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  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) travels to Cleveland
    Nicolas Batum (ulnar nerve contusion) traveled with the team to Cleveland and is listed as questionable for Friday.

    Advice: This is good news that he's not staying behind for further evaluation. It's a very specific diagnosis for a nerve in his elbow and hopefully it's not affecting the feeling in his arm. Batum reportedly feels this new injury isn't as bad as his left elbow injury that kept him out for six weeks, which makes sense because it didn't look bad in the second quarter on Wednesday. If Batum can't go, Jeremy Lamb would be busy in the starting lineup. Expect Batum to be a game-time call for the 8:00 EST start. Today, 2:49 pm
  • Report: Batum doesn't think injury is as bad
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) doesn't feel that his new left elbow contusion is as bad as the original injury, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: On Wednesday, Batum looked to have banged his left elbow to the chest of Otto Porter and he did not return. This is the same elbow that caused him to miss six weeks from an injury on Oct. 4, so maybe that's why the team ruled him out at halftime. While we wait for more concrete information or if he's going to be re-evaulated, he is questionable for Friday. Jeremy Lamb had a big game on Wednesday with 24 points and he should be owned in all leagues until Batum gets the all clear. Today, 11:22 am
  • Hornets list Batum (elbow) as questionable
    The Hornets have listed Nicolas Batum (elbow) as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Game notes are never a sure thing and we don't even know if Batum has undergone any tests yet, but his owners can consider this good news for now. While we wait for more information, make sure Jeremy Lamb isn't sitting on the waiver wire. Today, 10:34 am
  • Kyle Anderson making most of minutes
    Kyle Anderson is making the most of his minutes with Kawhi Leonard (quad) still without a timetable.

    Advice: Coach Gregg Popovich was talking about how he wants to keep Anderson involved in the rotation if/when Leonard returns, and while it's hard to imagine him holding onto value when that happens, the player nicknamed "Slo Mo" deserves to be on fantasy rosters right now with November averages of 9.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.2 turnovers. "I'm just trying to play well enough to I can stay on the floor," Anderson said. "I don't want to go back to not playing." Today, 7:57 am
  • Russell Westbrook happy with Sam Presti
    Russell Westbrook said OKC GM Sam Presti has done an "amazing job."

    Advice: "He's finding ways to constantly keep making us a better team," Westbrook said. "You definitely are very, very thankful to have somebody like that in charge of making those decisions." Westbrook wouldn't have signed a $205 million extension if he wasn't confident in the front office, and despite a slow 8-9 start to the season, OKC showed their potential with a 108-91 win over the defending champs on Wednesday. Today, 6:55 am
  • Frank Ntilikina returned to action on Wednesday November 22. Today, 12:39 am
  • Terrence Ross scores season-high 22 points
    Terrence Ross started and hit 8-of-14 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 22 points, six rebounds and one assist in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been hit-or-miss all season and Jonathon Simmons has more upside, but Ross deserves some attention. He's averaging 11.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 55 percent shooting over his last five, so he can offer some 12-team help if you need steals and treys. Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • Lonzo Ball puts up 11/7/11 stat line in loss
    Lonzo Ball made 4-of-8 from the field for 11 points during a 113-102 loss to the Kings on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He's getting killed on social media for his awful shooting percentages, but he's actually been decent on the road. In his eight road games, he has a sub-par 45.8 TS%, but that plummets to a historically bad 30.6 TS% when he's at Staples Center. He did also miss both of his free throws to drop him to 42.9 percent from the charity stripe on the season -- that's worse than Dwight Howard, Andre Drummond or any free throw percentage qualifier. The good news is he's taking a step in the right direction, but he has a very deep hole to climb out of to be a reliable fantasy asset. Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • George Hill vanishes w/ zero points in 22 min
    George Hill vanished on Wednesday with zero points, steals or blocks in 22 minutes of action vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Hill made another start alongside De'Aaron Fox, but he finished with just three rebounds and one assist while missing both of his field goal attempts. He was just starting to regain some trust with five straight double-digit scoring games, and this highlights the inherent risk in relying on him -- Sacramento will continue to give Fox minutes at PG, which leaves Hill battling a thicket of players for a dwindling pool of playing time. Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox keeps up strong play vs. Lakers
    De'Aaron Fox had 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two 3-pointers and one steal in just 23 minutes during Wednesday's win vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Fox hasn't had an eye-opening game recently, but he is getting more consistent as he adjusts to a starting role. Over the past three games he's averaging 12.0 points on 48.3% shooting, 1.3 triples, 3.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.3 steals. When you pair that immediate production with his upside, he needs to be owned. Yesterday, 10:21 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. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic gets going vs. Lakers
    Bogdan Bogdanovic came through on Wednesday with 14 points, seven assists, two steals and a pair of 3-pointers, making 6-of-9 shots in 27 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: It was a rare burst of efficiency from Bogdanovic, who shot 50.0 percent in October but was at just 37.3 percent this month. His talent is obvious and he showed nice chemistry with Willie Cauley-Stein, which is worth watching, but he's still more of a stash in the hopes that he breaks out in the new year. Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 15 points in 25 minutes
    Alec Burks had 15 points, two rebounds, two steals and one assist in 25 minutes on Wednesday, making 5-of-10 field goals and 4-of-6 free throws.

    Advice: This was the most points Burks has scored since opening night, and he's yet to hit double-digits in consecutive games this season. Until that changes, he's a non-factor in fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:40 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 13 points, trending down
    Jrue Holiday scored 13 points with one rebound, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's another somewhat quiet game, which has a little to do with Rajon Rondo coming back. Before this game, we had a 41-minute sample of Jrue with Rondo, DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. The numbers were not very good with only an 18.6 usage rate while his assist percentage sat at just 9.1 with those three — it’s 42.9 without them in a tiny sample. Holiday can still do a number of things, but he's probably not going to help in dimes like he usually does. Yesterday, 9:33 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. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Shut this down: Bledsoe drops 30 vs. PHX
    Eric Bledsoe scored a season-high 30 points against his former Suns in a 113-107 overtime win on Wednesday, hitting 11-of-26 shots and 6-of-13 free throws with seven assists, six rebounds, two steals and two triples in 45 minutes.

    Advice: Bledsoe is off to a slow start with his new team, but there's nothing like a "revenge game" to get the juices flowing. "I’m with a talented group of guys who can also make plays," Bledsoe said of his new teammates. "So I’ve got to try to find my game a little bit. It takes time." Bledsoe enjoyed a nice bump in usage with Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) resting, and while his value will trend back down after this massive line, he still has enough upside to flirt with early- to mid-round value once his shot starts falling. Yesterday, 9:30 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. Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 23 vs. Bucks
    Devin Booker scored 23 points vs. the Bucks on Wednesday, but hit just 8-of-24 shots with three turnovers.

    Advice: Booker hit an amazing turnaround 3-pointer at the buzzer from way downtown (link below) to send this game to overtime, but he missed his final five shots of the evening. He hit all five free throws and added four rebounds, four assists, two triples and three blocks, and the offense is likely going to run through him for the remainder of the season. Outside of Booker and T.J. Warren, it's hard to trust anyone else in Phoenix for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Russell Westbrook gets 34/10/9 in win vs. GSW
    Russell Westbrook powered the Thunder to an impressive win on Wednesday, scoring 34 points with 10 rebounds, nine assists and four steals in 37 minutes vs. Golden State.

    Advice: Westbrook started the game in alpha-dog mode and didn't let up, finishing 13-of-27 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, with one 3-pointer. The scoring was a season-high, and it resulted in OKC's first win vs. Kevin Durant since he left to join the Warriors two summers ago. Westbrook's owners should hope he continues to assert himself more often offensively, but either way we expect a big game vs. the Pistons' defense on Friday. Yesterday, 8:49 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (left elbow) will not return
    Nicolas Batum (left elbow contusion) will not return to Wednesday's game and Jeremy Lamb started in his place for the second half.

    Advice: With about 90 seconds left in the first half, Batum had Otto Porter on his back and it looked like he banged his elbow against him. Batum was shaking his arm for a few seconds and then he was taken out. This is the same elbow that kept him out to start the season, so hopefully he didn't aggravate anything. Batum finished with four points, three rebounds and no turnovers in 14 minutes. Lamb and Dwayne Bacon could play more if he needs to miss time, but it didn't look bad. Yesterday, 5:22 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. Yesterday, 4:44 pm
  • Lonzo Ball hits 3-of-13 FGs, grabs 13 boards
    Lonzo Ball hit just 3-of-13 shots for eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists, one steal, two triples and one turnover on Tuesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: His efficiency is still horrendous, but Ball makes up for it other areas such as rebounding, assists and defensive stats. So how inefficient are we talking? According to ESPN, just 12 players since the advent of the 3-point line in 1979 have posted a true shooting percentage worse than Ball's .368 mark (with at least 500 minutes). Until Ball improves as a scorer, he'll continue to be a much better fantasy asset in leagues that don't punish his shooting woes. Tuesday, 10:13 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 Tuesday, 2:26 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina (illness) sat out 4Q Monday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said Frank Ntilikina didn't play in the fourth quarter of Monday's win over the Clippers due to an illness.

    Advice: Ntilikina failed to score and had just one assist and four turnovers in 11 minutes over the first three quarters on Monday. "He’s been fighting it two, three days now. He just didn’t have it (vs LAC)," said Hornacek. "He actually said, ‘I’m not helping the team now.’ Frank’s a smart player. He realized he didn’t have enough energy. He sacrificed." The Knicks next game is Wednesday vs. the Raptors. We should have an update on Ntilikina after Wednesday's shootaround. Tuesday, 9:18 am
  • De'Aaron Fox plays 32 minutes in loss
    De'Aaron Fox started at point guard again on Monday, scoring 12 points with five assists, three boards, one steal, one triple and three turnovers in 32 minutes.

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

    Advice: After a disastrous start to the season, Hill is slowly earning the trust of his fantasy owners back. He's playing a lot more next to De'Aaron Fox these days, and he's averaging a solid 14.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.0 triples over his last five games. The Kings are a mess and Hill could lose minutes late in the season when they chase lottery balls, but he's worth owning for now. Monday, 9:57 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
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 14 w/ 6 steals
    Eric Bledsoe scored 14 points with six steals, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He finished one steal shy of his career-high and hit 6-of-13 shots, but his struggles from the perimeter continued. Since joining the Bucks, Bledsoe has hit just 4-of-25 triples (16%). He'll eventually find his rhythm and he's playing for a team that isn't chasing lottery balls, so his rest-of-season outlook is still pretty promising. Monday, 9:05 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina quiet vs. the Clippers
    Frank Ntilikina had a night to forget on Monday vs. the Clippers, finishing scoreless on two missed shots with one assist and four turnovers in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Like most rookies, The Frenchise is going to have an up-and-down season, but it's been mostly positive (especially on defense). He doesn't offer much in fantasy at this point in his career besides steals and assists, so treat him like a stash or watch his progress from the wire. He should eventually overtake Jarrett Jack as the starter. Monday, 8:19 pm
  • Russell Westbrook posts 22-16-12 trip-double
    Russell Westbrook hit 6-of-19 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers and 8-of-10 free throws for 22 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and three steals with just three turnovers in 39 minutes of Monday's 114-107 loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was Westbrook's first triple-double in his last nine games and first since Oct. 31. He's also doing a better job with the ball, totaling just five turnovers over his last two games. Westbrook has five triple-doubles on the season, which is a far cry from where we were a year ago, but chances are he's going to start racking them up again soon. Tonight was a good start, and despite some knocks on his play, Westbrook came into this one averaging 20.3 points, 6.8 boards, 7.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 3-pointers in the month of November. Monday, 8:01 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores season-high 17 in win
    Nicolas Batum hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers for a season-high 17 points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 28 minutes of Monday's 118-102 win over the Wolves.

    Advice: Batum has only been back for four games this season and is starting to rack up some production, averaging 13.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.0 3-pointers thus far. He was worth the wait if you sat on him for the early part of the season. Monday, 7:39 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
  • Lonzo Ball triple-doubles in Lakers' home win
    Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud. Sunday, 9:50 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox scores 11 points in loss
    De'Aaron Fox scored 11 points with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer during a 102-90 loss to the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was 5-of-9 from the field with no attempts from the line, so the usage hasn't really been there. One reason why Fox caught our attention early was because of such high usage, but that has really dipped. In his last five, he only had an 18.9 usage rate, but that number was at 26.9 in the first five games. Low usage aside, it's encouraging that he looks to be starting the rest of the way, so there may be a small buy-low window on Fox. Saturday, 9:43 pm
  • Bogdan Bogdanovic scores 12 points
    Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 12 points with one rebound, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He didn't pick up any noteworthy playing time from the Buddy Hield (ankle) injury. However, Bogdanovic was really slumping coming into this game with a two-point dud on Friday and some bad November averages of 7.4 points, 2.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.9 treys on 37.3 percent from the field. He's basically just a stash for now. Saturday, 9:30 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays just 22 minutes vs. Dallas
    Eric Bledsoe played only 22 minutes vs. Dallas on Saturday, hitting 2-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs for six points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Bledsoe committed his third foul with 6:40 left in the second quarter, and he didn't play at all in the fourth quarter with the score out of hand. He's yet to score more than 15 points in five games with the Bucks, but the supporting stats have helped and an adjustment period was inevitable. Patience is a virtue. Saturday, 8:56 pm
  • Nicolas Batum does a little of everything
    Nicolas Batum finished Saturday's win against the Clippers with 12 points, seven assists, four rebounds, two blocked shots and a steal across 28 minutes.

    Advice: This was Batum's best all-around stat line in three outings since returning from a preseason elbow injury. He is still just 2-of-12 (16.7 percent) from behind the arc, but he'll round into form soon. Head coach Steve Clifford said there would be nights Batum would play less as they work to get him up to speed, and so far he is averaging 29.0 minutes per game. Once he gets back to his normal 34-35 minutes per outing his fantasy owners are really going to be happy. Saturday, 7:19 pm
  • Fox, Hill, Temple, Skal & Z-Bo will start
    De'Aaron Fox, George Hill, Garrett Temple, Skal Labissiere and Zach Randolph will start against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: One good turn deserves another, apparently. This lineup got a win last night, but it was more about Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein in the second unit. Fox has a decent chance to keep the job as a starter and he played 25-of-27 minutes next to Hill last night. Saturday, 5:39 pm
  • 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
  • Lonzo Ball to stay remain in starting lineup
    Coach Luke Walton said he is not considering moving Lonzo Ball out of the starting lineup.

    Advice: "He's our starting point guard," Walton said after practice earlier this week. "So there's no discussion, no talks as of now of moving Lonzo to the bench. Nah. He's our starting point guard." Ball had been benched in the fourth quarters of the Lakers win on Monday and their loss on Wednesday. However, Ball closed out the game on Friday, despite continued struggles with his shooting. Ball's rebounding and assist numbers remain strong, but his poor percentages hurt his value. He currently ranks outside the top-150 in nine-category fantasy leagues. Saturday, 6:59 am
  • De'Aaron Fox gets a start, scores nine points
    De'Aaron Fox scored nine points in a start with two rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and four turnovers in 27 minutes during an 86-82 win over the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes next to George Hill and it would appear the Kings are finally going to allow Fox to show what he can do as the engine of the offense. The Kings are also on a back-to-back in Portland on Saturday, so maybe Fox sticks in the first unit after their embarrassing 46-point loss to the Hawks on Wednesday. Fox has actually attempted 111 jumpers this year and made 35 (31.5 percent), and he's even been unassisted on 75.8 percent of his makes, so his scoring should come easier as his teammates learn how to play with him. He should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 11:49 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 33 points in win vs. LAL
    Devin Booker scored 33 points in 33 minutes during a 122-113 win over the Lakers on Friday, adding three rebounds, four assists and six 3-pointers.

    Advice: Make that seven 30-plus scoring games in the last 12 for the 21-year-old guard, and his six treys in the first half matched a career high for a half. Booker's offense has taken off this year with 182 possessions of pick-and-roll (including passes), and he's even been above average on scoring efficiency on that play. He's also been great as a spot-up shooter this year, but he isn't getting many opportunities because he's handling the ball so much. He's turned the corner in a big way this year and he could wind up being a reliable 25/5/5 player in a month. Friday, 11:22 pm
  • Lonzo Ball scores six points vs. Suns
    Lonzo Ball scored just six points with six rebounds, six assists, a career-high five steals, one block and three turnovers vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Ball's best game of the season came against the Suns when he had 29 points against them on Oct. 20, but it's pretty much been downhill since. He finished 3-of-7 from the field and missed both of his free throws, and it's a concern that he managed just six points against the tiny backcourt combo of Tyler Ulis and Mike James. On the bright side, at least he closed this game after getting benched in the fourth quarter of his previous two games. Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Bogdanovic scores just two points
    Bogdan Bogdanovic made 1-of-8 from the field for two points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and no turnovers in 24 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Bad game aside, Bogdanovic is likely looking at more opportunity on Saturday with Buddy Hield getting hurt tonight. Although, Justin Jackson could be thrown in to take Hield's minutes and it may not affect Bogdanovic. He should get more shots regardless, though. Friday, 10:10 pm
  • George Hill slides over to SG
    George Hill played 27 minutes with 14 points, five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He may be shifted over to the wing and he played 25 minutes next to De'Aaron Fox in this game alone. Hill is probably going to see his playing time fluctuate as the Kings slide in the standings. Most fantasy owners may not want to deal with the inconsistency and maybe he doesn't play on Saturday. He should have value if he can play 27 minutes per night. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has rare forgettable night
    Russell Westbrook finished with 15 points, nine assists and nine rebounds in Friday's loss at San Antonio.

    Advice: The final stat line, just short of another triple-double, doesn't look terribly impressive. However, he hit just 5-of-22 from the floor, including 0-of-4 on 3-pointers, and he posted an even rating with two turnovers. For whatever reason he is not terribly effective from inside the paint this season, but his overall production continues to make his fantasy owners pretty pleased. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Trevor Booker may be locked in as starter
    Trevor Booker scored 14 points with five rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 27 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Kenny Atkinson seems 100 percent confident that he can roll out a starting lineup with nobody taller than 6'8". Booker has been effective when called upon almost all season, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 boards and 0.4 steals in just 22.5 minutes per game before this showing. He is likely headed for around 26-28 minutes, so he'll be around 13 and eight in the short term. Friday, 8:54 pm
  • Nicolas Batum scores nine points in loss
    Nicolas Batum scored just nine points on 3-of-7 shooting in 27 minutes vs. the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Steve Clifford did say there would be nights in which Batum would play less while they get him up to speed, and keep in mind that this is the front end of back-to-back set. He added three rebounds and three assists, and hopefully this low workload means he'll be ready to roll on Saturday vs. the Clippers. The Hornets have lost six straight, so we'd expect him to play. Friday, 8:27 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 10 points
    Alec Burks scored 10 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: As far as playing time goes, Burks is likely the biggest beneficiary with Raul Neto from the Ricky Rubio injury. He started the second half over Jonas Jerebko because the Jazz were smoked in the first half. Burks has played point guard for coach Quin Snyder before and he'll handle the ball more while Rubio is out. He's worth a look in deeper leagues. Friday, 8:08 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox starting next to George Hill
    De'Aaron Fox is starting alongside George Hill on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: The Kings have been laughable at times this season, but it's good to see them turn to their point guard of the future. Fox has been pretty inconsistent and is coming off a rough stretch, but he should get better and better. Friday, 7:12 pm
  • Lakers want Ball to improve shot selection
    Coach Luke Walton said he wants Lonzo Ball to improve his shot selection.

    Advice: Ball has struggled mightily with his shot all season and has been benched in the fourth quarter in each of the Lakers last two games. Walton told reporters that some of Ball's 3-point attempts have been forced and not within the flow of the offense. "If he’s going to his left and they go under (a screen) and he’s in rhythm and wants to pull up and shoot that 3, then we’re good with that. That’s what we want," said Walton. Ball will look to snap out of his slump Friday night vs. the Suns. Friday, 7:02 am
  • Devin Booker scores 18 in 30 minutes vs. HOU
    Devin Booker scored 18 points with two rebounds, 10 assists, five turnovers and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes during a 142-116 loss to the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's running the offense more these days and it shows on the stat sheet with his 6.0 assists per game over his last five, adding averages of 25.6 points, 4.2 boards, 0.6 steals and 2.4 treys on 46.9 percent from the field. Coach Jay Triano said he's played Booker more at the point because he trusts him and because of the point guards struggling. Whatever the reasoning, Booker is set up for a big year with more than just scoring. Hopefully his team doesn't get blown out this often. Thursday, 10:19 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
  • Courtney Lee praises Frank Ntilikina
    Courtney Lee said he's noticed that Frank Ntilikina is more confident on the floor.

    Advice: "He already had the physical gifts, being 6-5, 6-6, with long arms and the foot quickness and it's him just learning the terminology and learning where to be at," Lee said of the rookie. "You knew that was gonna take time, but he's matured fast." Ntilikina is tied for second in the league in steals per game (2.0), leading the NBA in steals per 36 minutes (3.5) and third in the league in deflections per 36 minutes (4.3), and coach Jeff Hornacek said the team has "great confidence" in him defensively. It won't be long before he's starting, so Ntilikina is a fun player to stash at the end of your roster. Thursday, 6:32 am
  • Terrence Ross logs 27 minutes Wednesday
    Terrence Ross logged 27 minutes on Wednesday but he attempted just five shots, making two of them to finish with five points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: One of Ross' makes came from downtown, so this wasn't a terrible line for roto purposes, but most points-league owners have already moved on due to his low scoring (9.2 points per game) and lack of peripheral stats. He's yet to play 30 minutes in a game this month, and is a steals-and-threes specialist until further notice. Wednesday, 10:42 pm
  • Big Benching Brand: Lonzo doesn't play in 4Q
    Lonzo Ball got benched again on Wednesday during a loss to the 76ers, making 1-of-9 from the field for two points with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Uh oh. He didn't play in final 16:04 tonight, and didn't play in the final 14:47 on Monday. This benching has been compounded by Jordan Clarkson getting hot these days, which won't go on forever. Ball has just been a complete disaster as a scorer with his 36.4 TS% on his 19.1 usage rate on the season. How bad is that? Well, no scoring qualifier has finished a season with a usage rate of at least 19 and a TS% below 39. We all knew Ball wasn't going to be a plus scorer, but he's off to one of the worst starts in history from an efficiency standpoint. Hopefully you're punting FG% anyway, and at least Ball has nowhere to go but up. Wednesday, 10:24 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe gets 14/8/6 and defensive stats
    Eric Bledsoe finished Wednesday's home win with 14 points, eight assists, six rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That type of across-the-board production is exactly what EB's owners want to see, and he balanced out his 4-of-12 FGs with a 5-of-5 mark at the line. The Bucks are being careful with Bledsoe, but he said after playing 27 minutes on Monday that his legs "felt good," and the playing time should ramp up soon enough. The Bucks are now 4-0 since inserting Bledsoe in the starting unit. Wednesday, 9:10 pm
  • Jrue Holiday scores 18 points vs. Raptors
    Jrue Holiday scored 18 points with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and no turnovers in 36 minutes against the Raptors on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played just 15 minutes next to Rajon Rondo, but Holiday's stats in that time are not very encouraging, scoring 10 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and no turnovers. While this stat line is solid tonight, Holiday is probably going to trend down a bit and be more of a top-75 player in most leagues. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • Nicolas Batum gets 16/6/5 in return Wednesday
    Nicolas Batum returned to action on Wednesday with 16 points, six assists, five rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Batum hopped right into the starting lineup, with Jeremy Lamb coming off the bench, and it looks like all systems go for the veteran swingman. The playing time was a welcome surprise for his first game back, and he doesn't have any restrictions, so fire him up for Charlotte's back-to-back games on Friday (at Chicago) and Saturday (vs. the Clippers). Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina plays 20 minutes vs. Utah
    Frank Ntilikina chipped in seven points and four rebounds in 20 minutes during a 106-101 win vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ntilikina was coming off a six-steal game vs. the Cavs on Monday, and he added two more tonight. He didn't have any assists, but owners will have to take the good with the bad from the 19-year-old PG. He had played at least 23 minutes in the Knicks' previous five games, which is where he'll likely be vs. Toronto on Friday. Wednesday, 7:35 pm
  • George Hill gets 12 points, three steals
    The Kings' streak of seven straight road losses continued on Wednesday, while George Hill scored 12 points (4-of-11 FGs, 3-of-3 FTs) with two assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: Fox is now shooting just 10-of-34 in his past four games, and he's under 20% from downtown on the season. The upside is there, and he should only get better as the season continues, but most owners should keep him benched until he heats up. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play 20-22 minutes
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is expected to play between 20-22 minutes against the Cavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be starting with Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marvin Williams and Dwight Howard, so Jeremy Lamb moves to the bench here. Batum is still likely going to have his minutes managed for a couple games, but he should be added in all leagues. As for Lamb, he may still have value because coach Steve Clifford said he wants to play him heavy minutes. Wednesday, 3:21 pm
  • 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
  • Devin Booker not on injury report
    Devin Booker (illness) is not on the injury report for Thursday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He is dealing with an illness on Wednesday and sounds like he's good to go, but his fantasy owners may just want to make sure he's still on track to play on Thursday morning. Booker played some point guard down the stretch on Monday and there's a chance we see more of that going forward. He's off to a fast start in his third season. Wednesday, 11:58 am
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday
    Coach Steve Clifford said Nicolas Batum (elbow) will start Wednesday vs. Cleveland but will play limited minutes.

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

    Advice: Ball is shooting just 31.3 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point territory and 50.0 percent from the free-throw stripe. "Let him shoot the way he's been shooting and hopefully they'll go in," said Magic. "And so, we're not gonna mess with it. If after the season, and he's not shooting well, then we'll sit down with him and say, 'Hey, let's maybe look at a different way or let's try to improve the way you are shooting." Tuesday, 7:20 am
  • Lonzo Ball scores seven points in win
    Lonzo Ball made 3-of-10 from the field for seven points during a 100-93 win over the Suns on Monday, adding five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: No triple-double here and he couldn't come close to matching his career-high 29 he had against the Suns last time he played them, but the Lakers did break their three-game losing streak. Plus, coach Luke Walton benched Ball down the stretch because Jordan Clarkson was playing well. Ball is still really struggling with his jumper at just 25.2 percent on those 107 attempts, and he's also had 11 of his 59 layups get blocked as well. Ball is also terrible as a transition scorer, which he'll really need to improve in this offense. Monday, 9:32 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 36 points in loss to LAL
    Devin Booker scored a season-high 36 points during a 100-93 loss to the Lakers on Monday, adding four rebounds, three assists and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: That's six 30-plus scoring games already this year and nine treys in his last two games. Booker also played some point guard down the stretch in this game and the Suns are allowing him to run the offense more than ever. Booker is having a career year in fantasy and in reality, so fantasy owners should start buying him as an early-round producer now that he is doing more than just scoring. Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (knee) scores 15 points vs. MEM
    Eric Bledsoe played through a right knee contusion on Monday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The low minutes were probably by design, but Bledsoe didn't seem bothered by his knee and played some really nice defense on Mike Conley down the stretch. He's averaging 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 triples through his first three games with the Bucks, but those numbers should improve once he develops some chemistry with his teammates and when his minutes go up. Monday, 8:18 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina racks up six steals in loss
    Frank Ntilikina racked up a career-high six steals in Monday's 104-101 loss to Cleveland, finishing with seven points (2-of-5 FGs, 3-of-4 FTs), three boards, two assists and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: LeBron James called out the Knicks for drafting Ntilikina over Dennis Smith Jr., but The Frenchise showed why the Knicks love him so much with a dominant display on the defensive end, becoming the first Knicks rookie with more than 5 steals in a game since Mark Jackson in 1987. He also got into a shoving match with LeBron and the MSG crowd was rocking every time he made a big play. New York’s future is certainly bright, as the duo of Ntilikina and Kristaps Porzingis had a net rating of +44.7 prior to Monday which ranks 1st in the NBA. It won’t be long before he’s starting and he’s worth picking up if you’re targeting steals and assists. Like most rookies, efficiency will be an issue, though. Monday, 7:33 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox hits 3-of-10 shots in loss
    De'Aaron Fox hit just 3-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points, three rebounds and five assists in Monday's loss to the Wizards.

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

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

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

    Advice: The Bucks may want to play it safe with Bledsoe, who hadn't seen the court for roughly three weeks before making his Milwaukee debut on Friday and has a history of knee issues, but we likely won't get official word until just prior to tipoff. If he's out, Malcolm Brogdon would return to the starting five and Khris Middleton would see some increased playmaking opportunities. Stay tuned. Nov 13, 3:27 pm
  • Bledsoe (knee contusion) is a game-time call
    Eric Bledsoe is a game-time call vs. Memphis on Monday with a right knee contusion.

    Advice: The Bucks were worried about Bledsoe picking up an injury because he was off for nearly two weeks when the Suns were shopping him, but at least this sounds minor. If Bledsoe can't go, Malcolm Brogdon will likely move back into the starting lineup and would get a nice bump in usage, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton will have a little more weight on their shoulders as well. Nov 13, 10:39 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
  • Porzingis voices support for Frank Ntilikina
    Kristaps Porzingis voiced his support for Frank Ntilikina after LeBron James said that the Knicks should've drafted Dennis Smith Jr.

    Advice: "I don’t know why he made those comments. All I can say is we love Frank, we’re happy with him," Porzingis said. "He’s doing a great job, he’s playing great and he’s doing what he’s supposed to. I would not change Frank for anybody. Simple." Porzingis has been a leader on and off the court and it's nice to see him stand up for the rookie. The Cavaliers are in town on Monday, so LeBron's comments should give the Knicks plenty of bulletin-board material. Nov 13, 7:24 am
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