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  • Clint Capela scores 13 with 10 boards
    Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season. Yesterday, 11:44 pm
  • Patrick Beverley scores 11 points
    Patrick Beverley scored 11 points with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: If not for garbage time, Beverley's minutes would have likely been more than his 29 from Thursday. Beverley does only have a team-low 12.0 usage rate, but the Rockets are very successful when he's on the court with his team-high 13.8 net rating. He's posting eighth-round value on the year and could hold that value. Yesterday, 11:40 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell scores eight off bench
    Montrezl Harrell was the backup center again on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets surprisingly rested Nene for a second straight game. That may have been due to how well Harrell played on Thursday or perhaps it could even be a rotation change. Hopefully, Mike D'Antoni sheds some light on this, but Harrell is still only going to be the backup center. He's only worth a look if you're desperate at center. Yesterday, 11:35 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets 13 minutes
    Corey Brewer played 13 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday with two points, one assist, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: Trevor Ariza (back) was hurt in this game, which could help Brewer. He's really fallen down in the wing pecking order, but coach Mike D'Antoni may opt to go with Brewer in the first unit to keep some continuity. Just keep an eye on Brewer with his low upside. Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels scores two
    K.J. McDaniels scored two points in four minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He only saw garbage time, but McDaniels could be called upon to step up for Trevor Ariza (back). There's no need to add him in almost any league, but he could get in the rotation. Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Inspectah Dek: Sam Dekker scores 17 points
    Sam Dekker scored a career-high 17 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It was a fantastic game for Dekker, who was already playing the best ball of his career coming into this game. He played clutch minutes against the Warriors on Thursday and is fitting right in for coach Mike D'Antoni with minutes at both forward spots. With Trevor Ariza (back) going down tonight, Dekker is a speculative add in competitive leagues. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 24 points in loss
    Wilson Chandler scored 24 points in a 128-110 loss the Rockets on Friday with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone was not happy with how his team defended the three, but it likely wasn't on Chandler. Malone has called Chandler a blessing and it may not be a surprise to see him get the starting lineup, as well. With Chandler as arguably their best healthy player right now and how awful the Nuggets are playing, Malone may up Chandler's minutes on Saturday. He should be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic doesn't capitalize on Friday
    Jusuf Nurkic played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Friday with 10 point, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic (wrist) did not play in this game, so Nurkic only getting 20 minutes is a pretty bad sign. He has been a disaster in pick-and-roll coverage and he didn't do a good job in really any facet on defense. Nurkic also missed both free throws, so he's killing his owners there, too. His fantasy value depends a lot on who owns him, but he's lost a lot of his preseason luster for sure. Yesterday, 11:17 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 with 17 assists
    John Wall scored 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 15 assists in Friday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row with 15 dimes and he added two rebounds, three steals and one triple in 37 minutes. Wall did miss practice on Thursday, but the Wizards are just managing his reps to keep him fresh for the games. The Wizards are only 6-12, so they will need to turn things around in order for Wall's fantasy value to be safe when it matters the most. Yesterday, 11:12 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay struggles vs. Houston
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 3-of-12 from the field for nine points against the Rockets on Friday, adding three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: With Will Barton back in the mix, that means Mudiay will now have more pressure on him, as well. With Jameer Nelson playing well and the shooting guard minutes looking very full with Barton and Jamal Murray, Nelson could take some minutes from Mudiay. That's especially the case when the Nuggets are trailing in the second half. He's a headache to own in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari gets big minutes again
    Danilo Gallinari scored 16 points with five rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone sure loves to go full throttle on Gallo. Despite being very injury prone, Gallinari has played 35.5 minutes per game in his last two after he missed the previous three games due to a thigh injury. The Nuggets will travel to Utah for Saturday, so maybe Malone keeps Gallo closer to 30 for that tough matchup. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Danny Green held to three points Friday
    Danny Green scored three points on 1-of-4 shooting with one assist, one steal, one triple and three turnovers in 24 minutes vs. the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: This was the third time in his last five games that Green was held to single-digit points, and he's averaging just 6.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 block and 1.6 triples in that span. He's only attempted more than four shots one time in that span, but you likely won't find a player on your waiver wire who can help you with steals, blocks and treys, making Green a hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Jamal Murray struggles against HOU
    Jamal Murray scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 17 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: After winning the November Western Conference Rookie of the Month nod, Murray had a really rough time tonight. He didn't score until garbage time with six of his minutes coming in the fourth quarter. Murray's playing time should be taking a dive, so he'll be more of a stash. He had some really bad mistakes on defending the three, which is a quick way to get on coach Mike Malone's bad side. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 10 in 28 minutes Friday
    Patty Mills scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting with eight assists, four rebounds and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Tony Parker (knee) was out again and Nicolas Laprovittola drew his second straight start, but Mills played 28 minutes for the second straight game and he's clearly the pickup here. Mills is playing for a new contract and is playing the best ball of his career, averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 assists and 2.6 treys over his last five games. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 23 points vs. Cavs
    Taj Gibson was outstanding against the Cavs on Friday with 23 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

    Advice: He made his first nine shots from the field and finished 10-of-13 in this win. Gibson has put together his best five-game stretch of the season, averaging 14.6 points, 9.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 blocks and 0.8 steals on 62.0 percent from the field. He has to be owned in standard leagues right now. Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Trevor Ariza leaves game with back spasms
    Updating a previous report, Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with back spasms.

    Advice: He didn't return, but there was only a few minutes left. Ariza played 43 minutes the night before and logged 31 minutes tonight, but luckily he gets two days off before Monday's game vs. Boston. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and four treys. If we get some bad news on Ariza, Sam Dekker would get some extra burn. To be clear, Ariza should be fine. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores nine points in loss
    J.R. Smith scored nine points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-8 from the field, so the efficiency was solid for Smith when taking into account his treys. He is playing through some knee soreness and is not going to get an MRI despite some history with knee injuries. Smith is very hit or miss, so he's a questionable player to own when he's not on. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (leg) goes to locker room
    Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with an apparent leg injury and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was down on the ground for a while, but he was able to get up and was seen gingerly walking to the locker room without a noticeable limp. He left the game with only a few minutes left, so his night is likely done. If Ariza needs to miss time, Sam Dekker looks like he will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 17 w/ 11 assists
    Dennis Schroder scored 17 points with 11 assists, two rebounds and one triple in 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He looked much better on paper than in real life, as the Hawks were roasted by 36 points and Schroder and the rest of the starters were benched at half. Schroder has put together three encouraging stat lines in a row with averages of 24.0 points, 8.7 assists and 1.3 triples in that span, but it's going to be interesting to see what happens to his (and the rest of the starters) role on Saturday vs. the Raptors with his head coach contemplating lineup changes. Our guess is that Schroder's job is safe. Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Dwight Howard scores 2 points in loss to DET
    Dwight Howard tied his season-low with two points in Friday's blowout loss to the Pistons, hitting 1-of-4 shots from the field in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He only added six rebounds with two blocks and was dominated by Andre Drummond. Howard was benched at halftime along with the rest of Atlanta's starters, but it's hard to imagine that his role would be in danger even though coach Mike Budenholzer said he would look at everything. The Hawks will try to avoid losing their sixth straight game against Toronto on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose thrives in the starting lineup
    Derrick Rose scored 24 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: There's been talk of Rose wanting an in-season contract extension, so this game may help his case. Rose has looked good over his last four, averaging 20.8 points, 5.0 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys on 44.8 percent from the field. Compared to last year, his usage rate is down, his efficiency is way up and he's been better in other categories. Still, Rose only has 11th-round value on the year despite his improvements. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Kent Bazemore held to seven points in loss
    Kent Bazemore was benched at halftime during Friday's blowout loss to the Pistons, finishing with seven points on 3-of-11 shooting with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one triple in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks benched their entire starting unit at halftime and coach Mike Budenholzer said after the game that he's considering lineup changes, but we still think Kyle Korver would head to the bench before Baze. He's been all over the place lately with two games with 21+ points and three games with single-digit points in his last five, but he's still a hold in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Justin Holiday plays a great game vs. MIN
    Justin Holiday vastly improved against the Wolves on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start for the injured Courtney Lee (ankle) and really stepped it up after struggling for over a week. If Lee is going to miss additional time, Holiday could flirt with minutes close to 30. Although, he's not expected to miss time and figures to be questionable for Sunday against the Kings. Holiday is only a lukewarm pickup in deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Budenholzer considering lineup changes?
    Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said "We’ll look at everything" when asked if he will shake up his starting lineup after Friday's 121-85 loss to the Pistons.

    Advice: The Hawks have lost five straight games and seven out of their last eight, so they've got to try something. Coach Bud even benched his entire starting five at halftime because he was looking for a "spark." Kyle Korver has arguably struggled the most and he finished with seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes Friday, and he's been held to single-digit points in four out of his last five games. Standard-league owners are probably ready to move on. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez gets 17 minutes
    Willy Hernangomez played 17 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with six points, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: He surprisingly played eight minutes on Wednesday, but he was back to his normal role tonight. Hernangomez still hasn't shown enough upside in his limited minutes to warrant a pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur will play
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Darrell Arthur (illness) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets usually throw guys on the injury report as probable after an injury, so the Italian was always expected to play. Expect Gallo to get his normal playing time and he could even play some four tonight in a favorable matchup. Get him in your lineup. Yesterday, 5:25 pm
  • J.R. Smith starting as expected
    J.R. Smith is in the starting lineup on Friday.

    Advice: This is a fully expected move for Smith, who is dealing with knee soreness. We'll see if he can snap out of his slump tonight. Yesterday, 4:24 pm
  • Justin Holiday starting vs. Wolves
    Justin Holiday will start against the Wolves on Friday night.

    Advice: Holiday started the third quarter on Wednesday, so this move is expected. Holiday only played 10.3 minutes in the second half, so he may not getting a big bump. Expect to see more of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Brandon Jennings tonight. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Yesterday, 3:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith battling a sore left knee
    J.R. Smith said he's battling a sore left knee and doesn't want to get an MRI.

    Advice: "There's nothing I can do about it right now because I don't want to get an MRI," Smith said. He had surgery on his left knee back in 2013, so it's a little odd he won't have an MRI. He has been in some kind of slump over his last four, making just 4-of-32 from the field (12.5 percent). It sounds like he'll be ready to go tonight, but we'll keep an eye out. Yesterday, 11:53 am
  • Patrick Beverley gets 29 minutes
    Patrick Beverley scored three points with seven rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He only saw 0.5 minutes in the overtime frames, so maybe coach Mike D'Antoni didn't want to put too many minutes on Beverley during the front end of a back-to-back set. He hasn't shot the ball well in his last three with just three makes on 16 attempts, but Beverley is a hold in standard leagues. His minutes may be something to watch in Denver on Friday. Thursday, 11:45 pm
  • Sam Dekker gets 26 minutes vs. Warriors
    Sam Dekker played 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played a team-high 11.9 minutes in the fourth quarter and saw 4.8 minutes in the two overtime frames, so clearly coach Mike D'Antoni trusts Dekker with important minutes. Dekker is coming off a 27-minute game against the Jazz, but some of that is due to garbage time. That said, he does appear to be a guy who could be close to 20 minutes per night. With how many treys the Rockets take and the tempo leading to some steals, Dekker is on the radar in deeper leagues. Thursday, 11:40 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Thursday, 11:34 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell looks great vs. Warriors
    Montrezl Harrell was terrific in 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday, scoring 13 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: The Rockets went away from Clint Capela due to some missed free throws and Harrell just ran with his playing time. Nene (rest) did not play in this game, which gave Harrell the opportunity in the first place. Harrell did get most of the center run in overtime and did have a nice preseason, but Capela's extremely solid play before tonight should give him plenty of leash. Harrell is only a speculative pickup in deep leagues. Thursday, 11:28 pm
  • Trevor Ariza struggles from deep
    Trevor Ariza made 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, and one steal in Thursday’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Ariza missed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc, but continues to get plenty of looks. He has now attempted seven or more 3-pointers in four of his last six games. While he does have plenty of bumps in the road due to his cold spells, Ariza's output in steals has still made him an early-round asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 11:18 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari probable for Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) is probable to play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets usually throw their players on the injury report with a probable tag after they returned from injury, so this is fairly standard. Gallinari looked fine in his return on Wednesday with 17 points, and should see minutes in the mid 30s in a favorable matchup on Friday. Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • John Wall gets the day off on Thursday
    John Wall was given the day off for practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He's fine after playing 44 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday. The Wizards wanted to keep Wall's minutes down, but that hasn't happened with his 40.2 per game over his last five. He also led the team in usage rate over that span with a 43.1 assist percentage. He'll get plenty of minutes against the Spurs on Friday. Thursday, 12:15 pm
  • Patty Mills not worried about contract year
    Patty Mills said he's not worried about the fact that he's up for a new contract after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Mills will become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but isn't letting that affect his play. "The feeling isn’t any different than any other year," he said. "My mindset is purely focused on this season and where we want to be. Nothing has changed." Mills won't be a fantasy star playing behind Tony Parker, but Parker will see more than his share of DNPs, which makes Mills worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:08 am
  • Kent Bazemore's 22/5/3/3 not enough vs. Suns
    Kent Bazemore had 22 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bazemore hit 8-of-16 field goals and made both of his free throws, but it wasn't enough to avoid a fourth consecutive loss. "My rookie year, I got my car popcorned ... the car was clean but the smell was still there," Bazemore said, referring to a hazing ritual. "That's kind of what this feels like. We're playing the right way but we cant get it to go our way." Atlanta will look to recover at home vs. the Pistons on Friday. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores career-high 31 points
    Dennis Schroder scored a career-high 31 points in Phoenix on Wednesday, hitting 13-of-23 shots with nine assists, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block.

    Advice: The Hawks came in with three straight losses, including blowouts vs. the Jazz and Lakers, and they fell again tonight despite Schroder's best efforts. He did have five turnovers, continuing a career-long trend, but his 8-cat owners have to be thrilled -- over the past two games he's averaged 27.5 points on 50.0 percent shooting, 2.5 boards, 7.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks. Wednesday, 10:47 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in Wednesday's defeat
    Jusuf Nurkic had another forgettable game on Wednesday, scoring four points on 2-of-3 shooting with six rebounds, one assist, five turnovers and three fouls in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Nurkic has been much improved scoring around the rim this season, but he's still haunted by familiar fantasy failings. He's shooting 30.1 percent while 3-10 feet from the hoop, and he's averaging more turnovers (2.2) than assists (1.6). His fouls per minute have dropped this season, but he's still been a net-negative contributor in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. He has enough upside to hold in most leagues, but it makes sense to start floating some trade offers. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Wilson Chandler fares well in reserve role
    Wilson Chandler came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points, seven rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler went 8-of-17 from the field with one 3-pointer and three turnovers, and his reserve role was the result of Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning after a three-game absence. He's versatile enough to play three positions and the Nuggets are still thin on the wings with Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) sidelined, making Chandler a safe option until further notice. Wednesday, 9:57 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returns w/ 17 points
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returned to action vs. Miami on Wednesday with 17 points (6-of-16 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Gallo came in averaging a career-high 36.2 minutes per game, and he didn't miss a beat while playing 36 minutes tonight. He wound up missing three games due to a deep bruise in his thigh, and it wouldn't be surprising if coach Mike Malone eased up his workload a bit as the season progresses. His lengthy injury history makes him a strong sell-high candidate. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Jamal Murray quiet again in loss to Miami
    Jamal Murray had another quiet game during Wednesday's loss to the Heat, scoring nine points on 3-of-10 shooting in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Will Barton (ankle) and Gary Harris (foot) were both sidelined again, and Murray's owners should strap in for a bumpy ride. The rookie had been red-hot but scouting reports were bound to catch up to him, and he's a combined 11-of-34 from the field in his past three games. Wednesday, 9:55 pm
  • Patty Mills scores team-high 23 pts Wednesday
    Patty Mills led the Spurs in scoring on Wednesday with 23 points off the bench, sinking 9-of-12 shots with five 3-pointers, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers.

    Advice: Tony Parker was on the active roster but he picked up a precautionary DNP-CD, which freed up Mills to play big minutes behind fill-in starter Nicolas Laprovittola. Mills was already a top-120 fantasy point guard, and the likelihood of more DNPs for Parker makes him a decent pickup despite his low ceiling. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • John Wall gets 44 minutes vs. Thunder
    John Wall played 44 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday with 15 points, six boards, 15 assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Wizards probably should've had this game with a seven-point lead with four minutes left. After the loss, Wall said this was the toughest loss of the season, which may hurt even more for coach Scott Brooks against his former team. Wall getting 44 minutes tonight clearly indicates the Wizards have no intention of limiting him right now. Wednesday, 9:23 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Derrick Rose loses some minutes to Jennings
    Derrick Rose played 24 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with 11 points, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings gave the Knicks some really good minutes, so coach Jeff Hornacek went with him over Rose -- Jennings played the entire fourth while Rose played just three minutes. Both point guards were used together for 10 minutes tonight, which has been an upward trend as the year has gone on. Rose has been playing well, but he only has late-round value. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores just two points
    Justin Holiday started the third quarter for Courtney Lee (ankle) against the Wolves on Wednesday, finishing with two points, four rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't too impressive during this game while Brandon Jennings stepped up the most after an injury to Courtney Lee (ankle). There's no break on Lee's ankle, so it appears to be more of a day-to-day issue. Holiday only gets a short-term boost until further notice. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Justin Holiday starting 3Q for Lee (ankle)
    Justin Holiday started the third quarter for Courtney Lee (ankle) against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lee was ruled out for the game due to his ankle sprain. Holiday has played well for the Knicks and even gets some run with the first unit when the Knicks go with Kristaps Porzingis at the five. If Lee does need to miss time, Holiday would get a nice bump in minutes. He's worth a speculative look in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari starting, Chandler to bench
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) will start against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He practiced on Tuesday and went through shootaround, so he should be ready to roll. Wilson Chandler will still get plenty of minutes off the bench as a backup forward. Get Gallinari in your lineups. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Wilson Chandler to bench w/ Gallinari active
    Wilson Chandler will come off the bench on Wednesday with Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returning to the starting five.

    Advice: Gallinari missed three games, during which Chandler thrived in an expanded role as a starter. His minutes may tick down tonight but he's well worth holding onto unless the bottom drops out. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari went through shootaround
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) went through a full shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Heat.

    Advice: He also put in a full practice on Tuesday, so Gallinari looks like he'll be back tonight. The Nuggets were playing Gallo minutes in the upper 30s before his injury, but they may dial it back to around 30 tonight. He looks safe to start again for his owners. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Wall limited at shootaround, says he'll play
    John Wall (left knee) was a limited participant during shootaround, but said that he's planning on playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Wall spent most of shootaround getting treatment on his surgically repaired left knee, but it doesn't sound like he's planning on missing Wednesday's game against his head coach's former team. We'll have official confirmation closer to tip-off, but owners in season-long settings can probably go ahead and just get him active. Wednesday, 10:18 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (thigh) probable Wednesday
    Nuggets' head coach Mike Malone said that he'd be surprised if Danilo Gallinari (thigh) didn't play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Gallinari has spent the past three games on the sidelines resting his sore thigh, but it's looking like he'll be back in action tonight, which will send Wilson Chandler back to the bench. Jamal Murray might not be quite as involved on the offensive end with the return of Gallinari, although he should still get a decent amount of minutes with Will Barton (ankle) doubtful. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Danny Green scores two points vs. Magic
    Danny Green scored a season-low two points vs. the Magic on Tuesday with five rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Here we go again. Green was coming into Tuesday's game with averages of 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 48.1 percent shooting, so his owners should cut him some slack even though he's posted two duds in a row. He should be much better vs. Dallas on Wednesday, especially if the Spurs rest a couple studs. Tuesday, 9:18 pm
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • J.R. Smith held to six points in loss
    J.R. Smith was held to six points on 2-of-7 shooting (all 3-pointers) with one assist, one block and two steals in 30 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He's going to be all over the news for stopping mid-game to greet Jason Terry on the Bucks' bench, giving up a wide-open layup in the process (link below). Since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury, Smith is averaging 5.2 points on 23.1 percent shooting in his last five games and we wouldn't blame you if you dropped him for a hot free agent. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Gallinari, Barton questionable for Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Will Barton (ankle) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Both guys were able to get in a full practice on Tuesday, so things are trending in a positive direction here. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if both guys get back on the court, Wilson Chandler, Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray's value will take a hit. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton practice Tues
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Will Barton (ankle) were full participants during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Gallinari is only dealing with soreness in his thigh, and it looks like the three games he spent on the sidelines will have been enough time to rest up. If he is able to get back on the court for Wednesday's game against the Heat, Wilson Chandler's value would take a slight hit as he'd likely return to the bench. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 12:10 pm
  • Justin Holiday dealing with shoulder sprain
    Justin Holiday said he has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder suffered in Friday’s game versus Charlotte.

    Advice: "Every time you make contact, it’s going to hurt, but it still moves,’’ Holiday said. He played 18 minutes on Saturday and then 15 minutes on Monday night, so it doesn't appear to be hampering him significantly. Holiday is averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. He can be left on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Kyle Korver held to three points in loss
    Kyle Korver scored just three points (a triple) with three assists, two rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: Yikes. Korver was just 1-of-6 from the field and this was his second three-point outing in his last three games. If there's a hot free agent on your waiver wire, it may be tough to hold onto Korver unless you desperately need 3-pointers. Monday, 10:52 pm
  • Dennis Schroder goes off for 24 points
    Dennis Schroder went off for 24 points against the Warriors on Monday, shooting 10-of-20 from the field with six assists, one rebound, one block, two steals, one triple and five turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The only highlight you will see of Schroder is him getting stuffed at the rim by Draymond Green in the final minute, but he played excellent on Monday and was giving Stephen Curry problems all night. Schroder is a peaks and valleys PG who has lacked consistency, and for the most part he's been a letdown for his owners who drafted him in the middle rounds. Hopefully this was a sign of better things to come. Monday, 10:46 pm
  • Kent Bazemore shoots 4-of-15 in loss
    Kent Bazemore scored just eight points on 4-of-15 shooting on Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: No revenge game for Mr. Bazemore. He missed all six of his attempts from deep and added seven rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 28 minutes. He's been a frustrating player to own in fantasy because of his inconsistency, but he was coming of a 21-point game against the Lakers with four assists, one rebound, one steal and zero turnovers. His owners just need to take the good with the bad, but it's not a bad idea to bench him until he heats up. Monday, 10:38 pm
  • John Wall posts ugly triple-double in win
    John Wall had 19 points, 11 assists and 11 turnovers for the kind of triple-double NBA players don't love posting on Monday night.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-16 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-6 free throws, and added eight rebounds, three steals and a block, so his line was still nice despite the 11 turns. Maybe he was just getting jealous of Russell Westbrook's 5.4 TOs per game, and Wall came in at 4.2 per game. He's having a nice season and his knee seems to be holding up well, so things are still looking up for Wall. Monday, 8:53 pm
  • Derrick Rose has a big night vs. Thunder
    Derrick Rose made 10-of-20 field goals, scoring a season-high 30 points in 38 minutes in Monday’s loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Rose was perfect from the free throw line, making all 10 of his shots and also grabbed seven boards, while dishing out four dimes. He has taken at least 10 shots in all but one game in the month of November, averaging 14.7 shot attempts, 16.1 points, 5.4 assists, and 4.3 rebounds in that span. He accounts for 23.2 percent of the Knicks points and 33.9 percent of their assists, while owning a usage rate of 25.8 percent. As long as he can stay healthy and in the lineup for the Knicks, fantasy owners will be rewarded for taking a late flier on him this year. He has yet missed a game this season, which is a bonus. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • D'Antoni wants to keep giving Capela 30 mins
    Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to keep giving Clint Capela 30+ minutes per night.

    Advice: Capela didn't eclipse the 30-minute mark until Nov. 19 against the Pistons, but since then he's played 30 or more minutes in five straight games, averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks on 62.9 percent shooting from the field and 58.3 percent from the line in that span. His fantasy arrow is pointing up and he is becoming a draft-day steal. Monday, 9:28 am
  • John Wall said his knees feel 'fine'
    John Wall said his surgically-repaired knees feel fine despite his increased workload.

    Advice: "I feel fine," Wall said "Just doing everything I'm supposed to do, treatment, cold tub, all that. I feel fine. Just would've been better if we got both wins." He played in both games of the back-to-back set and has played 37 or more minutes in four straight games, so the Wizards are playing with fire. Wall will try to keep up his momentum against the Kings on Monday. Monday, 6:40 am
  • Dwight Howard gets 19 pts w/ full line vs LAK
    Dwight Howard bounced back vs. his former team on Sunday, finishing a tough loss in L.A. with 19 points on 9-of-13 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists, two blocks, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Howard narrowly missed his 12th double-double of the season, but he's still tied for fourth in that category behind Hassan Whiteside (13), James Harden (14) and Russell Westbrook (14). The Hawks have now lost five of their past six games, and on Monday they play the second half of a back-to-back set vs. the Warriors. Good luck. Sunday, 9:44 pm
  • Kent Bazemore leads Hawks w/ 21 pts, 5 threes
    Kent Bazemore sank 8-of-16 shots including a 5-of-8 mark from deep to finish Sunday's game with a team-high 21 points in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks have struggled from the perimeter this season with 8.6 makes per game on 33.7 percent shooting, so they really need Bazemore to keep firing away from distance. He rounded out tonight's line with four assists, one rebound, one steal and zero turnovers. Sunday, 9:43 pm
  • Patrick Beverley shoots 0-of-5 in 35 minutes
    Patrick Beverley chipped in four assists, three rebounds and two blocks vs. Portland on Sunday, but he missed all five field goal attempts to finish with one point in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Bev came in hot this season, shooting 53.1 percent in five games, but a drop-off was inevitable for the career 41.4 percent shooter. He's still worth a look if you need a low-end PG, and you can't tell by watching him play that he just returned from knee surgery. Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 18 points on seven FGA
    Trevor Ariza made the most of limited opportunities on Sunday, scoring 18 points on seven shot attempts with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: The Rockets have won five of their past six games and Ariza is a subtle reason for their success. In addition to his defensive play, he's been lights-out on corner 3-point shooting this season -- he leads the NBA in that category and sank 4-of-5 triples tonight. Although he's less valuable in most points leagues, he's sitting as a top-30 roto value in 9-cat. Sunday, 9:11 pm
  • Clint Capela rolling w/ efficient 21 & 9 line
    Clint Capela had yet another big game on Sunday, finishing a 130-114 road win in Portland with a career-high 21 points (9-of-12 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), nine rebounds, two blocks and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Capela had some quiet games early this season, but since Nov. 5 he's been on a tear with averages of 13.6 points on 63.0 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and only 1.5 turnovers in 27.0 minutes. He's made just 56.0 percent of his free throws in that span, but has attempted just 2.3 per game -- compare that to 3.7 attempts for Andre Drummond, 5.0 attempts for Dwight Howard, and 5.6 for DeAndre Jordan. Capela is shaping up to be a tremendous value in any format. Sunday, 9:10 pm
  • Jamal Murray cools down, scores just 9 points
    Jamal Murray's hot streak came to an end on Sunday, as he hit just 3-of-8 shots in 22 minutes off the bench, finishing the game with nine points, four boards, two assists, one triple and one turnover.

    Advice: Foul trouble was an issue for Murray in this one, but with Gary Harris (foot) still weeks away and Will Barton (ankle) banged up, it makes sense to hold onto the rookie if you swooped him up during his hot streak. Sunday, 3:57 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 25 points w/ full line
    Wilson Chandler did a little bit of everything during Sunday's win over the Suns, tallying 25 points, eight boards, two assists, three 3-pointers, three steals and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Chandler went 8-of-17 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, giving him a solid 63.6 true shooting percentage on the evening to accompany his 22.4 usage rate. His value will take a slight hit once Danilo Gallinari (thigh) gets back on the court, but he's still been a top-60 option on the season with averages of 18.3 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 triples and just 1.5 turnovers per game on 47.1 percent shooting. He needs to be owned everywhere. Sunday, 3:47 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 16 minutes on Sunday
    Jusuf Nurkic was only on the floor for 16 minutes during Sunday's 120-114 win over the Suns, ending his evening with just eight points, six boards, two assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Nurkic's value has been trending in the wrong direction ever since Nikola Jokic went to the bench, and at this point it's looking like a trade is going to be the only thing that can rectify his season. Since Jokic went to the bench seven games ago, Nurkic has been abysmal with averages of 8.9 points, 7.3 boards and just 0.7 swats per game while hitting just 35.3 percent of his freebies. Those numbers have him ranked well outside the top-250, but he still has way too much upside to outright cut. Sunday, 3:40 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores 19 points w/ six dimes
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 19 points on 5-of-13 shooting Sunday, to go with four boards, six assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay's done a good job of taking care of the rock over his past five outing, committing just 1.2 turnovers per game, but unfortunately his other numbers of 10.8 points, 4.6 assists and 1.0 trey during that five-game span are far from encouraging. When you take into account the fact that he's hit just 36.2 percent of his shot attempts on the season, you have a guy that's just not worth owning outside of points leagues. Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • J.R. Smith hoists up 11 bricks in win Sunday
    J.R. Smith missed all 11 of his shot attempts during Sunday's win over the 76ers, finishing the game with just five boards, one assist and one block to his credit.

    Advice: Smith was actually able to outdo Friday's horrendous 1-of-11 outing with today's goose egg, but tis life for Smith owners. He's been an incredibly streaky guy throughout his career, but he's also one of the few guys in the league that can drain 10 triples on any given night. He'll eventually turn things around, and his ability to offer a copious amount of 3-pointers (2.5) and an above average amount of steals (1.6) makes him worth owning in most leagues. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Gallinari, Barton, Miller out Sunday vs. PHX
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh), Will Barton (ankle) and Mike Miller (personal) will not play Sunday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: This will be Gallinari's third straight game on the sidelines, but given that he's just dealing with a sore thigh, it seems there's a decent chance he'll be able to return to action Wednesday vs. Miami. With Denver's primary scoring options on the sidelines Sunday evening, Jamal Murray and Wilson Chandler will be running the show on offense, with Chandler likely moving into the starting five. Both those guys can be considered DFS options for a favorable matchup against Phoenix. Sunday, 11:22 am
  • Derrick Rose scores 18 on 20 FGAs
    Derrick Rose made 6-of-20 from the field for 18 points against the Hornets on Saturday, adding eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: That's a lot of misses for Rose and his most on the season. Rose was actually shooting the ball somewhat well at 44.4 percent from the field in his previous games, which would be by far his best percentage since his 2011 MVP season. He is somewhat exceeding expectations, but he still only has 11th-round value per game in standard leagues. Saturday, 7:24 pm
  • John Wall plays 37 minutes vs. Spurs
    John Wall played 37 minutes against the Spurs during a 112-100 loss on Saturday, scoring 21 points with three rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Scott Brooks said he was not expecting big minutes for his studs, but he obviously doesn't trust his bench enough to limit Wall following 39 minutes on Friday. The Wizards only have one back-to-back with a set on Dec. 5-6 as their only one for almost the next four weeks, so Wall shouldn't have to worry about limits too much. Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Brooks says don't expect big minutes
    Coach Scott Brooks said not to expect big minutes for his key players on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty obvious after Wall played 39 minutes on Friday when he had his minutes monitored. He's obviously locked and loaded for season-long leagues, but DFS owners may only want to look for him to play minutes around 30-33. Saturday, 2:34 pm
  • Ariza scores 18, HOU takes NBA record 50 3PAs
    Trevor Ariza scored 18 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets were bombing threes like never before, setting an NBA record with 50 attempts from beyond the arc -- they made 21. Ariza has typically been a horrible starter in the season, but he's off to a fantastic run this year with top-30 value in standard leagues. He has at least one trey and at least one steal in all but one game this season and clearly the return of Pat Beverley hasn't hurt him. Friday, 11:58 pm
  • Clint Capela double-doubles vs. Kings
    Clint Capela scored 17 points with 10 rebounds, two blocks and two fouls against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: No foul trouble against DeMarcus Cousins? Making 3-of-4 from the line? A double-double in 30 minutes? I'm Ron Burgundy? Kidding aside, Capela is playing lights out and he has his coach's confidence. He's a bit of a sell-high candidate, but Capela isn't going away. Friday, 11:46 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores nine, hurts shoulder
    Justin Holiday hurt his shoulder on Friday and did return, finishing with nine points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play on Saturday. The Knicks are starting to play smaller more often, but it hasn't helped Holiday get a significant bump in minutes. He's only on the radar in deeper formats. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Wilson Chandler gets 32 & 11 in losing effort
    Wilson Chandler thrived as a starter on Friday, posting a season-high 32 points with 11 rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Chandler shot 14-of-25 from the field and will be playing a major role as long as Danilo Gallinari (thigh) is out of commission. Gallo didn't need an MRI and said he's "feeling better," but given his injury history the Nuggets might err on the side of caution vs. Phoenix on Sunday. Either way, Chandler's versatility is earning him enough minutes to be a 'hold' in fantasy leagues. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay finds shot, scores 17 pts
    Emmanuel Mudiay scored 17 points on Friday, making 5-of-10 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with a 3-of-6 mark from downtown.

    Advice: As nice as it is to see Mudiay find his shooting stroke, he's liable to follow it up with a stretch of five brutal games. He was a combined 7-of-28 in his previous three games and is shooting just 35.4 percent on the season -- he's actually regressed from his horrible shooting as a rookie. Aside from the scoring tonight, he added five assists, three rebounds and one steal with just one turnover in 30 minutes. Friday, 9:09 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 20 points in OT defeat
    Jamal Murray had another strong game on Friday, scoring 20 points (5-of-16 FGs, 8-of-10 FTs) with seven rebounds, two steals, one block and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: Murray had a bad foul reaching in on Russell Westbrook's 3-point attempt late in the game, but he made up for it by drawing a foul on his own game-tying attempt with 8.3 seconds remaining -- then sinking all three freebies. He didn't shot well tonight but has stepped up nicely for the Nuggets' banged-up backcourt, and the team has every reason to develop him. He could retain value even after Will Barton (ankle) fully recovers and Gary Harris (foot) returns in mid-December, so go get him if he's still unowned in your league. Friday, 9:08 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez gets 20 minutes, closes
    Willy Hernangomez scored six points in 20 minutes against the Hornets on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He played down the stretch and was happy about it after the game. "I have to say thank you to the coach for trusting me," Hernangomez said. It didn't take long for Billy to get the No. 2 center job over Kyle O'Quinn and he may run with it. Considering the Knicks won't play Joakim Noah much, Hernangomez is worth a look in deeper leagues. Friday, 9:07 pm
  • Dwight Howard struggles in loss to Jazz
    Dwight Howard struggled in Friday's loss to the Jazz, scoring four points with seven rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-9 from the field and didn't collect a rebound until the second quarter or score until the fourth quarter. Howard was coming off a dominant 23-point, 20-rebound effort against the Pacers on Wednesday, but Rudy Gobert tends to have this effect on opposing centers. Howard will have plenty of motiavtion to have a big "revenge game" against the Lakers on Sunday. Friday, 8:13 pm
  • Kyle Korver (rest) scores three points
    Kyle Korver (rest) returned from a one-game absence on Friday vs. the Jazz, but scored just three points (a triple) on 1-of-3 shooting with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Korver put up averages of 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 triples in his last four games prior to his maintenance day on Wednesday, so he's worth holding onto if you need help in 3-pointers. The Hawks have lost four out of their last five games and none of the starters played particularly well, including Kent Bazemore who was held to three points on 1-of-9 shooting. Friday, 8:04 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 16 points in blowout
    Dennis Schroder scored 16 points on 6-of-19 shooting with two assists, two rebounds, three steals, two triples and two turnovers in 28 minutes in Friday's 95-68 loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Atlanta looked awful Friday and none of the starters played more than 28 minutes in the blowout. Schroder has had a couple of brutal games over the last week and the Hawks have been talking up Malcolm Delaney a bit, but Schroder played a little better tonight while Delaney was scoreless in 13 minutes. Maybe a matchup with the Lakers on Sunday will help him get it going. Friday, 7:58 pm
  • John Wall scores 26 with 10 dimes
    John Wall scored 26 points during a 94-91 win over the Magic on Friday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in a game-high 39 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, so what minutes monitor was coach Scott Brooks using here? Wall was expected to have his minutes held in check tonight on the front end of a back-to-back, so you can bet he has some sort of minutes restriction against the Spurs on Saturday night. Wall is still expected to play, but expect him to be closer to 30 than 40. Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Odd Man Out: J.R. Smith struggles in huge win
    J.R. Smith shot just 1-of-11 from the field on Friday, finishing with three points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: The steals were a silver lining and his lone make came from downtown, but he was perhaps the only Cavs player who didn't have it going during tonight's 128-90 blowout win. In spite of tonight's dud, Smith has quietly positioned himself as a mid-round roto value -- he's particularly useful in 9-cat leagues thanks to a microscopic 0.5 turnovers per game. Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Jamal Murray will come off the bench Friday
    Jamal Murray will come off the bench on Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was expected to start with Will Barton (personal) out, but the Nuggets will turn to Jameer Nelson instead. Murray is hot right now and should still get plenty of minutes, especially with Danilo Gallinari also on the sidelines. Friday, 4:29 pm
  • Wilson Chandler to start at small forward
    Wilson Chandler will start at small forward against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: There was some talk of the Nuggets going with Alonzo Gee to start on Russell Westbrook, but they will just throw their best option at small forward out there right away. Chandler should be looking at huge minutes tonight. The fact that he's starting there bodes well for Darrell Arthur as the second-unit four. Friday, 4:28 pm
  • Kyle Korver starting, Sefolosha to the bench
    Kyle Korver (rest) is starting vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, Thabo Sefolosha will return to the bench. Korver averaged 11.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.3 triples in his last four games, so standard-league owners will want to make sure he's active in lineups. Friday, 3:59 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn returns to the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the expected move with Joakim Noah (illness) back in the starting lineup. KOQ is only relevant in very deep leagues. Friday, 3:51 pm
  • John Wall will have minutes monitored
    John Wall will have his minutes monitored on the front end of a back-to-back on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards get the Magic tonight and the Spurs at home on Saturday. In the last back-to-back, Wall played 24 minutes on the front end and 31 minutes on the back end back on Nov. 16 and 17. His minutes should still be a little higher and close to 30. Start him in season-long, but he's a slight risk in DFS at his high price tag.Daily Slant: Wall is now best avoided in DFS contests this evening, but his minutes being monitored does make a few other Wizards more appealing. Bradley Beal has seen a ton of run since returning from his own injury, playing at least 40 minutes in each of the last two games, scoring no fewer than 45 FPs. He's a great bet for 35-38 minutes again tonight, making him an elite mid-range target at the SG spot. Markieff Morris and Otto Porter are also more attractive as a result of this news. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Danny Green getting hot again?
    Danny Green turned in a nice line against the Celtics on Friday, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He made 3-of-4 from the field for a 112.5 effective field goal percentage. Green looks to be all the way back from his quad injury with at least 27 minutes in each of his last five, averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.4 treys. He's worth owning in all standard leagues. By the way, Green had a pass directly to coach Gregg Popovich on the bench today (video in link below). Friday, 1:18 pm
  • Kyle Korver will play vs. the Jazz on Friday
    Kyle Korver has rejoined the Hawks and will play against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He got the night off on Wednesday against the Pacers. Korver was coming off two big games with 15.5 points and 3.0 treys on an tidy 84.1 true shooting percentage. He is a hold in standard leagues for his fantasy-friendly game, but he doesn't have the greatest DFS skill set due to a low usage. Friday, 1:14 pm
  • Patty Mills shines on Friday, drops 19 points
    Patty Mills came up big during a win in Boston on Friday, scoring 19 points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He closed down the stretch and he's been outplaying Tony Parker all season. Mills only gets six more minutes as a starter and he only scores one fewer point per game, so his value doesn't change too much on the nights Parker sits. He's a low-end hold in standard leagues with a somewhat low upside. Friday, 1:00 pm
  • Jamal Murray likely to start at SG
    Jamal Murray is expected to start for Will Barton (personal) on Friday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Murray has been ridiculous in his last three, posting a truly elite 73.9 true shooting percentage on a solid 26.7 usage rate in 26.5 minutes. That kind of efficiency isn't likely most nights, but Murray has a superb chance at 30 minutes tonight with the Nuggets razor thin on the wing. Murray is worth a long look in standard leagues while Jameer Nelson also benefits here. Friday, 11:46 am
  • Jamal Murray scores 23 points vs. Jazz
    Jamal Murray scored 23 points against the Jazz during a 108-83 loss on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists, one block and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Remember when this guy started his NBA career 0-of-16 from the field? Well, times have changed. In his last three games, Murray averaged 21.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.0 assists, 0.7 blocks and 3.7 treys on 57.5 percent from the field and 88.9 percent from the line. Advanced stats wise, he has a 73.9 true shooting percentage and a 26.7 usage rate in that span. Murray obviously won't be this hot, but he's looking at an added opportunity while Danilo Gallinari (thigh) is out. If you have something you want to cut in a non-shallow league, feel free to give him a look. Wednesday, 10:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 13 points
    Wilson Chandler scored 13 points with nine rebounds and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Nuggets couldn't get anything going in the middle of this game with only 34 points combined in the second and third quarters. Chandler has his role locked up as the second-string power forward, but he will likely get a slight bump in minutes while Danilo Gallinari (thigh) is on the sidelines. He is worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic has an awful game
    Jusuf Nurkic made 1-of-8 from the field and missed all three shots from the line for two points with six rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had success against Rudy Gobert before, but not tonight. Nurkic had a big game on Tuesday and is still battling with his consistency this season. Nurkic's abysmal 50.0 percent from the line this season has torpedoed his fantasy value, but he's still a hold for his upside. Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay scores three
    Emmanuel Mudiay made 1-of-8 from the field for three points with one assist and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a nice run last week, he's ice cold again. Mudiay is one of the most annoying players to own in fantasy and his owners in nine-category leagues may not even want to bother. He's worth owning in points leagues, though. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell (calf) plays 12 minutes
    Montrezl Harrell (calf) played 12 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, scoring six points with three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: Harrell was reportedly available vs. Detroit on Monday but he didn't play, and his minutes tonight are typical of his role while Clint Capela (31 minutes) and Ryan Anderson (29 minutes) are healthy. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Patrick Beverley posts 10 & 10 w/ four dimes
    Patrick Beverley grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds to go along with 10 points, four assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in 35 minutes of action vs. Toronto on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Raptors had given up 100+ points in seven consecutive games and they did so again tonight, but Houston's defense wasn't up to the task in a 115-102 defeat. Beverley fell two boards short of his career high and he's looked good since his return, establishing himself as a viable low-end point guard -- just don't expect many assists with James Harden running the show. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard goes off for 23 & 20 vs. Pacers
    Dwight Howard dominated the Pacers on Wednesday with 23 points and a season-high 20 rebounds (nine offensive), sinking 10-of-12 shots with one assist and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks snapped a three-game losing streak tonight, earning a 96-85 road win in Indiana. Howard overpowered Myles Turner and the Pacers' frontcourt, helping the Hawks pile up a 48-34 advantage for points in the paint, along with a massive 56-37 edge in rebounds. Howard played just 19 minutes during Tuesday's blowout, so this was a nice way to atone. Wednesday, 7:50 pm
  • Dennis Schroder struggles again vs. Pacers
    Dennis Schroder had another rough game on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 3-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: The Hawks have committed a league-high 17.4 turnovers per game this season, which is on pace to be the most of any team since the Knicks in 2006-07. Much of that can be traced to their primary ball-handler, who is averaging 3.1 miscues in under 30 minutes per game, and it's taking a heavy toll on his 9-cat value. Schroder's fantasy owners have to be disappointed with the early returns. Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • Danny Green scores 16 pts w/ four 3-pointers
    Danny Green scored a season-high 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting Wednesday, making four 3-pointers with three boards, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Green played 30 minutes and it's a very nice roto line, but his owners should be most encouraged by his involvement offensively -- he attempted 12 or more shots just twice all of last season. Make sure he's not still available on your waiver wire. Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose says vintage Rose is no more
    Derrick Rose acknowledged after Tuesday's win over Portland that he's no longer the same player he was during his MVP season.

    Advice: "That vintage [Rose] is gone, man. I told you the question should be: Can I hoop? I can hoop," Rose said. Rose hit a clutch shot during the closing seconds of Tuesday's game to secure the win for New York, and while he is scoring 15.8 points a night this year, his assist numbers (4.8), turnovers (2.9) and defensive stats (0.6 steals) are subpar. He's barely clinging to top-150 value on the year in standard 9-cat leagues, although his value is much more attractive in points formats. Wednesday, 11:02 am
  • Kyle Korver (rest) ruled out for Wednesday
    Kyle Korver (rest) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: It's just a rest day for the 35-year-old vet, and the Hawks fully expect him to return to action for Friday's game against the Jazz. Thabo Sefolosha will move into the starting five tonight sans Korver, so he's on the radar as a punt play in DFS or streamer option for owners looking to close the gap in the steals category. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Jamal Murray scores career-high 24 in win
    Jamal Murray came off the bench and played 22 minutes, hitting 9-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for a career-high 24 points and six boards, along with two assists.

    Advice: He simply caught fire tonight, and his hot stretch appeared to negatively impact Emmaunel Mudiay tonight. Murray Has scored 24 and 18 points in each of his last two games, but it's hard to see the rookie staying this hot for long. He's only a strong pick up in deeper leagues, as we expect him to cool off soon. He's more of a 3-point specialist for fantasy purposes, than anything else. Tuesday, 9:07 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores 16 on 23 shots
    Wilson Chandler hit just 7-of-23 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, nine boards, three assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes off the Nuggets bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: It wasn't a very efficient game for Chandler, but he's rolling, averaging 20.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He hasn't blinked with the return of Will Barton, and appears to be safe in his bench role, seeing a lot more minutes than Nikola Jokic on a nightly basis. If he ever replaces Kenneth Faried in the starting lineup, look out. Tuesday, 9:04 pm
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