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  • Denzel Valentine scores 18 points in start
    Denzel Valentine started on Friday vs. the Hornets and scored a season-high 18 points with six assists, five rebounds, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, there's a good chance Valentine sticks in the first unit. The second-year wing hit 7-of-15 shots and was running the offense quite a bit, helping the Bulls record their third win of the season. Valentine could take a hit when Zach LaVine (knee) returns, but that's not until mid-December and the Bulls need offensive weapons right now. With an awesome matchup coming up against the Suns on Sunday, Valentine is on the radar as a pickup. Yesterday, 8:56 pm
  • Danny Green hits five triples in home win
    Danny Green ended up with 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocked shots across 35 minutes in Friday's 104-101 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Green hit 5-of-13 from behind the arc, and he has posted eight 3-pointers over his past two outings. He hasn't hit double digits in points in three consecutive outings at any point this season, but he'll look to change that in Monday's visit from the Hawks. He continues to help fantasy owners in the 3-pointers category, as well as steals and blocked shots. Yesterday, 8:55 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores 10 in 22 minutes
    Caris LeVert scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He's likely looking at minutes at the point and he saw some today. LeVert is also going to be the best perimeter scorer in the second unit with nobody else really capable of making plays, so he's likely to trend up in a hurry. He still hasn't quite been able to string games together, but his opportunity is as great as almost any bench player. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) does not play
    Treveon Graham (thigh) was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He was available to play, but he's not going to be in the rotation consistently with Nicolas Batum back. Yesterday, 8:37 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. Yesterday, 8:27 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaks ankle in loss
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Bulls, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 3-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, and his ankle injury isn't a huge concern because he was able to return after getting it re-taped. Barring a surprise, MKG should be fine for Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, so keep him active for his rebounds and defensive stats. Yesterday, 8:22 pm
  • Justise Winslow gets pulled early, rebounds
    Justise Winslow scored 10 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: It looked like he was in for a brutal game after coach Erik Spoelstra gave Winslow a quick hook after two mistakes on defense. After that, Winslow was much better and was able to produce better than expected. While the Heat starting lineup with Winslow is smashing, Winslow just doesn't offer enough upside to own in most leagues. Yesterday, 7:43 pm
  • Josh Richardson struggles with his shot again
    Josh Richardson made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with two rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, this shooting line is brutal and he's been ice cold for almost every game. However, Richardson was outstanding on defense tonight and he's the best perimeter defender on the team, so he's not going to be losing minutes. We've seen him get really hot before and it feels like it's just a matter of time before his shot starts to drop. He still has plenty of pep in his step, so it should click sooner rather than later. Yesterday, 7:41 pm
  • Wes Johnson efficient in Friday's road loss
    Wes Johnson hit 6-of-10 from the floor in Friday's overtime loss in Cleveland, scoring 15 points with seven rebounds.

    Advice: Johnson also chipped in with four blocked shots, four assists and three steals while knocking down three triples, as he gave fantasy owners a little something across the board. He entered the game with just four blocks over his past nine contests, and his double-digit point total was just the second of the season, so those were probably the biggest surprises of the night. Yesterday, 7:33 pm
  • Courtney Lee hits 1-of-9 shots in loss
    Courtney Lee hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points, six rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes vs. the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He described himself as "a little sore" after taking a shot to the upper leg in his previous game, so maybe that's to blame for his poor shooting. However, Lee salvaged his fantasy line with some nice supporting stats and will continue to be a nice low-end value for his steals and triples. Yesterday, 7:17 pm
  • Stanley Johnson scores three points
    Stanley Johnson scored three points with one rebound, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't really been very good all season and Luke Kennard is kind of coming along faster than expected. Johnson is going to be a low-end player to own in deep leagues with a few blips on the radars for standard leagues. Yesterday, 6:30 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee soreness) out Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) will not play on Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: The Jazz play again on Saturday vs. Orlando, so hopefully they are just resting him for that one. With Sefolosha out, Jonas Jerebko is looking at extended minutes and is worth a look if you need 3-pointers -- he's hit three triples in each of his last two games. Yesterday, 3:54 pm
  • Denzel Valentine will start vs. Hornets
    Denzel Valentine will start against the Hornets on Friday night.

    Advice: The Bulls are ranked dead last in offensive rating with their 92.9 offensive rating, so they need some changes. Valentine started the second half on Wednesday and did play 27 minutes, so he may have a chance to see minutes in the 30s. He hasn't exactly played well, but maybe the new role gets him going. Paul Zipser may not be in the rotation today. Yesterday, 3:20 pm
  • Courtney Lee is a little sore
    Courtney Lee (leg) will play against the Raptors on Friday.

    Advice: He is "a little sore" according to coach Jeff Hornacek. Lee took some contact to his upper leg late in the game on Wednesday, but he should be able to play his normal amount of minutes. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • Justin Anderson (shin splints) out 3 weeks
    Justin Anderson (shin splints) is expected to miss about three weeks.

    Advice: Even though he was questionable on Wednesday for a shin issue, he played eight minutes in a win. Chances are that playing time set him back and he he dealt with discomfort following that one. The best treatment for shin splints is rest, so hopefully the time off will help him recover. We should see a few more minutes for Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and he could be worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Friday
    Norman Powell (hip) has been ruled out for Friday against the Knicks.

    Advice: That means OG Anunoby will be in the starting lineup again and he should be playing around 30 minutes. Plus, the Raptors are really going to have to lean on Fred VanVleet today and should use a lot of two-PG lineups -- they used FVV next to Lowry for 13 minutes on Wednesday. Powell is actually a decent stash now because Delon Wright (shoulder) was taking his fourth-quarter minutes. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Will Barton back to bench on Friday
    With Gary Harris (shoulder) returning to the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Pelicans, Will Barton will head back to the bench.

    Advice: Barton started in place of Harris in each of Denver's last two games, but has been very productive off the bench this season as well. Barton is averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 28.5 minutes over 12 games as a reserve. Despite the return of Harris, Barton should be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 10:44 am
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday
    Courtney Lee (hamstring) will play Friday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Lee limped off the court on Wednesday's following the Knicks win over the Jazz. However, Lee said it was just cramping and that he's good to go for Friday night. Lee has been sneakily solid all season for the Knicks. He's averaging 11.6 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists 1.8 treys and 1.4 steals in 32.6 minutes this season. He ranks inside the top-70 overall in nine-category fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:44 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha (knee) questionable Friday
    Thabo Sefolosha (right knee soreness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Brooklyn.

    Advice: Sefolosha was averaging 23.4 minutes per game in the three games the Jazz has played since Rudy Gobert (knee) went down. If Thabo is unable to suit up on Friday, Jonas Jerebko would likely remain in the starting lineup and see additional minutes. Ekpe Udoh would also see an uptick in playing time. Yesterday, 9:04 am
  • Treveon Graham questionable for Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh) is questionable for Friday against the

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum back in action, Graham isn't expected to be in the rotation. Thursday, 1:56 pm
  • Hoiberg likes keeping Valentine in 2nd unit
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said he hasn't given Denzel Valentine a chance in the starting lineup because he likes what he brings to the second unit.

    Advice: "We need a playmaker and scorer in that second unit,’’ Hoiberg said. "Denzel has done a nice job in that role.’’ Valentine is usually on the floor for the end of games which is more important anyways, but the Bulls did turn to him in the third quarter of Wednesday's game when he replaced Jerian Grant in the first unit. However, Justin Holiday (personal) wasn't with the team, so Valentine will likely stick in the second unit for the time being where he's been a low-end fantasy asset. Thursday, 7:53 am
  • Courtney Lee (lee) says he'll be fine
    Courtney Lee (leg) said that he'll be fine for Friday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said after Wednesday's game that Lee tweaked his hamstring, but Lee later said that he was just cramping and that he took a knee to the tailbone. "I’m fine, bro,’’ Lee said. "I’ll be ready for the next game. I’m fine.’" Expect him to play, but Lee's owners can check back for an update after Friday's morning shootaround to be safe. Thursday, 6:50 am
  • Denzel Valentine starts 2nd half on Wednesday
    Denzel Valentine replaced Jerian Grant to start the third quarter on Wednesday, finishing a 92-79 loss with 13 points, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Valentine was the only Bulls player in rhythm in the first half, and he provided some much-needed shooting for the first unit, finishing 5-of-9 from the field with three 3-pointers. Justin Holiday (personal) is day-to-day and could return on Friday, so this doesn't really move the needle for Valentine, fantasy-wise. Wednesday, 10:00 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (back) returns, plays 18 min
    Stanley Johnson (back) returned to action on Wednesday with two points, three rebounds and one steal in just 18 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson started tonight, but he looked rusty and was given an unforgiving assignment vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo defensively. Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons most missed Johnson's rebounding and defense, adding, "[Johnson] was also playing really well offensively, under control." We'll give him a pass tonight, and he should be better vs. Indy on Friday. Wednesday, 9:04 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
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist breaks out w/ 22 pts
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist broke out on Wednesday for a season-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Guess who the most popular waiver-wire pickup will be tomorrow? MKG had struggled to find a rhythm while missing six games for personal reasons, but it all clicked for him tonight. He didn't just score at the rim, either, going 5-of-6 on shots outside the paint. He's on the wire in plenty of leagues, and is worth grabbing if you need boards and defensive stats. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Courtney Lee (hamstring) says he's OK
    Updating a previous item, Courtney Lee (leg) said he cramped up in the fourth quarter and took a "knee to the butt bone" late in the game.

    Advice: A bump to his leg is much better news than a hamstring muscle pull, so Lee is probably going to be able to suit up this weekend. For now, his fantasy owners should have him ready to roll on Friday against the Raptors. He should be owned in all standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:51 pm
  • Courtney Lee tweaks hamstring at end of game
    Courtney Lee tweaked his hamstring in the final minute of Wednesday's game and he will be re-evaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: He played the final 9:31 of this game, so the injury probably occurred in the last possession or two. Lee hasn't had any noteworthy hamstring issues in his NBA career, but teams are usually very careful with this injury because it can linger. If he does need to miss time, Doug McDermott or Michael Beasley could be asked to play more, or there could be more two-PG lineups used with Frank Ntilikina. The Knicks may also roll the dice on Damyean Dotson to fill some minutes. Lee finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three 3-pointers. He's been a must-own player to this point in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Justise Winslow stays quiet again
    Justise Winslow scored seven points with five rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's probably going to keep the starting job at power forward because Okaro White (foot) is out for multiple months. However, Winslow has really faded since the Heat got healthy over the last three, averaging 5.0 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks. He's not worth owning in standard leagues. Wednesday, 7:03 pm
  • Denzel Valentine starts 3Q for Jerian Grant
    Denzel Valentine is starting the third quarter over Jerian Grant on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: He could see minutes in the low double digits, but Anderson doesn't have much fantasy value while Robert Covington is active. Wednesday, 6:22 pm
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) out Wednesday vs. CLE
    Treveon Graham (thigh) will not play Wednesday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: With Nicolas Batum (elbow) getting back to the court tonight, Graham might not be in the rotation moving forward. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Norman Powell out, OG Anunoby starting
    Norman Powell (hip) will remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, allowing OG Anunoby to earn another start.

    Advice: Anunoby played very well through 30 minutes as a starter on Tuesday, registering 16 points, three triples, two boards, one assist and one steal, although head coach Dwane Casey said he will try and keep his minutes down on the second leg of a back-to-back, thus limiting his DFS appeal. The Raptors play again Friday vs. New York and we'll be considering Powell questionable for that one, but he's been too up-and-down this season to warrant a hold in standard 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:42 pm
  • 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
  • Justin Anderson (left shin) questionable
    Justin Anderson (left shin soreness) is questionable to face the Lakers on Wednesday.

    Advice: If he can't play, we may see Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot get more run at both wing spots in the second unit. Anderson hasn't done much this season with just 13.2 minutes per game. Wednesday, 12:02 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (back) will start Wednesday
    Stanley Johnson (back) will return to the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: With Johnson back in the starting five, Reggie Bullock should head back to the bench and Luke Kennard could lose some minutes. Johnson hasn't been great this season and his minutes could be monitored following a three-game stint on the sidelines, so he's not a great target in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:53 am
  • Stanley Johnson, Leuer available to play Weds
    Stanley Johnson (back) and Jon Leuer (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Johnson will be returning from a three-game absence, so he could be somewhat limited even if he does replace Reggie Bullock in the starting five. Leuer has been out for five games, so he'll likely only see minutes in the teens tonight. Neither Leuer nor Johnson is a very attractive target on a busy Wednesday night. Wednesday, 9:33 am
  • Danny Green back on Tuesday, sort of
    Danny Green returned from his hamstring injury and played 27 minutes on Tuesday, but the results weren't great. He hit just 2-of-6 shots, missed all of his 3-pointers, and finished with four points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Green has shown signs of returning to form this season, but it looks like it's going to be a bumpy ride. In his last two games, he's hit 4-of-13 shots to average 4.5 points and zero 3-pointers, but in the two before that, he hit 14-of-25 shots and six 3-pointers to average 19 points. He's always going to be a cheap source of 3-pointers, steals and blocks, at least on most nights, but his ability to disappear into Gregg Popovich's magic hat make him a tough player to rely on. Tuesday, 8:50 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores 15 points in 22 minutes
    Caris LeVert scored 15 points with four assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 109-102 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.

    Advice: With D'Angelo Russell (knee) out a while, LeVert was handling the ball a lot for the second unit and it's surprising that he didn't play more than 22 minutes. He finished 6-of-7 from the field and 2-of-2 from beyond the arc, and hopefully this game will give him some renewed confidence because he was shooting 37.8% from the field and 18.2% from beyond the arc in his previous five games. The Nets only have two more games this week and are off until Friday, but give LeVert a look if you need a low-end streaming option while Russell is out. Tuesday, 6:55 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (back) questionable Wednesday
    Stan Van Gundy said both Stanely Johnson (back) and Jon Leuer (ankle) participated fully in practice Tuesday and are questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Johnson has missed three straight games but appears to be inching closer to a return. Reggie Bullock has started each of the last three games; however, it was Luke Kennard that was the primary beneficiary of Johnson's absence on Sunday. We should have an update on Johnson's status after shootaround on Wednesday morning, but for what it's worth, Johnson said he expects to play. Tuesday, 10:47 am
  • Norman Powell (hip) ruled out on Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip pointer) has officially been ruled out of Tuesday's matchup vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: Powell not playing has been the expected outcome since he injured his hip during Sunday's game and left the arena on crutches. He has ditched the crutches but is not yet ready to return to game action. With Powell sidelined, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will soak up additional minutes. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said that Danny Green (hamstring) will play Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: This was expected after Green practiced on Monday. With Green returning to the starting lineup, Bryn Forbes heads back to the bench. Brandon Paul will also see his minutes scaled back on Tuesday. Green is averaging 11.1 minutes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers in 29.0 minutes per game this season. Tuesday, 10:23 am
  • Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful
    Coach Dwane Casey says Norman Powell (right hip) remains doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Casey told reporters after shootaround: "I don’t think he’s going to play." We should have confirmation when Casey speaks with the media prior to tip-off. C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby will see an uptick in minutes with Powell sidelined. Tuesday, 10:02 am
  • 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
  • Will Barton playing well for Nuggets
    Will Barton got another start for Gary Harris (shoulder) on Monday and had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Harris should be back for the next one, but Barton has been playing well, getting minutes at point guard, shooting guard and small forward. In fact this was one of his worst games in recent memory, which is saying something. He's averaging 17.8 points, 6.4 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 49 percent shooting over his last five games. He should be owned everywhere. Monday, 10:19 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scores 13 points off bench
    Thabo Sefolosha came off the bench and hit 5-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 13 points, two rebounds, one assist and zero steals in 22 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: He might get some starts with Rudy Gobert out with a leg injury, but Jonas Jerebko got the nod tonight. Sefolosha is a steals specialist and had five of them on Saturday, but came away empty handed in this one. However, the three 3-pointers were a season high. Monday, 8:43 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) doubtful for Tuesday
    Norman Powell (right hip) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: The good news is that Powell was no longer sporting crutches at Monday's practice, but the bad news is that he's doubtful and did not participate. OG Anunoby started the second half on Sunday night when Powell went out, which we could see again on Tuesday, and there will also be more minutes available for C.J. Miles. Stay tuned. Monday, 12:31 pm
  • Danny Green (hamstring) hopeful for Tuesday
    Danny Green is hopeful to play on Tuesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Green was "rested" on Saturday vs. the Bulls, but he later revealed that he has a tight hamstring. He downplayed the injury and was a full participant at Monday's light practice, but expect another update on Tuesday morning after shootaround. If Green sits out again, Bryn Forbes would be worth a look as a short-term play after scoring 13 points in 34 minutes vs. Chicago. Monday, 10:35 am
  • Treveon Graham (thigh) misses practice
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: This may not even matter, as Graham will likely fall out of the rotation with Nicolas Batum (elbow) expected back on Wednesday vs. Cleveland. Graham belongs on the waiver wire. Monday, 9:47 am
  • Nicolas Batum expected to play vs. CLE
    According to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer, Nicolas Batum (elbow) "should" play on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers barring a setback.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Batum made it through a full-court 5-on-5 scrimmage on Sunday. "I bet he got an assist to everybody he played with today," Marvin Williams said. "There were a couple of times when he hit me wide-open and I wasn’t expecting the ball." The Hornets are planning to scrimmage again on Monday, so it'll be interesting to see how his elbow responds. While he will be brought along slowly in the early going, Batum has to be owned everywhere. Monday, 7:12 am
  • Josh Richardson notches 15/5/4 with full line
    Josh Richardson had 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers, one steal and one block during Sunday's 112-103 loss vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: J-Rich isn't jumping off the stat sheet this year, but he's salvaging some value with 0.8 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.5 triples per game. Poor FG percentages and low assists have limited him to low-end value, but this is a timely reminder of his upside. He's on plenty of waiver wires, too, so seek him out if you need defensive stats and 3-pointers. Sunday, 4:05 pm
  • Norman Powell (right hip) leaves on crutches
    Norman Powell (right hip) left the arena on crutches after Sunday's game.

    Advice: It was called a hip pointer injury and although the crutches aren't a good sign, we'll wait for an update before speculating as to the severity. If Powell isn't ready to play vs. the Rockets on Tuesday, C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby should be called on to absorb his minutes. Sunday, 3:23 pm
  • Norman Powell (hip) will not return Sunday
    Norman Powell exited Sunday's game with a right hip pointer injury, and he will not return.

    Advice: Powell was able to limp his way back to the locker room after taking a knee from Aron Baynes, but was ruled out pretty quickly, so for now, we're going to have to consider him questionable for Tuesday's game in Houston. He'll end his evening with one rebound, one assist, one steal and zero points in seven minutes and his absence should lead to more minutes for C.J. Miles and OG Anunoby. Sunday, 1:19 pm
  • Stanley Johnson, Jon Leuer out Sunday vs. MIA
    Stanely Johnson (hip, back) and Jon Leuer (ankle) will remain on the sidelines for Sunday's matchup with Miami.

    Advice: This will be Johnson's third straight game on the sidelines, which will allow Reggie Bullock to earn another start and open up some extra minutes for Langston Galloway and Luke Kennard in the second unit. None of these guys make for very attractive targets in fantasy hoops, though. Stan Van Gundy said that Johnson's hip is no longer the issue, but rather his back, although he's had an MRI which revealed no structural damage and he's been diagnosed with a Grade I sprain. Sunday, 11:29 am
  • Nicolas Batum looks 'great' in 5-on-5
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) looked "great" at practice during a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

    Advice: He was cleared for full contact a couple days ago and it sounds like he has a really good chance to make his season debut on Wednesday vs. the Cavaliers. Batum will be brought along slowly, and coach Steve Clifford even hinted that he could come off the bench. He needs to be owned everywhere, but expectations should be held in check in the early going. Jeremy Lamb's owners should sit tight while we see how this rotation unfolds. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Caris LeVert could get some PG run
    Caris LeVert scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: With D'Angelo Russell (knee) going down, the Nets could be open to using LeVert at point guard again. They did use a no-PG lineup in the fourth with LeVert out there and they used him in that role last year. Isaiah Whitehead hasn't earned Kenny Atkinson's trust yet. Saturday, 10:17 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha records five steals
    Thabo Sefolosha was in the starting lineup Saturday against Brooklyn with Rudy Gobert (knee) sidelined and he stepped up with nine points, nine rebounds and five steals across 32 minutes.

    Advice: Sefolosha did a good job with his quick hands, and his insertion into the starting five made sense since the Nets are a smaller team that likes to run. He did a good job at both ends of the floor and finished with a game-high plus-17 rating. It's uncertain if Gobert will need more time to heal, but Sefolosha might come off the bench Monday with a bigger Timberwolves team coming to Salt Lake. Saturday, 9:58 pm
  • Will Barton scores season-high 26 points
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Will The Thrill is playing some of his best ball of his career, and coach Mike Malone is giving him a lot of responsibility with the ball. On the year, Barton is averaging 15.1 points, 5.4 boards, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.4 blocks and 2.0 treys on 45.8 percent from the field. He's logging minutes at three positions and is a perfect example of how a bench player can put up strong value in fantasy. Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 20 points in win
    Courtney Lee made 7-of-9 from the field for 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and five 3-pointers against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He uncharacteristically was not shooting the ball well with only a 41.2 field goal percentage on the season before this game, and he was under 43 percent in each of his previous four. This strong game from Lee moves him to a sneaky mid-round value in nine-category leagues, so he's vastly under owned in standard formats. Saturday, 8:40 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha will start, Favors to center
    Thabo Sefolosha will start for Rudy Gobert (knee) against the Nets on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense against a Nets team that loves to run. Although, Derrick Favors has rarely played next to four smaller players, so this is a lot of pressure on him. Saturday, 5:23 pm
  • Will Barton getting the start
    Will Barton will start for Gary Harris (shoulder) against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been in a serious groove and now Barton could be looking at minutes in the upper 30s. His move to the first unit should also mean Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay get more run. Plus, Malik Beasley may see minutes in the upper teens. Saturday, 4:29 pm
  • Danny Green out, Rudy G 50/50, Forbes starts
    Danny Green (rest) is out, Rudy Gay is 50/50, and Bryn Forbes will start for Green against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: It's a back-to-back set and Green will sit out at home. With him out, Forbes should get a huge opportunity while Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray could play next to each other. There should be a lot of value to be had in DFS here, especially with Forbes. Saturday, 3:55 pm
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) 'questionable at best'
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said both Stanley Johnson (hip) and Jon Leuer (ankle) should be considered "questionable at best" for Sunday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: Johnson has missed each of the Pistons previous two games after injuring his hip last week. Reggie Bullock started each of those two contests and averaged 6.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.2 minutes per game. Bullock will likely draw another start on Sunday, but has very limited fantasy appeal. Saturday, 9:26 am
  • Justise Winslow does nothing to cement job
    Justise Winslow posted just four points with six rebounds and a blocked shot across 22 minutes in Friday's win at Utah.

    Advice: Winslow hit just 1-of-5 from the floor, missing his only 3-pointer attempt, doing very little to cement his role in the starting five. However, the good news is that James Johnson didn't do anything to carve out more minutes for himself, as he scored just two points with four turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. Friday, 9:47 pm
  • Denzel Valentine has forgettable night
    Denzel Valentine finished with three points, four assists and three rebounds while hitting just 1-of-10 from the floor Friday against Indiana.

    Advice: Valentine played more than 20 minutes off the bench for the fourth straight game, as he continues to get an opportunity to play more with David Nwaba (ankle) on the shelf. However, Valentine will need to do a lot better than this if he hopes to hang onto his extra minutes. Friday, 8:34 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns to lineup
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) was back in the starting lineup on Friday vs. the Celtics, scoring eight points (4-of-6 FGs) with five rebounds and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: MKG has missed a total of six games this season so he's not in the best shape, but he did match his season-high in minutes played. He could be closer to 30 minutes on Wednesday vs. LeBron James and the Cavaliers, so give him a look if you could use some defensive stats and rebounds. Since the Hornets are off for the next four days, you can probably wait a little bit before adding him. Friday, 7:34 pm
  • Stanley Johnson, Jon Leuer ruled out vs. ATL
    Stanley Johnson (hip) will not play against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: Reggie Bullock will be starting again and he should get some solid run after the starting unit excelled in their 15 minutes together on Wednesday. Bullock didn't do too much in his 33 minutes with only seven points, but maybe he's better today in a dream matchup against a Hawks unit that gives up a lot of points. Johnson can be dropped in most leagues. Friday, 2:35 pm
  • Nuggets to continue to play Will Barton at PG
    Coach Michael Malone plans to continue using Will Barton at point guard.

    Advice: "It is a new era of point guard," coach Malone said. "In today’s NBA, yeah, Will Barton can play point guard... I think now he’s leading the sixth man of the year race because now he’s contributing in so many different areas. He has that type of ability." Barton is third on the team in assists (3.0 dimes per game), while also averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.8 treys. He's inside the top-100 overall in nine-category leagues. Friday, 9:41 am
  • Stanley Johnson (hip) unlikely to play Friday
    Stan Van Gundy said he "doesn't anticipate" Stanley Johnson (hip) or Jon Leuer (ankle) to play Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Johnson was sidelined for Wednesday's game and will likely miss his second straight contest Friday night. Van Gundy told reporters that Reggie Bullock would draw another start at small forward in place of Johnson. Johnson was able to do some light shooting on Thursday, so hopefully, he continues to move in the right direction. Detroit's next game is Sunday afternoon vs. Miami. Friday, 8:38 am
  • Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) out Friday
    Treveon Graham (thigh contusion) will not play Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Graham is averaging 20.5 minutes per game off the Hornets bench this season. With Graham sidelined, Malik Monk, Jeremy Lamb and Dwayne Bacon will likely divvy up additional minutes on Friday. Friday, 8:06 am
  • Will Barton scores 13 points vs. OKC
    Will Barton scored 13 points with two rebounds, four assists, one steal and one turnover in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone loves him and he continues to use him as a ball-handler with plenty of minutes next to the starters. Barton has three strong games in a row with at least 31 minutes in each, so he makes a case to be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 10:40 pm
  • Norman Powell continuing not to play late
    Norman Powell played 18 minutes with eight points, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey still doesn't trust Powell in the clutch and tonight it was OG Anunoby taking his minutes late in this game -- we've seen Delon Wright also take time from him. Powell has only played in the fourth quarter for just four games on the year and that accounts for only 21 of his 243 minutes, so he may have some work to do to get minutes in the upper 20s per game. It'll be tough to count on him on a nightly basis. Thursday, 7:22 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) takes on contact
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) took on contact at practice on Thursday and "did it all," according to coach Steve Clifford.

    Advice: Coach Clifford did hint that Batum could play more minutes on some nights, and not as many in other matchups. It did also sound like Batum could come off the bench to help organize the second unit, especially with how well Jeremy Lamb has played. The Hornets have their next home game on Nov. 15 against the Cavs, and it feels like Batum has a decent shot to play in that one. He should be added in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Stanley Johnson, Jon Leuer unlikely vs. ATL
    Stanley Johnson (hip) and Jon Leuer (ankle) are between questionable and doubtful for Friday against the Hawks.

    Advice: Both of them did some light shooting on Thursday, so maybe they do have a chance to suit up after missing Wednesday. The Pistons started Reggie Bullock and he fared well with his seven points in 33 minutes during a win. Plus, Luke Kennard was also in the first-half rotation while Langston Galloway also stepped up in more three-guard lineups. Expect a similar approach on Friday. Thursday, 11:15 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will start on Friday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) will start on Friday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: His minutes are "to be determined" and he did go through practice on Thursday, but we wouldn't expect a full workload since he's been away from the team so much. He'll be tough to trust in fantasy lineups until his minutes trend up, but is worth picking up if you're targeting rebounds and defensive stats. Thursday, 10:05 am
  • Spoelstra non-committal on starting PF
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra wouldn't commit to Justise Winslow being the starting power forward.

    Advice: "Nothing is in cement right now," Spoelstra said, "but I thought Justise gave us some really rock-solid minutes on both ends of the court." Winslow had his best game of the season on Wednesday vs. the Suns with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes, so he'll likely get another chance to win the job on Friday vs. the Jazz. Winslow's shooting percentages can be brutal at times, so we'd need to see another strong game on Friday before calling him a pickup in most formats. Thursday, 9:45 am
  • Josh Richardson scores four points
    Josh Richardson scored four points with six rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes before fouling out against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: The official scorer may have short-changed him on a block against Devin Booker in this game, but this is still one of his worst games overall. Richardson did get into some foul trouble in the first quarter and he may have taken a knee to his thigh in the first, as well. Despite how he's still at just 38 percent from the field and his offense hasn't really showed up, he's still be able to hold late-round value in standard leagues. He's still a hold and could start to climb fast once his jumper starts to fall. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Justise Winslow posts 14/6/5 line in victory
    Justise Winslow made a start at small forward against the Suns on Wednesday with 14 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's easily his best game and this was his third straight start. While Winslow did have a solid showing on Monday against the Warriors, it's still tough to buy this uptick. Hassan Whiteside was benched in the second half on Monday, Dion Waiters missed two games, and now Tyler Johnson (illness) not playing today clearly helped him get playing time and usage. An eight-man rotation against the Suns should lead to strong lines like this one for a starter, so we'd still like to see Winslow do it again under normal circumstances. He gets the Jazz on Friday and the team should be 100 percent, so that would speak volumes. He's not quite a pickup in most leagues. Wednesday, 9:37 pm
  • Courtney Lee gets four steals in 30 minutes
    Courtney Lee had 12 points, four steals, two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes on Wednesday, making 3-of-7 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Lee was coming off a nine-assist performance in 36 minutes on Tuesday, and he continues to be a sneaky top-100 roto value. Jeff Hornacek loves him and he hasn't faced much competition, although SF Doug McDermott could be a threat if he continues to play well. Wednesday, 7:30 pm
  • Justise Winslow starting, Okaro White benched
    Justise Winslow will start vs. the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: This gives Winslow three straight starts and it looks like he could stick, with coach Erik Spoelstra preferring to keep James Johnson with the second unit. Even as a starter, Winslow hasn't done much for season-long owners. Wednesday, 5:22 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist expected to play Fri
    Steve Clifford said he intends to play Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) on Friday vs. Boston.

    Advice: Kidd-Gilchrist is expected to get in a full practice on Thursday, and if all goes well, his owners can plan on having him available on Friday night. He has missed the past three games, though, so Clifford may keep MKG's minutes in the lower-20s until he gets his conditioning where it needs to be. Wednesday, 4:19 pm
  • Nicolas Batum (elbow) could return Nov. 15
    Nicolas Batum (elbow) is close to being cleared and could return to game action as early as Nov. 15 against the Cavs, according to Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

    Advice: This coincides with the previous timeline from Nov. 1 with Batum possibly making it back Nov. 14-21. He still needs to be cleared and it's certainly possible he's not available for the national TV game on the 15th. Fantasy owners should probably pounce on Batum where he's available. Jeremy Lamb may lose some playing time, especially after Malik Monk's recent improvement. Wednesday, 11:21 am
  • Kidd-Gilchrist expected to practice Thursday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (personal) is expected to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: After MKG left the team last month due to the passing of his grandmother, the team has not shared why he has left the team for a second time. Hopefully, everything is OK with Kidd-Gilchrist and he can play this weekend. If he's back, Dwayne Bacon would likely move back to the bench. MKG should be owned in standard leagues. Wednesday, 11:17 am
  • Will Barton plays well off Denver bench
    Will Barton came off the bench and hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists, a steal and two blocks in 31 minutes of Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Barton ended up playing a lot of point guard tonight while Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay struggled, and he came through. Barton doesn't appear to be a threat to Murray's job, despite his struggles, but is playing very well right now, averaging 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers while hitting 46 percent of his shots over his last five games. It's time to move on him if he's available in your league. Tuesday, 8:46 pm
  • Wesley Johnson starts, plays 33 minutes Tues
    Wesley Johnson finished Tuesday's loss to the Spurs with 12 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and a pair of 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Johnson scored all 12 points of his points in the first half. He continued to be productive statistically, however, and it looks like he'll log heavy minutes if Danilo Gallinari (strained left glute) misses more games. Gallo was struggling to walk on Sunday, so that sounds like a safe bet, but Johnson is still just a streaming option in deeper leagues. Tuesday, 8:29 pm
  • Norman Powell cools off in win vs. Bulls
    Norman Powell cooled off during Tuesday's home win, chipping in seven points on 3-of-8 shooting with one 3-pointer, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Powell was coming off a season-best 19-point effort on Sunday, but the usage won't always be there while starting alongside Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. The good news is that he was hot coming in, and coach Dwane Casey praised an increase in his activity, saying, "He’s not tip-toeing around and moving at a slug-like pace." The Raptors aren't bursting with depth, and Powell is a solid hold. Tuesday, 7:40 pm
  • Wes Johnson starting vs. the Spurs
    Wes Johnson is starting against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Johnson started the second half of Sunday's game when Danilo Gallinari (glute) was ruled out. Gallo is sitting out tonight and could miss additional time, but Johnson doesn't offer much upside and is a shaky fantasy option at best. Look for Sam Dekker to see a bump in minutes as well. Tuesday, 5:34 pm
  • Justise Winslow scores six points in start
    Justise Winslow started with Dion Waiters (personal) out and hit 3-of-9 shots for six points, eight rebounds, five assists and a steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Not great, but if you took a flier on him in DFS it might have paid off. Waiters is due back on Wednesday, so expect Winslow to head back to the bench for his next game. Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Josh Richardson quiet in 32 minutes
    Josh Richardson hit 3-of-7 shots for six points, three steals and two blocks in Monday's 97-80 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Richardson was tasked with trying to slow down all of the Warriors big guns tonight and he actually played solid defense. This was the first time this season the Warriors didn't score at least 100 points. But for fantasy purposes, his low scoring and lack of threes, rebounds or assists tonight was disheartening, to say the least. Having said that, the steals and blocks were great, and he'd hit a 3-pointer in five straight games coming in. Richardson is having a tough time coming up with offensive consistency, but the minutes are still there and he's averaging 7.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.2 3-pointers over his last five games. He's hit just 31 percent of his shots over that stretch, but over his last three he's at 10-of-25 (40%). Cut him if you want to, but he's still a key component to what the Heat want to do and has a very high ceiling. Just hang onto him in 12-team leagues. Monday, 10:04 pm
  • Caris LeVert records five steals in win
    Caris LeVert came off the bench on Monday vs. the Suns and finished with four points, four rebounds and a career-high five steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-8 from the field and 0-of-2 from beyond the arc, so his brutal slump continues. He's now averaging 7.4 points on 27.7 percent shooting over his last five games, while Allen Crabbe is starting to heat up and had 15 points in the starting lineup. LeVert will get it going at some point, but he doesn't belong in most fantasy lineups right now. Monday, 9:08 pm
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