Wizards
    Otto Porter hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals in Monday's overtime win against the Kings.

    Advice: Porter was struggling a week ago, but has turned it on over his last three games, averaging 16 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over that stretch, knocking down 20-of-32 shots. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Batum (eye) plays 23 minutes in blowout
    Nicolas Batum (eye) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring six points with four assists, two rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: Batum hit just 1-of-5 shots, but made all four of his free throws in 23 minutes. The Hornets were able to limit his workload due to the lopsided score and he looked fine for the most part, so he should see his normal workload on Tuesday vs. the Pistons. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Luke Babbitt quiet in start for Heat
    Luke Babbitt started over Josh Richardson on Monday but hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Things were looking up for Richardson with Dion Waiters out tonight, but the move to the bench didn't do him any favors. As for Babbitt, he's failed to answer the call every time he's gotten an opportunity this season, so there's no reason to think about adding him in fantasy leagues. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Babbitt starting, Richardson to the bench
    Luke Babbitt will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Celtics, sending Josh Richardson to the bench.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra will role out a starting five of Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Babbitt, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside (knee) for Monday's game, and while Richardson will be coming off the bench, it's tough to envision a scenario where he doesn't exceed 30 minutes. Spoelstra is likely just bringing him off the bench to help infuse some offense into the second unit, so while Babbitt will start, Richardson remains the preferable fantasy target. Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (eye) will play Monday vs. MEM
    Nicolas Batum (eye) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: The corneal abrasion will only end up costing Batum one game on the sidelines, and there's no indication that he'll be working with a minutes limit tonight. Jeremy Lamb will return to the bench with Batum active, and Lamb's minutes will likely be in the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and get Batum active. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Vogel hopeful Green (back) can play Tuesday
    Frank Vogel is hopeful that Jeff Green (sore lower back) will be ready for Tuesday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Vogel gave Green the day off during Monday's practice in order to help rest up his back, and given that he's simply dealing with a sore back, it seems there's a decent chance he'll be able to return to the court on Tuesday night. Green will more than likely resume his spot in Orlando's starting five, a move that would send Aaron Gordon (who went scoreless on Sunday) back to the bench. Check back for another update on Green following Tuesday morning's shootaround. Monday, 11:22 am
  • Doug McDermott cleared for non-contact work
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and shooting.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks and still doesn't have a clear return date, but this is a step in the right direction. Prior to going down, McDermott was averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples in 23.7 minutes per game, so he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues. Monday, 10:57 am
  • Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson both out Monday
    Dion Waiters (groin) and Tyler Johnson (tooth) are both out for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Goran Dragic (elbow) is questionable, so Josh Richardson may have to flirt with 48 minutes Monday. Waiters has been on the injury report with this groin issue since Nov. 19 and this is his first missed game all season, so maybe playing through the injury caught up to him. Waiters should be considered questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Denver. Luckily for the Heat, it sounds like Wayne Ellington (thigh) could finally be available.Daily Slant: Josh Richardson is one of the top $/point DFS plays across the industry with Waiters and Johnson out. There aren't many scenarios where Richardson could end up with fewer than 30-33 minutes of court time, and he could very well end up at 40+. He's a core DFS play in any format. James Johnson should also see an uptick in minutes, making him a sneaky GPP punt play. He's played at least 30 minutes in the past three games. Monday, 9:30 am
  • Nick Young (toe) returns with 17-point game
    Nick Young (toe) returned in style on Sunday with 17 points on 6-of-12 field goals, including 4-of-5 shooting from downtown.

    Advice: Young slotted into his normal starting SG spot, as coach Luke Walton seems pleased with the backcourt rotation he's established early in the season. He didn't do much beyond scoring tonight, adding just one rebound and one steal, but he remains a viable late-round option in most formats. Nov 27, 9:48 pm
  • Kent Bazemore leads Hawks w/ 21 pts, 5 threes
    Kent Bazemore sank 8-of-16 shots including a 5-of-8 mark from deep to finish Sunday's game with a team-high 21 points in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks have struggled from the perimeter this season with 8.6 makes per game on 33.7 percent shooting, so they really need Bazemore to keep firing away from distance. He rounded out tonight's line with four assists, one rebound, one steal and zero turnovers. Nov 27, 9:43 pm
  • Harrison Barnes helps Mavs snap losing streak
    Harrison Barnes dished out a season-high four assists on Sunday, in addition to 23 points (9-of-24 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes was clutch throughout the fourth quarter and he gave the Mavs an offensive boost every time they needed it, helping to snap their eight-game losing streak. This was the seventh time all season he's snared at least seven rebounds, and he tied his season-high with two steals, which are the type of supporting stats his owners love to see. He's adjusted well to increased defensive pressure and should be a steady mid-round value regardless of which Mavs are playing around him. Nov 27, 7:32 pm
  • Nick Young (toe) returns to action Sunday
    Nick Young (toe) will start vs. the Hawks on Sunday.

    Advice: His return sends Jordan Clarkson back to the bench, and Young's owners should feel free to deploy him as usual tonight. Nov 27, 4:53 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores season-high 21 points
    P.J. Tucker moved into the starting lineup on Sunday and scored a season-high 21 points on 6-of-10 shooting to go with eight rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist and one steal in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This was Tucker's 10th career game with 20-plus points, so don't expect the scoring to become a regular thing for the five-year veteran. He can, however, provide sneaky low-end value in deep leagues with his ability to contribute a little bit of everything to the box score, and with T.J. Warren still a few weeks away, he makes sense as a speculative add in deep leagues. Nov 27, 4:21 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (eye) probable for Monday
    Nicolas Batum (eye) is probable to return vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb went off in Batum's absence but he'll likely return to a bench role if Batum is cleared to play. The injury wasn't considered very serious and his return is great news with Marco Belinelli (hamstring) also nursing an injury. Nov 27, 3:54 pm
  • Jeff Green (sore back) ruled out for Sunday
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Green said that his back has been bothering him for the past few games, so it sounds like there's a chance he could miss Tuesday's game in San Antonio as well. His absence from tonight's game will likely result in Aaron Gordon returning to the starting five and flirting with around 30 minutes. It's not the best matchup for Gordon, but his numbers will assuredly be better as a starter, so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active. Nov 27, 2:00 pm
  • Green, Watson questionable Sunday vs. MIL
    Jeff Green (sore lower back) and C.J. Watson (illness) are questionable to play Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Green has been starting for the Magic, but if he's out tonight, that'll more than likely result in Aaron Gordon seeing a significant boost in value with the return to the starting lineup. Watson isn't a major part of the rotation, but if he's out, D.J. Augustin would likely pickup most of his minutes. Stay tuned. Nov 27, 1:32 pm
  • T.J. Warren hoping to do some light work
    T.J. Warren (minor head injury) is hoping to get in some "light activity" at practice "very soon," according to Suns sideline reporter Kevin Ray.

    Advice: Warren is in good spirits for what the Suns continue to call a minor head injury. He is still unlikely to be back for this week and general manager Ryan McDonough said it'll be "weeks" for Warren to return. He is with the team and is sitting on the bench in street clothes for Sunday. With Warren out, P.J. Tucker, Dragan Bender and Brandon Knight should get slight bumps. Nov 27, 1:09 pm
  • Nik Stauskas drains two more triples Sunday
    Nik Stauskas drained two more triples on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-4 from beyond the arc) Sunday, on his way to 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stauskas has been playing some solid ball over the past 10 games, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.9 points, 2.3 triples, 1.7 assists and 2.0 turnovers per contest to go with a sterling 71.9 true shooting percentage. It’s unlikely he’ll be able to keep this up for the entire year, but the Sauce is hot right now and deserving of a speculative add in standard leagues for those seeking some points and triples. Nov 27, 1:04 pm
  • P.J. Tucker starting, Knight to the bench
    P.J. Tucker will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Nuggets, sending Brandon Knight to the bench.

    Advice: Tucker can rack up the steals when given the minutes, so he's on the radar as a potential streamer option with a favorable matchup against Denver tonight. Knight's value is going to take a bit of a hit with the move to the bench. Nov 27, 11:51 am
  • Dion Waiters (groin) questionable Monday
    Dion Waiters (groin) is questionable for Monday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: He's been on the injury report with this groin issue since Nov. 19, but he's yet to miss any action. Waiters is coming off a dominant 28-point effort against the Grizzlies in 36 minutes, and he's averaging 17.8 points, 5.2 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 38.4 percent shooting over his last five games. If you don't mind the bad FG percentage, Waiters is worth deploying in fantasy lineups while he's hot. Nov 27, 10:16 am
  • Nikola Mirotic would like to re-sign with CHI
    Nikola Mirotic said that he would like to re-sign with the Bulls when his contract expires this summer.

    Advice: "I love the Bulls," Mirotic said. "I love my teammates. I love the city. It's the perfect place for me. The first idea is to re-sign." Mirotic has been linked to a move to his former team Real Madrid, but he said the NBA is the best place for him to grow as a player. Mirotic has been wildly inconsistent for the Bulls with averages of 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples on 40.0 percent shooting, so it will be interesting to see how much the Bulls are willing to spend on the impending free agent. Nov 27, 7:08 am
  • Dion Waiters scores 28 points with six dimes
    Dion Waiters scored a season-high 28 points during a 110-107 loss to the Grizzlies on Saturday, adding five rebounds, six assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: On top of his 17.8 points per game over his last five, Waiters surprisingly has 5.2 assists per game. Although, he'll tell you he doesn't care about that. "I don't care about no stats -- none of that. I want to win," Waiters said. His fantasy owners in points leagues certainly care with Waiters playing very well for them. Although, his upside isn't the best in standard leagues, so he's more of a lukewarm add while he's hot. Nov 26, 9:07 pm
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