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  • Jerian Grant benched vs. Lakers
    Jerian Grant was benched vs. the Lakers on Tuesday, scoring five points with three assists in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls are going to roll with Kris Dunn as their starting PG, so if you were still holding onto Grant in a deeper league, it's time to let go. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Denzel Valentine scores 17 w/ five 3-pointers
    Denzel Valentine scored 17 points in another start on Tuesday vs. the Lakers and matched his career-high of five 3-pointers.

    Advice: The second-year wing hit 6-of-12 shots and missed his only free throw, racking up nine rebounds, four assists and two steals in 38 minutes. He's a great fit in the first unit because he can take the pressure off Kris Dunn with his playmaking skills, and his floor spacing is also crucial. He put up 12.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 3.0 triples in three previous starts and looks like a hot fantasy pickup with his new role. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney scores 15 points vs. Lakers
    Antonio Blakeney scored all 15 of his points in the first half of Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers, hitting 6-of-12 shots with two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Blakeney has a two-way contract which means he can only spend a total of 45 days with the Bulls this season, but they may think about adding him to their roster full time. However, he could fall out of the rotation completely with David Nwaba (ankle) and Zach LaVine (knee) due back soon, so Blakeney is only worth monitoring in deep dynasty leagues for now. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) doubtful for Wednesday
    Jared Dudley (knee) is listed as doubtful in the game notes for Wednesday's matchup vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Dudley was averaging 20.2 minutes per in the three games he played immediately preceding his knee injury, but has now missed each of the last five for Phoenix. Marquese Chriss, Dragan Bender and Josh Jackson will continue to soak additional minutes. Yesterday, 4:21 pm
  • Brandan Wright (groin) out Wednesday vs. DAL
    Brandan Wright (right quad) will not play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: This will be Wright's second straight game on the sidelines, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we wouldn't be surprised to see him skip Friday's game in Denver as well. Marc Gasol will be logging heavy minutes moving forward with Deyonta Davis acting as his backup. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Asik (illness) present at Tuesday's practice
    Omer Asik (illness) was present during Tuesday's practice and head coach Alvin Gentry said he hopes to have Asik back on the court "at some point this year."

    Advice: Asik has been dealing with a pretty severe illness, so it's nice to see that he's at least at the point where he can attend practices. That said, the Pelicans are in no rush to get him back, and he won't play much at all once cleared as long as Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins are healthy, so he's safe to leave on the waiver wire in all settings. Yesterday, 2:13 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) won't play Wednesday
    Luke Babbitt (back) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered the back injury on Monday and is being listed as day-to-day, but he might spend more than just one game on the sidelines with the next two contests after Wednesday being a Friday-Saturday back-to-back set. Ersan Ilyasova could move back into the starting five on Wednesday night, and John Collins should see an uptick in minutes. Yesterday, 2:10 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he seems much closer to doubtful, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at shootaround. If he's unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see a bump in minutes, with Allen offering the most upside. Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic (knee surgery) out 4 weeks
    Mirza Teletovic underwent arthroscopic surgery on Tuesday to repair cartilage in his left knee, and he's expected to miss the next four weeks of action.

    Advice: Teletovic had missed the past six games, so him going down for another four weeks won't change much with the Milwaukee rotation. Khris Middleton will continue to log heavy minutes with little depth behind him, with DeAndre Liggins picking up minutes in the upper-teens. Teletovic belongs on the wire in all formats. Yesterday, 1:35 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) is day-to-day
    Trevor Booker (ankle) was unable to practice on Tuesday and is day-to-day, according to coach Kenny Atkinson.

    Advice: Booker initially tweaked his ankle Friday vs. Utah and then aggravated the injury Sunday vs. Golden State. On Monday, he said the sprain is "not too bad" but was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game vs. Cleveland. If Booker is unable to suit up, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would likely divvy up the additional minutes. Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Suns plan to sign Mike James to new contract
    Suns GM Ryan McDonough said Phoenix wants to sign Mike James to a standard NBA contract before his two-way deal expires on December 6th.

    Advice: This is a no-brainer for Phoenix, as James has been a very pleasant surprise for the Suns. He is averaging 11.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists this season. However, he has been coming off the bench behind Tyler Ulis over the last five games and is averaging 8.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists over that stretch. Yesterday, 8:46 am
  • Jerryd Bayless returned to action on Monday November 20. Yesterday, 12:33 am
  • Kosta Koufos scores 16 points vs. Nuggets
    Kosta Koufos scored a season-high 16 points vs. the Nuggets on Monday, hitting 7-of-9 shots with four rebounds, three blocks and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He continues to get minutes at the expense of Sacramento's younger talent, but that won't always be the case. Koufos has seen an uptick in minutes and production lately with 7.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but you'd have to be in a very deep league to trust him on a nightly basis. Monday, 10:09 pm
  • Wesley Matthews stays hot with 18 points
    Wesley Matthews had another strong game on Monday vs. Boston with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is his best stretch of the season after scoring a season-high 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers against the Bucks on Saturday. He was averaging just 11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 37.1 percent shooting prior to this game, and his rest-of-season outlook is poor with the Mavs tanking. With that said, he's worth a look while he's hot. Monday, 9:51 pm
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 19 minutes in start
    Kenneth Faried started in place of Paul Millsap (wrist) on Monday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block and was pulled after just 19 minutes.

    Advice: So much for that. It's possible Faried continues to start if Millsap's wrist keeps him out, but after this one, he's going to be very hard to trust. He's only worth a DFS punt at this point, and even that move backfired tonight. Monday, 9:46 pm
  • Danny Green scores 14 vs. Hawks
    Danny Green hit just 5-of-16 shots, but also hit 4-of-8 3-pointers for 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and a block in 30 minutes of Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Green has been bouncing all over waiver wires again this season, but is kind of hot right now, averaging 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 3-pointers over his last three games. He didn't shoot it well tonight, but he's getting it going again. His ability to hit threes, steal the ball and block shots makes him worth owning, despite the headaches that usually come with owning him. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) won't return Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) won't return on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He lasted just seven minutes, finishing scoreless with three missed shots and an assist. Babbitt did have 2.6 treys per game in his previous five outings, but his role should trend down with the Hawks getting some bodies back. Monday, 7:06 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless scores five in return
    Jerryd Bayless returned from a three-game absence with a wrist injury and came off the bench for five points and two rebounds in 16 minutes.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell has been playing well as the backup point guard in Philly and it's possible Bayless has lost his job. He's not worth owning at this point, but just keep an eye on the situation to see who's getting the backup point guard minutes. McConnell played 34 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots for eight points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal tonight. Monday, 6:49 pm
  • Kenneth Faried starting vs. the Kings
    Kenneth Faried will start on Monday vs. the Kings in place of Paul Millsap (wrist).

    Advice: Wilson Chandler (back) remains a game-time decision. X-rays taken on Millsap's wrist came back negative, and while we don't know how long he'll be out, it looks like Faried will the primary beneficiary in fantasy for as long as Millsap is sidelined. Monday, 5:39 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) is available Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) will play on Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He hasn't missed any time since leaving a game early on Nov. 15, but the Hawks might list him as probable for the next month like they did with Marco Belinelli. He's a 3-point specialist with 2.6 treys over his last five games, but he's a one-trick pony in fantasy. Monday, 4:31 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Trevor Booker said his sprained left ankle is "not too bad," but he was non-committal regarding his status for Wednesday's game in Cleveland.

    Advice: Booker said he initially suffered the ankle injury last Friday vs. Utah, and then aggravated the injury shortly into Sunday's game against the Warriors, which forced him to watch the rest of the game from the sidelines. We'll have a better idea on his status based on his activity level at practices leading up to Wednesday's tip, but if he is unable to give it a go, Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller would see an uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:28 pm
  • Teletovic (left knee soreness) out Monday
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) will miss his sixth straight game on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He doesn't have a timetable to return, but we'll likely get an update on his status early this week. Prior to the injury, Teletovic was putting up 7.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 2.1 triples in just 15.9 minutes per game. Monday, 10:05 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available Monday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is available for Monday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This was the expectation after coach Brett Brown said he was good to go after practicing on Sunday. Bayless could have restrictions and T.J. McConnell has looked solid as the backup PG, so most fantasy owners can use a wait-and-see approach here. Monday, 8:41 am
  • Kenneth Faried logs nine bench minutes
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Sunday for two points and three rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic was ejected early and Paul Millsap (wrist) didn't play after halftime, but it was guys like Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles who benefited the most. That speaks volumes about Faried's lack of fantasy appeal in Denver. Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney sticks in Bulls' rotation
    Antonio Blakeney had seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said after Wednesday's game that Blakeney had earned a spot in the rotation "for now," but he's still just a deep-league option. The clock is ticking with Zach LaVine (knee) expected to start practicing this week. Sunday, 8:11 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts, plays 37 minutes
    Denzel Valentine started vs. Phoenix on Sunday, posting nine points, seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Bulls were coming off a win vs. Charlotte on Friday, but they fell in Phoenix tonight, 113-105. Zach LaVine (ACL surgery) is expected to begin full-contact practices this week, and his eventual return poses an obvious threat to guys like Valentine and Justin Holiday. That said, coach Fred Hoiberg praised Valentine's leadership before tonight's game, and he should maintain a solid role whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Sunday, 8:10 pm
  • Mike James gets 15 points, Ulis quiet Sunday
    Mike James came off the Suns' bench on Sunday for 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Starting PG Tyler Ulis had three points, four rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, and this continues to be a value-killing timeshare. Most fantasy owners will be better served looking for cheap PG help elsewhere, including waiver-wire guys like Spencer Dinwiddie or Kris Dunn. Sunday, 8:06 pm
  • Trevor Booker (ankle) doubtful to return
    Trevor Booker (sprained left ankle) is doubtful to return vs. the Warriors on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets aren't competitive in this game vs. the Warriors, so hopefully Booker's 'doubtful' tag is just a precaution. If he doesn't return, he'll finish scoreless with one rebound and one assist in nine minutes -- Quincy Acy, Jarrett Allen and Tyler Zeller will pick up the slack. Sunday, 4:29 pm
  • Jared Dudley (knee) out again vs. CHI Sunday
    Jared Dudley (knee) won't play vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Phoenix has no reason to rush their veteran forward back, but Dudley did initially say he hoped to return in 1-2 weeks -- that was 10 days ago. Until he returns, expect Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender to have an easier time playing consistent minutes. Sunday, 3:28 pm
  • Brandan Wright (right groin) out for Monday
    Brandan Wright (right groin) won't play vs. the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Wright didn't return after getting hurt on Saturday and it's no surprise to see him ruled out early for Monday, since groin injuries can take a while to fully heal. Deyonta Davis figures to be the main beneficiary until Wright returns, but he's not a great fantasy option while Marc Gasol is healthy. Sunday, 2:57 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) probable for Monday
    Luke Babbitt (back) is being listed as probable for Monday's game against the Spurs.

    Advice: Babbitt is the new guy in Atlanta who has been getting hit with the probable tag as of late, and yes, he has not missed a single game. He'll be out there, but his minutes are starting to trend down with Ersan Ilyasova healthy. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) remains questionable
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is still listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown is expecting him to play and it's a good sign that Bayless was able to participate in Sunday's practice. If Bayless is able to play, that would eat into the minutes of guys like J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He's more of a deep-league fantasy asset and could be limited on Monday. Sunday, 10:59 am
  • Kosta Koufos scores four points
    Kosta Koufos scored four points with seven rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Willie Cauley-Stein said he likes to play next to Koufos, so maybe he can find a regular role. Still, there's very little upside here. Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores season-high 22 points
    Wes Matthews scored a season-high 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: His eight dimes were also a season high, and that has been a trend this month with 3.8 per game -- he averaged a career-high 2.9 per game last season. Matthews is still ice cold inside the arc and his steals are down to just 0.9 in November. He's still getting a good amount of shots and chances are you weren't counting on him for FG%, so he should be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back) starts vs. Celts Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (back) started on Saturday and had 11 points, two boards, two assists and one steal in 25 minutes, making 4-of-12 shots with three 3-pointers.

    Advice: Babbitt played just 11 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, but he earned another start tonight despite the return of DeAndre Bembry (wrist). Tyler Cavanaugh played 15 minutes off the bench but Ersan Ilyasova was apparently a DNP-CD, which bodes well for Babbitt. He's still just a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Saturday, 7:41 pm
  • Brandan Wright (right groin) will not return
    Brandan Wright (right groin) will not return on Saturday night.

    Advice: The team ruled him out at half after Wright departed tonight's game with 8:26 left in the second quarter. He was playing well as Marc Gasol's backup and he was even seeing minutes at power forward, so this could be a tough one to overcome for the Grizzlies' second unit. If he needs to miss time, Deyonta Davis could move into the rotation or the Grizzlies could go smaller more often. Saturday, 6:16 pm
  • Luke Babbitt in the starting lineup
    Luke Babbitt (back) will start against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and apparently everything went well for him. Babbitt has a lot of competition for his minutes now, so he will have to play well to keep his starting role. Saturday, 4:20 pm
  • Luke Babbitt likely to start on Saturday
    If Luke Babbitt (back) is OK after warmups, he will be in the starting lineup against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's still a game-time call, but he is on track to play. Babbitt would be starting next to Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Taurean Prince and Dewayne Dedmon. With guys like DeAndre Bembry back, we may see Ersan Ilyasova and Babbitt start to see their minutes fade. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) out Sat
    Mirza Teletovic (left knee soreness) will not play Saturday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This will be the fifth straight game Teletovic has missed. The Bucks return home on Monday to host the Wizards. We should have an update on Teletovic's status early next week. Starter Khris Middleton, who has played over 38 minutes in each of Milwaukee's last four games, will continue to log heavy minutes in his absence. Saturday, 9:14 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) ruled out Saturday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Warriors and is listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: The questionable tag for Monday is a good sign, as it confirms that Bayless is moving in the right direction. He will eat into the minutes of J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot upon his return. Saturday, 8:41 am
  • Trevor Booker plays well in start
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 11:17 pm
  • Kosta Koufos plays team-high 33 minutes
    Kosta Koufos scored 10 points with seven rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played great next to Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit to keep the Blazers to 82 points. It may be tough for Koufos to see run every night, but getting a win when he played a team-high 33 minutes should help his case. We'll see if he plays in the back-to-back set on Saturday. It's really hard to add him with how often coach Dave Joerger changes his rotation. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Denzel Valentine scores 18 points in start
    Denzel Valentine started on Friday vs. the Hornets and scored a season-high 18 points with six assists, five rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, there's a good chance Valentine sticks in the first unit. The second-year wing hit 7-of-15 shots and was running the offense quite a bit, helping the Bulls record their third win of the season. Valentine could take a hit when Zach LaVine (knee) returns, but that's not until mid-December and the Bulls need offensive weapons right now. With an awesome matchup coming up against the Suns on Sunday, Valentine is on the radar as a pickup. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Danny Green hits five triples in home win
    Danny Green ended up with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots across 35 minutes in Friday's 104-101 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Green hit 5-of-13 from behind the arc, and he has posted eight 3-pointers over his past two outings. He hasn't hit double digits in points in three consecutive outings at any point this season, but he'll look to change that in Monday's visit from the Hawks. He continues to help fantasy owners in the 3-pointers category, as well as steals and blocked shots. Friday, 8:55 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Friday, 3:42 pm
  • Denzel Valentine will start vs. Hornets
    Denzel Valentine will start against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: The Bulls are ranked dead last in offensive rating with their 92.9 offensive rating, so they need some changes. Valentine started the second half on Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so he may have a chance to see minutes in the 30s. He hasn't exactly played well, but maybe the new role gets him going. Paul Zipser may not be in the rotation today. Friday, 3:20 pm
  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala are questionable
    Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday. Friday, 1:50 pm
  • Mike James scores three points in loss
    Mike James made 1-of-13 from the field for three points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: The move to the bench is not going well with this dud and the 2-of-10 on Monday. James is getting the usage in limited minutes off the bench, but it's a little concerning that the Suns are likely going to be playing Devin Booker more at the one. James is trending down and he may need to turn it around before his roster decision comes on Dec. 6. Thursday, 10:07 pm
  • Hoiberg likes keeping Valentine in 2nd unit
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't given Denzel Valentine a chance in the starting lineup because he likes what he brings to the second unit.

    Advice: "We need a playmaker and scorer in that second unit,’’ Hoiberg said. "Denzel has done a nice job in that role.’’ Valentine is usually on the floor for the end of games which is more important anyways, but the Bulls did turn to him in the third quarter of Wednesday's game when he replaced Jerian Grant in the first unit. However, Justin Holiday (personal) wasn't with the team, so Valentine will likely stick in the second unit for the time being where he's been a low-end fantasy asset. Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Jerian Grant comes off bench after halftime
    Jerian Grant came off the bench after halftime on Wednesday, finishing with six points, three rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: The Bulls set a franchise-low with seven points in the first quarter, shooting a combined 2-of-16 from the field, and they trailed by 24 points at halftime. Fred Hoiberg's decision to shake up the lineup paid off to some extent, as Chicago cut into the deficit, but they were never really in this game. Grant hasn't been a reliable option at any point this season, and that's not about to change with Kris Dunn healthy and Antonio Blakeney suddenly in the mix. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney in CHI rotation 'for now'
    Antonio Blakeney played 26 minutes off Chicago's bench on Wednesday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: "Blakeney showed some real signs," coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game. "He can get to the basket ... He really went out there and showed that he can stay in the rotation for now." It's important to remember the "for now" part of that quote, which likely alludes to the fact that Justin Holiday (personal) was out tonight, and Zach LaVine (knee) could start taking contact in the next few weeks. There's no reason to move on Blakeney in almost any league. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 2nd half on Wednesday
    Denzel Valentine replaced Jerian Grant to start the third quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 92-79 loss with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Valentine was the only Bulls player in rhythm in the first half, and he provided some much-needed shooting for the first unit, finishing 5-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. Justin Holiday (personal) is day-to-day and could return on Friday, so this doesn't really move the needle for Valentine, fantasy-wise. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 3Q for Jerian Grant
    Denzel Valentine is starting the third quarter over Jerian Grant on Wednesday.

    Advice: Something had to change and it'll be Valentine coming in for Grant. Kris Dunn didn't exactly play well, but the Bulls were down 24 at half because they only scored seven points in the first quarter. Valentine hasn't busted out yet, but he should have some opportunity to make noise. He's worth a look if you need a wing. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return
    Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyler Cavanaugh started the second half for the injured Babbitt. He went to the locker room in the first half, but he did return to action after that. Babbitt did check back into the game, but apparently he didn't feel well enough to continue. With him out, the Hawks may have to play Kent Bazemore at the four more, up Ersan Ilyasova's minutes, or shift John Collins over to power forward more often. Wednesday, 5:50 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play vs. LAL
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The team announced he had swelling in his wrist a week ago, so he's likely going to be sitting out based on his problems with his wrist in the past. With him out, it's been Robert Covington, J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot getting some extra chances. Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Danny Green back on Tuesday, sort of
    Danny Green returned from his hamstring injury and played 27 minutes on Tuesday, but the results weren't great. He hit just 2-of-6 shots, missed all of his 3-pointers, and finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Green has shown signs of returning to form this season, but it looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride. In his last two games, he's hit 4-of-13 shots to average 4.5 points and zero 3-pointers, but in the two before that, he hit 14-of-25 shots and six 3-pointers to average 19 points. He's always going to be a cheap source of 3-pointers, steals and blocks, at least on most nights, but his ability to disappear into Gregg Popovich's magic hat make him a tough player to rely on. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start at center on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker will replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Booker had missed four straight due to back soreness before returning Saturday vs. Utah. This will be his first start of the season. Booker did start 43 games in 2016-17 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per start. He's worth consideration as an inexpensive dart throw in DFS tournaments on Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said that Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This was expected after Green practiced on Monday. With Green returning to the starting lineup, Bryn Forbes heads back to the bench. Brandon Paul will also see his minutes scaled back on Tuesday. Green is averaging 11.1 minutes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season. Tuesday, 10:23 am
  • Mike James scores just five points
    Mike James made 2-of-10 from the field for five points with one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer in just 17 minutes against the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Suns really struggled with their second unit today, and coach Jay Triano may have to stagger Devin Booker or T.J. Warren. Whatever the case, Tyler Ulis isn't exactly running away with the minutes, so James is still a hold in standard leagues. Although, the Suns going with a no-PG lineup down the stretch is something to watch. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Luke Babbitt hit four more 3-pointers
    Luke Babbitt started again for the Hawks and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes of Monday's one-point loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Babbitt has been starting for a little more than a week now and is averaging 10.8 points 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in those five games. He's been up and down like a yo-yo, but is getting 31 minutes a night, shooting the ball well and knocking down threes. He's worth a look in standard leagues as long as he's starting for the Hawks. Monday, 7:23 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless out Monday, doubtful Wednesday
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's also considered doubtful for Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers and doesn't have a timetable to return. T.J. McConnell will continue to see a bump in minutes in Bayless' absence and is averaging 6.4 points, 6.4 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steals over his last five games. Monday, 11:03 am
  • Danny Green (hamstring) hopeful for Tuesday
    Danny Green is hopeful to play on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Green was "rested" on Saturday vs. the Bulls, but he later revealed that he has a tight hamstring. He downplayed the injury and was a full participant at Monday's light practice, but expect another update on Tuesday morning after shootaround. If Green sits out again, Bryn Forbes would be worth a look as a short-term play after scoring 13 points in 34 minutes vs. Chicago. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Wes Matthews scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting
    Wes Matthews had a night to forget vs. OKC on Sunday, missing all nine of his shots to finish scoreless with four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: The veteran hasn't shot better than 39.3 percent since joining the Mavs in 2015-16, which accounts for the three worst shooting years in his nine-year career. If you can live with the rough FG%, however, he's holding onto top-100 value thanks to 3-pointers (2.5 per game), steals (1.2) and modest turnovers (1.8). Nov 12, 7:02 pm
  • Mike James scores nine points off bench
    Mike James scored nine points with three rebounds, five assists and three turnovers off the bench against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: There are a couple ways to look at this. How about a negative? The Suns have to decide before Dec. 6 if they want to convert James' two-way deal to a regular contract, so maybe they want to extend Ulis' role to see what it could be like without James. A positive? Maybe they want him to be an engine of the second unit because there are not many reliable scorers off the bench for the Suns. Whatever the case, James is still a hold in standard leagues. Just to be clear, James should have his two-way deal converted next month, but they would have to cut someone. Nov 11, 10:48 pm
  • Trevor Booker back in action Saturday
    Trevor Booker (back) returned to action Saturday at Utah, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Booker hit 5-of-10 from the field and did not see to have any ill effects of the back injury which forced him to the shelf. It helped him ease back into action by not having to face the disruptive Rudy Gobert (knee), too. He'll likely continue to log 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, and his return did not affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who still logged 31 minutes in the starting five. Nov 11, 10:18 pm
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