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  • Justin Anderson (shin splints) out 3 weeks
    Justin Anderson (shin splints) is expected to miss about three weeks.

    Advice: Even though he was questionable on Wednesday for a shin issue, he played eight minutes in a win. Chances are that playing time set him back and he he dealt with discomfort following that one. The best treatment for shin splints is rest, so hopefully the time off will help him recover. We should see a few more minutes for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and he could be worth a look in deep leagues. 30 minutes ago
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pelicans.

    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. 35 minutes ago
  • Luke Babbitt, Mike Muscala are questionable
    Luke Babbitt (back) and Mike Muscala (ankle) are questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Babbitt suffered back spasms on Wednesday and did not return. It's also worth a mention he did have back spasms in March, so perhaps the Hawks are extra careful with him. If he's out, the Hawks may wind up shifting Taurean Prince over to the four to allow DeAndre Bembry to play in his return. Tyler Cavanaugh could also be in the rotation after he started the second half on Wednesday. Today, 1:50 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (wrist) probable vs. Boston
    DeAndre Bembry (wrist) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday against the Celtics.

    Advice: This is big news for the Hawks and their razor-thin rotation. Both Bembry and Taurean Prince can play several positions, so they're likely going to see a decent amount of minutes on Saturday, especially if Luke Babbitt can't go. Bembry was very impressive this offseason and he's going to be in the rotation on a bad team, so he's an attractive pickup in deeper leagues with some mysterious upside. Today, 1:45 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. Today, 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. Today, 10:31 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Marcus Morris makes an impact
    Marcus Morris scored 12 points in a start against the Warriors on Thursday with four rebounds, one assist, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Now that he doesn't have a minute limit, Morris seems to have found himself. In his last five, he's averaged 14.6 points, 5.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 2.0 treys. He doesn't have much upside and doesn't do much on defensive stats, so he's only a borderline hold. Yesterday, 8:41 pm
  • Jaylen Brown puts up 22 points in win vs. GSW
    Jaylen Brown scored 22 points with seven rebounds, two blocks, two steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes during a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: After just one 20-plus scoring game in his rookie season, a 20-point game is not surprising for Brown anymore with four of those in this young season. He does have a handful of duds mixed in and he has to improve on his 63.6 perfect from the line, but Brown is cruising with averages of 15.1 points, 6.8 boards, 1.1. assists, 1.2 steals and 1.8 treys. There's still room for him to improve on his current 12th-round value in standard leagues, especially if he can up his efficiency. Yesterday, 8:31 pm
  • Jayson Tatum scores 12 points vs. Warriors
    Jayson Tatum made 2-of-5 from the field and 8-of-9 from the line for 12 points against the Warriors on Thursday, adding four rebounds, one steal and one turnover in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He does not play like a 19-year-old rookie whatsoever. Tatum played great defense all game and knocked down two clutch free throws with seven seconds left to put Boston up four. Tatum has been efficient almost every game and he's avoided bad games night in and night out. In fact, Tatum's season low for TS% in a game is 43.3, which is more than Lonzo Ball's 36.4 TS%. Tatum is going to be a fantasy stud sooner than almost anyone thought. Yesterday, 8:20 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 24 points losing effort
    Kevin Durant scored a game-high 24 points during a 92-88 loss to the Celtics on Thursday, adding three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He missed a key mid-range shot late in the game to lead to the loss. On the whole, the blocks were there yet again and Durant continues to show how he can be a plus defender. Blocks aren't the best way to measure defense, but KD comes in at 94th percentile at around-the-rim defense, and he's only allowed one make on 22 attempts as the defender with the shot clock under four seconds (Synergy). Oh and KD is on pace for his most efficient offensive season of his career. He'll be in the mix as fantasy's top player all season. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) will not play
    Luc Mbah a Moute (illness) will not play against the Suns on Thursday.

    Advice: He just got over some knee issues last weekend, but the Rockets will be missing one of their forwards. With him out, P.J. Tucker gets a little added opportunity in a revenge game while Ryan Anderson may also play slightly more tonight. Yesterday, 5:28 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. Yesterday, 2:48 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
  • Mirotic won't travel on 4-game road trip
    Nikola Mirotic (face) won't travel with the Bulls on their four-game road trip that begins on Sunday.

    Advice: This rules him out through Nov. 24, so maybe he'll have a chance to play on Nov. 26 vs. the Heat. Coach Fred Hoiberg said he has no plans of removing Lauri Markkanen from the starting lineup, so Mirotic may not have a big role once he's cleared to play. Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Hoiberg likes keeping Valentine in 2nd unit
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't given Denzel Valentine a chance in the starting lineup because he likes what he brings to the second unit.

    Advice: "We need a playmaker and scorer in that second unit,’’ Hoiberg said. "Denzel has done a nice job in that role.’’ Valentine is usually on the floor for the end of games which is more important anyways, but the Bulls did turn to him in the third quarter of Wednesday's game when he replaced Jerian Grant in the first unit. However, Justin Holiday (personal) wasn't with the team, so Valentine will likely stick in the second unit for the time being where he's been a low-end fantasy asset. Yesterday, 7:53 am
  • Nikola Mirotic's status for road trip unclear
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he doesn't know if Nikola Mirotic will travel with the team on their 4-game road trip that begins on Sunday.

    Advice: It's going to be really interesting to see what kind of role Mirotic is going to have after Hoiberg announced on Wednesday that Lauri Markkanen will continue to start at PF. Mirotic has been urged by the front office to spend more time with the team, but he reportedly hasn't spoken with Bobby Portis yet. It still seems likely that the Bulls will move either Mirotic or Portis, but Mirotic actually can't be traded until Jan. 15. Treat him like a stash. Yesterday, 6:58 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
  • Ben Simmons puts up 18/9/10 with 5 steals
    Ben Simmons had another impactful game against the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and one block in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He and Joel Embiid are already one of the most dominating duos in the Eastern Conference. In their 266 minutes together, they have a +13.8 net rating and it feels like they're on their way to the postseason. Not coincidently, the 76ers have turned it on with a 7-2 record in their last nine games and Simmons has filled the stat sheet like few others with averages of 18.6 points, 8.8 boards, 7.9 assists, 2.2 steals and 1.0 blocks in that span. He's still made just four shots outside of 15 feet on the year, but who cares? His upside is Giannis-esque. Wednesday, 11:15 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Pat Connaughton starts 2nd half, benched late
    Pat Connaughton started the second half of Wednesday's game but finished with just two points, two assists and one rebound in 12 minutes.

    Advice: Connaughton was basically a placeholder in the second half and he didn't play the final 17 minutes of a close game, as Terry Stotts opted to play Shabazz Napier a ton down the stretch. It would take a few injuries for Connaughton to spring loose as a fantasy asset. Wednesday, 11:01 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 24 points
    Kyle Kuzma scored a career-high 24 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been on Kuz control since Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down in the first game this month. In November, Kuzma has averaged 16.9 points, 8.4 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.0 treys in 35.1 minutes per game. The Lakers starters actually haven't been bad this month, so Kuzma could still hold his starting job once Nance is back. Besides his lack of defensive stats, he should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Terrence Ross logs 27 minutes Wednesday
    Terrence Ross logged 27 minutes on Wednesday but he attempted just five shots, making two of them to finish with five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: One of Ross' makes came from downtown, so this wasn't a terrible line for roto purposes, but most points-league owners have already moved on due to his low scoring (9.2 points per game) and lack of peripheral stats. He's yet to play 30 minutes in a game this month, and is a steals-and-threes specialist until further notice. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Magic finish road trip w/ third straight loss
    Aaron Gordon hit 4-of-10 shots on Wednesday for 12 points, five rebounds, two steals, one assist and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: The Blazers are typically tough against power forwards, but with Al-Farouq Aminu (ankle) sidelined and Noah Vonleh still getting up to speed, AG's owners surely expected more. Part of the reason he's holding second-round value is his ability to contribute across-the-board stats -- tonight it was a pair of steals and threes that bolstered his value. The Magic get a few days of rest before hosting the Jazz on Wednesday. Wednesday, 10:36 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 2nd half on Wednesday
    Denzel Valentine replaced Jerian Grant to start the third quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 92-79 loss with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Valentine was the only Bulls player in rhythm in the first half, and he provided some much-needed shooting for the first unit, finishing 5-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. Justin Holiday (personal) is day-to-day and could return on Friday, so this doesn't really move the needle for Valentine, fantasy-wise. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter invisible in 12 minutes
    Quincy Pondexter started at SF on Wednesday but played only 12 minutes, going 0-of-4 from the field for four points, one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: The veteran isn't a good per-minute fantasy option, so even if he sticks as a starter there's no real incentive to add him. David Nwaba (ankle) is also due back within a few weeks, which doesn't help. Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Jerami Grant double-doubles off bench vs. CHI
    Jerami Grant headed back to the bench vs. the Bulls, posting 15 points, 11 rebounds (five offensive), one assist, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Even with Carmelo Anthony (back) back in action tonight, Grant's playing time was inflated by the absence of Steven Adams (bruised calf). This marks his first double-double of the season, and he paid off nicely for those who gambled in DFS, but he's not a viable pickup with Melo healthy and Adams day-to-day. Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Jimmy Butler puts up another dud
    Jimmy Butler made 2-of-13 from the field for six points with five rebounds, five assists, one block, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: Butler was getting hot because he was living at the line with 26 attempts over his previous two, but he didn't go to the line until the fourth quarter -- the Spurs were in the penalty and it was not even a shooting foul. Butler really needs to get to the line to help him avoid brutal lines like this one, and it did look like he was getting frustrated. He can continue to be viewed as a buy-low player, but he's more of a top 35-40 asset this season. Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Tobias Harris cools off in defeat Wednesday
    Tobias Harris cooled off in Milwaukee on Wednesday, hitting 4-of-11 shots for 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: There's nothing to worry about here, as the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week has been terrific through 14 games. Harris credited the Pistons' offense for making it easy for him with "a lot more spacing, and then a lot more movement." His current top-30 valuation might be too optimistic, but not by much. Wednesday, 9:06 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
  • 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
  • Denzel Valentine starts 3Q for Jerian Grant
    Denzel Valentine is starting the third quarter over Jerian Grant on Wednesday.

    Advice: Something had to change and it'll be Valentine coming in for Grant. Kris Dunn didn't exactly play well, but the Bulls were down 24 at half because they only scored seven points in the first quarter. Valentine hasn't busted out yet, but he should have some opportunity to make noise. He's worth a look if you need a wing. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
  • Justin Anderson is available
    Justin Anderson (shin) is available on Wednesday to face the Lakers.

    Advice: He could see minutes in the low double digits, but Anderson doesn't have much fantasy value while Robert Covington is active. Wednesday, 6:22 pm
  • Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return
    Luke Babbitt (back spasms) will not return to Wednesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Tyler Cavanaugh started the second half for the injured Babbitt. He went to the locker room in the first half, but he did return to action after that. Babbitt did check back into the game, but apparently he didn't feel well enough to continue. With him out, the Hawks may have to play Kent Bazemore at the four more, up Ersan Ilyasova's minutes, or shift John Collins over to power forward more often. Wednesday, 5:50 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
  • Dakari Johnson starting again, Grant to bench
    Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony and Dakari Johnson will start against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: Grant got the start for Carmelo Anthony on Sunday, but he'll move to the bench tonight. Grant has been used as a center in some lineup combinations, so expect him to see time against Bobby Portis or Cristiano Felicio. Grant could have some low-end value in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 3:48 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
  • 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
  • Justin Anderson (left shin) questionable
    Justin Anderson (left shin soreness) is questionable to face the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: If he can't play, we may see Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot get more run at both wing spots in the second unit. Anderson hasn't done much this season with just 13.2 minutes per game. Wednesday, 12:02 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
  • Pondexter starting, Zipser to the bench
    Quincy Pondexter will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Thunder, sending Paul Zipser to the bench.

    Advice: Pondexter figures to split time with Zipser at the three-spot tonight, but neither guy can be considered a viable target in most settings. Joining Pondexter in the starting five will be Jerian Grant, Kris Dunn, Lauri Markkanen and Robin Lopez. Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • Jayson Tatum scores 19 in win over Nets
    Jayson Tatum started alongside Marcus Morris on Tuesday and hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Tatum has scored in double figures in seven of his eight November games and doesn't really look like a rookie. And the fact he tossed in the steals, block and 3-pointers is icing on the cake. And after losing their first two games of the season, the Celtics have now rattled off 13 straight wins. Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Marcus Morris hits 8-of-12 for 21 points
    Marcus Morris hit 8-of-12 shots and two 3-pointers for a season-high 21 points, 10 rebounds and one assist in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Morris has been a bit hit-or-miss, but is playing pretty well for the Celtics. He caught fire in the fourth quarter tonight and scored 11 points in the decisive quarter. He's a decent add in 12-team leagues, despite the presence of Jayson Tatum. Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Marcus Morris starting, Baynes to the bench
    Marcus Morris will replace Aron Baynes in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn.

    Advice: Kyrie Irving (face) will be back in the lineup tonight, so the Celtics will return to their standard starting five of Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Morris and Al Horford. Morris has played much better as a starter this year with averages of 14.7 points, 5.0 boards and 1.7 triples per contest on 45.7 percent shooting, so feel free to get him active. Baynes might not play much tonight against the small-ball Nets, so he's not a great target in most settings. Tuesday, 3:08 pm
  • 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
  • Aaron Gordon willing to enter Dunk Contest
    Aaron Gordon said he would accept an invitation to the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk contest if asked by the league.

    Advice: Yeah, it's probably safe to assume the NBA will ask. In addition to being one of the league's most dynamic dunkers this decade, Gordon has also improved all aspects of his game this season. In fact, maybe Air Gordon will seek an invite to the 3-point competition as well, considering his shooting a scorching 51.9 percent from downtown this season. Tuesday, 7:47 am
  • Ben Simmons still rolling for Sixers
    Ben Simmons had 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and five turnovers on 9-of-14 shooting in Monday's big win over the Clippers.

    Advice: Yes, his turnovers are a buzzkill, but he's steamrolling toward the Rookie of the Year Award (assuming he can hold off Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr.), and is averaging a ridiculous 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks on 45 percent shooting over his last five. Baller. Monday, 10:52 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 points in win over ORL
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-18 shooting in Monday's win over the Magic.

    Advice: He was a perfect 3-of-3 from the line with eight assists, seven rebounds and two turnovers. His owners were probably expecting more from KD with Stephen Curry (thigh) out, but he only played 30 minutes after playing 28 on Saturday. He did just return from a thigh injury of his own, so maybe the Warriors were just taking it easy on him. Monday, 10:39 pm
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler heating up for Wolvles
    Jimmy Butler hit 6-of-12 shots and 9-of-10 free throws for 21 points, four rebounds, a season-high 10 assists, two steals and a block in 39 minutes of Monday's 109-98 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: After a very slow start to the season Butler has righted the ship in his last two, scoring 25 on Saturday. Oddly enough, he didn't hit a 3-pointer tonight after hitting one in three straight coming in. If you're interested in moving Butler, his value is bouncing back and you might be able to get fair value in return for him, which probably wasn't the case two games ago. Monday, 8:55 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
  • Luke Babbitt hit four more 3-pointers
    Luke Babbitt started again for the Hawks and hit 4-of-11 shots (all 3-pointers) for 12 points, three rebounds and one assist in 30 minutes of Monday's one-point loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Babbitt has been starting for a little more than a week now and is averaging 10.8 points 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.6 3-pointers on 46 percent shooting in those five games. He's been up and down like a yo-yo, but is getting 31 minutes a night, shooting the ball well and knocking down threes. He's worth a look in standard leagues as long as he's starting for the Hawks. Monday, 7:23 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nikola Mirotic (face) attends Bulls practice
    Nikola Mirotic (face) was in attendance at Monday's practice.

    Advice: Bulls executive Vice President John Paxson said Mirotic still hasn't had contact with Bobby Portis, but added that he's not going to "make a trade just to make a trade" -- Mirotic reportedly told the Bulls recently that they have to choose him or Portis. Mirotic could be cleared to play within the next couple weeks, but he's not a great stash at the moment with both Lauri Markkanen and Portis playing well. Monday, 9:09 am
  • Tobias credits Lasik surgery for his success
    Tobias Harris explained why he's shooting 47.8 percent from 3-point range this season after shooting 34.7 percent in 2016-17.

    Advice: "The emphasis, really, is to get good raise on [the shot] … I also got LASIK eye surgery, which was able to help me get better vision," Harris said. I think it was the best move, and I’m glad we were able to get it done. I feel great with it." We've seen other players such as Chris Paul improve their shooting following eye surgery, so Tobias' hot start to the season is no fluke. Monday, 7:35 am
  • Jerami Grant logs 34 mins without Melo (back)
    Starting in place of Carmelo Anthony (back) on Sunday, Jerami Grant notched 10 points, eight boards, three assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Melo is dealing with a sore back and we're considering him day-to-day. Grant has double-digit points in three of his past four games, and he's on the deep-league radar thanks to sneaky averages of 1.0 blocks, 0.9 steals and 0.6 threes. He'd also be a potential DFS punt if Melo is ruled out Wednesday vs. the Bulls. Sunday, 7:05 pm
  • Tobias Harris leads DET w/ 25 points, five 3s
    Tobias Harris' strong season continued on Sunday with a game-high 25 points, making 8-of-15 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He added with seven rebounds, one assist and five triples, and 3-point shooting has been a huge story for Tobias this year. He'd never been above 37.5 percent in his first eight NBA seasons, but is at 50.0 percent from deep through 13 games, which ranks fifth in the NBA (tied with Cory Joseph). He's on pace for the best fantasy campaign in his seven-year career. Sunday, 4:17 pm
  • Jerami Grant starting for Carmelo (back)
    Jerami Grant is starting Sunday's game in place of Carmelo Anthony (back).

    Advice: OKC announced Melo's absence after 6pm ET, so this likely burned a lot of DFS owners with locked lineups. Steven Adams (calf) is also out tonight and we're likely to see a lot of small-ball by necessity. Sunday, 4:00 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
  • Jaylen Brown leads BOS to 12th straight win
    Jaylen Brown helped the Celtics notch their 12th straight victory on Sunday, recording 18 points, three boards, three assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Jayson Tatum was also impressive in this one, finishing with 13 points, seven boards, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in his 33 minutes of floor time, and these two were in attack mode all game long, leading the charge on offense sans Kyrie Irving (face). Brown did appear to tweak his right shoulder fighting through a screen during the second half, but he played through it and was terrific defending DeMar DeRozan on the final possession, so we imagine he’ll be fine for Tuesday’s game in Brooklyn. Sunday, 3:11 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
  • 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. Sunday, 11:18 am
  • Marcus Morris coming off the bench
    Marcus Morris will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The Celtics continue to mix up their starting lineups based on the matchups, so they will go Aron Baynes and Al Horford in the frontcourt. With Jayson Tatum playing really well, Morris is more of a deep-league asset this season. Sunday, 10:57 am
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler ties season-high with 25 points
    Jimmy Butler tied his season high with 25 points after a series of low-scoring games on Saturday, adding seven rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Butler's been quiet this season, but tied his season high with 40 minutes and hit 14-of-16 free throws in the loss, which made up for his 5-of-17 mark from the field. Butler's too good a player to be held down for much longer, so his buy-low window is probably closing. Hopefully he keeps it going against the Jazz on Monday. Saturday, 9:56 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. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 29 in return
    Kevin Durant returned from a thigh injury on Saturday and hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 29 points, five boards, four assists, two steals and two blocks to lead the Warriors to a 135-114 win over the Sixers.

    Advice: KD sat out in his last game with a thigh problem, but looked amazing tonight. That's what KD does, so just roll him out there again for Week 5. Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Ben Simmons looks human against Warriors
    Ben Simmons had 13 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals on 6-of-17 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Simmons is just fine. He had four turnovers tonight, which is to be expected, but he's still a fantasy monster despite tonight's line. Can you say Rookie of the Year? Saturday, 9:14 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Kyle Kuzma goes for 21 & 11 in 42 minutes
    Kyle Kuzma notched his fourth double-double of the season on Saturday with 21 points and 11 rebounds, adding one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: This marks the most minutes Kuzma has played in an NBA game, and he recovered from a cold start to finish 8-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the FT line. Shooting efficiency has been a big part of his appeal, and the defensive stats were a welcome sight. He's averaging 0.5 steals and 0.2 blocks this year, which he'll need to improve to reach his full category-league potential. Saturday, 8:51 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
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) returns, plays 28 min
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) returned to action on Saturday with two points, three steals, one rebound and one assist in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran missed just one game and he slotted back into his usual role as a versatile defender and 3-point shooter (0-of-3 tonight) off the bench. He's basically Trevor Ariza-light and has some appeal in roto leagues, especially if turnovers count and you need defensive stats. He should be unowned in points leagues, though. Saturday, 7:45 pm
  • Luke Babbitt scores five points
    Luke Babbitt scored five points with six rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: The Hawks actually had to use Babbitt at the five because of John Collins getting into some foul trouble. Babbitt continues to see minutes around 30 with Ersan Ilyasova (knee) and Mike Muscala (ankle) out, so he does have some short-term upside in deeper leagues or as a streamer. Saturday, 6:29 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
  • Nikola Mirotic (face) does some shooting
    Nikola Mirotic (face) did some light shooting on Saturday.

    Advice: With Bobby Portis thriving and posting a +7.1 net rating to go with his 20-12 averages to start, it'll be interesting to see if the Bulls trade Mirotic. He's not really worth stashing in most leagues, especially with how Lauri Markkanen has played. Saturday, 4:46 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. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) out, Barton starting
    Gary Harris (shoulder) will not play against the Magic on Saturday and Will Barton will start in his place.

    Advice: He is dealing with right shoulder soreness, so the team will allow his shooting shoulder to heal. Harris has been a bit of a slow healer in his career, so hopefully he's just out for one game. His fantasy owners should stand pat. Meanwhile, Barton greatly benefits while Malik Beasley gets more run and the point guard should play more too. Saturday, 4:18 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) will play vs. 76ers
    Kevin Durant (thigh) will play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been expected to play for three days and went through practice on Friday. With Durant wanting to show what he can do on defense, it'll be very interesting to see how the Warriors cover Ben Simmons. As for his offense, he's likely going to hit the ground running against a team that has been fairly up-tempo this season. Saturday, 4:09 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) good to go vs. MEM
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is good to go against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play on Thursday, but Mbah a Moute went through warmups and may have been close to playing. With him back, P.J. Tucker, Ryan Anderson and Trevor Ariza may not have to play as much in this game. Saturday, 3:20 pm
  • Gary Harris (shoulder) questionable Saturday
    Gary Harris (right shoulder soreness) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: If Harris is unable to play, Will Barton would likely start at shooting guard. Barton has been playing very well all season, especially so of late. Over the Nuggets last three games, Barton is averaging 17.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 treys in 32.0 minutes. If Harris is sidelined on Saturday, Barton would be a very enticing DFS option. Malik Beasley would also see an uptick in minutes off the bench. Saturday, 10:34 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) questionable Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute did not play Wednesday after being listed as questionable. P.J. Tucker would see an uptick in playing time if Mbah a Moute is unable to suit up. Saturday, 8:30 am
  • Aaron Gordon scores 22, leads NBA in 3P%
    Aaron Gordon scored 22 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one block, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Suns in a 128-112 victory on Friday.

    Advice: If your last name is Gordon and you have kids, you may want to get them to start shooting 3-pointers. Eric Gordon leads the NBA in 3-point attempts per game at 11.2 and Aaron Gordon leads the NBA in 3-point percentage at 59.5 percent. Kidding aside, Gordon is absolutely ridiculous on his jumpers with a 64.0 eFG%, which crushes his 39.1 from last year. Gordon is on the brink of being a first-round player and we're totally him being a top-25 player. Sure, he won't be this good, but he's a monster. Next time someone tells you preseason doesn't matter, just say Aaron Gordon. Friday, 9:22 pm
  • Denzel Valentine has forgettable night
    Denzel Valentine finished with three points, four assists and three rebounds while hitting just 1-of-10 from the floor Friday against Indiana.

    Advice: Valentine played more than 20 minutes off the bench for the fourth straight game, as he continues to get an opportunity to play more with David Nwaba (ankle) on the shelf. However, Valentine will need to do a lot better than this if he hopes to hang onto his extra minutes. Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) scores 16 points vs. CHA
    Jayson Tatum played through a sore ankle in Friday's 90-87 win over the Hornets and looked fine, scoring 16 points (6-of-12 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs) with two rebounds, one assist and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't as active on the glass or on the defensive end, but he saw his normal allotment of minutes and deserves a lot of credit for playing at less than 100 percent. Tatum has been one of the best rookies in real life and in fantasy and should be good to go for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors. With Kyrie Irving (possible concussion) and Al Horford (concussion) both on the shelf, Tatum could be looking at a significant bump in usage in the short term. Friday, 8:14 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (wrist) is making progress
    DeAndre Bembry (right wrist) has progressed to dribbling and mid-range shooting.

    Advice: The next step for Bembry is to step out to the 3-point line. Bembry had surgery on Oct. 24 and was given a 4-6 week timetable, but he said he doesn't have a return date in mind. He'll likely be brought along slowly once he's cleared, but Bembry's outlook on the rebuilding Hawks is promising once he gets up to speed. Friday, 3:47 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) will start vs. Hornets
    Jayson Tatum (ankle) will start against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He went through warmups and apparently nothing went wrong. Tatum is probably going to be on a very short leash if he feels any discomfort in his ankle today, so he may not get to his season average of 30 minutes. He's been phenomenal on efficiency thanks to making 50.0 percent from the field, 52.9 percent from deep and 83.3 percent from the line. He should be in season-long lineups, but is a risky DFS play. Expect Aron Baynes and Marcus Morris to start next to him up front. Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) expected to play vs. CHA
    Jayson Tatum (ankle) is going through warmups and is expected to play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: After a brief scare on Wednesday, one of the NBA's best rookies looks like he'll be back. Tatum was dealing with soreness and it sounds like the team just held him out in the second half as a precaution. If Tatum isn't limited, guys like Semi Ojeleye could lose a lot of run while Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier won't have as much opportunity. Friday, 2:40 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) practice on Friday
    Kevin Durant (thigh) practiced on Friday.

    Advice: He said he expects to play against the 76ers on Saturday, so he's almost a lock to play. Durant has said he's committed to defense and it's showing on the stat sheet with his career-high block averages. Durant vs. Ben Simmons will be must-see TV. Friday, 12:56 pm
  • Nuggets to continue to play Will Barton at PG
    Coach Michael Malone plans to continue using Will Barton at point guard.

    Advice: "It is a new era of point guard," coach Malone said. "In today’s NBA, yeah, Will Barton can play point guard... I think now he’s leading the sixth man of the year race because now he’s contributing in so many different areas. He has that type of ability." Barton is third on the team in assists (3.0 dimes per game), while also averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 treys. He's inside the top-100 overall in nine-category leagues. Friday, 9:41 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
  • Will Barton scores 13 points vs. OKC
    Will Barton scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone loves him and he continues to use him as a ball-handler with plenty of minutes next to the starters. Barton has three strong games in a row with at least 31 minutes in each, so he makes a case to be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 10:40 pm
  • Jerami Grant scores 11 points
    Jerami Grant scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: This was a small-ball fest in this game, and that could continue because Steven Adams (leg) was hurt in this game. If Adams does miss time, Grant would probably be looking at minutes in the mid-20s. He's worth a look in deeper leagues if you need some blocks or want to chance it on the money stats. Thursday, 10:20 pm
  • Ben Simmons gets in foul trouble
    Ben Simmons scored 18 points with two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 27 minutes against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He had some foul trouble in this game and picked up his fourth foul with 10:43 left in the third quarter. Somewhat shockingly, this was the first time Simmons was under 33 minutes in his NBA career and he likely would've been right at his usual 36 minutes had he avoided foul trouble. The heavy favorite for ROY is also up to 75.0 percent from the line this month and he's racking up the dunks to buoy his field goal percentage. If he ever gets a jumper, the sky is the limit. Thursday, 9:47 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • 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 Kuzma struggles in loss to Wizards
    Kyle Kuzma had another rough showing on Thursday vs. the Wizards, scoring 13 points with nine rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: If he's not hitting shots, Kuzma is going to struggle to help fantasy owners because he has one block this season and hasn't recorded a steal in three straight. He finished 4-of-14 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line, but if there's one positive, it's that he continues to get the bulk of the PF minutes with Julius Randle playing behind Brook Lopez at the five. Kuzma is a hold and should be better against the Bucks on Saturday. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • MRI negative on Jayson Tatum (right ankle)
    An MRI on Jayson Tatum's ankle came back negative and he is questionable for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: This is good news for the Celtics and it looks like he's only day-to-day. Tatutm didn't look to suffer any sort of clear injury on Wednesday, so perhaps he just had a lingering issue. His fantasy owners should obviously still hold him in basically all leagues. Meanwhile, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Semi Ojeleye will all get more minutes until Tatum is back. Thursday, 4:58 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) ruled out
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) has been ruled out against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He went through warmups to try to get cleared to play, but it sounds like he came up short. With Mbah a Moute out, the starters should play slightly more with more P.J. Tucker in the second unit. Thursday, 3:56 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) not expected to play
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) is not expected to play against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He is going through warmups, so he is making a case to play. He only played limited minutes on Sunday, which led to more minutes for P.J. Tucker and the other perimeter starters. Tucker could be looking at a decent amount of minutes against LeBron James. Thursday, 3:16 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) questionable vs. Hornets
    Jayson Tatum (sore right ankle) is questionable against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He is expected to get an MRI today and those results have not been released yet. Tatum did not play in the second half on Wednesday, so coach Brad Stevens started Marcus Smart and played him a whopping 21.2 minutes after half. Plus, Semi Ojeleye saw 14.4 minutes and Marcus Morris saw 10.4 minutes after the break, as well. If Tatum is out, Smart should play a ton while Ojeleye and Morris should help, as well. Thursday, 11:43 am
  • Jimmy Butler quiet in 31 minutes Wednesday
    Jimmy Butler had another quiet night on Wednesday with 11 points on 5-of-12 shooting, five assists, three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.

    Advice: "As long as we win, I’m happy," Butler said recently. "I don’t care what anybody says about how I’m playing. I really don’t. We’re winning, so at the end of the day, I’m a winner. If we’re winning, I’m good." He didn't get to the free throw line tonight and is attempting 4.5 per game on the season, compared to 8.9 per game last season, which is one reason he's only returning mid-round value. He'll get better, but even top-30 value might be out of reach on this roster. Wednesday, 10:16 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) expects to play vs. PHI
    Kevin Durant (bruised thigh) said he expects to play against the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was in uniform for warmups on Wednesday and the team said he would've played in a playoff game, so this was a precaution. Durant's injury occurred early in the first quarter on Monday and he was able to play through it, so there was never much concern. Wednesday, 10:06 pm
  • Jayson Tatum (ankle) likely to have an MRI
    Jayson Tatum (sore right ankle) will likely have an MRI on Thursday, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: Tatum had X-rays after asking to leave Wednesday's game. He wasn't sure when the injury occurred, and presumably the X-rays came back negative, but Tatum did leave the stadium in a walking boot "to be safe," according to Stevens. "He'll have more tests, probably an MRI tomorrow, I'm guessing," Stevens added. Tatum has been overshadowed to some extent, but the 19-year-old rookie is off to a terrific start in both reality and fantasy. Semi Ojeleye, Marcus Morris and others would have to step up if Tatum misses time, but we should have more details by Thursday afternoon. Wednesday, 9:08 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 18 points in 25 minutes
    Marcus Morris returned from a rest day to finish Wednesday's win in Boston with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting, three 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and one rebound in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Celtics will play it safe with Morris' minutes, given that he missed significant time with a knee injury and is still regaining his conditioning. This was only his third game of the season, and he looked very good, but even at full strength he's a low-end fantasy play -- he's never cracked the top-100, per game, in his six-year career. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Kyle Kuzma quiet in 34 minutes vs. Celtics
    Kyle Kuzma played a quiet 34 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds, one assist and three turnovers.

    Advice: Kuzma had been terrific shooting from the field, making 56.3 percent on 11.2 attempts, which accounted for 21.3% of his roto value. This was the first time since the Lakers' opener that he's failed to hit a 3-pointer and we're not worried about his shooting. The more pressing long-term issue is defensive stats -- he has a total of one block and five steals in 11 games. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Jayson Tatum in a walking boot, had scans
    Jayson Tatum (sore right ankle) was in a walking boot after Wednesday's game and he had scans done before the game.

    Advice: He is also going to be re-evaluated tomorrow. Now that we have this information, we can probably guess that Tatum's ankle had been bothering him before today. In this game during the second quarter, he probably just wasn't feeling 100 percent, so he and the team opted to just shut him down for the night. Hopefully, he won't need more than a couple days off to get right. If he does need to miss time, Semi Ojeleye closed this game and Marcus Morris started, so they both would play more power forward minutes on Friday while all of the other perimeter players step up. Plus, Aron Baynes and Daniel Theis would have to fill in up front if Al Horford (concussion) is out. Wednesday, 7:43 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
  • Tobias Harris posts 23 & 8 with five triples
    Tobias Harris kept rolling on Wednesday with a team-high 23 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, five 3-pointers and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Pistons improved to 8-3 with tonight's victory vs. the Pacers, and they're enjoying their best start since 2008-09. Harris has been a big reason for the success, and his fantasy owners have to be thrilled. Among other high points, the six-year veteran has made a 3-pointer in every game this year, and he hasn't missed a free throw since Oct. 21. He's crushing his ADP. Wednesday, 6:50 pm
  • Tatum (ankle) out for game; Smart starts 3Q
    Jayson Tatum (right ankle soreness) will not return on Wednesday and Marcus Smart will star the second half.

    Advice: He walked back to the locker room under his own power with a trainer next to him near the end of the second quarter, but the team rules him out just as the second half starts. Hopefully, this is all just a precautionary thing and there wasn't really anything that stood out regarding the injury. If he's out, there will be more Marcus Smart, Marcus Morris, Abdel Nadar, Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis in the rotation. Wednesday, 6:28 pm
  • Kyrie, Brown, Tatum, Morris & Baynes starting
    Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Aron Baynes will start against the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This lineup combination has only been used for one minute all season, but Baynes has played next to Tatum, Brown and Kyrie with Terry Rozier for eight minutes and Marcus Smart for seven. Morris may not have a formal minutes cap, but he probably won't get over 30 minutes in just his third game back. Expect to see a good amount of Semi Ojeleye and Daniel Theis along with these aforementioned guys. Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Gary Harris focusing on getting to the line
    Gary Harris said he's focusing most on getting to the free throw line more.

    Advice: He said he's going to try to be more aggressive and just draw contact. So far this year, it has not gone well in that regard, attempting just seven free throws in his 343 minutes. Harris is a good shooter from the line with his 78.8 percent from the charity stripe, but he did go to the line just 2.4 times per game last year -- it also explains why his usage rate is fairly low. Even if he doesn't get to the line more than three times per game, Harris should still be viewed as a top-50 player when healthy. Wednesday, 1:52 pm
  • Kevin Durant (thigh) won't play Wednesday
    Kevin Durant (left thigh contusion) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: This news comes as a surprise after his productive 21-point game against the Heat on Monday, and he was able to play through this first-quarter injury. Durant and the Warriors won't have another game until Saturday after this one, so that should probably be enough time for him to be ready against the 76ers. For tonight, Andre Iguodala should get some extra run at small forward while Nick Young, Jordan Bell and Patrick McCaw also play more. McCaw may be the best bet to start because of how coach Steve Kerr likes to bring Iggy off the bench. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) questionable vs. CLE
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) tested his knee at Wednesday's practice and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's matchup with the Cavs.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni said he expects Mbah a Moute to get out there for Thursday's game, although he was still experiencing some soreness during Wednesday's practice, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Thursday morning's shootaround. He's been sneaky good this season with averages of 8.7 points, 4.2 boards, 1.4 steals, 0.9 triples and 0.6 blocks per contest on 50.7 percent shooting, so he's worth owning in deep leagues. Wednesday, 10:01 am
  • Brett Brown impressed with Ben Simmons
    Brett Brown has been impressed with how good Ben Simmons has been to open the 2017-18 season.

    Advice: "I didn’t realize that he was going to be as gifted athletically, immediately," Brown said. "I see it clearly now. You wished and you hoped, but you didn’t know... the realization is this organization has something very unique we hope for a very long time." Simmons has hit the ground running this season, posting top-60 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.8 points, 10.1 boards, 8.0 dimes, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks and 3.7 turnovers per contest, and he shows no signs of slowing down. Wednesday, 7:48 am
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Mirotic keeping his distance from teammates
    Nikola Mirotic (face) has had little contact with his teammates since the incident with Bobby Portis and has made it clear to management he doesn't think he can co-exist with Crazy Eyes.

    Advice: Mirotic still hasn't talked to Portis, and it seems as though he'd like the Chicago franchise to choose between him and Bobby moving forward. He's also been perturbed by the disparity in the time of absence between him and Portis, as he still remains weeks away while Portis was able to make his regular-season debut on Tuesday night, putting up a 21-point, 13-board double-double. Mirotic can't be traded until January 15, though, so the awkwardness is guaranteed to last another few months. Wednesday, 7:35 am
  • Jerami Grant still playing well for Thunder
    Jerami Grant played 27 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for 10 points, six rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hit just 2-of-4 free throws and didn't have a block or a steal, but he's become a big part of the Thunder's plan and the minutes leader off the bench. Grant is quietly averaging 10.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.8 blocks on 51 percent shooting over his last five games, and is getting 26 minutes a night. He's not a must own player, but if you want to use him in a weekly league in a four-game week, or as a punt in DFS, it's not a bad idea. Tuesday, 9:58 pm
  • Ben Simmons posts monster line in win vs. UTA
    Ben Simmons was a monster in Tuesday's 104-97 win over the Jazz, racking up 16 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, three steals and three blocks in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-22 from the field with six turnovers, but hit both of his free throws and carried the 76ers with Joel Embiid resting, as he matched his career-highs in blocks, steals and rebounds. His usage rate rises from 21.1 to 28.4 with Embiid off the floor, so DFS owners should keep that in mind the next time The Process sits out. Simmons will be a triple-double threat every time he touches the floor and is the heavy favorite for Rookie of the Year. Tuesday, 9:20 pm
    Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - PG,SF,PF
  • Will Barton plays well off Denver bench
    Will Barton came off the bench and hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes of Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Barton ended up playing a lot of point guard tonight while Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay struggled, and he came through. Barton doesn't appear to be a threat to Murray's job, despite his struggles, but is playing very well right now, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers while hitting 46 percent of his shots over his last five games. It's time to move on him if he's available in your league. Tuesday, 8:46 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
  • Terrence Ross not worried with shooting slump
    Terrence Ross said he's not worried that he's only managed to connect on 30.9 percent of his shot attempts through the first 10 games of the season.

    Advice: "I’ve just got to get into a better rhythm," Ross said. "But it’s still early in the season. I’m not worried about it. I’ll just keep shooting. One night you’ll catch fire and you’ll get back to yourself. But you can’t really think about why [you’re struggling] too much because there are so many more games you have. It’s not even three months into the season." While Ross could get hot at any moment, he's not worth hanging onto while he's performing this poorly in most leagues. Tuesday, 1:56 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) probable Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (bruised knee) did not practice Tuesday but is expected to play Thursday vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute had scored in double-figures in three straight games before knee soreness limited him to just 14 minutes Sunday's win over Utah. He's averaging 27.7 minutes per game this season, and will likely log 20-plus minutes once again on Thursday. Tuesday, 10:05 am
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 with three blocks
    Kevin Durant hit just 5-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer on Monday, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, six assists, a steal and three more blocks in an easy win over the Heat.

    Advice: His 27 blocked shots leads the entire NBA and he's scored at least 19 points in every game this season. He's literally filling it up in every stat category and if he can somehow lead the league in blocks with his 7'6" wingspan, his value (and legend) will just continue to grow. Monday, 10:37 pm
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