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  • Alex Len quiet in start for Chandler (flu)
    Alex Len started for Tyson Chandler (flu) on Monday but had just six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Suns rolled with a small lineup for the most of the night, so Len never got loose. He played quite well when he was on the court, hitting 3-of-4 shots, and there's still a chance the Suns bench Chandler and get an up-close look at Len the rest of the way. But for now, Len is a luxury hold with hopes that he breaks out at some point. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:42 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 off Boston bench
    Kelly Olynyk didn't replace Amir Johnson in the starting lineup on Monday, but did play through an ankle injury and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Olynk is playing well right now and appears to be on the cusp of starting for Boston. But even if he continues to come off the bench, he's averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers while shooting 64 percent from the field in 26 minutes a game over his last five. He's a hot pickup in fantasy right now, even if he never does crack Boston's starting five. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:36 pm
  • Cody Zeller goes for 13 & 8 in loss to Boston
    Cody Zeller hit 5-of-7 shots and 3-of-4 free throws for 13 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block in Monday's 108-98 loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Five of his rebounds were offensive, which was nice, and he played 31 minutes in the start. He had a 16 & 10 double-double on Friday and played well again tonight, meaning he should be owned in most leagues now that he's healthy and starting at center again for the Hornets. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores season-high 15 points
    Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:24 pm
  • Alex Len will start on Monday vs. the Jazz
    Alex Len will draw the start on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler (illness) has been ruled out, so Len will see a healthy dose of minutes if he can stay out of foul trouble. It's not clear who will back up Len, but Alan Williams would make the most sense given the Jazz's size up front. Len looks like a nice short-term pickup and he could have solid value later in the season if the Suns deal Chandler. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:09 pm
  • Tyson Chandler (flu) out, Alex Len to start
    Tyson Chandler is battling a stomach flu and will not play on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: There have been a lot of players out with an illness around the league and Chandler is the latest victim. Let's just hope this doesn't spread to his teammates. Chandler will get a couple days off to rest for Thursday's game vs. Cleveland. Alex Len will start and looks like a nice short-term pickup. Alan Williams could back up Len unless the Suns go small with Marquese Chriss at the five. Rotoworld.com Today, 5:04 pm
  • John Henson plays 26 minutes in loss
    John Henson played 26 minutes on Monday vs. the 76ers, scoring eight points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: The Bucks needed his defense against the one they call The Process, so he reached 26 minutes for the just the second time in over a month. Henson did a respectable job and grabbed five rebounds with four assists and two blocks, but we'll need to see him do this a couple times in a row before recommending an add in standard leagues. Greg Monroe still looks like the center you want to own. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:49 pm
  • Clint Capela (knee) feeling good in workouts
    Clint Capela (knee) said that he's been sprinting and dunking during recent workouts, and it all felt good.

    Advice: Capela has been out of commission since Dec. 17, but he could return to the court for Tuesday's game against the Heat. The Rockets will make an official determination on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. He'll likely be eased back into things after the lengthy layoff, but once he's fully up to speed, Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:42 pm
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  • Jahlil Okafor scores 10 points off bench
    Jahlil Okafor returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight and also hit a pair of free throws. Okafor wasn't initially expected to play with Joel Embiid returning from a rest day, but Nerlens Noel was ruled out with an ankle sprain so Okafor took over as the backup center. 76ers' reporter Keith Pompey hinted that the team is showcasing Okafor for a trade, so if you need a big and you have a roster spot it's not a bad idea to stash him through the trade deadline. If Noel returns on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, Okafor might fall back out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:10 pm
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play Monday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: Zeller is finally feeling better, but Monday will mark his eighth straight game on the sidelines due to this illness. We'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks, but with the main guys in Boston's frontcourt healthy, Zeller won't have any fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:04 pm
  • Olynyk, Bradley will play Monday vs. Hornets
    Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Olynyk got tripped up by a ball boy during Sunday's practice and rolled his ankle, but luckily the ankle tweak won't force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Bradley is likely going to start tonight, which will send Marcus Smart back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:57 pm
  • Joakim Noah scores seven points in loss
    Joakim Noah scored seven points with 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: This comes on the second half of a back-to-back set, which is way more playing time than he's played previously with 21.8 minutes per game on no rest. Noah will likely see a dip in playing time at some point for a number of reasons, so he's only worth a look in 14-team leagues with his recent solid play. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:06 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) questionable for Tuesday
    Tarik Black (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Black was previously dealing with a right ankle sprain, so this is a new injury. If he's out, Thomas Robinson would likely soak up most of his minutes, but that doesn't mean all that much, as Black only averages 15 minutes a night. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:00 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench Monday
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Okafor actually had a nice line in his previous outing with Joel Embiid resting, but with Embiid back in action and Nerlens Noel serving as his primary backup, Okafor is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:38 am
  • Reed (bruised sternum) probable Tuesday
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Reed only plays minutes in the teens while Hassan Whiteside is healthy, but this does have a couple fantast implications. Luke Babbitt's minutes will take a hit with Reed back in the rotation and James Johnson won't have to spend a lot of time as the backup center. Reed is just a handcuff for Whiteside's owners in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:58 am
  • Ed Davis (sprained ankle) will play Monday
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is available to play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He was considered questionable, but he said his ankle felt fine after warmups. Davis has played 21 or less minutes in three straight games, so he shouldn't be in many fantasy lineups. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:41 am
  • Hoiberg praises Cristiano Felicio
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg praised Cristiano Felicio for his recent play off the bench.

    Advice: "The other thing he gives us is a big-time defensive presence," Hoiberg said. "We can get out and trap ball screens with him because of his ability to move. There are not a lot of big bodies that move as well as he does." Dwyane Wade also said that Felicio is "really growing," and the big man is starting to establish himself as the closing center in the fourth quarter over Robin Lopez. He's averaging 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.9 minutes per game in January, but he's someone to monitor in deeper leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Ivica Zubac quiet vs. Pistons on Sunday
    Lakers' center Ivica Zubac finished Sunday's home loss to the Pistons with four points, five boards, two blocks and one assist in nine minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers intend to get 19-year-old Zubac more minutes as the season continues. Lakers coach Luke Walton said the staff is "making an effort to get Zubac more minutes ... He's been working hard and playing well in practices." He's an interesting rest-of-season option, but doesn't have much appeal for owners who need immediate value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio OK after eye injury Sunday
    Cristiano Felicio came off the Bulls' bench on Sunday with four points, one rebound and one steal in 11 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' backup big man was poked in the eye tonight, requiring some attention from team trainers. We're leaving him off the injury report, but deep-league owners should keep an eye out for updates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) questionable Monday vs. WAS
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Davis suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Meyers Leonard would have the opportunity for some extended minutes off the bench, but he's too inconsistent to rely upon in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Stevens says Zeller (illness) feeling better
    Celtics head coach Brad Stevens said that Tyler Zeller (illness) is feeling a lot better and getting closer to a return.

    Advice: The illness has forced Zeller to spend the past seven straight games on the sidelines, but it sounds like there's a chance he'll be able to return to action Monday vs. the Hornets. He'll likely be eased back into things, but he's not a significant part of the rotation anyway, so his return to action will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk rolled his right ankle when he was tripped up by a ball boy while going through some shooting drills on Sunday, and he was unable to participate in the remainder of the practice.

    Advice: At the moment, It's unclear how severe this ankle injury is, but for now we'll have to consider Olynyk questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. If he's out, his playing time will be divvied up between Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Willie Reed (sternum) limited at practice Sun
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: "During the non-contact part, there was some soreness," Reed said. "All in all, I’m fine. We’re just going to see how it feels when you take a blow to it. That’s the biggest key." With Reed on the sidelines, James Johnson has been forced into heavy minutes, earning some run at the five-spot in small ball lineups when Hassan Whiteside goes to the bench. Reed isn't worth a roster spot anywhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday
    Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday vs. the Heat or Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He has missed about one month of action, but the big man is scheduled to go through practice on Monday. It's fair to assume that Capela will have restrictions right out of the gate, but he shouldn't be sitting on your waiver wire with season averages of 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Montrezl Harrell is now a drop candidate in most leagues, while Nene loses a lot of value as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:11 am
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  • Bismack Biyombo plays 15 minutes vs. Jazz
    Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Unprocessed: Jahlil Okafor scores 26 points
    Jahlil Okafor went off in his start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards during a 109-93 loss on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Nerlens Noel also sprained his ankle and was in foul trouble, so Okafor saw some serious burn as the only other active center. In his halftime interview, Okafor said he put in extra work for this game because he knew this was his chance. As encouraging as this was, the 76ers were ripping off wins before with Okafor out of the lineup, so he's likely going to fall out of the rotation again. Maybe this game will make teams more willing to trade for him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:51 pm
  • Tyson Chandler scores eight with 15 boards
    Tyson Chandler scored eight points with 15 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 31 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: That's five straight games with at least 15 boards, which is the longest streak since at least 1983-84. Chandler is clearly going to get minutes because his coach loves him as the backbone of their defense, so he's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:12 pm
  • Cris Felicio closes out yet again
    Cristiano Felicio scored nine points with seven boards and three fouls in 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter in this close game. Felicio continues to be trusted late, but it hasn't quite reflected on the stat sheet. In his last five, he averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 boards and 0.6 steals in 21.8 minutes per game. He's locked up as the backup center and has value in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:42 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor to start for The Process (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a huge spot for Okafor, who figures to slide into Embiid's 28-minute role. There should still be about 20-26 minutes of Nerlens Noel, so keep him rolling in all lineups tonight and in DFS, too. Okafor can be left on the wire in shallower formats and needs a trade for value. Additionally, Marcin Gortat could have a big game. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:41 pm
  • Joakim Noah playing his best ball of season
    Joakim Noah has been hampered by a sore shoulder over the last 10 days, but is still playing his best basketball of the season.

    Advice: In the 11 games the Knicks have played since Christmas, Noah is averaging 11.1 rebounds and 8.0 points (on 57.4 percent shooting). And despite dealing with a nagging shoulder issue, Noah feels there is still plenty of room left for improvement. "I feel like I can still do better," Noah said. "I feel like there’s another level that I want to get to and have to keep pushing and getting better." Noah will likely see more minutes if Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) continues to miss time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:59 am
  • Kelly Olynyk gets hot, scores 26 points
    Kelly Olynyk was on fire against the Hawks on Friday, making 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He started the third quarter with coach Brad Stevens going with the hot hand after KO scored 18 in the first half. On top of that 100.0 effective field goal percentage, Olynyk's defense was very good on the low block to help Horford. Coach Brad Stevens lives on the hot hand, so Olynyk is going to be up and down. He's only worth an add if he was on your short list before this gem. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Cody Zeller double-doubles in 36 minutes
    Cody Zeller scored 16 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 36 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Roy Hibbert is basically toast and the Hornets don't trust Spencer Hawes for consistent minutes, so Zeller looks like he's set for a big role. If you take injuries out of the equation, he's played 33-plus minutes in his last three full games. He is worth a pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:41 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Johnson
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Amir Johnson on Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk was rolling in the first half with 18 points and four treys, so coach Brad Stevens is going to go with the hot hand in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Cody Zeller will start without restriction
    Cody Zeller (illness) will start without a restriction on Friday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He will get a heavy dose of The Process, so he may still look sick in this game. Zeller was playing well before his illness and was turning in late-round value, so he's worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:47 pm
  • Willie Reed (sternum) will not play Friday
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) will not play in Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Reed is averaging 11.9 minutes in non-starts this season, backing up Hassan Whiteside. The Heat don't have another true center on the roster. With Reed not available on Friday, Udonis Haslem may see more minutes behind Whiteside. The more intriguing outcome, from a fantasy perspective, would be Miami playing small-ball, with James Johnson seeing additional minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:46 am
  • Joakim Noah dealing with a sore shoulder
    Joakim Noah is dealing with discomfort in his sore right shoulder.

    Advice: Noah has been wincing in pain on occasions during games and often has his shoulder wrapped in ice when he's on the bench. "He’s had it looked at," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "There’s just some little stuff in there. When he lifts his arm in one certain way he feels it catch." Asked about his shoulder, Noah said, "It’s fine." Although his offensive output has been frustratingly inconsistent, Noah is averaging 11.1 rebounds over the Knicks last 11 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 am
  • Alex Len scores seven points in loss
    Alex Len scored seven points with three rebounds and one block in 10 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday.

    Advice: Len was listed as questionable heading into this game, but ended up playing. He is now averaging 13.8 minutes, 8.4 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game in January. He has displayed his upside in some instances this season, but the lack of playing time has kept his ceiling capped. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Tyson Chandler grabs 19 boards vs. Mavs
    Tyson Chandler scored 14 points with 19 rebounds and one block in Thursday’s 108-133 loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Chandler is now tied with Shawn Marion for the longest streak by a Sun with 15+ boards in four straight games. He also set the records for rebounds in a regular-season game in Mexico. He is averaging 18 rebounds in his last four games and has a double-double in consecutive games. Chandler be can considered a strong value DFS play so long as his price remains cheap. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:51 pm
  • Ivica Zubac scores eight points
    Ivica Zubac scored a career-high eight points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 15 minutes against the Spurs.

    Advice: As you could imagine, it was a garbage-time special. The Lakers like him as a potential long-term rotation piece for his array of skills, including a nice shooting touch. He's only a stash in super deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Joakim Noah double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Joakim Noah scored 12 points with 15 rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes on Thursday night against Chicago.

    Advice: Noah came out to play vs. his former team, finishing one rebound shy of tying his season high of 16 boards in a game. He is playing through a sore shoulder, but it did not appear to be affecting him in tonight’s matchup. His minutes are inconsistent, but Noah is a good source of rebounds and can help fantasy owners who are struggling in that category. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Alex Len is playing on Thursday
    Alex Len checked in on Thursday night in the first quarter.

    Advice: Never trust the game notes. After being listed as questionable, Len should be fine. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Willie Reed (sternum) questionable for Friday
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: He did not practice and was in sweats for the session on Thursday. Reed has been in the rotation as a straight backup to Hassan Whiteside, but likely won't play more than 15 minutes most nights. If he's out, Udonis Haslem could be next man up or the Heat could use James Johnson at the five more. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Alex Len (right hip) listed as questionable
    Alex Len (right hip contusion) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Thursday against the Mavs.

    Advice: This is a weird one. Len had a right hip contusion last month and has looked fine since. If for some reason he can't play, Alan Williams could be in the rotation tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play Friday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play on Friday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He's not even traveling with the team and can't seem to shake this illness. Luckily for the Celtics, Amir Johnson (ankle) could return against the Hawks. Zeller was not in the rotation before the illness, so this doesn't have any fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:07 am
  • Cody Zeller (illness) returns to practice
    Cody Zeller (illness) returned to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Assuming he feels fine in the morning, Zeller should be good to go for Friday's game vs. Philly. He's averaging 10.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game this season, so he's just a low-end asset in standard leagues. Roy Hibbert will head back to the bench, while Spencer Hawes will no longer be a viable punt play in DFS. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 am
  • Clint Capela (leg) says he feels good
    Clint Capela (leg) said he's feeling good and he remains on pace to return in the next week or two.

    Advice: "My legs feel good. My quickness, I can run, stuff like that," Capela said. "Right now, I just take it day-after-day working out. I'm on schedule for four-to-six weeks (original timetable), like they said before. My workout is getting better, really better." As long as you're OK with his 44.6 percent shooting from the free throw line, Capela is worth stashing after averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks before going down. Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value when Capela is cleared. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:48 am
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  • Bismack Biyombo logs 16 minutes off bench
    Bismack Biyombo came off Orlando's bench on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic offense wasn't a big issue tonight, but their usually stalwart defense wasn't up to the task in the 105-96 road loss (103.6 defensive rating). Biyombo has been a poor fantasy option all season, helping owners with boards and blocks, while dragging them down almost everywhere else. It doesn't matter much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets third straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor picked up his third straight DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Okafor said recently that he's "not the type of player that’s DNP," but he also praised coach Brett Brown for his "phenomenal" communication about the issue. He's not griping about his disappearance from the lineup, in other words, but it might take a trade (either of Okafor or Nerlens Noel) for him to reemerge with a fantasy-relevant role. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:15 pm
  • Joakim Noah logs 20 minutes vs. Philly
    Joakim Noah finished Wednesday's game with seven points (3-of-6 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), six rebounds, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Noah had a wrap on his right shoulder when he wasn't playing, and admitted recently that the surgically-repaired shoulder is "always there" as a background concern. The slumping Knicks recently held a team meeting to discuss their issues, and they may need to meet a few more times after tonight's disastrous 98-97 loss to the Sixers. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:06 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo moving to the bench
    Bismack Biyombo will move to the bench against the Clippers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It is likely only because of Serge Ibaka (shoulder) not playing and the starting unit needing more offense with Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo actually gains value because he should play huge minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:56 pm
  • Tyler Zeller will not play on Wednesday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play on Wednesday against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Celtics are going to be a little short on their depth up front. With Zeller and Amir Johnson (ankle) out, there should be plenty of minutes for Kelly Olynyk and Jonas Jerebko. We should see Jordan Mickey in the rotation and more small-ball lineups, too. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:13 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor says he's not a DNP-player
    Jahlil Okafor said he's not the type of player that should pick up DNP-CDs.

    Advice: "Obviously, it’s not what I want to be in a position," Okafor said. "I know I’m not the type of player that’s DNP. But that’s what it is right now. Coach Brown has been phenomenal with communicating with me. I know in the long run, I’ll be fine." Unfortunately, that's exactly who he is on the current 76ers' roster, and he's not expected to play Wednesday vs. the Knicks. Okafor doesn't have the best upside with his limited contribution of defensive statistics, so he's a cut candidate in most scenarios. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • The Willie Reed party is over in Miami
    Willie Reed played just 11 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, going 1-of-4 with four points, four rebounds and a block.

    Advice: He was pretty fun to own while Hassan Whiteside missed four games with an eye injury, but the party is over, as Whiteside has been back for two games and had 28 points and 20 rebounds tonight. Feel free to handcuff Reed if you own Whiteside, but he should generally be dropped for a hot free agent now that Whiteside is back and killing it. But if Whiteside gets traded, Reed could suddenly have a lot of value again. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk playing well for Celtics
    Backup center Kelly Olynyk hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and a block in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Oly also had 12 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday, as Tyler Zeller continues to sit with an illness. Olynyk is far from being a must-own player, but with Zeller missing four straight games, Olynyk is worth keeping a close eye on right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Cody Zeller, Batum out Tuesday vs. Houston
    Cody Zeller (illness) and Nicolas Batum (knee) have been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Roy Hibbert will be starting for Zeller tonight, but he'll likely just split the five-man minutes with Spencer Hawes, making him an unattractive option in most formats. Jeremy Lamb will get the start sans Batum, and Marco Belinelli should have the opportunity for some extended minutes off the bench. Flu season has been wreaking havoc on the NBA landscape this season, but with Charlotte off until Friday, Zeller should only be looking at a one-game absence here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:16 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor says he thinks he'll play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor thinks he'll play Wednesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: That's nice, but it's not actually his decision, and over the past two games he's picked up two straight DNP-CDs. Even when Okafor has been on the court this season, he hasn't been all that impressive, and with limited upside, he's not worth stashing in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • Cody Zeller (illness) doubtful for Tuesday
    Cody Zeller (illness) did not attend shootaround and is not expected to be available Tuesday night vs. Houston.

    Advice: Roy Hibbert would likely draw the start if Zeller is unable to play. Hibbert has started eight games this season but is averaging just 6.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in those eight contests. Spencer Hawes would also see an uptick in minutes, but it is difficult to trust either player from a fantasy perspective. Daily Slant: Even with Zeller not expected to play, targeting the Charlotte front-court is still a dangerous endeavor. Instead, look towards the value that opens up as a result of Nicolas Batum's absence. Jeremy Lamb should once again be thrust into fairly large minute totals - he was able to average about a FP per minute in 29 minutes against the Spurs despite shooting 33% from the field - making him an elite value target. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's minutes also become more secure with Batum out of action. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:18 am
  • Cristiano Felicio double-doubles in loss
    Cristiano Felicio double-doubled in Monday's loss to the Thunder with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He outplayed Robin Lopez for the second straight game and this was his second double-double of the season, shooting 5-of-6 from the field with one assist and three steals. Felicio did benefit from garbage time tonight, but he's actually been closing some games over Lopez and is certainly trending up. If you need a big in a deeper leagues, Felicio is worth a look with four more games on the schedule in Week 12. Lopez finished with three points, four rebounds and a block in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 7:46 pm
  • Cody Zeller (illness) questionable Tuesday
    Cody Zeller (illness) is being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: It's flu season, and Zeller looks to be the latest victim. Owners can expect to get another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but if Zeller is forced to the sidelined, he's minutes would be divvied up between Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes with Hibbert likely moving into the starting five. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 12:17 pm
  • Clint Capela (knee) on track in his recovery
    Clint Capela (knee) is on track to return to the court by mid-to-late January.

    Advice: Capela is currently in Week-3 of his initial 4-6 week timetable, so if he meets the early end of the timetable we could see him back as soon as January 17, with the latest possible return date being January 31. With a punting free throws strategy, Capela was a top-50 asset in 9-cat leagues prior to going down, so he's worth stashing if he's a fit for your team and you can sustain the dead roster space. Once Capela gets back to the court, Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 11:38 am
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  • Joakim Noah says he's getting into a rhythm
    Joakim Noah said that he's finally finding his form in New York.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm playing better. I feel like I'm starting to get into a better rhythm," Noah said. "It's tough. This team is going through some adversity right now. This is when you find out who plays through it and who doesn't." Noah added that he feels healthy for the most part, but did say that his surgically-repaired shoulder is "always there." He's averaging 8.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but his ceiling isn't as high with Kristaps Porzingis healthy again. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 8:17 am
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) listed as out Tuesday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) is listed as out for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He's expected to miss his fourth straight game. Zeller was out of the rotation before the illness, so his absence will not have a meaningful impact on the rotation. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 7:43 am
  • Tarik Black (ankle) plays 12 minutes Sunday
    Tarik Black (sore right ankle) had seven points, three rebounds and one steal in 12 minutes during Sunday's win vs. the Magic.

    Advice: The ankle injury isn't a legitimate concern, so any deep-league owners relying on Black can start him confidently in a four-game week. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:43 pm
  • Tyson Chandler double-doubles vs. Cavs
    Tyson Chandler hit 4-of-7 shots for 10 points with 15 rebounds and one block in 31 minutes on Sunday against the Cavs.

    Advice: He became the first player for the Suns with at least 15 rebounds in three consecutive games since Shawn Marion in 2005-06. Chandler recorded his seventh double-double of the season in tonight’s contest. He will be in a good spot to extend the streak on Thursday against the Mavericks, who are allowing 15.8 rebounds per game to opposing centers, which is the third most allowed by a team. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:17 pm
  • Alex Len plays six minutes in loss
    Alex Len scored two points with one block in a season-low six minutes in Sunday’s 116-120 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: The Cavs had a 16-point lead to start the second half, so the Suns couldn’t afford to have Len out there as they needed scorers. Prior to this contest, he was averaging 17.7 minutes, 11.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in January. He should go back to playing his 17-20 minutes on Thursday against the Mavs, a team he scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds against a couple of nights ago. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:15 pm
  • Willie Reed grabs 10 boards in 17 minutes
    Willie Reed returned to the bench on Sunday, going 2-of-6 from the field on his way to four points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside (eye) logged 31 minutes as a starter, so it's going to be tough for Reed to be much of a factor in fantasy hoops operating as Whiteside's backup. You could justify handcuffing him to Whiteside, but Reed isn't worth owning in most scenarios while Hassan is healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 3:44 pm
  • John Henson looks awful in 15 minutes
    John Henson didn't do much of anything during his 15 minutes of playing time on Sunday, scoring two points on 1-of-3 shooting to go with one rebound, two assists, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: Henson didn't even get a single blocked shot, and it's been tough for him to earn meaningful minutes lately with how well Greg Monroe has been playing. Over the past eight games, Henson's playing time has fallen to 19.2 minutes a night and he's been absolutely dreadful with averages of 5.0 points, 3.1 boards and just 0.8 blocks per contest. Henson was only worth owning as a shot blocking specialist, and with him not even doing that, he belongs on the waiver wire just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 2:41 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor picks up second straight DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor was a DNP-CD during Sunday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: This was Okafor’s second straight DNP-CD, and the sporadic minutes for the centers not named Joel Embiid will continue until this situation is resolved via trade. Okafor hasn’t been all that impressive throughout his career thus far, basically showing he can grab boards and score points without doing much else, so at best, he’s not much more than a low-end hold in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:52 am
  • Willie Reed will come off the bench Sunday
    Willie Reed will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside (eye) will be returning from a four-game absence, but Reed won't be completely irrelevant because the Heat are going to ease him back into action. Reed averaged 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in four starts, so Whiteside's owners in deeper leagues should consider owning him as a handcuff. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:20 am
  • Cody Zeller plays 32 mins vs. Spurs
    Cody Zeller scored nine points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday night.

    Advice: He returned to action after missing three games due to a concussion. It was a good sign to see Zeller play over 30 minutes in his first game back. He finished one point and two boards shy of his third double-double of the season. The Hornets head to Houston on Tuesday to take on the Rockets, who are giving up 15.8 rebounds and the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing centers. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:44 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio plays season-high 25 mins
    Cristiano Felicio scored five points with eight rebounds and two assists in a season-high 25 minutes in Saturday’s overtime win against the Raptors.

    Advice: Although the numbers did not look great, Felicio played well and is a good per-minute player. He is receiving some more playing time as of late, averaging 18.8 minutes per game in his last five games. There is plenty of upside here, but the lack of minutes is capping his ceiling. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:22 pm
  • Cody Zeller will start against the Spurs
    Cody Zeller (concussion) will start against the Spurs on Saturday night.

    Advice: He was close to returning to action on Thursday and has cleared the concussion protocol. Zeller was starting to play well before his concussion and played 33 minutes before he suffered the injury on Dec. 29. He's worth a look in standard leagues. Roy Hibbert, Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky could lose minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 3:57 pm
  • Tarik Black (ankle) is probable
    Tarik Black (ankle) is probable to play on Sunday against the Magic.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and should be fine. Black won't have much value while the Lakers are healthy up front. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:42 pm
  • Blazers going after Tyson Chandler?
    The Blazers have been tracking Tyson Chandler as a potential trade target, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: He still has two more years on his deal at $26.5 million, so the Blazers probably wouldn't be giving up too much to make a deal go through. As most DFS players know, the Blazers have been awful with their interior defense and rebounding. If Chandler is traded, Alex Len would get a big boost. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 11:23 am
  • Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play Saturday
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Zeller has missed three straight games but had played only sporadic minutes even when healthy. Over the 10 games in December in which he played, Zeller averaged just 1.3 points and 0.9 rebounds in 6.4 minutes. He has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:54 am
  • Jahlil Okafor receives DNP-CD on Friday
    Despite Joel Embiid fouling out and Nerlens Noel picking up his fifth foul in the fourth quarter, Jahlil Okafor still did not play at all on Friday.

    Advice: When asked about his decision after the game, coach Brett Brown didn't give a clear answer. "It’s difficult to play three bigs in a 48-minute window. Sometimes it’s difficult to pair up two bigs. Tonight wasn’t one of those nights. We decided to rotate the group because of that," said Brown. With Noel playing so well (13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks), the Sixers center situation is more cloudy than ever. All would benefit from a trade to clear the logjam upfront. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:48 am
  • Willie Reed may get bumped to bench on Sunday
    Coach Eric Spoelstra was non-committal when asked about who he would start at center on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Willie Reed (22 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 32 minutes) played extremely well on Friday in place of Hassan Whiteside (eye). However, Whiteside is hopeful he will be healthy enough to return to action on Sunday. "There's been so many moving parts with this team, everything is open," Spo said. Still, if Whiteside is able to play, it is safe to assume he'll draw the start. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:56 am
  • Tarik Black double-doubles in win
    Tarik Black double-doubled vs. the Heat on Friday with 10 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was his first double-double of the season. Black finished 3-of-5 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but this has fluke written all over it. Prior to Friday, Black was averaging 5.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 14.7 minutes per game. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:27 pm
  • Free Willie: Reed scores 22 w/ 12 rebounds
    Willie Reed scored 22 points (10-of-15 FGs, 2-of-5 FTs) with 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in his three previous starts, but his two monster games came against the Suns and Lakers and he posted two duds against the Kings and Pistons. Hassan Whiteside (eye) is traveling with the Heat again and could return as soon as Thursday's game vs. the Clippers, so Reed is just a short-term option until Whiteside is cleared. With that said, Reed could emerge down the stretch with the Heat clearly tanking. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:05 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets a DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor was a DNP-CD on Friday against the Celtics.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown talked about changes coming with Okafor in January and he apparently meant of the drastic variety. Okafor should get in the rotation at some point, but clearly he needs a trade. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:19 pm
  • Cody Zeller questionable for Saturday
    Cody Zeller (concussion protocol) is listed as questionable for Saturday against the Spurs.

    Advice: He should be close to a return after going through some of warmups on Thursday. If Zeller can go, he would take minutes from Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 3:45 pm
  • Tyler Zeller will not play
    Tyler Zeller (illness) will not play against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: Even before his illness on Tuesday, Zeller has been out of the rotation. Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk have been the bigs next to Al Horford. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 2:47 pm
  • Ty Chandler has another big game
    Tyson Chandler scored three points with 18 rebounds, three assists and no turnovers against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Chandler high screens were basically the staple of the offense to get Devin Booker and Eric Bledsoe open. He was also cheered in Dallas as a member of their championship team. Anyway, Chandler has played consistent minutes with 26.8 per game over his last five, averaging 7.0 points, 13.6 boards, 1.2 assists and 0.6 blocks. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 9:08 pm
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