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  • Jared Sullinger returned to action on Wednesday January 18. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:30 am
  • Myles Turner scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Myles Turner made 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he didn't do much damage on the glass and only had one block, Turner was really good against DeMarcus Cousins on the defensive end. Turner had seen a sudden spike on the glass this month, averaging 10.3 boards per game in his previous January games -- he only had 6.5 in December. Turner has held steady as a second-round player in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Al Jefferson scores 20 points in win
    Al Jefferson scored a season-high 20 points with three rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 17 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was huge in the second half to help get the win. Jefferson said coach Nate McMillan challenged the Pacers' manhood at half. Jefferson is playing better with a 10-point game on Monday, but he's not really a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:55 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 25 in triple-double
    DeMarcus Cousins posted his first triple-double of the season during a brutal 106-100 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, scoring 25 points with 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, three blocks, nine turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a really, really bad loss for the Kings. They blew a 22-point lead in this game to put them on a three-game losing streak. Worse yet, Rudy Gay (Achilles) is expected to miss the rest of the season. In his minutes not next to Gay, Cousins has a whopping 39.9 usage rate and actually has better efficiency, too. The bad news is there is an 11.6 net rating differential with Boogie-Rudy lineups and lineups with Boogie and no Rudy. Cousins will have some massive stat lines, but he's more likely to be rested at times this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 22 points on 11-of-18 FGs
    Enes Kanter scored 22 points in 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-18 shots with nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He was a handful in the paint tonight, helping to keep the Thunder competitive through three quarters, but ultimately the Warriors just had too much firepower. Kanter gets an obvious boost while Steven Adams is going through the league's concussion protocol, but unfortunately this was OKC's final game of the week -- they get four days of rest before hosting the Jazz on Monday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Kosta Koufos gets the start vs. Pacers
    Kosta Koufos scored 11 points in a start with four rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings went big and it actually was working early with Koufos having a positive net rating in this game. Koufos could be asked to play more next to DeMarcus Cousins, but he'll likely be used situationally at best. He's only worth a look if you're desperate for a big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Aron Baynes (knee) looks fine vs. Hawks
    Aron Baynes' knee injury didn't limit him on Wednesday, as he came off the bench for 12 points (3-of-5 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs) with four rebounds and two assists in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons were back home after a five-game road trip, during which they went 2-3, and they came out of the gates red hot tonight with a 42-point first quarter. Baynes' knee injury is a non-issue, but his fantasy value is negligible while Andre Drummond is healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Andre Drummond (knee) grabs 17 rebounds
    Andre Drummond (knee) grabbed eight of his 17 rebounds on the offensive end on Wednesday, adding 13 points, two assists and one steal in just 23 minutes during a blowout home win.

    Advice: Drummond shot just 6-of-15 from the field and 1-of-6 from the line, without any blocks, so it wasn't all good news for fantasy owners. He now has 208 double-doubles since entering the NBA in 2012-13, more than any other player, and his 27 this year are good enough for a fifth-place tie with Hassan Whiteside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Dwight Howard quiet in blowout loss Wednesday
    Dwight Howard returned from a rest day on Wednesday, but he was quiet in a blowout loss with just four points, three boards, two assists and three blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Howard's return resulted in a more traditional lineup tonight, sending Tim Hardaway Jr. back to the second unit. The Hawks were destroyed in the first quarter, falling into a 24-point hole, and there was so much garbage time that no Hawks' starter played more than 27 minutes tonight. At least they'll be very well rested for Friday's home game vs. Chicago. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb, hand) escapes Wed
    Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) played 29 minutes on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points (9-of-17 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), 14 rebounds, four assists and one block.

    Advice: AD survived yet another injury scare tonight when he left to get X-rays on his left hand, but he quickly returned while wearing a splint on two fingers. He seems to be perpetually banged up, yet he's only missed three games this season. The risk of a shutdown is limited by the fact that New Orleans is just 1.5 games out of the playoff picture, and thus far Davis has paid off richly for his risk-taking owners. As a precaution, we'll add him to the injury report ahead of Friday's home game vs. Brooklyn. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo plays through bruised knee
    Bismack Biyombo played through a bruised knee to finish Wednesday's loss in New Orleans with four points, seven rebounds and no other stats in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Biyombo recently lost his starting center job to Nikola Vucevic, but even prior to the demotion he was a fantasy liability. He offers nothing beyond boards and blocks, and his awful FT shooting (49.6 percent) is destructive in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk vanishes in 13 minutes Wednesday
    Kelly Olynyk vanished on Wednesday with just four points, two rebounds and two assists in 13 minutes.

    Advice: He came in hot, averaging 20.5 points, 3.0 triples, 8.5 boards, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his previous two games, but he never got it going vs. smaller Knicks lineups tonight. He's not a bad player to own, but his owners should be prepared for more random duds. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:33 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn flops in 10 minutes as starter
    Kyle O'Quinn flopped as a starter vs. Boston on Wednesday, scoring just two points with one rebound in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (ankle) and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) were both out of commission tonight, but O'Quinn burned owners who deployed him for short-term value. Willy Hernangomez went off with 17 points and 11 boards off the bench tonight, and even Marshall Plumlee outplayed KOQ with five points, seven boards, three assists and two blocks. Noah is day-to-day and the 'hot hand' approach at the center spot makes O'Quinn too unreliable to own. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:23 pm
  • Roy Hibbert scores season-high 16 points
    Roy Hibbert scored a season-high 16 points during Wednesday's home win , hitting 7-of-8 field goals with six boards and two blocks in 22 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hibbert's highest-scoring game all season, topping a 15-point performance on Oct. 26, which says plenty about his lack of offensive appeal. He's not worth owning in the vast majority of leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:56 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starting, Tolliver to bench
    Kosta Koufos will start and Anthony Tolliver will come off the bench on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger is going with his older lineup, but it may be due to Ty Lawson (ankle) not playing. Leave Koufos on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 28 points vs. Wizards
    Marc Gasol scored 28 points against the Wizards on Wednesday during a 104-101 loss, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one block and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies aren't quite playing their best ball and are now down to the No. 7 seed. Gasol also hasn't played as well as he did in December with his January averages dropping in points, rebounds, blocks and treys. He gets two home favorable matchups over the weekend with the Kings on Friday and the Rockets on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Jared Sullinger plays 14 minutes in debut
    Jared Sullinger looked good during his season debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-10 shots to finish with eight points, three rebounds, and no other stats in 14 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors are going to be very cautious with Sullinger, as they were with DeMarre Carroll, and he'll be subject to limited minutes and occasional DNP-CDs until further notice. He should play both PF and backup C once he's up to speed, but most owners shouldn't stash him just yet. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:20 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas grabs 16 rebounds vs. PHI
    Jonas Valanciunas grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds on Wednesday, with six on the offensive glass, adding 10 points on 5-of-11 shooting in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Lucas Nogueira was out tonight due to a concussion and JV had his own scare when his head hit the court in the fourth quarter. He never left the game, however, so we're leaving him off the injury report unless a pessimistic update surfaces prior to Friday's road game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Anthony Davis returns to action vs. Magic
    Anthony Davis (left thumb, left hand sprain, right hip) returned to action on Wednesday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on his left hand and he should be OK. Hopefully, he can stay healthy for the rest of the game tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Dwight Howard back, Hardaway Jr. to bench
    Dwight Howard is back in the starting lineup to face the Pistons on Wednesday and Tim Hardaway Jr. will move to the bench.

    Advice: He should see his normal playing time, assuming he can avoid foul trouble against Andre Drummond. Even though Hardaway Jr. is coming off the bench, he's still a hold. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. Boston
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting five for Wednesday's game against the Celtics, with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, but with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) and Noah all on the sidelines Wednesday night, he's sure looking at a good amount of opportunity. He's someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:49 pm
  • Confirmed: Anthony Davis will play Wednesday
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) will play Wednesday vs. the Magic, as expected.

    Advice: Davis looked fine while going through his pregame routine, and there's been no discussion of a minutes restriction, so his owners can feel free to fire him up. Alvin Gentry may have had the quote of the year during his pregame interview, stating, "AD will play hurt. He's played hurt since the day he got here." Yup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Jon Leuer will not play on Wednesday night
    Jon Leuer (knee) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Pistons will hold him out for his fifth game. With Leuer and Kentavious-Caldwell Pope (shoulder) out, the Pistons will have to play Reggie Bullock, Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes more than usual. Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris also slightly benefit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:25 pm
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play at PHI
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: His knee injury has kept him to just two games in 2017. Luckily for the Raptors, they have Jared Sullinger (foot) back for limited minutes -- he's likely only going to play 10-15 minutes tonight. The Raptors will also likely go smaller tonight while Pascal Siakam could play 20 minutes. None of these guys mentioned are worth using in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:17 pm
  • Jared Sullinger will make season debut in PHI
    Jared Sullinger (foot) will make his season debut and play limited minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wow. This comes as a surprise after Sullinger was cleared for practice on Jan. 13. He's coming off a foot surgery and chances are his conditioning isn't 100 percent yet. Sullinger will likely have a minutes limit for the foreseeable future, so he's only worth a pickup in deeper leagues right now. His upside isn't the greatest. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: The 31-year-old center also needs an MRI. He has a sore left ankle and didn't go through shootaround. Noah has been surprisingly healthy lately, but he could miss additional time going forward given his track record. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn should get a bump in minutes and the same goes for Willy Hernangomez. If you need a big man, KOQ is worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:03 pm
  • Roy Hibbert likely back in rotation?
    Roy Hibbert was a DNP-CD on Monday due to the matchup against the Celtics.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford said it had to do with the Celtics bigs taking jumpers. For now, it looks like he'll be playing on Wednesday against the Blazers, but obviously has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:52 pm
  • Darrell Arthur is doubtful to play
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is doubtful to play against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not play on Tuesday due to his oft-injured knee. With Wilson Chandler (personal) listed as out, there could be plenty of minutes going to Kenneth Faried and even Juan Hernangomez. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira will not play on Wednesday
    Lucas Nogueira (concussion) will not play on Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He had some blurred vision on Tuesday and is still in the concussion protocol. Nogueira's fantasy owners should probably just sit tight and hope he can return this weekend. With him out, Paskal Siakam is likely to start, but fantasy owners should steer clear. The Raptors could also go small to give more run to Norman Powell and Terrence Ross. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Robin Lopez working on 3-pointers?
    Robin Lopez said he's been working on his 3-pointers and it's not "game ready" yet.

    Advice: If Brook [Lopez] can do it, I definitely can," Lopez said. Robin has yet to make a 3-pointer in his entire NBA career with just five attempts. He's actually been very good on his shots from beyond 20 feet this season, making 55.0 percent of his 20 attempts. Lopez has only turned in 12th-round value on the season, so he's only a borderline hold. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • Taj Gibson scheduled to play on Friday night
    Taj Gibson (ankle) is scheduled to play on Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He did not practice on Wednesday, but the day off was planned before today. Before missing Monday, Gibson was coming in with some momentum with back-to-back 32-minute games on Saturday and Sunday, averaging 16.5 points and 12.0 boards in those games. Paul Zipser, Bobby Portis and Doug McDermott could lose some minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:43 am
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  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo took a nasty spill during Monday's game, but he played through it, and after resting up on Tuesday he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Biyombo hasn't been very good this season, owning meager averages of 6.1 points, 7.6 boards and 1.3 blocks per contest, so while his bones may very well be infused with liquid adamantium, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Kevin Love (back) questionable for Thursday
    Kevin Love (back) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Love didn't take any contact during Wednesday's practice, and with a matchup against the 13-28 Suns, the Cavs may want to play it safe with Love in order to have him 100 percent for Saturday's matchup with the Spurs. We should get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like he'll be headed for a game-time call. If he's out, Channing Frye would likely draw the start, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being asked to do a bit more on offense. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:40 am
  • Jon Leuer (knee) a game-time decision vs. ATL
    Jon Leuer (knee) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Hawks.

    Advice: Leuer did get in a full practice on Tuesday and participated during shootaround, and head coach Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that he could return to action tonight, so things are trending in a positive direction here. If Leuer does get back to the court, Tobias Harris will return to the bench and Stanley Johnson could lose some minutes. Check back closer to tip-off for an official update. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
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  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) says he'll play
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) said that he will play Wednesday vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Davis really likes going up against the Magic, in eight career outings against Orlando he owns impressive averages of 18.8 points, 13.4 boards, 1.4 dimes, 1.4 steals and a whopping 4.1 swats per contest, so he's on the radar as a potential DFS target. Just check back for official confirmation on his status closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 am
  • Aron Baynes (knee) good to go for Wednesday
    Aron Baynes (knee) is a go for Wednesday's game against Atlanta.

    Advice: Baynes did not practice on Tuesday, but he was never expected to miss Wednesday's game. He doesn't have much value with Andre Drummond (knee) healthy, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 am
  • Drummond, Baynes will play Wednesday vs. ATL
    Andre Drummond (knee) and Aron Baynes (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Drummond and Baynes both sat out Tuesday's practice with some knee soreness, but neither injury was ever believed to be serious, so there's no reason to anticipate any sort of minutes restrictions tonight. Feel free to get Drummond active for tonight's battle of the bigs with Dwight Howard. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) did not go through shootaround and he is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is also questionable to play, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would likely pick up most of the five-man minutes in New York. O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and as a starter this season he owns averages of 8.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's basically just a streamer if he gets the start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 am
  • Jon Leuer, KCP questionable for Wednesday
    Jon Leuer (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Leuer was able to practice on Tuesday, while KCP was not, so Leuer likely has a much better chance of returning to the court on Wednesday. If he is able to get back out there it'll be interesting to see if he's immediately re-inserted back into the starting five, or if Stan Van Gundy eases him back into things after spending four games on the sidelines. Either way, Stanley Johnson's minutes will likely take a slight hit with Leuer back in the fold. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:16 am
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  • Kenneth Faried hits 9-of-10 shots vs. Lakers
    Kenneth Faried hit 9-of-10 shots for 20 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's 127-121 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Faried has been all over the place for most of his career and even left this game to have his back looked at, but soon returned. He's starting and rolling right now, averaging 18.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals on an amazing 25-of-30 shooting over his last three games. More shots at the rim please! Faried has carved out a spot in the starting lineup going forward and even though he was helped by the absence of Darrell Arthur (knee) tonight, Faried looks like a must-start in all formats right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:06 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (back) returns to game
    Kenneth Faried (back) has returned to Tuesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He was considered questionable to return after leaving the game in the third quarter due to tightness in his lower back, but he appears to be fine out there. We'll have another update after the game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:24 pm
  • Robin Lopez has best game as Bull Tuesday
    Robin Lopez scored a season-high 21 points to go along with five rebounds and a block on 10-of-15 shooting in Tuesday's 99-98 loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Ro-Lo has been pretty quiet this season with the Bulls, but broke out of a funk tonight. Some more rebounds and blocks would have been nice, but owners will take this one. It probably helped that he was facing a Mavs' team starting ancient forward Dirk Nowitzki at center, so we'll have to see if Ro-Lo can do it again on Friday against Dwight Howard and the Hawks, which will be a tougher test. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Nogueira (blurred vision) done for night
    Lucas Nogueira (blurred vision) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He has blurred vision in his left eye and will be re-evaluated again after the game. He was also being evaluated for a concussion, but we should know more about that soon. Paskal Siakam started the second half and Jakop Poeltl could play a bit more as well. Bebe finished with three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes. There are no great speculative pickups here. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:50 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira (head) goes to locker room
    Lucas Nogueira was playing well Tuesday before taking a hard forearm to the face, which caused him to leave the game and head to the locker room.

    Advice: He is undergoing the concussion protocol in the locker room, so hopefully we'll know more very soon. He easily walked off under his own power and looked OK, but don't make any roster moves until we know more. He had three points (a trey) and two rebounds in seven minutes before heading for the locker room. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:00 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out Tuesday vs. BKN
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: This will be his third straight game on the sidelines, and his absence essentially ensures that Lucas Nogueira will get another start at the four-spot. Nogueira is worth owning as a shot blocking specialist in most leagues, while Patterson isn't worth a roster spot almost anywhere. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:50 pm
  • Gibson (ankle) out, Zipser likely to start
    Taj Gibson (sore left ankle) will miss Tuesday's matchup with the Mavs, and Paul Zipser is expected to get the start in his place.

    Advice: Zipser only saw 15 minutes of action in his previous start, so we wouldn't get too hyped up about him sticking in the starting five. Nikola Mirotic (illness) will be returning from a four-game absence today, and it'll likely be him and Doug McDermott splitting the majority of Gibson's minutes. Fred Hoiberg described Gibson's absence as precautionary and said it's unlikely that he'll need to undergo an MRI, so chances are he'll be able to return to the court for Friday's game in Atlanta. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:22 pm
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  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable vs. NO
    Bismack Biyombo (right knee bruise) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo had a really nasty fall on Monday, and while he played through it, it looks like the injury swelled up on him on the flight over to New Orleans. If Biyombo can't give it a go on Wednesday night, Nikola Vucevic would likely see his minutes rise to the high-30s, and Aaron Gordon may be able to spend some more time at the four-spot. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) questionable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Davis hit the ground hard on Monday, and given that he tends to be a slow healer, we feel he's probably a bit closer to doubtful for Wednesday's game. If he's out, Terrence Jones would likely move back into the starting five, and there would be more minutes available for Donatas Motiejunas, while Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans would be tasked with more offensive responsibilities. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:47 am
  • Aron Baynes (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Aron Baynes (knee) did not practice Tuesday but expected to be able to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Baynes injury appears to be minor, but if he does miss time Boban Marjanovic would be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play Tuesday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: This will be the third consecutive game Arthur has missed due to his latest knee pain. Kenneth Faried started and played a season-high 33 minutes on Monday. The Manimal will likely see extra minutes on Tuesday as well due to Arthur's absence. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:54 am
  • Jon Leuer (knee) practices on Tuesday
    Jon Leuer (bruised knee) practiced with the team on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leuer has missed each of the Pistons last four games, but is obviously close to a return. He is expected to be listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Atlanta. With Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) sidelined, Leuer may be in line to see additional minutes if he plays and is healthy enough to handle them when he returns. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:06 am
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  • Andre Drummond (knee) misses practice Tuesday
    Andre Drummond (knee sprain) did not practice with the team on Tuesday, but reportedly "will be fine."

    Advice: Drummond sprained his knee on Sunday, which caused him to leave the game for a brief period. However, he did return, finishing with 15 points and 17 rebounds in 32 minutes. It sounds like the absence from Tuesday's practice is purely precautionary, as Pistons beat writer Rod Beard tweeted that Drummond is "fine." Thus, we expect Drummond to suit up Wednesday vs. the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:05 am
  • Kelly Olynyk's aggressive play keys C's wins
    The Celtics have asked Kelly Olynyk to be aggressive and look for his shot more often.

    Advice: Olynyk had offseason surgery that kept him from participating in full basketball activities for the better part of six months. He is finally working his way back into optimal shape and has played well of late. He has scored at least 12 points in four of the Celtics last five games and has 41 points, 17 boards and six 3-pointers over his last two games. There is a chance he gets promoted to Boston's starting lineup, as coach Brad Stevens said, " I think he’s a good fit with Al (Horford)." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee): Tuesday status unknown
    The availability of Darrell Arthur (knee) for Tuesday’s game at the L.A. Lakers is unknown.

    Advice: Arthur missed his second consecutive game due to left knee soreness on Monday. He has missed a total of 10 games this season as a result of knee issues. "He only knows one speed," coach Mike Malone said. "When we (practice) hard he goes hardest. And his knee has a hard time withstanding that pounding. So I almost have to try to protect him from himself at times." Kenneth Faried played a season-high 33 minutes on Monday and would get a boost on Tuesday if Arthur is out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 am
  • Enes Kanter scores 12 points in loss
    Enes Kanter scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Kanter was expected to draw the start with Steven Adams (concussion) out, but the Thunder opted to go small with Jerami Grant. Kanter added five rebounds with one assist, one steal and one block, but only played 23 minutes in the blowout. The Thunder only play one more time this week and it's against the Warriors, so it's worth noting that Kanter only played three minutes in their first meeting this season. He's been on fire in January, so we'd hope the Thunder will actually use him this time around. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:42 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) won't miss additional time
    Kevin Love (back) said that he won't miss any additional time.

    Advice: He said his back tightened up on him at Sunday's practice and it flared up when he bumped into Zaza Pachulia in the second quarter. Love did not return to the game after halftime, but the Cavs were likely being cautious due to the lopsided score. Expect Love to play on Thursday vs. the Suns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk scores 15 off Boston bench
    Kelly Olynyk didn't replace Amir Johnson in the starting lineup on Monday, but did play through an ankle injury and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Olynk is playing well right now and appears to be on the cusp of starting for Boston. But even if he continues to come off the bench, he's averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 3-pointers while shooting 64 percent from the field in 26 minutes a game over his last five. He's a hot pickup in fantasy right now, even if he never does crack Boston's starting five. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:36 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) will not return Monday
    Kevin Love (back) will not return for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He is dealing with lower back soreness, but the lopsided score probably has a lot to do with their decision to hold him out -- the Warriors are up by 29 points at halftime. Kyle Korver started the second half in Love's place, but we should see more minutes from Channing Frye as well. Love finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:28 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores season-high 15 points
    Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 pm
  • Faried scores 20 points in season-high 33 min
    Kenneth Faried started at power forward in Denver's win over the Magic and finished with 20 points (on 10-of-12 shooting), five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in a season-high 33 minutes.

    Advice: Faried replaced Wilson Chandler in the starting lineup on Monday and rewarded coach Mike Malone's decision. It's just the third time this season Faried has cracked the 20-point plateau, and the first time he's played more than 30 minutes. Darrell Arthur (knee) didn't play, which opened up some extra time for Faried. It was Faried's first start since December 12th, so it will be interesting to see if Malone decides to go back to Chandler or stick with The Manimal in Denver's next game on Tuesday vs. the Lakers Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:59 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18 w/ four blocks
    Myles Turner scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, four blocks and one assist in Monday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Turner held his own against Anthony Davis and turned in one of the best lines of the night so far, but he did shoot just 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line. Turner was shooting 80.9 percent from the line prior to Monday, so cut him some slack this time around. This was Turner's third game of the season with 18+ points, 12+ rebounds and 4+ blocks, second to only Anthony Davis (6) and Hassan Whiteside (5). Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Anthony Davis (hip, thumb) doubtful to return
    Anthony Davis (right hip, left thumb) is doubtful to return to Monday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: The good news here is that the X-rays taken on his thumb and hip both came back negative, so it appears AD has avoided a serious injury. He was barely able to walk to the locker room, so it would be quite shocking to see him return to the game today. He'll end his evening with 16 points, three rebounds and three assists. Terrence Jones is going to be the primary beneficiary if Davis is forced to miss any additional time, so he's a solid pickup in any setting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:12 pm
  • Olynyk, Bradley will play Monday vs. Hornets
    Kelly Olynyk (ankle) and Avery Bradley (Achilles) will play Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Olynyk got tripped up by a ball boy during Sunday's practice and rolled his ankle, but luckily the ankle tweak won't force him to spend any time on the sidelines. Bradley is likely going to start tonight, which will send Marcus Smart back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis (back) heads to the locker room
    Anthony Davis (tailbone) is headed to the locker room.

    Advice: Davis tried to posterize Myles Turner on a dunk attempt, but Turner did not let that happen, and Davis hit the floor hard. He was writhing in pain on the ground for roughly a minute, and while he stayed in the game to knock down his free throws, he went straight back to the locker room after knocking them down. Davis was barely able to walk on his way back to the locker room, so it seems unlikely he'll be able to return to this one. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:38 pm
  • Faried starting, Chandler headed to the bench
    Kenneth Faried will move into the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Magic, sending Wilson Chandler to the bench.

    Advice: This move is likely a matchup-based decision with Orlando going with a more traditional frontcourt, so Chandler could be back in the starting five as soon as Tuesday's game against the Lakers. In 15 starts this season, Faried owns averages of 9.8 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 steal and 1.1 blocks per contest in 22.5 minutes, so him running with the first unit won't result in a major uptick in value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:28 pm
  • Enes Kanter listed as probable starter Monday
    Enes Kanter is being listed as the probable starter for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: This report is coming from the game notes, which are notoriously unreliable, but with Steven Adams (concussion) set to sit this one out Kanter moving into the starting five does make sense. Even if Kanter doesn't start, he's sure to see a solid uptick in minutes, and per-36-minutes this season he owns averages of 24.2 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks per game. He's in for a big night sans Adams and makes for an intriguing DFS target.Daily Slant: Kanter is going to be an across-the-board play tonight as his minutes should trend closer to 33-35 as opposed to the 25-30 we're typically accustomed to seeing from him. We may not see him perform at his typical 1.14 FP per minute mark - he'll be seeing more court time with the starters - but he's the only offensive threat the Thunder have in the front-court. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:14 pm
  • Joakim Noah scores seven points in loss
    Joakim Noah scored seven points with 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: This comes on the second half of a back-to-back set, which is way more playing time than he's played previously with 21.8 minutes per game on no rest. Noah will likely see a dip in playing time at some point for a number of reasons, so he's only worth a look in 14-team leagues with his recent solid play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:06 pm
  • Dwight Howard is resting Monday vs. NYK
    Dwight Howard is resting Monday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Howard logged 32 minutes against the Bucks on Sunday night, so the Hawks are going to give him the day off since the Knicks don't have the most imposing frontcourt with Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out. Paul Millsap will slide over to center and is a strong DFS play, while Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:47 am
  • Andre Drummond hits rare 3-pointer Sunday
    Andre Drummond briefly exited Sunday's game with a right leg injury, but he returned to finish with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond appeared to injure the knee or lower part of his right leg, but he was no worse the wear after returning and we'll leave him off the injury report. He wasn't very efficient tonight, hitting 6-of-17 FGs and 2-of-5 FTs, but he managed to sink a 3-pointer for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores season-high 29 points
    Enes Kanter scored a season-high 29 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Sunday’s 122-118 victory over the Kings.

    Advice: Kanter recorded his 12th double-double of the season tonight and his fourth in the last six games. He finished one rebound short of tying his season-high. Steven Adams (head) left tonight’s game after hitting his head on the floor and was being evaluated for a concussion. If he misses any time, Kanter will see a boost. He faces the Clippers on Monday, a team he is averaging 23.3 minutes, 14 points, 10.3 rebounds, and one steal against this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles vs. Thunder
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 8-of-20 shots for 31 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The big man has shown his passing abilities more often this season, averaging a career-high 4.1 assists per game. He has dished out at least five dimes in 10 of his last 11 games and has flirted with a triple-double several times during that stretch. Tonight’s double-double, marked his fifth consecutive one. Fantasy owners should be content with his production this season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:05 pm
  • Robin Lopez logs 37 minutes vs. Grizzlies
    Robin Lopez had another strong game on Sunday with 12 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Lopez helped his team earn a tough 108-104 win in Memphis. The Bulls scored a season-low 14 points in the first quarter tonight, but they recovered with a season-high 38 points in the second quarter. The Jekyll and Hyde performance didn't continue in the second half, during which they scored 56 points, and the Bulls' win leaves them just ahead of Charlotte for the No. 8 seed. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:05 pm
  • Andre Drummond exits w/ right leg injury
    Andre Drummond exited Sunday's game with an apparent right leg/knee injury, but he has since returned to the Pistons' bench.

    Advice: Drummond exited early in the third quarter and had a limp as he walked into the locker room, so we'll consider him questionable to return. Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic would gain the most if Drummond misses any time. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:03 pm
  • Jon Leuer will not play Sunday vs. Lakers
    Jon Leuer (knee) won't play vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: Leuer was listed as doubtful and this shouldn't come as a surprise to any owners. Aron Baynes, Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will continue to pick up the slack until Leuer gets back on the court. Consider him questionable to return vs. the Hawks on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:21 pm
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  • Jonas Valanciunas double-doubles in 28 mins
    Jonas Valanciunas double-doubled in his 28 minutes of action during Sunday's 116-101 blowout victory over the Knicks, tallying 12 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: Ever since head coach Dwane Casey challenged Valanciunas to earn his minutes by dominating his matchup, JV has been a double-double machine owning averages of 14.0 points, 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 block and just 1.2 turnovers per contest on 53.1 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in standard 9-cat leagues. After the game, Casey said that there are "no excuses" for Valanciunas to not "dominate" the boards, and he's been pleased with JV's performance as of late. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:54 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) out Monday vs. Magic
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: It's always something with this guy, and Monday will mark his second straight game on the sidelines. Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will likely split his limited minutes, which doesn't mean all that much. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:48 am
  • Jon Leuer (knee) doubtful Sunday vs. Lakers
    Jon Leuer (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Leuer was able a limited participant during shootaround, and while he's hopeful that he'll be able to give it a go, we're not all that optimistic. Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Bullock will draw the start if Leuer can't give it a go, so it'll be interesting to see if Tobias Harris sticks in the starting five. For now, we're going to consider Leuer questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:23 am
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  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk rolled his right ankle when he was tripped up by a ball boy while going through some shooting drills on Sunday, and he was unable to participate in the remainder of the practice.

    Advice: At the moment, It's unclear how severe this ankle injury is, but for now we'll have to consider Olynyk questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. If he's out, his playing time will be divvied up between Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:19 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:57 am
  • Jared Sullinger won't set a return date
    Jared Sullinger (foot) said he won't set a return date despite being cleared for practice.

    Advice: "My main focus is just trying to get my legs back under me," Sullinger said. "I feel like everybody else is in tip-top shape and I’m just lagging. I can’t keep up with [Jakob Poeltl] off the dribble, so, I got a lot of work to do." He added that he has "no lungs" right now, so it's going to take him a while to get into shape. Sully is going to be limited right out of the gate, so he's more of a stash in deeper leagues for now. He will eventually be the starting power forward. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:19 am
  • Bismack Biyombo plays 15 minutes vs. Jazz
    Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores six points with 10 boards
    Robin Lopez played 27 minutes with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls absolutely dominated on the glass. Lopez had nine of the 21 offensive boards and the Bulls had a 21-board advantage overall. We've seen Ro-Lo lose some late minutes to Cris Felicio and that happened again, but this was a very encouraging game. He gets another great matchup for minutes against the Grizzles on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Taj Gibson plays great vs. Pelicans
    Taj Gibson played 32 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday with 15 points, 16 rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: With Nikola Mirotic (illness) out and the Bulls having a lead, Gibson got all he could eat in this game. He also did attempt two threes, which he missed, of course. Gibson should have a big opportunity again on Sunday with Mirotic out and going against a big team in the Grizzlies. He's a low-end big in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:29 pm
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  • Anthony Davis scores 36 points in return
    Anthony Davis scored 36 points in his return to the lineup during a 107-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding 14 rebounds, two assists, one steal and three blocks in 39 minutes.

    Advice: After missing one game due to a hip contusion, Davis had some protective padding in this game. After maybe some rust early, Davis went off in the second half with 23 points and nine boards in 21 minutes. He gets a great matchup in Indiana on Monday afternoon. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:27 pm
  • Anthony Davis will play, has no restriction
    Anthony Davis (hip) will play on Saturday and does not have a minutes restriction.

    Advice: He did some work on Friday and said there was a "high probability" he would play today, so he should be all set. Davis absolutely exploded before his hip injury in the third quarter on Tuesday, scoring 40 points with 18 boards in the partial game. He makes sense on a light DFS night. Meanwhile, we'll see who starts next to him, but Terrence Jones is still worth owning for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:36 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable for Sun
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Patterson returned to play two games earlier this week but was then forced to sit out Friday night, although coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. Lucas Nogueira started in place of Patterson on Friday, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Pascal Siakam or Norman Powell could also see increased minutes, based on matchups, if Patterson misses more time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Joakim Noah playing his best ball of season
    Joakim Noah has been hampered by a sore shoulder over the last 10 days, but is still playing his best basketball of the season.

    Advice: In the 11 games the Knicks have played since Christmas, Noah is averaging 11.1 rebounds and 8.0 points (on 57.4 percent shooting). And despite dealing with a nagging shoulder issue, Noah feels there is still plenty of room left for improvement. "I feel like I can still do better," Noah said. "I feel like there’s another level that I want to get to and have to keep pushing and getting better." Noah will likely see more minutes if Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) continues to miss time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:59 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins hands out 11 assists
    DeMarcus Cousins handed out a season-high 11 assists during a 120-108 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding 26 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings are not playing well again and are sitting in the No. 9 spot with the Pelicans and Nuggets only 0.5 games behind them. As for Cousins, his passing has been a trend lately, averaging 6.7 per game over his last seven. His scoring is slightly down with just 23.1 points per game in that span, but he'll be closer to 30 in no time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:58 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 19 rebounds in loss
    Andre Drummond scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with 19 rebounds, one assist and one steal vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He was held to single-digit points for just the second time in his last 12 games, but that's what happens when you go up against the Stifle Tower (Rudy Gobert). Look for him to bounce back in a dream matchup with the Lakers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Aron Baynes scores two points in start
    Aron Baynes started on Friday vs. the Jazz and scored two points on 1-of-3 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He had zero rebounds but somehow managed to block four shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was out and the Pistons started Baynes to match up with Utah's frontcourt, so he will likely return to the bench against the Lakers on Sunday regardless of KCP's status. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk gets hot, scores 26 points
    Kelly Olynyk was on fire against the Hawks on Friday, making 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He started the third quarter with coach Brad Stevens going with the hot hand after KO scored 18 in the first half. On top of that 100.0 effective field goal percentage, Olynyk's defense was very good on the low block to help Horford. Coach Brad Stevens lives on the hot hand, so Olynyk is going to be up and down. He's only worth an add if he was on your short list before this gem. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 20 points vs. MIN
    Enes Kanter played 30 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a wonderful spot for him with the Wolves running a lot of their action through their big man, so he wasn't going to be exploited on PNR. Kanter has actually seen a very consistent allotment of minutes with at least 28 in each of his last three. He's also been terrific in January, averaging 15.3 points, 9.3 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals in his previous games. This is probably close to his peak value on the year, but he's turning in mid-round value in his last 10. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Bebe blocks four shots in win
    Lucas Nogueira scored 10 points with nine rebounds, two assists and four blocks in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He has been great when teams attack him as a weak-side helper and with his 2.0 blocks per game in just 26.4 minutes per game over his last five. For what it's worth, the Nogueira and Jonas Valanciunas lineup didn't even work today in this blowout win with a -6.9 net rating in 12 minutes, and it's only a so-so +2.2 in their last 15 games -- used in seven games in that span. Bebe should still be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Valanciunas adds another double-double
    Jonas Valanciunas scored 14 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: It wasn't a dominating line, but Valanciunas defended well in the paint and his rebounding is a positive -- he had a game-high three offensive boards, as well. He also went to the line, which is another thing both coach Dwane Casey and general manager Masai Ujiri want to see. After a little lull, JV is trending up again. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Aron Baynes will start vs. the Jazz
    Aron Baynes will draw the start next to Andre Drummond on Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Many were expecting Stanley Johnson to start in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder), but it does make some sense to start Baynes to match up with Derrick Favors. Despite the starting label, Baynes is only worth a look in very deep leagues in the short term. Coach Stan Van Gundy said on Thursday that Boban Marjanovic will be his backup center going forward, so he should be in the rotation as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:57 pm
  • Roy Hibbert moves back to bench
    Roy Hibbert moved back to the bench on Friday with four points and one rebound in 10 minutes.

    Advice: Not that anyone used Hibbert for his start on Tuesday, but he looked pretty bad in this game. At least only two of his four fouls came against Joel Embiid -- the other two were against Sergio Rodriguez and Robert Covington. Hibbert won't have much value all season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Johnson
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Amir Johnson on Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk was rolling in the first half with 18 points and four treys, so coach Brad Stevens is going to go with the hot hand in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira getting the start at PF
    Lucas Nogueira is getting the start at power forward against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Going with Bebe against the NBA's fastest team is an interesting move, so we'll see how it works for the Raptors. He's made two previous starts at PF, averaging 6.5 points, 7.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals. He's worth owning in standard leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:13 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. He didn't exactly look right with 21 minutes and going scoreless on Tuesday. Against Trevor Booker at the four, the Raptors could be looking at Lucas Nogueira as the starter. They could also go with more small-ball lineups against the fastest team in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Anthony Davis has 'high probability' to play
    Anthony Davis (hip) said there is a "high probability" that he will play Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: "I feel better. I was able to do some movements today," Davis said. "Able to go through practice. Of course it wasn’t that much [in terms of strenuous activity], but I feel a lot better." Based on the quote, he's not all the way back and we still have to see how he feels tomorrow. If Davis does return, it'll be interesting to see if coach Alvin Gentry goes with more Terrence Jones, who should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:45 pm
  • Masai Ujiri talks about Jonas Valanciunas
    General manager Masai Ujri said the Raptors haven't noticed Jonas Valanciunas playing with the same "feistiness" in the last three weeks.

    Advice: Ujiri said Valanciunas has it in him and he's fine with how JV can have bad games. Coach Dwane Casey has also said he wants JV to dominate down low, so Ujiri and Casey are on the same page there. He's come off a big game with 18 points and 23 boards, so expect him to feast against a fast-paced Nets team tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:35 pm
  • Jared Sullinger cleared for practice
    Jared Sullinger (foot) has been cleared for practice.

    Advice: This is a huge step in his recovery. Sullinger is starting to get shots up and now it looks like he can take on more contact. The Raptors have essentially jettisoned Pascal Siakam in the rotation, so the starting spot is Sullinger's to lose once he can play in games. That said, there won't be much usage available for him, he doesn't block shots and his minutes will be managed for a long time, so he's only a pickup in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah dealing with a sore shoulder
    Joakim Noah is dealing with discomfort in his sore right shoulder.

    Advice: Noah has been wincing in pain on occasions during games and often has his shoulder wrapped in ice when he's on the bench. "He’s had it looked at," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "There’s just some little stuff in there. When he lifts his arm in one certain way he feels it catch." Asked about his shoulder, Noah said, "It’s fine." Although his offensive output has been frustratingly inconsistent, Noah is averaging 11.1 rebounds over the Knicks last 11 games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 am
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  • Joakim Noah double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Joakim Noah scored 12 points with 15 rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes on Thursday night against Chicago.

    Advice: Noah came out to play vs. his former team, finishing one rebound shy of tying his season high of 16 boards in a game. He is playing through a sore shoulder, but it did not appear to be affecting him in tonight’s matchup. His minutes are inconsistent, but Noah is a good source of rebounds and can help fantasy owners who are struggling in that category. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:59 pm
  • Kyle O’Quinn double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Kyle O’Quinn scores 12 points with 11 rebounds, four blocks and three assists in Thursday’s win over the Bulls.

    Advice: O’Quinn played just 16 minutes despite Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) being out, but he was still able to record his fifth double-double of the season and his second consecutive one. It is not surprising to see him be productive in limited time, as he has done it several times before. O’Quinn has some short-term fantasy appeal, if Porzingis misses any more games and on nights when Joakim Noah is resting. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Taj Gibson quiet in loss to Knicks
    Taj Gibson played just 25 minutes and had 12 points, nine rebounds and zero blocks in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: We were hoping for a little more with Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler out, but Fred Hoiberg rolled with his bench for most of the fourth quarter, as Gibson, Robin Lopez, and especially Michael Carter-Williams all saw their minutes limited tonight. Gibson is still worth owning as a low-end power forward option and is averaging 11.4 points and 8.2 rebounds over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:35 pm
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  • Kenneth Faried scores 15 points vs. Indiana
    Kenneth Faried scored 15 points with nine rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in just 16 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: All six of his makes were at the rim and his four offensive boards led to five points for him. Faried is in a bit of a position battle for Jusuf Nurkic for the backup five spot with Faried about a third of his minutes at the four today. He could be worth owning due to a trade possibly helping him out, but there will be several bad games with an unclear role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:34 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) will play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is available to play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He missed practice on Wednesday and it's unclear when he started getting sick. The Nuggets did post some pictures of Faried around town in London, so his illness doesn't sound too bad. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:41 am
  • Darrell Arthur will not play on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are somewhat healthy besides Arthur, so he wasn't a lock to be in the rotation anyway. Kenneth Faried could see some minutes at power forward tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) misses practice
    Patrick Patterson (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He still has minute restrictions, so this was likely a rest day. Patterson moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Boston, but failed to score in 21 minutes. Standard-league owners can do better and Patterson's outlook isn't great due to the eventual return of Jared Sullinger (foot). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:28 am
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) questionable Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is questionable for Thursday's game for the Pacers.

    Advice: Of course he is. Nikola Jokic is returning from an illness anyways, so Arthur will be irrelevant in most fantasy leagues with his move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) now expected to play
    Kenneth Faried (illness) is now expected to play on Thursday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He was originally considered questionable after missing Wednesday's practice. With Nikola Jokic returning from an illness, the Nuggets will have to decide whether Faried or Jusuf Nurkic gets the backup center minutes Thursday. However, Darrell Arthur (leg) and Wilson Chandler (illness) are questionable, so their absence could open up some more minutes. Faried is on the trading block and really needs a move in order to have value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:30 am
  • Bismack Biyombo logs 16 minutes off bench
    Bismack Biyombo came off Orlando's bench on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic offense wasn't a big issue tonight, but their usually stalwart defense wasn't up to the task in the 105-96 road loss (103.6 defensive rating). Biyombo has been a poor fantasy option all season, helping owners with boards and blocks, while dragging them down almost everywhere else. It doesn't matter much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Kevin Love scores 17 points in loss
    Kevin Love made 5-of-15 from the field for 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He gave everyone a quick scare when he went to the locker room due to a left leg injury. He was only in the locker room for about a minute before he went on a bike, which he does quite often. Love has shaken his durability concerns from earlier in his career, but there's always a chance he gets a night off on the road. The Cavs don't have a road game in a back-to-back until Jan. 29. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 19 with 13 boards
    Enes Kanter made 8-of-18 from the field for 19 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played really well and hit 30 minutes for just the third time this season and also had his third double-double in his last four. This was a terrific spot for him with how the Grizzlies go big as much as any team in the Western Conference. He'll be in a favorable spot once again on Friday against the Wolves. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Kevin Love returns to the game vs. Blazers
    Kevin Love returned to the game on Wednesday in the second quarter.

    Advice: He didn't go into the locker room for very long, so we're expecting him to be fine. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Kevin Love (left leg) to the locker room
    Kevin Love (left leg) went to the locker room at the end of the first quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stepped on Al-Farouq Aminu's foot and looked to grab his left calf. Love was down for about two minutes before he went to the bench for about 45 seconds. He didn't have much of a limp and returned from the locker room to ride a bike. This seems minor for now. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:09 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn double-doubles w/ full line Wed
    Kyle O'Quinn racked up 10 points, 15 rebounds and three assists for his fourth double-double of the season on Wednesday, despite playing just 24 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: KOQ had a double-double after just 11 minutes on the court, and he rounded out a big evening with two steals, two blocks and some impressive interior defense. It's hard to trust him as a fantasy asset, however, because he hasn't played 20+ minutes in consecutive games since Joakim Noah was out in early December. Let's see what he does on Thursday before burning a transaction on him. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah logs 20 minutes vs. Philly
    Joakim Noah finished Wednesday's game with seven points (3-of-6 FGs, 1-of-1 FTs), six rebounds, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 20 minutes of action.

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

    Advice: It is likely only because of Serge Ibaka (shoulder) not playing and the starting unit needing more offense with Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo actually gains value because he should play huge minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:56 pm
  • Report: DMC to sign massive extension w/ SAC
    DeMarcus Cousins reportedly intends to sign a massive extension with the Kings during the offseason.

    Advice: Kings management and Cousins have reportedly tossed around numbers, and the deal could be for as much as $207 million over a five-year period. To be clear, a deal won't be able to come to fruition until after July 1, 2017, and a lot could change between now and then, but the Kings front office has been adamant about their commitment to DMC as a franchise cornerstone ever since Vlade Divac took the reigns as GM. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Kenneth Faried (illness) questionable vs. IND
    Kenneth Faried (illness) did not participate during Wednesday's practice and he is being deemed questionable for Thursday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: If Faried is forced to the sidelines on Thursday, Jusuf Nurkic and Darrell Arthur will split most of his minutes, but with Nikola Jokic (illness) being listed as probable, Nurkic and Arthur aren't all that appealing in most leagues. Owners can expect to get another update on Faried's status following Thursday morning's shootaround. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:47 am
  • Andre Drummond blocks seven shots in loss
    Andre Drummond hit 4-of-5 shots and 1-of-6 free throws for nine points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a season-high seven blocks in Tuesday's 100-94 loss to the Kings.

    Advice: His previous season high was four blocks, so he nearly doubled that up tonight. He came in on fire, scoring 28 points with 14 rebounds in back-to-back games, and the seven swats helped make up for the lack of points tonight. He had also been shooting free throws pretty well in January, hitting 8-of-11 over his last four games, but couldn't get the freebies to drop tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 w/ four treys
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and helped the Kings snap a three-game losing streak with a 100-94 win over the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Boogie hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and 4-of-7 from the line, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and four triples. He only played 30 minutes because of foul trouble, but he dominated in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins promised that he will make an R&B album if he's voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star game, so let's make sure that happens. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira fills stat sheet in win
    Lucas Nogueira played 21 minutes and hit 3-of-4 shots for seven points, three rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Nogueira doesn't score much, but is averaging 4.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.8 blocks over his last five games. Maybe you can use him in a Roto league if you need blocks, but his lack of scoring makes him hard to roster in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas goes for 18 & 23 in win
    Jonas Valanciunas blew up for 18 points, a career-high 23 rebounds and two blocks in 28 minutes of Tuesday's 114-106 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: Despite hitting just 6-of-18 shots, this was possibly JV's best game of the season, as well as one of his better scoring nights. After a two-point dud on Jan. 3, Valanciunas has been playing much better, averaging 14.5 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks over his last four games. It's just too bad he can't play against Boston every night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk playing well for Celtics
    Backup center Kelly Olynyk hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and a block in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Oly also had 12 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday, as Tyler Zeller continues to sit with an illness. Olynyk is far from being a must-own player, but with Zeller missing four straight games, Olynyk is worth keeping a close eye on right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Dwight Howard double-doubles in easy win
    Dwight Howard double-doubled in Tuesday's easy win over the Nets, finishing with 14 points and 16 rebounds.

    Advice: He was a monster on the glass and seven of his rebounds were on the offensive end. Howard hit 6-of-9 from the field with one block, but cooled off from the free throw line where he knocked down just 2-of-8. Howard was shooting 70.0 percent from the line in his previous four games, so hopefully he can get back on track vs. the Celtics on Friday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Jon Leuer (right knee) will miss next 4 games
    Jon Leuer (right knee) will miss the next four games for the Pistons.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a bone bruise, but the earliest we will see him back on the court is on Jan. 18 vs. the Hawks. Outside of deeper leagues, Leuer's owners should evaluate other options. Tobias Harris will likely stick in the starting lineup for at least the next week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
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  • Patrick Patterson starting, Powell to bench
    Patrick Patterson is starting on Tuesday vs. Boston, sending Norman Powell to the bench.

    Advice: This is Patterson's first start of the season, but he's really just in there for his defense and floor spacing. As long as his shot is falling, Patterson is a low-end option in most formats. The PF position will be fluid from game to game until Jared Sullinger (foot) returns. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:26 pm
  • Roy Hibbert will start Tuesday vs. Houston
    Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockets, with Cody Zeller (illness) unavailable.

    Advice: The Hornets will go with a starting five of Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Hibbert for tonight's game, but Hibbert will likely split minutes with Spencer Hawes, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:17 pm
  • Jon Leuer (knee) ruled out for Tuesday
    Jon Leuer (right knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: We're still awaiting the results of Leuer's MRI, but he's still dealing with some fluid in his knee, so he could certainly spend a few more games on the sidelines. Tobias Harris should move back into the starting five tonight sans Leuer, with Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Kings have no plans to rest DeMarcus Cousins
    It appears the Kings have changed course and apparently do not intend to rest DeMarcus Cousins anytime soon.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger seemed to back away from the initial plan to rest DeMarcus Cousins. "Probably not," said Joerger when asked if resting Cousins was in the cards. DMC has played in all 37 games for Sacramento this season and is averaging a career-high 34.6 minutes. However, the Kings have reeled in minutes slightly of late, playing him less than 32 minutes in two of their last three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Enes Kanter scores 20 w/ 11 rebounds
    Enes Kanter scored 20 points with 11 rebounds in Monday's 109-94 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: He lit up the Bulls' frontcourt tonight, hitting 9-of-11 shots from the field with three assists and a steal in 28 minutes. Kanter is prone to duds just like we saw on Jan. 2 against the Bucks when he was held to two points, but he's been much more consistent lately and is averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds over his last four games. The Thunder will need his size against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, so he could be poised for another big game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn ejected for Flagrant 2 foul
    Kyle O'Quinn was ejected for a flagrant 2 foul on Monday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: He shoved Anthony Davis in the back during a layup attempt and injured the Pelicans star in the process. It was a dirty foul and the ejection was warranted. KOQ finished with two points, two rebounds and two blocks in 13 minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:14 pm
  • Jon Leuer (knee) has no structural damage
    Jon Leuer has no ligament or cartilage damage to his right knee according to coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: That's all we know at this point, but it sounds like Leuer is simply dealing with some soreness. Leuer has actually slowed down since his move to the first unit, so he's a borderline hold in standard leagues if we learn that he will miss time. Tobias Harris would likely move back into the first unit if that's the case, even though SVG said he likes him coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:52 am
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  • Joakim Noah says he's getting into a rhythm
    Joakim Noah said that he's finally finding his form in New York.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm playing better. I feel like I'm starting to get into a better rhythm," Noah said. "It's tough. This team is going through some adversity right now. This is when you find out who plays through it and who doesn't." Noah added that he feels healthy for the most part, but did say that his surgically-repaired shoulder is "always there." He's averaging 8.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 0.8 blocks over his last five games, but his ceiling isn't as high with Kristaps Porzingis healthy again. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 am
  • Andre Drummond w/ season-high 28 pts, 14 reb
    Andre Drummond piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks with just one turnover in 52 minutes of action vs. Portland on Sunday.

    Advice: Drummond made 13-of-20 shots during the Pistons' clutch double-OT victory, and he even went 2-of-3 at the FT line tonight. He played just 25 minutes in Detroit's previous game but that was due strictly to foul trouble. He's scored 20+ points just nine times this season but three of those games are in January, so his owners are certainly enjoying a happy new year. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:29 pm
  • Aron Baynes (ankle) plays six minutes Sunday
    Aron Baynes (ankle) returned to action on Sunday with two points and one rebound in six minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons got some unexpected rest when Saturday's game was postponed, but both team's schedules allowed for an immediate make-up date. Baynes barely saw the court tonight because Andre Drummond played a whopping 52 minutes in the double-OT win, and he faces a renewed challenge from Boban Marjanovic. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:24 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins picks up 11th tech vs. GSW
    DeMarcus Cousins struggled with foul trouble on Sunday and played only 29 minutes, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers.

    Advice: Cousins flipped out after getting his third personal foul and wound up drawing a technical -- his 11 techs trail only Russell Westbrook this season, and he's five away from a mandatory one-game suspension. Other than that, fantasy owners have no grounds for complaint with his elite production in recent week. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:52 pm
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