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  • Treveon Graham (thigh) does not play
    Treveon Graham (thigh) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was available to play, but he's not going to be in the rotation consistently with Nicolas Batum back. 20 minutes ago
  • Nicolas Batum scores nine points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play. 30 minutes ago
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaks ankle in loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and his ankle injury isn't a huge concern because he was able to return after getting it re-taped. Barring a surprise, MKG should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, so keep him active for his rebounds and defensive stats. 35 minutes ago
  • Joe Ingles scores 15 on 150.0 eFG%
    Joe Ingles made all five shots from the field for 15 points with four rebounds, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't get any better than a 150.0 eFG% and that's what he had tonight. Ingles has run the offense a lot in the past couple years for coach Quin Snyder, so he will be asked to create more while Ricky Rubio (Achilles) recovers. Expect Ingles to improve on his numbers from the past two weeks. 39 minutes ago
  • Jose Calderon starts in second half
    Jose Calderon was scoreless in 10 minutes off the bench in Friday's overtime loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Calderon actually started the third quarter with Iman Shumpert nursing a sore knee, but he was unable to seize the opportunity. Instead, it was Dwyane Wade and Kyle Korver stepping up and filling the void. Calderon continues to remain a non-factor for most fantasy owners. Today, 7:57 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles with his shot again
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, this shooting line is brutal and he's been ice cold for almost every game. However, Richardson was outstanding on defense tonight and he's the best perimeter defender on the team, so he's not going to be losing minutes. We've seen him get really hot before and it feels like it's just a matter of time before his shot starts to drop. He still has plenty of pep in his step, so it should click sooner rather than later. Today, 7:41 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 22 w/ 10 dimes, 5 triples
    Kyle Lowry scored 22 points with 10 assists, eight rebounds and five 3-pointers in an emphatic win over the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was remarkably efficient, hitting 8-of-12 from the field and 5-of-7 from deep. Lowry's touches have been reduced from 85.0 in 2016-17 to 74.1 in 2017-18, so that could explain why he's only averaging 14.9 points after a career-high 22.4 PPG last season. With Delon Wright (shoulder) out, there's a good chance that Lowry's touches trend up again. Today, 7:41 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Today, 7:39 pm
  • Baker's dozen for Lou Williams in OT loss
    Lou Williams went for 13 points and seven assists across 37 minutes in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland.

    Advice: Williams continues to jack up plenty of shots despite a bench role, attempting 12 or more field-goal attempts in seven consecutive outings. The Clippers have several injuries, particularly in the backcourt, so Williams continues to do the heavy lifting off the bench. He remains a pretty solid option across the board for his scoring in most standard leagues. Today, 7:38 pm
  • Pascal Siakam scores 13 points w/ 3 blocks
    Pascal Siakam started for Serge Ibaka (knee) in a 107-84 win over the Knicks on Friday and scored 13 points with four rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: As good as he was offensively, Siakam was even better on defense and was a big reason why Kristaps Porzingis was held to 13 points on 3-of-13 shooting. Siakam hit 6-of-11 shots and 1-of-2 from the line, and this was no fluke with averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three previous fill-in starts. His fantasy value hinges on the status of Ibaka for Sunday's game vs. the Wizards, but go pick him up if we get bad news. Today, 7:28 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores just two points
    Marcin Gortat scored 11 points with 13 rebounds and one block in 28 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: That's better after Hassan Whiteside owned him on Wednesday with only two points. Gortat is what he is as a guy who will flirt with double-doubles and add some blocks. He's a fine hold at a premium position. Today, 7:27 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 points in loss to MIA
    Bradley Beal scored 26 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 40 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: That's his first double-double of the season and the third time he's hit 40 minutes. Beal could be looking at more shots in the short term because John Wall (knee) is a little banged up. On the year, Beal has a 35.8 usage rate and a 61.7 TS% when he's not with Wall, so he could be ready to feast. Beal has been as advertised and should be a top-25 player the rest of the way with first-round upside. Today, 7:25 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits 1-of-9 shots in loss
    Courtney Lee hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes vs. the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He described himself as "a little sore" after taking a shot to the upper leg in his previous game, so maybe that's to blame for his poor shooting. However, Lee salvaged his fantasy line with some nice supporting stats and will continue to be a nice low-end value for his steals and triples. Today, 7:17 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. Today, 7:12 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 15 boards
    Andre Drummond scored 11 points with 15 rebounds, five assists, one steal and three blocks in 35 minutes against the Pacers during a 107-100 loss on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Pistons with a 22-point lead during the third quarter. As for Drummond, that makes it 15 straight games with 12-plus boards, which puts him one shy of Moses Malone's record of 16 straight games with 12-plus boards to start an NBA season. While Drummond's free throw shooting has dropped from that absurd 77.8 percent he had as of Nov. 7, at least he's been at 50 percent or better in each of his last four games. Drummond is a playing big minutes and has a chance at a 20-15 in almost any matchup. Today, 6:39 pm
  • David Nwaba (ankle) targeting Sunday
    David Nwaba (ankle) is targeting a return on Sunday.

    Advice: He will have to go through practice on Saturday without any setback, but he looks like he'll be his original timetable of 2-4 weeks back on Nov. 6. Nwaba was outstanding just before his injury and he'll have a chance to be a starter once he's back. He's a decent pickup in deeper leagues, but that could change if Denzel Valentine thrives tonight. Today, 4:06 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee soreness) out Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Jazz play again on Saturday vs. Orlando, so hopefully they are just resting him for that one. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko is looking at extended minutes and is worth a look if you need 3-pointers -- he's hit three triples in each of his last two games. Today, 3:54 pm
  • Pascal Siakam to start for Serge Ibaka
    Pascal Siakam will start for Serge Ibaka (knee) against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He gets the fun job of guarding Kristaps Porzingis. Siakam should be looking at a good amount of minutes because OG Anunoby will be playing some three, so it's not a bad idea to use Siakam in DFS or as a stream tonight. Today, 3:46 pm
  • Dinwiddie, Crabbe, Carroll, RHJ & Book start
    Spencer Dinwiddie, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Trevor Booker will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: This is the same starting lineup as Tuesday, but using it against Utah is somewhat noteworthy. Booker has played very well and so has Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, so coach Kenny Atkinson just wants his best five out there despite Booker being so short for a five man. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) ruled out
    Jon Leuer (ankle) is inactive for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. With Leuer out, it will likely be Eric Moreland getting the backup center minutes because Domantas Sabonis is active. If Sabonis is limited, maybe we get some Boban Marjanovic action. Today, 3:35 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) ruled out Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) has been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka has been experiencing soreness since banging his knee on Nov. 12 vs. Boston. He did play through the pain against the Pelicans and Rockets, but he didn't look right. With Ibaka sitting this one out, Paskal Siakam is worth a look if you need short-term help with averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts, while we should see more of OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles as well. Today, 3:32 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (swollen knee) doubtful Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is not expected to play on Friday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka banged his knee in a fall against Boston and has been sore ever since -- this may explain his poor play against the Pelicans and Rockets. With Ibaka likely to sit, Paskal Siakam is probably the biggest winner and has put up averages of 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three fill-in starts. Today, 3:16 pm
  • Courtney Lee is a little sore
    Courtney Lee (leg) will play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He is "a little sore" according to coach Jeff Hornacek. Lee took some contact to his upper leg late in the game on Wednesday, but he should be able to play his normal amount of minutes. Today, 3:07 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes. Today, 2:53 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac still has swelling in ankle
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) is still dealing with swelling and he will not play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not practice on Friday and it sounds like he could miss more time. With Isaac out, it's been Marreese Speights logging the minutes behind Aaron Gordon while Mario Hezonja was in the rotation for seven minutes in the last one. Isaac is still a decent stash in deeper leagues, especially because he was playing well before the injury. Today, 12:51 pm
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday
    Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lee limped off the court on Wednesday's following the Knicks win over the Jazz. However, Lee said it was just cramping and that he's good to go for Friday night. Lee has been sneakily solid all season for the Knicks. He's averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists 1.8 treys and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes this season. He ranks inside the top-70 overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. Today, 9:44 am
  • Serge Ibaka (knee) questionable for Friday
    Serge Ibaka (swollen left knee) is questionable for Friday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Ibaka missed one game earlier this season due to swelling his right knee, but this is the first time he's popped up on the injury report for an issue with his left knee. Pascal Siakam started in place of Ibaka that one game Serge missed. Norman Powell (hip) is doubtful, and Delon Wright (shoulder) has been ruled out for Friday, so the Raps will really have to shake up their lineup if Ibaka is unable to play. Siakam, OG Anunoby, and C.J. Miles would all see additional minutes. Today, 9:26 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) doubtful for Friday
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) didn't participate in the walkthrough and is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: This is not surprising after it was reported that Leuer had a "flare up" on Thursday. Leuer has missed six straight games due to the ankle issue. Eric Moreland will continue to serve as Andre Drummond's primary backup at center. Today, 9:25 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee) questionable Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Sefolosha was averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the three games the Jazz has played since Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. If Thabo is unable to suit up on Friday, Jonas Jerebko would likely remain in the starting lineup and see additional minutes. Ekpe Udoh would also see an uptick in playing time. Today, 9:04 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) is listed as "out" in the game notes for Saturday's matchup against Utah.

    Advice: This is only a game-notes designation, so we'll have to wait to hear from coach Frank Vogel, either after practice on Friday or Saturday morning after shootaround. Isaac has missed each of Orlando's last two games, but said he was feeling better on Wednesday despite still dealing with discomfort when he moves side-to-side. Today, 8:04 am
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Today, 7:02 am
  • Troy Daniels scores season-high 23 points
    Troy Daniels scored a season-high 23 points with three rebounds, one assist and seven 3-pointers against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: Revenge game? HIs second quarter was the highlight with six treys, matching the franchise record for treys in a quarter. Daniels' playing time was starting to trend down coming into this game, but it may go up if the Suns do want to play Booker at the one. He's obviously only worth a look in super deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Chris Paul scores 11 with 10 dimes in 21 mins
    Chris Paul returned to action against the Suns on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, 10 assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were just ridiculous while CP3 was out there with a +14 in those 21 minutes, but it was more about shot making from deep than anything else. Paul did leave the arena in the fourth to do cardio with the training staff, and he told TNT's Kristen Ledlow he felt great. Coach Mike D'Antoni has said he wants to stagger Paul from Harden and that'll be when CP3 does his best work, but clearly there's enough to go around in this offense. After almost a month off, Paul's fantasy owners should start to see some dividends. Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Chris Paul expected to play about 20 minutes
    Chris Paul (knee) is expected to play about 20 minutes in his return against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: The loss of Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) for tonight won't change coach Mike D'Antoni's plan on CP3. It will be interesting to see if CP3 is staggered from James Harden tonight, but Paul should still be able to produce a decent stat line in his first game back. MDA did say CP3 will be out there whenever Harden is not, so that should account for 12 minutes or so. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Treveon Graham questionable for Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh) is questionable for Friday against the

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum back in action, Graham isn't expected to be in the rotation. Yesterday, 1:56 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) had a flare up
    Jon Leuer (ankle) felt tight on Wednesday on and had a "flare up" on Thursday.

    Advice: He did not practice today after he did not play on Wednesday. Leuer was available to play, but the tightness kept him out. If he's out again, Eric Moreland could get minutes in the upper teens like his 19 on Wednesday. Yesterday, 1:20 pm
  • David Nwaba (ankle) not ready to return
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said David Nwaba (ankle) isn't ready to return to action yet.

    Advice: He was given a 2-4 week timetable nearly two weeks ago, but Hoiberg said he still has some soreness. "We miss David a lot. He's a downhill threat and very athletic wing who can get into the paint," Hoiberg said. "We miss his defensive intensity and rebounding. The important thing is to get him right." Nwaba is only worth stashing in very deep leagues, while Denzel Valentine and Paul Zipser will continue to see a bump in minutes in his absence. Yesterday, 7:12 am
  • Courtney Lee (lee) says he'll be fine
    Courtney Lee (leg) said that he'll be fine for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said after Wednesday's game that Lee tweaked his hamstring, but Lee later said that he was just cramping and that he took a knee to the tailbone. "I’m fine, bro,’’ Lee said. "I’ll be ready for the next game. I’m fine.’" Expect him to play, but Lee's owners can check back for an update after Friday's morning shootaround to be safe. Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores season-high 22 points
    Kyle Lowry posted season-highs with 22 points and 11 rebounds during a 125-116 win over the Pelicans on Wednesday, adding nine assists and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Shockingly, this was his first 20-plus scoring game of the year with two 19-point efforts in his previous two. It's not hard to see what the difference is because Lowry has gone to the line 21 times in the last three games, which is more than the 17 he had in the first 11 games combined. There could still be a chance to buy low on Lowry and his patient owners have to be feeling a lot better. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) gets healthy DNP-CD
    Jon Leuer (sprained left ankle) was available to play on Wednesday but he didn't leave Detroit's bench.

    Advice: Leuer is part of a big-man committee for the Pistons, but tonight it was Eric Moreland playing 19 minutes to finish scoreless with nine boards and two blocks. Neither guy is a fantasy asset while Andre Drummond, Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver (nine points in 31 minutes) are healthy. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Pascal Siakam scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Pascal Siakam scored 10 points with one rebound, two assists and one block in 25 minutes against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was the main beneficiary today with OG Anunoby being limited on a back-to-back set and Norman Powell (hip) not playing, so Siakam played a good amount of three. He's played very well in any role he's been asked, but Siakam is more of a utility man with little usage. Expect him to be under 20 for minutes on Friday. Wednesday, 8:58 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist breaks out w/ 22 pts
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke out on Wednesday for a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Guess who the most popular waiver-wire pickup will be tomorrow? MKG had struggled to find a rhythm while missing six games for personal reasons, but it all clicked for him tonight. He didn't just score at the rim, either, going 5-of-6 on shots outside the paint. He's on the wire in plenty of leagues, and is worth grabbing if you need boards and defensive stats. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Nicolas Batum gets 16/6/5 in return Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) says he's OK
    Updating a previous item, Courtney Lee (leg) said he cramped up in the fourth quarter and took a "knee to the butt bone" late in the game.

    Advice: A bump to his leg is much better news than a hamstring muscle pull, so Lee is probably going to be able to suit up this weekend. For now, his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll on Friday against the Raptors. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Bradley Beal scores 26 points vs. Heat
    Bradley Beal made 6-of-19 from the field for 26 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made a season-high 13 free throws on 14 attempts, so that was his saving grace tonight. Beal is starting to heat up in the scoring department with 27 points per game in November, and he's adding more to his stat line. He is starting to look like the player that turned in first-round value after the break last year. Wednesday, 7:48 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores just two points
    Marcin Gortat scored two points with five rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: We've seen Hassan Whiteside neutralize some centers, but Gortat played somewhat well besides the box score with good screening and strong defense. He'll have games like this, but he's still flirting with top-100 value at a premium position. He's a fine hold at the end of your roster. Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Courtney Lee tweaks hamstring at end of game
    Courtney Lee tweaked his hamstring in the final minute of Wednesday's game and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: He played the final 9:31 of this game, so the injury probably occurred in the last possession or two. Lee hasn't had any noteworthy hamstring issues in his NBA career, but teams are usually very careful with this injury because it can linger. If he does need to miss time, Doug McDermott or Michael Beasley could be asked to play more, or there could be more two-PG lineups used with Frank Ntilikina. The Knicks may also roll the dice on Damyean Dotson to fill some minutes. Lee finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. He's been a must-own player to this point in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:26 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
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) sheds walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) won't play on Wednesday, but he was seen without a walking boot.

    Advice: Isaac said that he "still feels discomfort when he moves side to side," but he's feeling better. Orlando will play it safe but he gets a few days off before Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, so there's a chance we'll see him this weekend. Wednesday, 5:55 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) out Wednesday vs. CLE
    Treveon Graham (thigh) will not play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum (elbow) getting back to the court tonight, Graham might not be in the rotation moving forward. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Norman Powell out, OG Anunoby starting
    Norman Powell (hip) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, allowing OG Anunoby to earn another start.

    Advice: Anunoby played very well through 30 minutes as a starter on Tuesday, registering 16 points, three triples, two boards, one assist and one steal, although head coach Dwane Casey said he will try and keep his minutes down on the second leg of a back-to-back, thus limiting his DFS appeal. The Raptors play again Friday vs. New York and we'll be considering Powell questionable for that one, but he's been too up-and-down this season to warrant a hold in standard 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play 20-22 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be starting with Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard, so Jeremy Lamb moves to the bench here. Batum is still likely going to have his minutes managed for a couple games, but he should be added in all leagues. As for Lamb, he may still have value because coach Steve Clifford said he wants to play him heavy minutes. Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • Chris Paul (knee) expected to start Thursday
    Mike D'Antoni said he expects Chris Paul (knee) to start on Thursday against the Suns.

    Advice: D'Antoni added that he'll likely have CP3 on a 20-minute limit, but barring a setback, it looks as though Paul will be back in action on Thursday night with Eric Gordon heading back to the second unit. Paul didn't play all that well in his lone game this season, and there are some concerns about how he'll be able to mesh with James Harden, but the two guards are simply too talented to not figure this thing out. Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) available to play Wednesday
    Jon Leuer (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday against Milwaukee.

    Advice: He's spent the past five games on the sidelines, so the Pistons may want to ease him back into things with limited minutes. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland might not play as much tonight, but none of these guys can be considered viable targets in most settings. Wednesday, 9:36 am
  • Kyle Lowry double-doubles in win over HOU
    Kyle Lowry hit just 4-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers, but also made 9-of-10 free throws for 19 points, five rebounds, 10 assists and a steal in 37 minutes of Tuesday's 129-113 spanking of the Rockets on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was just his fourth double-double of the season and while the shooting wasn't great, Lowry's owners have to be feeling better with his play of late. He's averaging 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 2.8 3-pointers over his last four games and is still an elite fantasy point guard, despite his slow start to the season. Tuesday, 8:05 pm
  • Serge Ibaka quiet with 5-5-2 line
    Serge Ibaka hit just 2-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, five rebounds and two blocks in 25 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Ibaka had just eight points, six boards, a steal, a block and a 3-pointer on Sunday, and has been a bit disappointing this season. He's averaging 11 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.8 3-pointers on 52 percent shooting over his last five games, meaning he's worth holding in all leagues. But he's a far cry from the fantasy beast he was a few years ago in OKC. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Trevor Booker scores 12 points in start
    Trevor Booker started at center on Tuesday vs. the Celtics and scored 12 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Timofey Mozgov hasn't given the Nets much this season, so there's a chance Booker could stick in the first unit. He finished 5-of-10 from the field and knocked down both of his free throws, so put him on your radar if you could use a big. Keep in mind that the Nets are off until Friday. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker will start at center on Tuesday
    Trevor Booker will replace Timofey Mozgov in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Booker had missed four straight due to back soreness before returning Saturday vs. Utah. This will be his first start of the season. Booker did start 43 games in 2016-17 and averaged 9.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.6 minutes per start. He's worth consideration as an inexpensive dart throw in DFS tournaments on Tuesday. Tuesday, 3:46 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) questionable for Wednesday
    Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) participated fully in practice on Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Leuer has missed five consecutive contests since spraining his ankle back on Halloween. If Leuer is out again on Wednesday, Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland will again soak up most of his minutes. Tuesday, 10:58 am
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip pointer) has officially been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Powell not playing has been the expected outcome since he injured his hip during Sunday's game and left the arena on crutches. He has ditched the crutches but is not yet ready to return to game action. With Powell sidelined, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will soak up additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful
    Coach Dwane Casey says Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Casey told reporters after shootaround: "I don’t think he’s going to play." We should have confirmation when Casey speaks with the media prior to tip-off. C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will see an uptick in minutes with Powell sidelined. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday
    Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday vs. Cleveland but will play limited minutes.

    Advice: This is the confirmation Batum owners were hoping for. Last season, Batum averaged 15.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.8 treys and 1.1 steals over 34.0 minutes. He ranked 59th overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. There is no reason to believe he won't replicate similar production over the final 70 games of the 2017-18 campaign. With Batum back in the starting lineup, Jeremy Lamb will be bumped to the bench. Tuesday, 9:06 am
  • Lakers won't change Lonzo Ball's form
    Lakers president Magic Johnson said that the coaching staff won't attempt to fix or change Lonzo Ball's form this season.

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Lou Williams scores 31 points vs. Sixers
    Lou Williams came off the bench and played 38 minutes, hitting 9-of-19 shots and five 3-pointers for 31 points, seven rebounds, six assists and five steals in Monday's 109-105 loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Williams has quietly scored in double digits in 10 straight games and had a 35-point gem on Friday. He's in cruise control right now and probably had revenge on his mind tonight, as he used to wear the Sixers uniform. The Clippers are banged up, but even when healthy, it looks like Lou Will is going to be the guy they turn to on the bench for offense. He should be owned everywhere. Monday, 10:36 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points off bench
    Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and zero steals in 22 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He might get some starts with Rudy Gobert out with a leg injury, but Jonas Jerebko got the nod tonight. Sefolosha is a steals specialist and had five of them on Saturday, but came away empty handed in this one. However, the three 3-pointers were a season high. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Joe Ingles posts goose egg on Monday
    Joe Ingles missed all six of his shots and failed to score in 24 minutes of Monday's loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: He did have five assists, but this was a disappointing start to the week for Ingles. Despite the off night, he should still be owned in 12-team leagues. The last time he failed to score in a regular-season game was on Jan. 13, 2016. Monday, 8:31 pm
  • John Wall ultra efficient in easy win
    John Wall hit 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a steal in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: There's not really news here, as Wall's capable of doing this every time out, but it's not often you'll see him have a one-miss game. Monday, 6:58 pm
  • Marcin Gortat ties season high with 18 points
    Marcin Gortat finally got back on track on Monday night, hitting 7-of-11 shots to torch the Kings for 18 points, seven rebounds and a block.

    Advice: The 18 points tied his season high and snapped a streak of three games where he didn't score more than eight points. Gortat's off to a slow start this season, but should be able to average a double-double with a block once he gets back on track. Monday, 6:52 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
  • Norman Powell (hip) doubtful for Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The good news is that Powell was no longer sporting crutches at Monday's practice, but the bad news is that he's doubtful and did not participate. OG Anunoby started the second half on Sunday night when Powell went out, which we could see again on Tuesday, and there will also be more minutes available for C.J. Miles. Stay tuned. Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) wearing a walking boot
    Jonathan Isaac (sprained right ankle) was spotted sporting a walking boot on Monday.

    Advice: Isaac has already been ruled out for Monday's game against the Warriors, but the fact that he's sporting a walking boot would suggest his absence could extend well beyond Monday's game. With him out, Aaron Gordon will get all the burn he can handle, and Jonathon Simmons could see a slight uptick in minutes. Monday, 12:04 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) misses practice
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: This may not even matter, as Graham will likely fall out of the rotation with Nicolas Batum (elbow) expected back on Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Graham belongs on the waiver wire. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Chris Paul (knee) targeting Thursday vs. PHX
    The Rockets are hoping to have Chris Paul (knee) back in the lineup for Thursday's game vs. Phoenix.

    Advice: The Rockets will have a light day of practice on Monday, but CP3 is scheduled to go through intense workouts on Tuesday and Wednesday to see how his knee responds. This means it's safe to rule him out for Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors, but his owners should be relieved that he could be back in their lineups in just a few days. "We don’t want to push it," Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. "If not Thursday, then we’ll see about Saturday [in Memphis]." Monday, 8:49 am
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play vs. CLE
    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum (elbow) "should" play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers barring a setback.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Batum made it through a full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage on Sunday. "I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today," Marvin Williams said. "There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball." The Hornets are planning to scrimmage again on Monday, so it'll be interesting to see how his elbow responds. While he will be brought along slowly in the early going, Batum has to be owned everywhere. Monday, 7:12 am
  • Andre Drummond grabs 17 boards vs. Heat
    Andre Drummond made 3-of-8 FGs and 2-of-4 FTs for eight points on Sunday, but he added a game-high 17 rebounds, four assists and one block in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons didn't lose during their five-game homestand, improving their record to an impressive 10-3, trailing only the red-hot Celtics in the East. Drummond now has at least 12 rebounds in every game this season, putting him in Moses Malone territory, and he's holding onto top-25 roto value even with his FT% slipping on a nightly basis. Sunday, 4:15 pm
  • Josh Richardson notches 15/5/4 with full line
    Josh Richardson had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block during Sunday's 112-103 loss vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: J-Rich isn't jumping off the stat sheet this year, but he's salvaging some value with 0.8 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples per game. Poor FG percentages and low assists have limited him to low-end value, but this is a timely reminder of his upside. He's on plenty of waiver wires, too, so seek him out if you need defensive stats and 3-pointers. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores eight points in 30 minutes
    Serge Ibaka was quiet in his 30 minutes of floor time on Sunday, scoring eight points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with six rebounds, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: The offense in Toronto runs through Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, leaving Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas to fight over the scraps, and that's how things will continue to be for the Raptors as long as Dwane Casey is at the helm. Valanciunas finished with just six points, three boards and one turnover in his 18 minutes of action, and it's looking like top-75 value will be a best-case scenario for either of these guys. Sunday, 4:00 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 19 points with seven dimes
    Kyle Lowry scored an efficient 19 points on 5-of-10 shooting Sunday, to go with four 3-pointers, seven assists, one rebound, one steal and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry started the game out ultra-aggressive and racked up five free throws within the first two minutes of the game, but then he got into some foul trouble during the third quarter and that kind of took him out of his rhythm. Still, he's been trending up over the past week with averages of 18.0 points, 4.7 boards, 6.7 assists, 3.0 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game, which has been good enough for top-30 value in 9-cat leagues. He also passed Andrea Bargnani (6,581) for fourth on Raptors all-time scoring list in this one, but he's still a long ways away from catching Vince Carter (9,420). Sunday, 3:41 pm
  • Norman Powell (right hip) leaves on crutches
    Norman Powell (right hip) left the arena on crutches after Sunday's game.

    Advice: It was called a hip pointer injury and although the crutches aren't a good sign, we'll wait for an update before speculating as to the severity. If Powell isn't ready to play vs. the Rockets on Tuesday, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby should be called on to absorb his minutes. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) will not return Sunday
    Norman Powell exited Sunday's game with a right hip pointer injury, and he will not return.

    Advice: Powell was able to limp his way back to the locker room after taking a knee from Aron Baynes, but was ruled out pretty quickly, so for now, we're going to have to consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in Houston. He'll end his evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and zero points in seven minutes and his absence should lead to more minutes for C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) out Sunday vs. the Heat
    Jon Leuer (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: This will be No. 5 on the sidelines for Leuer, and there haven't been many reports of him making much progress, so he should be considered questionable at best for Wednesday's game in Milwaukee. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland will continue to see an uptick in minutes sans Leuer, but that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 11:31 am
  • Jonathan Isaac (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Jonathan Isaac (ankle) has been ruled out for Monday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game and wasn't able to return, and while X-rays were negative, the severity of the injury is not clear at the moment. With Isaac out, we could see more of Jonathon Simmons on Monday because the Magic will need his defense against the defending champs. Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Nicolas Batum looks 'great' in 5-on-5
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) looked "great" at practice during a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

    Advice: He was cleared for full contact a couple days ago and it sounds like he has a really good chance to make his season debut on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. Batum will be brought along slowly, and coach Steve Clifford even hinted that he could come off the bench. He needs to be owned everywhere, but expectations should be held in check in the early going. Jeremy Lamb's owners should sit tight while we see how this rotation unfolds. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Trevor Booker back in action Saturday
    Trevor Booker (back) returned to action Saturday at Utah, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Booker hit 5-of-10 from the field and did not see to have any ill effects of the back injury which forced him to the shelf. It helped him ease back into action by not having to face the disruptive Rudy Gobert (knee), too. He'll likely continue to log 15-20 minutes per game off the bench, and his return did not affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who still logged 31 minutes in the starting five. Saturday, 10:18 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha records five steals
    Thabo Sefolosha was in the starting lineup Saturday against Brooklyn with Rudy Gobert (knee) sidelined and he stepped up with nine points, nine rebounds and five steals across 32 minutes.

    Advice: Sefolosha did a good job with his quick hands, and his insertion into the starting five made sense since the Nets are a smaller team that likes to run. He did a good job at both ends of the floor and finished with a game-high plus-17 rating. It's uncertain if Gobert will need more time to heal, but Sefolosha might come off the bench Monday with a bigger Timberwolves team coming to Salt Lake. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 points in win
    Courtney Lee made 7-of-9 from the field for 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He uncharacteristically was not shooting the ball well with only a 41.2 field goal percentage on the season before this game, and he was under 43 percent in each of his previous four. This strong game from Lee moves him to a sneaky mid-round value in nine-category leagues, so he's vastly under owned in standard formats. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Lonzo Ball makes NBA history w/ triple-double
    Lonzo Ball became the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Saturday, scoring 19 points with 13 assists, 12 rebounds, four blocks, three steals and three 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Ball is 20 years and 15 days old, so he beat out LeBron James by five days. The rookie's historic night included efficient 7-of-12 shooting from the field, but L.A. still didn't have enough to avoid their fifth loss in six road games this season. Luke Walton said recently that "any time you turn on any sports show, all the talk about is [Ball's] shot," but that won't be the case this weekend. The rookie's percentages (29.2% FGs, 50.0% FTs) are a massive anchor in category leagues, of course, but that doesn't obscure his obscene potential. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac suffers a right ankle sprain
    Jonathan Isaac suffered an ankle sprain on Saturday and will not return.

    Advice: X-rays were negative for a fracture. He went down near the baseline and limped back to the locker room. Isaac was ruled out about five minutes after the injury, but the Magic were being blown out. He's been very good on defense and has played two positions for the Magic. The rookie finished with two points, four rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 16 minutes. Saturday, 8:07 pm
  • Lou Williams scores just 14
    Lou Williams made 5-of-16 from the field for 14 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: After blowing up for a 35-point game against the Thunder, Williams had nowhere to go but down. He still saw some heavy playing time like his 39-minute effort on Friday, but sometimes the shot just doesn't fall. Pat Beverley (knee) is expected to miss a week total, so Williams may go back to playing in the low 20s. He's still a hold in standard leagues. Saturday, 7:09 pm
  • John Wall scores 13 points in 24 minutes
    John Wall (illness) played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 113-94 win.

    Advice: He missed shootaround because of an illness, but luckily the Wizards were hot late in this game to get it to garbage time to keep his minutes down -- not lucky for fantasy owners, of course. Due to a shoulder injury last weekend and missing a game, Wall's perceived value may be at a low point. However, there's little reason to worry and that shoulder injury was to his non-shooting shoulder, so he could be viewed as a buy-low player. Saturday, 6:47 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start, Favors to center
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense against a Nets team that loves to run. Although, Derrick Favors has rarely played next to four smaller players, so this is a lot of pressure on him. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Trevor Booker (back) available
    Trevor Booker (back) is available against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He should see around 15-20 minutes as a backup four and even some run at the five, especially if Rudy Gobert can't play. Booker has some low-end value and this shouldn't affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson much. Saturday, 4:26 pm
  • John Wall (illness) will start against Hawks
    John Wall (illness) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was called probable for this game earlier today, but he may be slightly limited because he didn't go through shootaround. Wall lit up the Hawks in the playoffs last year with averages of 29.5 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 treys in those six games. It's possible he can flirt with this numbers in what should be a very fast game. Saturday, 2:25 pm
  • Trevor Booker (lower back) probable vs. Jazz
    Trevor Booker (back) is probable against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Booker has been held out for four games for his back soreness, which led to a lot of small-ball lineups and Tyler Zeller to see some run. Booker coming back shouldn't really affect Rondae Hollis-Jefferson too much, but he probably won't be playing 39 minutes like Friday. Saturday, 11:33 am
  • Report: John Wall (illness) probable vs. ATL
    John Wall (illness) is "probable" to play against the Hawks on Saturday, according to team reporter Ben Standig.

    Advice: Just to clarify, this is not your typical probable tag like say the Hawks would use. He is officially questionable for this game, so a fair estimate would be he has a 75 percent chance to play in this game. For now, his fantasy owners can pencil him into their lineups in a great matchup. Saturday, 11:14 am
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said Jon Leuer (ankle) was "questionable at best" for Sunday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Leuer has missed four straight games and hasn't suited up since badly spraining his ankle on Halloween. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland have seen more consistent playing time with Leuer out of action. Saturday, 9:36 am
  • John Wall (illness) questionable for Saturday
    John Wall (illness) was unable to participate in shootaround and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: If Wall is unable to play on Saturday, Tim Frazier would slide into the starting lineup. Frazier has started one game in place of Wall this season. Frazier finished with four points, one rebound and eight assists over 31 minutes in that previous start. We may have to wait until coach Scott Brooks' pre-game meeting with the media to get an update on Wall's status for Saturday night. Saturday, 8:54 am
  • Chris Paul (knee) gets in a light practice
    Chris Paul (bruised left knee) took part in a light practice on practice on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets play back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, so Friday was more of a walk-through than a full, intense practice. Nonetheless, it's an encouraging indication that Paul is moving in the right direction. "He got on the court a little bit," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Things are progressing." It appears there is a strong chance CP3 returns to the Rockets lineup next week. Saturday, 8:11 am
  • Lou Williams scores 35 points off the bench
    Lou Williams scored a season-high 35 points against the Thunder during a 120-111 loss on Friday, adding seven rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The chalkiest DFS play of the day was written in green and there was no eraser around. Usage and efficiency have never been the question with Williams, and now he's up to 60.3 TS% and a 26.6 usage rate on the season. However, he was playing just 23.2 minutes per game before this gem, so maybe coach Doc Rivers will up his minutes once Pat Beverley (knee) comes back. Regardless, Williams needs to be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 9:43 pm
  • Jonathan Isaac scores a career-high 11 points
    Jonathan Isaac scored a career-high 11 points against the Suns on Friday with six rebounds, one assist, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, it was against the Suns, but Isaac just shows up on tape like few other rookies. He has the potential to be a deadly roll man and he's already showing he has potential range with his five triples. Plus, he is beyond his years as a defender and it looks like he'll make a big impact in steals and blocks one day. The Magic are good, so Isaac may not have much value this season while the team is healthy. Friday, 8:58 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns to lineup
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) was back in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Celtics, scoring eight points (4-of-6 FGs) with five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: MKG has missed a total of six games this season so he's not in the best shape, but he did match his season-high in minutes played. He could be closer to 30 minutes on Wednesday vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers, so give him a look if you could use some defensive stats and rebounds. Since the Hornets are off for the next four days, you can probably wait a little bit before adding him. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • Andre Drummond dominates with 16/20/7 line
    Andre Drummond turned in a career-high seven assists against the Hawks during a 111-104 win on Friday, adding 16 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was also 4-of-6 from the line and hit two big free throws in the fourth. Drummond also has tied the second-most games with 12-plus rebounds to start a season in the last 40 years (Mose Malone 16, tied with Kevin Love). The Pistons are playing elite defense and offense this year, and are flying high with their 9-3 record. Drummond's strong preseason was no fluke and he's becoming a monster in DFS. Friday, 7:05 pm
  • Trevor Booker will not play
    Trevor Booker (back) will not play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets are going to have to go small a lot here with not much depth behind Timofey Mozgov. Expect to see some Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the five with a lot of wing minutes available. Friday, 4:43 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) will not play on Friday
    Jon Leuer (ankle) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't been expected to play all day. The Pistons are likely going to use Eric Moreland as a backup five, but maybe we see Boban Marjanovic for a second game in a row. Tobias Harris should see more power forward minutes, which should allow Langston Galloway and Reggie Bullock to get more burn on the wing. Friday, 2:33 pm
  • Jon Leuer (ankle) unlikely to play Friday
    Stan Van Gundy told reporters that he doesn't anticipate Jon Leuer (ankle) playing Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Friday would mark the fourth consecutive game Leuer has missed due to the sprained ankle. Anthony Tolliver and Eric Moreland had been splitting Leuer's minutes over the first two games he missed. However, Boban Marjanovic cracked the rotation and logged nine minutes on Wednesday. Friday, 8:40 am
  • Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) out Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) will not play Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Graham is averaging 20.5 minutes per game off the Hornets bench this season. With Graham sidelined, Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon will likely divvy up additional minutes on Friday. Friday, 8:06 am
  • MDA expects CP3 (knee) back in 'a week or so'
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said that he expects Chris Paul (knee) back "in a week or so."

    Advice: Paul has been targeting mid-November, so this update is in line with those initial projections. The Rockets have been playing exceptionally well without CP3 (their 9-3 record is tied with the Warriors for the top spot in the West), so there is certainly no need to rush Paul back. Houston has the luxury of waiting until CP3 is as close to 100 percent as possible before inserting him into the starting lineup. We should get a more thorough update from D'Antoni early next week. Friday, 6:37 am
  • De'Aaron Fox makes game-winning jumper
    De'Aaron Fox hit his first NBA game-winning shot with a 19-foot pullup to beat the 76ers 109-108 on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last shot, he actually didn't shoot the ball well with his 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. Fox has been hanging in the upper 20s lately with averages of 11.8 points, 2.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over his last five. He's not quite as hot as he was earlier this year, but it's just a matter of time before Fox starts to click again. Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Wall scores 23 in win over Lakers w/ 3 blocks
    John Wall scored a game-high 23 points in Thursday's 111-95 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers have allowed the third most fantasy points to PGs this season, so they are lucky Wall didn't go bonkers. He finished a +23 in his 32 minutes, shooting 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks. Wall's shoulder is now healthy and tonight's performance from the free throw line was a sigh of relief, as he was hitting 69.6 percent of his attempts prior to Thursday. Thursday, 7:27 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 19 points vs. Pelicans
    Serge Ibaka scored 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists, two blocks and three 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: It was one of his best games in the box score and in reality with some terrific defense against Anthony Davis. Ibaka has cleared the 30- minute mark just once on the season prior to his game, but he did play 29 minutes in each of his previous two games. He's not going to play 30 minutes often because the Raptors second unit is one of the best in basketball, but Ibaka is still flirting with mid-round value. He should be a fine hold all year as long as you're not expecting many lines like this gem. Thursday, 7:25 pm
  • Norman Powell continuing not to play late
    Norman Powell played 18 minutes with eight points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey still doesn't trust Powell in the clutch and tonight it was OG Anunoby taking his minutes late in this game -- we've seen Delon Wright also take time from him. Powell has only played in the fourth quarter for just four games on the year and that accounts for only 21 of his 243 minutes, so he may have some work to do to get minutes in the upper 20s per game. It'll be tough to count on him on a nightly basis. Thursday, 7:22 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 18 points with seven dimes
    Kyle Lowry scored 18 points with six rebounds, seven assists, and four 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: The bad news is he didn't go to the line at all in this game, which has been an alarming trend on the year. He's on pace for a career-low 1.5 free throw attempts per game and is isn't anywhere close to his 6.1 per game from last year or 6.4 in 2015-16. He's obviously not attacking nearly as much, so maybe that'll change. After a brutal start, Lowry finally taking some shots and cleared a 20.0 usage rate for the three straight games before this one -- he did not have consecutive such games before this streak. He's trending up, so there could still be a chance to buy-low at a nice discount for a guy who could still be an early-round performer. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores eight points in win
    Marcin Gortat scored eight points on 4-of-5 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Wizards lost five of their last seven games, so Gortat had some strong words for his team prior to the game. "This is super disrespectful. Bottom-line, I feel embarrassed for those games," Gortat said. "We definitely owe a huge apology to our fans for our performance. That's not who we are and that's not who we want to be in the future." With the Hawks and Kings next up on the schedule, the Wizards should be able to build some momentum from tonight's win. Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Lonzo Ball posts 10-8-8, but shoots 3-of-12
    Lonzo Ball notched 10 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and one triple in Thursday's 111-95 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: Once again, Ball's efficiency was brutal, as he finished 3-of-12 from the field, 1-of-7 from deep and 3-of-7 from the line with four turnovers-- one of his free throws barely grazed the rim. "Its in my head to be honest," Ball said of his struggles. "I know I can shoot the ball." If you're not punting FG% in 9-category leagues, Ball is doing more harm than good to your fantasy team. Thursday, 6:36 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) takes on contact
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) took on contact at practice on Thursday and "did it all," according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Coach Clifford did hint that Batum could play more minutes on some nights, and not as many in other matchups. It did also sound like Batum could come off the bench to help organize the second unit, especially with how well Jeremy Lamb has played. The Hornets have their next home game on Nov. 15 against the Cavs, and it feels like Batum has a decent shot to play in that one. He should be added in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Trevor Booker goes through practice
    Trevor Booker (back) practiced on Thursday and is questionable to play against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He's been out for the last three games and the Nets have had to go small more than any other team. They've even had to call on Jacob Wiley to help fill their minutes, but now it looks like Booker should be back. Considering how the Nets are quick to sit players, Booker may be tough to own in shallower leagues. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start on Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) will start on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: His minutes are "to be determined" and he did go through practice on Thursday, but we wouldn't expect a full workload since he's been away from the team so much. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups until his minutes trend up, but is worth picking up if you're targeting rebounds and defensive stats. Thursday, 10:05 am
  • Josh Richardson scores four points
    Josh Richardson scored four points with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes before fouling out against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: The official scorer may have short-changed him on a block against Devin Booker in this game, but this is still one of his worst games overall. Richardson did get into some foul trouble in the first quarter and he may have taken a knee to his thigh in the first, as well. Despite how he's still at just 38 percent from the field and his offense hasn't really showed up, he's still be able to hold late-round value in standard leagues. He's still a hold and could start to climb fast once his jumper starts to fall. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Troy Daniels scores nine points in 17 minutes
    Troy Daniels scored nine points with one rebound, one steal and three 3-pointers in 17 minutes against the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's starting to see a little more playing time and even played next to Devin Booker in this game. Daniels is still likely going to make most of his money in garbage time, but his rotation spot seems fairly secure. Wednesday, 9:20 pm
  • Lonzo Ball gets 9/6/5 and four blocked shots
    Lonzo Ball shot 4-of-15 from the field to finish Wednesday's loss with nine points, six assists, five rebounds, one steal and a career-high four blocks.

    Advice: The blocks bolstered tonight's line, but Ball came in shooting horribly from both the field (29.9 percent) and the FT line (53.8 percent), which has ruined his appeal in roto and dragged him down in all category-based leagues. With 11.7 shot attempts per game, he's actually been the single-biggest drag on FG% this year. Wednesday, 8:26 pm
  • Courtney Lee gets four steals in 30 minutes
    Courtney Lee had 12 points, four steals, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Wednesday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Lee was coming off a nine-assist performance in 36 minutes on Tuesday, and he continues to be a sneaky top-100 roto value. Jeff Hornacek loves him and he hasn't faced much competition, although SF Doug McDermott could be a threat if he continues to play well. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Andre Drummond gets 21 boards, 0-of-7 at line
    Andre Drummond grabbed a season-high 21 rebounds on Wednesday, adding 14 points (7-of-9 FGs, 0-of-7 FTs), four assists, one block and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond is off to a great start this year, in part because the offense is running through him more often. "He loves to handle the ball, and now he’s getting a chance to do that," Stan Van Gundy said. The only bad news is that Drummond, who came in shooting 75.0 percent at the FT line, missed all seven of his attempts at home tonight. Most owners drafted him thinking he'd tank the category, so we'll take what we can get. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist expected to play Fri
    Steve Clifford said he intends to play Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) on Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to get in a full practice on Thursday, and if all goes well, his owners can plan on having him available on Friday night. He has missed the past three games, though, so Clifford may keep MKG's minutes in the lower-20s until he gets his conditioning where it needs to be. Wednesday, 4:19 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) could return Nov. 15
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is close to being cleared and could return to game action as early as Nov. 15 against the Cavs, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: This coincides with the previous timeline from Nov. 1 with Batum possibly making it back Nov. 14-21. He still needs to be cleared and it's certainly possible he's not available for the national TV game on the 15th. Fantasy owners should probably pounce on Batum where he's available. Jeremy Lamb may lose some playing time, especially after Malik Monk's recent improvement. Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • Kidd-Gilchrist expected to practice Thursday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is expected to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: After MKG left the team last month due to the passing of his grandmother, the team has not shared why he has left the team for a second time. Hopefully, everything is OK with Kidd-Gilchrist and he can play this weekend. If he's back, Dwayne Bacon would likely move back to the bench. MKG should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • John Wall returned to action on Tuesday November 7. Wednesday, 12:21 am
  • De'Aaron Fox goes for 10 & 8 in win
    De'Aaron Fox played 24 minutes off the bench and hit 5-of-10 shots for 10 points, two rebounds, eight assists, a block and five turnovers.

    Advice: It really feels like it's only a matter of time before Fox takes over for George Hill and it's a little surprising that it hasn't already happened. Fox has some rough edges, but the Kings look energized when he's on the court. He should be owned in all leagues until further notice, as he should get better every week and month of the season. Tuesday, 10:25 pm
  • Joe Ingles comes through with 15 points
    Joe Ingles hit 6-of-16 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, six boards, two assists and a steal in 33 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: After a quiet stretch, Jingles has now scored in double figures in three straight games and is averaging 9.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 38 percent shooting in his last five. He should be held in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 9:13 pm
  • Norman Powell cools off in win vs. Bulls
    Norman Powell cooled off during Tuesday's home win, chipping in seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was coming off a season-best 19-point effort on Sunday, but the usage won't always be there while starting alongside Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. The good news is that he was hot coming in, and coach Dwane Casey praised an increase in his activity, saying, "He’s not tip-toeing around and moving at a slug-like pace." The Raptors aren't bursting with depth, and Powell is a solid hold. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Kyle Lowry returns in style with 17/6/6 line
    Kyle Lowry, who was ejected from Sunday's game, returned to action with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer during Tuesday's narrow win vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Lowry made 7-of-13 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs, and he sank a few key buckets to prevent the Raptors from blowing a big lead at home tonight. It's been a rough start shooting for the three-time All-Star, but he also started slow last season -- he shot 43.0 percent in November, then caught fire at 54.0 percent in December. He's sitting on mid-round value and now is the time to buy-low. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • John Wall scores 23 points with 14 assists
    John Wall made 5-of-10 from the field and 13-of-18 from the line for 23 points during a 113-99 loss to the Mavs on Tuesday, adding three rebounds, 14 assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the low field goal attempts, Wall was aggressive and looking for his shot. Wall's 18 attempts from the line are the third most he's had in his career, and his dimes were one off his season high. Wall talked about his team's effort today, so presumably his shoulder is feeling OK. He'll get the Lakers on Thursday night. Tuesday, 7:21 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores eight points in loss
    Marcin Gortat scored eight points with five rebounds in 25 minutes against the Mavs on Tuesday.

    Advice: He didn't have any fouls in this game, so the loss in playing time had to do with the Wizards playing from behind and playing guys like Markieff Morris at the five in the second half. Gortat was playing 31.4 minutes per game before tonight, but he'll probably be closer to the 24.4 minutes per game he played after the break last year. He's a solid shot blocker, so he should still be owned in standard leagues. Tuesday, 7:02 pm
  • Trevor Booker, Allen out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Trevor Booker (back) and Jarrett Allen (foot) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This will be Booker's third straight game on the shelf, and with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson joining him on the sidelines, DeMarre Carroll will likely be asked to play a lot of power forward tonight which will trickle down minutes to guys like Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert. After Tuesday, the Nets don't play again until Friday in Portland, and for now, we'll be considering Booker and Allen questionable for that one. Tuesday, 11:36 am
  • Trevor Booker (back) doubtful for Tuesday
    Trevor Booker (back) is unlikely to play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Booker has missed two straight games due to a sore back. Per the New York Post: When Booker was asked if he was going to be able to play Friday in Portland, he grimaced, shook his head and said: "We’re just taking it day by day." If Booker is unsure of his status for Friday, it's probably safe to assume he'll be unable to suit up on Tuesday night. Quincy Acy and Tyler Zeller should see an uptick in minutes. Tuesday, 6:53 am
  • Josh Richardson quiet in 32 minutes
    Josh Richardson hit 3-of-7 shots for six points, three steals and two blocks in Monday's 97-80 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Richardson was tasked with trying to slow down all of the Warriors big guns tonight and he actually played solid defense. This was the first time this season the Warriors didn't score at least 100 points. But for fantasy purposes, his low scoring and lack of threes, rebounds or assists tonight was disheartening, to say the least. Having said that, the steals and blocks were great, and he'd hit a 3-pointer in five straight games coming in. Richardson is having a tough time coming up with offensive consistency, but the minutes are still there and he's averaging 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He's hit just 31 percent of his shots over that stretch, but over his last three he's at 10-of-25 (40%). Cut him if you want to, but he's still a key component to what the Heat want to do and has a very high ceiling. Just hang onto him in 12-team leagues. Monday, 10:04 pm
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