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  • Lou Williams drops 31 points in Monday's win
    Lou Williams finished with a game-high 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting in Monday's 113-102 victory against the Rockets.

    Advice: Williams hit 4-of-8 from behind the 3-point line while chipping in with six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots over 40 minutes. He is having a ridiculous January, averaging 31.5 points, 5.9 assists and 2.0 rebounds across eight outings. His hot streak has come with Austin Rivers (heel) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) looking on as spectators. He might see a bit of a hit to his fantasy value once those players can return, but he'll remain a must-start fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:21 pm
  • James Harden involved in post-game fracas
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green reportedly pushed into the Clippers' locker room on Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers, but security intervened before anything physical took place.

    Advice: It's uncertain if players will face fines or suspensions from the league as a result of the altercation, but we'll keep an eye on it closely. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden could return from his hamstring injury Thursday or Saturday, but any kind of penalty from the league could delay his return. Stay tuned. The teams meet again Feb. 28. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:43 pm
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  • Chris Paul scores 19 in return to Los Angeles
    Chris Paul finished with 19 points, seven assists, rebounds and a blocked shot over 35 minutes in Monday's game against the Clippers, his first game against his former team.

    Advice: CP3 was given a hearty ovation from the home crowd before the game, and then the Clips spoiled the homecoming with a 113-102 victory. He finished 8-of-17 from the field, including 3-of-10 from behind the 3-point line, while turning it over just once. He has picked up the pace with James Harden (hamstring) on the mend, posting at least six or more rebounds and six or more assists in each of his seven games in January while averaging 24.8 points per game over the past six contests. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Darren Collison cools off in win over Jazz
    Darren Collison hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: No, it wasn't as good as his 9-of-11 shooting performance on Friday when he scored 22 points with a fun stat line, but it wasn't all that bad either. Scoring is just one category, so don't let tonight's six points scare you away from Collison. He's the only point guard of choice in Indy and this game was a blowout. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:38 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hits 1-of-7 shots for 2 points
    Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-7 shots for two points, five rebounds, zero assists and two steals in 23 minutes of Monday's ugly loss to the Pacers.

    Advice: Rubio showed signs of life last Wednesday with 21 points and a fun stat line, and had seven points, seven rebounds, four assists, a 3-pointer and a block in his previous game, but Monday was a disaster. The Jazz turned to Raul Neto and Alec Burks for a chunk of minutes tonight after the Pacers blew the game open in the third quarter. Some of us still believe Rubio can bounce back for a big second half like he did last year, but then again, others of us think those people should have their heads examined. While a two-point game isn't really surprising for Rubio, this was the first time this season he didn't record a single assist. Unfortunately, some of that has to do with his teammates. If he doesn't get this turned around against the Kings on Wednesday, Rubio's going to start showing up on a lot of waiver wires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:30 pm
  • Tyreke Evans robbed of triple-double
    Tyreke Evans had 15 points, nine rebounds, 12 assists, a steal and a 3-pointer in 36 minutes of Monday's 123-114 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He looked great again, as usual, and just missed a triple-double when teammate JaMychal Green stole a late rebound from him. Evans has had an awesome bounce-back season and should be owned and started everywhere, but things could change for him if he's traded before the deadline. If you've been thinking about selling high on him and are worried about him being traded to an unfavorable situation, the sell-high window is wide open right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:40 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie has ugly shooting outing
    Spencer Dinwiddie finished Monday's game against the Knicks with just eight points on 2-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Dinwiddie has been a rising start in fantasy this season, but this was certainly a clunker. He was 0-of-4 from behind the 3-point line, but at least able to salvage the fantasy line somewhat with his five assists and four rebounds while going 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. This comes on the heels of an ugly 2-of-10 shooting night last time out in Washington. It won't get much easier with the defensive-minded Spurs on the horizon Wednesday night, but don't panic. Dinwiddie's overall body of fantasy work has been stellar and he'll snap out of it. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:29 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 22 points in loss
    Goran Dragic scored 22 points and hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-9 free throws in Monday's 119-111 loss to Chicago.

    Advice: The loss snapped a seven-game losing streak for Miami, but Dragic was terrific, notching nine assists and five rebounds before fouling out in 38 minutes. Tyler Johnson suffered an ankle injury and will undergo some tests on Tuesday, so Dragic may see an increased workload going forward. He's scored 20 or more points in four straight and will look to make it five on Wednesday vs. the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points with nine assists
    John Wall went 7-of-22 from the field and 12-of-13 from the line on his way to 27 points, four boards, nine dimes, one triple, three steals, two blocks and four turnovers in 41 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Wall has finally been trending in a positive direction over the past few weeks, posting averages of 25.9 points, 11.3 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.3 blocks, 1.4 triples and 5.3 turnovers per contest on 44.2% shooting from the field and 70.7% from the stripe, which has been good enough for top-15 value when punting turnovers. Wall hasn’t been great from the charity stripe this season, but as a career 78.5% shooting from the line, it should only be a matter of time until he’s draining those. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:11 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 23 points w/ four steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting Monday, to go with three 3-pointers, four boards, three assists, four steals and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: This was a nice bounce-back performance from Bledsoe following Sunday’s 4-of-16 shooting performance, and it was particularly impressive given that he did it against the No. 9 ranked defense against point guards. Bledsoe has been a top-30 producer since landing in Milwaukee, and as long as he can stay healthy, he should be able to sustain his early-round evaluation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:49 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (back) questionable Tuesday
    Shabazz Napier (strained lower back) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Napier left during the second quarter of Sunday's game and this is an unfortunate break, as he'd been playing very well the past few weeks. Hopefully we'll get some good news after Portland's shootaround, but if he can't suit up Pat Connaughton should get extra run with the second unit. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:39 pm
  • Delon Wright nets career-high five triples
    Delon Wright drained a career-high five 3-pointers during Monday's loss to the 76ers, to go with 20 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Wright has actually been better with the second unit this season, so Kyle Lowry’s return isn’t necessarily a bad thing for his outlook. Fred VanVleet exited the game with a knee contusion, and if he can't play on Wednesday against the Pistons, Wright should be able to earn minutes in the mid-20s. He's played well enough this season to warrant ownership in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Fred VanVleet suffers right knee injury
    Fred VanVleet has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and he will not return to Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: VanVleet hurt his knee coming down off a layup attempt, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was sporting a fairly obvious limp. He'll end his evening with eight points, two rebounds and one turnover in 16 minutes, and for now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Pistons. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:11 pm
  • Ish Smith double-doubles in loss to Hornets
    Ish Smith hit 8-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, three rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: This might have been Smith's best game of the season and if it wasn't, it was his first double-double. Smith was projected to play very well in the absence of Reggie Jackson, but he's been a little bit disappointing. Today's game may be just the thing he needs to get going, while Jackson still isn't close to returning from his ankle injury. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Delon Wright to come off the bench
    Delon Wright will come off the bench on Monday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry (back) is back in the lineup a little sooner than expected, but Wright should still have some value in a four-game week. He was playing really well before Lowry's injury, so his owners might want to see if he can get it going again. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 am
  • Jeff Teague picks up 22 points, eight assists
    Jeff Teague lit up the Blazers on Sunday with 22 points on 8-of-15 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, eight assists, two steals, one rebound and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Teague just missed his season-high of 23 points, which he set back on Oct. 30. The Wolves are now 4-0 when he scores at least 20 points, but the fact that it's only happened four times is indicative of his supporting role most nights. The best news for fantasy owners is that his knee injury hasn't limited him, and he's again producing mid-round value on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Shabazz Napier exits Sunday w/ back tightness
    Shabazz Napier (back) didn't play in the second half on Sunday, finishing with nine points, two assists and one block in 12 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Napier was efficient with 3-of-5 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, but his back "tightened up" during the game, according to coach Terry Stotts. His recent play has ensured him a solid spot in the rotation, but owners will need to check for updates on Monday before relying on him in weekly lineups. If he does miss time, expect Pat Connaughton to pick up most of the slack. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:12 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe hits 4-of-16 shots in loss
    Eric Bledsoe struggled with his shot during Sunday's loss to the Heat, finishing with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe couldn’t buy a bucket in this one, missing all six of his 3-point attempts and finishing just 4-of-16 from the field and 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. Milwaukee's inability to connect from long-range (4-of-28 from distance) in this one made it easy for the Heat to clog up the paint, which made it tough for Bledsoe to get to the basket. That said, we'd expect a bit of a bounce-back performance from Bledsoe on Monday in Washington. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:06 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25 points with four treys
    Goran Dragic kept his hot streak alive on Sunday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go with three rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dragon has really picked up his play over the past seven games with averages of 21.9 points, 2.1 triples, 6.9 dimes, 5.1 boards, 0.9 steals and 2.9 turnovers per contest on 45.6% shooting, which has been good enough for top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. He’s seen his usage rate spike to 28.8 and his assist percentage has jumped to 31.0 over that seven-game span, which has unsurprisingly coincided with a seven-game win-streak for Miami. He had a sluggish start to the season, but he looks primed for a strong second half, particularly with Dion Waiters done for the year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:42 pm
  • James Harden could play Thursday or Saturday
    Mike D'Antoni said that James Harden (hamstring) could return to the court for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves or Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: It sounds like Harden will sit out Monday's game against the Clippers, but there's a good chance he'll be getting back out there next week, which could queue the end of Gerald Green's run as a fantasy relevant asset. Eric Gordon will return to the bench once Harden is able to get back out there, and Chris Paul's usage and assist rate will take a slight hit. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:03 pm
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  • Delon Wright starts, logs 24 minutes vs. GSW
    Delon Wright started Saturday's game vs. the Warriors, posting four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Wright went 1-of-4 from the field and 2-of-2 at the free throw line tonight. He's struggled over his past two starts with averages of 5.0 points on 30.8% shooting, showing some growing pains in a starting role without Kyle Lowry (tailbone). He was heating up as a featured option with the second unit and Lowry is just day-to-day, so owners should stay patient for at least a few more games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:30 pm
  • Fred VanVleet solid in 21 mins off TOR bench
    Fred VanVleet was solid in 21 minutes off the bench on Saturday with 13 points, five rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers and one steal.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry was out again with a bruised tailbone but he's day-to-day and could return as soon as Monday vs. the 76ers. VanVleet was instrumental in the Raptors' second-half run tonight, and this comes on the heels of Thursday's 22-point outburst, so maybe he'll earn more minutes regardless. Most owners should take a wait-and-see approach. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:19 pm
  • John Wall drops 16 dimes in OT victory
    John Wall finished with 23 points while tying a season high with 16 assists over 40 minutes in Saturday's overtime victory against the Nets.

    Advice: Wall wasn't the big star on Polish Heritage Night in D.C., as that honor belonged to Marcin Gortat. But Wall made it a successful night and sent the home crowd home happy. If you're wondering what sixteen is in Polish, and who wouldn't be, it's 'szesnascie'. Wall has managed nine or more assists in each of his six January outings, and seven in a row. His six-game run with at least one blocked shot came to an end, however. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:34 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie struggles with his shot
    Spencer Dinwiddie hit just 4-of-16 from the field, including 2-of-10 from behind the arc, to finish with 13 points across 35 minutes in Saturday's overtime setback at Washington.

    Advice: Dinwiddie was able to chip in with six rebounds, four assists, a steal and a blocked shot to salvage the line for fantasy owners in standard leagues, but his awful field-goal percentage killed those in 9-cat formats. Chalk it up as one bad outing. More worrisome is the impending return of D'Angelo Russell, and how that will be handled. For now, head coach Kenny Atkinson has said he's considering starting both of them together, but it will be interesting to see whether his fantasy value takes a hit or not. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:16 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 26 points with four treys
    Lou Williams kept the good times rolling during Saturday's easy win over Sacramento, scoring 26 points on 7-of-17 shooting from the field and 8-of-9 from the charity stripe.

    Advice: Sweet Lou again led the Clippers in scoring as he paved the way to victory, adding four triples, one rebound, two assists, four steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes of action. Williams isn't likely to be traded this season, but it's worth pointing out that this torrid streak has come with Austin Rivers (heel) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) watching from the sidelines, so owners may want to consider selling high as his value could dip once those guys return to the court. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:38 pm
  • Chris Paul leads team to road victory
    Chris Paul went for 25 points with eight rebounds, six assists andtwo blocked shots over 27 minutes in Friday's 112-95 win at Phoenix.

    Advice: CP3 hit 9-of-18 from the field, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. He has stepped up his game with James Harden (hamstring) on the mend, averaging 28.7 points, 8.7 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.0 blocked shots per game over the past three outings. He is also working on a 19-game streak with at least one 3-pointer dating back to Nov. 25. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:53 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe hits blackjack vs. Warriors
    Eric Bledsoe connected on 8-of-16 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the arc, to finish with 21 points across 32 minutes Friday against Golden State.

    Advice: Bledsoe added four rebounds, four steals and three assists while also going 2-of-2 from the charity stripe. He has posted at least one 3-pointer in each of his seven games in January, and he has at least one steal in each of his past 10 outings, averaging 2.5 swipes during the stretch. Bledsoe isn't required to do as much heavy lifting on the offensive end as his days in Phoenix, but he still does a good job chipping in across the board to make him a top-50 fantasy option since arriving in Wisconsin. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:43 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 12 points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored 12 points on 5-of-13 shots in Friday's loss to the Nuggets, adding four assists, three rebounds, two steals and two triples.

    Advice: He scored 20+ points in 10 of his previous 12 games, so credit to Denver's defense for slowing him down. The Grizzlies are shopping Evans' expiring contract and want a first-round pick in return, but Evans brushed off the rumors. "I know it’s a business, I just gotta come and work, do what I do every day. I can’t, that’s not in my hands," he said. "So, whether they trade me or they keep me, I’m coming to work every day, work hard, and just get better." Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:13 pm
  • Shabazz Napier posts 17 points in road loss
    Shabazz Napier posted 17 points with six rebounds, six assists and two steals over 36 minutes in Friday's road loss against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Napier hit 7-of-15 from the floor, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, faring surprisingly well considering he was in the starting five along Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. He was solid filling in at the point when Lillard (calf) was sidelined, and he showed well here. However, his long-term fantasy outlook isn't great as long as Lillard and McCollum are each healthy and available. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Jeff Teague scores 12 points in win
    Jeff Teague scored 12 points with eight assists, four rebounds, four steals, one triple and three turnovers in 33 minutes vs. the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: It was a step in the right direction after he looked rusty in his return on Wednesday with just eight points over 26 minutes. He was 3-of-11 from the field tonight, but playing 33 minutes in just his second back is a really good sign. It won't be long before he's churning out top-75 value again and that's being conservative. He gets a matchup with the Blazers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:19 pm
  • John Wall drops 30 in home win vs. Orlando
    John Wall connected for 30 points, nine assists, three rebounds, three blocked shots and a steal over 36 minutes in Friday's 125-119 win against the Magic.

    Advice: Wall appeared to roll his ankle in the second quarter, but he started the second half an didn't appear to be playing with any limitations in the final two quarters. After an off shooting night last Saturday against Milwaukee, Wall has bounced back with a pair of 30-plus performances, averaging 32.5 points, 10.0 assists, 2.0 blocked shots, 2.0 steals and 4.5 rebounds per game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:55 pm
  • Dinwiddie leads BKN past ATL w/ 20-10-9 line
    Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets to a 110-105 win over the Hawks on Friday with 20 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.

    Advice: He also added a steal, three triples and three turnovers in 30 minutes, and he carried the Nets down the stretch -- he went coast-to-coast to hit the go-ahead layup and knocked down a pair of free throws with nine seconds left to seal the deal. He's becoming a star right before our eyes and the Nets will figure out a way to make sure he stays relevant when D'Angelo Russell comes back -- coach Kenny Atkinson said he's considering starting them together. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:53 pm
  • Darren Collison efficient from field in win
    Darren Collison was a solid 9-of-11 from the field in Friday's 97-95 win against Cleveland, finishing with a team-high 22 points.

    Advice: Collison also contributed four assists, two steals and two rebounds while adding a 3-pointer, and he was best among all Indiana starters with a plus-8 rating. It was a nice bounce-back game after his seven-point stinker against Miami on Wednesday. The 22 points are his most since he dropped 30 in Chicago on Dec. 29. He'll face a favorable matchup on the road against Phoenix on Sunday, as the Suns allow an NBA-worst 112.1 PPG. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Shabazz Napier starting for Turner (illness)
    Shabazz Napier will start on Friday vs. the Pelicans with Evan Turner (illness) out.

    Advice: He'll join Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic in the first unit. Napier's upside isn't as high while Lillard and McCollum are active, but he still has some streaming appeal tonight. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:55 pm
  • Lou Williams stays hot with 30 points
    Lou Williams hit 10-of-24 shots and five more 3-pointers for 30 points, six assists, two steals and a block in 35 minutes of Thursday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Williams has now scored at least 30 points in three straight games for the first time in his career and is averaging 32.6 points, 6.0 assists and 4.6 3-pointers over his last five games after going for 50 against the Warriors on Wednesday night. Milos Teodosic and Blake Griffin were both back in action tonight, but they didn't slow Williams' roll, despite Milos getting 26 minutes and Griffin getting 33. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Delon Wright quiet vs. the Cavaliers
    Delon Wright was quiet against the Cavaliers on Thursday, scoring six points with four assists, two rebounds and two blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Wright was a popular streamer and DFS play after scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one triple in his last start, but Fred VanVleet was on fire tonight with 22 points and six triples. This game also got out of hand by the third quarter and the Raptors ended up winning by 34 points, so Wright didn't see the floor much. Wright's owners should give him another chance, especially if Kyle Lowry (back) can't go on Saturday vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Fred VanVleet erupts for career-high 22 pts
    Fred VanVleet went off for a career-high 22 points (8-of-11 FGs) in Thursday's 133-99 win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry (back) missed his second game in a row, but VanVleet was much more effective this time around than he was on Tuesday, hitting six triples with four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 24 minutes compared to six points and four assists in 18 minutes for Delon Wright. Wright had the better fantasy line in the previous game, and it looks like the Raptors may go with a hot hand approach if Lowry continues to miss time. For now, Wright is still the better fantasy asset to own, but this position battle will be fun to watch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:50 pm
  • Williams and LAC have discussed an extension
    Lou Williams and the Clippers have recently engaged in discussions about a possible extension.

    Advice: Williams has an expiring contract which is why his name has been in the rumor mill lately, but he's eligible for an extension during the season. Both sides are still evaluating their positions and Shams Charania of The Vertical said no deal is imminent, but it makes a lot of sense for the Clippers to extend him if they don't think they can get good value in return at the deadline in the form of drafts picks or young talent. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:56 am
  • Lou Williams erupts for career-high 50 points
    Lou Williams poured in a career-high 50 points during Wednesday's 125-106 win vs. Golden State, making 16-of-27 field goals and 10-of-10 free throws with eight 3-pointers, seven assists and two rebounds.

    Advice: Williams scored 27 of his points in a scintillating third-quarter performance, the highest total in any quarter during his 13-year NBA career. Golden State simply had no answers defensively with Stephen Curry (ankle) and Klay Thompson (rest) both unavailable. Sweet Lou has surged into top-20 value over the past few weeks and he's inside the top-50 on the season. You're unlikely to get that type of value back in a trade, so it's hard to even call him 'sell-high' at this point. That said, his monster usage should dip once Blake Griffin (concussion) and Milos Teodosic (foot) return to action -- Doc Rivers has repeatedly said he doesn't want to tire out Williams, but basically couldn't take him off the court tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Rockets win behind Chris Paul's 37/11/7 gem
    Chris Paul poured in a season-high 37 points on Wednesday, adding 11 assists and seven rebounds in a convincing 121-112 win vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: CP3 even rubbed in the victory with an extraneous layup at the buzzer, which led to a brief verbal spat with Damian Lillard. Paul controlled the game late and he was extra aggressive tonight, finishing 13-of-29 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line, with three 3-pointers and three steals. Expect more gaudy lines from CP3 until James Harden returns from his hamstring injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Shabazz Napier logs 23 minutes w/ Dame active
    Shabazz Napier rolled his right ankle in the second half on Wednesday, but he continued playing to finish with nine points, two boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard (strained right calf) was back in action tonight, which bumped Napier to the second unit and eroded his minutes. He was terrific filling in as the starting PG, though, and may have secured an 18-24 minute role from coach Terry Stotts. Napier is also a great handcuff for Lillard, even though Dame has been extremely durable throughout his career. Barring a pessimistic update about Napier's ankle, we'll leave him off the injury report. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Jeff Teague rusty in his return to the lineup
    Jeff Teague (knee) returned to the starting lineup Wednesday against the Thunder and he finished with just eight points over 26 minutes.

    Advice: Teague's minutes were rather limited because of the lopsided nature of the score in the second half, not by any kind of a setback. He also chipped in with a 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists, two steals and a blocked shot. Despite the shaky outing it appears safe to plug him back into the active fantasy lineup in all seasonal leagues. DFS players might want to see him do a little more before trusting him again, however. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie, Nets blown out vs. Pistons
    Spencer Dinwiddie went cold vs. the Pistons, hitting 1-of-5 shots for two points, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Dinwiddie earned praise from former coach Stan Van Gundy before the game, with SVG saying, "He’s playing very well. It passes the eye test, too, and not just numbers." Maybe he psyched out Dinwiddie, who finished with his lowest scoring total since the Nets' season opener. He was soaring in his previous three games with 25.7 points, 6.7 assists, 2.7 triples and 1.3 steals, so we're expecting a major bounce-back effort vs. Atlanta's defense on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • John Wall's season-high 35 points not enough
    John Wall scored a season-high 35 points vs. the Jazz on Wednesday, adding 11 assists, six rebounds, three steals and one block in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Wall committed eight turnovers, but he also hit three 3-pointers and fantasy owners have to be thrilled with his play in January. He's made at least 50.0% of his shots in three of the Wizards' past four games, and is averaging 25.3 points, 2.0 triples, 11.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks. Turnovers and poor FT% continue to plague him (4-of-7 at the line tonight), but that's a caveat we can live with. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hits 9-of-17 shots, scores 21 pts
    Ricky Rubio knocked down 9-of-17 shots to score a team-high 21 points on Wednesday, helping the Jazz beat the Wizards 107-104.

    Advice: Rubio hit three 3-pointers with four steals, three assists and two rebounds in 41 minutes. He was coming off an 0-of-6 shooting dud and is at just 39.2% on the season, so owners should enjoy shooting nights like this whenever they occur. After a very rocky start to the season, Rubio is starting to find a rhythm with backcourt partner Donovan Mitchell -- he's still just flirting with top-100 value over the past month, but that's going up after tonight's strong effort. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe swats two shots in home win
    Eric Bledsoe managed to score 15 points with five rebounds, four assists, two blocked shots and a steal over 27 minutes in Wednesday's 110-103 win against the Magic.

    Advice: Bledsoe isn't throwing up eye-popping stats, but he is posting consistent numbers since arriving with the Bucks. He is posting top-50 fantasy value over the past six weeks. While he isn't needed to do as much heavy lifting at the offensive end as his days in Phoenix, he can still fill up the basket on occasion when the others are having an off night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:12 pm
  • Darren Collison deferring to Pacers teammates
    Darren Collison was quiet in 27 minutes vs. Miami, going 2-of-4 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line for seven points, three assists, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Collison is averaging a mere 6.6 shot attempts in his previous five games, and it sounds like he's intentionally deferring to teammates. "When we are moving the ball, it’s easier shots for everyone," he said. "We know [Victor Oladipo] is going to be one of our top scorers, but everyone else is going to chip in with good ball movement." While not ideal for fantasy purposes, DC can still put up mid-round value with a usage rate in the teens. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Goran Dragic drops 20 & 9 in road win
    Goran Dragic stayed hot on Wednesday with 20 points (8-of-16 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), nine assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The Heat are in the midst of a road-heavy stretch, with 10 of 13 games coming away from Miami. "Now it’s time to show we are good on the road, too," Dragic said before the game. "It’s a lot of games away from home, but I think we are ready for that." They looked ready tonight despite missing James Johnson (suspension), and will be going for their seventh straight win vs. the Bucks on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Shabazz Napier to bench w/ Lillard starting
    Shabazz Napier will come off the Blazers' bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Blazers welcome Damian Lillard (calf) back into the starting lineup. Dame is expected to be on a minute-limit, though, which could boost Napier's playing time in the short-term. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:08 pm
  • Jeff Teague (knee) will start on Wednesday
    Jeff Teague (knee) will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: With Teague back in action, Tyus Jones will likely return to the bench, and Jones value will take a massive hit with the move back to the second unit. We haven't had any word on a minutes limit for Teague, but it's worth pointing out that he logged 34 minutes in his return from a four-game absence earlier in the year (oddly enough that game was also against OKC), so he's probably safe to activate in season-long settings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Jeff Teague (knee) a game-time call vs. OKC
    Jeff Teague (knee) will be a game-time decision for Wednesday's matchup with the Thunder.

    Advice: "I feel all right," Teague said after going through Wednesday morning's shootaround. "I can pretty much do everything. I just have a big brace on." Teague appears to be on track to return from a seven-game stint on the sidelines tonight, which would shift Tyus Jones back to the second unit and his value would take a major hit. Tom Thibodeau wouldn't say how many minutes Teague would play if he gets out there, but it's worth noting that in Teague's return from a four-game absence earlier in the year, he logged 34 minutes in his first game back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:54 am
  • James Harden (hamstring) gets up shots Weds
    James Harden (hamstring) was able to get up some shots at shootaround on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Mike D'Antoni said that Harden has looked "really good" as he continues his rehab from the Grade 2 hamstring strain, and members of Harden's camp have indicated that he could be back "soon, anytime next week," so maybe he'll return at the end of his initial two-week timetable. In the meantime, Chris Paul, Eric Gordon and Gerald Green will continue to pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:28 am
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  • Shabazz Napier scores 21 in win over Thunder
    Shabazz Napier started and scored 21 points on 5-of-10 shots in Tuesday's 117-106 win over the Thunder.

    Advice: The Thunder have allowed the seventh fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, making Napier's performance even more impressive. He made 10 trips to the free throw line and connected on nine of them, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and two treys in 34 minutes. He's become a must-start player every time Damian Lillard (calf) misses a game and was averaging 18.2 points, 5.4 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.8 triples in five previous starts. Lillard's status for Wednesday's game vs. Houston is up in the air, so be on the lookout for an update. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Delon Wright scores 13 points w/ 7 rebounds
    Delon Wright scored 13 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one triple in a start for Kyle Lowry (back) on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was terrific on both ends, finishing 5-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line without a turnover in 29 minutes. Wright has really nice upside in category leagues for his defensive stats and triples, and this was his sixth game out of his last nine with at least one steal, one block and one triple. He's trending up and is worth owning while he's hot, especially while Kyle Lowry is day-to-day with a back injury. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 24 with 12 boards
    Goran Dragic hit 10-of-21 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 24 points, a season-high 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 39 minutes of Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Tyler Johnson was out and Josh Richardson appeared to be playing point guard for much of the night, so Dragic focused on scoring and rebounding, helping the Heat to a season-high 64 boards. Johnson doesn't sound likely for Wednesday with his shoulder injury, so Dragic should have another big game. Dragic got into a scuffle with DeMar DeRozan while walking off the court, but if anyone threw a punch, it was DeRozan. However, it was more of a slap or push than a punch, in our opinion, so a suspension probably isn't coming. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Delon Wright starting at PG on Wednesday
    Delon Wright will start at point guard in place of Kyle Lowry (back) Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: Lowry was ruled out earlier in the day due to a back injury suffered in Monday's win over the Nets. Wright has been playing well of late and has a chance to log heavy minutes in his first start of the season. Over the Raps last three games, Wright is averaging 14.7 points (on 63.0 percent shooting), 6.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals in 26.3 minutes. Wright will be a very chalky DFS play Monday night. Fred VanVleet will also see an uptick in minutes off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Delon Wright listed as probable starter Tues
    Delon Wright is being listed as the probable starter for Tuesday's game against the Heat, with Kyle Lowry (back) unavailable.

    Advice: While we typically don't go off the game notes, Wright starting sans Lowry just makes the most sense and Dwane Casey tends to not release lineup changes until just a few minutes prior to tip-off, so we're throwing this out there. Wright has played very well as a reserve this season, and with him likely to see his minutes in the 30s tonight, he'll make for a strong DFS option. Check back for official confirmation on the starters closer to tip-off.Daily Slant: With Lowry and all non-rotation members off the floor, DeMar DeRozan leads the Raptors in usage by a huge margin at 43.5%, a massive +11.9% differential from his seasonal number. Wright and VanVleet have nearly identical usage rates and FPPM marks (20.4 vs. 20.5 and .89 to .86), but we'll give Wright the nod due to his ability to rack up defensive stats. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Atkinson comfortable pairing Dinwiddie & D-Lo
    Kenny Atkinson said he's "comfortable" with the idea of Spencer Dinwiddie and D'Angelo Russell (knee) sharing the backcourt.

    Advice: The Nets did briefly open the year with a Jeremy Lin-Russell starting backcourt, so it wouldn't be too shocking to see Atkinson role with a slightly different two PG lineup. Atkinson said that Russell has proven he can play well off the ball, and Dinwiddie's size allows him to defend other two-guards, so maybe Dinwiddie's value won't take quite as big of a hit once Russell gets back to the court. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:59 pm
  • Jeff Teague (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tom Thibodeau said that there's a chance Jeff Teague (knee) will be able to play Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Teague practiced on Tuesday and also went through some 5-on-5 work with the coaches after practice, and his status for tomorrow will depend on how his body responds to today's increased workload. He's likely going to be a game-time decision, but if he is able to get back out there, Tyus Jones will return to the second unit and his value will take a significant hit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:59 am
  • Lou Williams leads LAC past ATL w/ 34 points
    Lou Williams led the Clippers to a 108-107 win over the Hawks on Monday with a game-high 34 points.

    Advice: He continues to feast on a nightly basis with the Clippers so banged up -- with Blake Griffin (concussion), Austin Rivers (heel), Danilo Gallinari (glute), Patrick Beverley (knee) and Milos Teodosic (foot) all out, the Clippers had 72.6 points, 21.3 rebounds, and 19.4 assists on the shelf tonight. He finished 12-of-29 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line, adding four assists, three rebounds, four triples and six turnovers. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Monday that Williams will be a popular name at the trade deadline and it's easy to see why with his expiring cap-friendly contract. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:23 pm
  • Delon Wright scores seven points in win
    Delon Wright scored seven points (2-of-5 FGs) with five rebounds, one block, one steal and one triple in 27 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: The defensive stats and triples are what it makes him so valuable in category leagues -- he was a top-24 player in his previous six games with averages 11.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 steals, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 triples. Kyle Lowry had to be carried off the floor with a potentially serious injury and the Raptors play three more games this week, so it makes a lot of sense to pick Wright up if he's available. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores career-high 31 pts
    Spencer Dinwiddie scored a career-high 31 points in Monday's 114-113 overtime loss to the Raptors, hitting 10-of-24 shots and 8-of-9 free throws with eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and three triples in 42 minutes.

    Advice: Similar to last game, Dinwiddie wasn't happy with the officiating down the stretch and said to the camera, "that’s exactly what I was talking about." Foul or no foul, Dinwiddie was special tonight and this performance comes a day after the Nets guaranteed his contract for the rest of the season -- he's also owed a non-guaranteed $1.6 million next season which makes him one of the best values in the league. With D'Angelo Russell (knee) back any day now, it's going to be exciting to see how those two mesh. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:42 pm
  • Grizzlies want a 1st-round pick for Tyreke?
    ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski said the Grizzlies want a first-round pick in return for Tyreke Evans.

    Advice: Evans is having his best season since his rookie year, but Wojnarowski adds that the Grizzlies are unlikely to get a first-round pick. He has an expiring contract and a lot of red flags because of his troublesome knee, but it makes sense for Memphis to at least shop him around before he hits free agency this summer. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:05 am
  • Shabazz Napier thrives as fill-in starter
    Shabazz Napier racked up 15 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer as a fill-in starter on Sunday, making 7-of-9 shots in 33 minutes of action.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was ruled out before tip-off due to his strained right calf, although it doesn't sounds like he'll miss much time -- the training staff thought it was "smarter" if he took the night off vs. the short-handed Spurs. Napier is a terrific handcuff for Lillard in deeper leagues, and he's worth opportunistic streaming in most situations whenever Lillard is unavailable. In case you missed his impressive effort tonight, follow the link for a sample of his efforts at both ends of the court. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:20 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 16 points with six dimes
    Goran Dragic scored 16 points on 6-of-18 shooting Sunday, to go with one 3-pointer, three rebounds, six assists, one steal and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Dragic started very slow in this one as he fell victim to some suffocating Utah defense, but he did a nice job of turning things around after halftime, scoring 14 of his 16 points through the second half of action. He’s been trending up over the past four with averages of 21.0 points, 8.3 dimes, 4.5 boards, 2.3 triples and 3.3 turnovers per game on 44.2% shooting, which has been good enough for mid-round value in 9-cat leagues. If you've been looking for a good time to try and flip Dragic, now would be that moment. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:06 pm
  • Ricky Rubio hands out six assists in 30 mins
    Ricky Rubio went 0-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the stripe on his way to four points, five boards, six assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: With so many people capable of initiating the offense in Utah, Rubio just hasn’t had the ball in his hands as much this season, and that’s a trend that unlikely to change anytime soon. Donovan Mitchell also tends to be the point guard on the floor during crunch time, which has negatively impacted Rubio’s minutes. He did do a nice job of setting up his teammates in this one, but it's tough to ignore the fact that he missed all his shots and failed to bring any defensive stats to the table. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:02 pm
  • Nets to guarantee Spencer Dinwiddie's deal
    The Nets will guarantee Spencer Dinwiddie's contract for the remainder of the season.

    Advice: This is one of the easiest decisions they will have to make this season. Dinwiddie is also on the books for a non-guaranteed $1.6 million next season, making him one of the best values in the NBA. He's been excellent as the fill-in starter for D'Angelo Russell and it's going to be interesting to see how he fits next to Russell when he returns this month. Nets coach Kenny Atkinson wouldn't rule out starting them together, so Dinwiddie's outlook is still promising. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 6:40 am
  • John Wall dishes out season-high 16 assists
    John Wall finished with 16 points and a season-high 16 assists over 42 minutes in Saturday's 110-103 loss against the Wizards.

    Advice: The 16-16 line was impressive, and it masks the ugly 5-of-19 shooting night for Wall. He also turned it over six times, but fantasy owners cannot complain too vehemently. He saw his shot wasn't working, so he started to distribute more to guys who were able to make buckets. Wall has nine or more assists in four straight, and seven of the past eight outings. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe hits blackjack in road victory
    Eric Bledsoe finished with 21 points, four rebounds, four assist and three steals while adding a blocked shot across 33 minutes in Saturday's 110-103 road win against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Bucks improved to 10-2 when Bledsoe scores 20 or more points. He continues to be solid since arriving in Cream City, posting top-50 fantasy value for the past five weeks. While he isn't needed to do as much heavy lifting at the offensive end like his days in Phoenix, he is still a nice fantasy asset. He also gives opponents another dangerous player to guard. He has another four-game week starting on Monday to please his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:42 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 16 points with 13 dimes
    Chris Paul scored 16 points with seven rebounds, 13 assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes during a 108-101 loss to the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: Chris Paul finally knows what it feels like two lose two starts within three days of each other in a Rocket uniform. He should have at least one more week to feast without James Harden (hamstring) with three games coming up starting in Chicago on Monday. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:04 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 20 points in loss
    Spencer Dinwiddie scored 20 points during an 87-85 loss to the Celtics on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 37 minutes.

    Advice: The refs were not being a friend to Dinwiddie late in this game and it may have cost the Nets here. Perhaps they're not giving him calls because Dinwiddie may be a sneaky pick for Most Improved Player this year, and his fantasy owners certainly know it based on how he's been hanging early-round value for almost two months now. Even when D'Angelo Russell (knee) comes back, Dinwiddie is too good to take off the floor. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 5:59 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 23 points in 24 minutes
    Lou Williams scored 23 points with two rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Warriors during a 121-105 loss on Saturday.

    Advice: He needs some help in a big way right now. On Thursday night, coach Doc Rivers said he didn't want Williams bringing the ball up too much and would ask Blake Griffin (concussion) to do so at times. Well, not anymore with Blake out. Rivers also said he wants to limit Williams' minutes, but he may not have a choice. Expect Sweet Lou to post some big stat lines. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 4:00 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 15 points vs. Denver
    Ricky Rubio scored 15 points on 6-of-9 from the field with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: Hey that's four solid games in a row from a stats perspective. We saw Rubio really turn it on in the second half of last year, so maybe we're in for a repeat. Rubio's turning point last year was around Jan. 7, so maybe he's a week earlier this season. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 10:19 pm
  • John Wall heating up to start 2018
    John Wall scored 25 points with three rebounds, nine assists, one block, four steals and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's back to start 2018 with two 25/3/9 lines in each of his two games to start this season. In this win, Wall was aggressive as a scorer with three shooting fouls drawn within five feet. He also brought it as a passer with four dimes leading to treys and four to makes at the rim. Maybe he'll heat up after a slow start. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 9:56 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 26 points
    Tyreke Evans scored 26 points with five rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Evans hit a meaningless three at the buzzer to cut the Wizards lead to two, but you're not a 'Reke fan if you bet the Wizards -4.5. If you had the There's not much else to say about Evans. He's been outstanding for two months and he's been healthy, too. Although, the Grizzlies do have a really nice trade chip on their hands, so maybe they'd be willing to sell him for a first. A trade would almost certainly hurt his fantasy value, but he should produce while Mike Conley (Achilles) has no timetable to return. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 9:41 pm
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