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  • Frank Mason scores 11 points vs. Denver
    Frank Mason scored 11 points with a career-high six assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer vs. the Nuggets on Monday.

    Advice: The rookie has now played 20+ minutes in three straight, averaging 9.3 points, 3.6 assists, 2.6 boards and 0.7 triples in that span. The Kings are using more two-PG lineups with George Hill playing off the ball, but Mason's minutes could trend down again when Buddy Hield (ankle) comes back. However, Mason should eventually get a longer look down the stretch with the Kings tanking. 29 minutes ago
  • De'Aaron Fox plays 32 minutes in loss
    De'Aaron Fox started at point guard again on Monday vs. the Kings, 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. 40 minutes ago
  • 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. 46 minutes ago
  • Jamal Murray comes through with 18 points
    Jamal Murray hit 6-of-10 shots, a 3-pointer and went 5-of-5 from the line on his way to 18 points, two rebounds, one assist and just one turnover in 24 minutes of Monday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Not a monster line, but not a bad one, either. Murray's minutes were limited by foul trouble tonight, but it was nice to see him hit some shots. He's starting to show up on some waiver wires courtesy of frustrated owners and there's still a chance that he'll get hot and start tearing it up at some point in the near future. He's a luxury stash at this point, but we'd recommend finding a spot for him if you can. 54 minutes ago
  • Dennis Smith Jr. shoots 4-of-16 in loss
    Dennis Smith Jr. hit just 4-of-16 shots for eight points in Monday's overtime loss to Boston.

    Advice: The rookie added five rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and zero turnovers, but missed all four of his 3-point attempts. The Celtics have the best defensive rating in the NBA and have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to PGs this season, so DSJ's owners should brush off this bad game and expect a bounce-back performance against Memphis on Wednesday. 56 minutes ago
  • Patty Mills fills stat sheet vs. Hawks
    Patty Mills hit 3-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, eight rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes of Monday's win.

    Advice: Mills is averaging 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.2 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting over his last five. If you need a point guard and the hot free agents are gone, Mills is getting enough run right now to help your team. Today, 9:34 pm
  • Marcus Smart shoots 3-of-15 in win
    Marcus Smart hit just 3-of-15 shots and 4-of-4 free throws in Monday's overtime win over Dallas.

    Advice: This brings his shooting percentage down to 26.7 percent on the season, but Smart is still finding ways to be effective on the floor. He was a +15 in his 35 minutes and dished out a team-high eight assists with three rebounds, two steals and two 3-pointers. Smart is much better in real life than in fantasy, though he does offer nice upside in leagues that don't punish for shooting percentages. Today, 9:32 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 47 points in overtime win
    Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points in Monday's 110-102 overtime win over the Mavericks, helping Boston win their 16th straight game.

    Advice: This victory allowed Boston to tie the fourth-longest streak in franchise history. Irving was sensational all night and the Mavericks had no answer for him defensively. He helped the Celtics climb out of a 13-point deficit and scored 10 of Boston's 14 overtime points, hitting 16-of-22 shots and 10-of-11 free throws with six assists, three rebounds, one steal and five 3-pointers. He became the first Celtics player with 45+ points and 5+ assists since Paul Pierce in 2006, and he will look to add to Boston's streak on Wednesday vs. the Heat. Today, 9:18 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. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon fails to score in 18 minutes
    Malcolm Brogdon failed to score on four shots in 18 minutes vs. the Wizards on Monday, adding two assists and one rebound.

    Advice: He was averaging just 10.2 points, 3.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 39.6 percent shooting from the field in his previous five games since Eric Bledsoe arrived, so tonight's line might be the final straw for some fantasy owners. He'll likely heat up again soon, but he's proving to be very difficult to trust in Milwaukee's new-look lineup. Today, 8:59 pm
  • Damian Lillard says he's playing on Wednesday
    Damian Lillard, who tweaked his ankle on Monday night, predicts that he won't miss any time with the injury.

    Advice: "I'm playing," he said when asked about his status for Wednesday's game against the Sixers. He was able to start the second half of Monday's game and played well, finishing with 21 points and four assists on 5-of-15 shooting. Unless Lillard suffers a setback on Tuesday or Wednesday, we're guessing he'll be out there on Wednesday night. Today, 8:43 pm
  • John Wall scores 15 w/ six dimes in win
    John Wall (knee) returned from a one-game absence in Monday's 99-88 win over the Bucks, scoring 15 points (5-of-13 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs) with six assists, one rebound and one triple in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wall played a few less minutes than normal, but that was all part of coach Scott Brooks' plan. Depending on how Wall's knee responds over the next 48 hours, he could see his normal allotment of minutes on Wednesday vs. Charlotte. Today, 8:37 pm
  • Mario Chalmers holds his own vs. Lillard
    Mario Chalmers hit 7-of-12 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for a season-high 21 points, six rebounds, six assists and a steal in 33 minutes in another start for Mike Conley on Monday.

    Advice: Chalmers is no Spencer Dinwiddie, but he was very good tonight, and is going to get a great opportunity in Memphis with Mike Conley (Achilles) on the shelf indefinitely. We thought Chalmers was worth grabbing by owners in need of a point guard prior to this contest, but he's officially going to be a very hot pickup on Tuesday morning. He's averaging 10.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.4 steals over his last five, and will hopefully be able to keep it going against the Mavs on Wednesday. Today, 8:29 pm
  • Austin Rivers shoots 1-of-9 in loss
    Austin Rivers hit just 1-of-9 shots for two points, five assists, one rebound and one steal in 32 minutes vs. the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He continues to have the green light on offense despite shooting 37.2 percent from the field prior to this nightmare. Rivers' value has been trending in the wrong direction, but he'll continue to see a healthy dose of minutes with Danilo Gallinari (hip) out another 7-10 days. Today, 7:53 pm
  • Ricky Rubio plays well in loss to Sixers
    Ricky Rubio hit 5-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, three steals, a block and six turnovers in 22 minutes of Monday's blowout loss to the Sixers.

    Advice: Rubio hasn't played well for most of this season, but finally looked better tonight. Hopefully his achilles injury is behind him and this will be the start of a hot streak for Rubio. Today, 6:41 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) will start 2nd half
    Damian Lillard (ankle) will start the second half of Monday's game vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He had a nasty ankle turn that forced him to the locker room, but he's going to give it a go. Lillard was walking gingerly on his way back to the court for the second half, and we'll be watching him closely the rest of the evening. Today, 6:31 pm
  • Damian Lillard (ankle) goes to locker room
    Damian Lillard rolled his right ankle and went back to the locker room on Monday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It was a nasty turn of his ankle and Lillard was down for a while in a lot of pain. He eventually hobbled off to the locker room, but we should get the official word on his status for the rest of the game momentarily. Today, 6:13 pm
  • John Wall starting, Tim Frazier to the bench
    John Wall (knee) will return to the starting five for Monday's matchup in Milwaukee, sending Tim Frazier back to the bench.

    Advice: Scott Brooks said that Wall had a "great chance" of returning to the floor tonight, so it's not all that surprising to see him out there and it looks as though his one-game absence was more precautionary than anything else with this being the second game of a back-to-back set. With Wall back in action, Bradley Beal won't see quite as many playmaking opportunities, and Frazier will likely be looking at minutes in the teens. Brooks did say he'd like to keep Wall's minutes in the low-30s tonight, but that's still plenty of time for him to offer up a robust stat line. Today, 3:42 pm
  • Jamal Murray quiet in 24 minutes vs. Lakers
    Jamal Murray was quiet during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 2-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Murray missed all of his 3-point attempts tonight, but he added two steals and one block. There's nothing to worry about here -- Murray had scored 30+ points in two of his previous three games, and he's always one game away from an explosive performance. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable for Monday
    John Wall (left knee) has a "great chance" of playing vs. the Bucks on Monday, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: "Just playing it safe," Brooks said, referring to Wall's DNP on Sunday. "We got three games in four nights, so we’re going to sit him out [Sunday] and see how he feels [Monday]. It’s a great chance there that he will play [Monday]." Wall's knee reportedly swelled up as a side-effect from IVs he received this week to help him recover from an illness, so fortunately it doesn't sound like anything structural. Check for confirmation on Monday afternoon, but it sounds safe to plug Wall into weekly lineups. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • John Wall (knee) out Sunday vs. Toronto
    John Wall (sore left knee) will not suit up for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Wall said he felt like he could "barely move" after Friday's game in which he finished just 3-of-12 from the field, so it's not all that surprising to see him taking the night off, particularly with this being the first game of a back-to-back set. Tim Frazier will draw the start in his place tonight, and Bradley Beal will see a major spike in usage, making both those guys solid DFS targets. For now, We'll be considering Wall questionable for Monday's game in Milwaukee. Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Damian Lillard defends coach Stotts
    Damian Lillard said coach Terry Stotts isn't to blame for Portland's slow start.

    Advice: "Late game turnovers and not getting stops has nothing to do with a coach," Lillard said before Saturday's rematch with the Kings. "Blame me then. This the NBA ... we play 82 games and we've played 15 and won more than we've lost. Relax family." Lillard has cooled off a bit lately and is shooting 39.4 percent over his last five, but does get a matchup against a Memphis team that is missing Mike Conley on Monday. Yesterday, 7:46 am
  • 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
  • Dennis Smith Jr. quiet in 22 minutes Saturday
    Dennis Smith Jr. shot 2-of-8 from the field on Saturday, scoring five points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The rookie committed four turnovers but he also hit one 3-pointer, and he's proven that he can stuff the boxscore on a per-minute basis. It didn't click tonight with the Mavs' backup guards playing extremely well, and Dallas cruising to a blowout victory, but DSJ's owners shouldn't be discouraged. After a rough start to the season, he's been cruising with top-50 value over the past few weeks. Saturday, 9:04 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores just four
    Malcolm Brogdon scored four points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: We finally have a nice little sample on Brogdon now that Eric Bledsoe is around. It hasn't really gone very well in those five, averaging 10.2 points, 3.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 39.6 percent from the field in 28.8 minutes. His efficiency, usage rate, assist percentage and minutes are significantly down as a bench guy, so he's taking a bigger hit than expected. Brogdon was awesome next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he may be losing his value in shallower leagues. Saturday, 9:02 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
  • Mario Chalmers has disastrous outing
    Mario Chalmers finished with six points in Saturday's game against the Rockets, his second game since moving into the starting five with Mike Conley (Achilles) injured.

    Advice: Chalmers was just 1-of-7 from the floor, although he did salvage the line with eight assists, four rebounds and four steals across 29 minutes. He is 1-of-8 from behind the arc since moving into the starting lineup. Conley is just day-to-day, so Chalmers doesn't have much appeal outside of streaming, DFS and those in need of a cheap PG in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:08 pm
  • Kyrie Irving helps BOS earn 15th straight win
    The Celtics won their 15th consecutive game on Saturday, led by Kyrie Irving's game-high 30 points on 10-of-12 field goals and 5-of-5 free throws.

    Advice: Boston trailed by 15 points after one quarter tonight, but as usual they clawed back to improve their record to an astounding 15-2. Kyrie hit five 3-pointers with five assists, four rebounds and one block tonight, rounding out an uber-efficient game. His recent facial fracture obviously isn't bothering him, and it's important to remember that he hasn't even played 20 games with his new team -- the best is yet to come. Saturday, 7:23 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores nine points in return
    Ricky Rubio scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 16 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He was expected to play 25 minutes, but he didn't need to because the Jazz won this by 40. For what it's worth, Rubio did look like he was moving around better, but he did miss some wide open shots. The bad news is Donovan Mitchell is handling the ball a lot more than expected, so that may explain the decline in dimes. Achilles issues can linger for a while, so hopefully the game off can get Rubio back on track. He does make some sense as a buy-low player, but only if it's at a heavy discount. Saturday, 7:13 pm
  • Austin Rivers has off shooting night
    Austin Rivers finished with nine points, four rebounds and three assists across 34 minutes in Saturday's 102-87 loss in Charlotte.

    Advice: Rivers hit just 3-of-14 from the floor, including 1-of-6 from behind the arc, as his shooting woes continue. He's now just 19-of-63 (30.2 percent) across the past four outings. He trolled his ankle in practice last week and perhaps he is still dealing with the after effects of that injury. He remains a low-end option in fantasy despite his current starting status. Saturday, 6:41 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
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) back in starting unit
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) will start against the Magic on Saturday and is expected to play around 25 minutes.

    Advice: After getting Friday off, Rubio will be back out there after his Jazz team got thumped in Brooklyn. Rubio has been awful this month with poor shooting, a drop in dimes and some poor defense for his club. With him back, Alec Burks and Raul Neto figure to lose minutes. Rodney Hood and Donovan Mitchell should still be in for productive nights. Saturday, 2:32 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable vs. Raptors
    John Wall (knee) is questionable to play against the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: He said his team started out slow on Friday because of him and that he's had some issues from his knee dating back to early this week. Wall did have surgery on both his knees in the summer of 2016, but somehow he got past his minutes limit almost 1.5 months earlier than expected. If Wall can't go, Tim Frazier will likely get a start and Bradley Beal will be a great option. Saturday, 11:20 am
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) probable for Saturday
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) is probable for Saturday's game vs. Orlando.

    Advice: Rubio was sidelined Friday night vs. the Nets. It was the first game he missed all season. Donovan Mitchell started at PG and played 35 minutes. Raul Neto logged 20 minutes off the bench. Nate Wolters saw just three minutes of action. Neto would see his playing time reduced if Rubio returns. Mitchell would still likely log 30-plus minutes. Rubio has struggled this season. He is shooting 37.3 percent from the floor and averaging just 5.5 assists per game. He's never averaged fewer than 7.3 assists over a full NBA campaign. Saturday, 10:15 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
  • Arrow Pointing Up: Jamal Murray scores 31
    Jamal Murray was on fire again during a 146-114 win over the Pelicans on Friday, making 13-of-18 from the field for 31 points with two rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: It was easily his most aggressive game this year with a career-high 10 two-point makes, and he was only 3-of-7 from deep. The Nuggets continue to go as Murray goes with his 62.2 TS% in wins and just 45.7 TS% in losses, so not surprisingly they won by 32 here. After he couldn't make open treys in October with his 18.2 percent from deep, Murray is now up to a November offensive line of 16.3 points and 2.0 treys per game on 52.7 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from deep and 84.2 percent from the line. He does need to up his steals and he won't help in dimes, but Murray's fantasy owners have to feel a heck of a lot better these days. Friday, 10:54 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
  • Frank Mason gets in the rotation
    Frank Mason made 1-of-6 from the field for four points with three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Obviously the stat line isn't great, but Mason looked composed as the backup point guard. He's not going to be very fantasy friendly, so he's only a stash in super deep leagues. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 29 points in bad loss
    Damian Lillard scored 29 points with one rebound, four assists, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers during an 86-82 loss to the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: This was a bad loss for the Blazers after they were starting to turn it on with their 4-2 run coming into this game. Lillard looked like he was going to have a huge night with a strong first quarter, but the Blazers as a team didn't score more than 22 points in any of the four quarters. Luckily for them, they get the Kings again on Saturday in Portland. Friday, 9:49 pm
  • John Wall says he has fluid in his knee
    John Wall said fluid in his knee limited him on Friday in 91-88 loss to the Heat, making 3-of-12 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, eight assists and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-7 in this game and he wasn't shy about what went wrong in the first half. "I could barely move out there. I couldn’t get the team going. It kind of hurt us," Wall said. He revealed he had treatment on his knee earlier this week, and that his status for Sunday depends how his knee feels in the next day or so. He was in a small slump this month, so perhaps this is why. If he's limited, Tim Frazier would start while Bradley Beal would carry the offense. Friday, 7:39 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
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) ruled out Friday
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles soreness) has been ruled out of Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Rubio has been struggling all season, so here's hoping that resting his Achilles may help. Raul Neto and Donovan Mitchell will see an uptick in minutes with Rubio sidelined. Over the 97 minutes Mitchell has logged over his last three games, 32 of those minutes came at point guard. Mitchell is an intriguing DFS option for Friday, especially considering Utah is playing the fast-paced Nets. The Jazz has also recalled Nate Wolters from the G-League. He will be active on Friday and will serve as Utah's third-string PG. Friday, 9:02 am
  • Kyrie Irving scores 16 points in win
    Kyrie Irving made 4-of-16 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in a win over the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He was very quiet to start the game, but he came through late and drew a foul on a drive with 14 seconds left to give the Celtics a two-point lead after the makes at the line. Perhaps he started slow because of the mask, but he ditched it in the second half and coach Brad Stevens said the decision to take it off was between Irving and the trainer. Irving was not having much success in isolation early in the year, but he's already been able climb out of that hole. He'll be flirting with first-round value all season. Thursday, 8:47 pm
  • Marcus Smart's season FG% drops to 26.8
    Marcus Smart missed all seven shots from the field against the Warriors on Thursday, making one free throw with seven rebounds, three assists, one block, two steals and three turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, so about those videos of him making 20 gazillion-bajillion triples over the summer. Sure, Skinny Smart has really made an impact on defense, rebounding and even passing at times, but he's now down to just 26.8 percent from the field on the season. He has a chance to average five boards, six assists and two steals, but goodness he can't hit a jumper. If you have him, hopefully you're punting FG% or it doesn't count in your league. Thursday, 8:15 pm
  • Ricky Rubio (Achilles) questionable vs. Nets
    Ricky Rubio (Achilles) is questionable to face the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He just hasn't looked right all year and maybe this is why. The first unit continues to struggle lately, and Rubio ranks second to last in net rating over the last three while making just 31.3 percent from the field in November. Meanwhile, Donovan Mitchell has logged a whopping 32 minutes at point guard to go with his 65 minutes as a wing over his last three. If Rubio can't play, Mitchell and the wings should be very busy while Raul Neto would have to step up a lot. Thursday, 12:36 pm
  • Damian Lillard gets 26/11/7 with five triples
    Damian Lillard helped the Blazers stave off the Magic on Wednesday for a 99-94 victory, posting 26 points, a season-high 11 rebounds, seven assists and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Dame is on the cusp of first-round value, thanks in part to career-high averages in rebounds (5.6), steals (1.3), FT percentage (93.1%), and even blocks (0.5). He's scoring 24.4 points per game despite shooting 40.4%, which would be a career-low, and when his accuracy goes up his fantasy value will follow suit. Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Patty Mills scores 13 points vs. Wolves
    Patty Mills scored 13 points with one rebound, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Wolves during a 98-86 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Spurs haven't had much success on back-to-back sets. They've had four of them and went just 3-5 in those eight games. As for Mills, this is his eighth straight start and he's consistently been around 28 minutes most of his November games. Mills hasn't really done much to be held in standard leagues unless you're just looking for a low-upside guy to give you 12 points with little else. Wednesday, 9:39 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
  • Malcolm Brogdon plays well in 26 minutes
    Malcolm Brogdon came off the bench on Wednesday for 12 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Matthew Dellavedova (left knee tendinitis) was sidelined tonight, which opened up more backcourt minutes, and Brogdon took full advantage. His value took a hit with Eric Bledsoe coming to town, but the sixth-man role suits him just fine. Brogdon's fantasy floor is high enough to warrant holding him in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Mario Chalmers starts in place of Conley
    Mario Chalmers started in place of Mike Conley (left Achilles) on Wednesday, notching eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, six assists and four rebounds.

    Advice: He didn't have any defensive stats and went 0-of-4 from downtown -- in fact, he made just one field goal outside of the restricted area. Conley is day-to-day which limits Chalmers to streaming and DFS appeal, unless you need a cheap PG in a deep league. Wednesday, 8:29 pm
  • John Wall scores 27 points in win vs. Heat
    John Wall made 9-of-21 from the field for 27 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers during a 102-93 win over the Heat on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's the Wall we know and it's just the second time this year he only had one turnover. Wall had an eight-game streak of not hitting 30.0 for his usage rate and he failed to score at least 25 points in his previous games since Oct. 21, so a big game here alleviates some concern that his shoulder issue from earlier this month was holding him back. Expect Wall to bust out with more lines like this one. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Ricky Rubio plays 31 minutes in road loss
    Ricky Rubio had 13 points (4-of-10 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs), four assists, two rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes during a losing effort on Wednesday.

    Advice: Quin Snyder recently dismissed concerns about Rubio's shooting -- he shot 43.0 percent in October, but came in at 30.1 percent in November. The real concern for his fantasy owners should be playing time, since he'd no more than 28 minutes in four of Utah's previous five games. There's no need to panic, of course, and tonight was a step in the right direction. Wednesday, 7:33 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
  • Mario Chalmers will start for Mike Conley
    Mario Chalmers will start for Mike Conley (Achilles) against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Chalmers played 26 minutes in his previous start without Conley. Chalmers didn't shoot the ball well with his 3-of-12 shooting line, but he should get plenty of usage with 5-10 assists. Conley could miss additional time due to his Achilles, so picking up Chalmers isn't a bad idea in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. puts winning above all else
    After scoring a career-high 27 points on Tuesday night, Dennis Smith Jr. was more concerned with the fact that the Mavericks picked up another loss.

    Advice: "We’ve got to get something that translates to wins. Whether it’s 27 or seven [points], we’ve got to get some wins," Smith said. "I’m still getting about wherever I want most of the game. It’s just something has got to translate to wins." This is the sort of mentality you want from your franchise player, and while DSJ probably won't be happy with the Mavs' win-loss record at the end of the season, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with his averages of 21.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 triples, 1.3 steals and 1.0 block per game over the past three. Wednesday, 10:52 am
  • Report: Utah has no plans of benching Rubio
    The Jazz have no plans of benching Ricky Rubio, according to sources of Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Rubio has not played very well at all in Utah this season, and he's been particularly bad over the past few weeks with meager averages of 11.6 points, 3.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 3.3 turnovers per contest, but the Jazz just want him to play through this rough stretch. He also doesn't have an obvious replacement, as Quin Snyder prefers to run Donovan Mitchell at the two and Dante Exum (shoulder) is essentially out for the season, so for now, his spot in the starting five is safe. Wednesday, 10:00 am
  • Kyrie Irving says mask blocks peripherals
    Kyrie Irving said that playing with a mask somewhat blocks his peripheral vision.

    Advice: "It's almost like having somewhat foggy blinders on," Irving said. "When I take off the mask, I can see everything. And when I have the mask on, I'm really dialed into what's in front of me. My peripherals are a little cut off, up and down. It's something to get used to." Irving also said that he chose to wear the clear mask instead of the black one as the black one completely blocks his peripheral vision, and while he clearly doesn't enjoy wearing it at all, this isn't going to be something that significantly affects his play. Wednesday, 9:01 am
  • Patty Mills scores season-high 19 vs. Dallas
    Patty Mills started at point guard and hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to a season-high 19 points, three rebounds, two assists, four steals and a block in 30 minutes in Tuesday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Mills has started all seven Spurs games in November, taking over for the struggling Dejounte Murray, but has been very hit-or-miss since then. He had just five points, six assists and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 20 minutes on Saturday, so don't kick yourself if you weren't on him tonight. He is averaging 11.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting over his last five games, so if you want to roll with him until Tony Parker (quad) comes back, go for it. Tuesday, 8:44 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores career-high 27 points
    Dennis Smith Jr. scored a career-high 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting in Tuesday's 97-91 loss to San Antonio.

    Advice: He was getting to the rim at will against San Antonio's slow-footed frontcourt and grabbed six rebounds with two assists, a career-high five 3-pointers and six turnovers. After a rocky start to the season, DSJ is looking more comfortable out there and it's showing in the boxscore. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up with averages of 20.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 triples over his last five games. Tuesday, 8:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart quiet in 35 minutes off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench with the return of Kyrie Irving, but still played 35 minutes, hitting 1-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in Tuesday's win over the Nets.

    Advice: Smart's shot looks broken and he's hit just 12-of-50 shots over his last five games, good for just 24 percent shooting. He's doing a good job with rebounds, assists, steals and 3-pointers, and is a good free throw shooter, but he can hurt your fantasy team's field goal percentage in a hurry. Start him at your own risk. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 25 wearing mask
    Kyrie Irving returned from his facial injury and hit 8-of-20 shots and two 3-pointers for 25 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal in 29 minutes in Tuesday's 109-102 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Irving only missed two games (one full, played 2 minutes in the other) with the injury and looked great tonight. The mask appeared to be bothering him when the clock was stopped, but when he was moving and into the game, it appeared to have no effect. Hopefully you had him in your lineup tonight, as the 25 points tied for his second highest scoring game of the season. Irving hasn't been blowing anyone's mind with his fantasy play this season, but he's rolling and the Celtics have won 13 straight games. Tuesday, 7:11 pm
  • Marcus Smart back to bench on Tuesday
    With Kyrie Irving (face) returning to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, Marcus Smart will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Smart started Sunday in place of Irving and finished with 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes. In the 10 games he's come off the bench this season, he is averaging 9.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists in 27.7 minutes. Tuesday, 3:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving starting, Smart to the bench
    Kyrie Irving (face) will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Nets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

    Advice: Irving will only end up missing one-game due to the facial fracture below his right eye, and he'll be donning a protective mask tonight, but that shouldn't be an issue that affects his play. Smart's minutes should hold steady despite moving back to the second unit, but Shane Larkin probably won't take the court tonight unless the game turns into a blowout. Feel free to get The Masked Man active for an extremely favorable matchup against the Nets. Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (face) plans to play Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) went through shootaround and said he plans to play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Irving will be wearing a fitted mask when he returns to action on Tuesday night, facing a Brooklyn team that will be playing without D'Angelo Russell (knee). With Irving back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will likely be bumped back to the bench. Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin will see their minutes reduced as well. Tuesday, 8:04 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 15 points vs. Denver
    Damian Lillard scored 15 points vs. the Nuggets on Monday, adding seven assists, five rebounds, four steals, two triples and four turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Lillard only hit 4-of-14 shots, but nailed all five of his freebies from the line. He's in a bit of a rut over his last three games with 15.3 points on 32.6 percent shooting, but it's just a matter of time before he heats up again. Nov 13, 9:44 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 18 points
    Jamal Murray made 7-of-19 from the field for 18 points with five rebounds, one steal and six turnovers in 39 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: He was open for a handful of his triples, but he couldn't knock any of his seven attempts from deep. Murray is playing off the ball more than he was earlier this year, but he continues to get heavy usage as a scorer. This was one of his most inefficient games of the year, but at least Murray has a green light and Emmanuel Mudiay has also really cooled off. Nov 13, 9:35 pm
  • Mario Chalmers scores 14 points in loss
    Mario Chalmers scored 14 points (3-of-4 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs) with six assists, five rebounds, one steal and one triple before fouling out in 25 minutes vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: He gave the Grizzlies a nice spark on a night in which Mike Conley was held to seven points on 2-of-12 shooting. Conley hasn't looked right lately, so keep an eye on Chalmers if you need a PG. Nov 13, 8:58 pm
  • Ricky Rubio bottoms out in Monday's loss
    Ricky Rubio hit just 1-of-7 shots and missed all six of his 3-point attempts for a season-low three points, two assists, zero steals and three turnovers in Monday's 109-98 loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: Rubio has cooled off in November after a hot start in October, hasn't scored more than 11 points in his last five games, and hasn't had a double-digit assist game since Oct. 25. This was just his second game of the season without a steal, while he hasn't hit a 3-pointer in any of his last four games (0-for-14). He should get it going again soon and was coming off a 10-7-8 line on Saturday against the Nets. Nov 13, 8:35 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. Nov 13, 8:18 pm
  • John Wall ultra efficient in easy win
    John Wall hit 8-of-9 shots and 4-of-4 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, two rebounds, nine assists and a steal in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: There's not really news here, as Wall's capable of doing this every time out, but it's not often you'll see him have a one-miss game. Nov 13, 6:58 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. Nov 13, 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. Nov 13, 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. Nov 13, 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
  • Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable Tuesday
    Kyrie Irving (face) is questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: After missing Sunday's game with a minor facial fracture, Irving has been fitted for a mask and has joined the team for their short trip to Brooklyn. The Nets are going to be without D'Angelo Russell (knee), so maybe the Celtics give Irving another game off to prepare him for Thursday's showdown vs. the Warriors. We'll know more on Tuesday morning after the shootaround, but look for Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier to benefit if Irving can't go. Nov 13, 10:05 am
  • Damian Lillard not concerned about finger
    Damian Lillard (finger) said he sat out of Sunday's practice as a precaution.

    Advice: The injury is to his ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, but Lillard said it's not going to be an issue. He will be ready to roll for Monday's game vs. Denver, so get him into your lineups and don't think twice about it. Nov 13, 8:52 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. hits 6-of-17 FGs, scores 15
    Dennis Smith Jr. followed up Saturday's big game with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Thunder threw everything at the rookie defensively, with Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson and even Paul George taking turns against him. He shot just 6-of-17 from the field with five turnovers, but hit a pair of 3-pointers and had enough all-around production to appease most owners. He's showing the type of upside owners envisioned on draft day, but there will be more bumps in the road -- he is 19 years old, after all. Nov 12, 7:01 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 14 points with nine dimes
    Marcus Smart went 3-of-10 from the field and 6-of-6 from the stripe on his way to 14 points, nine assists, five rebounds, two 3-pointers, two steals and two turnovers in 32 minutes in Sunday's win.

    Advice: Smart did a nice job of attacking the basket, and an even better job of using the extra pass to turn good looks into great ones for his teammates. He’ll be much more involved in the offense while Kyrie Irving (face) is out, and with Irving uncertain for Tuesday’s game in Brooklyn, Smart could be in for a huge game against a team constantly giving up big lines to opposing point guards. Nov 12, 3:01 pm
  • Damian Lillard skips practice, will play Mon
    Damian Lillard (left ring finger) sat out Sunday's practice, but he will play Monday vs. Denver.

    Advice: Lillard is as tough as they come, so a minor injury to a finger on his non-shooting hand obviously won't be something that forces him to spend any time on the sidelines. He's gotten off to a hot start this season with averages of 25.2 points, 6.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 2.2 triples and 3.1 turnovers per game on 41.3 percent shooting which has been good enough for first-round value in 9-cat leagues. Nov 12, 12:35 pm
  • Marcus Smart is starting vs. the Raptors
    Marcus Smart will start against the Raptors on Sunday.

    Advice: With Kyrie Irving (face) out, the Celtics will start Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Aron Baynes and Al Horford. Smart is shooting 29 percent from the field this season, but give him a look if you need assists and steals. Terry Rozier is also looking at a bump in value and is coming off a 15-point game with seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two triples. Nov 12, 10:55 am
  • Kyrie Irving (face) officially out Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (face) has been officially ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He has a minor facial fracture under his right eye and won't be at the arena. Irving is going to be fitted for a mask, and head coach Brad Stevens said he didn't know if Irving will be able to travel for Tuesday's game in Brooklyn. With Irving on the shelf, Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart get a significant bump in value, and Shane Larkin will likely be in the rotation again. Nov 12, 10:44 am
  • Bullseye: Jamal Murray scores career-high 32
    Jamal Murray was on the mark during a 125-107 victory over the Magic on Saturday, scoring a career-high 32 points with four rebounds, one assist and six 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Blue Arrow made 12-of-21 from the field and was on fire in the first quarter with 16 points. Coach Mike Malone continues to preach consistency for the second-year guard, so there will be added pressure on him against the Blazers on Monday. Murray also looked great off the ball and was able to convert his wide-open shots to earn this easy win in an up-tempo game. It's been a bumpy ride, but Murray has been awesome overall in his last eight with a 66.1 TS% and a 24.6 usage rate. He's also first on the team in net rating over that span. Yes, this is why we've been preaching patience for one of the best young shooters in the NBA. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Ricky Rubio gets back on track
    Ricky Rubio posted 10 points with eight assists, seven rebounds and four steals across 36 minutes in Saturday's game against Brooklyn.

    Advice: That's a little bit better. He was 0-of-5 from the field in Friday's game against Miami, so this was a step in the right direction. Still, he has knocked down just one 3-pointer over his past five outings after averaging 1.9 triples in seven October contests, and his points are down over a bucket per game in November. Nov 11, 10:08 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon logs 33 minutes Saturday
    Malcolm Brogdon played 33 minutes off the bench on Saturday, notching 16 points, three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in a win vs. L.A.

    Advice: Brogdon came in averaging 33.6 minutes and his role as sixth-man should be fine for fantasy purposes, even if it eventually caps his upside. His trade appeal dipped following the Eric Bledsoe trade, so most owners should sit tight and hope he takes to leading the second unit -- so far, the results are encouraging. Nov 11, 9:30 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe plays 31 minutes vs. Lakers
    Playing in his second game for the Bucks on Saturday, Eric Bledsoe finished with 11 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and five turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He made 4-of-13 FGs (0-of-6 from deep) and it will inevitably take him a while to fully mesh with his new team, but fantasy owners have to be thrilled. It didn't take long for him to get traded away from Phoenix, and his efficiency should quickly improve with defenses focused on Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. It's all-systems-go for EB's owners. Nov 11, 9:24 pm
  • Dennis Smith turns in strong stat line
    Dennis Smith Jr. finished with 21 points, seven assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots over 30 minutes in Saturday's 111-104 loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There haven't been a lot of bright spots on the hardwood so far in the Metroplex this season, but DSJ and Harrison Barnes are certainly doing their part every night. Smith has turned up the intensity in November, hitting at least 3-pointer in each of his games while averaging 19.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game after averaging just 11.3 PPG, 5.7 APG and 3.0 RPG in six October outings. Nov 11, 8:25 pm
  • John Wall scores 13 points in 24 minutes
    John Wall (illness) played 24 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday, scoring 13 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal during a 113-94 win.

    Advice: He missed shootaround because of an illness, but luckily the Wizards were hot late in this game to get it to garbage time to keep his minutes down -- not lucky for fantasy owners, of course. Due to a shoulder injury last weekend and missing a game, Wall's perceived value may be at a low point. However, there's little reason to worry and that shoulder injury was to his non-shooting shoulder, so he could be viewed as a buy-low player. Nov 11, 6:47 pm
  • John Wall (illness) will start against Hawks
    John Wall (illness) will start against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was called probable for this game earlier today, but he may be slightly limited because he didn't go through shootaround. Wall lit up the Hawks in the playoffs last year with averages of 29.5 points, 10.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.5 treys in those six games. It's possible he can flirt with this numbers in what should be a very fast game. Nov 11, 2:25 pm
  • Kyrie Irving has a minor facial fracture
    Kyrie Irving suffered a minor facial fracture on Friday and he is currently listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: The good news is he did not suffer a concussion, and he's probably going to be able to wear a mask once the medical staff thinks he's ready to play. The Celtics will play again on Tuesday before they have a showdown against the Warriors, so that may be the target date. Until then, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are headed for a bigger role with Shane Larkin the second unit -- Larkin was effective on Monday. Plus, there's plenty of usage that will go around. Nov 11, 2:06 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 19 in loss to Nets
    Damian Lillard scored 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting in Friday's 101-97 loss to the Nets.

    Advice: The Nets have allowed the most fantasy points to PGs this season and Lillard was coming off a 12-point dud, so his fantasy owners were likely hoping for a bigger night. He did grab nine rebounds with six assists, a triple and two turnovers, but his owners can now look forward to back-to-back weeks with four games on the schedule. Nov 10, 10:04 pm
  • Brogdon plays 34 minutes in Bledsoe's debut
    Malcolm Brogdon moved to the bench on Friday vs. the Spurs but still played 34 minutes with nine points, seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: The Bucks shortened their rotation with Eric Bledsoe in the mix and it's a good sign that Brogdon still played heavy minutes, but he wasn't nearly as involved on offense as expected -- he posted a 13.6 usage rate after hovering around 20.0 before the Bledsoe trade. He's still a hold in most formats, but fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to be the top-60 player in standard 9-cat leagues that he was. Nov 10, 9:27 pm
  • Austin Rivers scores 17 points
    Austin Rivers scored 17 points with two assists and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: It was a night he'd probably like to forget on defense and maybe he wasn't 100 percent. Rivers was "50-50" to play in this game because he rolled his ankle in practice on Thursday, but the Clippers needed him badly with Pat Beverley (knee) out. He's a low-end option in fantasy. Nov 10, 9:27 pm
  • Bledsoe scores 13 w/ 7 dimes in MIL debut
    Eric Bledsoe had a successful debut for Milwaukee in Friday's 94-87 win over the Spurs, scoring 13 points with seven assists, four rebounds, one steal and one triple in 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks kept a close eye on his minutes since he hasn't played in an NBA game October 21st, but he appeared to be in excellent shape and meshed well with his new teammates. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and missed his only free throw with three turnovers, but all in all it was a solid showing with a 26.7 usage rate -- similar to his usage rate in Phoenix. The Bucks actually shortened their rotation with Malcolm Brogdon getting plenty of minutes (34) as well, so Bledsoe could be closer to 32 minutes in his next outing. Nov 10, 9:03 pm
  • Marcus Smart shoots 3-of-16 from field in win
    Marcus Smart shot just 3-of-16 from the field for eight points in Friday's win over the Hornets.

    Advice: He missed all seven 3-point attempts and was 2-of-3 from the line, adding seven assists, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 34 minutes. Kyrie Irving left the game with a possible concussion, so bad line aside, Smart could be looking at a short-term bump in usage and in fantasy value if Irving can't play on Sunday vs. the Raptors. Just be prepared to take a hit to your FG%, as he's now shooting 29.1 percent from the field on the season. Yikes. Nov 10, 8:31 pm
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) will play on Friday
    Austin Rivers (ankle) will play on Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: He said he would be play and now we have confirmation from his head coach (and father) as well. The Clippers are shorthanded with both Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) out, so Rivers and Lou Williams will have to play as many minutes as they can handle. Nov 10, 4:33 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon bumped to the bench Friday
    Coach Jason Kidd said Eric Bledsoe would replace Malcolm Brogdon as the team's starting point guard Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The Bledsoe trade is a bummer for Brogdon, who has been playing exceptionally well this season. Brogdon has scored at least 13 points in nine of the 10 games he's appeared in and tallied at least 20 points in each of the Bucks last three contests. Kidd did state that Bledsoe's minutes would be monitored on Friday, as Bledsoe hasn't played a game in three weeks. Thus, Brogdon should safely see 30-plus minutes on Friday, but his playing time going forward is less certain. Nov 10, 9:59 am
  • Eric Bledsoe to start in MIL debut on Friday
    Eric Bledsoe will replace Malcolm Brogdon in the starting lineup Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Kidd did say that they would monitor Bledsoe's minutes on Friday night, as he has just one full practice under his belt and hasn't played in an NBA game October 21st. Thus, it's best to avoid Bledsoe in DFS formats on Friday, but being named the starting point guard right away is encouraging for his long-term fantasy value. We will have to wait and see how playing time between Brogdon and Bledsoe is divvied up once Bledsoe is back in game shape. Nov 10, 9:46 am
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) says he'll play Friday
    Austin Rivers (ankle) said he will play Friday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "I’m gonna play," said Rivers. "There’s a difference between pain and discomfort. If it’s discomfort, you can play with that." Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) have been ruled out Friday, so Rivers has a chance to play heavy minutes if he can handle it. Lou Williams will replace Beverly in the starting lineup on Friday. Nov 10, 9:44 am
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) '50-50' to play Friday
    Coach Doc Rivers said Austin Rivers (ankle) is "50-50" to play Friday vs. OKC.

    Advice: The Clippers are already short-handed with Patrick Beverley (knee) and Danilo Gallinari (glute) ruled out for Friday. If Rivers is unable to suit up, Lou Williams would be asked to play extended minutes. Wes Johnson, Sindarius Thornwell and Juwan Evans would also see additional playing time. Nov 10, 9:19 am
  • Jamal Murray scores nine in 18 minutes
    Jamal Murray played 18 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday with nine points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone's hot-hand approach has really burned Murray's playing time. Emmanuel Mudiay played the game of his life tonight and Will Barton is in a groove. Before the game, Malone called Murray "inconsistent" and said he needs to relax to just make the right play. The coach also said Murray has been getting down on himself and Malone has watched a lot of tape with him. He's not exactly fun to own in fantasy right now, but the Nuggets are obviously committed to him after having multiple opportunities to land a point guard and still sticking with their 20-year-old guard. Nov 9, 10:51 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox makes game-winning jumper
    De'Aaron Fox hit his first NBA game-winning shot with a 19-foot pullup to beat the 76ers 109-108 on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, four rebounds, seven assists and one turnover in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Up until the last shot, he actually didn't shoot the ball well with his 4-of-13 from the field and 3-of-7 from the line. Fox has been hanging in the upper 20s lately with averages of 11.8 points, 2.6 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.4 steals and 0.2 blocks over his last five. He's not quite as hot as he was earlier this year, but it's just a matter of time before Fox starts to click again. Nov 9, 10:09 pm
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