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  • Marcus Smart scores just three
    Marcus Smart played just 23 minutes against the Kings on Friday with three points, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Now that Jae Crowder doesn't have a minutes limit and Al Horford is back, Smart's minutes have taken a noticeable hit. He's also been awful from the field, making just 28.9 percent from the field for 8.0 points in his last five outings. Smart is a drop candidate for owners in shallower formats. Rotoworld.com 39 minutes ago
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 14 points in loss
    Jordan Clarkson scored 14 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and three treys in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He only shot 4-of-15 from the field, but did hit all three of his freebies at the line. Clarkson is locked in for minutes in the 30s with Nick Young (calf) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) out, so the big lines will start flowing if he can find his shot -- he's shooting 38.0 percent from the field over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:45 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes
    Omri Casspi scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He managed to miss four shots from the field in an 18-second span, but that's neither here nor there. Casspi has seen some consistent minutes in his last four with 22.3 per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 treys. Nothing to see here for most owners. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:40 pm
  • Julius Randle turns the ball over five times
    Julius Randle turned the ball over five times on Friday vs. the Raptors, finishing with eight points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers were blown out by 33 points and Brandon Ingram was the only starter who played heavy minutes. Randle shot 4-of-8 from the field and this was his second game in a row with five turnovers, but to be fair he did have 13 points and 20 rebounds in his previous game. Larry Nance is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Memphis with a knee contusion, so Randle will have a higher floor if Nance sits. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 20 points in win vs. PHI
    Aaron Gordon busted out against the 76ers during a 105-88 win on Friday, scoring a season-high 20 points with two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It was just two points off his career high and Gordon did most of his damage in the first half with 15 points. He's been horrendous for his previous 10 games with only a 37.1 field goal percentage for 8.0 points and 1.2 dimes on the offensive side. Maybe this game can get him going, but it was a dream matchup for him. He's only a borderline hold right now and gets a tougher matchup against the Pistons on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:32 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores just two points
    Elfrid Payton scored two points with one rebound, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 24 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: We finally have a decent sample on Payton in his four games off the bench. He's getting most of the action in the fourth quarter with 8.2 minutes in that frame. Overall, he's averaged 7.8 points, 2.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.3 treys. He's only a low-end option in standard leagues because he's not much of a scorer anyway. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 pm
  • Kyle Lowry leads Raptors with 24 points
    Kyle Lowry led the Raptors to a 113-80 win over the Lakers on Friday, scoring 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He made an early exit in the fourth quarter after 31 minutes with the game comfortably in the books. Lowry added seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and six triples, but also turned the ball over four times. DeMar DeRozan was getting all the headlines earlier this season, but it's been all Lowry for a couple weeks now. He's scored 24 or more points in three straight games and should have a big game against Dennis Schroder and the Hawks on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:07 pm
  • Jodie Meeks makes his season debut
    Jodie Meeks made his season debut against the 76ers on Friday with 10 points, one rebound, three steals and two 3-pointers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter with this one going into garbage time. That's a great sign for his health because coach Frank Vogel said he wasn't sure about Meeks' conditioning before the game started. He may earn more playing time in the second unit and would mesh nicely with Elfrid Payton. Meeks is only worth a look in super deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 25 points with 10 boards
    Joel Embiid played 27 minutes during a 105-88 loss to the Magic on Friday, scoring 25 points with 10 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He had a 28-minute limit for this game and even played in some of garbage time to help him get close to it. Embiid did play 13 minutes next to Jahlil Okafor tonight against the bigger lineup of the Magic, so that's something to watch. Obviously it's not going to affect his minutes, usage or rebounding rate. Plus, coach Brett Brown really likes him around the rim, so his blocks should be fine, too. Embiid is very likely to rest on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:56 pm
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  • Sergio Rodriguez scores eight w/ seven dimes
    Sergio Rodriguez scored eight points with three rebounds, seven assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is still out with his sore wrist, but he is only day-to-day. Rodriguez will hold some value while Bayless is out, but coach Brett Brown appears to want to get another shooter out there with Bayless over Rodriguez, who only has short-term value right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:44 pm
  • Dario Saric plays 16 minutes in loss
    Dario Saric played 16 minutes against the Magic on Friday with two points, and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's really struggling and may have hit the rookie wall. In his last five, Saric averaged just 5.4 points, 4.0 boards, 2.4 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.8 treys on 25.6 percent from the field. The 76ers have played him at small forward at times, so maybe he gets a bump if Robert Covington (knee) needs to miss games. Saric is more of a drop than an add right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:32 pm
  • Nik Stauskas doesn't score vs. Magic
    Nik Stauskas missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Magic on Friday, adding one rebound and five assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Hey, at least the five assists were a season high. Sauce Castillo has cooled off considerably in his last five, making just 38.1 percent from the field for 9.0 points per game with 3.6 dimes. There could be more minutes headed his way with Robert Covington (knee) getting hurt tonight. Stauskas' upside still isn't all that great, so he's only a speculative add in deep leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:26 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:52 pm
  • ATL goes small, starting Thabo Sefolosha
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Paul Millsap (hip) against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense with the Pistons not having a big power forward in their starting lineup, and a bigger power forward in the second unit. Mike Muscala should still get a nice bump in playing time and is on the radar to use tonight. Plus, this news also helps Tim Hardaway Jr. with more minutes at the three. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:05 pm
  • Magic sticking with the same starters vs. PHI
    The Magic will stick with the starting lineup of D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo against the 76ers.

    Advice: The starting nod hasn't really helped Gordon while it has helped Fournier get more shots and be a facilitator. It's a great matchup for both wings, so maybe Gordon can get going. Nikola Vucevic should be fine off the bench, especially against Jahlil Okafor. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:46 pm
  • J.J. Redick (rest) will not play vs. Pelicans
    J.J. Redick (rest) will not play vs. the Pelicans on Friday night.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the back end of a back-to-back set. Redick has been on fire with a 23-point game on Thursday, but he is still 32 years old. For tonight, Wes Johnson should get in the rotation while Austin Rivers, Raymond Felton and Jamal Crawford all get boosts in playing time. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:39 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) out Friday and Saturday
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Pistons on Friday and is also out for Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: These DNPs will be his second and third games out of the lineup. Despite going scoreless on Wednesday, Mike Muscala should get another start while Mike Scott could also see a few extra minutes than his four on Wednesday. Millsap's injury doesn't sound serious and it may be more about pain tolerance, so he could make it back for Monday against the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:32 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:55 pm
  • Jodie Meeks (foot) will play Friday
    Jodie Meeks (foot) will make his season debut aginst the Sixers on Friday.

    Advice: Meeks has missed the first 19 games of the season due to a fractured right foot. Coach Frank Vogel said he envisions Meeks playing in four or five-minute bursts each half on Friday. Vogel also explained that Meeks is probably not in game shape yet, but the best way to acclimate him to playing again is to give him minutes. Even when fully healthy, Meeks will likely have a minimal role in Orlando. He is not worth adding at this point. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:36 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:38 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:23 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 am
  • Embiid minute limit increased to 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid will be on a 28-minute limit Friday night vs. Orlando, but likely will not play on Saturday vs. Boston.

    Advice: In addition to the 28-minute limit vs. Magic, the Sixers announced that "the team anticipates to follow prior back-to-back protocol for Celtics on Saturday." Thus, we can safely assume they will rest Embiid on Saturday. Embiid has not played more than 27 minutes in any game this season, so 28 minutes would represent a career high. It will be interesting to see if Embiid can sustain his incredible per-minute production as his playing time increases. His current per-36 minute averages are mind-boggling: 28.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:36 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. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:03 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Evan Fournier on fire in Thursday's loss
    Evan Fournier hit all seven of his shots in the first half and finished the night by hitting 11-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for 28 points and four assists in Thursday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He missed his season high by one point and is cooking, scoring 25 or more points in three of his last five games. He's hit double figures in 17 straight games and all but one of his games this season. The Magic are an utter mess, but Fournier seems to be the one beacon of light for them right now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Aaron Gordon quiet in another start
    Aaron Gordon started again on Thursday but played just 21 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds, two assists and a block on 3-of-6 shooting.

    Advice: Owners have reached the end of their rope with Gordon and his new starting role isn't really helping. In an ideal world he's still a hold, but if he's killing your fantasy team and you're watching good players being swiped off the wire while you're hanging onto him, a move might be in order. Just don't be surprised if he's a better player a month from now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • J.J. Redick hits 9-of-13 shots, 4 treys
    J.J. Redick hit 9-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 23 points, two rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He sat the fourth quarter in a blowout and shot lights-out tonight, tying his career high with eight field goals made in the first half. He's been a bit up and down this season, as shooters will do, but is still averaging 16 points and 2.4 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:14 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) out vs. Heat
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is out for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable due to his hamstring strain from Tuesday. This is Hood's first bout with a right hamstring strain in his career, but he's had some durability concerns before and the Jazz will take it easy on him. Joe Johnson should benefit most while there will be more two-PG lineups and some Joe Ingles. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:03 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:18 pm
  • Paul Millsap (hip) is questionable for Friday
    Paul Millsap is listed as questionable to play against the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The Hawks are on a back-to-back set with another game in Toronto on Saturday. Millsap was playing through his hip injury for about a week before he missed Wednesday against the Suns. He'll likely be a game-time call for the 8:00 start. If he can't go, Mike Muscala should play close to 30 minutes with a few more minutes going to Mike Scott (knee), assuming Scott is a go. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:07 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

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

    Advice: There's not much of an update here. McDermott has still not been cleared for contact and doesn't have a target date. Isaiah Canaan has been the most consistent bench perimeter guy while Nikola Mirotic has seen some bright spots. Hopefully, McDermott can make it back next week. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Joel Embiid scheduled to play on Friday
    Joel Embiid is scheduled to play against the Magic on Friday, according to Tom Moore.

    Advice: While this isn't set in stone, Moore also reports that Embiid is likely to sit the second half of the 76ers back-to-back on Saturday. We'll keep an eye on news surrounding Embiid, but it looks like his fantasy owners can deploy him for Friday night. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:46 am
  • Jodie Meeks will not play vs Grizzlies Thurs
    Jodie Meeks (foot) will not play against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

    Advice: Meeks may still travel with the team for Friday's game against the 76ers, but he won't be in the lineup against Memphis on Thursday. Meeks will be a bench player for the Magic when healthy and isn't worth adding in any fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:36 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. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:30 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Clarkson, Williams lead Lakers' bench effort
    Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams each scored 18 points off the bench vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, with Clarkson going 9-of-18 from the field with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers' bench has averaged 52.4 points per game this season, the most for any team since at least 1985-86. That remarkable fact speaks to how well coach Luke Walton has balanced his young players and veterans, and the Clarkson/Williams duo isn't likely to be separated any time soon. Williams made 4-of-12 FGs and 9-of-11 FTs, with five boards and five assists, and both guys should have expanded roles until Nick Young (calf) returns to action. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:53 pm
  • Julius Randle ties career-high w/ 20 rebounds
    Julius Randle (hip) notched 13 points, a career-high-tying 20 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 31 minutes of action vs. Chicago on Wednesday.

    Advice: Randle played 21 minutes on Tuesday and admitted that he isn't "pain-free", but his performance tonight puts to rest any concerns about his health. He's averaging 13.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.6 blocks this season, while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, and his playing time (27.3 minutes) should only increase as the Lakers prioritize player development. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyle Lowry ties season high w/ 29 points
    Kyle Lowry tied his season high with 29 points on Wednesday, making 8-of-13 FGs and 9-of-10 FTs with eight assists and a pair of steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry went 4-of-7 from downtown but this isn't likely to be the start of a sustained offensive surge. He's taken a backseat to DeMar DeRozan (24 points, nine boards, six assists) offensively this season, and he benefited from a matchup vs. Grizzlies rookie Andrew Harrison tonight. That said, Lowry is still an excellent, borderline-elite fantasy PG. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:22 pm
  • Marcus Smart quiet in loss to Detroit
    Marcus Smart struggled from the field on Wednesday, making 4-of-14 shots to finish with 12 points, two 3-pointers, three assists, two rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Smart launched seven triples in his first 11 minutes on the court, which probably isn't what Brad Stevens drew up for the career 29.6 percent 3-point shooter. He took a hit to the back of his head tonight but stayed in the game and should be fine -- we'll let you know if his status is jeopardized for Friday's game vs. the Kings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable vs. MIA
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night and did not return. Hood has been a slow healer in the past, so there's a decent chance the Jazz hold him out for the home game. If he's out, Joe Johnson figures to step up the most while Joe Ingles could get a few extra minutes. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:39 pm
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  • Paul Millsap out, Mike Muscala will start
    Paul Millsap (hip) will not play against the Suns on Wednesday and Mike Muscala will start in his place.

    Advice: He went through some warmups in Phoenix, but the Hawks will just hold him out. Millsap suffered the injury last week and has been playing through it. He is only day-to-day and has a decent chance to play this weekend. Besides a big bump to Muscala, Mike Scott should benefit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Paul Millsap (left hip) a game-time decision
    Paul Millsap (left hip) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Suns.

    Advice: Millsap will go through his pregame routine before making an official determination on his status for tonight's game, but if he's out, Mike Muscala would draw the start and he'd definitely be on the DFS radar. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:39 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) will play on Wednesday
    Julius Randle (hip) will play Wednesday vs. the Bulls, as expected.

    Advice: It's the second leg of a back-to-back set, but Randle was only on the court for 21 minutes last night, so there was never much doubt about his status for Wednesday's game. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:57 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:35 pm
  • More Trust: Joel Embiid can play 28 minutes
    Joel Embiid had his minutes limit increased to 28 minutes for Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: Oh yeah. We'll get more of The Process, which means fewer minutes for Jahlil Okafor. Embiid is second in the NBA in usage rate at 37.6 while he's also seen some very good rebounding and block numbers lately. Hopefully this also means Embiid's back-to-back limit can go away soon. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
  • Paul Millsap (left hip) questionable vs. Suns
    Paul Millsap (left hip) is questionable to face the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: The injury occurred against the Jazz last week, but he was able to play through it against the Warriors on Monday. Millsap has struggled with his shot lately and is down to just 43.8 percent from the field on the year. Hopefully he can play tonight in a very favorable matchup for him. If he is out, Mike Scott (knee) should get a big bump in his debut while Mike Muscala also benefits. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Doug McDermott (concussion) out Wednesday
    Doug McDermott (concussion) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Lakers, as expected.

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

    Advice: Randle returned from a three-game absence on Tuesday, but only logged 21 minutes in a start, so he should be good to go for the second leg of the back-to-back tonight. Owners can expect to get official confirmation closer to tip-off. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:39 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Aaron Gordon limited by foul trouble Tuesday
    Aaron Gordon scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Small steps. Gordon looked much better tonight, but he only played 19 minutes due to foul trouble. He added three rebounds and a triple, and it looks like he may stick in the Magic starting lineup with Jeff Green (back) coming off the bench Tuesday. Gordon should start to turn things around soon and is a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:35 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:24 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson leads Lakers in minutes
    Jordan Clarkson hit 4-of-14 shots for nine points, three rebounds, two assists, and a steal in 29 minutes against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Clarkson, along with teammate Brandon Ingram, led the Lakers in minutes with 29 on Tuesday night. He has now played at least 29 minutes in four straight games and has attempted no less than 14 shots in each of those games. The Lakers appear to be more inclined in giving Clarkson the playing time during D’Angelo Russell’s absence. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:21 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in return
    Julius Randle (hip) hit 6-of-9 shots for 12 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists in 21 minutes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Randle returned to action after missing three games and did not appear to be rusty. He recorded his fourth double-double of the season and shot well from the field. He did not appear to suffer any setbacks and should play the normal amount of minutes on Wednesday against the Bulls. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring strain) won't return
    Rodney Hood (right hamstring strain) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a massive blow for the Jazz and it's a shame because Hood was having one of his best games of the season. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples in 20 minutes. Joe Johnson will benefit if Hood misses time and is worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues. Gordon Hayward and George Hill will be busier as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:49 pm
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  • Julius Randle (hip) will play Tuesday vs. NO
    Julius Randle (hip) will start Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, sending Thomas Robinson back to the bench.

    Advice: Tuesday will be the first game of a back-to-back set for the Lakers, so there's a chance Luke Walton monitors Randle's minutes as he gets on the court for his 22nd birthday. Robinson could fall out of the rotation entirely with Randle back in action, and Larry Nance's playing time will take a bit of a hit. Randle is a must-start guy in all season-long settings, although he's a bit of a riskier option in DFS due to the potential for him to have his minutes held in check. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:38 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) on track to play Tuesday
    There's a "good chance" that Julius Randle (hip) will suit up for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans, according to Lakers' beat reporter Mike Trudell.

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

    Advice: McDermott has to be symptom-free and pass all required tests in order to progress through the league-mandated concussion protocol. He has missed six straight games, but appears to at least be headed in the right direction. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:14 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • Julius Randle (hip) healthy for shootaround
    Julius Randle went through a full shootaround Tuesday morning, but the Lakers will still wait to reevaluate him prior to the start of Tuesday night's game vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: The Lakers play back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then also on Friday and Saturday. Thus, it's safe to assume coach Luke Walton will closely monitor Randle's minutes even if he does start. Larry Nance, Thomas Robinson and Brandon Ingram would be the likely beneficiaries if Randle doesn't play. Check back prior to tip for an update. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:59 am
  • DeMarre Carroll finally feeling healthy
    A full year after his initial injury, DeMarre Carroll says he "feels great just to be healthy."

    Advice: It was around this time last year - less than a month into his first season with Toronto - that Carroll initially hurt his knee. "I need my legs to knock down my 3-pointers. It just feels good to be healthy and be able to go out there and help my team win," Carroll said. He has scored 10 or more points in five straight games for the first time since joining the Raps. Over this recent stretch, he's averaging 14.4 points on 55 percent shooting, including 46 percent from beyond the arc. He's totaled five steals and five blocks over the last three contests. Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:06 am
  • Paul Millsap shoots 3-of-11 from the field
    Paul Millsap shot 3-of-11 from the field on Monday vs. the Warriors, finishing with 14 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two triples and three turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap hasn't been living up to his second-round ADP and it's mostly due to his FG percentage -- He has shot less than 50 percent from the field in six straight games and he's now shooting just 43.7 percent from the field on the season. He's a career 49.7 percent shooter and we fully expect him to turn things around, so there's still a nice buy-low window here. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Rodney Hood held to nine points on Monday
    Rodney Hood was held to nine points on Monday vs. Minnesota, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hood's second dud in a row after he scored eight points against the Hawks on Friday. Hood finished just 4-of-12 from the field on Monday and took a backseat with Gordon Hayward and George Hill running the show. Hood is still holding onto 8th-round value in standard leagues and gets a favorable matchup against the Rockets on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:15 pm
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  • Kyle Lowry scores 24 w/ 8 dimes, 6 treys
    Kyle Lowry lit up the 76ers on Monday for 24 points, eight assists, four rebounds, one steal and six 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He finished with three turnovers, but made up for it by shooting 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line. He also hit all six of his triples. Lowry has been flying under the radar a bit due to DeMar DeRozan's hot start, but he's really picking it up, scoring 24 or more points in three out of his last five games. He's flirting with top-25 value in standard leagues and should be able to sustain it. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:45 pm
  • Marcus Smart quiet in 33 minutes
    Marcus Smart played 33 minutes off the bench on Monday and had 12 points, two rebounds, four assists, a steal and a 3-pointer for the Celtics.

    Advice: He snapped a four-game streak in single-digit scoring, but posted an otherwise lackluster line. He looks like a buy-low player to us right now, although the fact he'll never be a dynamic scorer hurts his fantasy ceiling quite a bit. But the minutes are there and the production should follow, even if he's not a dynamic scorer. He was in foul trouble tonight, finishing with five of them, or his line might have been a little better. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:33 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in 21 minutes
    DeMarre Carroll scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes vs. the 76ers on Monday.

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

    Advice: Making his second straight start in place of the injured Jerryd Bayless (wrist), Rodriguez played 28 minutes and shot 4-of-7 from the field. It sounds like Bayless is in danger of missing more time, so Rodriguez is worth owning if you can stomach some turnovers and a poor FG percentage. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:03 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:29 pm
  • Walton hopeful Randle can return on road trip
    Luke Walton said he's hopeful that Julius Randle (hip) will be able to return sometime during the Lakers' upcoming four-game road trip.

    Advice: Randle was limited to non-contact work during Monday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Pelicans. The Lakers have two back-to-back sets coming up, Tuesday in New Orleans, Wednesday in Chicago, Friday in Toronto and Saturday in Memphis, so there's certainly a chance he'll be rested during one of those back-to-backs. Thomas Robinson and Brandon Ingram have alternated as starters sans Randle, but Larry Nance has been the primary beneficiary. Rotoworld.com Monday, 12:16 pm
  • Vogel hopeful Meeks can return on road trip
    Frank Vogel is hopeful that Jodie Meeks (foot) can get back on the court sometime during Orlando's upcoming five-game road trip.

    Advice: Meeks will have a limited role off the Orlando bench, so he's not worth owning anywhere. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:25 am
  • Doug McDermott cleared for non-contact work
    Doug McDermott (concussion) has been cleared for non-contact work and shooting.

    Advice: He's been out for a few weeks and still doesn't have a clear return date, but this is a step in the right direction. Prior to going down, McDermott was averaging 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 0.9 triples in 23.7 minutes per game, so he's only worth stashing in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:57 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 18 points on 17 shots
    Jordan Clarkson shifted to the bench on Sunday, where he turned in 18 points on 17 shot attempts, with five assists, four rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Clarkson's line would have been even nicer if he shot at his usual 46.3 percent from the field, but few owners will complain with this across-the-board production. He's a steady value whether he's starting or, more likely, coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:46 pm
  • Paul Millsap's offensive struggles continue
    Paul Millsap had another rough shooting night on Sunday, going 4-of-11 from the field for nine points with five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Millsap's blocks have dipped compared to last season but the biggest issue is that his scoring and FG percentages are both down. This season, 53.9 percent of his shots have been assisted by teammates, whereas last year that number was at 69.3 percent. The loss of Jeff Teague (and Al Horford) seems to be taking a toll, in other words, but Millsap is still a strong bet to finish with second-round roto value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:45 pm
  • Starter Aaron Gordon scoreless on 0-of-12 FGs
    Aaron Gordon couldn't buy a bucket as a fill-in starter on Sunday, going 0-of-12 from the field to finish scoreless with eight boards, three assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Jeff Green (sore lower back) was unavailable tonight, giving Gordon a boost in the playing-time department, but he simply couldn't get his shot to drop. He's shooting 62.0 percent within eight feet of the hoop, but is a miserable 31-of-103 beyond eight feet (30.1 percent). Gordon's multi-cat contributions give him nice upside, but he'll need to start making jumpers to crack top-100 value. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:59 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:56 pm
  • Evan Fournier racks up 27/7/6 with three 3s
    Evan Fournier excelled in a tough home loss vs. the Bucks on Sunday, scoring 27 points on 11-of-21 FGs with a season-high seven assists, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals and just one turnover.

    Advice: The Magic shifted Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic to the bench tonight, and that seemed to get Fournier going as the clear No. 1 offensive option with the first unit. His supporting stats aren't always robust, which makes this line even better, and his owners should be hoping that Frank Vogel sticks with his new-look lineup for at least a few more games. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:54 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson back to bench w/ Young active
    Jordan Clarkson will return to the bench on Sunday with Nick Young (toe) back in action.

    Advice: Clarkson's upside takes a hit with the news, but he's still an every-night fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:28 pm
  • J.J. Redick shoots just 1-of-7 in ugly loss
    J.J. Redick shot just 1-of-7 from the field for five points, two rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 22 minutes on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers' impressive defensive effort deserves credit for Redick's lousy night, which has all the hallmarks of a fluke. He had been shooting very well after a slow start to the season and has now made at least one 3-pointer in 74 consecutive games. Expect him to bounce back quickly vs. the Nets' defense on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 5:40 pm
  • Julius Randle (hip) out Sunday vs. Hawks
    Julius Randle (hip) will not play in Sunday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Randle didn't make it through all of Saturday's practice, so this isn't a big surprise. He's now missed three straight games and owners should consider him questionable to play vs. New Orleans on Tuesday. Luke Walton has yet to announce who will start in place of Randle, but Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance are the obvious options. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 4:52 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:52 pm
  • DJA, Fournier, Gordon, Ibaka, Biyombo start
    D.J. Augustin, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Elfrid Payton and Nikola Vucevic will come off the bench in this one, and Jeff Green (back) being unavailable will allow Gordon to return to the starting five. With Augustin at the point, that should open up some spacing for Gordon, so he should be able to turn things around tonight and is a safe bet to be looking at minutes close to the 30-minute mark sans Green. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:32 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. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:25 pm
  • Aaron Gordon expected to start on Sunday
    Aaron Gordon is expected to move back into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Jeff Green is out with a sore back, so Gordon could easily see his minutes in the 30s tonight, and his value will see a nice bump in the starting unit. As a starter this season, Gordon has put in averages of 11.0 points, 5.3 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.0 triple per game, so feel free to get him active. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 2:06 pm
  • Dario Saric posts minimal line in 20 minutes
    Dario Saric scored 10 points on 4-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with four boards, three assists, two 3-pointers, one block and an unfortunate four turnovers in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The arrival of Ersan Ilyasova has basically crushed Saric's upside, and through the first 17 games of the year the rookie ranks well outside the top-200 with averages of 9.2 points, 6.1 boards, 1.9 assists, 1.2 triples and 2.1 turnovers per game. There's a chance he could turn things around after the All-Star break, but that's a long ways away, and given his minimal upside he's just not worth owning in standard leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:16 pm
  • Nik Stauskas drains two more triples Sunday
    Nik Stauskas drained two more triples on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-4 from beyond the arc) Sunday, on his way to 11 points, four assists, three rebounds and one turnover in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Stauskas has been playing some solid ball over the past 10 games, putting up mid-round value behind averages of 12.9 points, 2.3 triples, 1.7 assists and 2.0 turnovers per contest to go with a sterling 71.9 true shooting percentage. It’s unlikely he’ll be able to keep this up for the entire year, but the Sauce is hot right now and deserving of a speculative add in standard leagues for those seeking some points and triples. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:04 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 22 points w/ three blocks
    Joel Embiid racked up 22 points, nine boards, four assists, three 3-pointers, three blocks and three turnovers in a mere 25 minutes of action during Sunday's 112-108 loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: The 76ers hung tough with the defending champs, and Embiid was no small part of that impressive effort. Despite a strict minutes limit, Embiid continues to crush it with his ridiculous 37.6 usage rate, pumping out mid-round value with averages of 18.2 points, 7.8 boards, 1.3 triples, 2.4 blocks and 4.1 turnovers per game on 48.0 percent shooting. This was the first game of a back-to-back set, meaning that Embiid will be rested on Monday night with Jahlil Okafor moving into the starting five. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:51 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez posts 12-7-2 line in start
    Sergio Rodriguez was solid in his return to the starting lineup on Sunday, scoring 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with two boards, seven assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless is back on the sidelines after aggravating his wrist injury against the Bulls on Friday, and he's being listed as questionable for Monday's game in Toronto. As long as Bayless is out, Rodriguez will be Philly's starting point guard, and his 7.0 dimes per contest as a starter makes him worth owning as an assists specialist. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:38 pm
  • Carroll to be cleared for back-to-back sets?
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey said that DeMarre Carroll may be cleared to play in both games of back-to-back sets around the new year.

    Advice: "We don't want to push it right now," Casey said. Carroll has played much better lately with averages of 15.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 2.5 treys on 52.3 percent shooting in his last four appearances, but it's tough for fantasy owners to rely on him due to the limited workload. Looking ahead, the next back-to-back set on the schedule is on Friday vs. the Lakers and Saturday vs. the Hawks. He's trending up after a slow start to the season. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:13 am
  • Sergio Rodriguez will start at PG Sunday
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at point guard on Sunday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He's starting in place of the injured Jerryd Bayless (wrist). Rodriguez was a drop candidate this week after losing his starting role to Bayless, but now he's worth a look again with Bayless possibly looking at some additional time on the shelf. As a starter this season, Rodriguez is averaging 7.7 points, 7.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 0.9 steals, 1.1 triples and 2.6 turnovers on 36.6 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:39 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:24 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:37 pm
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  • Joel Embiid will play Sunday and rest Monday
    Joel Embiid will play Sunday vs. the Cavs on a 24-minute restriction, and is then expected to rest on Monday in Toronto.

    Advice: As we know, Embiid is more than capable of putting up monster numbers in just 24 minutes of action, which makes him a viable DFS option on Sunday. The Sixers then play the Raptors the following night in Toronto, but Embiid is not scheduled to travel with the team, as Philly plans to keep Embiid from playing in back-to-backs for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:03 am
  • Jordan Clarkson drops 20 w/ 4 treys, 5 steals
    Jordan Clarkson started in place of Nick Young (toe) and went off for 20 points, two rebounds, five steals and four treys in 38 minutes in a 190-85 loss to the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: His season-high for minutes was 31 prior to Friday, but the Lakers needed him to step up with both Nick Young (toe) and D'Angelo Russell (knee) out. Clarkson shot 6-of-15 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, and he's looking at another heavy workload on Sunday vs. the Hawks -- Young's status is still up in the air and Russell is out for a couple weeks. He will be a popular target in DFS. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:33 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets in the rotation
    Omri Casspi played 28 minutes off the bench on Friday with seven points, four rebounds, five assists and one turnover.

    Advice: After some trade rumors and reported disagreements with Casspi and the Kings, he finally saw minutes for the first time since Nov. 11. The Kings got their doors blown off in the first half and actually played well while Casspi was out there in the second half. We'll obviously need to see it again before signing off on him as a pickup in almost all leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:23 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 pm
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  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 11 off the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha returned to the bench on Friday vs. the Jazz, scoring 11 points with seven rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Kyle Korver returned from a maintenance day, but he combined for just six points on the wings with Kent Bazemore. Sefolosha is holding onto low-end value because he was averaging 2.3 steals per game prior to Friday, but standard-league owners should be able to do better. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:07 pm
  • Dario Saric scores just four points
    Dario Saric scored four points with seven rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in 22 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He's in another bad shooting slump over his last three. In that span, he's made just 18.8 percent from the field with averages of 3.3 points, 5.3 boards, 1.7 assists and 0.7 treys. His minutes appear to be capped at 24 because Ersan Ilyasova is playing well in the first unit and coach Brett Brown barely plays them together, so his upside isn't what it used to be. He's probably not worth owning in shallower formats or for owners needing a change. There will be upside later in the year, though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:00 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez goes scores on Friday
    Sergio Rodriguez did not score in just 14 minutes on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and three turnovers against the Bulls.

    Advice: The expiration date on Spanish Chocolate seems to have expired. He'll be sticking in the second unit and even sharing the backup minutes with T.J. McConnell is a terrible blow to his value. He's probably the biggest cut candidate of the night after a strong month to this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:50 pm
  • Sauce scores 13 with three blocks
    Nik Stauskas scored 13 points with five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He's solidified his minutes with 27.6 per game over his last five, averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.0 blocks, 0.6 steals and 2.8 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. Stauskas has been hanging around top 100 value in his last 10, which is fairly close to his ceiling. He's not the strongest add, but give him a look if you've been waiting to cut someone at the end of your bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:37 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll hits four 3s, scores 14 pts
    DeMarre Carroll finished Friday's 105-99 win in Milwaukee with 14 points, four 3-pointers, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: Carroll was coming off a 20-point game and looked good again tonight, hitting 4-of-8 shots from deep. The lack of boards and assists is brutal, however, and he didn't have any defensive stats to make up the difference. He got off to a poor start this year and is likely to get more sporadic rest days, but he's worth a glance if you have an open roster spot. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Clarkson, Ingram listed as starters on Friday
    Jose Calderon, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov are listed as the starters against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to need plenty of help on the outside, so Clarkson should get major run tonight in an up-tempo matchup. We'll see plenty of Lou Williams off the bench tonight, as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:25 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 24 points in road loss
    J.J. Redick had 24 points on 9-of-14 shooting in a loss to the Pistons on Friday, scoring 18 of those in a career-best third quarter.

    Advice: Three of Redick's makes came from downtown and he went 3-of-3 at the line, with three rebounds and one assist in 33 minutes. Frequent blowouts are part of the reason Redick is averaging just 26.0 minutes per game this season, but he's been hot lately and deserves a roster spot in most 12-team formats. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:09 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:20 pm
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:00 pm
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  • Thabo back to the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will move back to the bench on Friday against the Jazz.

    Advice: The Hawks second unit is arguably the best in basketball thanks in part to Sefolosha's defense. His steals numbers are down from his fast start, so he's only a borderline asset in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:02 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. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:12 pm
  • Nik Stauskas is good to go for Friday
    Nik Stauskas (ankle) will play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He only had a minor ankle sprain from his 43-minute outing on Wednesday. Stauskas was leading the NBA in true shooting percentage, but he lost that lead on Wednesday with Kevin Durant taking over the top spot. Sauce Castillo is still ranked sixth in TS% and he's on the radar in fantasy leagues. He's mostly scoring though. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:54 pm
  • Marcus Smart hands out 10 assists
    Marcus Smart scored nine points with four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 27 minutes against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens calls him the sixth starter, he closed this game out, and he is one of five Celtics to get more than 20 minutes today. Smart is not shooting the ball well at all in his last four, making just 9-of-37 (24.3 percent) from the field. On the other hand, he has 18 assists in his last two and appears locked in to his role of minutes in the low 30s. If you're OK with some awful shooting, Smart is worth a very long look. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:25 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez will move to the bench
    Sergio Rodriguez will move to the bench for Friday's game against the Bulls.

    Advice: The move is likely to stick for the 76ers unless it has something to do with Joel Embiid not playing tonight -- that is unlikely. Rodriguez's playing time may not drop too much as long as T.J. McConnell gets the bump from the rotation, but he's still likely to drop closer to 20 than his usual 27.7 per game. Rodriguez's owners may want to plan on making a move. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:18 am
  • Nik Stauskas (ankle) probable for Friday
    Nik Stauskas (left ankle sprain) is probable for Friday.

    Advice: Stauskas injured his ankle late in Wednesday night's loss, but it appears to have only been a minor sprain. With Gerald Henderson questionable for Friday's game, Stauskas is a viable value-play in DFS on Friday. Stauskas has surprisingly emerged as a solid rotation player for the Sixers. He played a game-high 43 minutes for Philly on Wednesday. He has also scored in double-figures in seven of the Sixers last eight games. He is averaging 13.1 points and 2.4 three-pointers per game over that stretch. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:12 am
  • Confirmed: Embiid (rest) will not play Fri.
    Joel Embiid (rest) will not play against Chicago on Friday.

    Advice: As expected, Embiid will sit this one out. As we know, the Sixers are serious about limiting the minutes of their budding star. We will simply have to "Trust the Process" and wait until next game to get Embiid in our lineups. His per-36 minute averages this season are mind-boggling: 28.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 blocks and 1.7 three-pointers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:48 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:53 am
  • Joel Embiid will not play vs Bulls Friday
    Joel Embiid (rest) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid will get a rest day on Friday as the 76ers are trying to manage his minutes, so fantasy owners shouldn't worry about this news. The 22-year-old has been better than advertised thus far and will continue to be an asset for his fantasy owners when he's on the court. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:32 am
  • Marcus Smart scores four off bench
    Marcus Smart scored four points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals, one block and one turnover against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Based on coach Brad Stevens' comments, Smart will be sticking on the bench for a while. "He bring an intensity level that makes your team better when he comes off the bench," Stevens said. Smart hasn't quite hit his stride yet, but he has upside for steals, treys and dimes. He's a borderline player to own depending on your needs. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores season-high 20 points
    DeMarre Carroll returned from a rest day to score a season-high 20 points on Wednesday, making 9-of-14 shots in 27 minutes of action.

    Advice: Carroll added four steals, three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers. He came in shooting just 39.5 percent from the field with a mere 3.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks, so this is a tremendous leap in productivity for the struggling veteran. We'd like to see him do it a few more times before touting him as a pickup, but he has enough upside to be worth a look in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:04 pm
  • Nik Stauskas plays season-high 43 minutes
    Nik Stauskas played a season-high 43 minutes during Wednesday's double-OT thriller, finishing with 10 points on 3-of-12 shooting, five boards, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Stauskas made two 3-pointers and could have had a bigger line if his shooting weren't off tonight -- he came in shattering his previous career high with a 53.8 percent mark from the field, including 46.0 percent from downtown. The minutes were inflated by Gerald Henderson's absence due to illness, so this doesn't significantly impact Stauskas' outlook. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez quiet in 21 mins Wednesday
    Sergio Rodriguez had seven points and five dimes in 21 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless' return has done Rodriguez no favors -- he was little more than an assists specialist while playing unchallenged minutes as a starter, and is a cut candidate now that Bayless is nipping at his heels. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 pm
  • Joel Embiid OK after hurting left hand vs MEM
    Joel Embiid hurt his left hand during the fourth quarter on Wednesday, but he soon returned to finish with 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, three blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Embiid had his hand examined on the bench by a trainer, but his speedy return suggests that he's fine -- just remember that he's been ruled out of Friday's game as a precautionary rest day. He was visibly frustrated after being yanked in double-overtime, but that was simply the result of him exceeding his typical 24-minute limit (he played 27 minutes tonight). The Sixers also play a back-to-back set this Sunday and Monday, so Friday might not be his only DNP-CD. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:34 pm
  • Paul Millsap fills up stat sheet on Wednesday
    Paul Millsap had 18 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, four steals and three blocks during the Hawks' road win in Indy on Wednesday.

    Advice: Millsap is off to a slow start this year but that's due largely to sub-par shooting from both the field (45.5 percent) and the free throw line (71.7 percent). A course correction is inevitable and his 24.4 percent usage is fine, so it's just a matter of time before the early-round value rolls in. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha quiet as fill-in starting SG
    Thabo Sefolosha finished Wednesday's road victory with four points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal, going 2-of-8 from the field without any free throw attempts.

    Advice: Kyle Korver was resting tonight, so Thabo earned 33 minutes as a fill-in starter. He'll head back to the bench for Atlanta's next game and is still primarily a steals specialist who can contribute a trickle of rebounds. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:48 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. Rotoworld.com 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. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:24 pm
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  • Evan Fournier scores 25 pts in losing effort
    Evan Fournier was a bright spot for the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-20 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs with three 3-pointers, four rebounds, three steals, two assists and zero turnovers.

    Advice: "[The Suns] are not good at getting back in transition, and we’re going to try to take advantage of that," coach Frank Vogel said before the game. The Magic did outscore the Suns in transition but the totals were modest, at 12-10 in Orlando's favor. Poor offensive execution has been the team's undoing this season, and Fournier's play will be a key if they're going to turn things around. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup on Wednesday to face the Rockets.

    Advice: He rested on Monday and the Raptors will continue to take it easy on him. Carroll just hasn't looked right and is a drop candidate in standard leagues. Terrence Ross takes a hit with Carroll back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:55 pm
  • Joel Embiid will play Wednesday, out for Fri.
    Joel Embiid will have a 24-minute limit on Wednesday and will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: He should be busy tonight against Marc Gasol in a fun center matchup. The 76ers are surprisingly playing well at home with four straight wins in Philly. Embiid is a very nice DFS option tonight. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:33 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start Wednesday vs. IND
    Thabo Sefolosha will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Pacers, with Kyle Korver (rest) unavailable.

    Advice: Sefolosha will draw a favorable matchup tonight, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget option in DFS or streamer. In his previous outing against the Pacers, Sefolosha put up 12 points, five boards, two assists, two triples, one steal and one block in a mere 16 minutes of floor time. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:13 am
  • Omri Casspi's agents talking to other teams
    Omri Casspi's agents have reportedly been making inquiries around the league, although Casspi has not formally asked to be traded away from Sacramento.

    Advice: "The team is trying to figure out its identity," Casspi said. "I understand that. But I really wanted to be part of building something special here... I want to play. I need to play. If not here, then somewhere." Casspi has been in and out of the rotation this season, and over the past three games he hasn't even gotten off the bench. As a member of the Kings, Casspi isn't worth owning in any setting. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:16 am
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 18 in win over OKC
    Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 18 points, four assists, three rebounds, four steals and one turnover in 26 minutes in a win over the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Jose Calderon was hot with four triples, so Clarkson didn't see as many minutes as his owners would've liked with D'Angelo Russell (knee) out. Clarkson finished 7-of-14 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but missed all four of his 3-point attempts. He's worth a long look in DFS on Wednesday with Russell already ruled out. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha plays 23 minutes in loss
    Thabo Sefolosha returned from a three-game absence due to a sore knee and played 23 minutes, finishing with six points, three rebounds and a steal on 3-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He's back, but it could take him some time to reach full strength. And as long as the Hawks are healthy, he'll be too inconsistent to rely upon in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Millsap quiet as Hawks dismantled by Pelicans
    Paul Millsap played just 23 minutes, hit 4-of-9 shots and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer in Tuesday's embarrassing 112-94 home loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This game was over by the end of the first quarter, which saw the Pels blow open a 34-14 lead, from which they never looked back. With Anthony Davis out for most of the second and third quarter after suffering a knee contusion, it would have made sense for Millsap to get hot and go on a run, but it never happened. The low minutes were because of the lopsided score, so Millsap should be ready to bounce back on Wednesday against the Pacers. While the sky is not actually falling in Atlanta, you might get that impression by talking to their fans after a third straight loss to a marginal opponent. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:00 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. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:15 am
  • Kyle Lowry scores 27 points in loss to LAC
    Kyle Lowry scored 27 points on 8-of-18 shooting in a loss to the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: The Raptors have now lost four out of their last five games, but three of those losses were to the Cavaliers, Warriors and now the Clippers. Lowry added seven assists, six rebounds and three triples in the loss, and he's now scored 24 or more points in four out of his last five games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:44 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 20 points in win Monday
    J.J. Redick scored 20 points on 4-of-7 shooting on Monday vs. the Raptors with two rebounds and one steal in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He hit three triples and lived at the free throw line where he hit all nine of his attempts. Redick is hot right now and is averaging 20.6 points, 3.8 treys and 1.2 steals over his last five games, and while that's not sustainable, he can be treated as a mid-round player the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:35 pm
  • Marcus Smart hit or miss right now
    Marcus Smart hit 3-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for nine points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal and six turnovers in 31 minutes off the bench Monday.

    Advice: Smart isn't going to blow you away with dynamic scoring every night and his shot isn't falling much right now. But he's averaging 8.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.6 3-pointers over his last five games. He's shooting just 33 percent during that stretch, but he's not a high volume shooter, which should keep him from ruining your field goal percentage. If he shows up on your waiver wire and is healthy, grab him. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:39 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. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:21 pm
  • Aaron Gordon hits rock bottom in loss to MIL
    Aaron Gordon hit rock bottom on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring five points on 1-of-5 shooting with four rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes.

    Advice: AG missed all three of his 3-pointers and hit just 3-of-6 from the line with a pair of turnovers. His value has never been lower this season and his owners might be getting a little impatient. There's reason for hope, however, as the Magic are just 6-8 on the season and should prioritize his development after the All-Star break. Jeff Green hasn't exactly been lighting it up either. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:14 pm
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