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  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) ruled out Monday
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not play in Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: He will miss his fourth straight game, but the good news is that he's day-to-day and not week-to-week. With Johnson out, we should see plenty of Wayne Ellington tonight and he's coming off a monster 26-point game. Josh Richardson gets an obvious bump as well, especially since Goran Dragic (knee) is also out. 30 minutes ago
  • Goran Dragic and Tyler Johnson ruled out
    Goran Dragic (knee) and Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not play in Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Dragic has a bruised right knee and will miss his second straight game. This is likely a pain tolerance issue, so we'll continue to list him as day-to-day. With both Dragic and Johnson out, Josh Richardson and James Johnson will handle the ball a ton, while Wayne Ellington will get a nice bump and is coming off a 26-point game. All three are excellent fantasy options. 31 minutes ago
  • Jamal Crawford (toe) ruled out for Monday
    Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He's out for a second straight game along with Jimmy Butler (knee). Marcus Georges-Hunt was the primary beneficiary in Crawford's absence vs. the Raptors, scoring 12 points with three rebounds, two assists and a triple in 29 minutes. 43 minutes ago
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: We still don't have many details, and the Wolves are simply calling the issue a sore right knee. With Butler out for a second straight game, the Wolves may turn to Nemanja Bjelica again -- he started in Butler's place vs. the Raptors and had eight points, six rebounds, two steals and one triple in 26 minutes. Andrew Wiggins dropped 29 points on 21 shots in his last game, so look for him to step up again. Looking ahead, the Wolves play again on Wednesday vs. the Blazers and Thursday vs. the Warriors. 44 minutes ago
  • Troy Williams (illness) is questionable
    Troy Williams (illness) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Gerald Green and Trevor Ariza are returning from their suspensions, so Williams likely won't play anyways. 56 minutes ago
  • Devin Harris (head) is questionable at best
    Devin Harris (head) is questionable "at best" for Monday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle made it sound like Harris wasn't going to play and added that he was at the doctor getting checked out. If Harris can't go, that means we should see plenty of Dennis Smith Jr., Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea. Harris belongs on the wire in most leagues. Today, 9:23 am
  • Kawhi Leonard feels 'disconnected' from SAS?
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Kawhi Leonard and his camp have been described as "distant" and "disconnected" from the Spurs.

    Advice: According to the report, "Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact" on Leonard's relationship with the front office and coaching staff. Wojnarowski adds that "there is work to be done to repair what has been until now a successful partnership," so the Spurs find themselves in rare territory for a franchise that is considered to be one of the best in all of sports. Spurs GM RC Buford has refuted these claims, but did add that this process has been "difficult for everyone." The superstar forward remains without a timetable to return as he continues to rehab his troublesome quad injury. Today, 9:11 am
  • Arron Afflalo's suspension is over
    Arron Afflalo has served his 2-game suspension and will be available on Tuesday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: The Magic are 14th place in the East, so Afflalo's rest-of-season outlook is pretty bleak. He belongs on the waiver wire pretty much everywhere because the Magic will focus on their young talent going forward. Today, 8:45 am
  • Trevor Ariza has served his suspension
    Trevor Ariza has served his 2-game suspension and will be back in the lineup on Monday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He's off to a cold start in January with averages of 11.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.9 triples on 36.0% shooting, but he's worth holding onto during this slump as he can be a fantasy stud when his shot is falling. With Ariza back, Luc Mbah a Moute and P.J. Tucker lose quite a bit of value. Today, 8:44 am
  • Gerald Green's suspension is over
    Gerald Green has served his 2-game suspension and will be available for Monday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Now that James Harden is healthy, Green is going to have a limited role off the Houston bench. His window for reliable fantasy value has likely closed, but he could still be a 3-point specialist for deep-league owners. Today, 8:40 am
  • Rodney Hood (leg) will not play Monday
    Rodney Hood (leg) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This is his second game in a row on the shelf and it's not a great sign that he's getting ruled out this early. For now, consider him questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Pistons. Joe Ingles is coming off a 21-point game vs. the Clippers, and guys like Joe Johnson and Alec Burks will get a small bump in value off the bench with Hood out. Today, 8:15 am
  • Dion Waiters to undergo ankle surgery Monday
    Dion Waiters will undergo ankle surgery on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat did not provide a timetable for his return, and while he's expected to make a full recovery, his season is over. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson (ankle) will all see a nice bump in value the rest of the way. Today, 6:37 am
  • Danny Green quiet in 23 minutes on Sunday
    Danny Green finished Sunday's home loss 2-of-9 from the field for nine points with three assists and one rebound in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Spurs' home record dropped to 19-3 but that's still the best in the NBA. Green is slumping offensively at 6-of-23 in his past three games (26.1 percent), and he didn't have any defensive stats to salvage the line in 8-cat/9-cat. The opportunity is there without Kawhi Leonard (quad), though, so he's a decent hold if you're not in a points-based league. Yesterday, 7:15 pm
  • Darren Collison strong in 34 mins vs. Spurs
    Darren Collison had 15 points, four assists, three steals, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Sunday, without any turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Pacers concluded their five-game road trip with a win in San Antonio, and Collison's game was a nice bounce-back after he shot 1-of-9 in L.A. on Friday. Indiana heads home with the No. 6 seed -- the Sixers, Bucks and Pistons are all within two games, and the playoff race in the East is setting up to be very interesting. Collison has been a big part of Indiana's success and he's quietly crushing draft-day expectations as a top-50 value. Yesterday, 7:00 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 29 points w/ 10 dimes
    Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers to victory on Sunday, scoring 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go with six boards, 10 assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Clarkson was solid throughout this game, but he was particularly impressive after halftime, rocking a 32.3 usage rate while paving the way to victory for the Lakers. He's going to be much more involved in the offense while Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are out, and whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he's essentially guaranteed minutes in the 30s. As a side note, Clarkson became the first Laker to have a 25-10 game off the bench since Magic Johnson did it back in 1996. Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Dillon Brooks (illness) questionable Monday
    Dillon Brooks (illness) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: An illness has been ricocheting around with the Grizzlies, so it's possible they'll keep the rookie away from the team to avoid further contagion. Brooks has been hot lately and is benefiting from the perpetual absence of more veteran teammates, so owners in deeper leagues should just hold tight -- his role will only increase if the Grizzlies keep losing games. Yesterday, 3:14 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) questionable Monday
    Mario Chalmers (right shoulder) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: Chalmers sat out Saturday's game with the shoulder injury, and with Memphis sitting on a 16-29 record, there's not much incentive for Chalmers to try and fight through the pain. We should have another update following Monday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, there will be more minutes for Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden. Stay tuned. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 16 points w/ two triples
    Courtney Lee scored 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting Sunday, to go with two 3-pointers, one rebound, two assists and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lee's ability to bring a little bit of everything to the stat sheet without hurting you in any one area is what's driving his mid-round evaluation on the season, and with very little depth on the wings in New York, he's not in much danger of losing minutes. Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Tyler Johnson, Dragic questionable Monday
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) and Goran Dragic (knee) are being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Johnson has spent the past three games on the sidelines, but we'll have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. If he's out again on Monday, Derrick Jones Jr. will have another opportunity to start with more minutes falling to Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington. Dragic sat out Saturday's game, and if he's out again on Monday, Josh Richardson would spend more time running the offense. Yesterday, 2:00 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) questionable for Monday
    Goran Dragic (knee) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Tyler Johnson (ankle) is also listed as questionable, so owners should check for updates after Miami's shootaround in Houston. James Johnson and Josh Richardson handled the ball even more than usual in Miami's previous game, while Wayne Ellington dropped 26 points as a starter, so there are a lot of player values impacted by their availability. Yesterday, 1:58 pm
  • Rodney Hood (leg) questionable Monday
    Rodney Hood (leg) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Hood sat out Saturday's win over the Clippers, and it looks like Monday could be his second straight game on the sidelines. If he's out, Alec Burks and Joe Johnson will split most of his minutes, but neither of those guys are great targets with Utah's starting lineup intact. Yesterday, 1:28 pm
  • Marcus Smart coming off the bench
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is good to go after a one-game absence. Even though he plays a few minutes less as a reserve, his averages as a starter are pretty similar. As always, he's worth owning if you don't mind his field goal percentage. Yesterday, 9:49 am
  • George Hill shakes off trade rumors
    George Hill said he's focused on the Kings right now despite all the trade rumors.

    Advice: "Whatever, just try to do the best I can, stay professional in every situation and have fun doing it," he said. "There’s a reason why I’m here. God put me in this situation for a reason that I don’t know. So I’ve got to stay the course, trust the process and keep being a pro about it and figure it out on the fly." Hill was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Grizzlies because the Kings are resting two veterans in every game, but he'll be back in the rotation on Monday vs. the Hornets (barring a surprise). If you're stashing Hill, you're hoping for a trade sooner rather than later. Yesterday, 7:52 am
  • C.J. McCollum drops 26 against Mavs
    C.J. McCollum finished with 26 points over 38 minutes in Saturday's 117-108 victory against the Mavericks.

    Advice: McCollum was 11-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-6 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 2-of-2 from the free-throw stripe. He also picked up four rebounds, two assists and a steal, but he ended up with a team-worst minus-14 rating. He was feeling a bit nauseous last time out, but he didn't seem to be dealing with any ill effects of the situation. Saturday, 10:25 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. posts 21/6/6 with 3 steals
    Dennis Smith Jr. kept it going against the Blazers on Saturday, scoring 21 points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He's easily in his best groove of his career with four 20-plus scoring games over his last five. In that span, he's averaged 20.8 points, 3.8 boards, 4.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys on 46.4 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the line. A big reason why has been his shot selection, making 68.8 percent at the rim with those attempts accounting for 38.1 percent of his shot total over this five-game stretch. Patience looks like it's about to pay off for the rookie phenom. Saturday, 10:12 pm
  • Devin Harris plays six minutes in return
    Devin Harris (head) was scoreless across six minutes in his return Saturday at Portland.

    Advice: Harris was 0-of-2 from the field and he did not contribute in any other area while posting a minus-7 rating. He was getting about 18 minutes per night before this one, and he barely got into this one. Despite a four-game schedule coming up, he isn't even worth using in the deepest of fantasy leagues at this point. Saturday, 10:06 pm
  • Wesley Matthews posts team-high 23 points
    Wesley Matthews finished Saturday's loss at Portland with a team-high 23 points over 38 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews hit 7-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-9 from behind the 3-point line, while adding 6-of-8 from the charity stripe. He also added five rebounds, two assists and a steal while turning it over twice. January has easily been his best month of the season, as he is averaging 16.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals per game in eight outings in the month. As such, he is a sell-high candidate, as it's likely the team will start playing some of its younger talent more down the stretch. Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • James Harden scores 22 points in 35 minutes
    James Harden scored 22 points with two rebounds, eight assists, two steals, two blocks and five 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Harden said he still doesn't have his wind back, but you wouldn't know it based on how he came up huge late with a filthy step-back triple against Stephen Curry (video in link below). Yesterday, coach Mike D'Antoni said he was going to play him around 30 minutes, but on Saturday he added there was a "little bit of a tug of war" with him and someone else regarding the minutes cap. Harden probably won't have a cap against the Heat on Monday. Saturday, 9:11 pm
  • Eric Gordon struggles with shot vs. GSW
    Eric Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for six points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and no turnovers in 35 minutes against the Warriors on Saturday.

    Advice: The 3-pointers were not dropping with Gordon missing all nine from deep, which means he was on the other end of the spectrum today after a 30-point explosion against the Wolves. Gordon's numbers have usually fallen when Chris Paul and James Harden are active, so he's a sell-high player right now. Saturday, 9:01 pm
  • Devin Harris (head) will not return
    Devin Harris (head injury) will not return on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Advice: The Mavs get J.J. Barea back, but they lose Harris in this game. Expect Barea, Wes Matthews and Dennis Smith Jr. to see more run. Saturday, 8:25 pm
  • Dillon Brooks scores 10 points
    Dillon Brooks scored 10 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and six fouls in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He had nowhere to go but down after his career-high 22 points on Friday, but the minutes were still there. Brooks doesn't really do too much outside of scoring, but he's consistently hit jumpers with 2.0 treys per game this month. He's more of a 14-team guy or a scoring specialist. Saturday, 6:50 pm
  • Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play vs. TOR
    Jamal Crawford (toe) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: It's being called a left great toe sprain and not much else is known. With Crawford out, Tyus Jones will probably see some SG minutes while Marcus Georges-Hunt could also help out. Saturday, 5:06 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play vs. Raptors
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere after Butler played a whopping 42 minutes on Thursday night. The team is calling it a sore right knee, so this could be a lingering issue for one of the league's hottest players. Butler has had problems with his left knee, but he hasn't had any noteworthy injuries to his right since 2013. With him out, Andrew Wiggins will have to shine while Shabazz Muhammad and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt steps up. Saturday, 5:05 pm
  • Rodney Hood (leg) will not play on Saturday
    Rodney Hood (leg) will not play on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: His leg injury from Friday night will keep him out of action in a back-to-back set. Leg injuries have been a thorn in the side of Hood for years now and he's not exactly a fast healer either. Plus, there's a chance the Jazz are being cautious because he's reportedly on the trade block. He's still probably worth owning in 12-team leagues, though. Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson should pick up some run. Saturday, 4:22 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will not play vs NO
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are going to be a little shorthanded and they'll be turning Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden a bunch today. Chalmers doesn't really have enough fantasy value when healthy. Saturday, 3:24 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) will not play vs. CHA
    Goran Dragic (knee) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He will be in uniform for this game, but he's not going to play due to a bruised knee. Dragic was just starting to get hot after his elbow injury held him down, so hopefully this doesn't linger. It'll be the Josh Richardson show on offense while Wayne Ellington also slides into the starting lineup. Saturday, 3:22 pm
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is a game-time call
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is a game-time call against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes against the Kings on Friday, so chances are this is a minor injury. If he's out, the Grizzlies could extend Tyreke Evans' minutes while guys like Wayne Selden and Ben McLemore would benefit. Kobi Simmons hasn't played lately. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Goran Dragic (knee) could miss Saturday
    Goran Dragic (knee) might sit out Saturday against the Hornets due to a bruised knee.

    Advice: He played in the final 7:38 of Friday's game, so maybe he took on some contact and it swelled up on him. The back-to-back set is probably a factor here, but the Heat could really use Dragic with Tyler Johnson (ankle) out. If Dragic can't go, Josh Richardson will be running the offense while Wayne Ellington, Justise Winslow and Derrick Jones Jr. would see more playing time. Saturday, 2:35 pm
  • Another report says Jazz are shopping Hood
    Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune reports the Jazz are "actively looking to trade" Rodney Hood.

    Advice: This makes it the third credible report in the last 24 hours on Hood being dealt with the New York Times and ESPN reporting a similar story. The Jazz have a huge stretch coming up with a tough game against the Clippers tonight and then a lot of road games before the deadline. In case you missed it, Hood is questionable for tonight against the Clips. Saturday, 12:16 pm
  • Rodney Hood (leg) questionable vs. Clippers
    Rodney Hood (leg) is questionable against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a lower leg contusion on Friday night and he did not close out the game with Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles seeing the clutch minutes. Hood does find himself on the injury report a lot, so it's possible the Jazz hold him out. If so, Ingle and Johnson figure to benefit the most. Saturday, 11:37 am
  • Mario Chalmers (shoulder) questionable
    Mario Chalmers (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Andrew Harrison (left shoulder) is also listed as questionable, and of course Mike Conley (Achilles) is still sidelined, so Memphis may have to get creative at PG on Saturday. We should have a definitive update on Chalmers and Harrison's status at around 5:30 pm EST. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) listed as out Saturday
    Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) is listed as out in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Johnson exited Monday's game due to the ankle sprain and has missed each of Miami's two games since. However, he did receive good news on Thursday when he visited a specialist in New York that confirmed the initial diagnosis. This is simply a game-notes designation, so we should have a formal update from the team shortly. If Johnson is unable to play Saturday, Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington would again see an uptick in playing time off the bench. Saturday, 7:24 am
  • Rodney Hood dealing with left leg contusion
    Rodney Hood is dealing with a lower left leg contusion and his status for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers is uncertain.

    Advice: Hood scored 18 points in 29 minutes on Friday vs. the Knicks but was unable to play in the fourth quarter with due to pain in his leg. The Jazz will provide an update by Saturday afternoon, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if they held him out of the back end of a back-to-back. If Hood is unable to play Saturday, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Johnson and Alec Burks would likely see an uptick in minutes. Saturday, 6:13 am
  • Courtney Lee makes FTs, brings defense
    Courtney Lee scored 18 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He made all four from the line to get him to 50 straight makes, which is already a franchise record and is just three shy of Stephen Curry's 53 for the most this season. Lee also played really well on defense and his playing time isn't going anywhere. He's been a draft-day steal as he continues to flirt with top-50 value in standard leagues. Although, he is a bit of a sell-high player because he's basically topping out on potential. Friday, 10:42 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson drops 33 points in home win
    Jordan Clarkson finished with a season-high 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in Friday's 99-86 win against the Pacers.

    Advice: Clarkson finished 14-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. It Clarkson's fifth-career 30-point game, and his first of the season. The Lakers needed every bit of it, as they had a dismal 2-of-14 night from the free-throw stripe. It was the worst percentage from the stripe by a winning NBA team since 1963. Five players took at least one free throw without a make, and only Clarkson was 2-of-3 to hit. Friday, 10:41 pm
  • Ugly shooting performance for Darren Collison
    Darren Collison hit just 1-of-9 from the field, including 0-of-4 from the field, to finish with five points in Friday's road loss against the Lakers.

    Advice: Collison didn't fare very well in town where he played his college ball (UCLA). Perhaps he was just trying to do too much. He has been a bit erratic lately, as he just turned in an impressive 23-point performance in Portland last night, hitting five 3-pointers. However, he also has three single-digit point totals over his past six outings. He'll look to regroup Sunday in San Antonio. Friday, 10:19 pm
  • Rodney Hood scores 18 points as starter
    Rodney Hood made a start against the Knicks on Friday, scoring 18 points with five rebounds, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: His move to the starting lineup wasn't the biggest news on Hood for the night. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that "there is a growing belief in league personnel circles" that the Jazz could trade Hood before the deadline. He seems to be fairly comfortable with the Jazz no matter where his playing time comes from, so his owners should want him to stay put. Although, he did have a minor leg issue late in the game, so keep an eye out on that for the oft-injured wing. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • Dillon Brooks stays hot w/ 22 points
    Dillon Brooks kept his foot on the gas with 22 points, three rebounds, three steals and three triples vs. the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: He's been really solid in three straight games, averaging 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 3.6 triples in that span. The Grizzlies play again on Saturday vs. the Pelicans, so give him a look while he's hot if you need a streaming option. Chandler Parsons isn't going to be a threat anytime soon. Friday, 8:00 pm
  • George Hill picks up a DNP-CD
    George Hill was a healthy scratch on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This all but confirms that Hill is going to be one of five veterans that the Kings will rest frequently going forward (two veterans every game). Hill is a trade candidate and the Cavaliers "are expressing interest in a trade," so he may not have to deal with this nonsense too much longer. Friday, 7:24 pm
  • Rubio, Mitchell, Hood, Favors & Rudy starting
    Ricky Rubio, Donovan Mitchell, Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors and Rudy Gobert will start against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: The Jazz get wild here with a couple new starters in Hood and Gobert returning. Hood has been shooting the ball really well, so maybe he does get a few extra minutes in the first unit. If he stays healthy, he should be worth owning in all standard leagues. Friday, 5:56 pm
  • Report: Cavs interested in George Hill
    The Cavs are expressing interest in a trade for George Hill, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: This report adds the Cavs are pursuing Hill to potentially slide into a dual-guard role, starting at either backcourt position or playing as a reserve. This will be a lot easier said than done because Hill just signed a massive three-year, $57 million deal this summer, so there will probably have to be other teams involved. Now that Hill is going to be rested, a trade could help his fantasy value, but a limited role in Cleveland wouldn't be the best spot for him. Friday, 1:31 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) to play 30 mins Sat
    Coach Mike D'Antoni said James Harden's minutes restriction will be increased to 30 Saturday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Harden logged 26 minutes in his return to action Thursday against the Wolves. He shot 3-of-15 from the field and finished with 10 points, two rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer. Most importantly, it appears Harden didn't suffer a setback. Once he knocks off the rust, he'll start posting the monster numbers we've grown accustomed to. Friday, 10:32 am
  • C.J. McCollum has nausea issue, returns
    C.J. McCollum scored 16 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He did go to the locker room for about five minutes in the second half, but McCollum did return to the game in the fourth. The team said he went to the locker room for nausea, so maybe he had a stomach issue. The Blazers get Friday off before they take on the Mavs on Saturday, so McCollum should be fine for that one. Thursday, 9:43 pm
  • Darren Collison scores 23 points vs. POR
    Darren Collison scored 23 points with three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been a difference maker in fantasy on the stat sheet over his last 10 games, averaging 14.6 boards, 4.0 dimes, 1.4 steals, 1.4 treys and 1.2 turnovers on 58.7 percent from the field and 96.0 percent from the line. That's good for top-30 value over this span, so Collison is proving to be a really nice value these days. He's been a third-round player overall in nine-category leagues so far. Thursday, 9:30 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 30 points in win vs. MIN
    Eric Gordon scored a team-high 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and seven 3-pointers against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: It was the seventh time he's led the Rockets in scoring this year and he hit a buzzer-beating heave to cap a strong third. He was able to replace James Harden's rough night and may have also benefitted from Harden being limited in his return. Gordon's numbers have been a little worse when both Harden and Chris Paul are 100 percent, so games like this one will be few and far between going forward now that both studs are back. He's a sell-high player again. Thursday, 9:09 pm
  • Jimmy Butler has another terrific line
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's basically been an eight-category player this month, averaging 22.8 points, 5.1 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.9 steals and 1.3 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the line in his previous games this month. Not surprisingly, Butler has been a top-four player in standard leagues over his last 10 and last 25. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart doesn't do much in start
    Marcus Smart made a start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) against the 76ers during an 89-80 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: You'd think Smart making his shots would lead to a big line in a start, but that wasn't the case. Chalk Smart doesn't usually pan out in DFS and he actually came into this game with a lower scoring average as a starter compared to coming off the bench. Smart is playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:45 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) OK after second opinion
    Tyler Johnson (sprained left ankle) visited a specialist in New York on Thursday, but nothing new was revealed.

    Advice: This is great news. Johnson has already been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Nets, but nothing suggests he'll be out long-term -- TJ even reportedly wanted to play on Wednesday, but the Heat training staff shut him down. Justise Winslow and Wayne Ellington gain the most in his absence. Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • NBA gives Arron Afflalo two-game suspension
    Arron Afflalo has been suspended two games for throwing a punch at Nemanja Bjelica during Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Afflalo threw a serious punch and this is somewhat lenient from the league. Wesley Iwundu and Mario Hezonja stand to gain a few extra minutes in his absence -- Afflalo is averaging 12.9 minutes this season, so there are no big fantasy implications. Thursday, 1:45 pm
  • Rodney Hood scores 25 points w/ full line
    Rodney Hood lit up for 25 points vs. Sacramento on Wednesday, making 9-of-16 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with four 3-pointers, eight rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: Hood also had two steals without a turnover tonight, and it's encouraging to see him chip in across the board -- he's averaging a mere 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.2 blocks this season. Thabo Sefolosha (knee surgery) is done for the season, which leaves 20+ minutes available on the wings, so it's likely Hood will absorb some of that -- he played 31 minutes tonight. Wednesday, 10:19 pm
  • Dillon Brooks strong again w/ 17 points
    Dillon Brooks had 17 points, five boards, two steals and one assist in 32 minutes on Wednesday, making 6-of-11 FGs and 2-of-3 FTs.

    Advice: The rookie sank three 3-pointers and he's now 7-of-11 from deep in his past two games. His minutes and usage are trending up, even as the Grizzlies scuffle along near the bottom of the standings, but Brooks has a lot to prove before earning fantasy owners' trust in re-draft leagues. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
  • Courtney Lee sets Knicks' free-throw record
    Courtney Lee made 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: In the process, Lee set a Knicks record by making 46 consecutive free throws. He's tops in the NBA at 96.1 percent from the stripe, and the only bad news is that he doesn't get there often with 1.8 attempts per game. He's been a sneaky mid-round fantasy value this season but could fade if New York commits to playing young guys more late in the season. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Danny Green scores nine points in 27 minutes
    Danny Green scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was at his best this season when Kawhi Leonard (quad) was out, so Green could start trending up again. Although, we do have to mention that Green is maddeningly inconsistent, so his prospective owners probably won't be in for a smooth ride. He should still be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Gerald Green will be suspended for two games
    Gerald Green will be suspended for two games as a result of Monday's locker room incident.

    Advice: Both Green and Trevor Ariza will be hit with a two-game suspension, whereas Chris Paul and James Harden are in the clear. Green had been ballin' since joining the Rockets with Harden on the sidelines, but his days of relevancy in fantasy hoops could be numbered with Harden expected to make it back to the court on Thursday. Green isn't necessarily worth hanging onto through the suspension. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • No suspension for James Harden or Chris Paul
    The league will not be suspending James Harden or Chris Paul for their participation in Monday's locker room incident with the Clippers.

    Advice: Harden and Paul have been described as trying to calm the situation down, so they won't be catching any heat in this ordeal, while both Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green will be serving a two-game suspension. Harden is expected to make it back to the court on Thursday, and he'll be dealing with a 24-25 minute limit. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Trevor Ariza, Gerald Green suspended 2 games
    The NBA is suspending Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green two games for aggressively entering Clippers locker room.

    Advice: He was reportedly the "most aggressive" of the team, so a suspension was likely to happen here. These two won't be playing on Thursday against the Wolves or Saturday against the Warriors in a primetime matchup. The Rockets did get Luc Mbah a Moute back, so he'll be an important piece in the rotation. Expect for P.J. Tucker to also see a slight bump in playing time, as well. Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Spurs expecting Kawhi to return this season
    Coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs are expecting Kawhi Leonard (quad) to return at some point this season.

    Advice: Leonard is out indefinitely, but it does sound like he's looking at an extended time off. Considering how careful the Spurs were with him before and how he's only played nine games, it's fair to guess he's not going to play before the All-Star Game. His owners have to hold him and trading for him isn't the worst idea, assuming you're not giving up an elite player. Kyle Anderson is worth an add in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Tyler Johnson thinks he's more day-to-day
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) is thinking his injury is in terms of days and not weeks.

    Advice: That's good news and the Heat are reportedly not looking to give him an MRI. Johnson is not going to play on Wednesday, which means the Heat could shift Justise Winslow over to the two. Winslow said he's "comfortable" with playing there, or the Heat could go with Derrick Jones Jr. or Derrick Walton Jr. to start. Wayne Ellington also benefits in a big way and should be firing away from deep. Wednesday, 2:02 pm
  • James Harden likely to have minutes limit
    James Harden (hamstring) is expected to be on a 24-25 minute limit upon his return, according to coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: If Harden goes through Wednesday practice without an issue, he will be probable to face the Wolves on Thursday. Harden suffered his injury on Dec. 31, and it's been mostly positive news since he went down. His return means Gerald Green takes a big hit while Eric Gordon moves to the bench. Wednesday, 1:31 pm
  • Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable
    Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is not feeling well on Wednesday and did not practice. With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also questionable, the Celtics could be thin at guard with Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown picking up some extra minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (right quad) out indefinitely
    The Spurs announced on Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be out for an indefinite period of time as he continues to rehab from right quadricep tendinopathy.

    Advice: "It hasn't responded the way we wanted it to," said coach Gregg Popovich. "You try to react to how he feels after the games he's played in a little bit. It just hasn't gone as well as we've wanted it to. So we're going to stop him for an indefinite period – I don't know how long that will be – to get more strength and hopefully get him back on the court." This is very concerning given he's only appeared in nine games this season, and Pop's quote seems to imply there's a chance he might not be back this season. Owners in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot have a tough decision to make. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • James Harden expected to play Thursday
    James Harden (hamstring) is expected to return to the court for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Assuming all goes well during Wednesday's practice, Harden should be able to get back to the court for Thursday night's game, which will queue Eric Gordon's return to the second unit. Gerald Green will also see a reduction in minutes with Harden back in action, so those that picked up Green during the hot streak should start perusing the waiver wire for other options. Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not play Wednesday vs. the Bucks, as expected.

    Advice: "He is feeling better. We did not get an MRI, it is just an ankle sprain at this point," said head coach Erik Spoelstra of Johnson. "We will continue to treat and evaluate him." It'll be interesting to see who Miami brings into the starting five with Johnson out, but Wayne Ellington figures to be the primary beneficiary here in terms of minutes. Johnson doesn't appear to be dealing with anything serious, but he could also miss Friday's game in Brooklyn with it being the first of a back-to-back set. Wednesday, 10:01 am
  • C.J. McCollum hits six triples in win
    C.J. McCollum hit 9-of-18 shots and 6-of-10 3-pointers for 27 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: The six triples tied his season high, as he did it previously on Nov. 5, and CJM's had it on cruise control all season, scoring in single figures just one time. He's returning solid fourth-round fantasy value this season, but he's on the rise, putting up his best numbers of the season in January. Tuesday, 9:53 pm
  • Devin Harris scores 16 points in 18 minutes
    Devin Harris came off the bench for 16 points, one assist and four 3-pointers on 5-of-11 shooting Tuesday, in just 18 minutes of action.

    Advice: J.J. Barea (groin) sat this one out, moving Yogi Ferrell to the bench and freeing up some room for Harris to work. This was Harris' best game in January, but he's only getting 18 minutes a night, which isn't enough for him to be owned in fantasy. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 25 in tough loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. hit 11-of-18 shots and 3-of-3 free throws for 25 points, two rebounds, five assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 105-102 loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: Smith helped lead a fourth-quarter comeback when Dallas outscored Denver 33-19, but came up just short. DSJ had a big three-point play near the end that cut the lead to one when he hit the free throw, but he also had a costly late turnover, as well. DSJ is playing very well right now, averaging 18.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five, and has hit 16-of-17 free throws in his last four. He's still learning how to play, but has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games. Make sure he's in your lineup if Dallas is playing. Tuesday, 8:43 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 28 with monster line
    Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: On top of all that, he also made all four of his free throws and didn't have a single turnover. After a slow start to the season, Butler has played like a premier NBA shooting guard and worked his way up to the No. 9 fantasy player according to Karl-Anthony Towns had a 15 & 12 double-double with three blocks, but the Wolves didn't get much out of Andrew Wiggins on a night Evan Fournier went crazy for the Magic. Tuesday, 6:49 pm
  • Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica ejected
    Arron Afflalo and Nemanja Bjelica were both ejected in the second quarter of Tuesday's game.

    Advice: Both players were chirping at each other for a few minutes, but Afflalo started swinging when the two were competing for a rebound. Afflalo is likely looking at a suspension, but he shouldn't be owned in fantasy leagues anyways. While he's out, Wes Iwundu and Mario Hezonja could pick up some extra minutes. Tuesday, 4:50 pm
  • Trevor Ariza was 'most aggressive' on Monday
    Trevor Ariza was reportedly the "most aggressive" member of the Rockets team during Monday's locker room incident with the Clippers.

    Advice: According to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski, Ariza was very determined to get into the Clippers' locker room, whereas James Harden and Chris Paul were reportedly trying to calm down the situation. A suspension will likely follow for at least one of these guys following Monday's madness, and this report from Woj indicates that Ariza could be the fall man. Tuesday, 4:01 pm
  • Troy Williams (knee) questionable Thursday
    Troy Williams (knee) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's a non-factor in the rotation so his playing status is irrelevant. Tuesday, 3:35 pm
  • James Harden (hamstring) questionable vs. MIN
    James Harden (hamstring) has been upgraded to questionable for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni said on Sunday that there was a chance Harden could make it back to the court for Thursday's game, although Monday's reported incident between the Clippers and the Rockets could complicate things. We're sure to get a few more updates on Harden leading up to Thursday's tip, but if he is able to get back out there, Eric Gordon would return to the bench and Gerald Green's value would take a hit. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 3:33 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (quad) not on the injury report
    Kawhi Leonard (quad) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Leonard also wasn't on the injury report on Monday but ended up being a late scratch, which was apparently due to his "return from injury management" program. He'll have had three full days off going into Wednesday's game, so he should be able to get out there barring a setback. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • No MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson (ankle)
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) will not be required to undergo an MRI, but he is doubtful to play Wednesday vs. Milwaukee.

    Advice: Johnson could miss a few games, but the fact that he's avoiding an MRI suggests he's not dealing with anything too serious. We should get official confirmation on his status following Wednesday's shootaround, and if he's out, Wayne Ellington could see heavy minutes as a starter. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 1:43 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    The Heat will likely be without Tyler Johnson (ankle) "for at least the short term," according to Heat reporter Tom D'Angelo.

    Advice: It was initially feared the Johnson had sustained a serious injury when he fell to the ground clutching his knee on Monday. However, Johnson is dealing with a sprained ankle. Coach Erik Spoelstra said everybody, including Johnson, was "relieved" when hearing the initial diagnoses. We should have a further update by Tuesday afternoon. If Johnson is unable to play Wednesday, Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson and Wayne Ellington would see an uptick in playing time. Tuesday, 8:56 am
  • Gerald Green involved in altercation
    Gerald Green joined Trevor Ariza and James Harden in a post-game altercation Monday, as the trio tried to force their way into the locker room of the Clippers looking to confront Austin Rivers.

    Advice: During the game, Green finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals while blocking a shot. He went 4-of-14 from the field while ending up 1-of-8 from behind the 3-point line. It's uncertain if he will face any sort of a fine or disciplinary action from the league for his part in the donnybrook, but we'll keep an eye on it and pass any breaking news along. Monday, 10:46 pm
  • James Harden involved in post-game fracas
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green reportedly pushed into the Clippers' locker room on Monday night looking to confront Austin Rivers, but security intervened before anything physical took place.

    Advice: It's uncertain if players will face fines or suspensions from the league as a result of the altercation, but we'll keep an eye on it closely. Head coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden could return from his hamstring injury Thursday or Saturday, but any kind of penalty from the league could delay his return. Stay tuned. The teams meet again Feb. 28. Monday, 10:43 pm
  • Eric Gordon bags three triples in L.A.
    Eric Gordon finished with 19 points over 34 minutes in Monday's 113-102 road loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Gordon also chipped in with four rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers while going 7-of-21 overall from the floor. He was able to extend his streak with two or more 3-pointers to 14 games dating back to Dec. 16, and he has at least one three in 26 straight contests dating back to Nov. 14. He'll continue to be one of the primary scoring options in H-Town while James Harden (hamstring) is on the shelf. Monday, 10:32 pm
  • Trevor Ariza rains in four treys in road loss
    Trevor Ariza ended up with 17 points, five rebounds, three steals and three turnovers in 34 minutes before being ejected on Monday.

    Advice: After the game Ariza, James Harden and Gerald Green pushed into the L.A. locker room to confront Austin Rivers, and they were escorted out by security before anything got physical. He has banged home four 3-pointers in three of his past four outings to make his fantasy owners happy, and he has picked up at least two steals in each of his past three contests. Ariza continues to be a valuable contributor in category-based leagues, with slightly lesser value in points-based formats. It's uncertain if any discipline is forthcoming after the dust-up after the game. Stay tuned. Monday, 10:20 pm
  • Darren Collison cools off in win over Jazz
    Darren Collison hit 3-of-5 shots for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two steals in Monday's 109-94 win over the Jazz.

    Advice: No, it wasn't as good as his 9-of-11 shooting performance on Friday when he scored 22 points with a fun stat line, but it wasn't all that bad either. Scoring is just one category, so don't let tonight's six points scare you away from Collison. He's the only point guard of choice in Indy and this game was a blowout. Monday, 8:38 pm
  • George Hill plays 24 minutes off the bench
    George Hill came off the bench for the first time this season on Monday vs. the Thunder, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, two triples and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Kings coach Dave Joerger said that he's going to rest two veterans in every game going forward, so Hill's fantasy owners should be expecting some DNPs. The Kings might be shopping him ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, so maybe a trade will improve his rest-of-season outlook. Moving his contract won't be easy, though. De'Aaron Fox is the PG you want to own in Sacramento. Monday, 8:05 pm
  • Dillon Brooks leads Memphis with 19 points
    Dillon Brooks hit 6-of-8 shots and 4-of-5 3-pointers for 19 points, four rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes of Monday's 123-114 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: That ties his season high in scoring, as he's had two other 19-point games this season, but they came early. He had scored a grand total of 15 points in his previous three games and doesn't get many rebounds, assists, blocks or steals. He belongs on waivers in most leagues, unless he's going to start scoring like this on a regular basis. Monday, 5:37 pm
  • Update: No MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson
    Updating a previous report, there is currently no MRI scheduled for Tyler Johnson (ankle).

    Advice: The Heat want to wait and see how he feels tomorrow morning before going through with the MRI, but the fact that they're even waiting to make that decision is a very positive sign. While he grabbed at his knee after the injury, after being examined in the locker room they determined he's dealing with a sprained left ankle, so it seems like he's avoided a serious injury. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game against the Bucks. Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard says he was rested on Monday
    Kawhi Leonard said the reason he didn't play on Monday was due to the Spurs' "return from injury management" program, and not due to a flare-up with the quad issue.

    Advice: The Spurs have been extremely cautious with Leonard this season, not allowing him to play unless he's had two full days off in between games, and that's apparently the reason why he sat out Monday's game (he logged 28 minutes on Saturday). Hopefully, this means we can expect to see him back on the court on Wednesday in Brooklyn, and owners can expect to get another update by Wednesday morning's shootaround at the latest. Monday, 3:28 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 22 points in loss
    Goran Dragic scored 22 points and hit 7-of-17 shots and 8-of-9 free throws in Monday's 119-111 loss to Chicago.

    Advice: The loss snapped a seven-game losing streak for Miami, but Dragic was terrific, notching nine assists and five rebounds before fouling out in 38 minutes. Tyler Johnson suffered an ankle injury and will undergo some tests on Tuesday, so Dragic may see an increased workload going forward. He's scored 20 or more points in four straight and will look to make it five on Wednesday vs. the Bucks. Monday, 3:28 pm
  • Tyler Johnson (ankle) headed for an MRI
    Tyler Johnson (ankle) is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

    Advice: Johnson was grabbing at his knee after the hard fall on Monday and needed to be carted off the court, but the Heat are simply calling this an ankle sprain, and we should get official confirmation on that diagnosis once the MRI results are made public. Miami plays in Milwaukee on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Johnson doubtful for that one. If he's out, Wayne Ellington could move into the starting group with Goran Dragic and Josh Richardson logging heavy minutes. Stay tuned. Monday, 3:15 pm
  • Courtney Lee sets franchise record Monday
    Courtney Lee hit his only free-throw attempt Monday in Brooklyn to tie the team's all-time mark for consecutive free throws made at 44, equaling the record set by Chris Duhon.

    Advice: Lee finished with 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting, including 1-of-2 from behind the arc, while chipping in with two assists, a rebound and a blocked shot. He is also working on a 14-game streak with at least one 3-pointer dating back to Dec. 18. Lee continues to be a decent fantasy asset in 9-cat leagues, particularly when Tim Hardaway Jr. is not on the court. Monday, 2:49 pm
  • Danny Green scores 11 in loss to Hawks
    Danny Green hit 4-of-7 shots and 3-of-6 3-pointers for 11 points, two rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes of Monday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Green has played in back-to-back games and played 10 more minutes tonight than he did on Saturday. Manu Ginobili went down (again) with a thigh injury today so Green could see a slightly bigger role going forward, assuming that he can stay healthy. He has been a bit of a nightmare to own, but he also has hit three 3-pointers in each of his last two games, and had at least a steal and block in each of them, which is why people still deal with him in fantasyland. Monday, 2:40 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (quad) out Monday vs. ATL
    Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This is the same quad issue that delayed Leonard's start to the season, and it's extremely concerning that it's become an issue again with how careful the Spurs have been with him (he's played in just nine games this season). The Spurs take on the Nets in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Leonard questionable for that one. With him unavailable tonight, Kyle Anderson will draw the start with LaMarcus Aldridge doing the heavy lifting on offense. Monday, 11:32 am
  • Troy Williams (knee) cleared to play Monday
    Troy Williams (knee) has been cleared to play Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Williams wasn't a part of the rotation prior to going down, so while he'll be available tonight, there are no guarantees he'll actually get out there. Monday, 11:23 am
  • Kawhi 'bothered' by quad, 50/50 to play
    Kawhi Leonard is "bothered" by his quad injury and is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He just can't catch a break and neither can his fantasy owners. His shoulder seemed fine in Saturday's game, but this quad injury has been an issue since the offseason. Don't be surprised if the Spurs hold him out in what should be an easy win. If he sits, Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans will step up with LaMarcus Aldridge carrying the offense. Monday, 10:53 am
  • C.J. McCollum gets 18 points w/ little else
    C.J. McCollum scored 18 points with three 3-pointers and one steal on Sunday, but he failed to record any rebounds, assists or blocks in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Portland lost their third game in a row tonight, leaving them one game above .500 for the season (22-21). They're tied with Denver for the No. 8 seed, with the surging Clippers just 1/2 game back, which should ensure guys like McCollum and Damian Lillard play huge minutes in the coming weeks. He's a prime bounce-back candidate with the Suns visiting Portland on Tuesday. Jan 14, 9:15 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits 3-of-10 shots for 10 points
    Courtney Lee went just 3-of-10 from the field during Sunday's overtime loss to the Pelicans, finishing with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lee suffered from some suffocating defense from Jrue Holiday, but he’s also just been less involved in the offense since Tim Hardaway Jr. returned to the court. In the two games since THJ has gotten back out there, Lee’s usage has dipped to 15.0, so it looks like his value will take a bit of a hit once Hardaway Jr. is fully up to speed. Jan 14, 4:02 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard not on the injury report Monday
    Kawhi Leonard is not being listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Leonard looked fine in his return to action on Saturday, and if he's able to play Monday, it'll be the first time this season he will have played in a game without having two nights off. Based on the current injury report, Rudy Gay (heel) will be the only Spur to hit the sidelines on MLK Day. Jan 14, 1:32 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 25 points with four treys
    Goran Dragic kept his hot streak alive on Sunday, scoring 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting to go with three rebounds, four 3-pointers, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dragon has really picked up his play over the past seven games with averages of 21.9 points, 2.1 triples, 6.9 dimes, 5.1 boards, 0.9 steals and 2.9 turnovers per contest on 45.6% shooting, which has been good enough for top-60 value in 9-cat leagues. He’s seen his usage rate spike to 28.8 and his assist percentage has jumped to 31.0 over that seven-game span, which has unsurprisingly coincided with a seven-game win-streak for Miami. He had a sluggish start to the season, but he looks primed for a strong second half, particularly with Dion Waiters done for the year. Jan 14, 12:42 pm
  • James Harden could play Thursday or Saturday
    Mike D'Antoni said that James Harden (hamstring) could return to the court for Thursday's game against the Timberwolves or Saturday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: It sounds like Harden will sit out Monday's game against the Clippers, but there's a good chance he'll be getting back out there next week, which could queue the end of Gerald Green's run as a fantasy relevant asset. Eric Gordon will return to the bench once Harden is able to get back out there, and Chris Paul's usage and assist rate will take a slight hit. Jan 14, 12:03 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. trending up
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. has been "earning his minutes" lately.

    Advice: "It's a very precise game, and when you have the ball that much you are going to be in situations where you have to make decisions and make plays -- and he's learning a lot about those kinds of things," Carlisle said. DSJ has played more than 30 minutes just five times since the start of December, but he's now done that three games in a row with averages of 19.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.6 triples in just under 35 minutes per game. His fantasy arrow is finally pointing straight up. Jan 14, 6:49 am
  • Popovich says Leonard surprised him
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was surprised that Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) was in such great shape on Saturday.

    Advice: "He's looking confident in his body," Popovich said. "He wasn't winded tonight, which surprised me. He's coming along well." Leonard has played in consecutive games only once and has not played on less than two days' rest, but he said he "needs to string some games together" and that he's remaining patient as he works his way back to 100 percent. Jan 14, 6:37 am
  • Danny Green hits three triples in return
    Danny Green (groin) was good for 11 points, including three 3-pointers, in his return to the lineup Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Green was able to hit 4-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5 from behind the 3-point line, as he did not exhibit any rust after a lengthy layoff. He was limited to 18 minutes, but that was more a result of the lopsided nature of the game and nothing to do with any limitations due to his injury. Eventually Bryn Forbes will see his playing time dry up once the team is involved in a close game. Jan 13, 8:33 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard continues to roll up steals
    Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) went for a team-high 19 points with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a blocked shot over 28 minutes Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Leonard was aggressive on the offensive end, getting to the free-throw line a season-high 11 times, converting nine attempts. He was not tentative in his return to action, and he picked up four steals, too. He has four or more thefts in four straight games, the longest stretch of his career. He was limited to 28 minutes, but that was more the result of the lopsided nature of the score and not due to any type of setback with his shoulder. Jan 13, 8:09 pm
  • George Hill scores just two points in 19 mins
    George Hill connected on just 1-of-4 shots on Saturday, finishing with two points, one rebound, four assists and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: This was an unfortunate step in the wrong direction following Thursday's 21-point outburst, and it wouldn't be shocking to see the 31-year-old's minutes start to dwindle as we approach the second half of the season. Hill has been consistently inconsistent this season, and he doesn't have much going for him in Sacramento, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him. Jan 13, 4:18 pm
  • Wesley Matthews scores 17 points w/ three 3s
    Wesley Matthews drained another three triples on Saturday, on his way to 17 points, four assists, one rebound and zero turnovers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Matthews has been rolling over the past few weeks, flirting with top-50 value in 9-cat leagues behind averages of 15.1 points, 3.4 dimes, 2.6 triples and just 0.7 turnovers per contest on 45.9% shooting from the field and 83.3% from the charity stripe. This is probably going to be the high water mark for Matthews this season, as his playing time could begin to dwindle after the All-Star break, so now would be good opportunity to try and sell-high on the 31-year-old swingman. Jan 13, 3:09 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 23 points in OT loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. earned a season-high 39 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers, tallying 23 points, two rebounds, three assists, one steal, three 3-pointers and three turnovers.

    Advice: Smith Jr. came out firing in this one, looking for his shot early and often while relentlessly attacking the rack, and he did a nice job defensively against Lonzo Ball which helped him stay on the floor. It’s been an up-and-down season for DSJ, as Rick Carlisle has made him have to earn everything, but this is his upside and he could be in for a strong second half to the season if he can keep playing like this. "I thought he earned the minutes," Rick Carlisle said after the game. "This is a game all of our young guys will learn from." Jan 13, 2:53 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 19 points in OT win
    Jordan Clarkson helped the Lakers to their fourth-straight win on Saturday, scoring 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three boards, four assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Clarkson caught fire down the stretch, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime while rocking a 30.4 usage rate, and there really wasn't anything the Mavs could do to stop him. The Lakers are reportedly looking to ship Clarkson out of Los Angeles, so he probably bumped up his trade stock a bit with his clutch performance. In terms of fantasy hoops, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for Clarkson, as his minutes have been sporadic with the Lakers this season. Jan 13, 2:43 pm
  • Gerald Green has ugly shooting performance
    Gerald Green finished with 12 points over 34 minutes in Friday's 112-95 road victory against the Suns.

    Advice: Green's point total wasn't bad, but he was just 3-of-14 from the field, including 1-of-9 from behind the 3-point line. He helped himself with a 5-of-5 night at the free-throw stripe. He'll continue to have some fantasy appeal with added minutes until James Harden (hamstring) is healthy enough to make his way back. Jan 12, 11:03 pm
  • Eric Gordon has disastrous shooting night
    Eric Gordon ended up shooting 5-of-19 from the field, including 2-of-12 from behind the 3-point line, finishing with 14 points over 29 minutes Friday in Phoenix.

    Advice: It was Gordon's worst shooting night since a 2-of-12 night in Utah back on Dec. 7. He was still able to extend his streak with two or more 3-pointers to 13 straight outings, and he has at least one triple in 25 straight outings dating back to Nov. 14. He'll continue jacking up shots and will be a secondary or tertiary scoring option behind Chris Paul until James Harden (hamstring) is able to return to the lineup. Jan 12, 11:01 pm
  • Fours wild for C.J. McCollum in NOLA
    C.J. McCollum finished with 23 points Friday in New Orleans, hitting four 3-pointers while adding four assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: McCollum shot 40.0 percent from behind the arc, banging home 4-of-10, and he added a steal and a blocked shot over his 36 minutes. He was one of four Portland starters to tally at least two triples on the evening. McCollum will look to match a season-high streak of six in a row with 20 or more points when his team plays Sunday night in the Twin Cities against the Timberwolves. Jan 12, 9:22 pm
  • Jimmy Butler cools off w/ 13 points
    Jimmy Butler cooled off on Friday vs. the Knicks, hitting 6-of-12 shots for 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, one block, three steals and one triple in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He's been remarkably consistent and this was just his fourth game under 20 points since the beginning of December. The Wolves have been on another level defensively and held each of their last seven opponents below 100 points before tonight. "Now we're taking pride in our defense," Butler said. "We're taking it personal with matchups. I like to see that." The Wolves are 11 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2003-04 season and the strong play of Karl-Anthony Towns and Butler is the reason why. Jan 12, 8:43 pm
  • Darren Collison efficient from field in win
    Darren Collison was a solid 9-of-11 from the field in Friday's 97-95 win against Cleveland, finishing with a team-high 22 points.

    Advice: Collison also contributed four assists, two steals and two rebounds while adding a 3-pointer, and he was best among all Indiana starters with a plus-8 rating. It was a nice bounce-back game after his seven-point stinker against Miami on Wednesday. The 22 points are his most since he dropped 30 in Chicago on Dec. 29. He'll face a favorable matchup on the road against Phoenix on Sunday, as the Suns allow an NBA-worst 112.1 PPG. Jan 12, 7:41 pm
  • Rodney Hood tweaks ankle in loss to CHA
    Rodney Hood tweaked his left ankle on Friday vs. the Hornets, but returned and scored 15 points with one rebound, one assist and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He briefly went to the locker room, but the Jazz diagnosed him with a "mild left ankle sprain" and he seemed fine the rest of the evening. Hood hit 4-of-13 shots in the loss and can't seem to snap out of his slump, as he's now averaging 10.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 triples on 33.9% shooting over his last five games. If there's a hot free agent available, we wouldn't blame you for moving on. Jan 12, 6:57 pm
  • Heat confirm that Waiters will have surgery
    The Heat confirmed that Dion Waiters will undergo surgery on his ankle "at a time to be determined in the near future."

    Advice: The Heat did not provide a timetable, but the surgery will end his season according to Yahoo's Shams Charania. Waiters is expected to make a full recovery, but it's officially safe to drop him in re-draft formats. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson all benefit from a fantasy perspective with this news. Jan 12, 6:00 pm
  • Danny Green (groin) is questionable
    Danny Green (groin) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was questionable to face the Lakers on Thursday, but he was ruled out several hours before tip-off and has now missed five games in a row. Bryn Forbes will continue to be an option in deeper leagues for his 3-point shooting if Green can't go. Jan 12, 3:39 pm
  • Troy Williams (knee) out Friday vs. Phoenix
    Troy Williams (knee) will not play Friday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He's a non-factor in the rotation, so there's no fantasy spin to this report. Jan 12, 11:20 am
  • George Hill returns in style with 21 points
    George Hill returned from a two-game absence due to the birth of his child and hit 5-of-13 shots, a 3-pointer and 10-of-13 free throws for 21 points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block in a 121-115 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Hill missed a couple big free throws and didn't shoot it well (1-of-6 from downtown), but played well, especially in the second half when he scored 15 points. He might have been dropped in your league while he was at home, and while De'Aaron Fox is coming on, Hill is still going to play a lot of minutes beside the rookie. He's only played well in spurts this season, so he's not a must-own player, but if you need a point guard, Hill is worth a look if available, especially with Frank Mason (heel) out for several weeks. Jan 11, 9:46 pm
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