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  • Anthony Davis (shoulder) returns to game
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) has returned to Friday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He played the whole first quarter before heading to the locker room, but returned with three minutes left before halftime. The replay showed Davis colliding with Marreese Speights, but it looked very minor. It looks like Davis is in the clear, but this is why it's important to handcuff him with Terrence Jones on your fantasy team. We'll have an update after the game. 29 minutes ago
  • Anthony Davis questionable to return vs. LAC
    Anthony Davis (right shoulder) is questionable to return Friday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This is the same right shoulder he had problems with two seasons ago, but not the left shoulder with a partial tear from last year. Davis didn't appear to be hurt, so it's all a guessing game right now. We'll have another update once we have more info. 50 minutes ago
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) is available Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: With Nikola Jokic (wrist) out, Arthur will likely be in the rotation. He hasn't been healthy all season, so his minutes will likely be pretty limited. Leave him on the wire. Today, 5:26 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. Today, 5:19 pm
  • Raymond Felton starting in place of Redick
    Raymond Felton is starting in place of J.J. Redick (rest) on Friday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: The Pelicans start a small backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Tim Frazier, so Felton moving into the starting five makes some sense. With that said, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford should both see a small bump in minutes as well. There's no need to add Felton is most formats with Redick simply resting. Today, 4:52 pm
  • Nets sign Motiejunas to $37M offer sheet
    The Nets have signed Donatas Motiejunas to a four-year, $37 million offer sheet.

    Advice: Wow. The Rockets will have three days to match, but that doesn't seem likely. D-Mo didn't have many suitors this summer because his troublesome back raised several red flags, but clearly that didn't faze the Nets. Assuming the Rockets don't match, D-Mo could find minutes at both the four and five in Brooklyn and could have some value in deeper leagues -- he averaged 6.2 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals and 0.4 treys in 14.8 minutes per game in 2015-16 with Houston. For now, Trevor Booker's owners shouldn't be too worried. Today, 4:40 pm
  • J.R. Smith starting as expected
    J.R. Smith is in the starting lineup on Friday.

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

    Advice: Holiday started the third quarter on Wednesday, so this move is expected. Holiday only played 10.3 minutes in the second half, so he may not getting a big bump. Expect to see more of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Brandon Jennings tonight. Today, 4:21 pm
  • Mike Scott (knee) upgraded to probable
    Mike Scott (knee) is probable for Friday's game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: This may be the last update we get on Scott before tip-off, so we can only assume that he's available to play. He only played four minutes in his debut and may be limited again even with Paul Millsap (hip) out. Also, the Hawks are starting small with Thabo Sefolosha at the four. Today, 4:19 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. Today, 3:06 pm
  • Courtney Lee out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with more of Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings to help fill the void left by Lee. Holiday hasn't played too well, but he should be able to get minutes in the upper 20s. Plus, Jennings could see minutes around 30, especially if he plays close to 10 minutes next to Derrick Rose. Today, 2:53 pm
  • Marvin Williams still out for Saturday
    Marvin Williams (knee) is still out for Saturday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He is expected to be re-evaluated this weekend to check on the progress of his bone bruise. Williams was having a rough season before the injury with only a 33.6 field goal percentage, but Frank Kaminsky has been even worse since Williams went down. Kaminsky should still play a lot while Spencer Hawes did see some extra time on Wednesday. Today, 1:38 pm
  • J.R. Smith battling a sore left knee
    J.R. Smith said he's battling a sore left knee and doesn't want to get an MRI.

    Advice: "There's nothing I can do about it right now because I don't want to get an MRI," Smith said. He had surgery on his left knee back in 2013, so it's a little odd he won't have an MRI. He has been in some kind of slump over his last four, making just 4-of-32 from the field (12.5 percent). It sounds like he'll be ready to go tonight, but we'll keep an eye out. Today, 11:53 am
  • Nikola Jokic likely to be a game-time call
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is shaping up to be a game-time decision for Friday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: On Wednesday night, Jokic was pushed to the ground and braced himself with his left wrist, so that's likely when he suffered the injury. Jokic did stay in the game and it doesn't sound serious. He's playing some outstanding ball and does appear to have a good chance to play. If he's out, more run will go to Jusuf Nurkic, Kenneth Faried and a number of other forwards. Today, 11:23 am
  • Stanley Johnson still a long-term guy
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Stanley Johnson is "definitely part of our long-term plan."

    Advice: "I think the guy has a chance to be really, really good," Van Gundy said. In other words, Johnson is out of the rotation right now. Darrun Hilliard is ahead of Johnson right now and that may be the case for a while, especially with the Pistons playing good ball. Today, 11:18 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will not play Friday night vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Mahinmi has appeared in just one game this season and holds no fantasy value. Jason Smith should see a few additional minutes. Today, 10:03 am
  • 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. Today, 9:21 am
  • Rockets hope to keep Donatas Motiejunas
    Donatas Motiejunas is expected to sign an offer sheet with the Nets, but the Rockets are not ready to give up hope that they might him.

    Advice: Rockets general manager Daryl Morey has been told to expect to receive an offer sheet, possibly as soon as Friday. Motiejunas had met with the Brooklyn Nets this week and had been examined by their team physicians as the Nets prepare an offer sheet. "We're big fans of Donatas," Morey said. "We hope to have him at some point this year. It's our understanding he will probably sign something in the next day. We won't know until it's official. We don't know how much it will be." The Rockets would have three days to match an offer sheet or let him join the Nets. From a fantasy perspective, landing in Brooklyn offers more upside for Motiejunas. Today, 8:07 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. Today, 7:21 am
  • Roy Hibbert finally feeling healthy
    Roy Hibbert's knees are finally close to 100% for the first time since the start of the season.

    Advice: The last month has been a struggle for Hibbert since his right knee swelled up between the first and second games this season. Hibbert missed five games with that injury, but the effects stretched well beyond that span. However, he is finally playing close to pain-free. On Thursday, he had 11 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes. However, he is still not worth rostering in standard leagues. Today, 7:03 am
  • Chris Copeland returns to Europe
    Chris Copeland signs with Tofas Bursa.

    Advice: Turkish squad Tofas Bursa agreed to terms with Copeland, as reported by Eurohoops. The forward returns to Europe after four seasons in the NBA with the Knicks, Pacers and Bucks. Today, 6:31 am
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Ryan Anderson has big night
    Ryan Anderson scored a season-high 29 points with five rebounds in 45 minutes during Thursday night’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Anderson drained five from beyond the arc and was tied with James Harden for the most points scored by a Rocket. Anderson does not provide many peripheral stats, but has scored double-digit points in six consecutive games and continues to be a good source of 3-pointers. He tends to be a streaky shooter, so it is wise to take advantage of him now that he is hot. Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Trevor Ariza struggles from deep
    Trevor Ariza made 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, and one steal in Thursday’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Ariza missed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc, but continues to get plenty of looks. He has now attempted seven or more 3-pointers in four of his last six games. While he does have plenty of bumps in the road due to his cold spells, Ariza's output in steals has still made him an early-round asset in standard leagues. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • Tony Allen scores nine in 27 minutes
    Tony Allen scored nine points with six rebounds, three steals and one turnover in 27 minutes during Thursday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: While the Grandfather wasn't yelling "First Team All Defense" tonight, he was just terrific on that end late in the game. He had his three steals all come in the final 6:12 to help get the Grizzlies going. Allen has stepped up with more playing time because of the all the injuries. He even said the Grizzlies were "a makeshift team" in his post-game interview. He will likely be managed later in the season, but he could be a steals specialist for some owners. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Elfrid Payton goes 1-of-8 w/ big turnover
    Elfrid Payton came off the bench and hit just 1-of-8 shots for three points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, a block and three turnovers in Thursday's bad loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He turned the ball over late, allowing a JaMychal Green steal that sealed the win for the Magic, who made up a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter to steal the game. Payton played 29 minutes compared to starter D.J. Augustin's 19, but the shooting and bad turnover will leave a bad taste in the mouth of Orlando's fans and coaching staff. He was shooting it well and had scored in double digits in his previous three games, and could move back into the starting unit at any time. If you own him, it's probably best to keep hanging on to see what his role is next time out. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Joe Ingles brings spark off bench
    Joe Ingles scored 15 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, adding four rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: Ingles played 22 minutes off the bench, but ignited the offense with three 3-pointers and played the entire fourth quarter. It was the most minutes that he has played since Nov. 14 and only the third time this season he has played 22 or more minutes. Once the Jazz gets healthier, Ingles will see his role diminish. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles off bench
    Nikola Vucevic came off the bench again and hit 6-of-15 shots, a 3-pointer and 5-of-5 free throws for 18 points, 11 boards and three blocks.

    Advice: Vucevic is keeping his head up, despite being benched for Bismack Biyombo, and has double-doubled in five straight games. He's averaging 17 points, 13.4 rebounds, 1.2 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. Regardless of whether or not he's starting, he's clearly one of the most consistent fantasy centers in the NBA. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Serge Ibaka posts 11-8-4 line in loss
    Serge Ibaka, coming off an 18-point game on Tuesday, hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, eight rebounds and four blocks in 32 minutes of a tough loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: The Magic blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter to lose the game, while the Grizzlies snapped a two-game losing streak with the win. While Ibaka's not exactly crushing it every night, he's still a pretty good player, and is worthy of a fourth-round fantasy pick this season in nine-category leagues. He's playing well right now, averaging 14.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:10 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. Yesterday, 7:20 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. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) likely out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: This report adds that Lee is not expected to miss much time. His ankle doesn't appear to have any structural damage and perhaps he can make it back next week. Until then, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday should get some extra run. Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Joe Ingles coming off the bench
    Updating a previous item, Joe Ingles will come off the bench on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: He should still get solid minutes, especially with how frequently the Heat go small. Ingles isn't quite as appealing as Joe Johnson, but he's in the mix for owners in deep leagues. Yesterday, 5:37 pm
  • Joe Ingles likely to start for Rodney Hood
    Joe Ingles is likely to start for Rodney Hood (hamstring) against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: It makes sense to keep the second unit together and bring Joe Johnson off the bench. Ingles actually exploded in his only start this year, scoring 20.0 points in 33 minutes. With the Jazz very thin on the outside, both Joe and Jingles should be getting big minutes. Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur probable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is probable for Friday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He missed Wednesday due to an illness and should be back. Arthur won't be playing much while the Nuggets are somewhat healthy at the four and five. Yesterday, 2:29 pm
  • Nikola Jokic pops up on the injury report
    Nikola Jokic (left wrist) is questionable to face the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: This is surprising for Jokic, who didn't appear to be hurt during Wednesday's game against the Heat. Jokic is expected to see a few extra minutes and coach Mike Malone wants to run more offense through him. Hopefully, Jokic goes through shootaround and we can get more information on his wrist issue on Friday morning. Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Mike Scott (knee) probable for Friday
    Mike Scott (sore left knee) is questionable to play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: He only played four minutes in his season debut on Wednesday. The Hawks may opt to sit Scott in one of the two back-to-back games, which is something coach Mike Budenholzer has done more than most coaches. Scott is not worth owning in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:05 pm
  • Jokic to get extended minutes?
    Coach Mike Malone said he's made an effort to give Nikola Jokic extended minutes.

    Advice: "Even though [Jusuf Nurkic] has been starting, Jokic been getting the lion share of minutes at center and I think I’ve been making a more concerted effort when he is out there to play through him," Malone said. Jokic has been terrific in his last two games, averaging 15.0 points, 12.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 0.5 blocks in his 27.5 minutes per game. After a horrible start, he's trending up big time. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi gets treatment on Thursday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He had surgery on his left knee, so it's not an aggravation to his knee. Considering the Wizards aren't too thin, they may want to bring Mahinmi along slowly. Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is questionable for Friday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Wednesday night and did not return. Lee is not expected to miss much time and could even be back for Friday. If he's going to miss another game, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday would get some extra playing time. Yesterday, 11:09 am
  • Nets preparing Donatas Motiejunas offer sheet
    The Nets are reportedly preparing an offer sheet for Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Assuming the Rockets don't match the offer sheet in the next three days, Motiejunas will become a member of the Nets. It's unclear what shape he's in, but he's worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues as he'll see minutes in Brooklyn. Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Elfird Payton will play Thursday vs Grizzlies
    Elfrid Payton (right ankle) will play against the Grizzlies on Thursday, according to head coach Frank Vogel.

    Advice: Payton echoed Vogel's statement, so it looks like Payton is safe to deploy against the Grizzlies on Thursday. While Payton's return will put a dent in his fantasy value, D.J. Augustin is still worth a hold in deeper fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • Courtney Lee unlikely to miss extended time
    Courtney Lee (left ankle) sprain is unlikely to miss extended time after leaving Wednesday's game.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Lee's ankle and he isn't expected to be out for very long. We'll keep an eye on his progress, but Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings will both see a bump in deeper fantasy league value while Lee is out. Yesterday, 7:08 am
  • Mike Scott (left knee) logs four minutes
    Mike Scott (left knee) made his season debut on Wednesday, coming off the bench for one rebound and one turnover in four minutes.

    Advice: Scott has serious legal problems looming over him, stemming from a 2015 arrest in which he was charged with felony possession of marijuana and MDMA, and he's too risky to recommend in almost any format. He might not have even taken the court tonight if Paul Millsap (hip) were available to play. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts 17 & 14 w/ three assists
    Nikola Jokic had another productive evening on Wednesday with 17 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and one steal, making 7-of-11 FG and 3-of-4 FTs in 24 minutes.

    Advice: "We took a big step back tonight, and that's disappointing," coach Mike Malone said after the game. That quote isn't likely to apply to Jokic, who was one of three players to finish with a positive +/- rating, and he's quietly on the upswing for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores just two points
    Justin Holiday started the third quarter for Courtney Lee (ankle) against the Wolves on Wednesday, finishing with two points, four rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

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

    Advice: Lee was ruled out for the game due to his ankle sprain. Holiday has played well for the Knicks and even gets some run with the first unit when the Knicks go with Kristaps Porzingis at the five. If Lee does need to miss time, Holiday would get a nice bump in minutes. He's worth a speculative look in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) will not return vs. MIN
    Courtney Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Wednesday night and will not return, though X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: The Knicks ruled him out somewhat quickly from his sprain in the first half. With Lee out, they're already going with more two-PG lineups while Justin Holiday should also get a nice bump in minutes. Holiday and Brandon Jennings are both worth speculative looks in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out against the Thunder
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) will not play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did not go through shootaround and the Wizards will just be safe with Mahinmi. He had surgery on left knee, so this is something different. There will be a couple extra minutes for Jason Smith tonight. Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • Darrell Arthur ruled out for Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday night against the Heat.

    Advice: With Danilo Gallinari (thigh) back, the Nuggets won't need Arthur as much. Wilson Chandler should slide over to the four more tonight and should still get plenty of minutes. Arthur isn't worth stashing in most leagues. Wednesday, 1:32 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. Wednesday, 11:00 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Ian Mahinmi (right knee) did not participate during shootaround, and he is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Thunder.

    Advice: Mahinmi was also limited during Tuesday's practice, so he's probably much closer to doubtful for tonight's game. He's not worth owning anywhere, and his absence will have a negligible impact in fantasy hoops. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Mike Scott (knee) will be on active roster
    Mike Scott (left knee) will be activated for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He still might not play, and even if he does, he'll only see limited minutes off the bench. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 10:27 am
  • Darrell Arthur (illness) sits out shootaround
    Darrell Arthur (illness) did not participate during shootaround and he remains questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur sitting out shootaround is a pretty good indication that he won't be playing tonight. He's not worth owning anywhere. Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Ryan Anderson still struggling for Rockets
    Ryan Anderson played just 21 minutes and hit 4-of-7 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points and two rebounds in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Anderson is in a funk. Despite seemingly custom-built to play for this Rockets team, he just hasn't been able to get it going. He's scored in double digits in five straight games, but is averaging just 12.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting in 27 minutes a night over his last five games. There's a long way to go and he still has plenty of time to turn it around. Consider him a buy-low option, and he shouldn't cost you much in a trade right now. Tuesday, 8:59 pm
  • Serge Ibaka leads Magic with 18 points
    Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 18 points with seven rebounds in a 95-83 win over the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Magic. Ibaka shot 7-of-11 from the field and added two assists, two steals, one block and two triples in 34 minutes. He's rolling over his last three games, averaging 18.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 1.7 triples in that span. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic plays 25 minutes off the bench
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Spurs, scoring 12 points on 6-of-16 shooting with 10 rebounds, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row off the bench and Vucevic wasn't happy about the demotion, but he's still going to get his touches and the minutes will be there if Frank Vogel continues to use a three-man rotation in the frontcourt. Vooch had 17 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 30 minutes in his previous game, so his fantasy value should be fine. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • X-rays negative on Elfrid Payton's ankle
    X-rays taken on Elfrid Payton's right ankle after Tuesday's game vs. the Spurs came back negative.

    Advice: For what it's worth, this isn't the same ankle that sidelined him last season. Payton went down in the fourth quarter and briefly went to the locker room, but he did return to the bench and appeared to be available to return. He did have a noticeable limp, so we'll consider him questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Grizzlies. He came off the bench for the second straight game on Tuesday, finishing with 10 points, four assists, three rebounds, one block and three steals on 5-of-9 shooting. If he misses time, D.J. Augustin will have a massive workload. Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • J.R. Smith held to six points in loss
    J.R. Smith was held to six points on 2-of-7 shooting (all 3-pointers) with one assist, one block and two steals in 30 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He's going to be all over the news for stopping mid-game to greet Jason Terry on the Bucks' bench, giving up a wide-open layup in the process (link below). Since returning to the lineup from an ankle injury, Smith is averaging 5.2 points on 23.1 percent shooting in his last five games and we wouldn't blame you if you dropped him for a hot free agent. Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes beast mode on Lakers
    Anthony Davis torched the Lakers for 41 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, four steals, two blocks, a 3-pointer and just one turnover in 41 minutes in Monday's blowout win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Wow. He had 75.7 Fanduel points, hit 14-of-27 shots and 12-of-14 free throws, so hopefully you didn't fade him tonight. Since scoring just 13 points in 19 minutes against the Hawks a week ago (when he tweaked his knee), he's scored at least 31 points in four straight games and is averaging 38.3 points, 13.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 2.0 steals, 2.3 blocks, 1.3 3-pointers and just 2.0 turnovers over that stretch. He's an obvious sell-high candidate based on his injury history, but that's easier said than done when you're enjoying the fruits of his labor right now. Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Mike Scott (knee) getting closer to return
    Mike Scott (left knee) is getting closer to a return and has been upgraded to questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: Scott underwent non-surgical procedures in late October to address soreness in his left knee. He was projected to miss at least four weeks and was targeting a return date in early December. So this latest updates suggests he has not encountered any setbacks in his rehab. Scott averaged 6.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 15.3 minutes per game last season. He can be left on waivers in standard leagues, as he has limited fantasy value. However, Scott may eat into Thabo Sefolosha and Mike Muscala's minutes once he is finally healthy. Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (sick) questionable Wednesday
    Darrell Arthur (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Arthur seems to always find a way to pop up on the injury report, but he's not a meaningful part of the rotation anyway. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 1:26 pm
  • Courtney Lee dealing with sprained right hand
    Courtney Lee said that he sprained his shooting hand back on Nov. 20 vs. Atlanta, but maintains that it is not an issue that has affected his shot.

    Advice: Lee has been averaging 11.0 points, 2.3 triples, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 43.2 percent shooting since sustaining the injury, so this isn't anything to be concerned about. In fact, those numbers have been good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, so he's worth a look for owners seeking a boost in the 3-point category with a trickle of steals. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) does not practice Tuesday
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) did some individual work on the side but did not practice with the team on Tuesday.

    Advice: Mahinmi seems questionable at best for Wednesday night's game in OKC. He has played just 14 minutes this entire season, so this won't have significant fantasy implications, either way. Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • Justin Holiday dealing with shoulder sprain
    Justin Holiday said he has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder suffered in Friday’s game versus Charlotte.

    Advice: "Every time you make contact, it’s going to hurt, but it still moves,’’ Holiday said. He played 18 minutes on Saturday and then 15 minutes on Monday night, so it doesn't appear to be hampering him significantly. Holiday is averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. He can be left on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Courtney Lee has a solid outing on Monday
    Courtney Lee made 5-of-10 shots for 13 points, three boards, and two steals in 36 minutes of Monday’s loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Lee has now scored in double figures in three consecutive games and has made nine 3-pointers over that span. He continues to see plenty of minutes, averaging 30.6 minutes per game and playing over 35 minutes in three of his last five games. His usage rate is just 14.6 percent, but he does account for 23.5 percent of the 3PM and 14.7 percent of the Knicks points. If you are looking for help in the 3-point category and need a scorer, now is the time to pick up Lee, as he is shooting the ball well. Monday, 8:50 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. Monday, 7:53 pm
  • Babbitt starting, Richardson to the bench
    Luke Babbitt will move into the starting lineup for Monday's game against the Celtics, sending Josh Richardson to the bench.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra will role out a starting five of Goran Dragic, Rodney McGruder, Babbitt, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside (knee) for Monday's game, and while Richardson will be coming off the bench, it's tough to envision a scenario where he doesn't exceed 30 minutes. Spoelstra is likely just bringing him off the bench to help infuse some offense into the second unit, so while Babbitt will start, Richardson remains the preferable fantasy target. Monday, 3:50 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) out Monday vs. Sacramento
    Ian Mahinmi (sore right knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Mahinmi made his regular-season debut on Saturday, logging 14 minutes off the bench, and the positive here would be that this is Mahinmi's good knee. He'll miss Monday's game, and his minutes will likely be divvied up between Jason Smith and Andrew Nicholson, but none of these guys matter in most leagues. For now, we'll consider Mahinmi questionable for Wednesday's game in OKC. Monday, 2:29 pm
  • 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. Monday, 10:57 am
  • D'Antoni wants to keep giving Capela 30 mins
    Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni said he wants to keep giving Clint Capela 30+ minutes per night.

    Advice: Capela didn't eclipse the 30-minute mark until Nov. 19 against the Pistons, but since then he's played 30 or more minutes in five straight games, averaging 17.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks on 62.9 percent shooting from the field and 58.3 percent from the line in that span. His fantasy arrow is pointing up and he is becoming a draft-day steal. Monday, 9:28 am
  • Nikola Vucevic not happy about role change
    Nikola Vucevic said that he wasn't happy with coach Frank Vogel's decision to bring him off the bench Sunday.

    Advice: "I didn't think there was a reason for me to go to the bench. But it's Coach's decision," Vucevic said. "All I can do is control what I can control, which is when I'm on the court [to] play to the best of my ability and help the team and stay professional. Whatever is going on, I will keep giving my best and my full effort." The move may have motivated Vucevic, as he scored 17 points with 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers in 30 minutes, and he played almost three more minutes than his season average. Whether he's starting or not, Vucevic's fantasy value should be safe. Monday, 6:36 am
  • Trevor Ariza scores 18 points on seven FGA
    Trevor Ariza made the most of limited opportunities on Sunday, scoring 18 points on seven shot attempts with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.

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

    Advice: Capela had some quiet games early this season, but since Nov. 5 he's been on a tear with averages of 13.6 points on 63.0 percent shooting, 9.2 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and only 1.5 turnovers in 27.0 minutes. He's made just 56.0 percent of his free throws in that span, but has attempted just 2.3 per game -- compare that to 3.7 attempts for Andre Drummond, 5.0 attempts for Dwight Howard, and 5.6 for DeAndre Jordan. Capela is shaping up to be a tremendous value in any format. Sunday, 9:10 pm
  • Anthony Davis' 36 & 13 not enough vs. Dallas
    Anthony Davis exploded for 36 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 40 minutes on Sunday, making 12-of-22 FGs and 12-of-14 FTs in a losing effort.

    Advice: Davis padded his league-leading scoring average of 31.3 points per game and continues to hold down the No. 1 spot for roto value. Unfortunately, he got absolutely no help tonight with his teammates shooting a combined 18-of-55 from the field (32.7 percent) against one of the league's worst defenses. They'll look to get back on track vs. the visiting Lakers on Tuesday. Sunday, 7:31 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic benched, still gets 17 & 16
    Nikola Vucevic shifted to the bench on Sunday, where he posted 17 points, 16 rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer without any turnovers.

    Advice: Bismack Biyombo got the start tonight as coach Frank Vogel thoroughly shook up his starting rotation with three new starters. The decision to bench Vuc was even more surprising since he came in red hot, averaging 19.0 points, 15.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks in his previous two games. Vuc still played 30 minutes tonight, including some time alongside Biyombo, and his owners obviously shouldn't overreact to the perceived demotion. Sunday, 7:00 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 16 points off ORL bench
    Elfrid Payton shifted to a reserve role on Sunday, scoring 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Frank Vogel has watched his team sputter offensively all season, which may be why he started veteran D.J. Augustin ahead of Payton, who came in making 41.8 percent FGs and 61.1 percent FTs. He was barely holding 12-team roto value as a starter, though he's more appealing in points leagues. There's a chance this was just a one-game experiment, and most owners should hang tight to see how he fares as the first guard off the bench. He did play some minutes alongside Augustin tonight, which is an interesting wrinkle. Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Nikola Jokic double-doubles in 31 minutes
    Nikola Jokic double-doubled in 31 minutes off the bench on Sunday, producing 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Jokic has excelled off the bench for the Nuggets, and since the demotion he's returned top-80 value in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 9.6 points, 7.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 0.9 blocks and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 54.3 percent shooting from the field and 82.4 percent from the stripe. The 31 minutes were the most he's played since the second game of the season, so hopefully things continue to trend in this very positive direction. Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • Elf Payton moves to the bench
    Elfrid Payton will move to the bench behind D.J. Augustin on Sunday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He's lost some late minutes to D.J. Augustin, so coach Frank Vogel will really mix it up. The Magic starters only have a -7.3 net rating as a unit, so a change could help. We'll see what happens with Payton, but his owners shouldn't totally press the panic button. Although, his upside isn't the best in standard leagues. Sunday, 2:25 pm
  • Vucevic to bench, Bismack Biyombo starting
    Nikola Vucevic will move the bench against the Bucks on Sunday with Bismack Biyombo starting ahead of him.

    Advice: Wow. Coach Frank Vogel is really shaking things up tonight after Vooch turned in two really good games heading into this one. It's likely just about the combos and Vucevic's minutes shouldn't dip too much. Plus, Vogel is likely just going to roll with a three-man big rotation. Vucevic's owners shouldn't worry here. Sunday, 2:21 pm
  • J.R. Smith hoists up 11 bricks in win Sunday
    J.R. Smith missed all 11 of his shot attempts during Sunday's win over the 76ers, finishing the game with just five boards, one assist and one block to his credit.

    Advice: Smith was actually able to outdo Friday's horrendous 1-of-11 outing with today's goose egg, but tis life for Smith owners. He's been an incredibly streaky guy throughout his career, but he's also one of the few guys in the league that can drain 10 triples on any given night. He'll eventually turn things around, and his ability to offer a copious amount of 3-pointers (2.5) and an above average amount of steals (1.6) makes him worth owning in most leagues. Sunday, 1:49 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi makes his season debut
    Ian Mahinmi played 14 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday with one rebound, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The rust was apparent for his first game of the season. Mahinmi was not moving very well out there and looked tired out there. He could get close to 20 minutes than this, but the Wizards will keep his playing time down as long as Marcin Gortat is healthy. He's only a desperation handcuff in deep leagues. Saturday, 6:24 pm
  • Stanley Johnson active, Hilliard ahead of him
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Darrun Hilliard will be the first wing off the bench over Stanley Johnson.

    Advice: Johnson is active, but he is firmly in the doghouse after a one-game suspension. Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi (knee) will make season debut
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) will his make season debut against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been doing some 4-on-4 work since last week, but he will have his minutes monitored for tonight. While the Wizards paid up to get Mahinmi, he shouldn't affect Marcin Gortat too much. Mahinmi is only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 2:22 pm
  • Marvin Williams (knee) out at least one week
    An MRI on Saturday revealed Marvin Williams (left knee) has a bone bruise and he will be re-evaluated in one week.

    Advice: There is no structural damage to his ligaments, so it's possible Williams can make it back shortly after the one week. After arguably a career year last season, Williams is off to a bad start with only 9.9 points per game on only 33.6 percent from the field this season. He may he on the chopping block in shallow leagues. Meanwhile, Frank Kaminsky is worth owning in standard leagues while Marco Belinelli should benefit with the Hornets going smaller more often and needing another shooter out there. Saturday, 1:37 pm
  • Ariza scores 18, HOU takes NBA record 50 3PAs
    Trevor Ariza scored 18 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

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

    Advice: No foul trouble against DeMarcus Cousins? Making 3-of-4 from the line? A double-double in 30 minutes? I'm Ron Burgundy? Kidding aside, Capela is playing lights out and he has his coach's confidence. He's a bit of a sell-high candidate, but Capela isn't going away. Friday, 11:46 pm
  • Anthony Davis drops 31 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Anthony Davis scored 31 points with 13 rebounds, two assists, five blocks and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes vs. the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The loss snaps a four-game winning streak for the Pelicans. It was just another day at the office for Davis, as he registered a season-high five blocks with his 11th game of 30 or more points on the season. Davis is the No. 1 player in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues, so his trade value can't be any higher. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores nine, hurts shoulder
    Justin Holiday hurt his shoulder on Friday and did return, finishing with nine points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play on Saturday. The Knicks are starting to play smaller more often, but it hasn't helped Holiday get a significant bump in minutes. He's only on the radar in deeper formats. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Nikola Jokic posts understated line Friday
    Nikola Jokic chipped in seven points, six rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' tough home loss on Friday.

    Advice: Jokic has found his rhythm after moving to the bench, and over the past five games he's averaging a steady 8.8 points on 57.6 percent shooting, 7.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 blocks. It's not ideal, but he's doing enough to maintain a roster spot in all formats. Friday, 9:06 pm
  • Roy Hibbert moves back to the bench
    Roy Hibbert moved back to the bench on Friday with four points, eight rebounds and one block in 21 minutes against the Knicks.

    Advice: He actually looked better than expected and the Hornets will now need Frank Kaminsky to get almost all his minutes at the four. Hibbert is still not worth owning in most leagues. Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Marvin Williams is doubtful for Saturday
    Marvin Williams (left knee) is doubtful to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: There is no need to play him on the second night of a back-to-back. The Hornets won't have a shootaround tomorrow morning, so we won't get an official word until Saturday evening. The Hornets do have some depth, but it'll be Frank Kaminsky getting a big bump. Kaminsky should be owned in standard leagues right now. Friday, 8:28 pm
  • Odd Man Out: J.R. Smith struggles in huge win
    J.R. Smith shot just 1-of-11 from the field on Friday, finishing with three points, two rebounds, two assists and three steals.

    Advice: The steals were a silver lining and his lone make came from downtown, but he was perhaps the only Cavs player who didn't have it going during tonight's 128-90 blowout win. In spite of tonight's dud, Smith has quietly positioned himself as a mid-round roto value -- he's particularly useful in 9-cat leagues thanks to a microscopic 0.5 turnovers per game. Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 17 in big stat line
    Nikola Vucevic filled the stat sheet during a 94-91 loss to the Wizards on Friday, scoring 17 points with 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That's two really good games in a row for Vooch with a 21-point, 13-board game coming on Wednesday. On the year, Vucevic's shot distribution is very similar to last year, but he's missing shots in all different areas on the court while his usage is also noticeably down. He's going to be better than he has to date, so there's still a buy-low window here even after these two gems. Friday, 6:55 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He took a bad fall in the second half in a collision under the basket with Otto Porter. Ibaka landed on his tailbone, but was also grabbing his wrist after the game. For now, he looks to be fine. His fantasy value is also fine in his last five averaging 15.2 points, 7.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 2.6 blocks, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys. He's on a roll and shows no signs of slowing down. Friday, 6:51 pm
  • Marvin Williams has hyper-extended left knee
    Marvin Williams has suffered a hyper-extended left knee and will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He's almost certainly going to be re-evaluated after what looked to be a painful injury. Williams had a tough time going to the locker room and was ruled out about 20 minutes after the injury. If Williams needs to miss Saturday's game against the Knicks, Frank Kaminsky would get the start and have a big boost in fantasy value. He's a speculative add in standard leagues. Friday, 6:20 pm
  • Marvin Williams (left knee) to locker room
    Marvin Williams (left knee) went to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis under the basket and had an awkward landing. Williams tried to walk it off for a few steps, but was in pain after that. He continued to be in pain and eventually sat down on the floor next to the bench. Williams was able to walk to the locker room under his own power, but he could be out for tonight. If he's going to miss time, that would make Frank Kaminsky a very attractive pickup in most leagues. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn returns to the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the expected move with Joakim Noah (illness) back in the starting lineup. KOQ is only relevant in very deep leagues. Friday, 3:51 pm
  • Roy Hibbert back to bench on Friday
    Cody Zeller will start in New York on Friday night, which means Roy Hibbert will return to the Hornets bench.

    Advice: Hibbert started the last three games in place of Zeller, but averaged just 5.3 points and 1.7 rebounds in less than 15 minutes per contest. With Zeller healthy and back in the starting lineup, there is no reason for Hibbert to be rostered in standard fantasy leagues. Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Stanley Johnson gets one-game suspension
    Stanley Johnson received a one-game suspension for violating team rules and will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He's almost fallen out of the rotation anyway, so the Pistons won't miss him too much. Darrun Hilliard should be the backup to a very busy Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Friday, 2:58 pm
  • McDermott is not symptom free yet
    Doug McDermott (concussion) is "still having symptoms" but is "getting better," according to coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: He's not going to be able to progress through the concussion protocol until he is symptom free. Plus, McDermott having two concussions in a month suggests the Bulls will be extra careful. They'll use more of Denzel Valentine and Isaiah Canaan to help out in the second unit. Thursday, 11:53 am
  • Donatas Motiejunas upset with lack of offer
    Donatas Motiejunas is reportedly upset that the Rockets undervalued him.

    Advice: The Rockets pulled their most recent offer to the restricted free agent and Motiejunas is reportedly getting offers from overseas. While Motiejunas is reportedly getting offers from other NBA teams, he doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment. Thursday, 6:21 am
  • Anthony Davis has 45 & 10, Pelicans win again
    Anthony Davis (right knee) blew up again on Wednesday with 45 points (17-of-27 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs), 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: This is already Davis' third 40 & 10 game of the young season, and he's on pace to return No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat and 8-cat leagues. The standard injury caveat applies, and he's dealt with a few minor ailments in the past week alone, but he's still the ultimate high-risk, high-reward player in the NBA. If you're leery of his health and looking to trade him, at least make sure you're getting elite value in return. Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Tony Allen quiet in double-OT win vs. Philly
    Tony Allen ran into early foul trouble on Wednesday, finishing a double-OT win vs. the Sixers with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: With both James Ennis (calf) and Chandler Parsons (knee) on the shelf, Memphis needs everything they can get from Allen. Grizzlies coach David Fizdale wound up playing Vince Carter for 39 minutes, but we expect a more even allotment between Allen and VC during Friday's game vs. the Heat. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Roy Hibbert starts, plays 17 minutes vs Spurs
    Roy Hibbert started again on Wednesday and notched 10 points with two rebounds and two assists in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Cody Zeller (shoulder) was absent but Hibbert's minutes are still being closely monitored following his knee injury. The Hornets came in as league-leaders in second-half scoring margin at +7.1 points, but the Spurs edged them out by four points after halftime en route to a 119-114 road win. Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Marvin Williams hits 4-of-6 FGs, two triples
    Marvin Williams made 4-of-6 shots including two 3-pointers on Wednesday, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Williams came in shooting just 31.2 percent from the field, easily a career-worst. He wasn't very involved tonight, but at least his attempts were on the mark. If he was cut in your league due to his horrid shooting, don't hesitate to pick him up -- it's only a matter of time before he resumes posting top-100 value. Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Serge Ibaka held to five points in 32 minutes
    Serge Ibaka was quiet in 32 minutes vs. the Suns, going 2-of-9 from the field for five points with four rebounds and three blocks.

    Advice: Orlando came in averaging a paltry 92.3 points per game. They faced a Suns defense that's given up more points than any other team, yet they still managed just 87 points tonight. Ibaka in particular didn't benefit from the matchup, taking only three shots in the entire first half. He'll be better than this most nights, but Orlando's stagnant offense makes it unlikely he'll have a big year scoring the ball. Wednesday, 7:09 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic heats up with 21 & 13 vs. Suns
    Nikola Vucevic warmed up on Wednesday with 21 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Vuc has been slumping offensively all season, shooting just 41.0 percent from the field and a miserable 48.1 percent from the line. Those are both career-lows by a huge margin and an uptick is inevitable -- he sank 10-of-15 shots tonight and his owners can only hope this presages a sustained offensive surge. Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Frazier, Moore, Dante, AD & Asik starting
    Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Davis and Terrence Jones were both expected to play today, so they should be good to go. Hopefully, Davis doesn't jump into the stands today. Wednesday, 5:49 pm
  • Anthony Davis (knee), Jones expected to play
    Anthony Davis (knee) and Terrence Jones (illness) are both expected to play on Wednesday, according to coach Alvin Gentry.

    Advice: Both guys were considered probable so this merely confirms that they're on pace to play tonight. Plug both guys into your lineups with confidence. Wednesday, 4:57 pm
  • Tony Allen is active for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (groin) is active for Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: He should be the starting shooting guard after playing 31 minutes on Monday. Allen's playing time has increased in each of his last two and he could be close to 30 minutes again tonight. He's not a bad option in DFS in a favorable matchup. Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Rockets pull offer fro Donatas Motiejunas
    The Rockets have pulled their most recent offer to restricted free agent Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Today is the last day players can sign and still be trade eligible before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 23. Motiejunas and the Rockets haven't seen much progress since July, so a deal may not get done. If he signs overseas, D-Mo will remain a restricted free agent. Wednesday, 11:25 am
  • Davis (knee), Jones (illness) probable Weds
    Anthony Davis (right knee) and Terrence Jones (illness) are probable to play Wednesday vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Davis exited Tuesday's game with the knee contusion, but he eventually returned despite the game being a blowout and he didn't appear to be favoring the knee. Jones has been playing through his illness, and that trend looks likely to continue on Wednesday night. Owners of both Davis and Jones can deploy them with confidence. Wednesday, 9:25 am
  • HOU will try and sign Donatas Motiejunas Weds
    The Rockets will try and finalize a deal with Donatas Motiejunas on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wednesday is the final day that a player can sign and still be traded during the 2016-17 season, but given that there's been zero progress in the negotiations up to this point, it would be surprising to see a deal come to fruition. Wednesday, 7:08 am
  • Nikola Jokic posts nice line in 18 minutes
    Nikola Jokic played just 18 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, but had eight points, eight rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block on 3-of-5 shooting.

    Advice: He's now averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 0.6 blocks in 22 minutes over his last five games. Kenneth Faried has cooled off, so maybe Jokic is getting ready to go on a run. But the minutes and role are still a concern for one of the most frustrating fantasy players to have the pleasure of owning this year. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Anthony Davis hurts knee, then finishes
    Anthony Davis suffered a right knee contusion in the first quarter of Tuesday's blowout win against the Hawks, then returned to the game with the Pelicans up by about 30 late.

    Advice: He finished with 13 points, three rebounds, a steal and three blocks in just 19 minutes of action. Alvin Gentry said after the game that he played Davis in the blowout to see how he looked on his knee as the Pelicans get ready for Minnesota on Wednesday night. Davis looked fine and a contusion is nothing more than a bruise, and X-rays were negative. He did have some swelling, but at this point it looks like he'll be a go on Wednesday, although we're still not really sure why he was playing on a balky knee in a game that was already decided. The Pelicans have now won three straight games. Tuesday, 7:41 pm
  • Courtney Lee held to five points Tuesday
    Courtney Lee scored five points on 2-of-8 shooting vs. the Blazers on Tuesday with four rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was coming off a 14-point outing against the Hawks, but he's been far too inconsistent this season. Lee has been held to single-digit points in four out of his last five games and is averaging 7.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.8 3-pointers in that span. You should be able to find a better option on your waiver wire. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn held to four points in start
    Kyle O'Quinn started again on Tuesday vs. the Blazers, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Joakim Noah (illness) missed his second game in a row, but he now has three days to get ready for Friday's game vs. the Hornets. KOQ didn't take advantage of his opportunity and will likely head back to the bench Friday. Tuesday, 7:33 pm
  • Tony Allen (groin) probable Wednesday vs. PHI
    Tony Allen (groin) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: Memphis just lost both Chandler Parsons (knee) and James Ennis (calf) for the next two weeks, so they're going to need everything they can get from Allen. He should be playing around 30 minutes for however long his body holds up, and he's worth owning as a steals specialist in deep leagues. Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Doug McDermott to miss at least 2 more games
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will miss at least two more games, Tuesday at Denver and Friday at Philadelphia.

    Advice: This is not surprising news, as McDermott is dealing the serious aftereffects of his second concussion this month. Earlier reports indicated he could be sidelined until November 30th. Nikola Mirotic started for the Bulls on Sunday and tallied 15 points and 15 rebounds in 37 minutes. Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn likely to start Tuesday night
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he would again start Kyle O’Quinn at center if Joakim Noah (illness) is inactive for Tuesday's game vs. Portland.

    Advice: Noah, who missed Sunday's game with an illness, sat out of Monday's practice and is doubtful for Tuesday. However, despite starting and playing well on Sunday (eight points on 4-of-5 shooting, to go with eight boards, one block and one turnover), O'Quinn only played a total of 17 minutes. Hornacek ended up playing rookie Willy Hernangomez 29 minutes and also played Kristaps Porzingis at center at times. As a result, O'Quinn's fantasy value is capped, even as starter. Tuesday, 6:20 am
  • Trevor Ariza returned to action on Monday November 21. Tuesday, 12:39 am
  • Clint Capela keeps putting up numbers
    Clint Capela scored 15 points with 12 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 35 minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: All that preseason concern is 100 percent gone. Capela is enjoying perhaps his best five-game run of his career, averaging 14.2 points, 10.8 boards, 1.8 assists, 2.6 blocks and 0.2 steals. He obviously will hurt you in free throw shooting, but Capela looks like he's ready to take off. Monday, 9:58 pm
  • Elfrid Payton flirts with a triple-double
    Elfrid Payton flirted with a triple-double vs. the Bucks on Monday, scoring eight points with nine rebounds, and seven assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: This was encouraging after Payton was benched in his previous game in favor of D.J. Augustin (two points in 13 minutes). Payton got back on track Monday and hit 4-of-9 shots with three steals, but he missed all three of his shots from deep and missed his only two free throws. Payton's shooting percentages really hold him back in standard formats, but he's a solid asset in points leagues. Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 21 w/ three blocks
    Serge Ibaka scored 21 points with eight rebounds, one assist, three blocks, two steals and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes in a 93-89 loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He's been a completely new player since his revenge game against the Thunder on Nov. 13. This was his second game in a row with three blocks and his third game in a row in which he shot 50 percent or above from the field. He's averaging 17.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers over his last five games and continues to trend up. He could flirt with early-round value very soon if he keeps this pace up. Monday, 9:08 pm
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