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  • Luke Babbitt (hip) ruled out for Friday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) were already ruled out, meaning Josh McRoberts will once again get the bulk of the PF minutes on Friday. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:56 am
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  • Nerlens Noel could debut on Saturday?
    76ers coach Brett Brown said Nerlens Noel could debut as early as Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: He is traveling with the team again as coach Brown wants him to integrate with the players and staff. His fantasy outlook is cloudy at best in Philly because he's not going to take away minutes from Joel Embiid, meaning he will have to fight for scraps with Jahlil Okafor off the bench. If you're stashing him, you simply have to hope he's traded to a better situation. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:52 am
  • Robert Covington available to play Thursday
    Robert Covington (knee, illness) is available to play on Thursday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Wow. He was previously ruled out for this contest and was said to be targeting a return on Dec. 11, so his knee must be responding well to treatment. This is Philly we're talking about, so Ro-Co will likely have restrictions on his minutes. Nik Stauskas, Hollis Thompson and even Dario Saric takes a hit with this report. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:29 am
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) says he will play
    Doug McDermott (concussion) said he will play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He's been practicing in the D-League to get his conditioning back up, but the Bulls will "watch him closely" even though he doesn't have a minutes limit. McDermott averaged 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest prior to the concussion, so he's not an add in standard leagues. His return could take a handful of minutes away from Denzel Valentine, Isaiah Canaan and maybe even Nikola Mirotic. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:12 am
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) ruled out Thursday
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play on Thursday vs. the Warriors.

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

    Advice: As expected, the probable tag was just a formality. Nuggets coach Michael Malone is contemplating a lineup change for Thursday and Jokic has a good chance of entering the starting five at the expense of Jusuf Nurkic. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:02 am
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) is probable for Thursday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) are probable for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: The probable tag is likely just a formality on the second night of a back-to-back set, as both players are fully expected to play. There's no word of any setbacks and Jokic is a candidate to start Thursday's game over Jusuf Nurkic after the Nuggets had a meltdown in Brooklyn Wednesday. His fantasy value is trending up and his owners can look forward to some more great lines after he finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:11 am
  • DeMarre Carroll's status for Thursday unclear
    DeMarre Carroll's (rest) status for Thursday's game vs. the Wolves is unclear.

    Advice: He's not cleared for both games of back-to-back sets at least until the new year, meaning he will either sit on Thursday vs. the Wolves or Friday vs. the Celtics. Norman Powell will likely draw the start when Carroll sits which puts him on the streaming and DFS radar. We may not know Carroll's status until an hour or so before tip-off. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:09 am
  • Kevin Durant goes 5-of-17, still fills it up
    Kevin Durant shot just 5-of-17 from the field on Wednesday, but he still finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was KD's worst shooting night with the Warriors, dropping his pristine True Shooting percentage (66.7) to second place behind Rudy Gobert (67.8). Keep in mind, Steve Kerr said the before the game that he'll "probably" rest some players during their busy five-game week. They play again on Thursday, followed by a back-to-back set on Saturday/Sunday, and it's likely that Kerr will stagger DNPs among his core rotation guys. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Draymond Green hits 8-of-10 shots, scores 22
    Draymond Green was terrific at both ends of the court on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-10 shots with three 3-pointers to score 22 points in a 115-98 win vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Green added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and just one turnover in 32 minutes of action, rounding out another subtly brilliant fantasy line. The victory moves the Warriors' record to 19-3, one full game ahead of the Spurs and 3.5 games up on the No. 3 seed Clippers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Blake Griffin shoots 5-of-20 in loss to GSW
    Blake Griffin had a rough night on Wednesday, going just 5-of-20 from the field for 12 points with nine boards, two assists, one steal and a season-high seven turnovers.

    Advice: Blake took some tough shots tonight, but all credit is due to Draymond Green and the Warriors' defense. He finished 3-of-13 on shots outside of nine feet, and was hardly better within five feet of the rim at just 2-of-7. The Clippers are slumping lately but they'll get a prime opportunity to bounce back vs. the visiting Pelicans on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Paul George scores 25 points vs. Suns
    Paul George scored 25 points during a 109-94 win over the Suns on Wednesday, adding 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers were really attacking during this game for a season-high 41 attempts from the line. George himself made 8-of-10 and after the game he said he wanted to put pressure on the refs to make the calls. He also had an interesting comment on the heels of a blowout loss with Klay Thompson's 60 points. "We're the opposite of the Warriors. We got drivers," George said on the Suns TV broadcast. Now that George is back and healthy, expect him to fill up the box score. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Alex Len fouls out yet again
    Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE
    Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes.

    Advice: In the past four games, including one start for injured Joakim Noah, O'Quinn is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, while hitting 22-of-31 field goals. His minutes are on the rise, which isn't a surprise given how poorly Noah (five points in 15 minutes) has played this season. There are never any guarantees with KOQ, but he's worth a speculative add if you need a big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggling with his shot
    Kristaps Porzingis had another rough shooting night on Wednesday, going 5-of-15 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: KP is now just 19-of-60 in his past four games (31.7 percent), but it's not a total loss for fantasy owners -- he's still averaging 13.0 points, 1.3 triples, 8.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in that span. This might be the closest thing to a 'buy low' window we've seen all season, even though it's just a temporary lull. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • DeAndre Liggins starts w/ J.R. Smith out
    DeAndre Liggins started Wednesday's road win in New York, which he finished with six points, two 3-pointers, two boards, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: J.R. Smith (knee) was out due to a knee injury he sustained on Monday, though X-rays were negative and he's considered day-to-day. Liggins' start was designed mostly to keep the Cavs' second unit intact, and he's not an appealing short-term option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 11 in loss
    Harrison Barnes turned it over a season-high six times against the Kings on Wednesday, making 5-of-16 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: When a player lives in the midrange, it's going to result in some rough nights. Barnes is one of only five players to average at least eight attempts from the midrange this season. He still only has four blocks and just 1.2 assists per game, so his fantasy upside isn't the greatest in standard leagues. Harry B has still been a top-80 player on the year, but he has a downward trend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Sam Dekker bounces back w/ all-around line
    Sam Dekker bounced back on Wednesday with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 23 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: The Rockets have won four straight games and Dekker's contributions are a subtle reason for their success. He's emerged as a favorite reserve of Mike D'Antoni's and if you ignore Monday's quiet game, he's averaging 12.5 points, 1.0 threes, 6.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his past four contests. He's a nice deep-league pickup and is even starting to gain traction in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Julius Randle scores season-high 21 points
    Julius Randle scored a season-high 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting vs. the Rockets, adding 10 rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Randle's 19 shot attempts were also a season high and he did his damage in just 29 minutes, taking advantage of the game's fast pace (107.7). He was in no mood to celebrate his personal accomplishments after the loss, saying, "I don’t know what we’re doing but we’re not being ourselves, we’re not playing the right way." L.A. will look to get back on track when they host the Suns on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Dwight Powell fills it up across the board
    Dwight Powell scored six points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a little disappointing for the DFS owners, but owners in standard leagues will take this all day. Powell is going to see a significant bump in minutes and should be around 30 per night while the Mavs are shorthanded. He's a strong pickup in most leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Larry Nance (knee) returns, plays 23 minutes
    Larry Nance (knee) came off the bench on Wednesday for two points, five boards, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Nance missed two games due to the ailment but it doesn't seem serious enough to linger, so owners should deploy him as usual. He'd be a must-own player if Julius Randle were to get hurt, and as things stand he's still a top-100 value with averages of 7.7 points (60.0 percent FGs, 75.0 percent FTs), 5.8 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 turnovers. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 19 points vs. Mavs
    Darren Collison scored 19 points with three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: After a slow start, Collison has been stringing games together. In his last five, he's averaged 13.8 points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 47.7 percent from the field. He's still getting some minutes next to Ty Lawson, so Collison should see plenty of run even when Lawson has a hot hand. Collison is a strong hold in all leagues with an upward trend. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets a DNP-CD
    Arron Afflalo moved to the bench and was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: OK then. Afflalo is only signed on a two-year deal, so the Kings may not view him as a piece going forward. He may get back in the rotation at some point, but his upside is very low. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubles in win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo triple-doubled again during a 115-107 win over the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring 15 points with 12 rebounds, 11 assists, two steals and four blocks.

    Advice: That's triple-double No. 2 on the season. While the points, assists and boards are cool for Russell Westbrook, Antetokounmpo has been absurd on the defensive stats with 2.2 blocks and 2.3 steals per game. Only David Robinson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Gerald Wallace have averaged 2.0 blocks and 2.0 steals in a season. Giannis' high dimes tonight also get him over the 6.0 per game threshold. He's currently the No. 3 player in standard leagues and isn't going anywhere for a long, long time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Nets
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) returned from a three-game absence against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He was outstanding tonight and protected the paint nicely after the Nuggets gave up 42 paint points in the first half. The Nuggets have clearly been better when Jokic is on the court these days. Over the last 10 games, Jokic has a team-high net rating of +9.1 (minimum of 25 total minutes). With coach Mike Malone getting furious about the defensive lapses, it may be time for Jokic to get consistent run in the starting lineup. He was trending up before the injury to his wrist and is trending up even more now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) available to play vs. BK
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: To be clear, available to play doesn't necessarily mean he takes the court, and he could be eased into things after spending the past three games on the sidelines, so he's not a must-start guy with 10 games being played tonight. If he does get out there, however, he'll take away minutes from Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:30 pm
  • Dwight Powell getting the big bump
    Dwight Powell is expected to see his playing time increase significantly with Andrew Bogut (knee) out of the lineup.

    Advice: "He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives." Powell is coming off a big 15-point game on Monday in 32 minutes. He is worth a pickup for anyone needing a big man right now.Daily Slant: On a night when spending up for superstars is a must, Dwight Powell provides DFS owners with a low-cost, high-upside option in tournaments. Even with Bogut in the lineup for parts of the last two games, Powell has averaged 30 minutes over those contests and figures to approach that number again tonight with DeMarcus Cousins being featured on the Sacramento side. The Kings are 22nd in rebounding differential this year, so Powell definitely has double-double upside at near minimum price. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:37 pm
  • Doug McDermott recalled on Wednesday
    The Bulls have recalled Doug McDermott, R.J. Hunter and Paul Zipser from the D-League.

    Advice: McDermott has been practicing with the D-League team to help him get up to speed. Assuming everything went well, he could play against the Spurs on Thursday. McBuckets is still only worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:25 pm
  • MIA may wait for Rudy Gay to hit free agency
    The Heat may wait to pursue Rudy Gay as an unrestricted free agent this summer rather than unloading assets to nab him this season.

    Advice: Miami is currently in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-14, so they may pursue a tanking avenue this season rather than try and bring in talent to start winning games. Gay has been linked to the Heat franchise for some time now, and he reportedly "loves Miami," but pursuing him as a free agent next offseason might make more sense than trading for him now. That doesn't mean that Gay doesn't get traded this season, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Larry Nance (knee) available to play vs. HOU
    Larry Nance (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He should resume his 20-minute reserve role, which will take away some minutes from Julius Randle. Nance has been a sneaky top-75 guy in 9-cat leagues this season with averages of 7.7 points, 5.8 boards, 1.2 steals and just 0.6 turnovers per game on 60.0 percent shooting from the field, so feel free to get him active. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:07 am
  • Nikola Jokic will be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be a game-time decision to face the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The good news for fantasy owners is that this game is in Brooklyn, so we should get word of his status before the games start tonight. The Nuggets have really leaned on Darrell Arthur to play some small-ball five while Jusuf Nurkic finally had a good game against Joel "The Process" Embiid on Monday. If Jokic is back, all the power forwards except for Wilson Chandler would take a hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 am
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) out Wednesday vs. Atlanta
    Luke Babbitt (strained right hip flexor) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Miami will again be without Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist), so Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should again dominate the offensive possessions with Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington also seeing some increased opportunity. Babbitt is not traveling with the team, so he'll miss Friday and Saturday's game as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 am
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  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) questionable Wednesday
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Head coach Michael Malone said that the Nuggets will be taking a cautious approach in bringing back Jokic, so if there's any doubt about the health of his wrist, he'll likely be spending Wednesday's game on the sidelines. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if he is able to return to the court tonight, Kenneth Faried's minutes will likely take a hit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 am
  • DeAndre Liggins will start Wednesday vs. NYK
    DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

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

    Advice: He briefly checked out of the game and went back to the locker room with an apparent finger injury (the same one he had surgery on), but we later learned that he simply had it re-taped. Hayward added five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two triples in the win, and he's now scored 22+ points in nine straight games. The Jazz will try to get their fourth straight win against the Warriors on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:55 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn scores 12 off the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench these days with Joakim Noah healthy again, but Noah picked up four fouls and only played 14 minutes which allowed KOQ to see 27 minutes of action. He made the most of his minutes and shot 6-of-8 from the field and did a respectable job against Hassan Whiteside, but he's going to be hard to trust while the Knicks are healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) could play Thurs?
    Doug McDermott (concussion) got in two full practices with Chicago's D-League affiliate, and he could return to action Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: McDermott is only averaging 10.6 points, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples per contest this season, so he's not worth owning in most leagues. Once he's fully up to speed, he'll likely take away some minutes from Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan, but that really doesn't mean all that much. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:23 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) out Tuesday vs. the Knicks
    Luke Babbitt (hip) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) will join Babbitt on the sidelines on Tuesday, leaving Miami with just nine healthy players for tonight's game. Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Hassan Whiteside will dominate the offensive possessions tonight, and guys like Derrick Williams and Rodney McGruder are viable punt play options in DFS. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:59 pm
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  • Larry Nance (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Larry Nance (knee) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Houston.

    Advice: Nance was a full participant during Tuesday's practice, and he was officially "available to play" on Monday, so he's probably much closer to probable for Wednesday's game. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but Nance's return to action will syphon away some minutes from Thomas Robinson and Julius Randle. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:48 pm
  • Larry Nance goes through light practice Tues
    Larry Nance (right knee contusion) was a full participant during Tuesday's light practice.

    Advice: Nance was available to play on Monday, but he didn't actually step foot on the court, although it sounds like there's a decent chance he gets back in the rotation for Wednesday's game in Houston. When Nance gets back, he'll take away some minutes from Julius Randle and Thomas Robinson could fall out of the rotation entirely. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:50 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores 23 in win over Lakers
    Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Paul George double-doubles in blowout loss
    Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday, but hit just 4-of-12 shots and didn't do much else.

    Advice: He did hit 13-of-13 free throws, but the Pacers were embarrassed by the Warriors after shocking the Clippers on Sunday. The fact PG played in both games and played pretty well in them is a great sign. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before returning on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:03 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 15 in 32 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 15 points with seven rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Powell has a huge opportunity in front of him to produce, as Andrew Bogut hyperextended his right knee in the first quarter and wasn't able to return. With Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely, that means Powell and Salah Mejri will have to hold down the fort if Bogut misses time. Powell added a block and shot 7-of-11 from the field and looks like the better pickup after Mejri logged just eight minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 29 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting in Monday's 109-101 loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Harry B was everywhere, racking up seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples while hitting all seven of his free throws. With the Mavs banged up and possibly tanking, Barnes should be the best fantasy asset in Dallas the rest of the way as the clear focal point of the offense. He's returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season with averages of 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer on 45.9 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Sam Dekker cools off on Monday
    Sam Dekker had five points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 2-of-5 shooting in just 18 minuets on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker was rolling, scoring a career-high 17 on Friday and hitting double figures in three straight games coming into this one. He looked much more like Sam Dekker tonight, and if you picked him up recently, it's not a bad idea to peruse the waiver wire tonight and see if there's a more consistent option out there. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:00 pm
  • Larry Nance is available, but may not play
    Larry Nance (right knee contusion) is available on Monday vs. the Jazz, but he may not play.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton said Nance is "ready to go if we need him," but Walton would prefer if the forward got some extra rest. In case it needs to be said, Nance doesn't belong in fantasy lineups Monday. Thomas Robinson will likely remain in the rotation Monday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:52 pm
  • Report: Nerlens Noel at least one week away
    Nerlens Noel is reportedly at least one week away from making his regular-season debut.

    Advice: Noel won't be traveling with the team to Memphis or New Orleans, and it sounds like he'll likely remain in Philly for Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Head coach Brett Brown wants Noel to take contact and get in some 1-on-1 work before he'll even consider bringing him into the rotation, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Playing in Philly’s crowded frontcourt is far from ideal, but there’s also a decent chance he gets traded into a better situation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:54 pm
  • Paul George, C.J. Miles good to go for Monday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will play Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: George returned from a three-game absence on Sunday and logged 34 minutes, while Miles got back from a six-game stint on the sidelines and was limited to 15 minutes. PG-13 will likely again be without a minutes limit tonight, while Miles should be able to get closer to the 20-minute mark. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:15 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Tuesday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He made it through a limited practice on Monday, so his injury may not be as bad as initially believed. James Johnson (shoulder) is the newest addition to the injury report and will not play, so Babbitt could see plenty of minutes if he's available. Even if he does play, he won't be a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:44 am
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  • McDermott (concussion) assigned to NBADL
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been assigned to the NBA D-League.

    Advice: It's simply the next step in his rehab after he was recently cleared for contact. It sounds like McBuckets could return within the week, but he's only a stash in deeper leagues if you're desperate for 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:46 am
  • Nerlens Noel not traveling with the 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) is not traveling with the 76ers to Memphis or New Orleans.

    Advice: He doesn't have a target date to return, but this at least rules him out until Dec. 11 against the Pistons. If you're stashing Noel, you basically have to hope he's traded out of Philly because the frontcourt is simply too crowded right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:27 am
  • Robert Covington will miss next three games
    Robert Covington (knee, illness) will miss the next three games for the 76ers.

    Advice: This means he will miss Monday's game vs. Denver and the two-game road trip against the Grizzlies and Pelicans. Based on this timetable, the earliest we would see Covington is on Dec. 11 against the Pistons, but that's not a lock either. Gerald Henderson and Nik Stauskas have been playing heavy minutes, while Hollis Thompson should be more involved as well. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:49 am
  • Robert Covington (knee) ruled out Monday
    Robert Covington (knee, illness) will not play Monday vs. the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:40 am
  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Clips lose despite Blake Griffin's 24 & 16
    The Clippers lost at home to the Pacers on Sunday, in spite of Blake Griffin's team-high 24 points, 16 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: L.A. coughed up a big early lead and Griffin was one of the only players who looked engaged on both ends tonight, as the Clippers committed 20 turnovers while getting out-scored in the paint 58-36. Blake drained 10-of-21 shots tonight and the Clippers' loss doesn't make his line any less appealing to fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:23 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets nine boards, four blocks
    Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Kristaps Porzingis posted 15 points, 14 rebounds, four blocks and two assists on Sunday, going 6-of-18 from the field with one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Porzingis could have had a monster line if he shot better from the field, but his fantasy owners can't complain with tonight's block-laden double-double. He's a second-round value in most fantasy formats, and has been averaging 34.2 minutes despite ranking third in the NBA in fouls per game. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:28 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

    Advice: George (ankle) and Miles (knee) are both returning from extended absences in a tough road matchup vs. the Clippers tonight. Assuming they both play reduced minutes, Glenn Robinson III should be the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:59 pm
  • Paul George (ankle), Miles playing on Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will both play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Larry Nance (knee) questionable for Monday
    Larry Nance (right knee contusion) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Nance missed Saturday's showdown in Memphis, which resulted in Julius Randle, Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram logging heavy minutes, and it'll be more of the same if Nance can't give it a go Monday night. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:43 am
  • Malone says DEN is being cautious w/ Jokic
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the team is being cautious with Nikola Jokic (wrist).

    Advice: "Talking to Nikola, he wants to play right when he can catch the ball," Malone said. "I think we’ll probably be a little more cautious than that on this road trip, maybe get it looked at again just to kind of see where it’s at once the swelling goes down." He's been ruled out for the next three games, meaning the earliest we could see him back on the court is Saturday against Orlando. Jokic looked great right before the injury and should obviously be stashed everywhere. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:15 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 20 points on seven FGAs
    Kevin Durant made scoring 20 points look easy against the Suns during a 138-109 win on Saturday, adding four rebounds, eight assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He needed just seven attempts from the field and made all nine from the line with just one turnover -- that's only a 16.2 usage rate. Durant's 91.2 true shooting percentage tonight boosted him to 68.0 on the season, which moves him back into the top spot on the season -- Patty Mills is No. 2 at 67.8. Durant also has 3.2 blocks per game in his last five. He's the number one player in fantasy right now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:05 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

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

    Advice: This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 16 with 5x4
    Giannis Antetokounmpo was up to his old tricks during a 112-103 victory over the Nets on Saturday, scoring 16 points with 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals, five blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That is his second 5x4 in his last three and third in his last six. Antetokounmpo matched his career high in blocks and his 2.2 per game on the year makes him just one of five players above the 2.0 plateau (Davis, Gobert, Whiteside and Turner). He's an incredible shot blocker with his wingspan and is a rim protector quite often, so blocking two per game could definitely happen this year. He's one of the most fun players to own in a long time with first-round value to go with it. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic is out at least 3 more games
    Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be out at least the next three games.

    Advice: Ouch. Just as Jokic turned the corner, he's now going to miss at least four games with his sore wrist. The new timetable means the soonest he can return would be Thursday against the Wizards. With Jokic out, the Nuggets will really need Jusuf Nurkic to play better while Darrell Arthur, Kenneth Faried and Juan Hernangomez could get more playing time. Jokic's owners have to hold him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:47 pm
  • Doug McDermott getting better
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for contact.

    Advice: He will practice with the D-League Windy City Bulls on Monday and Tuesday, if no setback. McDermott will likely be out for a couple more games due to suffering two concussions last month. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:11 pm
  • Larry Nance will not play on Saturday night
    Larry Nance (right knee contusion) will not play against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers will be short in the forward department, so there may be a few extra minutes going to Thomas Robinson and Luol Deng. They could also get away with some smaller lineups against the thin Grizzlies squad. Nance is only day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:42 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless out vs. BOS
    Robert Covington (knee) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Covington suffered a knee sprain on Friday and did not return. He's off to a really bad start on the offensive side, making just 30.9 percent from the field. On the other band, his defense has kept him in the lineup, so he should have his job once he's healthy again. There's no word on the severity of his injury, so he's a hold in most leagues for now. Nik Stauskas will start while Hollis Thompson also benefits here. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:49 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) not expected to play
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is not expected to play and is only available for emergency situations against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's out. Babbitt could miss two weeks due to his hip injury from Thursday night. He also may not have many minutes available once he's back with James Johnson outplaying him and it's possible Justise Winslow (wrist) is back. For tonight, Johnson, Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington should get some additional run. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:43 am
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  • Nikola Jokic (wrist) ruled out for Saturday
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist sprain) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Jokic initially suffered what was believed to be a minor wrist injury on Wedneday. However, it has now cost him two straight games, which stings because Jokic was finally starting to snap out of his season-long slump. Starters Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic should see more time on Saturday. Darrell Arthur could also see a few extra minutes off the bench, as the Nuggets are playing on the second night of a back-to-back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:46 am
  • Inspectah Dek: Sam Dekker scores 17 points
    Sam Dekker scored a career-high 17 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It was a fantastic game for Dekker, who was already playing the best ball of his career coming into this game. He played clutch minutes against the Warriors on Thursday and is fitting right in for coach Mike D'Antoni with minutes at both forward spots. With Trevor Ariza (back) going down tonight, Dekker is a speculative add in competitive leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:35 pm
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 w/ 10 rebounds in win
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points on 12-of-22 shooting in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was the second night of a back-to-back set and he logged 34 minutes, so it's safe to say that he's healthy after a knee/calf scare last week. Griffin added four assists, two blocks and hit a triple to give him five 3-pointers on the season. He gets a matchup with the Pacers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Julius Randle turns the ball over five times
    Julius Randle turned the ball over five times on Friday vs. the Raptors, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers were blown out by 33 points and Brandon Ingram was the only starter who played heavy minutes. Randle shot 4-of-8 from the field and this was his second game in a row with five turnovers, but to be fair he did have 13 points and 20 rebounds in his previous game. Larry Nance is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis with a knee contusion, so Randle will have a higher floor if Nance sits. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:32 pm
  • Larry Nance has a right knee contusion
    Larry Nance has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: He bumped knees on Friday vs. Toronto and will likely be re-evaluated on Saturday morning. Nance finished with six points and six rebounds in 23 minutes. If he sits out, Julius Randle will have a heavy workload and Thomas Robinson should be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:26 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expecting him to play, so he's probably closer to doubtful. Derrick Williams (back) is also questionable, so we should see a lot of James Johnson and Josh McRoberts. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 pm
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  • Robert Covington suffers left knee sprain
    Robert Covington suffered a left knee sprain and will not return on Friday night.

    Advice: He and T.J. McConnell dove for a ball near the stands and McConnell's shoulder caught the side of Covington's knee. Covington was in some pain and the 76ers ruled him out about five minutes later in real time -- it is a blowout. He finished with nine points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes. If he's out, there will be more minutes going to Hollis Thompson and Nik Stauskas. Both are speculative adds with a slight edge to Stauskas. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:09 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (left wrist) out vs. Rockets
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is a surprise after Jokic played through what looked like a minor wrist injury sustained from Wednesday night. Jokic did say he couldn't move his wrist the following day, so it apparently was worse than it looked. Jokic was really coming on after a rough start with two straight double-doubles. For tonight, it'll be more of Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur. Plus, there should be more small-ball lineups against the Rockets. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:19 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:06 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Nerlens Noel called back up to 76ers
    Nerlens Noel (knee) has been recalled from the Delaware 87ers following Friday's practice.

    Advice: He went through practice with the D-League team to help him progress in his rehab. Noel has said he's in a good place mentally and that he's looking forward to playing with the 76ers even though the roster hasn't changed yet. He's likely going to have a minutes limit, so anyone wanting to stash him will have to wait a while before he's turning in value. He still doesn't have a target date. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Draymond Green not expected to get fine
    Draymond Green is not expected to receive further discipline for his kick to James Harden's head from Thursday night.

    Advice: Green's high-kick flailing has been a problem and the league will continue to watch him on plays like that. It's not going to be easy for him to break his habit because it's just how he plays and the move is second nature to him. He'll be all set for Saturday against the Suns at Oracle Arena. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:26 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Fri. and Sat.
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been ruled out for Friday night vs. the Cavs and Saturday night in Dallas.

    Advice: The Bulls are hopeful McDermott will be cleared for contact on Friday. However, coach Fred Hoiberg wants to see him get a couple workouts in before being cleared for a game. Isaiah Canaan and Nikola Mirotic have been the biggest beneficiaries of McDermott's absence and should continue to see increased workloads this weekend. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:21 am
  • Sixers assign Nerlens Noel to the D-League
    The Sixers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the D-League.

    Advice: He is scheduled to participate in practice on Friday as part of his ongoing rehab for his left knee. Noel seems to be inching towards a return to the Sixers lineup. However, with a glut of big men, it is still unknown how frequently he will play once he is finally healthy enough to suit up for actual NBA games. If the Sixers are going to trade him in February, it would make sense for them to showcase him for other teams. Noel remains stash-worthy in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:23 am
  • Luke Babbitt dealing with a hip-flexor strain
    Luke Babbitt is dealing with a hip-flexor strain but did fly to Portland and expected to remain with the team until their Sunday flight back to Miami.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the second quarter and did not return. Coach Spoelstra said Babbitt's injury is similar to the one that will have Dion Waiters out for at least two weeks. "Probably a little bit similar to Dion," he acknowledged after Thursday night's game. "We'll find out more. But it's a hip-flexor strain. It's not a contusion. So we'll evaluate him." Wayne Ellington started the second half in place of Babbitt, and would see an increase in minutes if Babbitt misses time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:21 am
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  • Kevin Durant scores 39 points in two-OT loss
    Kevin Durant matched his season-high 39 points on 12-of-28 from the field during a 132-127 double-overtime loss at home to the Rockets on Thursday, adding 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Warriors were not in a good rhythm on offense and Draymond Green said KD was stuck with some tough shots. Durant went 1-of-7 in OT and said he wasn't tired and just missed his shots, so at least that's a positive with Durant playing 49 minutes. KD has also lost his lead for true shooting percentage with Patty Mills leapfrogging him, but he's still the No. 1 player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:22 am
  • Draymond Green scores 20 with 15 boards
    Draymond Green scored a season-high 20 points against the Rockets on Thursday, adding 15 rebounds, nine assists, one block and two steals in 47 minutes.

    Advice: He was hit with a flagrant foul in overtime for kicking James Harden in the head, so the league may take a look at it given his history. Although, he may not get an additional punishment and it didn't look as bad as some previous cases. He did say he was confused by the flagrant and non-flagrant foul calls and said he'll go read the rule book, so he may get a fine for that, too. On the season, Green's numbers have held steady with only a dip in scoring and an increase to his defensive stats. He's holding first-round value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:09 am
  • Sam Dekker gets 26 minutes vs. Warriors
    Sam Dekker played 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played a team-high 11.9 minutes in the fourth quarter and saw 4.8 minutes in the two overtime frames, so clearly coach Mike D'Antoni trusts Dekker with important minutes. Dekker is coming off a 27-minute game against the Jazz, but some of that is due to garbage time. That said, he does appear to be a guy who could be close to 20 minutes per night. With how many treys the Rockets take and the tempo leading to some steals, Dekker is on the radar in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:40 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 23 in full line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo went berserk during a 111-93 win over the Nets on Thursday, scoring 23 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, four steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in just 30 minutes.

    Advice: The steals numbers are off the charts and it's moved Giannis to No. 3 in steals per game while he's also fifth in blocks per outing. Antetokounmpo made a season-high two treys in this game and hit his first corner trey, which make have lead to some post-game talk on his shooting. After the game, Giannis said he's been invited to work out with Dirk Nowitzki next summer and Giannis also talked about his shot. "My main focus is to shoot without hesitating," Antetokounmpo said. "That's my main focus right now. I don't care if it goes in or it goes out. I just shoot. I have nothing to lose. Just let it fly." If he develops a strong shot, no team is safe. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Blake Griffin hands out 11 assists
    Blake Griffin hit just 4-of-14 shots and 5-of-8 free throws for 13 points, but also had five rebounds, 11 assists and a steal in just 31 minutes of Thursday's blowout 113-94 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Griffin was on pace to set a career high in assists, but didn't play much in the second half with the game well in hand. The 11 dimes ties his career high and his low scoring was simply a result of the blowout. He sat out his previous game to rest, so we all expected him to come out with a vengeance tonight. While that didn't happen, the assists were nice. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:08 pm
  • Luke Babbit (hip) ruled out
    Luke Babbit will miss the remainder of Thursday’s game against the Jazz with a hip flexor.

    Advice: Babbit left Thursday’s game with 4:07 left in the half and will not return. If he misses an extensive amount of time, Wayne Ellington and James Johnson, who have been hot, should see an increased role, while Derrick Williams could also get back into the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:20 pm
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  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points in a loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points in a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was 8-of-20 from the field today and continues to get a ton of shots. Barnes is living in the mid-range with a whopping 45 percent of his shot total coming in that area, which usually indicates a guy will go through some highs and lows. He's been better than expected as a mid-round guy this season. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:19 pm
  • Luke Babbit (back) goes to locker room
    Luke Babbit left Thursday’s game against the Jazz with 4:07 left in the half due to back tightness.

    Advice: Babbit headed to the locker room after tweaking his back and is questionable to return. He played seven minutes, scoring one point and one steal. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:57 pm
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  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Thank goodness he looks to be out of his slump. In his last five games, Powell has made 57.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.6 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's likely going to remain in his role as the backup big man with around 20 minutes regardless of who is out on a given night -- he did get four minutes at power forward tonight. He's only an option in deep leagues right now, but his playing time may increase later in the year. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin back in the starting lineup
    Blake Griffin is starting against the Cavs, as expected.

    Advice: He got the night off on Tuesday and should be ready to roll for the national TV game. Griffin should be going at Kevin Love a ton tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:56 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

    Advice: The rest day will decide on the matchup for the Raptors against the Lakers and Hawks. Both of the games are at home and there is a one day cushion on each end -- the Raptors played Wednesday and will play Monday after the back-to-back. It probably makes more sense to rest Carroll in the up-tempo game against the Lakers on Friday and he does have the revenge factor against the Hawks, too. When he sits, Terrence Ross would be a nice DFS option while Norman Powell also benefits. Carroll is worth owning again, especially with the Raptors possibly dropping the back-to-back restriction next month. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Doug McDermott out for Friday night
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not play against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:46 am
  • Draymond Green still not chasing wins
    Draymond Green said he has no interest in winning 73 games this year.

    Advice: "I don't know what the number 73 means," Green said. He said he cares about the home-court advantage, and wants to get better every time the Warriors step on the floor. Green said last year he was worried about getting the 73 wins and called the idea of it last year "dope." The Warriors have won 12 straight and lead the NBA in net rating at 13.0. The Warriors aren't resting players quite as much as anticipated, which could change once they lock up home court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:31 am
  • Nerlens Noel in for most of Thursday practice
    Nerlens Noel (knee) participated in most of practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Yes, we're talking about practice. With a targeted late-November return now in the rearview mirror, Noel seems to be progressing towards a return. He's scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, so we may know more about his return shortly. While he'll be brought along slowly, the 22-year-old is worth a stash in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:50 am
  • Alex Len has another multi-block game
    Alex Len had another single-digit scoring game on Wednesday with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler's return to the starting lineup has done Len no favors, but it's not all bad news. Len has seven straight games with at least two blocks, the longest streak by a Suns player since Jermaine O'Neal in 2012, and he's averaging 9.9 rebounds during that stretch. He's worth holding onto in most formats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points on 15 shots
    Harrison Barnes had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting during the Mavs' home loss on Wednesday, with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Spurs are the league's worst matchup for opposing small forwards this year, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, so Barnes' owners should be relatively happy with tonight's line. He's dealt well with increased defensive attention as the Mavs' No. 1 option offensively, a situation that isn't likely to change with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) entering the twilight of his career. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 29 points in win
    Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points during a 106-104 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He carried the Knicks throughout this game while Carmelo Anthony struggled and scored just 14. On the other hand, Melo hit a game-winning jumper to help give the Knicks the win and get them back to .500. Porzingis did have an awkward landing today and was limping for about 20 seconds, but he was fine and stayed in the game. The Wolves and Knicks get a rematch at Madison Square Garden on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:16 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Larry Nance posts double-double in 26 minutes
    Larry Nance was productive in 26 minutes vs. Chicago on Wednesday with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one assist.

    Advice: Nance made 5-of-8 shots with just one turnover and he's a sneaky late-round value despite playing just 21.8 minutes per game. The presence of Julius Randle continues to cap his ceiling, and he's not a great option in points leagues, but roto owners should give him a look for high-efficiency offense, low turnovers, and a handful of boards and defensive stats. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Julius Randle ties career-high w/ 20 rebounds
    Julius Randle (hip) notched 13 points, a career-high-tying 20 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action vs. Chicago on Wednesday.

    Advice: Randle played 21 minutes on Tuesday and admitted that he isn't "pain-free", but his performance tonight puts to rest any concerns about his health. He's averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, and his playing time (27.3 minutes) should only increase as the Lakers prioritize player development. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Julius Randle (hip) will play Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: It's the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Randle was only on the court for 21 minutes last night, so there was never much doubt about his status for Wednesday's game. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) limited at practice Weds
    Nerlens Noel (knee) was a limited participant during his practice with the 76ers' D-League affiliate on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thus far he's only been going through 1-on-1 and 1-on-none drills, and it doesn't sound like he saw a significant increase in activity with the 87ers. He's expected to re-join the 76ers on Thursday, and at that point it'll be determined if he can increase his workload. The 76ers will be bringing Noel along slowly, but he's getting close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:22 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

    Advice: "Every case is individualized," Fred Hoiberg said. "You look at it based on what their symptoms are, and Doug, unfortunately has two of them in this early portion of the season, so he’s just not ready yet." He's yet to be cleared for contact, so for now, we'll be considering him doubtful for Chicago's upcoming back-to-back set Friday vs. Cleveland and Saturday vs. Dallas. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Julius Randle (hip) probable for Wednesday
    Julius Randle (hip) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Randle returned from a three-game absence on Tuesday, but only logged 21 minutes in a start, so he should be good to go for the second leg of the back-to-back tonight. Owners can expect to get official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) sent to D-League to rehab
    Nerlens Noel has reportedly been sent down to the D-League to rehab his surgically repaired left knee.

    Advice: Noel said one week ago that he's a "couple weeks away," and his D-League assignment is likely an indication that he's extremely close to making his season debut, particularly with this coming during a four-game home stand and not a lengthy road trip. That being said, head coach Brett Brown has acknowledged that it'll be tough to get Noel meaningful minutes in Philly's crowded frontcourt, so he probably won't have immediate value upon his return. He could, however, have nice value if traded to the right situation, so he's a reasonable guy to stash away at this point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:14 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Antetokounmpo scores 34 w/ monster line
    Giannis Antetokounmpo matched his career-high with 34 points on 13-of-19 shooting in a 118-101 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: He posted a monster line with 12 rebounds, five assists, five steals, two blocks, one triple and six turnovers, hitting 7-of-10 from the line. He's also outscored LeBron James in three out of his last four matchups with the Finals MVP. The 21-year-old superstar will be a top-five fantasy play the rest of the way Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:03 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in return
    Julius Randle (hip) hit 6-of-9 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Randle returned to action after missing three games and did not appear to be rusty. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season and shot well from the field. He did not appear to suffer any setbacks and should play the normal amount of minutes on Wednesday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) will play Tuesday vs. NO
    Julius Randle (hip) will start Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, sending Thomas Robinson back to the bench.

    Advice: Tuesday will be the first game of a back-to-back set for the Lakers, so there's a chance Luke Walton monitors Randle's minutes as he gets on the court for his 22nd birthday. Robinson could fall out of the rotation entirely with Randle back in action, and Larry Nance's playing time will take a bit of a hit. Randle is a must-start guy in all season-long settings, although he's a bit of a riskier option in DFS due to the potential for him to have his minutes held in check. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Blake Griffin (rest) out, Pierce will start
    Blake Griffin (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets, and Paul Pierce will draw the start in his place.

    Advice: The Clippers probably don't need him to secure a win over the lowly Nets (4-12), so it makes sense to give Griffin the night off, but head coach Doc Rivers confirmed that he'll be back in action for Thursday's game in Cleveland. Chris Paul will be running the show on offense tonight, and DeAndre Jordan could be looking at a 20-20 game, so both those guys look like solid DFS targets. Interestingly, when Griffin has been off the court this season, J.J. Redick's usage rate has spiked to 27.1, so he too could have a nice game against a terrible defensive team. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:07 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) on track to play Tuesday
    There's a "good chance" that Julius Randle (hip) will suit up for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans, according to Lakers' beat reporter Mike Trudell.

    Advice: Trudell is intensely reliable, and Randle was a full participant during shootaround, so owners can probably go ahead and plug him into their active lineups for tonight's game. With Randle back in action, Thomas Robinson will return to the bench and Larry Nance will likely see his minutes reduced to the mid-20s. As a side note, today is Randle's 22nd birthday. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:51 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) not yet cleared
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has not yet been cleared for full-contact practice, so it appears he will miss Wednesday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Julius Randle (hip) healthy for shootaround
    Julius Randle went through a full shootaround Tuesday morning, but the Lakers will still wait to reevaluate him prior to the start of Tuesday night's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: The Lakers play back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then also on Friday and Saturday. Thus, it's safe to assume coach Luke Walton will closely monitor Randle's minutes even if he does start. Larry Nance, Thomas Robinson and Brandon Ingram would be the likely beneficiaries if Randle doesn't play. Check back prior to tip for an update. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:59 am
  • Doc Rivers to consider sitting his starters?
    On Tuesday, Doc Rivers said he would consider resting some of his players over the final three games of their current road trip.

    Advice: Rivers declined to give any details about which players he might sit, and/or during which games. The Clippers play at Brooklyn on Tuesday and then play in Cleveland on Thursday and at New Orleans on Friday in a back-to-back. This is obviously a situation we will keep an eye on. Encouragingly, Rivers did say that Blake Griffin's calf, which was kicked during last Friday's game in Detroit, was "fine." Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    A full year after his initial injury, DeMarre Carroll says he "feels great just to be healthy."

    Advice: It was around this time last year - less than a month into his first season with Toronto - that Carroll initially hurt his knee. "I need my legs to knock down my 3-pointers. It just feels good to be healthy and be able to go out there and help my team win," Carroll said. He has scored 10 or more points in five straight games for the first time since joining the Raps. Over this recent stretch, he's averaging 14.4 points on 55 percent shooting, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He's totaled five steals and five blocks over the last three contests. Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis goes off in loss
    Kristaps Porzingis had 21 points, three 3-pointers, two steals and five blocks in Monday's loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: He's pretty much just killing it these days, averaging 22.4 points, 7.8 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.2 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. If he starts stealing the ball, look out. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 25 w/ 14 rebounds
    Kevin Durant scored 25 points with 14 rebounds in Monday's 105-100 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: The Warriors came into the game with the top offensive efficiency rating in the NBA and the Hawks were leading the NBA in defensive efficiency, but they couldn't slow down KD who finished 8-of-16 from the field with three assists, one steal, two blocks and one triple in 36 minutes. This was Durant's sixth game of the season with 20+ points and 10+ rebounds, and he's now recorded a double-double in back-to-back games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Draymond Green blocks four shots in win
    Draymond Green returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 105-110 win over the Hawks and blocked four shots with four points, seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Green said that he wants to win the Defensive Player of the Year Award "bad" and he showed it tonight, blocking two shots in the final minute of the game. Green didn't look limited at all Monday and his ankle shouldn't be an issue going forward. He only shot 2-of-9 from the field, but Green's fantasy values comes from his elite ability to rack up assists, steals and blocks. You can see one of his clutch blocks in the link below. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:12 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

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

    Advice: He has scored eight or fewer points in six of his last seven games and simply isn't getting it done. The Kings would likely have a few more wins if they could find a reliable shooting guard, but that's been an issue for them ever since Ben McLemore arrived on the scene. McLemore didn't even play tonight, while Omri Casspi, Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes were also highly ineffective. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:28 pm
  • Boogie Cousins drops 36 & 20 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 16-of-34 shots and a 3-pointer for 36 points, a season-high 20 rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block, five turnovers and five fouls in 40 minutes of Monday's OT loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Boogie is rolling, despite trade rumors, and has scored at least 32 points in four straight games and six of his last eight. He's averaging a ridiculous 32 points, 12.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.4 blocks and 3.2 3-pointers over his last five games, and the addition of a 3-point shot to his game has made him even more fun to own. Hopefully he can keep his head together for the entire season and avoid being traded, although rumors persist that he might be moved by Christmas. On a side note, Cousins may or may not have a small break in the tip of his middle right finger. It's swollen, but he says it's not bothering him, obviously. We're not sure if the attached tweet is properly worded, or if the author meant that there is no break. Either way, the Boogie express is in full effect. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Rudy Gay fills stat sheet in OT loss
    Rudy Gay hit 7-of-16 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals, a block, six turnovers and five fouls in 38 minutes of Monday's overtime loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: He's had at least a 3-pointer, a steal and a block in three of his last five games and is averaging 18 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over that stretch. Trade rumors had him as a gloom-and-doom fantasy prospect coming into the season, but he's been one of the more pleasant surprises of the season. And is showing no signs of slowing down. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Luke Babbitt quiet in start for Heat
    Luke Babbitt started over Josh Richardson on Monday but hit just 2-of-7 shots for four points, two rebounds, one assist and a steal in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Things were looking up for Richardson with Dion Waiters out tonight, but the move to the bench didn't do him any favors. As for Babbitt, he's failed to answer the call every time he's gotten an opportunity this season, so there's no reason to think about adding him in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 pm
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  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in 21 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday.

    Advice: The game was over by the third quarter, so that explains the low minutes. Carroll was an efficient 4-of-5 from the field and didn't turn the ball over, and this was his fourth solid game in a row (not including his DNP-Rest on Nov. 21). He's averaging 15.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.8 steals and 2.8 triples in that span, so he's clearly trending up. Coach Dwane Casey expects him to start playing in back-to-back sets around the new year, meaning he will miss either Friday's game vs. the Lakers or Saturday's game vs. the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:30 pm
  • Robert Covington scores 20 w/ six 3-pointers
    Robert Covington erupted for 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting in Monday's 122-95 loss to the Raptors, adding five rebounds, two steals, two assists, six 3-pointers and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He needed a performance like this in the worst way. Covington was shooting 28.3 percent from the field and 26.5 percent from deep prior to Monday, but just like his coach Brett Brown said, "shooters shoot." Hopefully this is a sign that he's turning a corner, but it's worth noting that he posted a two-point dud on Nov. 25 after scoring 19 points in the previous game. If you don't mind his volatile field goal percentage, Covington is worth owning for his treys and defensive stats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) will play Monday
    Draymond Green (ankle) will play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He made it through the pre-game warmups and we haven't heard any reports that he will be limited Monday. Fire him up in all lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:40 pm
  • Kerr plans to play Draymond Green Monday
    Steve Kerr is planning on Draymond Green playing on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Barring a setback during the pre-game warmups, Green will be in the starting lineup vs. the Hawks. We'll have confirmation within the next hour or so, but it's safe to leave Green in active lineups. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:53 pm
  • Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos starting again
    Arron Afflalo and Kosta Koufos will start again on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger may shuffle his lineups quite often, but the only three players that should always be penciled into the first unit are Darren Collison, Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins. Afflalo and Koufos are deep-league fantasy assets at best. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:06 pm
  • Walton hopeful Randle can return on road trip
    Luke Walton said he's hopeful that Julius Randle (hip) will be able to return sometime during the Lakers' upcoming four-game road trip.

    Advice: Randle was limited to non-contact work during Monday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. The Lakers have two back-to-back sets coming up, Tuesday in New Orleans, Wednesday in Chicago, Friday in Toronto and Saturday in Memphis, so there's certainly a chance he'll be rested during one of those back-to-backs. Thomas Robinson and Brandon Ingram have alternated as starters sans Randle, but Larry Nance has been the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Draymond Green (ankle) on track to play Mon
    Draymond Green (left ankle) is on track to play Monday vs. the Hawks, according to Warriors' Insider Monte Poole.

    Advice: Pool said after watching Green get in a solid workout during shootaround, and listening to how he talked afterwards, it would be "stunning" if the Warriors opted to hold him out Monday night. "Pushing through [an injury] Game 15 is a little on the extra side," said Green. "But it's not easy. It's boring sitting." Owners can check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off, but it's looking like it's okay to go ahead and throw Green on your active roster. Kevon Looney will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 11:39 am
  • Draymond Green (ankle) headed for a GTD
    Draymond Green (left ankle) will be a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with the Hawks.

    Advice: Green was a full participant during shootaround, but acknowledged that his ankle is still feeling a little "tender," and he wants to test it again while going through his pregame routine. Green also said that he's "pretty confident" he'll play tonight, but players also tend to be overly optimistic when discussing their injuries. Check back for official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 11:11 am
  • Doug McDermott cleared for non-contact work
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and shooting.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks and still doesn't have a clear return date, but this is a step in the right direction. Prior to going down, McDermott was averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples in 23.7 minutes per game, so he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 10:57 am
  • Draymond will test his ankle Monday morning
    Draymond Green (left ankle contusion) will test his ankle during Monday's morning shootaround.

    Advice: This means we should get a better idea regarding his status in about an hour or two. Coach Steve Kerr said that Kevon Looney will start against the Hawks if Green can't go, but he's not a recommended fantasy target. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 10:40 am
  • Earl Watson praises Alex Len
    Suns coach Earl Watson praised Alex Len for his rim protection.

    Advice: "His timing is getting better," Watson said. "You get timing through experience. Practice can’t create that environment. You have to get in-game minutes." Len is averaging 9.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks over his last five games, and it sounds like Watson wants to keep feeding him minutes even with Tyson Chandler back in the mix. He will be a little inconsistent, but could have a strong finish to the season once the Suns focus on player development. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 9:21 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) has some minor swelling
    Blake Griffin said after Sunday's loss to the Clippers that he some swelling in his right knee.

    Advice: Griffin was kicked in the calf during Friday's game against the Pistons and wore a sleeve on his right leg on Sunday to provide some extra support for his knee. It sounds like the injury is minor and it shouldn't be a long-term concern, but it's worth noting that the Clippers play the 4-12 Nets on Tuesday. For now, we'll keep Griffin off the injury report. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 8:01 am
  • Joerger praises DeMarcus Cousins
    Sacramento coach Dave Joerger praised DeMarcus Cousins for his efforts against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: "[Cousins is] a difficult cover because he can play facing you or with his back to the basket, he can shoot a little bit, he can drive a little bit," Joerger said. "He creates a lot of contact and goes to the free-throw line. You look at that, and you say, how can you take him for granted? He had 37 points and 11 rebounds." Cousins has helped the Kings win three out of their last four games, passing Chris Webber for third place in team history in Sacramento-era scoring with 8,846 points in the process. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 6:20 am
  • Arron Afflalo doesn't care about starting
    Arron Afflalo said it doesn't matter to him if he starts or comes off the bench.

    Advice: "You can’t fault a coach for trying to win and trying to find guys that work together," Afflalo said. "But for me personally, I take pride in being a versatile basketball player, so sometimes coaches can see the benefit of me coming off the bench, and sometimes I’m a necessary stability piece in the starting lineup. It just depends." His role is going to fluctuate from game to game, and his season averages of 8.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 0.7 treys aren't helping fantasy owners. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Nov 28, 6:13 am
  • Larry Nance (thumb) gets 12 & 10 vs. Hawks
    Larry Nance (sprained right thumb) came off the bench on Sunday for a season-high 10 rebounds with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting and three assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The thumb injury didn't inhibit Nance tonight and he crashed the glass with his usual gusto, getting four of his boards on the offensive end. He's a solid streaming option while Julius Randle is out, and he could hold value even after Randle returns. Nance isn't a great points-league option but his efficiency has secured top-100 value through L.A.'s first 17 games. Rotoworld.com Nov 27, 9:50 pm
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