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  • Gordon Hayward scores 23 in win over Lakers
    Gordon Hayward scored 23 points on 7-of-16 shooting in a 107-101 win over the Lakers on Monday.

    Advice: The Jazz have won six out of their last eight games and Hayward has scored 22 or more points in each of those. He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples in 36 minutes Monday, but his value could take a small hit if George Hill (toe) is able to return on Tuesday to face the Suns. Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Metta World Peace starts, plays 12 minutes
    Metta World Peace started at SG against the Jazz on Monday, but only played 12 minutes and scored four points with one assist and one rebound.

    Advice: He started with Jose Calderon (hamstring) out. MWP is basically just a placeholder in the first unit and he's not going to play more than a handful of minutes. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores career-high 60
    Klay Thompson not only scored 40 points in the first half, and not only scored a career-high 60 points on the night, but did it on 21-of-33 shooting, 8-of-14 3-pointers and 10-of-11 free throws in Monday's 142-106 blowout win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Sure, he only had two rebounds and one assist, but who cares? This game was over by halftime, but Klay played through the third quarter in order to get his career high. Many of us thought Thompson would take a scoring hit this season, but it simply hasn't happened. And his average is going up - way up - after tonight's game. Steph Curry double-doubled, Kevin Durant scored 20 and Draymond Green had 10 assists, four steals and a block in the scrimmage. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Brandon Ingram struggles in start at PG
    Brandon Ingram made his first career start at point guard on Monday vs. the Jazz, but struggled with four points on 1-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, two assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He got into some early foul trouble and never really looked comfortable out there. Jose Calderon (hamstring) is out for several weeks in addition to Nick Young (calf), so the minutes are going to be there for the No. 2 overall pick, especially with his ability to play four positions for LA. He's a nice stash for the stretch run. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Paul George double-doubles in blowout loss
    Paul George had 21 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes Monday, but hit just 4-of-12 shots and didn't do much else.

    Advice: He did hit 13-of-13 free throws, but the Pacers were embarrassed by the Warriors after shocking the Clippers on Sunday. The fact PG played in both games and played pretty well in them is a great sign. He missed three games with a sprained ankle before returning on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores 14 w/ 15 rebounds
    Nicolas Batum scored 14 points with 15 rebounds, seven assists and two turnovers in 37 minutes against Dallas on Monday.

    Advice: Batum shot 5-of-14 from the field and missed all six of his 3-pointers. but was able to hit all four of his freebies from the line. He's averaging 11.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games, but he's only shooting 33.3 percent from the field in that span. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled in Monday’s win over the Mavericks, finishing with 11 points and 12 rebounds in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This was his fifth double-double of the season. MKG added one assist and one block with zero turnovers, hitting 5-of-11 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line. He’s scored in double digits in six straight games, but he’s a low-end asset in standard leagues because he’s yet to make a 3-pointer this season. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Tony Allen posts big double-double in 2OT win
    Tony Allen hit 9-of-14 shots for 19 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and a block in 42 minutes of Monday's intense 110-108 double-overtime win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was easily the best game of the season for Allen and the two overtimes helped. He had a season high in points, rebounds, minutes, shots and makes, while his previous season highs were just 12 points and nine rebounds. He's averaging 11.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.2 steals over his last five, but that number is clearly inflated by tonight's game. Give him a look, but he still doesn't look close to being a must-own player in most instances. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Troy Williams scores 11 in double-OT win
    Troy Williams made another start for the Grizzlies and hit 5-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, four rebounds and a steal in Monday's double-overtime 110-108 win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Williams has been starting at small forward with James Ennis and Chandler Parsons hurting, but the other Troy, as in Daniels, has been outplaying him. Williams is averaging 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 2.4 steals, 0.6 3-pointers and is shooting 37 percent over his last five games. He's worth a short-term look, but only in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 14 points off the bench
    Jeremy Lamb scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists, one block and one steal in 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: He finished 5-of-10 from the field and 3-of-3 from the line. Lamb has had a few big games since returning in late November, but he's also had some pretty awful duds as well. He's averaging 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 triples over his last five games, but he only saw 17.6 minutes per game in that span. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Harrison Barnes drops 29 points in loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 29 points on 10-of-21 shooting in Monday's 109-101 loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Harry B was everywhere, racking up seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples while hitting all seven of his free throws. With the Mavs banged up and possibly tanking, Barnes should be the best fantasy asset in Dallas the rest of the way as the clear focal point of the offense. He's returning top-60 value in standard leagues on the season with averages of 20.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.0 3-pointer on 45.9 percent shooting. Yesterday, 9:14 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko quiet in start for Celtics
    Jonas Jerebko started over Amir Johnson on Monday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: That's basically what he does off the bench, minus the blocks and steal, but he had one of his better games in recent memory with the two 3-pointers. If he sticks in the starting five, give him a look, but this move may have just been based on matching up with the small Rockets. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Sam Dekker cools off on Monday
    Sam Dekker had five points, four rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 2-of-5 shooting in just 18 minuets on Monday.

    Advice: Dekker was rolling, scoring a career-high 17 on Friday and hitting double figures in three straight games coming into this one. He looked much more like Sam Dekker tonight, and if you picked him up recently, it's not a bad idea to peruse the waiver wire tonight and see if there's a more consistent option out there. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 18 points in loss
    Nikola Mirotic scored 18 points on 4-of-8 shooting with seven rebounds, two steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: The big performances have been few and far between, as he was coming off a scoreless dud against the Mavericks and has scored a combined 14 points in his last four games. Despite his upside, he's very inconsistent to say the least and is a headache to own in fantasy. If he can string together a few good games, then it will be time to pick him back up. Yesterday, 8:34 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 26 points in loss to POR
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points on 8-of-16 shooting in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Jimmy Buckets hit all eight of his free throws and added seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, two blocks, two triples and two turnovers in 37 minutes. He took on more responsibility with Rajon Rondo suspended, but both Rondo and Dwayne Wade will be in the lineup for Tuesday's game vs. Detroit on the second night of a back-to-back set. Butler has scored 20+ points in 14 straight games and is comfortably returning first-round value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Thabo Seflosha quiet in start for Hawks
    Thabo Sefolosha started over Kyle Korver and played 33 minutes on Monday, and quietly filled the stat sheet with six points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks in another loss.

    Advice: The minutes and new role are both positives, as were the steals and blocks. He'll also hit some threes, and while he won't be a dynamic scorer, he's worth a look in most leagues now that he's the starter for the Hawks. Yesterday, 7:58 pm
  • Markieff Morris scores 16 points in win
    Markieff Morris scored 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, four steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes against the Nets on Monday.

    Advice: He's clearly trending up again. Morris has played 33 or more minutes in four straight games and has scored in double digits in his last three. The only thing holding him back right now is his 3-point shot and turnover rate -- he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in four straight games and he's averaging 3.5 turnovers in that span. Yesterday, 7:55 pm
  • Otto Porter scores 18 points in win
    Otto Porter scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting in Monday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Porter is having a remarkable season in Washington and he's averaging career-highs across the board. He added four rebounds, two assists, three steals and four triples with zero turnovers before fouling out in 36 minutes. Porter is returning first-round value in standard leagues, but he will have a hard time keeping that pace as he's shooting a blistering 53.5 percent from the field. Yesterday, 7:50 pm
  • Metta World Peace will start for the Lakers
    Metta World Peace will start in the backcourt alongside Brandon Ingram on Monday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: Jose Calderon (hamstring) is out 2-4 weeks, while D'Angelo Russell (knee) will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. MWP is basically in the starting five in order to keep Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams with the second unit. Brandon Ingram will draw the start at point guard. Yesterday, 7:29 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari scores 24 in win over Sixers
    Danilo Gallinari hit 5-of-12 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-12 free throws for a season-high 24 points, four boards, three assists, two steals and a block in 38 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: This was probably Gallo's best game of the season and he could be ready to get hot. Just hope that he can also stay healthy if you own him. Yesterday, 7:06 pm
  • Davis Bertans ejected from Monday's game
    Davis Bertans was ejected from Monday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He's known as the "enforcer" off the bench. We're kidding. Bertans rarely plays and was ejected after a shoving match with Michael Beasley. He scored one point in eight minutes. Yesterday, 6:59 pm
  • Michael Beasley ejected on Monday
    Michael Beasley was ejected on Monday vs. the Spurs with two technical fouls.

    Advice: He was involved in a shoving match with Davis Bertans because he took exception to a shove on Greg Monroe by Dewayne Dedmon. Beasley finished with eight points on 3-of-3 shooting with one rebound and one block in 13 minutes. Yesterday, 6:57 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko starting, Amir Johnson to bench
    Jonas Jerebko will start over Amir Johnson on Monday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: It's likely just a matchup move for Boston, as Jerebko will be a better fit against Houston's Ryan Anderson. Unless we learn that this a permanent switch, it's safe to leave Jerebko on the wire in most leagues. Yesterday, 4:58 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha starting, Korver to bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will start against the Thunder on Monday, moving Kyle Korver to the bench.

    Advice: The Hawks have lost six straight games and nine out of their last 10, so it makes sense for them to shake things up. According to coach Mike Budenholzer, this could be a permanent change moving forward. Sefolosha is averaging 7.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 0.5 triples in 24.2 minutes per game this season and could approach minutes in the 30s in his new role, so he's worth a look as a low-end option for owners needing steals. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Report: HOU matches Motiejunas' offer sheet
    The Rockets have reportedly matched Donatas Motiejunas' offer sheet from the Nets.

    Advice: Motiejunas may have been able to put up some low-end fantasy value in Brooklyn, but now he'll be fighting for reserve minutes in Houston with the likes of Nene and Montrezl Harrell. Motiejunas has been training in Canada, but his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be, and he still needs to pass a physical before he's allowed to play. This is far from an ideal situation in fantasy hoops, so he can remain on the wire in most scenarios. Yesterday, 2:03 pm
  • Paul George, C.J. Miles good to go for Monday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will play Monday vs. the Warriors.

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

    Advice: He made it through a limited practice on Monday, so his injury may not be as bad as initially believed. James Johnson (shoulder) is the newest addition to the injury report and will not play, so Babbitt could see plenty of minutes if he's available. Even if he does play, he won't be a great fantasy option. Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) questionable Tuesday
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He was a limited participant at Monday's practice, and said he still felt "a little bit" of discomfort on his sprained ankle, but owners can check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround. With James Johnson (shoulder), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) out for Tuesday, Richardson is looking at minutes in the 30s if he's able to play. Yesterday, 10:40 am
  • James Johnson (shoulder) won't play Tuesday
    James Johnson (right rotator cuff strain) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Heat just can't catch a break. This is a new injury for Johnson and it's not clear how much time he will miss. Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin) remain out, while Luke Babbitt (hip) and Josh Richardson (ankle) are questionable. Expect to see a lot of three-guard lineups vs. the Knicks with Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington picking up some minutes at the three. Yesterday, 10:32 am
  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

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

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Sunday, 4:03 pm
  • Davis Bertans recalled from D-League stint
    The Spurs have recalled Davis Bertans from the D-League.

    Advice: His role in San Antonio is too inconsistent to warrant a roster spot in most leagues. Sunday, 1:05 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points vs. Suns
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was already tearing it up in his previous eight, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field. Surprisingly, his six treys tonight were a season high, but he didn't go to the line for the sixth time this season. This big game has him at fifth-round value on the year, but he has an upward trend. Saturday, 10:49 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic disappears in rare start
    Nikola Mirotic started over Dwyane Wade (rest) on Saturday, but missed all four of his shots and played just 13 minutes, finishing without a point and five rebounds as the Bulls were crushed by the lowly Mavericks 107-82.

    Advice: There is nothing good about this situation. Mirotic had 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers in his last start, so there was some hope he might post a decent line tonight. It wasn't meant to be and if Mirotic couldn't do anything with this opportunity, other than somehow managing a +/- of -24 in just 13 minutes, the outlook for him coming off the bench is pretty bleak. He belongs on waivers in most leagues until he starts showing that he can play well consistently. Or at all. Saturday, 9:42 pm
  • Troy Williams scores seven in win
    Troy Williams scored seven points with six rebounds, two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: The other Troy stole the show with Daniels dropping 31 points, but Williams was still really solid. He's earned all his playing time with defense, he runs the floor for coach David Fizdale, and Williams is really the only starting option next to Tony Allen. Williams should have some value this week with four games and Chandler Parsons (knee) out for at least another week. Saturday, 9:38 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Brandon Ingram gets 39 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 39 minutes with nine points, five rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one 3-pointer against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers are running out of guards. While he’s been starting at shooting guard in the previous two, Ingram played 49 of his minutes 77 minutes as a small forward. That may change with more guard minutes until the Lakers get some guys back. Ingram hasn't done too much on the stat sheet, but he's a stash in competitive leagues, especially with some solid play on defense. Saturday, 9:10 pm
  • James Johnson ejected for two technical fouls
    James Johnson was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday for picking up two technical fouls.

    Advice: The Heat are now down to just seven healthy players for the fourth quarter. Johnson wasn't having a great game today, finishing with two points, four rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He's still a hold in standard leagues with the missing so many players. Saturday, 8:55 pm
  • Nicolas Batum hands out 12 dimes, scores 15
    Nicolas Batum handed out a season-high 12 assists during a 125-120 overtime loss to the Wolves on Saturday, adding 15 points, eight rebounds, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: The offense went through Batum to make him more of a passer, which helped keep down his somewhat inefficient ways. The inconsistency has been a factor for Batum on the scoring side of things for most of the season. In his previous games, Batum had just 10.0 percent of his shots at the rim while he’s only made 32.8 percent on midrange. He’s posted sixth-round value on the year. Saturday, 7:12 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb cools off vs. Wolves
    Jeremy Lamb scored six points with five rebounds and two 3-pointers in 12 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: He had a nice run while the Hornets were banged up, but coach Steve Clifford doesn't trust him as much as his other wings. Lamb is only worth a look in deep leagues. Saturday, 7:01 pm
  • Mudiay, Will, Gallo, Faried & Nurk starting
    Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone was not happy about Friday's beatdown, but he'll roll with the same starters. If the Jazz hit a bunch of threes, there could be a lot of benching going on. Gallinari has played a ton of minutes and looked healthy in his last two. Saturday, 5:54 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic starting for Dwyane Wade
    Nikola Mirotic is starting for Dwyane Wade (rest) against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He erupted in his last start with 15 points and 15 boards against the Lakers. The matchup isn't quite as good and Mirotic is wildly inconsistent, but he's certainly capable of putting up another nice line. He's a prime DFS option tonight and is a low-end hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Thabo back to the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha will come off the bench against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It was somewhat obvious Thabo would come off the bench after the rough time on Friday. Sefolosha is really just a steals specialist in most formats. Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) not expected to play
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is not expected to play and is only available for emergency situations against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: In other words, he's out. Babbitt could miss two weeks due to his hip injury from Thursday night. He also may not have many minutes available once he's back with James Johnson outplaying him and it's possible Justise Winslow (wrist) is back. For tonight, Johnson, Derrick Williams and Wayne Ellington should get some additional run. Saturday, 11:43 am
  • Inspectah Dek: Sam Dekker scores 17 points
    Sam Dekker scored a career-high 17 points against the Nuggets on Friday, adding four rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: It was a fantastic game for Dekker, who was already playing the best ball of his career coming into this game. He played clutch minutes against the Warriors on Thursday and is fitting right in for coach Mike D'Antoni with minutes at both forward spots. With Trevor Ariza (back) going down tonight, Dekker is a speculative add in competitive leagues. Friday, 11:27 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) scores 12 points
    Markieff Morris (ankle) scored 12 points with four rebounds, three assists and one block in 38 minutes vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He twisted his left ankle on Wednesday, but it's not the same ankle that bothered him earlier in the season. Considering he played 38 minutes, it's safe to assume that his injury is very minor. Morris shot 4-of-7 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line, but did turn the ball over four times. He's been a low-end asset in standard leagues so far, but he has room to grow. Friday, 11:05 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari gets big minutes again
    Danilo Gallinari scored 16 points with five rebounds, one assist, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 35 minutes against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone sure loves to go full throttle on Gallo. Despite being very injury prone, Gallinari has played 35.5 minutes per game in his last two after he missed the previous three games due to a thigh injury. The Nuggets will travel to Utah for Saturday, so maybe Malone keeps Gallo closer to 30 for that tough matchup. Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Jimmy Butler goes off again, of course
    Jimmy Butler scored 26 points with eight rebounds, six assists, two blocks, three steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: It's going to be the Jimmy Butler Show on Saturday with Dwyane Wade (rest) out. The last time Wade sat out, Butler went off for a season-high 40 points. Butler has also been on fire since that explosion, averaging 29.8 points, 6.0 boards, 4.4 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 treys in those five. Jimmy is coasting with first-round value in standard leagues and is an elite DFS play. Friday, 10:25 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic set for a big Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic scored two points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 22 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: He'll likely be getting a start against the Mavs on Saturday night with Dwyane Wade (rest) getting the night off. The last time Wade sat, Mirotic exploded with 15 points and 15 boards in 37 minutes. He's going to be a popular DFS target. Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha starts, plays 17 minutes
    Thabo Sefolosha started on Friday vs. the Pistons, but only played 17 minutes and was benched at halftime, finishing with five points, two rebounds, one steal and one triple.

    Advice: He hit 2-of-5 shots from the field and took an early seat with the game quickly getting out of hand. Paul Millsap (hip) will miss at least one more game, so maybe Sefolosha can redeem himself on Saturday vs. the Raptors. For what it's worth, coach Mike Budenholzer hasn't decided who will start on Saturday. Sefolosha is just a steals specialist at this point. Friday, 9:41 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores career-high 17 points
    Brandon Ingram started at SG on Friday vs. the Raptors and scored a career-high 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting.

    Advice: Here he comes. The Lakers are ready to set him loose and he played 35 minutes even though the game was a blowout -- no other starter played more than 24 minutes. Ingram added six rebounds, two assists and one trey, and his path to minutes has widened with his ability to play three different positions. With Nick Young (calf) out 2-4 weeks and D'Angelo Russell (knee) still out, Ingram is looking at minutes in the 30s for the foreseeable future. He's a nice pickup in most formats and he should be even better after the All-Star break. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (hip) questionable Saturday
    Luke Babbitt (hip) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra isn't expecting him to play, so he's probably closer to doubtful. Derrick Williams (back) is also questionable, so we should see a lot of James Johnson and Josh McRoberts. Friday, 7:01 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur will play
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Darrell Arthur (illness) will play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets usually throw guys on the injury report as probable after an injury, so the Italian was always expected to play. Expect Gallo to get his normal playing time and he could even play some four tonight in a favorable matchup. Get him in your lineup. Friday, 5:25 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. Friday, 4:40 pm
  • Markieff Morris (ankle) will start vs. Spurs
    Markieff Morris (ankle) will start against the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: The Wizards made it clear he only has a "twisted" ankle and not a sprain, so Morris had a good shot to play tonight. He should get a good amount of run and is coming off a 37-minute, 19-point Wednesday. We'll see if he can keep LaMarcus Aldridge in check tonight. Friday, 4:38 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. Friday, 4:05 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at SG vs. Raptors
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: It's the same starting lineup as Wednesday with Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Ingram played a whopping 41 minutes in that start with a 13.0 usage rate, so maybe he gets more shots tonight. Ingram is worth a long look in DFS and is a pickup in competitive leagues with a ton of playing time headed his way while Nick Young (calf) misses 2-4 weeks. Friday, 3:18 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Friday, 1:15 pm
  • 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. Friday, 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. Friday, 7:21 am
  • Sam Dekker gets 26 minutes vs. Warriors
    Sam Dekker played 26 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 11 points, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He played a team-high 11.9 minutes in the fourth quarter and saw 4.8 minutes in the two overtime frames, so clearly coach Mike D'Antoni trusts Dekker with important minutes. Dekker is coming off a 27-minute game against the Jazz, but some of that is due to garbage time. That said, he does appear to be a guy who could be close to 20 minutes per night. With how many treys the Rockets take and the tempo leading to some steals, Dekker is on the radar in deeper leagues. Thursday, 11:40 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. Thursday, 10:16 pm
  • Troy Williams struggles with his shot
    Troy Williams made 2-of-13 from the field for five points with two rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: It was a bad game for Williams and he didn't close the game out. He continues to play good defense, so coach David Fizdale isn't likely to take him out of the lineup. Williams should hold value for deep leagues over the next 7-10 days while James Ennis (calf) and Chandler Parsons (knee) are out. Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • James Johnson has a big night
    James Johnson hit 11-of-15 shots for 24 points, six rebounds, three assists, a steal, and a block in Thursday’s win against the Jazz.

    Advice: Johnson played 24 minutes and saw more playing time after Luke Babbitt (hip) exited the game. Prior to tonight’s game, Johnson was averaging 30.4 minutes, 10.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocks per game in his previous five. Although he does not do anything particularly great, he contributes to just about every category. Johnson was already making a charge for added minutes before this game, but the new wave of injuries to guys like Luke Babbitt (hip) strengthens his case as an asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 8:59 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scores 14 points
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 33 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: MKG's playing time, usage or other stats haven't changed since the Marvin Williams (knee) injury -- the biggest difference is a dip in rebounding. The Hornets are missing Williams on defense and it's put even more pressure on Kidd-Gilchrist. After an awesome start, MKG has only been a lukewarm asset in standard leagues. He'll likely just be a late-round guy. Thursday, 7:40 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 12 points in 19 minutes
    Jeremy Lamb (knee) scored 12 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been solid on the glass and was back down to his projected playing time. Lamb had one of the best two-game runs prior to his knee contusion on Tuesday and we're not expecting him to do much while Nicolas Batum is healthy. Lamb is only worth owning in deep leagues. Thursday, 7:28 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. Thursday, 7:20 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points in a loss
    Harrison Barnes scored 17 points in a 97-87 loss to the Hornets on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: Babbit headed to the locker room after tweaking his back and is questionable to return. He played seven minutes, scoring one point and one steal. Thursday, 6:57 pm
  • Josh Richardson returns to Miami
    Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist) returned to Miami to have treatment on his ankle and coach Erik Spoelstra said Richardson's wrist is bothering him.

    Advice: That means he's out Thursday against the Jazz and Saturday against the Blazers. Richardson was starting to come around after a slower start and hopefully he can suit up on Tuesday against the Knicks. While he's out, Wayne Ellington and Rodney McGruder should pick up some of the slack. Thursday, 4:15 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari probable for Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) is probable to play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: The Nuggets usually throw their players on the injury report with a probable tag after they returned from injury, so this is fairly standard. Gallinari looked fine in his return on Wednesday with 17 points, and should see minutes in the mid 30s in a favorable matchup on Friday. Thursday, 2:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (knee) available to play vs. Mavs
    Jeremy Lamb (knee) is available to play against the Mavericks on Thursday night.

    Advice: He only had a knee contusion from Tuesday's outing. Lamb has suddenly turned it on with two monster games prior to his injury, averaging 19.5 points, 13.0 boards and 1.0 dimes. Despite those big games, he's likely looking at minutes in the low 20s tonight and isn't the strongest fantasy play. Thursday, 2:22 pm
  • Markieff Morris gets treatment on ankle
    Markieff Morris (left ankle) received treatment on Thursday.

    Advice: He's likely going to be listed as questionable on Friday due to his twisted ankle on Wednesday. Morris had a right ankle injury last month, but this one appears to be more minor than that one. If he's out on Friday against the Spurs, Jason Smith would get more run while Andrew Nicholson could get in the mix. We'll get an update at shootaround on Friday. Thursday, 12:05 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 10:54 am
  • Jeremy Lamb questionable for Thurs vs Mavs
    Jeremy Lamb (right knee) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Lamb left Tuesday's game with a contusion on his right knee and looks to be headed for a game-time decision on Thursday. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Lamb shouldn't be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returns w/ 17 points
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) returned to action vs. Miami on Wednesday with 17 points (6-of-16 FGs, 4-of-6 FTs), four rebounds, four assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Gallo came in averaging a career-high 36.2 minutes per game, and he didn't miss a beat while playing 36 minutes tonight. He wound up missing three games due to a deep bruise in his thigh, and it wouldn't be surprising if coach Mike Malone eased up his workload a bit as the season progresses. His lengthy injury history makes him a strong sell-high candidate. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Harrison Barnes scores 17 points on 15 shots
    Harrison Barnes had 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting during the Mavs' home loss on Wednesday, with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Spurs are the league's worst matchup for opposing small forwards this year, thanks to Kawhi Leonard, so Barnes' owners should be relatively happy with tonight's line. He's dealt well with increased defensive attention as the Mavs' No. 1 option offensively, a situation that isn't likely to change with Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) entering the twilight of his career. Wednesday, 9:26 pm
  • Markieff Morris twists his ankle on Wednesday
    Markieff Morris twisted his left ankle against the Thunder on Wednesday, finishing with 19 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Morris had a right ankle injury earlier this month, so this is something different. The Wizards will re-evaluate Morris on Thursday and will see if he can play against the Spurs on Friday. If he's out, we could see more Otto Porter at the four, Jason Smith could play more and maybe Andrew Nicholson gets in the mix. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 22 pts in loss to Lakers
    Jimmy Butler finished Wednesday's home loss to the Lakers with 22 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in 40 minutes of action.

    Advice: Before the game, Butler gave some credit to former teammate Luol Deng, now with the Lakers. "The way I look at it, I owe him a little bit," he said. "That's why I'm going to show him the protege is doing it." Butler made 13-of-15 free throws but was just 4-of-18 from the field, and his team lost to a rebuilding Lakers squad tonight, so it wasn't exactly a pristine performance. Expect him to rise to the challenge vs. Cleveland on Friday. Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts, plays 41 minutes
    Brandon Ingram played 41 minutes as the Lakers' starting SG on Wednesday, finishing with eight points (1-of-9 FGs, 6-of-8 FGs), three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Nick Young is out 2-4 weeks with a strained calf, and it looks like Ingram will continue to start in his absence. He was averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 threes in two previous starts, and is worth a long look for short-term production and long-term upside. The fact that he logged 41 minutes tonight is reason enough to consider him. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) ruled out Thursday
    Josh Richardson (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He could be sent home for treatment, which suggests Richardson could also miss Saturday's game against the Blazers. On Wednesday, the Heat went with 32 minutes of Wayne Ellington while Rodney McGruder saw 25 minutes in the starting lineup. Both wings would be looking at decent minutes while Richardson is on the shelf. Richardson is still a hold unless you're already desperate for wins in a shallow league. Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) doubtful on Wednesday
    Josh Richardson (ankle) is "very unlikely" to play vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday, but he will be in uniform.

    Advice: Richardson reportedly suffered a "slightly tweaked ankle" but it must not have responded well during pre-game warmups. If he's unable to take the court, the short-handed Heat will rely even more on guys like Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Rodney McGruder. Wednesday, 5:24 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari starting, Chandler to bench
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) will start against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He practiced on Tuesday and went through shootaround, so he should be ready to roll. Wilson Chandler will still get plenty of minutes off the bench as a backup forward. Get Gallinari in your lineups. Wednesday, 5:20 pm
  • Josh Richardson (ankle) expected to play
    Josh Richardson (ankle) will warm up with the intent to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was spotted on the training table and was getting treatment. It's only a "slightly tweaked ankle" for Richardson, so he should be good to go. He'll be busy on the wing tonight with Justise Winslow (wrist) and Dion Waiters (groin) out tonight. Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting at shooting guard
    Brandon Ingram will start at shooting guard against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Nick Young (calf) is going to miss the next 2-4 weeks, so Ingram could get a chance to take this job and run with it. He gets some comparisons to Kevin Durant, who also started at shooting guard in his rookie season. Ingram hasn't played too well in his rookie season, but he's worth a look in most leagues to see if he can heat up. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starting for Nick Young (calf)
    Brandon Ingram will start Wednesday's game in place of Nick Young (calf).

    Advice: Ingram will join a starting lineup that includes Jose Calderon, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Lakers coach Luke Walton has expressed a preference to keep his second unit intact, but he doesn't have a choice here. Jordan Clarkson should also pick up extra minutes off the bench until Young is able to return in 2-4 weeks. Wednesday, 4:26 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari went through shootaround
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) went through a full shootaround on Wednesday and is expected to play against the Heat.

    Advice: He also put in a full practice on Tuesday, so Gallinari looks like he'll be back tonight. The Nuggets were playing Gallo minutes in the upper 30s before his injury, but they may dial it back to around 30 tonight. He looks safe to start again for his owners. Wednesday, 1:26 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (thigh) probable Wednesday
    Nuggets' head coach Mike Malone said that he'd be surprised if Danilo Gallinari (thigh) didn't play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Gallinari has spent the past three games on the sidelines resting his sore thigh, but it's looking like he'll be back in action tonight, which will send Wilson Chandler back to the bench. Jamal Murray might not be quite as involved on the offensive end with the return of Gallinari, although he should still get a decent amount of minutes with Will Barton (ankle) doubtful. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Michael Beasley scores 17 off the bench
    Michael Beasley scored 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting on Tuesday vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: He added two rebounds, two assists, two steals and one triple in a season-high 26 minutes. Beasley took some minutes away from Tony Snell and Mirza Teletovic (DNP-CD), and he's scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time this season. However, he's a one-trick pony in fantasy and won't really help you outside of the scoring column. Leave him on the wire in standard leagues. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Brandon Ingram leads Lakers in minutes
    Brandon Ingram hit 4-of-10 shots for nine points, three rebounds, five assists, two steals, and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Ingram tied Jordan Clarkson for the most minutes played by a Laker in Tuesday’s loss against the Pelicans. Ingram has now played at least 29 minutes in four consecutive games and has attempted double-digit shots in each of those contests. He could see some more playing time should Nick Young miss time. He is not a must-own player right now, but all signs are pointing in the right direction and he’s not a bad player to be holding right now. Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb (knee) doesn't return Tuesday
    Jeremy Lamb suffered a right knee contusion on Tuesday and didn't return to the game.

    Advice: He played 13 minutes for four points on 1-of-5 shooting and was coming off a couple monster games while Nicolas Batum was dealing with an eye injury. Lamb was on his way down already, and this injury makes him a nearly must-drop candidate in all but the deepest of leagues, despite the fact that he's simply day-to-day. Tuesday, 6:42 pm
  • Nic Batum bounces back from off night
    Nicolas Batum hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, 11 rebounds and five assists in Tuesday's

    Advice: He's still recovering from an eye injury and has now hit just 4-of-16 shots since returning to action, but he at least filled the stat sheet a bit tonight, unlike on Monday. Batum could be in line for even more run going forward after Jeremy Lamb suffered a right knee contusion on Tuesday. Tuesday, 6:38 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb diagnosed with a knee contusion
    Jeremy Lamb has been diagnosed with a right knee contusion and is questionable to return Tuesday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: The Hornets were trailing by double digits in the fourth quarter when this was announced, so Lamb's night is likely done. If we learn that Lamb will miss additional time, Marco Belinelli will get a bump in minutes off the bench. Tuesday, 6:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb goes to locker room Tuesday
    Jeremy Lamb left Tuesday's game vs. the Pistons and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was holding his right leg/knee after a drive to the rim. Lamb wasn't playing well tonight and there are 10 minutes left in regulation, so his night could be over. We'll have an update shortly. Tuesday, 5:54 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Gallinari, Barton questionable for Wednesday
    Danilo Gallinari (thigh) and Will Barton (ankle) are being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: Both guys were able to get in a full practice on Tuesday, so things are trending in a positive direction here. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if both guys get back on the court, Wilson Chandler, Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray's value will take a hit. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Otto Porter hot again for Wizards
    Otto Porter hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, eight rebounds and three steals in Monday's overtime win against the Kings.

    Advice: Porter was struggling a week ago, but has turned it on over his last three games, averaging 16 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over that stretch, knocking down 20-of-32 shots. Monday, 8:42 pm
  • Markieff Morris hits 2-of-12 shots in win
    Markieff Morris hit just 2-of-12 shots for eight points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and six turnovers in 44 minutes of Monday's 101-95 overtime win over the Kings.

    Advice: He was ejected in the third quarter of Saturday's game and really hasn't done much for the Wizards lately. He's averaging just 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.4 3-pointers on 37 percent shooting over his last five games. He'll get it turned around at some point, but he's been struggling for some time and might start showing up on waiver wires any day now. If you need a buy-low power forward, he's probably worth a look. Especially because the 44 minutes (yeah, it was overtime) were very encouraging. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • Batum (eye) plays 23 minutes in blowout
    Nicolas Batum (eye) returned from a one-game absence on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring six points with four assists, two rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: Batum hit just 1-of-5 shots, but made all four of his free throws in 23 minutes. The Hornets were able to limit his workload due to the lopsided score and he looked fine for the most part, so he should see his normal workload on Tuesday vs. the Pistons. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb scores 21 w/ nine rebounds
    Jeremy Lamb stayed hot on Monday in a 104-85 win over the Grizzlies, scoring 21 points with nine rebounds, one steal, one block and two triples in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: The points were a season-high and he shot an efficient 7-of-11 from the field. He's coming off a dominant 18-point, 17-rebound performance on Saturday with two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes, but his minutes dipped tonight with Nicolas Batum (eye) back in action. Lamb has likely earned a nice role off the bench moving forward and is now worth a look if you have some dead weight on your roster. Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Troy Williams scores nine points in start
    Troy Williams made his third start in a row on Monday vs. Charlotte, scoring nine points (4-of-9 FGs, 1-of-3 FTs) with two rebounds, three assists and two steals in 31 minutes.

    Advice: After the rookie scored a career-high 18 points vs. the Heat on Saturday, Memphis coach David Fizdale praised him for his efforts. "He is another kid that stays ready. He is not afraid of the moment," Fizdale said. "He works really hard. He had a great summer. He really took his spot on this team. We are so decimated now at the wing position. I threw him in there and he took advantage of the situation." He's been a little inconsistent, but he's playing 28.7 minutes per game over his last three and is on the radar in deeper formats. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Josh Richardson scores 12 in 29 minutes
    Josh Richardson came off the bench behind Luke Babbitt and hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointes for 12 points, four rebounds, zero assists and two steals in 29 minutes.

    Advice: This was another frustrating line for Richardson, who now looks like a buy-low target in fantasy. The talent is there and he's getting minutes, but just hasn't been able to put it all together. We still don't like the idea of dropping him, but he is averaging just 9.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 35 percent shooting over his last five games. If you have to make a move, feel free, but he's scored between 12 and 15 points in three straight games and we still think he's going to be better than this a month from now. Monday, 7:56 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
  • Josh Richardson will come off the bench
    Josh Richardson will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: The Heat are starting Goran Dragic (elbow), Rodney McGruder, Luke Babbitt, Derrick Williams and Hassan Whiteside. Even though he's coming off the bench, Richardson will likely see minutes in the 30s with Tyler Johnson (mouth) and Dion Waiters (groin) on the shelf. Monday, 3:53 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
  • Nicolas Batum (eye) will play Monday vs. MEM
    Nicolas Batum (eye) will play Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: The corneal abrasion will only end up costing Batum one game on the sidelines, and there's no indication that he'll be working with a minutes limit tonight. Jeremy Lamb will return to the bench with Batum active, and Lamb's minutes will likely be in the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and get Batum active. Monday, 3:35 pm
  • Brandon Ingram plays 29 minutes off bench
    Brandon Ingram returned to a backup role on Sunday, posting seven points, eight rebounds and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes of action.

    Advice: Luke Walton hinted before the game that he prefers to keep his usual bench together for continuity's sake, and both Ingram and Jordan Clarkson headed back to the second unit tonight. Most owners will be able to find more promising short-term free agents, but Ingram is a very intriguing rest-of-season stash. Nov 27, 9:52 pm
  • Harrison Barnes helps Mavs snap losing streak
    Harrison Barnes dished out a season-high four assists on Sunday, in addition to 23 points (9-of-24 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), seven rebounds, two assists and just one turnover in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes was clutch throughout the fourth quarter and he gave the Mavs an offensive boost every time they needed it, helping to snap their eight-game losing streak. This was the seventh time all season he's snared at least seven rebounds, and he tied his season-high with two steals, which are the type of supporting stats his owners love to see. He's adjusted well to increased defensive pressure and should be a steady mid-round value regardless of which Mavs are playing around him. Nov 27, 7:32 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (eye) probable for Monday
    Nicolas Batum (eye) is probable to return vs. the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: Jeremy Lamb went off in Batum's absence but he'll likely return to a bench role if Batum is cleared to play. The injury wasn't considered very serious and his return is great news with Marco Belinelli (hamstring) also nursing an injury. Nov 27, 3:54 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic would like to re-sign with CHI
    Nikola Mirotic said that he would like to re-sign with the Bulls when his contract expires this summer.

    Advice: "I love the Bulls," Mirotic said. "I love my teammates. I love the city. It's the perfect place for me. The first idea is to re-sign." Mirotic has been linked to a move to his former team Real Madrid, but he said the NBA is the best place for him to grow as a player. Mirotic has been wildly inconsistent for the Bulls with averages of 9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.6 triples on 40.0 percent shooting, so it will be interesting to see how much the Bulls are willing to spend on the impending free agent. Nov 27, 7:08 am
  • Troy Williams scores career-high 18 points
    Troy Williams scored a career-high 18 points against the Heat on Saturday, adding three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome in his second NBA start. Williams' defense should keep him in the lineup and he's shown better offensive output than expected. Additionally, ESPN reports that the Memphis staff views him as an Andre Roberson-type with better offense. Williams should get a big opportunity in the next couple weeks while James Ennis (calf) and Chandler Parsons (knee) are on the shelf. He's still only worth a look in deep leagues. Nov 26, 9:33 pm
  • Josh Richardson scores 15 points vs. Memphis
    Josh Richardson scored 15 points with three rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He seems to be out of his slump, which shouldn't be tied to Goran Dragic (elbow) missing the last two games. Richardson also closed this game out after he did not do so on Friday night, which seemed like an obvious fluke. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Nov 26, 8:53 pm
  • James Johnson gets 32 minutes
    James Johnson played 32 minutes against the Grizzlies on Saturday with 10 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He continues to take minutes away from the other forwards. It'll be interesting to see what happens when Justise Winslow (wrist) returns, but Johnson seems like he's way out in front for the No. 2 forward spot in the rotation. He's worth owning in standard leagues to see what happens, especially because he doesn't require a high usage rate to yield value. Nov 26, 8:49 pm
  • Jeremy Lamb grabs 17 boards, scores 18 points
    Jeremy Lamb grabbed a career-high 17 boards in his first start of the season against the Knicks on Saturday, adding 18 points, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford said on Friday he wanted to be patient with Lamb and even gave him a DNP-CD yesterday, but here we are. Lamb also missed some of the second half because he was cramping, which isn't too surprising after logging a grand total of just six minutes all month. Nicolas Batum (eye) should be back soon, so there's no need to grab Lamb in most leagues. Nov 26, 7:51 pm
  • Davis Bertans goes scoreless
    Davis Bertans did not score in 11 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday with one rebound, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Hey, those two games in a row earlier this week were fun, but Bertans didn't get much of a chance tonight with a fresh Pau Gasol. Bertans will have some value later in the season and it'll be interesting to see what happens when Dewayne Dedmon comes back. Nov 26, 7:00 pm
  • Otto Porter has another nice game on Saturday
    Otto Porter made 6-of-8 from the field for 14 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Scott Brooks said he wasn't going to limit Porter on the second half of a back-to-back because of a hip flareup earlier this week, so he wasn't kidding with the big playing time. Porter is just crushing both in reality and fantasy, 14.7 points, 8.1 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 treys on 51.4 percent from the field. He may not keep his top-20 value to date, but Porter has been extremely consistent this season. Nov 26, 6:38 pm
  • Markieff Morris ejected on Saturday night
    Markieff Morris was ejected in the third quarter on Saturday.

    Advice: Referee Ken Mauer gave him two technicals after Morris wouldn't stop talking. He didn't appear to make contact with the ref, so he shouldn't be suspended. Morris finished tonight's game with 12 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes. He's worth owning in standard leagues. For tonight, Jason Smith replaced him and should get a few extra minutes. Nov 26, 5:33 pm
  • Troy Williams starting over Troy Daniels
    Troy Williams is starting over Troy Daniels on Saturday.

    Advice: This move was expected with Williams looking good on Friday and Daniels having a tough time. Although, coach David Fizdale could still change his mind. Williams is only worth a look in extremely deep leagues. Nov 26, 4:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum officially ruled out vs. Knicks
    Nicolas Batum (eye) has been officially ruled out for Saturday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: The Hornets will have Jeremy Lamb start for the ninth game of his career with Marco Belinelli backing him up. Batum's corneal abrasion shouldn't keep him out long, so he has a chance to play Tuesday. The Hornets are going to have to use a ton of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist at small forward while Belinelli should get a ton of shots tonight, as well. Nov 26, 3:32 pm
  • Clifford considers Nic Batum doubtful vs. NY
    Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (eye) is considered doubtful to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: He is going to be a game-time decision due to his corneal abrasion. With Marvin Williams (knee) also out of the lineup, the Hornets will need plenty out of their other forwards and wings. If Batum is out, it'll be Jeremy Lamb starting because Clifford wants to keep Belinelli off the bench. Belinelli is still the preferred play tonight. Nov 26, 2:26 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (eye) questionable for Saturday
    Nicolas Batum (corneal abrasion) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: The injury to Batum wasn't noticeable in Friday night's loss to the Knicks. Batum played a game-high 45 minutes and just missed a triple-double (18 points, nine rebounds and nine assists). Nonetheless, being downgraded to questionable means there is at least a 50 percent chance he doesn't play on Saturday. Stay tuned for an official update. If Batum misses the game, Marco Belinelli would see a big increase in minutes. Belinelli is averaging 16.8 points 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 3-pointers off the bench over the Hornets last four games Nov 26, 10:22 am
  • Brandon Ingram shoots 3-of-18 in loss
    Brandon Ingram shot just 3-of-18 from the field for eight points in Friday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Ingram made his second straight start with Julius Randle (hip) out, but couldn't build on his 16-point effort from Wednesday. The rookie did salvage his fantasy line with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes, but he missed all four of his triples. If the Lakers are missing Randle and Nick Young (toe) again on Sunday vs. the Hawks, Ingram will be a decent streaming option based on his workload alone. Nov 25, 11:37 pm
  • Josh Richardson scores 12 in start
    Josh Richardson scored 12 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in a start at point guard on Friday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He didn't play in the final 7:58 of this game presumably because the Heat were rolling on both ends with Rodney McGruder in there to help get the game to garbage time. Richardson still hasn't quite hit his stride yet, but he's bombing treys and getting more ball-handling responsibility. He should be owned in standard leagues. Nov 25, 10:40 pm
  • James Johnson has another strong game
    James Johnson scored 13 points with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: Even with Johnson coming off the bench, he's done a fine job stepping up for Justise Winslow (wrist). In his last five, Johnson averaged 12.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.6 treys. He's been a mid-round guy in the last two weeks, but he'll be taking a hit once Winslow comes back. Maybe he can take away minutes from Luke Babbitt or Derrick Williams, so holding Johnson isn't the worst idea. Nov 25, 10:31 pm
  • Troy Williams gets 20 minutes vs. Heat
    Troy Williams played 20 minutes against the Heat on Friday with nine points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He may have earned more minutes with the starters having a tough time out there tonight. Even in a best-case scenario, Williams is likely only going to be used situational. If for some reason Tony Allen does sit on Saturday, Williams could get over 30 minutes. Nov 25, 10:01 pm
  • Nic Batum scores 18 points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored 18 points during a 113-111 overtime loss to the Knicks on Friday, adding nine rebounds, nine assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 45 minutes.

    Advice: That's two solid games in a row with a 13-point game in 40 minutes on Wednesday. The Hornets will have to go smaller while Marvin Williams (knee) is on the shelf and they will also need Batum to take more 3-pointers -- he had seven attempts tonight. His owners will be hoping he can get over 40 percent from the field soon. Nov 25, 9:01 pm
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