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  • Lou Williams scores 15 points off the bench
    Lou Williams was the only Laker to surpass 10 points during Sunday's 122-73 blowout loss to the Mavs, tallying 15 points, one 3-pointer, one assist, one steal and two turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The last time D'Angelo Russell (knee, out 1-2 weeks) missed a lengthy stretch, Sweet Lou jumped to a fifth-round evaluation with averages of 22.5 points, 3.2 dimes, 2.3 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.5 turnovers a night on 44.3 percent shooting. He also had a 40-point, and 38-point performance during that 11 game span, seeing his usage rate jump to 31.9 and his minutes rise to the high-20s, so he’s clearly the primary beneficiary sans Russell. Rotoworld.com 44 minutes ago
  • Lakers suffer worst loss in franchise history
    Brandon Ingram struggled in a start at PG on Sunday, going 2-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line on his way to six points, one board, one steal, three turnovers and zero assists in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Ingram air-balled his first shot, and just never really got things going after that, but he wasn't the only guy to struggle today as only two Lakers (Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams) managed to crack double-digits in the scoring department. Nick Young finished with nine points, two boards, one triple and one assist, and Julius Randle put up nine points, six boards, four assists, one steal and three turnovers in the blowout. The Lakers lost by 49 points today, their worst loss in franchise history. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • Norman Powell will come off the bench Sunday
    Norman Powell will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Lucas Nogueira (concussion) is back in the starting five, so Powell's minutes could fall back to the teens. He's not a great option in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:56 pm
  • Deron Williams hands out 8 dimes w/ zero TOs
    Deron Williams scored 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting during Sunday's 122-73 blowout win over the Lakers, adding eight assists, five boards, one 3-pointer and zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Williams surpassed Kevin Johnson for the No. 20 spot on all-time assist list in this one, and he now needs just 11 more dimes to pass up Muggsy Bogues for the No. 19 spot. Williams was widely regarded as one of the best point guards in the league during his Utah days, but in 2017 he’s past his prime and just clinging to late-round value. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:49 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) will start Sunday vs. MIN
    Gary Harris (ankle) will start Sunday's game vs. the Timberwolves, sending Will Barton back to the bench.

    Advice: Harris will be returning from a three-game stint on the sidelines, and he'll be on a minutes limit, but he offers enough upside that he should be scooped up in most leagues if he was cut during the injury. With Harris on a minutes limit, Barton shouldn't take too drastic of a hit, but once he's fully up to speed both Barton and Jamal Murray will lose some minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:36 pm
  • Joe Harris (left ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Joe Harris (left ankle) will not play Monday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: This will be Harris' second straight game on the sidelines, which could result in Sean Kilpatrick earning another start with Caris LeVert logging extended minutes with the second unit. Both Kilpatrick and LeVert will be on the radar in daily leagues, and LeVert presents enough upside you can justify stashing him in most formats. Harris belongs on the waiver wire everywhere. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:13 pm
  • Report: CHI actively shopping Nikola Mirotic
    The Bulls are reportedly actively shopping Nikola Mirotic.

    Advice: The Bulls are clinging to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference seeding, and they're hoping a roster shake up can boost their spot in the standings. Mirotic could technically see an uptick in value if he lands in a situation where he can start, but even when he's starting, consistency is always an issue. If Mirotic does end up getting traded and the Bulls don't bring another big back, Taj Gibson and Bobby Portis would see a boost in value. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:06 pm
  • Report: CHI actively shopping Rondo, Mirotic
    The Bulls are reportedly actively shopping Rajon Rondo and Nikola Mirotic, although thus far, GM Gar Forman has not seen an offer he deems a worthy return.

    Advice: "Obviously, you knew that would be the case with Rondo," an unnamed source said. "But they don’t like what they’re hearing back on [Mirotic] either. Then again, that’s a [front office] that tends to overvalue its assets." With how low Rondo's value is right now around the league, the Bulls may be forced to outright cut him in order to get him off the roster, but until he's wearing a different jersey he won't be worth owning in standard leagues. Mirotic is consistently inconsistent, and a change to the name across the front of his uniform may not be able to change that. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:58 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles off the bench
    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled in 24 minutes off the bench on Sunday, tallying 12 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks during the blowout loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: With Nikola Vucevic's name starting to pop up in the rumor mill, it makes sense to stash away Biyombo as he could potentially be looking at a 30-plus minute role once/if Vucevic is sent elsewhere. Serge Ibaka posted a low-end line during his 21 minutes of floor time, producing 10 points, three boards, two 3-pointers, one assist, one steal, one block and one turnover in 21 minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:59 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 21 points w/ seven treys
    Klay Thompson scored 21 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with seven 3-pointers, five rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson torched Orlando from beyond the arc, scoring all 21 of his points from distance and missing just two of those nine attempts. This was also the second time the Splash Brothers each drained seven triples in the same game, a feat that no other pair of teammates has ever done more than once. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:50 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 12 points in 24 minutes
    Nikola Vucevic scored 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with four boards, two steals, one assist, one block and zero turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Vucevic’s name is beginning to surface in the rumor mill, and a trade seems likely given his awkward fit in Orlando’s overly crowded frontcourt. He’s currently averaging the least amount of minutes (28.1) per game since his rookie year, so a trade away from Orlando could certainly improve his value. He has some buy-low appeal. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:44 am
  • Elfrid Payton double-doubles in 39 minutes
    Elfrid Payton posted a 23-point, 10-assist double-double during Sunday's loss to the Warriors, to go with one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes of play.

    Advice: Payton has been steadily ascending the rankings over the past month, and with D.J. Augustin (ankle) going down in this one, he could be looking major minutes for the Magic moving forward. This was the ninth time this season that Payton had eclipsed the 20-point mark, and over the past few weeks, he’s been a top-75 guy with averages of 17.8 points, 6.7 dimes, 1.2 steals, 1.0 triple and 2.8 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:40 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) nearing a return
    Rick Carlisle said that while Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will miss Sunday's game against the Lakers, there's a chance he could get back out there sometime next week.

    Advice: Sunday will mark Bogut's sixth straight game on the sidelines, but it sounds like he should be able to get back out there for at least one game of Dallas' upcoming Wednesday-Thursday back-to-back set. Bogut's return will significantly cut into Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell's minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:11 am
  • J.J. Barea likely out until All-Star break
    J.J. Barea (left calf strain) is likely out until the All-Star break according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise because Barea can't seem to shake this calf issue. With Barea out, Deron Williams and Seth Curry are locked into a heavy workload for the foreseeable future and should be owned in standard leagues. Devin Harris will also play more, but he's not an attractive fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:07 am
  • Rudy Gay (Achilles) to have surgery Monday
    Rudy Gay will undergo surgery to repair his ruptured left Achilles tendon on Monday.

    Advice: Gay has already been ruled out for the season. The Kings have lost five straight games and are in danger of falling out of the playoff hunt, and they will have to rely on Garrett Temple and Matt Barnes to fill the void left by Gay. He was expected to decline his player option for the 2017-18 season, so it will be interesting to see if this injury changes his plans. We won't have a timetable until Monday afternoon at the earliest. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:36 am
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Gary Harris (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Gary Harris (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He was said to be targeting a return on Tuesday, but he now has an outside chance to play against the Wolves. If Harris decides to give it a go, that will lower the ceiling of Will Barton and Jamal Murray could lose minutes. Keep in mind that Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is out, so that might be why Harris is thinking about giving it a go. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:14 am
  • Ben Simmons (foot) to have final scan Monday
    Ben Simmons (foot) will have a "final scan" on Monday according to 76ers GM Bryan Colangelo.

    Advice: While an official timetable has not been released, Simmons' return is coming "soon enough" and Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that he's expected to debut shortly after the All-Star break. 76ers coach Brett Brown hinted earlier in the week that he expects to see the No. 1 overall pick at some point this season, so feel free to stash him if you have an available IR spot. Expect the 76ers to monitor his minutes similar to the way they treated Joel Embiid earlier this season. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:48 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • P.J. Tucker not worried about potential trade
    P.J. Tucker said he's not concerned about a potential trade.

    Advice: "It’s part of business,'' Tucker said. "Contract year. Being a defensive player, a lot of teams are looking to make an addition to fight for a championship. But for me, it’s just focusing on being with my team and trying to win games. It happens every contract year. A lot of talk. A lot of it’s just rumors and people talking, but you never know in business. You just try to stay ready and block it out." The Suns are hoping to get a first-round pick in return for Tucker, and so far the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks are all rumored to have some interest. To be clear, Tucker would lose most of his fantasy value on all of those teams. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:27 am
  • Tristan Thompson returned to action on Saturday January 21. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 15 points
    Monta Ellis scored 15 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Jazz during a 109-100 loss to the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He scored a grand total of five points in his previous three games, so obviously we'll need to see it again. This wasn't a garbage-time special, by the way. This one game isn't good enough to change his outlook yet, but he gets a good matchup on Monday against the Knicks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Monta Ellis Ind - PG,SG
     
  • Nikola Jokic scores 19 in just 21 minutes
    Nikola Jokic made 8-of-11 from the field for 19 points during an easy 123-98 win over the Clippers on Saturday, adding 10 rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in just 21 minutes.

    Advice: That's a lot damage in just 21 minutes and it's still an awesome line. The Nuggets crushed this one with a wire-to-wire victory. Jokic's efficiency continues to be the story and it's a big reason why only the Spurs have a better offensive efficiency rating in the last 15 games. We have Karl-Anthony Towns vs. Nikola Jokic Sunday at 7:00 EST, so tell your friends you won't be able to make it to watch the AFC Championship Game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scored zero points in six minutes
    Rajon Rando was held scoreless in six minutes on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: Rondo did not attempt any shots, but dished out four assists and got a steal. The fact that he played just six minutes, despite Michael Carter-Williams struggling, has to be concerning. It appears that Rondo will not have a big role in Chicago in the foreseeable future and only a trade will help his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Nurkic has terrific game vs. Clipers
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 12 points with five rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: Only six of these minutes were in garbage time, so this may be one of the most encouraging games for Nurkic in a while. He gets a good matchup on paper against the larger Wolves frontline and the Nuggets seem committed to playing Kenneth Faried at the four most of the time. Nurkic still isn't a hot add and really needs a trade to reach his potential. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Jamal Murray set for more minutes
    Jamal Murray scored five points with one rebound, three assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has said he wants to play point guard and he'll get his wish now to back up Jameer Nelson with Emmanuel Mudiay (back) out for Sunday. Gary Harris (ankle) is also out, so Murray should be looking at close to 27 minutes as the combo guard against the Wolves. He's not playing well enough to add in most leagues, though. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 14 off the bench
    Raymond Felton made 6-of-17 from the field for 14 points off the bench against the Nuggets during a 123-98 loss on Saturday, adding three rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He did start the second half because the Nuggets ran all over them with their bigger lineup including Mo Speights. Felton should be moving back into the starting lineup against the Hawks on Monday and should be able to flirt with top-100 value while Chris Paul (thumb) is out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 11 points in win
    Nikola Mirotic scored 11 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in Saturday's 102-99 victory over the Kings.

    Advice: It was his best game since returning from illness, but nothing to be too excited about. He can frustrate owners with his volatility. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Clint Capela plays 16 minutes on Saturday
    Clint Capela came off the bench and had five points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in just 16 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Capela blew up for 22 points and 12 boards in 21 minutes on Friday, but his minutes cut is understandable in a back-to-back situation with him coming off a broken leg. In any case, Capela's arrow is pointing up, while Montrezl Harrell's is pointing down. As long as Capela doesn't suffer a setback, you have to think he'll be back in the starting unit by the end of the upcoming week, if not much sooner. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Kyle Anderson gets 18 minutes
    Kyle Anderson played 18 minutes against the Cavs on Saturday with two points, four rebounds, one assist, four steals and two blocks.

    Advice: The Spurs when with a small-ball four and it really worked out. Anderson was a +19 in the plus-minus stat and he was out there on the last play, as well. Anderson could get decent run on Monday against the Nets, but obviously we're not adding him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores 15 off Suns bench
    P.J. Tucker played 36 minutes and hit 6-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, two assists and three steals in Saturday's win over the Knicks.

    Advice: We got good Tucker tonight, but he had scored eight or fewer points in his previous four games. He's getting heavy minutes and is worth keeping an eye on going forward, but we'll need to see more games like this one before getting too excited. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:35 pm
  • Raymond Felton moving to the bench
    Raymond Felton will come off the bench against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He won't be getting a revenge game as a starter. It makes some sense because the Clippers have to figure out what to do with their bench and they need another big out there against Kenneth Faried -- Luc Mbah a Moute should guard Danilo Gallinari. Felton's owners shouldn't panic here. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:31 pm
  • Mudiay, Will, Gallo, Faried, Jokic starting
    Emmanuel Mudiay, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Nikola Jokic will start against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He is fine and should feast in this game as long as he doesn't get into foul trouble. Trust the Jokic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:26 pm
  • Gary Harris could play Tuesday
    Gary Harris (ankle) could play on Tuesday.

    Advice: He did some pre-game shooting and looks to be progressing. Harris is not going to play on Sunday unless something crazy happens and he's still not a lock for Tuesday. With him out Will Barton is a must-start player while Jamal Murray benefits in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play vs. LA
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play against the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Bogut expected to miss "the near future" due to his hamstring strain, according to coach Rick Carlisle. The Mavs have been using Dirk Nowitzki at center, but it didn't work out on Friday with Rudy Gobert dropping a 27-25 line on them. This figures to be a small-ball game, so using guys like Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will be risky. Seth Curry looks like the clear winner from this. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:26 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) out at least 2 more games
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) will miss at least the next two games, but Denver is hoping he can return early next week.

    Advice: Harris has missed each of the last three games, and will miss two more, but the Nuggets are reportedly hoping to get Harris back for their game Tuesday vs. the Jazz. Will Barton had a good game (18 points, seven assists, three rebounds in 36 minutes) starting in place of Harris on Thursday. Jamal Murray (13 points six rebounds, two 3-pointers in 26 minutes) also played well off the bench. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:14 am
  • Joe Harris (ankle) ruled out Saturday
    Joe Harris (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Harris played just 13 minutes despite starting at shooting guard on Friday night. Harris' absence will open up more minutes for rising rookie Caris LeVert, who is coming off a terrific game. LeVert made all six shots from the field and both free throws for 17 points against the Pelicans on Friday, adding five rebounds and six assists. Sean Kilpatrick (rest) is expected to return to the Nets lineup on Saturday, but LeVert should still be looking at least 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 am
  • J.J. Barea (calf) ruled out for Sunday
    As expected, J.J. Barea (left calf strain) has been ruled out for Sunday's game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Barea is dealing with yet another leg injury. We are awaiting further info, but he is expected to miss at least a week or two. He hurt himself going up for a jumper late in Friday's game. "After a shot, I went to step to the side, and I think I ran into the fans behind me and the fans sitting down," Barea said. "I looked back, but nobody touched me. When I went to step, that’s when I knew something was wrong with my calf." Seth Curry will be the primary beneficiary while Barea is sidelined, which make Curry a high-probity waiver add. Devin Harris also will see a bump up in minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:23 am
  • Deron Williams scores 16 points vs. Jazz
    Deron Williams scored 16 points during a 112-107 loss to the Jazz on Friday, adding four rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: His scoring chances should be going up, as well. Compared to when he's with J.J. Barea (calf) this season, Williams gets a 7.9 usage rate bump without JJB. Although, the sample isn't too big with just 106 minutes of Barea-Williams lineups, and also some of this is due to Dirk Nowitkzi's absence overlapping Barea's time off. Still, Williams is playing some great ball as a sell-high player due to his injury history and the Mavs losing so many games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 pm
  • Lou Williams scores 27 w/ four triples
    Lou Williams scored 27 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers on Friday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton said before the game that he is "probably not" going to shorten his bench minutes, but now he may have to extend them with D'Angelo Russell leaving the game early with a right MCL sprain. Williams shot 7-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line in 30 minutes, so his owners can expect some monster production if Russell is unable to play on Sunday vs. Dallas. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:14 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores 15 w/ 3 steals, 3 treys
    Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:07 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic scores five points
    Nikola Mirotic made 1-of-6 from the field for five points with four rebounds, two assists and five fouls in 17 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: When Bad Mirotic shows up, he shows up in emphatic fashion. These are the breaks with him, but he is still worth owning in standard leagues unless there is an irresistible free agent out there. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:44 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores two points
    Rajon Rondo scored two points with three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: He was in the rotation, but he's been flat out awful. Rondo can't make free throws, he can't finish at the rim and he's had some defensive issues. We saw Rondo have a really nice season last year, so maybe a trade can get him going. We don't suggest stashing him in most cases. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Clint Capela scores career-high 22 points
    Clint Capela showed he was close to 100 percent against the Warriors on Friday, scoring a career-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: We'll keep this one simple here. If Capela is somehow on your waiver wire, go fix that right now and pick him up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:49 pm
  • Joe Harris gets just 13 minutes
    Joe Harris played just 13 minutes with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: That's some low playing time with his backup, Sean Kilpatrick (rest), not playing today. Caris LeVert is coming for his minutes, so Harris is trending down for owners who had him in super deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:10 pm
  • J.J. Barea expected to miss multiple weeks
    J.J. Barea (left calf) is expected to miss weeks due to his calf injury from Friday night.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle was not encouraged after the game. "Same calf, different area. Unlucky. It's gonna be a while," Carlisle said. That means Barea has now suffered three different injuries to his lower left leg with a previous calf strain and another Achilles problem before that. The Mavs likely have to shut him down at least to help his career long term. He's a drop candidate. Meanwhile, go get Seth Curry in all leagues while Devin Harris also benefits. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:45 pm
  • J.J. Barea (left leg) goes to the locker room
    J.J. Barea suffered a lower left leg injury in the fourth quarter and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He went up for a jump shot and just over-extended his calf or Achilles. This is the same leg that has cost him several games in multiple stints this year, so he's almost a lock to miss time. Make sure Seth Curry isn't on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Friday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes off the bench compared to 23 for starting center Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo hit 5-of-6 from the field and finished one block shy of his season high. Vucevic's name popped up in another trade rumor on Friday which linked him to the Heat, so keep in mind that Biyombo could be back in the starting lineup if Vooch is moved. If you don't mind his awful FT percentage, Biyombo is worth keeping an eye on if you're in need of rebounds and blocks. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 20 w/ 6 assists in win
    Elfrid Payton scored 20 points with six assists, four rebounds, three steals and two triples in Friday's 112-96 win over the Bucks.

    Advice: Payton logged a team-high 37 minutes and the Magic used a lot of two-PG lineups with Jodie Meeks (right thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) both out -- C.J. Watson played 31 minutes and D.J. Augustin played 28. Payton is going to be a workhorse going forward and finished 6-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. The Magic have been linked to Goran Dragic, so Payton's owners will obviously be hoping for a quiet trade deadline. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:17 pm
  • Norm Powell in a rough patch right now
    Norman Powell got the start on Friday against the Hornets with only four points, four rebounds and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Ouch. Powell has really been struggling and we thought it might be due to a lack of a role, but he certainly didn't come through here. The starting lineup was all about the matchup and the lack of power forwards, so leave Powell on the wire here. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Norman Powell starting over Pascal Siakam
    Norman Powell will start and Pascal Siakam will move to the bench against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: With the Raptors thin on power forwards, it makes sense. This will allow DeMarre Carroll to guard a smaller four in Marvin Williams to open up minutes for Powell and Terrence Ross. Powell has been great as a starter, but he's still a slight risk to use even at his cheap price. Carroll is good to go. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:38 pm
  • Walton not going to shorten the bench?
    Coach Luke Walton said he is "probably not" going to shorten his bench minutes.

    Advice: "We’re not going to shorten the bench’s minutes to get the starters get back in sooner," Walton said. "The bench most nights is posting big numbers for us." He's right because the bench is leading the NBA with their 49.8 points per game. There has always been some buzz of the Lakers playing their younger guys more, but don't expect too many changes before the break. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:20 pm
  • Gary Harris listed as out for Saturday
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) is listed as out for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: That makes it three games for Harris, who was hurt on Monday. Harris is having a really rough season, but his owners should still try to hang in there. In the meantime, Will Barton is going to get some serious run as the starter with Jamal Murray backing him up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:08 pm
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) is probable
    Nikola Jokic (ankle) is listed as probable for Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's important to note that he is listed for an ankle, which was the same reason he was listed before Thursday's 35-point gem. Jokic had some knee to upper-leg contact and was in some pain for about two minutes, but he didn't miss time. He should be all set for another big game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:01 pm
  • Stein confirms report on P.J. Tucker
    ESPN's Marc Stein confirmed the Suns are looking for a first-round pick in a P.J. Tucker deal.

    Advice: This coincides with a local Arizona report, saying the Suns still have some interest in trying to resign Tucker. In a good portion of coach Earl Watson's post-game interviews, he talks about Tucker helping the team's identity, so the coach clearly likes having him around the young players. If Tucker is dealt, T.J. Warren would be a big winner while the Suns may get a look at Dragan Bender playing more three. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Magic offered up Vooch for Dragic?
    The Magic reportedly offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick for Goran Dragic, but the Heat had "no interest" in the offer, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Interesting. On the Heat side, they already have a max-deal center, so adding another high-cost big man in a smaller-ball system makes little sense. For Orlando, this is basically the Magic doubling down on what they did with Serge Ibaka, hoping the player they trade for will resign with them. Presumably, this future first is not for the 2017 draft because the Magic are not good and are likely to be lottery bound. Vucevic is in a great spot for his value right now, so a potential trade could hurt his fantasy stock. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:34 am
  • Report: Jusuf Nurkic 'sure' to be traded
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Jusuf Nurkic is "sure" to be traded prior to the February trade deadline.

    Advice: Per Stein: "Sources say that the Nuggets, having acknowledged that Nikola Jokic and Nurkic didn't click as a pairing, are actively working to find Nurkic a new home that would give him the chance he deserves to be a front-line center." A trade is necessary to revive Nurkic's dying fantasy value. With Jokic playing at an incredibly high level, Nurk simply wastes away on the Denver bench. A trade would be best for all parties involved. It would also clear out more minutes for Kenneth Faried. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:04 am
  • Brandon Ingram adding extra shooting sessions
    Brandon Ingram has added extra shooting sessions before practice and before games in an effort to improve his shooting stroke and offensive efficiency.

    Advice: "If you put in the work, your numbers will get better," coach Luke Walton said. "It’s that simple. He continues to put in the work." The work has already started to pay off. Over the first 37 games of his rookie season, Ingram averaged 7.4 points while shooting 34.5 percent from the floor and 24.1 percent from 3-point territory. Over his most recent nine game this month, Ingram is averaging 11.7 points while shooting 48.6 percent from the floor and 47.8 percent from downtown. As the Lakers slip further away from playoff contention in the second half of the season, it is likely L.A.'s prized rookie will see an increase in playing time and scoring opportunities. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:55 am
  • Raymond Felton scores 10 points in loss
    Raymond Felton scored 10 points with eight assists, four rebounds and two steals on Thursday night against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Felton got the start for the injured Chris Paul (hand) tonight and played 34 minutes. Although he scored just 10 points, he did contribute in dimes and steals. He should be owned in all formats during Paul’s absence, but will hurt you in field goal percentage some nights. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:09 pm
  • Trust The Jokic: Nikola scores career-high 35
    Nikola Jokic erupted for a career-high 35 points during a 118-104 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, adding 12 rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He went bonkers in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 straight points for the Nuggets to keep them in this game. As you might expect, coach Mike Malone had some nice things to say after the game. "Whether it's playmaking, scoring, rebounding, he's a terrific young talent who's only getting better before our eyes," Malone said. Jokic became the first Nugget with three straight games of at least 25 points and 10 boards since Carmelo Anthony. In those three games, Jokic averaged 31.3 points, 12.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.7 blocks and 1.3 treys on 61.9 percent from the field. He's been a top-five player in his last 10 games. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:41 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 13 points vs. Spurs
    Jamal Murray scored 13 points in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, adding six rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He picked up some extra run because the Nuggets had to play Will Barton at the three more because both Danilo Gallinari (ankle) and Wilson Chandler (personal) were out. Chances are both of those guys won't miss much time, so we're not suggesting Murray as a pickup in most cases. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:23 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic gets 14 minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic scored five points with one rebound, one block and one turnover in 14 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nuggets had some success with Nurkic next to Nikola Jokic last year and gave it a go briefly in this game. This was also likely due to Wilson Chandler (personal) not playing, so the needle doesn't move much on Nurk here. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:19 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 13 points in 16 minutes
    J.J. Barea hit 5-of-10 shots for 13 points with one rebound, one assist and three 3-pointers in 16 minutes on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: This was the third consecutive game that he scored double-digit points, however, Barea has not played more than 19 minutes since Nov. 16. With that said, he is shooting the ball well, so he is at least someone worth adding to your watch list. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:48 pm
  • Deron Williams struggles vs. Heat
    Deron Williams hit 2-of-8 shots for six points with nine assists, three rebounds and one 3-pointer on Thursday against the Heat.

    Advice: It was a quiet night for Williams who was averaging 15.1 points in the month of January heading into tonight. He has another tough task tomorrow against a good defensive Jazz team, so fantasy owners should temper their expectations. That said, he remains a must own PG in all formats. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:36 pm
  • Felton, JJ, Rivers, Luc & Jordan starting
    Raymond Felton, J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers, Luc Mbah a Moute and DeAndre Jordan will start against the Wolves on Thursday.

    Advice: This was expected all along and the Clippers will have to manage without the NBA's top player in real plus minus. Felton is worth a look if you need a point guard for the next 6-8 weeks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Tristan Thompson dislocates finger, returns
    Tristan Thompson played just 20 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

    Advice: After dislocating his left index finger in the first half, Thompson started the second half with wrap around his finger. Channing Frye played an excellent game and the Cavs never really lost control, so that explains the low playing time. For now, we're expecting Thompson to be a full go on Saturday in the national game against the Spurs. Thompson has only turned in 13th-round value on the season, so he's not the best for fantasy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:03 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores just two points
    P.J. Tucker scored two points with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Earl Watson always plays Tucker against top-notch wings, so that explains the playing time. As you can see with his stat line, he's not really doing much with his minutes. Tucker has actually been a ninth-round guy in his last 10, but a possible trade and a low upside makes him a borderline asset in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:38 pm
  • Tristan Thompson will start the second half
    Tristan Thompson (finger) will start the second half on Thursday.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and he should be all set. This game will likely be in garbage time in about 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:29 pm
  • Tristan Thompson likely to return to game
    Tristan Thompson left Thursday's game in the first half and went straight to the locker room after dislocating his left index finger.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and it sounds like he should return to play in the second half, according to the Cavs' broadcast team. He had four rebounds, two blocks and missed both of his shots before heading to the locker room. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:03 pm
  • Rudy Gay suffers full rupture of Achilles
    Rudy Gay suffered a full rupture of the left Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

    Advice: He is going to have surgery in the coming days. This is a brutal blow for the Kings, who were in the mix to fight for the eighth seed. It's just as bad for Gay and now he may not opt out of his $14.2 million player option for next season at age 30. For the rest of the season, the Kings may look to Garrett Temple, Anthony Tolliver and Matt Barnes to step up. The last stint Gay missed, it was Temple turning in the best value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Brandon Ingram not starting just yet
    Coach Luke Walton said he has no plans to start Brandon Ingram.

    Advice: Walton said the team has been doing some extra workouts with Ingram to help his shooting. In the last nine games, Ingram posted a 56.7 effective field goal percentage on jumpers. That's a massive boost from the 30.9 eFG% in his NBA career before that stretch. He's trending up, but he's still only a stash. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:13 pm
  • Brett Brown says Simmons should play
    Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

    Advice: In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:27 am
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Nikola Jokic (ankle) will play on Thursday
    Nikola Jokic (right ankle sprain) will play on Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: He was listed as probable and his status was never really in doubt for tonight's game. Make sure the fantasy superstar is deployed in all lineups, even in a tough matchup vs. the Spurs -- Jokic had 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and a steal in their previous meeting on Jan. 5. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:38 am
  • P.J. Tucker drawing interest around the NBA
    P.J. Tucker is reportedly drawing interest from around the league.

    Advice: Tucker is on the final year of an affordable deal, as he's on the books for just $5.3 million. With the Suns rebuilding, it's no secret that they will listen to offers for their defensive stopper. According to this report, the Clippers, Bulls, Cavaliers, Timberwolves and Hawks all have interest in Tucker, but Suns GM Ryan McDonough said earlier in the week that he doesn't like taking back late-round picks in deals which could complicate things in trade talks. If the Suns can find a new home for Tucker, T.J. Warren will get a bump and Dragan Bender will have a larger role. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:22 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play on Thursday vs. the Heat or on Friday vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: He is out for the "near future," so we likely won't see him back on the court in January. This will be Bogut's fourth game on the shelf, so expect Seth Curry to draw another start with Dirk Nowitzki starting at center. Leave Bogut on the wire. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:10 am
  • Monta Ellis has another terrible game
    Monta Ellis scored two points with four rebounds, three assists and two steals in 29 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had a miserable season and maybe he's not healthy. Ellis has scored two points in three of his last five games and has seen his usage drop big time. If you want to drop Ellis for a hot free agent, we still don't blame you. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:45 pm
    New Player Note
    Monta Ellis Ind - PG,SG
     
  • Klay Thompson (personal) starts, logs 30 mins
    Klay Thompson (personal) started Wednesday's game and finished with 14 points, five boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thompson's status was a roller-coaster throughout the day. He was initially ruled out after flying to Portland to be with his ill grandfather, but he was later deemed 'questionable' and then 'probable'. Thompson's stats this season are remarkably similar to last year, including an identical 17.3 shots per game, and he's still returning fourth-round value despite the surplus of talented scorers in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Tests indicate Rudy Gay tore his Achilles
    Preliminary tests indicated Rudy Gay has suffered a torn left Achilles.

    Advice: He'll have an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury, which is likely to end his season. Gay had micro tearing in his left Achilles dating back to 2014 and received shockwave treatment before. He's heading into a contract year and the timing is just terrible for the 30-year-old forward. The Kings will have to count on Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver. Temple is worth a pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:48 pm
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Rudy Gay (leg) gets carried off the court
    Rudy Gay (leg) was carried off the court in the third quarter on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. He was driving along the baseline and his leg gave out on the play. Gay couldn't put any weight on his left leg and the Kings had four people carry him off the court. Considering how the Kings have been careful with him, he's likely to miss time here. Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple could all gain value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Bismack Biyombo plays through bruised knee
    Bismack Biyombo played through a bruised knee to finish Wednesday's loss in New Orleans with four points, seven rebounds and no other stats in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Biyombo recently lost his starting center job to Nikola Vucevic, but even prior to the demotion he was a fantasy liability. He offers nothing beyond boards and blocks, and his awful FT shooting (49.6 percent) is destructive in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 pm
  • Clint Capela scores just five off bench
    Clint Capela came off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds and two blocks in 11 minutes.

    Advice: He still has a minutes limit and it may stick around. The good news is Capela came in for garbage time, so maybe the plan all along was to have him close out for this game. While he hasn't done much yet, he has to be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:32 pm
  • Klay Thompson (personal) will play Wednesday
    Klay Thompson (personal) has arrived at Oracle Arena and he will play vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Thompson flew back from Portland and he made it to the arena with enough time to ensure that he'll be in the starting lineup. Get him into your active lineups. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:12 pm
  • ESPN: Ben Simmons could debut after AS break
    Ben Simmons (foot) "could make his much-anticipated NBA debut shortly after the All-Star break," according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

    Advice: The report adds the No. 1 pick has a chance to make his NBA debut "near March," assuming he doesn't have a setback. He went through 5-on-5 for the first time last week and continues to do some work pre-game, including on the road. He'll likely have a minutes limit upon his return, so it may be a while before he's contributing reliable production. Simmons is a questionable stash in standard leagues, especially if you need to make up ground in the standings. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Clint Capela will come off the bench vs. MIL
    Clint Capela will come off the bench for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Capela started in his return from a 15-game absence on Tuesday, but only lasted nine minutes, so it doesn't make much sense to start him while he's dealing with a minutes limit. Capela does have some nice upside, but it'll probably take him at least a week before he's really up to speed. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Woj: Klay Thompson intends to play vs. OKC
    Klay Thompson (personal) flew to Portland to visit his ill grandfather today and intends to return to Bay Area to play against the Thunder on Wednesday night, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

    Advice: Thompson has told general manager Bob Myers he could fly back in time for the game tonight, so Thompson looks like he's closer to probable for this game. If he isn't back in time, we'll see more Pat McCaw Ian Clark and Andre Iguodala could play more. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:31 pm
  • No chance Simmons plays on Jan. 27
    Coach Brett Brown said there is "no chance" Ben Simmons will play on Jan. 27 against the Rockets.

    Advice: That game was switched to national TV, which has caused some speculation about Simmons making his debut. He is doing some on-court work and the 76ers actually in the mix to make the postseason has given the team a reason to play him. Perhaps he can make his debut next month, but he's still only a questionable stash without a target date. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:32 pm
    New Player Note
    Ben Simmons Phi - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Gary Harris will not play on Thursday
    Gary Harris (ankle) will not play against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: This will be his second game out of the lineup. Harris is having a tough go this year, suffering injuries to his groin, foot and now this ankle sprain. With him out, Will Barton is a must-start player in season long and is probably worth using in DFS. Jamal Murray also benefits. Harris should still probably remain owned in standard leagues despite all these injuries. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:25 pm
  • Jokic, Gallinari probable Thursday vs. SA
    Nikola Jokic (right ankle sprain) and Danilo Gallinari (right ankle sprain) are probable to play Thursday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: When they're listed as probable in Denver, that means that they'll get out there, so owners can feel confident plugging these guys in their lineups on Thursday. Jokic has been putting up top-3 numbers in 9-cat leagues over the past two weeks, so he's obviously a must-start guy every time he's active. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:04 pm
  • Update: Klay Thompson is questionable vs. OKC
    Updating a previous item, Klay Thompson (personal) is now questionable to play against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was just five minutes ago Klay was called out for this game, but now there is a chance he can make it back with the team in time for tonight after dealing with a family matter. He'll likely be a game-time call for the late start tonight, so DFS players likely won't know when it's time to set your lineup. If he's out, Pat McCaw, Ian Clark and Andre Iguodala would benefit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:15 am
  • Report: OKC turned off by Rudy Gay's agency
    The Thunder have reportedly been turned off by Rudy Gay joining the Roc Nation Sports agency.

    Advice: This is the same agency that represents Kevin Durant, and according to Sam Amick of USA Today, OKC management partly blames the Roc Nation agency for the departure of Durant. Amick speculates that a trade sending Gay to Miami in some sort of Goran Dragic package is more likely, although Pat Riley may prefer to wait for Gay to hit free agency rather than unload assets to grab him for half a season now. In terms of fantasy hoops, Miami would be a decent landing spot, but this is all speculation at the moment. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:04 am
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (knee) will play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo took a nasty spill during Monday's game, but he played through it, and after resting up on Tuesday he'll be good to go for tonight's game. Biyombo hasn't been very good this season, owning meager averages of 6.1 points, 7.6 boards and 1.3 blocks per contest, so while his bones may very well be infused with liquid adamantium, he's not worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:33 am
  • Lou Williams scores 24 points in loss
    Lou Williams scored 24 points on 8-of-17 shooting in Tuesday's loss to Denver.

    Advice: He's officially hot again after scoring 26 points in his previous outing. Williams started the last game with Luol Deng (wrist) out, but the Lakers went with Brandon Ingram in the first unit this time around and it will likely stick. Williams still logged 31 minutes because he helped the Lakers climb back into this game, adding seven assists, four rebounds and two triples. He won't be this good going forward and he's a candidate to be moved before the trade deadline, but he's worth owning right now and is giving Eric Gordon a run for his money for the Sixth Man of the Year Award. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:23 pm
  • Brandon Ingram stuffs the stat sheet in loss
    Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:16 pm
  • Nikola Jokic racks up 29 points, 15 rebounds
    Nikola Jokic stayed red hot on Tuesday, racking up 29 points, 15 rebounds, three blocks and a 3-pointer on 12-of-22 shooting in a 127-121 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: The Lakers are pretty bad against opposing bigs and Jokic took advantage tonight. He's absolutely crushing right now, scoring 29 and 30 points in each of his last two games, and averaging 25 points, 11.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over his last five games, while shooting a ridiculous 65 percent from the floor and 76 percent from the line. He might be the most underrated fantasy player in the land right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Rajon Rondo fading, scores zero Tuesday
    Rajon Rondo played 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday but missed all four of his shots and failed to score, finishing with just three rebounds and five assists in a loss to the Mavs.

    Advice: Rondo is fading fast, hasn't scored more than six points in any of his last four games, and is averaging just 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 0.5 steals over his last four games, while hitting just 6-of-25 shots over that stretch. There are simply better players to spend your time and effort on than Rondo right now, but he's probably still worth holding in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic plays 22 minutes in return
    Nikola Mirotic returned from an illness on Tuesday and had six points, five rebounds, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad line from Mirotic, who also benefitted from the absence of Taj Gibson, who was out with an ankle injury. The song remains the same with Miro - he'll have some big games and some bad games, so catching him on the right night can be tough. But if Gibson's ankle injury lingers, Mirotic will be someone worth picking up, while he could also bounce back for a decent second half, with or without Gibson. Mirotic is the textbook definition of a borderline player to own in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • J.J. Barea goes for 12 & 6 off bench
    J.J. Barea hit 5-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 12 points and six assists in just 18 minutes in Tuesday's 99-98 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Barea's hit double digits in back-to-back games but will need more than the 17 minutes he's getting a night right now if he's going to be worth adding in fantasy. Just keep an eye on him, as he's starting to come on. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:47 pm
  • Deron Williams packs stat sheet in win
    Deron Williams hit 5-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, six rebounds, nine assists and a steal in Tuesday's thrilling 99-98 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: Harrison Barnes scored 20 and Dirk Nowitzki had a 10 & 10 double-double in the win, and Williams has scored in double figures in four straight games. He's averaging 13 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.4 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five and should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Luol Deng (wrist) is considered out indefinitely, so the rookie is looking at a hefty workload going forward. As a starter this season, Ingram has posted averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 11 games. We'll let you know how he fares tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Clint Capela fails to score in return
    Clint Capela played for the first time in 15 games after a broken leg and started on Tuesday, but missed all three of his shots and didn't score in just nine minutes of action.

    Advice: The good news is that he's back and the bad news is that it will be baby steps for Capela as he works his way back into game shape. He's worth holding, but it may be a week or so before we see him return to form. He did have five rebounds and a block, for what it's worth. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:03 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) out for Nuggets
    As expected, Gary Harris will not play for the Nuggets on Tuesday due to a sprained right ankle.

    Advice: Will Barton (flu) is available and it would be surprising if both he and Jameer Nelson don't make some noise tonight in Harris' absence. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:19 pm
  • Raymond Felton looking at a bump in minutes
    Raymond Felton is looking at a bump in minutes with Chris Paul (thumb surgery) out for the next 6-8 weeks.

    Advice: Felton started the second half of Monday's game and looked great with 15 points on 7-of-7 shooting with six assists, three rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes, and he averaged 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 triples in six previous starts this season. He's likely going to take over the starting role in Los Angeles and looks like a strong pickup in standard leagues. Austin Rivers also looks like a great pickup. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:30 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo (knee) questionable vs. NO
    Bismack Biyombo (right knee bruise) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Biyombo had a really nasty fall on Monday, and while he played through it, it looks like the injury swelled up on him on the flight over to New Orleans. If Biyombo can't give it a go on Wednesday night, Nikola Vucevic would likely see his minutes rise to the high-30s, and Aaron Gordon may be able to spend some more time at the four-spot. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:30 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Mirotic, who has missed four straight games due to strep throat, has been a disappointment this season, averaging career-lows in points (9.5), assists (0.8), field goal percentage (.387), 3-point percentage (.312) and free-throw percentage (.758). Hopefully, he can bounce back in the second half of the season to salvage his 2016-17 campaign. Mirotic's return will cut into Doug McDermott's minutes and likely knock Bobby Portis out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:11 am
  • Clint Capela (knee) will start Tuesday night
    Clint Capela (knee) will return to the starting lineup Tuesday night in Miami, but will "probably" play fewer than 20 minutes.

    Advice: Capela will return after missing 15 games. Coach Mike D'Antoni indicated that there will not be a minutes cap in place, but did say: "His condition being what it is, we'll keep him under 20 minutes, probably." Capela was averaging 24.5 minutes per game over Houston's first 28 games this season. Montrezl Harrell had played relatively well in Capela absence, but will now get bumped back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:28 am
  • Clint Capela (knee) expected to play Tuesday
    Clint Capela (knee) is expected to make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. Miami.

    Advice: "I've been doing pretty good in the workouts by myself, sprinting, dunking. It all felt good," Capela said. He had been playing the best basketball of his career prior to the injury, which was initially projected to cost him 4-6 weeks. He is averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks - all career-highs. Make sure he is not floating around your league's waiver wire, as he was returning mid-round value over the first two months of the season. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:00 am
  • Jokic leads offensive revival in Denver
    The Nuggets have been one of the NBA's most efficient and effective offenses since sticking with Nikola Jokic as the team's starting center.

    Advice: Over the last month, the Nuggets are top-10 in the league in field goals made, field goal accuracy, 3-point accuracy, 3-point field goals made. Jokic has been the centerpiece of the offense, and the engine driving them forward. Over his last 14 games, Jokic is averaging 19.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists. He's been top-15 overall fantasy producer over this stretch. The sky is the limit for this kid over the second half of the season Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:31 am
  • Gary Harris (ankle): X-rays are negative
    X-rays on Gary Harris' sprained right ankle came back negative, but Harris is not expected to be available on Tuesday when the Nuggets play the L.A. Lakers.

    Advice: Harris has played just 17 of the Nuggets 38 games this season due to a variety of groin and foot injuries, and it appears he will miss at least one more due to this ankle sprain. The good news is that this injury seems relatively minor. "I don’t think this is nearly as serious or severe as the previous injury," coach Mike Malone said. Jameer Nelson and Will Barton will likely see a boost if Harris is unable to play. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:44 am
  • Raymond Felton scores 15 on 7-of-7 shooting
    Raymond Felton scored 15 points on a perfect 7-of-7 shooting in Monday's 120-98 win over the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: Chris Paul left the game with a sprained left thumb and did not return, so Felton started the second half and added six assists, three rebounds, one block, one steal and two turnovers in 27 minutes. X-rays were negative on Paul's thumb, but he is scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday at which point we will know if he needs to miss additional time. Felton looks like a nice speculative pickup with averages of 10.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.8 steals and 0.7 triples in six previous starts this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:13 pm
  • P.J. Tucker hauls in season-high 13 boards
    P.J. Tucker tied his season high with 13 rebounds and added eight points and two steals in 27 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: Tucker is averaging just 6.2 points over his last five games, but also 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 29 minutes a game. He doesn't hit threes, hand out assists or block shots, and with his shaky field goal percentage and lack of scoring, is a borderline player to target in fantasy leagues. Chances are you can do better off your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores season-high 15 points
    Bismack Biyombo took a nasty spill on Monday in Orlando's loss to Denver, but still managed to surprisingly score a season-high 15 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and grab nine rebounds in 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: Biyombo had not scored more than 10 points since early December, so this was offensive outburst wasn't expected, especially after a scary fall in which it appeared his leg bent the wrong way. Nonetheless, Orlando has shifted towards a small-ball approach, which has capped Biz's fantasy upside significantly. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:24 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 17 in 28 minutes
    Nikola Vucevic scored 17 points with four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Monday in Denver.

    Advice: Vooch has scored at least 15 points in each of Orlando's last five games and is averaging 19.4 points (on 55.7 percent shooting), 8.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals over that five-game stretch. His stock is trending upwards and his appears to be poised for a solid second half of the season now that his role in the offense is secure. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:15 pm
  • Elfrid Payton stays hot, double-doubles
    Elfrid Payton posted a big line in a 125-112 loss to the Nuggets, finishing with 20 points, 12 assists, four rebounds and three turnovers.

    Advice: Payton has had an up-and-down season but has reeled off three straight great games. He is averaging 22.3 points, 9.3 assists and 5.6 rebounds over Orlando's last three contests. Backup D.J. Augustin played only 19 minutes, as Payton is badly outplaying Augustin of late. In addition, Evan Fournier (foot) missed another game, which opened up more minutes for Elf. Payton's stock is definitely on the rise. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:55 pm
  • Jamal Murray plays just 5 minutes on Monday
    Jamal Murray played only five minutes in Denver's win over Orlando and failed to make any impact on the stat sheet.

    Advice: It was an old-fashioned five trillion for Murray, as he didn't tally a single point, rebound, assist, steal or block. It is surprising that Murray only played five minutes (and zero in the second half) considering that Denver starting shooting guard Gary Harris sprained his ankle just three minutes into the game. Murray has played in all 39 games this season, but Monday was the first time he played fewer than 11 minutes. With Harris doubtful for Tuesday, it would seem Murray would be poised for an uptick in minutes, but after Monday's disappointment, he can't be trusted. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:20 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) doubtful Tuesday vs. LAL
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) is doubtful to play Tuesday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: "It is the same leg that his foot injury was on but this is separate," said head coach Mike Malone. "It is an ankle thing and he is doubtful for [Tuesday's game against the Lakers]." With Harris on the sidelines, Jameer Nelson could enter the starting lineup and Will Barton will see some increased opportunity with the second unit. Jamal Murray could also get into the rotation, although he only managed to get on the court for five minutes on Monday despite the game being a blowout. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 4:41 pm
  • Nikola Jokic pours in career-high 30 points
    Nikola Jokic was unstoppable in the Nuggets blowout victory over Orlando Monday night, scoring a career-high 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: Jokic joins Carmelo Anthony as just the second Nugget to tally at least 30 points, 10 boards, five assists and three steals in a single game over the last 25 years. However, this performance isn't a complete surprise because, despite playing through a nagging wrist injury that may require offseason surgery, Jokic has been an absolute beast of late. He is now averaging 21.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists over the Nuggets last seven games. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 4:32 pm
  • Clint Capela (knee) feeling good in workouts
    Clint Capela (knee) said that he's been sprinting and dunking during recent workouts, and it all felt good.

    Advice: Capela has been out of commission since Dec. 17, but he could return to the court for Tuesday's game against the Heat. The Rockets will make an official determination on his status following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but he's close enough to a return that he should be stashed in most leagues. He'll likely be eased back into things after the lengthy layoff, but once he's fully up to speed, Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 3:42 pm
  • Gary Harris (ankle) will not return Monday
    Gary Harris (right ankle sprain) will not return to Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: Ugh. Harris just hasn't been able to stay healthy this season, as he's had some major issues with his right leg. He's now missed time with a groin and foot injury (both to his right leg), and it's looking like this new ankle injury could again force him to the sidelines for at least a few games. Will Barton and Jamal Murray will benefit sans Harris, with Barton offering a bit more upside. The only positive here is that X-rays came back negative, but we should get a rough timetable after he undergoes an MRI. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 2:45 pm
  • Rudy Gay double-doubles vs. Thunder
    Rudy Gay scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: This was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season. He continues to have a nice January, averaging 35.4 minutes, 19.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. There is no reason to think he will slow down any time soon. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Nikola Mirotic could return on Tuesday
    Coach Fred Hoiberg is "hopeful" that Nikola Mirotic (illness) will play on Tuesday against Dallas.

    Advice: Mirotic has missed four games due to the illness, which appears to be strep throat. Prior to the issue, he averaged 25.8 minutes, 10.8 points, four rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game in the month of January. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 4:43 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 21 points off the bench
    Norman Powell got hot off the bench during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, tallying 21 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Powell went 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, giving him a solid true shooting percentage of 67.1 on the evening as he took advantage of the Knicks' lackluster effort on defense. Powell got some extended minutes tonight with the game being a blowout, but as long as DeMarre Carroll is healthy, Powell's playing time will be too inconsistent to depend on him in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 4:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic still dealing w/ left wrist pain
    Nikola Jokic still doesn't have full range of motion in his left wrist, he continues to play through pain, and it's possible that he will need surgery after the season.

    Advice: Jokic shed his wrist brace for Thursday's game and plans to play without it again on Monday, and the good news is that there's no suggestion of more DNPs. "I cannot go to push-up position," Jokic said. "[Doctors] said they could [perform surgery], but it wasn’t 100 percent that it would feel better." This isn't a comforting update for Jokic's owners, but he's been on fire lately and all signs point to him playing through his discomfort for the rest of the season. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 3:17 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 15 points in 17 minutes
    J.J. Barea was phenomenal in his 17 minutes of action during Sunday's win over the Wolves, scoring 15 points on 5-of-5 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three boards, three assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Barea also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a ridiculous true shooting percentage of 104.2 on the evening to accompany his 32.4 usage rate. Barea said that while he's still not completely recovered from the left leg muscle strain, he's finally starting to feel better, so his minutes should start creeping up into the 20-range. He's worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 2:47 pm
  • Deron Williams double-doubles w/ two steals
    Deron Williams scored 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with 10 assists, four rebounds, three 3-pointers, two steals and four turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Williams has been playing very well in his past three outings, owning averages of 15.7 points, 9.7 dimes, 2.7 triples, 1.0 steal and 2.7 turnovers per game on 57.6 percent shooting, which has been good enough for mid-round value. However, the sky-high field goal percentage is unsustainable, and Williams is definitely a guy that could be rested down the stretch with the Mavs sitting on a 13-27 record, so owners may want to use this hot streak to try and sell high on the oft-injured point guard. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 2:19 pm
  • Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday
    Clint Capela (leg) could return on Tuesday vs. the Heat or Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He has missed about one month of action, but the big man is scheduled to go through practice on Monday. It's fair to assume that Capela will have restrictions right out of the gate, but he shouldn't be sitting on your waiver wire with season averages of 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. Montrezl Harrell is now a drop candidate in most leagues, while Nene loses a lot of value as well. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:11 am
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 15 points in 32 mins
    Nikola Vucevic played 32 minutes, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the tough matchup, Vuc was able to put together a nice performance. He continues to play significant minutes, playing 32 minutes in three consecutive games. In the month of January, he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Orlando’s new approach on offense has not affected Vucevic in a negative way whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo plays 15 minutes vs. Jazz
    Bismack Biyombo missed all of his field goal attempts, scoring four points on 4-of-4 free throws, with four rebounds and one block in 15 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: It is very clear that going big is not an option for the Magic, as it has been an inefficient strategy. Plus, this is one of the best matchup for it, so it looks even worse for Biz. This has been a rough month for Biyombo, who averaged 20.1 minutes, 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists in January heading into this game. With Orlando going smaller, Biyombo appears to be the odd man out for the Magic and is a drop candidate unless you're in dire strait for blocks. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:41 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores career-high 28 points
    Elfrid Payton scored a career-high 28 points with nine assists, nine rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in Saturday's 107-114 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Payton took advantage of Evan Fournier (foot) being out tonight and thrived in a terrible matchup. There is a chance that Fournier misses the remainder of Orlando's road trip, so Payton could be in for a boost in production. He has been a volatile player thus far this season, but games like this put fantasy owners at ease. He probably should be added everywhere. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:39 pm
  • P.J. Tucker scores six points
    P.J. Tucker scored six points with five rebounds, two assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did get the business from Kawhi Leonard for most of this game, but Tucker came up big late to get the big win. He'll have some low-end value while the Suns are technically in playoff contention, but he's only a guy on deep-league radars. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 7:03 pm
  • Rajon Rondo scores six points
    Rajon Rondo scored six points off the bench against the Pelicans on Saturday, adding two rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He picked up 100 percent of the backup point guard minutes, but he did only play two minutes in the fourth quarter. Rondo is clearly behind Michael Carter-Williams for now, so the needle hasn't moved on his enough to add him in standard leagues. If you're desperate for a point guard in a deep league, feel free to give him a look to see if anything changes. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:50 pm
  • Raymond Felton scores 15 points vs. Lakers
    Raymond Felton scored 15 points with two rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes against the Lakers on Saturday.

    Advice: This wasn't really a garbage-time special for Felton in a very impressive game. He also played next to Chris Paul for eight minutes today, which is close to double his average in the 20 previous games they were paired together. Felton has been hanging around top-150 value in his last 10, but that's still close to his ceiling while CP3 is healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 3:19 pm
  • Lou Williams starts, struggles on Saturday
    Lou Williams got the start at small forward for Luol Deng (rest) against the Clippers on Saturday, making 4-of-12 from the field for 13 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers used him as a small-ball three in the preseason and thought it might work against Austin Rivers, but it didn't go as planned. Williams is really seeing a sharp decline in playing time, averaging just 19.0 per game in his previous January games. The Lakers are playing their younger guys more, so he's a cut candidate in shallower formats due to his trouble with efficiency. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:57 pm
  • Brandon Ingram plays really well in loss
    Brandon Ingram scored 14 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: With Luol Deng resting, Ingram started the second half. He's playing a lot better and it has a lot to do with his shot selection. Ingram is open more on his jumper lately and he's also been very good close to the basket, making 64.0 percent on his shots within eight feet in his previous 10 -- that accounts for 38 percent of his total. Ingram is trending up, but his standalone value isn't that great right now. He should have solid value in about a month and is worth a pickup in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:53 pm
  • Brandon Ingram starts 3Q over Lou
    Brandon Ingram started the third quarter over Lou Williams on Saturday.

    Advice: The Lakers were torched in the first half and were down 19 at half, so that's likely the reasoning here. There's no reason to react to this news from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 1:55 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic ruled out for Sunday night
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He has a really, really bad case of something with now four games out of the lineup. Mirotic being out should open up minutes for Doug McDermott as the second-unit shooter, but McDermott has been awful lately. If things change on Saturday, maybe Bobby Portis gets a look. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:31 pm
  • Rajon Rondo remains in the rotation vs. NO
    Rajon Rondo will remain in the rotation on Saturday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: That means Jerian Grant is likely out of the rotation now that Jimmy Butler is back from illness. Rondo is still not worth owning, especially with the Bulls going with more no-PG lineups. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:27 pm
  • Lou Williams listed as starter vs. Clippers
    Lou Williams is listed as the starter against the Clippers on Saturday for Luol Deng (rest).

    Advice: The Clippers also go small with Austin Rivers as their third starting guard, so it's likely a matchup move. Brandon Ingram should still get a nice amount of minutes off the bench while Williams has a chance for 30 minutes tonight as well. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:24 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) out indefinitely
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will be out for "the near future," according to coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Bogut has had a very difficult time staying healthy, as this hamstring issue is simply his most recent ailment. Bogut has averaged just 18.4 minutes in the games he's appeared in over the last six weeks, so the fantasy impact of this news is actually not all that significant. Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell will soak up the minutes Bogut leaves behind. Carlisle also hinted he could start Seth Curry, so he's worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 10:36 am
  • Vucevic to be used exclusively at center
    Coach Frank Vogel has confirmed that he will use Nikola Vucevic exclusively at center going forward.

    Advice: Vogel also said that Serge Ibaka will see minutes as the back-up center, which will mean more minutes for Jeff Green at the four. The early returns on Vogel's change in approach have been promising, as Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in the Magic's win on Friday. The odd man out in the new situation is Bismack Biyombo, who played only 16 minutes on Friday. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 7:13 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 23 points in loss to Cavs
    Rudy Gay scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: After all the time off due to a hip injury, Gay has turned it up over his last four. In that span, he averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He should feast the rest of the way while he's on the Kings roster, but the trade rumors and rest will be a pain for his owners. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 10:50 pm
    New Player Note
    Rudy Gay Sac - SF,PF
    Injured
     
  • Elfrid Payton scores 19 w/ seven assists
    Elfrid Payton scored 19 points with seven assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block, one triple and five turnovers vs. the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He was much better tonight after coming off three sub-par games in a row. Payton played 35 minutes compared to 17 for D.J. Augustin, but we'll need to see another workload like this before we can say he's no longer in a timeshare with Augustin. He shot 8-of-18 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, but fantasy owners should be prepared for a possible dud on Saturday in a brutal matchup vs. George Hill and the Jazz. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:59 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores season-high 30 points
    Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in Friday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He likes this starting thing and coach Frank Vogel confirmed this week that he will stick with him in the first unit going forward. Vucevic played 32 minutes and hit 13-of-18 shots with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks. He's trending in the right direction and should see a healthy workload on Saturday vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. Bismack Biyombo only played 16 minutes and had two points, five rebounds and two turnovers. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 9:51 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (illness) out for Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (illness) will not play against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: This will be his third game out of the lineup with his very bad illness. With him out, it was Paul Zipser getting the start while Bobby Portis also saw some late minutes in a close game. Doug McDermott could also benefit, but he's been in a brutal slump. Mirotic is still a stash. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 2:29 pm
  • Deron Williams calls the game in the fourth
    Deron Williams called the plays in the fourth quarter on Thursday night.

    Advice: D-Will was in a serious groove in the first three quarters as a scorer, but he actually didn't have any points in eight fourth-quarter minutes. Plus, the Mavs were -21.9 in net rating during that time, so technically it didn't work. Among players with fewer than 31 minutes per game, Williams ranks first in touch time per game, so this is a positive for him. He's worth owning in all leagues while he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 1:51 pm
  • Klay Thompson hits 9-of-15 shots in win
    Klay Thompson hit 9-of-15 shots, 4-of-5 3-pointers and 1-of-4 free throws for 23 points, three rebounds, three assists and two steals in 36 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He stayed in the blowout for most of the fourth quarter, while Stephen Curry watched from the bench. Thompson's a career 85 percent free throw shooter so you can bet he's not happy with his free throw performance tonight. But the rest of his game was on point and he looked great after getting a day of rest on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 10:17 pm
  • Deron Williams his 9-of-15 shots for dub-dub
    Deron Williams hit 9-of-16 shots and four 3-pointers for 23 points and 12 assists in Thursday's win over the Suns.

    Advice: This was just his second double-double of the season and it's not surprising, given how bad the Suns are against opposing guards. He's played in 25 straight games and the Mavs have five more on the schedule before a back-to-back on Jan. 25-26. He may sit in one of those, but Williams looks good to go for another week or so. He's got another good matchup on Sunday against Ricky Rubio and the Timberwolves. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 9:36 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores nine in 32 minutes
    Brandon Ingram scored nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: The sprained wrist injury clearly didn't affect his playing time -- it is to his non-shooting wrist. Ingram said he was only dealing with some discomfort and didn't even notice the injury the day of on Wednesday, so he should be fine going forward. The more the Lakers lose, the better Ingram's fantasy value will be. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 8:18 pm
  • Rajon Rondo plays 23 minutes in loss
    Rajon Rondo played 23 minutes and hit just 2-of-9 shots for four points and eight assists in Thursday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: The Bulls were awful in the third quarter and Fred Hoiberg went with his bench for most of the fourth. Rondo played seven more minutes than starter Michael Carter-Williams tonight, but it probably doesn't mean too much, as they were both outplayed by Jerian Grant. Rondo's poor shooting from both the field and the free throw line, along with his seven points per game, make him a shaky fantasy investment, unless you're desperate at point guard. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 8:04 pm
  • Joe Harris scores 15 points vs. NO
    Joe Harris scored 15 points during a 104-95 loss to the Pelicans on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was likely on thin ice with only four total points in his previous three games, so a good game here has to help. Plus, Caris LeVert is also making a charge for more playing time and possibly even starting. Although, LeVert usually checks in for Bojan Bogdanovic while Sean Kilpatrick checks in for Harris. If Isaiah Whitehead (knee) misses time, that would help Harris slightly for owners in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 7:35 pm
  • Brandon Ingram will play on Thursday night
    Brandon Ingram (wrist) will play on Thursday night against the Spurs.

    Advice: X-rays were negative on Ingram's left wrist. He didn't realize he hurt it on Wednesday and had a precautionary X-ray after dealing with some soreness today. Expect Ingram to play minutes in the uppers 20s. He is more of a stash in standard leagues, but he is playing a lot better lately. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 5:20 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic will stick in starting unit
    Nikola Vucevic will remain in the starting lineup for Friday against the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel said he wants to look at some smaller lineups -- say what? Whatever happens, Vucevic should be able to get minutes in the low 30s and shouldn't be affected by the rotation tweak. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 4:19 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just eight minutes
    Jusuf Nurkic scored three points with two rebounds and one block in eight minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He played two-plus minutes in the first quarter and just under five-plus minutes in the second quarter. Kenneth Faried had it going as the five man and Nikola Jokic was terrific, so there wasn't an opportunity for Nurkic today. He's going to be inconsistent and is more of a stash with an uncertain role on the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 2:28 pm
  • Monta Ellis scores 12 points off bench
    Monta Ellis scored 12 points with two rebounds, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's still wearing his mask and it doesn't seem to be affecting his confidence. Ellis saw a lot of run in garbage time today, which is a great sign of his minutes limit going away. Techincally, he doesn't have a limit, but Ellis played just 19.5 minutes per game over his previous four. He's had a bad season, so he's got some work to do to have value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 2:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Monta Ellis Ind - PG,SG
     
  • Klay Thompson will play on Thursday night
    Klay Thompson will play against the Pistons on Thursday.

    Advice: After getting Tuesday off, Thompson is ready to roll. "It was good for me in the long run," Thompson said about his rest. Even with Kevin Durant around, Thompson's usage rate has only dropped 1.2 percent from last year. His efficiency has also dropped due mostly to a dip in catch-and-shoot treys. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 12:25 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) will not play vs PHX
    Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) will not play against the Suns in Mexico City on Thursday.

    Advice: He is still just day-to-day with his injury from Monday night. Bogut has been injury prone in his career, but he doesn't have a track record with hamstring injuries. Still, the Mavs will likely be careful with him and he could miss more time. With him out, Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell should be playing more. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 11:27 am
  • Rajon Rondo will be the sixth man on Thursday
    Rajon Rondo will be the sixth man off the bench on Thursday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Rondo was in the doghouse with five straight DNP-CDs, but he returned to the rotation on Tuesday vs. the Wizards and hit 6-of-13 shots for 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and three steals in 27 minutes. With Jimmy Butler (illness) out again, Rondo is looking at another decent workload. If you want to take a chance on him, now would be the time to pick him back up with three more games on the schedule this week. He will need another strong game in order to keep his spot in the rotation with Butler expected back on Saturday, but coach Fred Hoiberg did say that he wants Rondo to be the leader of the second unit moving forward. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 9:09 am
  • Clint Capela (leg) says he feels good
    Clint Capela (leg) said he's feeling good and he remains on pace to return in the next week or two.

    Advice: "My legs feel good. My quickness, I can run, stuff like that," Capela said. "Right now, I just take it day-after-day working out. I'm on schedule for four-to-six weeks (original timetable), like they said before. My workout is getting better, really better." As long as you're OK with his 44.6 percent shooting from the free throw line, Capela is worth stashing after averaging 11.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocks before going down. Montrezl Harrell will lose most of his value when Capela is cleared. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 6:48 am
  • Andrew Bogut (hamstring) still questionable
    Andrew Bogut (hamstring) is still listed as questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: While the questionable tag is still there, it's also worth noting that he's listed as the probable starter. Bogut did say that he was not expecting to miss time, but the Mavs have been more cautious than usual this season. If Bogut does not play, coach Rick Carlisle will either turn to Salah Mejri or Dwight Powell. Rotoworld.com Jan 12, 6:32 am
  • Raymond Felton hits 4-of-6 shots in 16 mins
    Raymond Felton came off the bench vs. Orlando on Wednesday, making 4-of-6 shots to finish with eight points and three boards in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Felton started L.A.'s last game, but he returned to the second unit with Austin Rivers healthy tonight. Felton can be ignored in most leagues, but he's an interesting streaming play when injuries strike L.A.'s backcourt. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 11:31 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo logs 16 minutes off bench
    Bismack Biyombo came off Orlando's bench on Wednesday with four points, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: The Magic offense wasn't a big issue tonight, but their usually stalwart defense wasn't up to the task in the 105-96 road loss (103.6 defensive rating). Biyombo has been a poor fantasy option all season, helping owners with boards and blocks, while dragging them down almost everywhere else. It doesn't matter much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 11:01 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic has 16 & 12 in start Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, where he posted 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Vucevic's owners should temper their excitement, because this could easily be a temporary move to compensate for the absence of Serge Ibaka (shoulder). Ibaka hopes to return on Friday, but even if he heads back to the bench there's reason for cautious optimism -- Vuc logged at least 30 minutes in three of his previous five games. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 10:52 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (quad) benched for 4Q Wednesday
    Elfrid Payton (bruised quad) started on Wednesday but he was benched down the stretch and finished with just six points (3-of-9 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs) with three assists, two boards and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Payton didn't play in the fourth quarter tonight, as coach Frank Vogel opted for veterans C.J. Watson and D.J. Augustin in a tight game. Vogel recently said that his team "doesn't pass the ball instinctually very well," so Payton will have to get his teammates involved early and often to avoid these random benchings. He's now averaging 22.3 minutes in Orlando's past three games, and his owners have no choice but to stay patient. Rotoworld.com Jan 11, 10:32 pm
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