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  • Wilson Chandler goes ice cold in DC
    Wilson Chandler made 2-of-16 from the field for a season-low five points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This dud snaps his 13-game streak of double-digit scoring games. Even though Chandler may not start with Kenneth Faried in the doghouse, he should see heavy run in the second unit. Plus, coach Mike Malone loves keeping him out there with Nikola Jokic. As long as Chandler is healthy, he should post very nice value in most leagues. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 27, hits a 3-pointer
    DeMar DeRozan hit 7-of-20 shots, a 3-pointer and 12-of-13 free throws for 27 points, eight rebounds and five assists in Thursday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He had a monster follow dunk and the 3-pointer was just his 11th of the season. And when you add in the rebounds and assists, this has to be viewed as one of his best games of the season. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10, will sit Friday
    DeMarre Carroll played 33 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting in Thursday's 124-110 win over Minnesota.

    Advice: Carroll is scheduled to miss Friday's game against the Celtics for a rest. He's not having a great season, but once he finally gets up to speed he should be a solid fantasy option. Now looks like a good time to buy low on DC. With Carroll out on Friday, look for Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson to both step up in his absence tomorrow. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 pm
  • Stotts Gonna Stotts: Evan Turner starting
    Evan Turner will start for Moe Harkless (ankle) against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: Well, just when it made sense for Allen Crabbe to start, coach Terry Stotts will start Turner. Both Turner and Crabbe should benefit tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:52 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still on a minutes cap
    Al-Farouq Aminu is still on a minutes limit for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's tough to start a guy with a minutes restriction," coach Terry Stotts said. Moe Harkless (ankle) is questionable to night, so the Blazers could have to get creative at forward. Aminu has played almost all four this year, so starting him would've been a surprise anyway. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:39 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to play Thursday, rest Friday
    DeMarre Carroll will play against the Wolves on Thursday and will rest against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors are still being careful with Carroll, but coach Dwane Casey said the back-to-back limit will drop "hopefully soon." His minutes have been trending up with 27.1 minutes per game in his last eight and he's also made 50.0 percent from the field in that span. Carroll is worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:28 pm
  • Nick Young back at practice on Thursday
    Nick Young (calf) practiced on Thursday and remains out for Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: There was a report on Wednesday saying Young is targeting a return on Monday night, so going through practice today makes it seem possible. Young's initial timetable was expected to keep him out to the second half of December for his calf strain. He was putting up top-100 value before his injury, so he may be worth a pickup now. Although, his start does seem slightly unsustainable. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:59 pm
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  • Rockets will hold Motiejunas to offer sheet
    The Rockets will hold Donatas Motiejunas to the offer sheet he signed, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: This means they won't be returning him to restricted free agency. The Rockets are going to play the waiting game and hope D-Mo changes his mind, as he is reportedly at odds with Houston because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets. He won't have much fantasy value in Houston, so he's not a great stash unless his situation changes. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:10 am
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) ruled out for Friday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) were already ruled out, meaning Josh McRoberts will once again get the bulk of the PF minutes on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:56 am
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  • Gordon Hayward (finger) ruled out Thursday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

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

    Advice: He's not cleared for both games of back-to-back sets at least until the new year, meaning he will either sit on Thursday vs. the Wolves or Friday vs. the Celtics. Norman Powell will likely draw the start when Carroll sits which puts him on the streaming and DFS radar. We may not know Carroll's status until an hour or so before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:09 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 24 points vs. Clippers
    Klay Thompson finished Wednesday's easy win vs. the Clippers with 24 points on 8-of-18 shooting with three 3-pointers, four boards and three assists.

    Advice: Klay scored a career-high 60 points on Monday, in just three quarters, but the Warriors didn't need his theatrics tonight. The Warriors starters outscored their Clippers counterparts 85-41 tonight, with their defense holding the Clippers to 39.6 percent shooting. They'll face an interesting test on Thursday, facing the Jazz in Utah on the second half of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up
    Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 points vs. Suns
    Paul George scored 25 points during a 109-94 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers were really attacking during this game for a season-high 41 attempts from the line. George himself made 8-of-10 and after the game he said he wanted to put pressure on the refs to make the calls. He also had an interesting comment on the heels of a blowout loss with Klay Thompson's 60 points. "We're the opposite of the Warriors. We got drivers," George said on the Suns TV broadcast. Now that George is back and healthy, expect him to fill up the box score. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert has season-high four 3-pointers
    Iman Shumpert sank a season-high four 3-pointers vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Shump hit 4-of-8 shots overall, taking advantage of an expanded role with J.R. Smith (knee) out of commission tonight. His real-world value doesn't translate very well to fantasy, and he's just a borderline 14-team option while Smith is day-to-day and the Cavs are healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • DeAndre Liggins starts w/ J.R. Smith out
    DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD
    Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: It was too little, too late for the Nuggets tonight, but at least they showed some fight after getting outscored 68-52 in the first half. Chandler has been awesome this season and his versatility makes him almost immune to shifting rotations in Denver, which seem inevitable in light of coach Mike Malone's comment that he'll "look at starting groups and combinations." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds
    Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

    Advice: Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Motiejunas not reporting because of money
    Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.com.

    Advice: Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets last week, but the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet. That explains the $6 million difference. According to the report, "Houston's options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn't report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent." Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:55 am
  • Nick Young (calf) targeting Monday night
    Nick Young (calf) is targeting a return on Monday night, according to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.

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

    Advice: Young is unable to make hard cuts or get around screens, which is to be expected given that he just hit the beginning of Week-2 of his initial 2-4 week timetable. He's out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, and it seems unlikely that he'll be able to play Friday vs. Phoenix, meaning Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram will continue to soak up the backcourt minutes in Los Angeles. He does hope to return to a full practice on Saturday, so we'll be watching for that. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
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  • Luke Babbitt (hip) out Wednesday vs. Atlanta
    Luke Babbitt (strained right hip flexor) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Miami will again be without Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist), so Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should again dominate the offensive possessions with Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington also seeing some increased opportunity. Babbitt is not traveling with the team, so he'll miss Friday and Saturday's game as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • DeAndre Liggins will start Wednesday vs. NYK
    DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

    Advice: This will be just the second start of Liggins' career, and while he will see some increased opportunity with the first unit tonight, Smith's minutes will likely be divvied up between Liggins, Iman Shumpert and Jordan McRae with their being no clear winner here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:38 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 28 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 28 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: He briefly checked out of the game and went back to the locker room with an apparent finger injury (the same one he had surgery on), but we later learned that he simply had it re-taped. Hayward added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in the win, and he's now scored 22+ points in nine straight games. The Jazz will try to get their fourth straight win against the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:55 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:59 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:05 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 23 in win over Lakers
    Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores career-high 60
    Klay Thompson not only scored 40 points in the first half, and not only scored a career-high 60 points on the night, but did it on 21-of-33 shooting, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws in Monday's 142-106 blowout win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Sure, he only had two rebounds and one assist, but who cares? This game was over by halftime, but Klay played through the third quarter in order to get his career high. Many of us thought Thompson would take a scoring hit this season, but it simply hasn't happened. And his average is going up - way up - after tonight's game. Steph Curry double-doubled, Kevin Durant scored 20 and Draymond Green had 10 assists, four steals and a block in the scrimmage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:09 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu plays 17 minutes in return
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will come off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:34 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:44 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:59 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 20 points on seven FGAs
    Kevin Durant made scoring 20 points look easy against the Suns during a 138-109 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He needed just seven attempts from the field and made all nine from the line with just one turnover -- that's only a 16.2 usage rate. Durant's 91.2 true shooting percentage tonight boosted him to 68.0 on the season, which moves him back into the top spot on the season -- Patty Mills is No. 2 at 67.8. Durant also has 3.2 blocks per game in his last five. He's the number one player in fantasy right now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:05 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points vs. Suns
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was already tearing it up in his previous eight, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field. Surprisingly, his six treys tonight were a season high, but he didn't go to the line for the sixth time this season. This big game has him at fifth-round value on the year, but he has an upward trend. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:49 pm
  • Evan Turner turns in nice game off bench
    Evan Turner scored nine points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This may have been his best game in reality and he's actually shown some nice consistency. In his last five, Turner averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys. He's worth a look, but he'll likely take a hit once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) comes back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in return from rest
    DeMarre Carroll returned from a day of rest and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 romp over the Hawks.

    Advice: This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:29 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:39 pm
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  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
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  • Wilson Chandler scores 24 points in loss
    Wilson Chandler scored 24 points in a 128-110 loss the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his team defended the three, but it likely wasn't on Chandler. Malone has called Chandler a blessing and it may not be a surprise to see him get the starting lineup, as well. With Chandler as arguably their best healthy player right now and how awful the Nuggets are playing, Malone may up Chandler's minutes on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:22 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:40 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:58 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:15 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:21 am
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  • Kevin Durant scores 39 points in two-OT loss
    Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:22 am
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:57 pm
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  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

    Advice: The rest day will decide on the matchup for the Raptors against the Lakers and Hawks. Both of the games are at home and there is a one day cushion on each end -- the Raptors played Wednesday and will play Monday after the back-to-back. It probably makes more sense to rest Carroll in the up-tempo game against the Lakers on Friday and he does have the revenge factor against the Hawks, too. When he sits, Terrence Ross would be a nice DFS option while Norman Powell also benefits. Carroll is worth owning again, especially with the Raptors possibly dropping the back-to-back restriction next month. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:58 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Wilson Chandler fares well in reserve role
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler went 8-of-17 from the field with one 3-pointer and three turnovers, and his reserve role was the result of Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning after a three-game absence. He's versatile enough to play three positions and the Nuggets are still thin on the wings with Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) sidelined, making Chandler a safe option until further notice. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Wilson Chandler to bench w/ Gallinari active
    Wilson Chandler will come off the bench on Wednesday with Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning to the starting five.

    Advice: Gallinari missed three games, during which Chandler thrived in an expanded role as a starter. His minutes may tick down tonight but he's well worth holding onto unless the bottom drops out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:20 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:49 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:31 am
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  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:40 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:06 am
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  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hamstring) plays 17 minutes
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) played 17 minutes vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, scoring two points with two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: J.R. Smith is struggling right now, but Shumpert isn't going to have much fantasy value while the Cavs are healthy. He belongs on the wire. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:38 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:25 pm
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  • Nick Young goes to locker room Tuesday
    Nick Young (right leg) left Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans and went to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:19 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) will play Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Shumpert will be returning from a one-game absence, and he'll likely see his playing time in the 20s tonight. He's not worth deploying in most settings while J.R. Smith is healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • I. Shumpert (hamstring) questionable for Tues
    Iman Shumpert (left hamstring strain) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game at Milwaukee.

    Advice: Shump did not play Sunday vs. the 76ers. He is averaging 22.3 minutes per game this season. J.R. Smith played 38 minutes on Sunday with Shumpert out, and Smith would be a boom-or-bust DFS tournament play if Shump doesn't play on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    A full year after his initial injury, DeMarre Carroll says he "feels great just to be healthy."

    Advice: It was around this time last year - less than a month into his first season with Toronto - that Carroll initially hurt his knee. "I need my legs to knock down my 3-pointers. It just feels good to be healthy and be able to go out there and help my team win," Carroll said. He has scored 10 or more points in five straight games for the first time since joining the Raps. Over this recent stretch, he's averaging 14.4 points on 55 percent shooting, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He's totaled five steals and five blocks over the last three contests. Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 w/ 14 rebounds
    Kevin Durant scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Warriors came into the game with the top offensive efficiency rating in the NBA and the Hawks were leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, but they couldn't slow down KD who finished 8-of-16 from the field with three assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes. This was Durant's sixth game of the season with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and he's now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Arron Afflalo still struggling for Kings
    Arron Afflalo started on Monday and hit just 1-of-6 shots for three points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He has scored eight or fewer points in six of his last seven games and simply isn't getting it done. The Kings would likely have a few more wins if they could find a reliable shooting guard, but that's been an issue for them ever since Ben McLemore arrived on the scene. McLemore didn't even play tonight, while Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes were also highly ineffective. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 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. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 7:53 pm
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  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in 21 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The game was over by the third quarter, so that explains the low minutes. Carroll was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, and this was his fourth solid game in a row (not including his DNP-Rest on Nov. 21). He's averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.8 triples in that span, so he's clearly trending up. Coach Dwane Casey expects him to start playing in back-to-back sets around the new year, meaning he will miss either Friday's game vs. the Lakers or Saturday's game vs. the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 7:30 pm
  • Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos starting again
    Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos will start again on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger may shuffle his lineups quite often, but the only three players that should always be penciled into the first unit are Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Afflalo and Koufos are deep-league fantasy assets at best. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 4:06 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) running at 3/4 speed
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) was spotted going through some shooting drills on Monday.

    Advice: Aminu was running at roughly 75 percent speed in the half court and spotting up for 3-point shots, so this is another small step in the right direction. He's still a ways away however, and owners in standard leagues without an IR-spot may want to move on to healthier options. Ed Davis has been starting with Meyers Leonard seeing sporadic minutes, but neither of those guys are consistent enough to rely upon in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 1:13 pm
  • Arron Afflalo doesn't care about starting
    Arron Afflalo said it doesn't matter to him if he starts or comes off the bench.

    Advice: "You can’t fault a coach for trying to win and trying to find guys that work together," Afflalo said. "But for me personally, I take pride in being a versatile basketball player, so sometimes coaches can see the benefit of me coming off the bench, and sometimes I’m a necessary stability piece in the starting lineup. It just depends." His role is going to fluctuate from game to game, and his season averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 treys aren't helping fantasy owners. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 6:13 am
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points on 6-of-12 FGs
    Evan Turner pitched in 15 points, six rebounds and two assists during a high-scoring loss to Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Turner went 6-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench. He's starting to find his groove with the Blazers, scoring double-digit points in four of the past five games with strong FG percentages and at least two assists in each of those contests. His defensive stats leave a lot to be desired, and he's an inconsistent 3-point shooter, but deep-league owners should consider scooping him up while he's hot. Rotoworld.com Nov 27, 9:18 pm
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