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  • Julius Randle scores 14 points in 29 minutes
    Julius Randle scored 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one block and two steals in 29 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings were feeding Zach Randolph and that helps explain why Randle saw more run. Coach Luke Walton said he wanted to pick up the pace with Randle against Z-Bo and Brook Lopez got burned in the first quarter. While we did expect Randle to play some more power forward after Larry Nance Jr. (hand) went down, it didn't really happen. In the last 11 games, Randle played just 16 minutes next to Brook Lopez and 243 minutes without him. Randle may not take a hit with Nance back next week. 59 minutes ago
  • Harrison Barnes hits game-winning J at buzzer
    Harrison Barnes hit a 30-foot jumper at the buzzer to win 95-94 at Memphis on Wednesday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, one assist and that 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's Harry B's first game-winning shot at the buzzer in his career (video in link below). Barnes is starting to trend up as a scorer with more attempts from the line, big minutes and also the Mavs playing in closer games. The Mavs are still dead last in the Western Conference and they'll get the Thunder and Spurs in their next two, so hopefully they can keep it close again after this win and the OT loss to the Celtics on Monday. Today, 10:36 pm
  • Vince Carter returns vs. Lakers on Wednesday
    Vince Carter (kidney stones) played nine minutes on Wednesday, finishing with two points, one rebound and one block.

    Advice: VC wound up missing seven games, but his return doesn't have a clear fantasy impact -- Sacramento's rotations are already chaotic, and Carter hasn't played more than 18 minutes in a game all season. It's nice to see him healthy, though. Today, 10:20 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein scores season-high 26 pts
    Willie Cauley-Stein scored a season-high 26 points on Wednesday, making 10-of-14 FGs and 6-of-8 FTs with six rebounds, two steals and one assist in 28 minutes.

    Advice: WCS's previous season-high of 22 points came last Friday and he's trending up in a hurry, to the delight of owners who've stuck with him despite the early-season struggles. The Lakers didn't have an answer for him down low tonight, with all of his makes coming in the restricted area, and it was nice to see him attacking that weakness. Cauley-Stein's next dud could be right around the corner, but this is a timely reminder of his upside -- don't hesitate to grab him if you still can. Today, 10:19 pm
  • Nerlens Noel scores two points
    Nerlens Noel scored two points in four minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: Hey, at least he didn't play only in garbage time, which has been the case in the last week and change. Salah Mejri has cooled off as far as making an impact goes, but Noel is still behind him for now. Maybe he gets a chance to play at some point, but it's really hard to stash him in 12-team leagues. It'll likely be a by-committee approach at center until late in the season. Today, 10:19 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores eight points
    JaMychal Green scored eight points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes during a 95-94 loss to the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He almost had a game-winning putback dunk with 0.5 seconds left in this game, but Harrison Barnes had a 3-pointer go down on the other end. Green is coming off a 34-minute game on Monday and he should be able to get minutes around 30, especially if Brandan Wright (groin) is out for an extended period of time. Green is worth owning in standard leagues. Today, 10:10 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 11 in another start
    Chandler Parsons scored 11 points with one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: With JaMychal Green healthy, the Grizzlies shifted Parsons over to being more of a three, and he’s logging almost all of his minutes with the key first unit guys — he played 46 of 49 minutes next to Marc Gasol in the previous two. Parsons is playing 24 minutes per game as a starter and maybe he'll play in both ends of a back-to-back on Dec. 1 and 2. He's worth a look in standard leagues and could trend up in a month or so. Today, 10:07 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 18 points in 30 minutes
    Tyreke Evans scored 18 points with nine rebounds, seven assists, one block, two steals, two 3-pointers and six turnovers in 30 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: The turnovers were a problem, but he was efficient again with his 7-of-13 shooting line. Evans continues to get plenty of backup point guard minutes and he played next to Mario Chalmers for 41 of his 89 minutes over the previous three games. If he can stay heathy, he could be in for a career year as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. Today, 10:01 pm
  • Deyonta Davis scores 14 points in loss
    Deyonta Davis scored a season-high 14 points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 15 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did some damage early and he's shown he can block some shots just like he did in college. On Monday, he did play all of the backup center minutes in the last game and even played five minutes next to Marc Gasol -- he did play next to him again tonight. Davis could have value in very deep leagues for his upside in blocks. Today, 9:57 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 29 points with 11 boards
    Anthony Davis made 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points during a 107-90 win over the Spurs on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's been ridiculous from an efficiency standpoint. According to Synergy, he comes in at 95th percentile for points per possession, and he even rates very well off passes thanks to keeping his turnovers so low. Davis is up to 56.5 percent from the field and 79.9 percent from the line with his 26-11 averages in points and boards. As everyone knows, he just needs to stay healthy. Today, 9:52 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores efficient 23 points
    Utah rolled past the Bulls on Wednesday, 110-80, led by Derrick Favors' 23 points on 8-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Favors said afterward that he's trying to be more aggressive offensively, and it paid off nicely tonight with Utah's second win in their past five games -- including Utah's biggest margin of victory all season. The quality of the competition had a lot to do with the score, but Favors did look particularly good in pick-and-rolls tonight. He's paying off nicely for owners who grabbed him when Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. Today, 9:39 pm
  • Bobby Portis plays well in lopsided defeat
    Bobby Portis came off the bench for 14 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block on Wednesday, making 5-of-11 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls looked lifeless all game long, with tired legs in the second of consecutive road games, which made Portis' energy stand out even more. The playing time was higher than usual because of garbage time, as well as an illness that helped limit Lauri Markkanen to just 24 minutes, so he'll likely be back in the 18-22 range on Friday. Today, 9:38 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (illness) shoots 1-of-9 Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (illness) scored just three points on 1-of-9 shooting vs. Utah on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds without any assists or defensive stats in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said that Markkanen was been battling an illness lately, which helps explain his poor play tonight. That said, the rookie is now a combined 9-of-30 from the field in the second half of back-to-back sets, so exhaustion could be a factor there. Chicago continues to say they'll play him 30-32 minutes per game, fortunately, and he'll get a day to rest before playing Golden State on Friday. Today, 9:37 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 12 points
    Kyle Anderson scored 12 points with five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and two turnovers during a 107-90 loss to the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Before the game, coach Gregg Popovich spoke about how he wants to play Anderson once Kawhi Leonard (quad) comes back. "When Kawhi does come back, I’ve got some figuring out to do. [Anderson] should still be on the court, somehow or another," Pop said. We have seen this movie before with Pop saying he wanted to play him at multiple spots a couple years ago, but Slo-Mo has been good this year. He should still trend down at some point next month, assuming Kawhi comes back. Today, 9:31 pm
  • Tony Snell plays 22 minutes off bench
    Tony Snell moved to the bench on Wednesday vs. the Suns and played 22 minutes with four points, one rebound, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Snell started all 16 previous games for the Bucks, but averaged a mere 9.1 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.8 steals and 2.0 treys despite seeing over 32 minutes per outing. The Bucks made several lineup changes with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) sitting this one out, but regardless of whether or not he starts, Snell is a low-end fantasy asset at best. Today, 9:16 pm
  • Tony Snell will come off the bench Wednesday
    Tony Snell will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Snell should still be able to flirt with close to 30 minutes tonight with Giannis Anteotkounmpo (knee) on the sidelines, but he can't be considered anything more than a 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Today, 4:44 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen pulls down 14 boards
    Lauri Markkanen grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds on Tuesday vs. the Lakers, adding 13 points, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The counting stats were nice, but the rookie hit just 4-of-17 shots and 3-of-4 free throws. Hopefully this game will go down as an outlier, as he was shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 81.1 percent from the line prior to Tuesday. Coach Fred Hoiberg said Markkanen will keep his starting role once Nikola Mirotic (face) comes back, so his owners have nothing to worry about for the time being. Yesterday, 10:58 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles vs. Bulls
    Julius Randle double-doubled vs. the Bulls on Tuesday with 10 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton credited Randle after the game for changing the energy and effort level as the Lakers were able to climb their way back from a 19-point deficit. His defense has really improved this season, as his opponents are shooting less than 29 percent and committing turnovers more than 17 percent of the time when going one-on-one against him. Unfortunately for Randle, the frontcourt in Los Angeles is going to be really crowded again soon with Larry Nance (hand) due back next week. Yesterday, 10:37 pm
  • Vince Carter (illness) practices Tuesday
    Vince Carter (illness) practiced on Tuesday and said he was "ready to get back on the court."

    Advice: Carter has missed each of the Kings last seven games due to complications from kidney stones. However, it appears he will make his return Wednesday when the Kings host the Lakers. Buddy Hield (ankle) was also able to practice on Tuesday. If both Carter and Hield return on Wednesday, they'll cut into the playing time of Garrett Temple, George Hill, and Bogdan Bogdanovic Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Harrison Barnes matches season-high 31 points
    Harrison Barnes matched his season-high of 31 points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: Barnes has really blossomed into a star since the Warriors replaced him with Kevin Durant, and this is already his eighth game of the season with 20+ points. He hit 10-of-21 shots and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the line, adding six rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer. Barnes and Dennis Smith Jr. will continue to be the only trustworthy players in Dallas moving forward. Monday, 9:42 pm
  • Kyle Anderson double-doubles in win
    Kyle Anderson played 30 minutes and hit 5-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, six rebounds, a career-high 10 assists and a block in Monday's win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He's averaging 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks and is shooting 56 percent over his last five games. If you're done waiting for Rudy Gay (13 minutes), you might as well pick up the guy who's currently ruining him - Mr. Anderson. Monday, 9:28 pm
  • Tyreke Evans stays hot, scores 20
    Tyreke Evans played through a shoulder injury on Monday and hit 7-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 20 points, three rebounds, three assists and a block.

    Advice: Evans has had a really nice season, despite disappearing on Saturday, and it still feels like the sell-high window is wide open. There's a chance he could keep this up all season, but there's probably a better chance he ends up in street clothes with an injury at some point before Christmas. Monday, 8:33 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores six in 24 minutes
    Chandler Parsons played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-8 shots for six points, two rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers in a loss to Portland on Monday.

    Advice: Parsons has now quietly played in six straight games and while he's not exactly killing it, he's someone to keep a close eye on. Now that he's getting regular minutes and not missing games, he has the potential to get hot and start contributing for the Grizzlies. Monday, 8:23 pm
  • JaMychal Green scores 11 points in loss
    JaMychal Green played 34 minutes and hit 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's 100-92 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Green has yet to blow up since his return from an ankle injury, but the potential is certainly there. The minutes were there tonight and it should only be a matter of time before he's flirting with double-doubles on a regular basis. He should be owned in most leagues at this point. Monday, 8:17 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores 36 in win over OKC
    Anthony Davis played through his facial injury on Monday and hit 9-of-19 shots and 18-of-22 free throws for 36 points, 15 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in a tough win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He also had a season-high seven turnovers, which was a bit fluky since his previous season high was just five of them. This was his best game since October and he'll try to keep it going against the Spurs on Wednesday. Monday, 8:05 pm
  • Derrick Favors back to earth on Monday
    Derrick Favors hit 3-of-8 shots for nine points, seven rebounds and a block in Monday's 107-86 loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Favors had to deal with The Process tonight and was a far cry from the guy who posted 25 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-12 shooting on Saturday. Favors is still worth owning as long as Rudy Gobert is out, despite the inconsistency. Monday, 6:39 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (shoulder) will play on Monday
    Tyreke Evans (right shoulder) will play Monday vs. Portland.

    Advice: Aside from Saturday's seven-point stinker, Evans has been tearing it up lately, and he should be able to get things back on track tonight with a matchup against the Trail Blazers. He's been a focal point of the offense with Mike Conley (Achilles) on the sidelines, boasting a team-high 29.4 usage per nbawowy, so feel free to get him active. Monday, 3:46 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions
    Anthony Davis (face) has no restrictions on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was cleared of the concussion protocol over the weekend and is merely dealing with a sore right eye. Get him in your lineups and check back after the game to see how he fares. Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Vince Carter (kidney stones) out Monday
    Vince Carter (illness) will miss Monday's matchup with the Nuggets.

    Advice: This will be Carter's seventh consecutive game on the sidelines due to kidney stones, and the Kings haven't given any clues as to when we can expect him back. Buddy Hield (ankle) will also be missing tonight's game, so Bogdan Bogdanovic should be able to get close to 30 minutes of floor time. Monday, 11:32 am
  • Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) will play on Monday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He was originally listed as probable after clearing the concussion protocol over the weekend and said he's feeling good. Davis has cooled off a bit in November after a phenomenal start to the season, but he's easily a top-10 fantasy option every time he's active. Monday, 9:00 am
  • Julius Randle gets 24/7/5, hits 11-of-18 FGs
    Julius Randle lit up the Nuggets on Sunday for a season-high 24 points on 11-of-18 shooting, hitting one 3-pointer with seven rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Randle played 32 minutes, after logging just 16 minutes vs. Phoenix on Friday, and after the game coach Luke Walton said, "When [Randle] plays like he did tonight, he's as good as anyone in this league]." Nikola Jokic (ejection) and Paul Millsap (wrist) were both out after halftime tonight, and Randle deserves credit for taking advantage of the situation, but we're skeptical since Kyle Kuzma is playing well at PF and Larry Nance (hand) is due back soon. Sunday, 9:46 pm
  • Bulls lose despite Lauri Markkanen's 26 & 13
    Lauri Markkanen was terrific vs. Phoenix on Sunday, hitting 10-of-18 shots with four 3-pointers for 26 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' prized rookie has been an amazing value for fantasy owners, coming in with averages of 14.8 points, 2.5 triples, 7.6 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 1.3 turnovers. He's shot 82.4% from the line, which has made up for 43.7% from the field, and the sky is the limit if tonight's efficiency becomes a trend. Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (shoulder) questionable Monday
    Tyreke Evans (right shoulder) is listed as 'questionable' for Monday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Injuries have been a theme of Evans' career over the past few seasons, but fortunately this doesn't sound serious -- it could also explain his relatively quiet game on Saturday, when he scored just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes. We'll know more after Monday's shootaround, so check for updates in the afternoon. Sunday, 2:59 pm
  • Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday
    Anthony Davis (face) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Davis was in the concussion protocol after taking a shot to the head on Friday, but he has been cleared of the concussion diagnosis and is simply dealing with a facial contusion. His fantasy owners dodged a bullet and can go ahead and pencil him into active lineups. Sunday, 9:13 am
  • Chandler Parsons scores team-high 17
    Chandler Parsons hit 7-of-9 from the field while finishing with a team-high 17 points in Saturday's loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Parsons added two rebounds and an assist while hitting 1-of-2 from behind the arc. He was a complete disaster last season in his first year with Memphis, averaging a career-low 6.2 PPG and 2.5 PPG across 34 games. He has been showing signs of life lately, posting double-digit point totals in three of his past four while hitting a 3-pointer in a season-best five in a row. Parsons still has work to do, but fantasy owners in standard leagues can trust him again. Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • JaMychal Green efficient from the field
    JaMychal Green finished with 15 points, six rebounds and a pair of 3-pointers in Saturday's victory against the Rockets.

    Advice: Green was a very efficient 6-of-8 from the field, including 2-of-2 from behind the arc, and he didn't turn the ball over once. He played a little more in his second game back from an ankle injury, as he was limited to 17 minutes in Wednesday's outing. With Mike Conley (Achilles) sidelined, Green has a golden opportunity to work with the first unit. He is a must-have in all fantasy leagues of 12 or more teams. Saturday, 7:50 pm
  • Deyonta Davis settles in to new role
    Deyonta Davis finished with three points and three rebounds across nine minutes in Saturday's loss against the Rockets.

    Advice: Davis moved up to backup center duties in Grind City once Brandon Wright checked out due to a right groin injury. Davis has some upside if you're looking for blocks. While his overall night wasn't particularly attractive, especially a 1-of-5 shooting performance, he should be in the rotation if Wright is forced to miss time. Saturday, 7:47 pm
  • Derrick Favors busts out with 25 and 11
    Derrick Favors made 10-of-12 from the field and all five free throws for a season-high 25 points with 11 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: Besides the awesome stat line, this was probably the best Favors has looked all year. He was battling for position down low and he is establishing a nice rapport with Donovan Mitchell -- the guard threw one off the glass to feed Favors for a dunk. He is easily a beneficiary from the Rudy Gobert (knee) and things are looking up now that he looks spry again. He could be a sell-high player, but there's a good chance Favors cruises in the next month. Saturday, 7:22 pm
  • Rio, Brooks, Parsons, J-Myke & Gasol starting
    Chandler Parsons will start on Saturday night and James Ennis will move to the bench.

    Advice: Parsons will join Mario Chalmers, Dillon Brooks, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol in the first unit. Parsons has played a lot of power forward, but coach David Fizdale will shift him to the three today in a revenge game. Parsons was up to 25 minutes in the last game and he could be closer to 27 today. He's playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Vince Carter (illness) will not play Saturday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play Saturday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This will be the sixth straight game Carter has missed due to his kidney stones issue. Buddy Hield (ankle) has also been ruled out on Saturday. Garrett Temple, George Hill, and Bogdan Bogdanovic will be the biggest beneficiaries in terms of playing time. Saturday, 9:34 am
  • Willie Cauley-Stein breaks out with 22 and 10
    Willie Cauley-Stein thrived in his role off the bench during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday, scoring a season-high 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was awesome as the Kings had their best defensive effort with a season-low 82 points allowed. Cauley-Stein did show some flashes in the game against Joel Embiid on Nov. 9, but he fell off a cliff in the previous three with a combined 17 points. On paper and based on how most bad teams treat their young guys, Cauley-Stein should be in a position to succeed. Of course, this all depends on coach Dave Joerger sticking with a consistent rotation. Cauley-Stein kind of has to be added in standard leagues after this game in a big win at home. Friday, 10:21 pm
  • Harrison Barnes good for 18 points
    Harrison Barnes finished with 18 points and six rebounds in Friday's embarrassing home 111-87 loss against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: The Mavericks actually held a 55-43 lead at halftime but then were steamrolled in the second half, including being outscored 37-15 in the final quarter. Barnes still had a pretty solid stat line for fantasy owners, hitting 6-of-16 from the floor while turning it over just once. He and his teammates won't have long to atone, as they welcome the Bucks on Saturday night. Friday, 9:57 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played six garbage-time minutes with two points and two rebounds against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: He did not check in until 5:35 was left in the fourth with the game basically out of reach. Salah Mejri is clearly outplaying Nerlens Noel and the Mavs really don't have much interest in playing the former 76er. It's really hard to sign off on stashing a guy that is going to be a free agent after this year, so he's really just a luxury stash for those doing well. For the second year in a row, he probably needs a trade to save his value. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers a concussion Friday
    Anthony Davis suffered a concussion on Friday vs. the Nuggets and will not return.

    Advice: His night finished with 17 points (7-of-11 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 21 minutes. We don't know the severity quite yet and the timetables for concussions can vary quite a bit, so it's too early to speculate on how much time he will miss. Coach Alvin Gentry loves Dante Cunningham for some reason, but it's possible he turns to Cheick Diallo if Davis misses time. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Anthony Davis (head) goes to locker room
    Anthony Davis went to the locker room on Friday vs. the Nuggets after colliding heads with Nikola Jokic. Friday, 8:59 pm
  • Vince Carter is out again for Friday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play on Friday against the Blazers.

    Advice: The kidney stones issue will keep him out for over a week and hopefully he's doing well. Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and George Hill could play slightly more, but the rotation is a total mess. Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Julius Randle gets blocked five times
    Julius Randle made 2-of-12 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal, three turnovers and six fouls in 30 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The poor shooting line was not because he was missing with five blocks against tonight. He did not enjoy his time against Joel Embiid and was blocked by The Process three times tonight -- Richaun Holmes and Amir Johnson also got him once each. Randle is still doing damage with his role as the backup center, so he's still a hold in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:45 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plays well in blowout
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) finished Wednesday's road loss with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, two steals, one block and zero turnovers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He briefly exited after falling on his back tonight, which was concerning because he had a back injury in the preseason, but he looked fine after returning. The Bulls are obviously keen to develop Markkanen, and his owners got good news before the game -- coach Fred Hoiberg confirmed the rookie will continue to start at PF even when (or if) Nikola Mirotic returns to action for Chicago. Wednesday, 10:05 pm
  • Bobby Portis plays 20 minutes off bench
    Bobby Portis logged 20 minutes off the bench vs. OKC, finishing with five points on 2-of-8 shooting, nine rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Portis has been very good since returning from injury, but he was bound to cool off -- after all, he came in ranked sixth in PER behind Porzingis, Harden, AD, LeBron and Giannis. He was still productive on a per-minute basis tonight, and the block was his first of the season, but hopefully his playing time will increase vs. Charlotte on Friday. Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Anthony Davis scores just 19 points
    Anthony Davis scored 19 points with five rebounds, one assist, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes during a 125-116 loss to the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he hasn't hit 20 points in three of his last four despite playing 34 minutes in each. He was actually good efficiency wise in all of those, but the usage was the problem with his usage rate ranging from 17.8 to 21.7 in this four-game cold streak. Before this, he was below 22 in just one game, but there's still little reason to be worried. AD is a monster this year and he won't need a 30 usage rate to be fantasy's top player if healthy. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Chandler Parsons logs season-high 25 minutes
    Chandler Parsons logged a season-high 25 minutes on Wednesday, going 5-of-7 from the field with three 3-pointers for 13 points.

    Advice: Parsons added three rebounds and two assists. The playing time could indicate that Memphis is loosening his minute restriction, but they might also have felt comfortable giving him extra burn since they're off until Saturday. Until he can consistently get minutes in the high 20s, it'll be hard for Parsons to tempt 12-team owners. Wednesday, 8:30 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) logs 17 minutes
    JaMychal Green (ankle) started in his return on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with eight points, three rebounds and three turnovers.

    Advice: Green was on a minute-limit tonight, predictably, but it should be lifted sooner rather than later -- David Fizdale has suggested that Memphis won't be excessively cautious. One of Green's makes was a 3-pointer and it looks like he has the green light from distance, which is worth noting. Now's the time to grab him if you need a PF with top-100 potential. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Tyreke Evans keeps rolling in tough defeat
    Tyreke Evans posted 18 points (6-of-15 FGs, 5-of-7 FTs), nine assists, six rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: David Fizdale has considered starting Tyreke, but doesn't want to play him too many minutes and prefers to have him fresh to close games. He reportedly played Evans "more minutes than recommended on Monday," so there's obviously some loose minute-limit in place, but it hasn't stopped Evans from getting top-40 value in November. Wednesday, 8:27 pm
  • Derrick Favors gets 10 reb, 5 ast, 3 blk
    Derrick Favors made 3-of-11 shots for six points on Wednesday, adding 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Rudy Gobert (knee) will be re-evaluated in about a month, until which time Favors will be tasked with holding down the frontcourt. The expanded opportunity made him a red-hot fantasy pickup, and games like this help justify the decision -- he even came within two assists of his previous career-high. Wednesday, 7:31 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein quiet again in 21 minutes
    Willie Cauley-Stein had another forgettable game on Wednesday with six points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Dewayne Dedmon ate Cauley-Stein's lunch and made him pay for it tonight. The result was an early seat for the Kings' starting center. He hasn't played more than 24 minutes since Oct. 26, and it's anyone's guess when coach Dave Joerger will turn his young guys loose. Cauley-Stein's fantasy owners are justifiably exasperated, but he has too much potential to cut outright in most formats. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • JaMychal Green to start, play around 18 mins
    JaMychal Green (ankle) will start and is expected to play around 18 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale has said he's expected to bring Green along faster than most injured players, so he may not have a minutes cap for long. With Mike Conley (Achilles) out, Green should have a bigger opportunity to score in the first unit. He should be owned in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:37 pm
  • Vince Carter out again for Wednesday
    Vince Carter (illness) will not play against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been out since Thursday because of kidney stones, so hopefully he's doing well. Buddy Hield has picked it up since Carter has missed time while Justin Jackson, Malachi Richardson and Bogdan Bogdanovic should play slightly more. Wednesday, 1:45 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) will start Wednesday vs. the Thunder, as expected.

    Advice: Markkanen exited Saturday's game with an ankle injury and did not practice on Monday, but the plan was always to have him back in action on Wednesday night. Fred Hoiberg did say that he'd be monitoring Markkanen's minutes tonight, so he's a somewhat risky DFS target, while the potentially limited minutes for the rookie increases Bobby Portis' appeal. Wednesday, 10:06 am
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) expected to start Weds
    JaMychal Green (ankle) is expected to start Wednesday vs. the Pacers, but he will be working with a minutes limit.

    Advice: Green hasn't played since the season opener, so it would be surprising if he played much more than 20 minutes tonight, making him an unattractive option on an 11-game Wednesday night. Jarell Martin will head back to the bench with Green back in action, and he might get bumped from the rotation entirely once Green is fully up to speed. Wednesday, 9:19 am
  • Nerlens Noel plays five minutes vs. the Spurs
    Nerlens Noel played five minutes vs. the Spurs on Tuesday with one rebound and one turnover.

    Advice: It's hard to make an impression in five minutes, but coach Rick Carlisle opted to go back to Salah Mejri after halftime at the expense of Noel. He's now played 13 total minutes over his last four games and is just a luxury stash at this point if your team is doing well in the standings. Tuesday, 8:37 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) will return Wednesday
    JaMychal Green (ankle) will play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Green sprained his left ankle on opening and has been sidelined since. Jarell Martin has been starting at power forward in place of Green but is averaging just 5.0 points (on 39.4 percent shooting) and 4.2 rebounds in 20.8 minutes. Once coach David Fizdale addresses the media, we'll find out if Green will be inserted into the starting lineup immediately. Either way, Martin belongs on waivers in all fantasy formats. Green averaged 8.9 points, 0.7 threes, 7.0 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.4 blocks, all with solid percentages last season. Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) plans to play Wed
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) said he plans to play Wednesday vs. OKC.

    Advice: Markkanen tweaked his ankle on Saturday vs. the Spurs and was unable to return to the game. He sat out practice on Tuesday but reportedly was only dealing with "minimal swelling." Markkanen has exceeded expectations early on this season. He's averaging 14.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 treys in 30.5 minutes over the first 11 games of his NBA career. Tuesday, 9:29 am
  • Julius Randle plays just 19 minutes
    Julius Randle scored eight points with eight rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Suns on Monday.

    Advice: After logging at least 21 minutes in each of his last three, Randle saw his playing time drop a tad in this win. He hasn't even played a minute next to Brook Lopez in the last five games and he's only played 15 minutes next to Andrew Bogut in that span, so coach Luke Walton hasn't really adjusted Randle's role after the Larry Nance (hand) injury. He's still a fine hold in standard leagues. Nov 13, 9:15 pm
  • Derrick Favors posts 9-10-1 line in loss
    Derrick Favors hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, 10 rebounds and one block in 27 minutes of Monday's loss to Minnesota.

    Advice: He's starting at center for Rudy Gobert and should flourish for the next two months. He didn't blow anyone's socks off, but a near double-double with a block works, and he should be owned everywhere given Gobert's injury. Nov 13, 8:28 pm
  • Tyreke Evans scores 27 points in loss to MIL
    Tyreke Evans notched 27 points in 33 minutes in Monday's 110-103 loss to the Bucks, shooting 11-of-16 from the field and knocking down a pair of free throws.

    Advice: Evans has now scored 20+ points off the bench in six straight games and shot at least 45 percent from the field in that span, becoming the first player to do that since Hall of Famer Sarunas Marciulionis in 1992. He's easily been one of the biggest surprises of the season and is currently rolling with third-round value in standard 9-category leagues. He added six rebounds, three assists and three triples and will look to stay hot against the Pacers on Wednesday. Nov 13, 8:28 pm
  • Anthony Davis plays through back scare
    Anthony Davis played through an apparent back injury on Monday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 13 points, 10 rebounds, seven dimes, two steals and four blocks in 38 minutes of a 106-105 win over the Hawks.

    Advice: He slipped on a mop and appeared to tweak his back, but stayed on the court. The 13 points were easily a season low for a full night of work, although he also had a two-point game when he played just five minutes on Oct. 24. He's always an injury risk but he's been able to stay on the court for all but two games early in the season, so now we just have to hope his back feels good when he wakes up in the morning. He should be fine.. Nov 13, 7:53 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein takes 12 shots in loss
    Willie Cauley-Stein hit just 3-of-12 shots for six points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 23 minutes of Monday's 110-92 loss to the Wizards.

    Advice: That's the most shots WCS has taken this season since he shot it 15 times in the first game of the season. Maybe he'll start shooting it more going forward and if he would have hit some more of the ones he took tonight, his line would look a lot better. WCS is still a guy owners should be stashing, especially with the Kings going four times this week. Nov 13, 6:21 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) out Monday vs. MIL
    JaMychal Green (ankle) will not play Monday vs. Milwaukee, as expected.

    Advice: Green was doubtful heading into this one, but that was the first time he had received a designation other than "out," so he does appear to be getting close. His next opportunity to play will come Wednesday vs. Indiana, and for now, we'll be considering him questionable for that one. Jarell Martin (knee) will likely be earning another start tonight with Chandler Parsons backing him up at the four-spot. Nov 13, 4:03 pm
  • Derrick Favors ready to step up sans Gobert
    Derrick Favors said he's "excited" to step into a larger role for the Jazz while Rudy Gobert (knee) is sidelined.

    Advice: "I’m excited about it: It’s a new challenge for me," Favors said. "I get to be a big part of the offense now, and a big part of the defense too. It’s a big responsibility, but I’m ready for it." Favors posted a 24-point, 12-board double-double through 36 minutes as the starting center on Saturday, so he's obviously going to be the primary beneficiary of Gobert's absence. Thabo Sefolosha also moved into the starting five and ripped away five steals, so he's on the radar as a steals specialist. Nov 13, 1:10 pm
  • Lauri Markkanen (ankle) sits out practice
    Lauri Markkanen (ankle) sat out of Monday's practice.

    Advice: He left Saturday's game early and didn't return, but Markkanen has "minimal swelling" and is day-to-day. The Bulls are off until Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder, so while it's more likely than not that Markkanen plays, Portis would be line for a huge workload if not. Nov 13, 9:21 am
  • Vince Carter (kidney stones) ruled out Monday
    Vince Carter (kidney stones) will not play on Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This will be Carter's third game in a row on the shelf and it's not clear when he will return. Justin Jackson has played 25+ minutes in three straight games, while guys like Garrett Temple, Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic could see a bump in minutes in Carter's absence as well -- Sacramento's rotations seem to change on a daily basis. Nov 13, 8:39 am
  • Carlisle talks about center rotation
    Nerlens Noel has played a total of eight minutes over Dallas' last three games including one DNP-CD.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle recently said that Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Noel, and on Sunday he talked about what he's looking for from his centers. "Competitiveness, care factor," Carlisle said. "Commitment to winning. Doing dirty work. Being there for your teammates. Those kind of things." Interpret this however you want, but it's starting to sound more and more like Noel is in the doghouse. It's hard to drop a player with his upside, but it's anybody's guess as to when Noel will be back in the rotation. Nov 13, 7:01 am
  • Harrison Barnes goes for 22 & 13 in defeat
    Harrison Barnes recorded his second straight double-double on Sunday with 22 points and 13 rebounds, adding one assist and a pair of 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes knocked down 9-of-14 shots and he kept Dallas in this game, continuing a phenomenal month of November -- after shooting 37.9 percent in October, he's at a scorching 56.5 percent in his past six games. Paltry assists and defensive stats are limiting his upside in most leagues, but owners can't complain with this production. Nov 12, 7:04 pm
  • Nerlens Noel only plays in garbage time
    Nerlens Noel played two minutes of garbage time on Sunday.

    Advice: Noel was the last person to leave the Mavs' bench tonight, after picking up a DNP-CD on Saturday, and coach Rick Carlisle said bluntly that Salah Mejri (11 minutes) has done more to earn playing time. Given the likelihood of more DNPs, Noel is just a luxury stash if you can hide him on your bench in weekly-lineup leagues. Nov 12, 7:02 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) doubtful for Monday
    JaMychal Green (left ankle) is listed as doubtful for Monday.

    Advice: We expect to see Green by Thanksgiving but the Grizzlies haven't targeted a specific date, so owners are still in a holding pattern. Jarell Martin has done nothing to secure the PF job and David Fizdale already said he'll throw Green into the deep end once he's healthy, so it shouldn't take long before he's posting standard-league value. Nov 12, 3:02 pm
  • Carlisle: Mejri has earned minutes over Noel
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Salah Mejri has earned playing time over Nerlens Noel.

    Advice: "Look, minutes have to be earned," Carlisle said. "At this point, if it's between him and Salah, Salah has earned the minutes. There's no doghouse here. There just isn't. It's pretty simple: You compete, and if you earn minutes, you get minutes. And you've got to compete to keep them, because it's a competitive situation." Noel was a healthy scratch on Saturday vs. Cleveland and it's hard to believe that he's behind the 31-year-old Mejri in what is supposed to be a rebuilding season. Noel should be treated like a stash until further notice. Nov 12, 7:11 am
  • Derrick Favors busy in the middle
    Derrick Favors finished with season highs of 24 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots across 36 minutes in Saturday's win against the Nets.

    Advice: Favors stepped up and had a big game on the glass and with the blocked shots, helping pick up the slack with Rudy Gobert (knee). The French center was able to take part in warm-ups, so he isn't expected to be sidelined long. However, as long as Gobert is on the shelf Favors could see a slight increase in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots. Nov 11, 9:55 pm
  • Tony Snell plays season-low 19 minutes
    Tony Snell played a season-low 19 minutes on Saturday and finished with just one rebound to his credit.

    Advice: He missed all three of his shot attempts and this is obviously an ominous development in the wake of the recent Eric Bledsoe trade. The 26-year-old Snell has been a quiet roto value, based on his 2.0 triples, 0.9 steals and surprisingly strong percentages this year, but if his minutes continue to trend down he'll be an obvious 'cut' candidate. Nov 11, 9:26 pm
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