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  • Tyler Lydon returned to action on Monday November 20. Today, 12:33 am
  • John Holland was claimed off waivers by CLE on Monday November 20. Today, 12:33 am
  • Frank Mason scores 11 points vs. Denver
    Frank Mason scored 11 points with a career-high six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: The rookie has now played 20+ minutes in three straight, averaging 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 0.7 triples in that span. The Kings are using more two-PG lineups with George Hill playing off the ball, but Mason's minutes could trend down again when Buddy Hield (ankle) comes back. However, Mason should eventually get a longer look down the stretch with the Kings tanking. Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox plays 32 minutes in loss
    De'Aaron Fox started at point guard again on Monday vs. the Kings, scoring 12 points with five assists, three boards, one steal, one triple and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings have basically moved George Hill to shooting guard, so Fox has seen an uptick in minutes and production lately. He was more efficient than usual tonight, hitting 4-of-9 shots and all three of his free throws. With the Kings going nowhere this season, we'd expect Fox to continue seeing heavy run. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • George Hill leads Kings with 16 points
    George Hill had 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and three 3-pointers on Monday vs. Denver.

    Advice: After a disastrous start to the season, Hill is slowly earning the trust of his fantasy owners back. He's playing a lot more next to De'Aaron Fox these days, and he's averaging a solid 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 triples over his last five games. The Kings are a mess and Hill could lose minutes late in the season when they chase lottery balls, but he's worth owning for now. Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Gary Harris scores 20 with three triples
    Gary Harris hit 8-of-13 shots and three 3-pointers for 20 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in 39 minutes in Monday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Harris is hot, scoring at least 20 in three straight games and knocking down 11 3-pointers with three steals over that stretch. He should be owned in every league imaginable right now. Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Will Barton scores 25 in start for Nuggets
    Will Barton started for the Nuggets on Monday and hit 9-of-15 shots and five 3-pointers for 25 points, six rebounds and five assists in Monday's 114-98 win over the Kings.

    Advice: Barton had a four-point dud on Friday, but has been very good for most of the season. He's averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.4 3-pointers on 53 percent shooting over his last five games. With Paul Millsap and Wilson Chandler hurting right now, Barton looks like a must-own player. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Wesley Matthews stays hot with 18 points
    Wesley Matthews had another strong game on Monday vs. Boston with 18 points, six rebounds, three assists, four steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: This is his best stretch of the season after scoring a season-high 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers against the Bucks on Saturday. He was averaging just 11.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 triples on 37.1 percent shooting prior to this game, and his rest-of-season outlook is poor with the Mavs tanking. With that said, he's worth a look while he's hot. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Jamal Murray comes through with 18 points
    Jamal Murray hit 6-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and went 5-of-5 from the line on his way to 18 points, two rebounds, one assist and just one turnover in 24 minutes of Monday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Not a monster line, but not a bad one, either. Murray's minutes were limited by foul trouble tonight, but it was nice to see him hit some shots. He's starting to show up on some waiver wires courtesy of frustrated owners and there's still a chance that he'll get hot and start tearing it up at some point in the near future. He's a luxury stash at this point, but we'd recommend finding a spot for him if you can. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. shoots 4-of-16 in loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. hit just 4-of-16 shots for eight points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: The rookie added five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers, but missed all four of his 3-point attempts. The Celtics have the best defensive rating in the NBA and have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, so DSJ's owners should brush off this bad game and expect a bounce-back performance against Memphis on Wednesday. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Kenneth Faried plays just 19 minutes in start
    Kenneth Faried started in place of Paul Millsap (wrist) on Monday, but hit just 1-of-7 shots for six points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block and was pulled after just 19 minutes.

    Advice: So much for that. It's possible Faried continues to start if Millsap's wrist keeps him out, but after this one, he's going to be very hard to trust. He's only worth a DFS punt at this point, and even that move backfired tonight. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Manu Ginobili scores 16 vs. Hawks
    Manu Ginobili hit 7-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal in 26 minutes of Monday's 96-85 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Ginobili scored a total of 10 points in his previous two games and has already sat out two games in November. He's going to have some decent games, but they'll be few and far between, with some random DNPs mixed in. He's not someone you probably want to mess with in 12-team fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Harrison Barnes matches season-high 31 points
    Harrison Barnes matched his season-high of 31 points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: Barnes has really blossomed into a star since the Warriors replaced him with Kevin Durant, and this is already his eighth game of the season with 20+ points. He hit 10-of-21 shots and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. will continue to be the only trustworthy players in Dallas moving forward. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Rudy Gay plays just 13 minutes for 4 points
    Rudy Gay played just 13 minutes and hit 1-of-3 shots for four points, two rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Yuck. Gay has scored nine or fewer points in four straight games and hasn't seen more than 22 minutes in any of them. His minutes have actually been in the teens in four of his last five games and his sore back and Achilles are probably a big part of the problem. If you've had enough, feel free to drop him for a hot free agent. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Danny Green scores 14 vs. Hawks
    Danny Green hit just 5-of-16 shots, but also hit 4-of-8 3-pointers for 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and a block in 30 minutes of Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: Green has been bouncing all over waiver wires again this season, but is kind of hot right now, averaging 14.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 3-pointers over his last three games. He didn't shoot it well tonight, but he's getting it going again. His ability to hit threes, steal the ball and block shots makes him worth owning, despite the headaches that usually come with owning him. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Patty Mills fills stat sheet vs. Hawks
    Patty Mills hit 3-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Monday's win.

    Advice: Mills is averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting over his last five. If you need a point guard and the hot free agents are gone, Mills is getting enough run right now to help your team. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Marcus Smart shoots 3-of-15 in win
    Marcus Smart hit just 3-of-15 shots and 4-of-4 free throws in Monday's overtime win over Dallas.

    Advice: This brings his shooting percentage down to 26.7 percent on the season, but Smart is still finding ways to be effective on the floor. He was a +15 in his 35 minutes and dished out a team-high eight assists with three rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers. Smart is much better in real life than in fantasy, though he does offer nice upside in leagues that don't punish for shooting percentages. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Kyle Anderson double-doubles in win
    Kyle Anderson played 30 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, six rebounds, a career-high 10 assists and a block in Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He's averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and is shooting 56 percent over his last five games. If you're done waiting for Rudy Gay (13 minutes), you might as well pick up the guy who's currently ruining him - Mr. Anderson. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Al Horford scores season-low three points
    Al Horford scored a season-low three points on 1-of-5 shooting in Monday's overtime win over Dallas.

    Advice: He had just seven points on Saturday vs. the Hawks and is now shooting 4-of-16 in his last two games. Horford did salvage his fantasy line with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, two blocks and a triple, so he's still an elite fantasy option when his shot isn't falling. His defense has been the bigger story though, as Boston is comfortably leading the NBA in defensive rating. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 47 points in overtime win
    Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points in Monday's 110-102 overtime win over the Mavericks, helping Boston win their 16th straight game.

    Advice: This victory allowed Boston to tie the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. Irving was sensational all night and the Mavericks had no answer for him defensively. He helped the Celtics climb out of a 13-point deficit and scored 10 of Boston's 14 overtime points, hitting 16-of-22 shots and 10-of-11 free throws with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. He became the first Celtics player with 45+ points and 5+ assists since Paul Pierce in 2006, and he will look to add to Boston's streak on Wednesday vs. the Heat. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge double-doubles vs. Hawks
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 11-of-24 shots for 22 points, 11 rebounds and a block in 39 minutes of Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: That's his seventh double-double of the season and he's scored in double digits in every Spurs game this season. Despite the fact that Kawhi Leonard has yet to make an appearance, the Spurs are 11-6 behind the strong play of Aldridge. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • John Collins heating up, scores 21 for Hawks
    John Collins came off the bench to hit 10-of-12 shots for a season-high 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in 36 minutes of Monday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Here we go! Collins is absolutely on fire right now, hitting 30-of-39 (77%) shots over his last four games and averaging 16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocks over that stretch. We've been calling him a must-own for most of the season and he's come through in his last four games. And with the 3-14 Hawks going nowhere fast, they have no reason not to give Collins all the minutes he can handle going forward. None. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Kent Bazemore hits 2-of-13 shots vs. Spurs
    Kent Bazemore hit just 2-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, five rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Monday's loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Bazemore has a tendency to disappear at times, but has scored in double digits in six of his previous nine games. He just couldn't get his shot to fall tonight, so just chalk it up as a bad night. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 14 w/ 6 steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points with six steals, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He finished one steal shy of his career-high and hit 6-of-13 shots, but his struggles from the perimeter continued. Since joining the Bucks, Bledsoe has hit just 4-of-25 triples (16%). He'll eventually find his rhythm and he's playing for a team that isn't chasing lottery balls, so his rest-of-season outlook is still pretty promising. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon plays well vs. Spurs
    Dewayne Dedmon hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, nine rebounds, one steals and two blocks against his former team, the Spurs, on Monday night.

    Advice: This wasn't exactly a dominant revenge game against his former mates, but he played well and is hot for the Hawks. Dedmon is averaging 12.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 75 percent shooting over his last five games, making him worth owning in almost all fantasy leagues, especially if you play two centers. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. the Kings Monday
    Will Barton will start against the Kings on Monday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are missing Paul Millsap (wrist) and Wilson Chandler (back), so Barton will join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Barton was worth owning when the Nuggets were healthy, but his owners can now expect a considerable bump in value in the short term. Yesterday, 6:27 pm
  • Kenneth Faried starting vs. the Kings
    Kenneth Faried will start on Monday vs. the Kings in place of Paul Millsap (wrist).

    Advice: Wilson Chandler (back) remains a game-time decision. X-rays taken on Millsap's wrist came back negative, and while we don't know how long he'll be out, it looks like Faried will the primary beneficiary in fantasy for as long as Millsap is sidelined. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Jamal Murray quiet in 24 minutes vs. Lakers
    Jamal Murray was quiet during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 2-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Murray missed all of his 3-point attempts tonight, but he added two steals and one block. There's nothing to worry about here -- Murray had scored 30+ points in two of his previous three games, and he's always one game away from an explosive performance. Sunday, 10:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried logs nine bench minutes
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Sunday for two points and three rebounds in nine minutes.

    Advice: Nikola Jokic was ejected early and Paul Millsap (wrist) didn't play after halftime, but it was guys like Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles who benefited the most. That speaks volumes about Faried's lack of fantasy appeal in Denver. Sunday, 9:47 pm
  • Will Barton starts 3Q for Millsap (wrist)
    Will Barton started the second half of Sunday's game in place of Paul Millsap (wrist), finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Millsap had X-rays on his wrist and the results haven't been announced, but either way Barton should already be owned. He's quietly racking up mid-round value (8-cat and 9-cat) in under 30 minutes per game, which should be sustainable all season. Sunday, 9:39 pm
  • Gary Harris stays hot w/ 20 points, four 3s
    Gary Harris made 7-of-13 shots including four 3-pointers on Sunday, finishing a loss vs. the Lakers with a team-high 20 points in 33 minutes of action

    Advice: Harris added three rebounds and one block, and his scoring ability became even more important with Nikola Jokic getting ejected in the second quarter tonight. His recent shoulder injury is a non-factor since he's been hyper-efficient with 66.7% shooting over the past two games (4.0 triples per game). Harris is rolling along as a top-50 roto value. Sunday, 9:27 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox scores 11 points in loss
    De'Aaron Fox scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer during a 102-90 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 5-of-9 from the field with no attempts from the line, so the usage hasn't really been there. One reason why Fox caught our attention early was because of such high usage, but that has really dipped. In his last five, he only had an 18.9 usage rate, but that number was at 26.9 in the first five games. Low usage aside, it's encouraging that he looks to be starting the rest of the way, so there may be a small buy-low window on Fox. Saturday, 9:43 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores season-high 22 points
    Wes Matthews scored a season-high 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and six 3-pointers against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: His eight dimes were also a season high, and that has been a trend this month with 3.8 per game -- he averaged a career-high 2.9 per game last season. Matthews is still ice cold inside the arc and his steals are down to just 0.9 in November. He's still getting a good amount of shots and chances are you weren't counting on him for FG%, so he should be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 9:09 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. quiet in 22 minutes Saturday
    Dennis Smith Jr. shot 2-of-8 from the field on Saturday, scoring five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie committed four turnovers but he also hit one 3-pointer, and he's proven that he can stuff the boxscore on a per-minute basis. It didn't click tonight with the Mavs' backup guards playing extremely well, and Dallas cruising to a blowout victory, but DSJ's owners shouldn't be discouraged. After a rough start to the season, he's been cruising with top-50 value over the past few weeks. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays just 22 minutes vs. Dallas
    Eric Bledsoe played only 22 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, hitting 2-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Bledsoe committed his third foul with 6:40 left in the second quarter, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. He's yet to score more than 15 points in five games with the Bucks, but the supporting stats have helped and an adjustment period was inevitable. Patience is a virtue. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • John Collins scores 18 points on 7-of-8 FGs
    John Collins looked great in 25 minutes off the bench vs. Boston, hitting 7-of-8 shots to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: The rookie's energy is palpable when you watch the Hawks, and he even hit 4-of-4 free throws tonight. Collins somehow failed to get to the line in his previous four games, a span of 93 minutes, but at least we know he won't be a liability when he gets there. He's providing late-round value and should only get better throughout the season, so don't hesitate to grab him. Saturday, 7:42 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon cools off, predictably, vs BOS
    Dewayne Dedmon followed up Wednesday's monster game with six points, eight boards and two assists in 22 minutes vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

    Advice: Dedmon went off for 20 & 14 with a complete line on Wednesday, hitting 9-of-10 shots in just 24 minutes of action -- efficient shooting is a pillar of his fantasy value, but that was obviously an outlier. The 28-year-old big man should hover around top-100 roto value all year, while dropping a few rounds lower in leagues that don't value FG%. Saturday, 7:35 pm
  • Kyrie Irving helps BOS earn 15th straight win
    The Celtics won their 15th consecutive game on Saturday, led by Kyrie Irving's game-high 30 points on 10-of-12 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws.

    Advice: Boston trailed by 15 points after one quarter tonight, but as usual they clawed back to improve their record to an astounding 15-2. Kyrie hit five 3-pointers with five assists, four rebounds and one block tonight, rounding out an uber-efficient game. His recent facial fracture obviously isn't bothering him, and it's important to remember that he hasn't even played 20 games with his new team -- the best is yet to come. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Fox, Hill, Temple, Skal & Z-Bo will start
    De'Aaron Fox, George Hill, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: One good turn deserves another, apparently. This lineup got a win last night, but it was more about Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit. Fox has a decent chance to keep the job as a starter and he played 25-of-27 minutes next to Hill last night. Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox gets a start, scores nine points
    De'Aaron Fox scored nine points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 27 minutes during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes next to George Hill and it would appear the Kings are finally going to allow Fox to show what he can do as the engine of the offense. The Kings are also on a back-to-back in Portland on Saturday, so maybe Fox sticks in the first unit after their embarrassing 46-point loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Fox has actually attempted 111 jumpers this year and made 35 (31.5 percent), and he's even been unassisted on 75.8 percent of his makes, so his scoring should come easier as his teammates learn how to play with him. He should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Arrow Pointing Up: Jamal Murray scores 31
    Jamal Murray was on fire again during a 146-114 win over the Pelicans on Friday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his most aggressive game this year with a career-high 10 two-point makes, and he was only 3-of-7 from deep. The Nuggets continue to go as Murray goes with his 62.2 TS% in wins and just 45.7 TS% in losses, so not surprisingly they won by 32 here. After he couldn't make open treys in October with his 18.2 percent from deep, Murray is now up to a November offensive line of 16.3 points and 2.0 treys per game on 52.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from deep and 84.2 percent from the line. He does need to up his steals and he won't help in dimes, but Murray's fantasy owners have to feel a heck of a lot better these days. Friday, 10:54 pm
  • Gary Harris scores season-high 22 points
    Gary Harris made 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 22 points with three rebounds, five assists and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He said there was some mental concern about getting over his soreness in his shooting shoulder, but chances are those concerns went away when he swished his first two attempts from deep in this game. Harris has said his goal is shoot 45 percent from deep this year, and he's on pace to do so with his 46.2 percent to get him to 13.2 points and 2.3 treys per game. Harris is a fantasy stud in a great offense. It's also worth a mention he played in garbage time, so the Nuggets really wanted to get him up to speed after missing a week. Friday, 10:36 pm
  • George Hill slides over to SG
    George Hill played 27 minutes with 14 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He may be shifted over to the wing and he played 25 minutes next to De'Aaron Fox in this game alone. Hill is probably going to see his playing time fluctuate as the Kings slide in the standings. Most fantasy owners may not want to deal with the inconsistency and maybe he doesn't play on Saturday. He should have value if he can play 27 minutes per night. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Frank Mason gets in the rotation
    Frank Mason made 1-of-6 from the field for four points with three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Obviously the stat line isn't great, but Mason looked composed as the backup point guard. He's not going to be very fantasy friendly, so he's only a stash in super deep leagues. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Manu Ginobili sticks pair of 3-pointers
    Manu Ginobili posted eight points and three rebounds in 18 minutes Friday against the visiting Thunder.

    Advice: Ginobili bounced back from a poor shooting effort on Wednesday in Minnesota, connecting on 2-of-3 (all from behind the arc). However, it wasn't a terribly clean performance, as the 40-year-old turned the ball over a whopping six times in just 18 minutes. That simply won't do, especially with coach Gregg Popovich having several young bucks at his disposal. Avoid Manu in 12-team leagues at this juncture. Friday, 9:05 pm
  • Danny Green hits five triples in home win
    Danny Green ended up with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots across 35 minutes in Friday's 104-101 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Green hit 5-of-13 from behind the arc, and he has posted eight 3-pointers over his past two outings. He hasn't hit double digits in points in three consecutive outings at any point this season, but he'll look to change that in Monday's visit from the Hawks. He continues to help fantasy owners in the 3-pointers category, as well as steals and blocked shots. Friday, 8:55 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge grabs nine boards in win
    LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 26 points, nine rebounds and an assist across 36 minutes in Friday's 104-101 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: The Spurs were able to erase a 23-point deficit, and Aldridge was a huge part of the turnaround. He grabbed an offensive rebound and had a put back with 24.2 seconds remaining to put the Spurs up for good. Aldridge is averaging 24.3 PPG over the past three outings, slightly over his 22.0 PPG average on the season. Aldridge and his teammates will have the weekend off from game action before returning to host the Hawks on Monday night. Friday, 8:51 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Will Barton back to bench on Friday
    With Gary Harris (shoulder) returning to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Will Barton will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Barton started in place of Harris in each of Denver's last two games, but has been very productive off the bench this season as well. Barton is averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.5 minutes over 12 games as a reserve. Despite the return of Harris, Barton should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 10:44 am
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) will play Friday
    Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) will play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Harris missed two straight games, but practiced in full on Wednesday and has been trending in the right direction since. Harris has yet to take the step forward that many predicted he would coming into this season but we'll see if bounces back following this short respite. Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay will see their minutes scaled back with Harris returning to the lineup. Friday, 10:31 am
  • Al Horford plays well in 14th straight win
    Al Horford scored 18 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and five turnover during a 92-88 win over the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He was the best Celtic in this game and helped keep the Warriors to their lowest score since Kevin Durant joined forces with Stephen Curry and company. The Celtics went on a 19-4 run to close out the third to help them tie the game up heading into the fourth quarter. After their 0-2 start, the Celtics have their longest winning streak since 2010 and already have a three-game cushion for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Horford is locked and loaded as an early-round player at a premium position. Thursday, 8:52 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 16 points in win
    Kyrie Irving made 4-of-16 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He was very quiet to start the game, but he came through late and drew a foul on a drive with 14 seconds left to give the Celtics a two-point lead after the makes at the line. Perhaps he started slow because of the mask, but he ditched it in the second half and coach Brad Stevens said the decision to take it off was between Irving and the trainer. Irving was not having much success in isolation early in the year, but he's already been able climb out of that hole. He'll be flirting with first-round value all season. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Marcus Smart's season FG% drops to 26.8
    Marcus Smart missed all seven shots from the field against the Warriors on Thursday, making one free throw with seven rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, so about those videos of him making 20 gazillion-bajillion triples over the summer. Sure, Skinny Smart has really made an impact on defense, rebounding and even passing at times, but he's now down to just 26.8 percent from the field on the season. He has a chance to average five boards, six assists and two steals, but goodness he can't hit a jumper. If you have him, hopefully you're punting FG% or it doesn't count in your league. Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Harris (shoulder) officially questionable
    Gary Harris (right shoulder) is officially questionable to face the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He's said he's trending in the right direction and coach Mike Malone said he's expecting Harris to be out there. Harris' injury is to his shooting shoulder, so he may not be as aggressive as a shooter from deep. Plus, he said it's mental, which may bother him even more because he said he wants to shoot 45 percent from deep this year. If he's back, Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay would take a hit. Thursday, 2:48 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 13 points vs. Wolves
    Patty Mills scored 13 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Wolves during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs haven't had much success on back-to-back sets. They've had four of them and went just 3-5 in those eight games. As for Mills, this is his eighth straight start and he's consistently been around 28 minutes most of his November games. Mills hasn't really done much to be held in standard leagues unless you're just looking for a low-upside guy to give you 12 points with little else. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets 14/8/6 and defensive stats
    Eric Bledsoe finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That type of across-the-board production is exactly what EB's owners want to see, and he balanced out his 4-of-12 FGs with a 5-of-5 mark at the line. The Bucks are being careful with Bledsoe, but he said after playing 27 minutes on Monday that his legs "felt good," and the playing time should ramp up soon enough. The Bucks are now 4-0 since inserting Bledsoe in the starting unit. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • George Hill gets 12 points, three steals
    The Kings' streak of seven straight road losses continued on Wednesday, while George Hill scored 12 points (4-of-11 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's been a struggle for Hill to begin the season, and rookie De'Aaron Fox is an ever-present threat to his playing time (27 minutes tonight). He has shown signs of life recently, though, which he attributed to a more aggressive mindset. "Look to score first, try to make passes second," he said. Unless he can start stringing together multiple solid games, he belongs on the wire. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox quiet in 19 minutes vs. Hawks
    De'Aaron Fox had two points on 1-of-4 shooting, two assists, two steals and one rebound in 19 minutes during Wednesday's 46-point loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: Fox is now shooting just 10-of-34 in his past four games, and he's under 20% from downtown on the season. The upside is there, and he should only get better as the season continues, but most owners should keep him benched until he heats up. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon, Hawks roll to 46-point win
    Dewayne Dedmon helped the Hawks earn a franchise-high 46-point victory on Wednesday, posting 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting, 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Dedmon had a double-double and a full line by halftime, and he racked up these numbers in a mere 24 minutes tonight. His preseason 3-point shooting has proven to be sustainable, happily, and he's now averaging 0.6 triples on 45.0 percent shooting from deep. Even if this was Dedmon's high-water mark for the season, there's no reason he can't maintain top-100 roto value. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) expected to play Fri
    Gary Harris (shoulder) said he wants to play Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: "Really, it’s more from a mental and confidence standpoint with that shoulder," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. "I would be surprised if he doesn’t play on Friday night." Harris went through a full contact practice on Wednesday without issue, so he should be back in action on Friday night, which would send Will Barton back to the bench. Check back for official confirmation on his status following Friday morning's shootaround. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) went through practice
    Gary Harris (shoulder) went through practice on Wednesday and said he’s trending in the right direction to be able to play on Friday.

    Advice: The team has not said anything about his status after missing the last two games. However, it sounds like he has a great chance to play after getting a week off. With him out, it's been Will Barton, Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay stepping up. Wednesday, 11:50 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. puts winning above all else
    After scoring a career-high 27 points on Tuesday night, Dennis Smith Jr. was more concerned with the fact that the Mavericks picked up another loss.

    Advice: "We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven [points], we’ve got to get some wins," Smith said. "I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins." This is the sort of mentality you want from your franchise player, and while DSJ probably won't be happy with the Mavs' win-loss record at the end of the season, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game over the past three. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Kyrie Irving says mask blocks peripherals
    Kyrie Irving said that playing with a mask somewhat blocks his peripheral vision.

    Advice: "It's almost like having somewhat foggy blinders on," Irving said. "When I take off the mask, I can see everything. And when I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me. My peripherals are a little cut off, up and down. It's something to get used to." Irving also said that he chose to wear the clear mask instead of the black one as the black one completely blocks his peripheral vision, and while he clearly doesn't enjoy wearing it at all, this isn't going to be something that significantly affects his play. Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Manu Ginobili plays 16 minutes on Tuesday
    Manu Ginobili came back from a rest on Tuesday and played 16 minutes, finishing with 13 points and a 3-pointer on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: Manu's scored in double digits four times this season, and taken three nights off, and we're only 14 games into the season. There's no reason to own Manu in 12-team leagues at this point of his career. Tuesday, 8:56 pm
  • Rudy Gay plays 16 minutes on Tuesday
    Rudy Gay came off the bench and hit just 1-of-7 shots in 16 minutes for four points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: The 16 minutes are a season low and there's a chance Gregg Popovich is going to baby him while he works through some Achilles soreness. Gay had been playing well this season, but has been pretty shaky in two of his last three games. Wait until the minutes return to normal before using him in DFS, and bench him in season-longs if you have other options on busy nights. Tuesday, 8:53 pm
  • Danny Green back on Tuesday, sort of
    Danny Green returned from his hamstring injury and played 27 minutes on Tuesday, but the results weren't great. He hit just 2-of-6 shots, missed all of his 3-pointers, and finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Green has shown signs of returning to form this season, but it looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride. In his last two games, he's hit 4-of-13 shots to average 4.5 points and zero 3-pointers, but in the two before that, he hit 14-of-25 shots and six 3-pointers to average 19 points. He's always going to be a cheap source of 3-pointers, steals and blocks, at least on most nights, but his ability to disappear into Gregg Popovich's magic hat make him a tough player to rely on. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Patty Mills scores season-high 19 vs. Dallas
    Patty Mills started at point guard and hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Mills has started all seven Spurs games in November, taking over for the struggling Dejounte Murray, but has been very hit-or-miss since then. He had just five points, six assists and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes on Saturday, so don't kick yourself if you weren't on him tonight. He is averaging 11.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, so if you want to roll with him until Tony Parker (quad) comes back, go for it. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores career-high 27 points
    Dennis Smith Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting in Tuesday's 97-91 loss to San Antonio.

    Advice: He was getting to the rim at will against San Antonio's slow-footed frontcourt and grabbed six rebounds with two assists, a career-high five 3-pointers and six turnovers. After a rocky start to the season, DSJ is looking more comfortable out there and it's showing in the boxscore. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up with averages of 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples over his last five games. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores season-high 32
    LaMarcus Aldridge hit 12-of-21 shots and 8-of-10 free throws on his way to a season-high 32 points, five rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's 97-91 win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: The Mavs are really bad against opposing bigs so it's not surprising that LMA went off tonight, despite a slow first half. As good as Aldridge has been this season it's hard to believe that's his season high, but he's scored in double figures in every game thus far and racked up at least 20 points in 11 of his 14 outings. The Spurs have the second of a back-to-back on Wednesday against the Timberwolves, meaning that every single player on the team is a question mark for tonight, including Aldridge. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Marcus Smart quiet in 35 minutes off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench with the return of Kyrie Irving, but still played 35 minutes, hitting 1-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Smart's shot looks broken and he's hit just 12-of-50 shots over his last five games, good for just 24 percent shooting. He's doing a good job with rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers, and is a good free throw shooter, but he can hurt your fantasy team's field goal percentage in a hurry. Start him at your own risk. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 25 wearing mask
    Kyrie Irving returned from his facial injury and hit 8-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 29 minutes in Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Irving only missed two games (one full, played 2 minutes in the other) with the injury and looked great tonight. The mask appeared to be bothering him when the clock was stopped, but when he was moving and into the game, it appeared to have no effect. Hopefully you had him in your lineup tonight, as the 25 points tied for his second highest scoring game of the season. Irving hasn't been blowing anyone's mind with his fantasy play this season, but he's rolling and the Celtics have won 13 straight games. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Al Horford double-doubles in win
    Al Horford hit 8-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and a steal in 30 minutes of Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Horford's been back for two games since his concussion and hasn't done much, other than make 16-of-19 shots, hit a couple threes, and average 19 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 steals. This is going much better than when he took a long time to get back on track after a concussion last season. Oh, and the Celtics have won 13 straight games since starting out the season 0-2. Tuesday, 6:57 pm
  • Marcus Smart back to bench on Tuesday
    With Kyrie Irving (face) returning to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Marcus Smart will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Smart started Sunday in place of Irving and finished with 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes. In the 10 games he's come off the bench this season, he is averaging 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists in 27.7 minutes. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving starting, Smart to the bench
    Kyrie Irving (face) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

    Advice: Irving will only end up missing one-game due to the facial fracture below his right eye, and he'll be donning a protective mask tonight, but that shouldn't be an issue that affects his play. Smart's minutes should hold steady despite moving back to the second unit, but Shane Larkin probably won't take the court tonight unless the game turns into a blowout. Feel free to get The Masked Man active for an extremely favorable matchup against the Nets. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said that Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This was expected after Green practiced on Monday. With Green returning to the starting lineup, Bryn Forbes heads back to the bench. Brandon Paul will also see his minutes scaled back on Tuesday. Green is averaging 11.1 minutes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season. Tuesday, 10:23 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) plans to play Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) went through shootaround and said he plans to play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Irving will be wearing a fitted mask when he returns to action on Tuesday night, facing a Brooklyn team that will be playing without D'Angelo Russell (knee). With Irving back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will likely be bumped back to the bench. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin will see their minutes reduced as well. Tuesday, 8:04 am
  • Will Barton playing well for Nuggets
    Will Barton got another start for Gary Harris (shoulder) on Monday and had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harris should be back for the next one, but Barton has been playing well, getting minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. In fact this was one of his worst games in recent memory, which is saying something. He's averaging 17.8 points, 6.4 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. He should be owned everywhere. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 18 points
    Jamal Murray made 7-of-19 from the field for 18 points with five rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He was open for a handful of his triples, but he couldn't knock any of his seven attempts from deep. Murray is playing off the ball more than he was earlier this year, but he continues to get heavy usage as a scorer. This was one of his most inefficient games of the year, but at least Murray has a green light and Emmanuel Mudiay has also really cooled off. Monday, 9:35 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) scores 15 points vs. MEM
    Eric Bledsoe played through a right knee contusion on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The low minutes were probably by design, but Bledsoe didn't seem bothered by his knee and played some really nice defense on Mike Conley down the stretch. He's averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 triples through his first three games with the Bucks, but those numbers should improve once he develops some chemistry with his teammates and when his minutes go up. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Kent Bazemore OK after hard fall
    Kent Bazemore had 22 points, four rebounds, seven assists, three steals and three 3-pointers on 7-of-15 shooting in 30 minutes of Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: The 22 points tied his season high and he's actually hit that number in two of his last three games. Bazemore took a hard fall on his left arm and elbow late in the game but was able to stay in and shoot free throws, meaning he should be fine. He's hot right now, averaging 15.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five games, so make sure he's in your lineup whenever possible right now. This could be the season Bazemore lives up to the hype. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox hits 3-of-10 shots in loss
    De'Aaron Fox hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Fox has yet to have a mind-blowing game but he's been close a couple times. He hasn't scored more than 14 points in any of his November games, after scoring 14 or more in five of his seven October games. Fox has cooled off a bit, but he's too good a player and in too great a position to not be owned in all fantasy leagues. The big one is coming. Monday, 6:41 pm
  • George Hill scores 16 points, hits three 3s
    George Hill hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: After scoring 16 and 21 points in his first two games of the season, Hill scored eight or fewer points in nine of his next 10 games. While tonight was a step in the right direction, Hill has taken a backseat to rookie De'Aaron Fox, who had 10 points, five assists and a 3-pointer on 3-of-10 shooting in 26 minutes. We're not ready to go back in on Hill, but he's worth keeping an eye on in case tonight wasn't a fluke. Monday, 6:32 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder soreness) out Monday
    Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) will not play on Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Harris was a game-time call and coach Mike Malone said he's "definitely feeling better," and now he has a few days off to prepare for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. With Harris out, both Will Barton and Jamal Murray will get a nice bump in value. Monday, 5:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) will play
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) is in the starting lineup on Monday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "If he can go that means his knee is fine," coach Jason Kidd said about an hour before tip-off. Bledsoe made it through warmups just fine and this injury sounds relatively minor, so get the PG in your lineups. Monday, 4:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) a true game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe (right knee contusion) remains a game-time decision for Monday's matchup with Memphis.

    Advice: The Bucks may want to play it safe with Bledsoe, who hadn't seen the court for roughly three weeks before making his Milwaukee debut on Friday and has a history of knee issues, but we likely won't get official word until just prior to tipoff. If he's out, Malcolm Brogdon would return to the starting five and Khris Middleton would see some increased playmaking opportunities. Stay tuned. Monday, 3:27 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) a game-time decision
    Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) will be a game-time call for Monday's matchup with the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "He’s definitely feeling better and was able to get some good treatment yesterday," said head coach Mike Malone. "For today he was able to participate in portions of shootaround." Harris going through portions of shootaround is encouraging, but we'll have a better idea on his status after he goes through his pregame routine. If he's able to get back out there, Will Barton will return to the bench and his minutes would take a minor hit. Stay tuned. Monday, 11:37 am
  • Bledsoe (knee contusion) is a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe is a game-time call vs. Memphis on Monday with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The Bucks were worried about Bledsoe picking up an injury because he was off for nearly two weeks when the Suns were shopping him, but at least this sounds minor. If Bledsoe can't go, Malcolm Brogdon will likely move back into the starting lineup and would get a nice bump in usage, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will have a little more weight on their shoulders as well. Monday, 10:39 am
  • Danny Green (hamstring) hopeful for Tuesday
    Danny Green is hopeful to play on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Green was "rested" on Saturday vs. the Bulls, but he later revealed that he has a tight hamstring. He downplayed the injury and was a full participant at Monday's light practice, but expect another update on Tuesday morning after shootaround. If Green sits out again, Bryn Forbes would be worth a look as a short-term play after scoring 13 points in 34 minutes vs. Chicago. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: After missing Sunday's game with a minor facial fracture, Irving has been fitted for a mask and has joined the team for their short trip to Brooklyn. The Nets are going to be without D'Angelo Russell (knee), so maybe the Celtics give Irving another game off to prepare him for Thursday's showdown vs. the Warriors. We'll know more on Tuesday morning after the shootaround, but look for Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier to benefit if Irving can't go. Monday, 10:05 am
  • Harrison Barnes goes for 22 & 13 in defeat
    Harrison Barnes recorded his second straight double-double on Sunday with 22 points and 13 rebounds, adding one assist and a pair of 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes knocked down 9-of-14 shots and he kept Dallas in this game, continuing a phenomenal month of November -- after shooting 37.9 percent in October, he's at a scorching 56.5 percent in his past six games. Paltry assists and defensive stats are limiting his upside in most leagues, but owners can't complain with this production. Nov 12, 7:04 pm
  • Wes Matthews scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting
    Wes Matthews had a night to forget vs. OKC on Sunday, missing all nine of his shots to finish scoreless with four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: The veteran hasn't shot better than 39.3 percent since joining the Mavs in 2015-16, which accounts for the three worst shooting years in his nine-year career. If you can live with the rough FG%, however, he's holding onto top-100 value thanks to 3-pointers (2.5 per game), steals (1.2) and modest turnovers (1.8). Nov 12, 7:02 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. hits 6-of-17 FGs, scores 15
    Dennis Smith Jr. followed up Saturday's big game with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Thunder threw everything at the rookie defensively, with Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson and even Paul George taking turns against him. He shot just 6-of-17 from the field with five turnovers, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and had enough all-around production to appease most owners. He's showing the type of upside owners envisioned on draft day, but there will be more bumps in the road -- he is 19 years old, after all. Nov 12, 7:01 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points in his return
    Al Horford (concussion) scored 21 points in his return from a two-game absence on Sunday, adding one 3-pointer, three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Horford was nearly perfect in this one, going 8-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from the stripe for an incredible true shooting percentage of 93.8. He didn’t even miss his first shot until late in the fourth quarter, and he also threw down a few highlight-reel jams (link below), so that, partnered with the heavy minutes would suggest he'll be just fine moving forward. Nov 12, 3:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 14 points with nine dimes
    Marcus Smart went 3-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes in Sunday's win.

    Advice: Smart did a nice job of attacking the basket, and an even better job of using the extra pass to turn good looks into great ones for his teammates. He’ll be much more involved in the offense while Kyrie Irving (face) is out, and with Irving uncertain for Tuesday’s game in Brooklyn, Smart could be in for a huge game against a team constantly giving up big lines to opposing point guards. Nov 12, 3:01 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) questionable Monday
    Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against Portland.

    Advice: After Monday, the Nuggets don't play again until Friday, so if Harris sits out Monday's game that would give him a full week to recover. Will Barton got the start in his place on Saturday and posted 26 points, nine boards, five dimes, four triples, one steal, one block and one turnover in 38 minutes, so he'd be someone to consider in DFS should Harris indeed need to sit out Monday's game. Stay tuned. Nov 12, 11:18 am
  • Marcus Smart is starting vs. the Raptors
    Marcus Smart will start against the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: With Kyrie Irving (face) out, the Celtics will start Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes and Al Horford. Smart is shooting 29 percent from the field this season, but give him a look if you need assists and steals. Terry Rozier is also looking at a bump in value and is coming off a 15-point game with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two triples. Nov 12, 10:55 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) officially out Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (face) has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He has a minor facial fracture under his right eye and won't be at the arena. Irving is going to be fitted for a mask, and head coach Brad Stevens said he didn't know if Irving will be able to travel for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn. With Irving on the shelf, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart get a significant bump in value, and Shane Larkin will likely be in the rotation again. Nov 12, 10:44 am
  • Al Horford (concussion) good to go Sunday
    Al Horford (concussion) is good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He went through the morning shootaround and there's no word of any restrictions. With Kyrie Irving (face) out, the Celtics will be running quite a bit of offense through the big man today. Get him back in your lineups. Aron Baynes' value takes a significant hit with Horford back. Nov 12, 10:38 am
  • Bullseye: Jamal Murray scores career-high 32
    Jamal Murray was on the mark during a 125-107 victory over the Magic on Saturday, scoring a career-high 32 points with four rebounds, one assist and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Blue Arrow made 12-of-21 from the field and was on fire in the first quarter with 16 points. Coach Mike Malone continues to preach consistency for the second-year guard, so there will be added pressure on him against the Blazers on Monday. Murray also looked great off the ball and was able to convert his wide-open shots to earn this easy win in an up-tempo game. It's been a bumpy ride, but Murray has been awesome overall in his last eight with a 66.1 TS% and a 24.6 usage rate. He's also first on the team in net rating over that span. Yes, this is why we've been preaching patience for one of the best young shooters in the NBA. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Will Barton scores season-high 26 points
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Will The Thrill is playing some of his best ball of his career, and coach Mike Malone is giving him a lot of responsibility with the ball. On the year, Barton is averaging 15.1 points, 5.4 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 treys on 45.8 percent from the field. He's logging minutes at three positions and is a perfect example of how a bench player can put up strong value in fantasy. Nov 11, 9:55 pm
  • Manu Ginobili continues to rest
    Manu Ginobili (rest) did not get into the game Saturday against the Bulls, as he posted a third straight DNP-CD.

    Advice: The 40-year-old veteran wasn't needed, as the Spurs fired out of the chute for a big lead after the first quarter and they turned the game into a laugher in the second half. The lopsided nature of the score allowed Coach Gregg Popovich to use younger players like Davis Bertans, Darrun Hilliard and Brandon Paul, while limiting his veterans and giving them a much-needed rest. Nov 11, 9:43 pm
  • Rudy Gay played 18 minutes on Saturday
    Rudy Gay (Achilles) was able to play Saturday against the Bulls, finishing with 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Gay was able to hit 5-of-7 from the field, and he was 1-of-1 from behind the arc and 4-of-4 from the charity stripe. Coach Gregg Popovich was able to limit Gay's minutes with a blowout win, so Gay rested more while Davis Bertans, Darrun Hilliard and Brandon Paul saw extended minutes in the second half Nov 11, 9:40 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays 31 minutes vs. Lakers
    Playing in his second game for the Bucks on Saturday, Eric Bledsoe finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made 4-of-13 FGs (0-of-6 from deep) and it will inevitably take him a while to fully mesh with his new team, but fantasy owners have to be thrilled. It didn't take long for him to get traded away from Phoenix, and his efficiency should quickly improve with defenses focused on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. It's all-systems-go for EB's owners. Nov 11, 9:24 pm
  • Dennis Smith turns in strong stat line
    Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots over 30 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There haven't been a lot of bright spots on the hardwood so far in the Metroplex this season, but DSJ and Harrison Barnes are certainly doing their part every night. Smith has turned up the intensity in November, hitting at least 3-pointer in each of his games while averaging 19.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game after averaging just 11.3 PPG, 5.7 APG and 3.0 RPG in six October outings. Nov 11, 8:25 pm
  • Harrison Barnes posts 23 and 12 in loss
    Harrison Barnes ended up with 23 points and 12 rebounds over 39 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: The Mavericks have won just twice over 13 games so far this season, but it's no fault of Barnes. Since flipping the calendar to November he has been especially solid, averaging 22.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game across five outings. He also has at least one triple in each of his starts in November. Nov 11, 8:20 pm
  • John Collins scores two in 22 minutes
    John Collins scored two points with three rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: He did log some minutes at power forward today, but again foul trouble is the story here with four quick ones to start. Much like Marquese Chriss, Collins' energy is a double-edged sword and it's made him rack up fouls at a rate which few players can match. Still, he is quite a talent and should be owned in standard leagues. Nov 11, 6:30 pm
  • Will Barton getting the start
    Will Barton will start for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been in a serious groove and now Barton could be looking at minutes in the upper 30s. His move to the first unit should also mean Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay get more run. Plus, Malik Beasley may see minutes in the upper teens. Nov 11, 4:29 pm
  • Rudy Gay is 50/50 to play
    Rudy Gay is 50/50 to play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: If he can't go, Davis Bertans would very likely take on most of Gay's minutes while Brandon Paul would have his minutes extended. Plus, Kyle Anderson should play a bunch. Nov 11, 3:59 pm
  • Danny Green out, Rudy G 50/50, Forbes starts
    Danny Green (rest) is out, Rudy Gay is 50/50, and Bryn Forbes will start for Green against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a back-to-back set and Green will sit out at home. With him out, Forbes should get a huge opportunity while Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray could play next to each other. There should be a lot of value to be had in DFS here, especially with Forbes. Nov 11, 3:55 pm
  • Al Horford (concussion) probable for Sunday
    Al Horford (concussion) is probable for Sunday against the Raptors.

    Advice: He was close to playing on Friday, so he's almost a lock to play. The Celtics will need him and it'll be interesting to see how he adapt when he's not next to Kyrie Irving, assuming Irving can't go. With Horford back, Aron Baynes may still actually start against Jonas Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka while Daniel Theis should lose minutes. Get Horford in your lineups for tomorrow. Nov 11, 2:12 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has a minor facial fracture
    Kyrie Irving suffered a minor facial fracture on Friday and he is currently listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is he did not suffer a concussion, and he's probably going to be able to wear a mask once the medical staff thinks he's ready to play. The Celtics will play again on Tuesday before they have a showdown against the Warriors, so that may be the target date. Until then, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are headed for a bigger role with Shane Larkin the second unit -- Larkin was effective on Monday. Plus, there's plenty of usage that will go around. Nov 11, 2:06 pm
  • Manu Ginobili (rest) doubtful for Saturday
    Manu Ginobili (rest) is doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: This is the second night of a back-to-back for San Antonio, so it makes sense they would rest their 40-year old veteran. Bryn Forbes and Brandon Paul should soak up most of the excess minutes created by Manu's absence. Nov 11, 10:50 am
  • Manu Ginobili scores 18 points vs. Bucks
    Manu Ginobili scored a season-high 18 points vs. the Bucks on Friday with three assists, one rebound, two steals and one triple in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He occasionally steps into the time machine for a big fantasy line, but he's way too inconsistent and is rested too much to help fantasy owners. In fact, there's a really good chance that he sits out against the Bulls on Saturday. Nov 10, 9:51 pm
  • Kyle Anderson double-doubles in loss to MIL
    Kyle Anderson double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Friday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He was 5-of-8 from the field and continues to be a sneaky source of fantasy value, as he's now averaging 7.9 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.0 turnovers in just under 27 minutes per game. Anderson will likely be irrelevant when Kawhi Leonard (quad) gets back, but it doesn't sound like that will be any time soon. Nov 10, 9:48 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge scores 20 w/ 12 rebounds
    LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two blocks and one turnover in Friday's 94-87 loss to the Bucks.

    Advice: With an ADP (average draft position) over 50.0 almost everywhere, Aldridge has been crushing it with top-24 value in standard 9-category leagues. He's been carrying the Spurs and will have to keep it up with Kawhi Leonard (quad) still without a timetable. Aldridge hit 8-of-14 shots and 4-of-4 from the line and should feast against the tanking Bulls on Saturday. Nov 10, 9:44 pm
  • Bledsoe scores 13 w/ 7 dimes in MIL debut
    Eric Bledsoe had a successful debut for Milwaukee in Friday's 94-87 win over the Spurs, scoring 13 points with seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one triple in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks kept a close eye on his minutes since he hasn't played in an NBA game October 21st, but he appeared to be in excellent shape and meshed well with his new teammates. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and missed his only free throw with three turnovers, but all in all it was a solid showing with a 26.7 usage rate -- similar to his usage rate in Phoenix. The Bucks actually shortened their rotation with Malcolm Brogdon getting plenty of minutes (34) as well, so Bledsoe could be closer to 32 minutes in his next outing. Nov 10, 9:03 pm
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