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  • Alan Williams (illness) expects to play
    Alan Williams (illness) is expecting to play on Thursday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Williams was on the active list on Tuesday vs. the Heat, but left the team right before tip-off because he was dealing with some food poisoning. If he looks good during pre-game warmups, expect him to be out there tonight. If not, Alex Len will have a heavy workload at center and Marquese Chriss will have to play some five as well. Through 10 games in March, Williams is averaging a double-double with 13.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:07 am
  • Hassan Whiteside goes through shootaround
    Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said that Whiteside still intends to play on Thursday vs. the Raptors, but did add that most of the stuff he did at the shootaround was left handed. With the Heat fighting for a playoff spot, the chances of Whiteside playing should be pretty good. Check back for an update after the pre-game warmups. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:50 am
  • Tyler Zeller's role with Celtics is fluid
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said he's been looking to give Tyler Zeller "some reps."

    Advice: "Because I think if you look at all the different teams that we may play [in the playoffs], there's a good amount of size," Stevens said on Wednesday. "And, you know, he's played against those guys in a lot of scenarios and done pretty well. And he's been ready and he came in and boosted us again tonight." While Zeller is back in the rotation for now, he's only played a combined 16 minutes in his last two games and Stevens hinted that he's going to tweak his rotations based on the matchups. That means he could be a DNP-CD on any given night. There's no fantasy appeal here. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:18 am
  • Paul Millsap (knee) ruled out for Friday
    Paul Millsap (knee) will not play on Friday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This will be his fourth game in a row on the shelf and it's not a good sign that he isn't traveling with the team. Atlanta's next game is on Sunday vs. the 14-56 Nets, so his owners are in a tough spot. With Millsap out, Ersan Ilyasova is worth streaming if you need a bump in points, rebounds and triples. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:51 am
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Al Horford's value is trending up
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens hinted that he will keep staggering the playing time for Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas.

    Advice: Horford played only 2.4 minutes per game without Thomas during the final nine games before the break, but since then that average has gone up to double digits. "We still run the same offense, all the same concepts," Horford said. "I think that I may post a little more with the second unit, and guys will look to play off of me, and just create plays that way." Horford's value has been trending up quickly since this rotation tweak and Stevens deserves a lot of credit for maximizing the big man's talent. He's averaging 18.4 points, 8.4 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.8 triples over his last five games, so he's peaking at the perfect time for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:41 am
    New Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Mavericks were cautious with Noel in blowout
    Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said Nerlens Noel only played 17 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday due to the blowout.

    Advice: "[Noel] did a lot of good things [Tuesday] night, but I’m not going to play a guy coming off a sore knee meaningless minutes in a blowout," Carlisle said. "So if you’re asking for garbage minutes, that ain’t gonna happen." Carlisle added that Noel's knee is "doing really well," and it's worth noting that he should be looking at a nice workload on Thursday vs. DeAndre Jordan and the Clippers. He's averaging 9.5 points and 7.1 rebounds and 22.5 minutes through 10 games with the Mavs, but he should start trending up soon. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:25 am
  • Boris Diaw starts, but plays just 14 minutes
    Boris Diaw drew the start on Wednesday in place of Joe Johnson, but finished with just five points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Diaw played 14 minutes and this is a predictably quiet return -- he's averaging 15.5 minutes off the bench this season, and that only goes up to 21.2 minutes as a starter. There's no reason to touch him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Rudy Gobert scores 35 pts, makes 13-of-14 FGs
    Rudy Gobert erupted for a career-high 35 points vs. the Knicks on Wednesday, making 13-of-14 FGs and 9-of-12 FTs with 13 rebounds, four blocks, one assist and one steal in 38 minutes.

    Advice: New York started small with Kristaps Porzingis at center and they never found an answer for Gobert in the paint -- all 14 of his shots came within the restricted area. Rudy is the seventh player since 1987 to have scored 35+ points while shooting at least 90 percent, joining the company of Alonzo Mourning, Scottie Pippen, Cedric Ceballos, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller and Dwight Howard. As a reminder, he's still just 24 years old. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez logs 17 minutes off bench
    Willy Hernangomez came off the bench vs. Utah on Wednesday, playing 17 minutes to finish with nine points on 4-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis started at center in a frontcourt that also featured Carmelo Anthony and Lance Thomas, which bumped Willy to a reserve role. His inconsistent minutes have been frustrating at the most important time on the fantasy calendar, but his upside is undeniable. He's worth holding in most leagues, unless there's a very compelling free agent available. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores team-high 24 points
    Kristaps Porzingis started at center on Wednesday and scored a team-high 24 points (8-of-17 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal, one block and zero turnovers.

    Advice: It was an interesting move from New York, but Porzingis barely avoided fouling out (thanks to multiple fouls attributed to other players), and Rudy Gobert destroyed the Knicks with 35 points on 13-of-14 shooting. Porzingis' recent Achilles injury hasn't been an issue since his return, which is the key for fantasy owners, and he's going to get his stats whether he's starting at center or power forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Thon Maker scores four points
    Thon Maker scored four points with three rebounds in 12 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even with John Henson (thumb) not playing, Maker still couldn't get additional playing time. He's not going to play enough to have value in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:16 pm
  • Spencer Hawes scores 10 points
    Spencer Hawes scored 10 points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two 3-pointers against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He stepped into John Henson's (thumb) role as the backup big man. Hawes could get a couple more games in the rotation, but he's still not someone fantasy owners should be turning to because of how coach Jason Kidd plays the matchups. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Skal Labissiere scores eight points
    Skal Labissiere scored eight points in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, one assist and two steals in 31 minutes during a 116-98 loss.

    Advice: With Kosta Koufos resting, Labissiere was able to make his third NBA start. In his previous two, he only averaged 10.5 points, 6.0 boards, 2.5 blocks and 0.5 steals in just 17.5 minutes. He is clearly earning more run and the Kings will continue to rest players to allow Skal to play more. He's worth a long look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • John Henson (thumb) to be re-evaluated on Wed
    John Henson (left thumb sprain) will be re-evaluated when the Bucks return to Milwaukee.

    Advice: Henson got hurt in Portland and he sat out Wednesday's game. Owners should consider him questionable to play vs. the visiting Hawks on Friday -- if he can't suit up, Spencer Hawes looks like the biggest winner after scoring 10 points in 18 minutes on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Papa G blocks a couple shots
    Georgios Papagiannis made 2-of-9 from the field for four points with seven rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: With Kosta Koufos getting the night off, the Kings gave their rookie plenty of run during this game. Papagiannis still isn't very effective on the offensive end, but he is improving and does have some upside for blocks and boards. He's worth a look in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 24 points vs. 76ers
    Enes Kanter scored 24 points with 11 rebounds, one block and one steal against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's usually a fun time for a big man to go up against Jahlil Okafor and that was the case for Kanter today. He also had a double-double against the Warriors on Monday and did play 25 minutes in that loss. The arrival of Taj Gibson hasn't hurt Kanter too much, averaging 16.8 points, 7.4 boards, 0.6 assists, 0.4 blocks and 0.6 steals in his last five games. Plus, Steven Adams struggling has also helped get Kanter going. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Kenneth Faried scores 17 points on 8-of-15 FG
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for 17 points on 8-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds, two steals and one assist in 19 minutes vs. the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Faried was on a strict 20-minute limit as the Nuggets try to preserve his troublesome back, which cost him nearly a month before returning last Thursday. He was great tonight, but with his minutes down and the Nikola Jokic/Mason Plumlee frontcourt playing well, there's no reason to expect much from Faried down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Kevin Love plays 22 minutes in ugly defeat
    Kevin Love played only 22 minutes during Wednesday's game, posting nine points, three 3-pointers, seven rebounds, two steals and one block.

    Advice: The Cavs' starters were crushed to begin the game and coach Ty Lue relied on his bench heavily tonight, to Love's detriment. He still managed to post a decent fantasy line, however, and at least he'll be well-rested for Friday's road game. The loss also makes it less likely that Cleveland will rest their key guys, as Boston is now just one game back for the No. 1 seed. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Tristan Thompson (mouth) logs 27 minutes
    Tristan Thompson (mouth) finished Wednesday's ugly road loss with six points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson took a shot to the mouth on Monday which necessitated a minor dental procedure, but the league's preeminent iron-man obviously wasn't going to miss this game. Deploy him as usual for low-end value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Al Horford puts up another strong line
    Al Horford scored 15 points with eight rebounds, eight assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Maybe Isaiah Thomas missing time has helped Horford get back on track. In his last five games, Horford averaged 18.4 points, 8.4 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.8 blocks, 0.8 steals and 0.8 treys -- Thomas did not play in two of those. Horford's fantasy owners can probably start expecting early-round value going forward after a very quiet February. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Collison, Hield, Afflalo, Skal & WCS starting
    Darren Collison, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein are starting against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Kings are resting Kosta Koufos, so Skal should be getting some good minutes in the first unit. The Kings should also roll with Georgios Papagiannis off the bench. Skal is worth a look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez to come off bench Wednesday
    Willy Hernangomez is listed as a reserve for Wednesday's game, with Lance Thomas starting alongside Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis.

    Advice: The Knicks are mixing things up against Utah's imposing defense, with Porzingis lining up across from Rudy Gobert. Hernangomez hasn't been great as a starter in his past few games, so hopefully the benching will fire him up. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:19 pm
  • Boris Diaw starting; Joe Johnson to bench
    Boris Diaw will start at power forward and Joe Johnson will move to the bench.

    Advice: The Jazz will go with their bigger lineup with Kristaps Porzingis starting for the Knicks. Diaw is likely just going to play minutes in the teens, so he's not someone fantasy owners should be counting on tonight. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:03 pm
  • John Henson (thumb) ruled out Wednesday
    John Henson (left thumb sprain) will not play vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Greg Monroe stands to gain some minutes in Henson's absence, with Thon Maker and Mirza Teletovic also in the equation. It's possible that we'll even see Spencer Hawes or Terrence Jones crack the rotation. Henson is day-to-day so this doesn't have significant long-term implications. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:13 pm
  • Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday
    Kosta Koufos (rest) will not play Wednesday against the Bucks.

    Advice: It's a home game for the Kings, so they'll give their fans a look at the youth today. Georgios Papagiannis had a productive weekend on the road and should be looking at minutes in the 20s. He's a sneaky guy to use in fantasy, especially with how the Kings are giving him the ball. Koufos is not worth owning in most fantasy leagues anymore. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:46 pm
  • Hawks will make decision on Millsap Thursday
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer said that Atlanta will make a decision as to whether Paul Millsap (knee) will join the team in Milwaukee for Friday's game on Thursday morning.

    Advice: Budenholzer hinted on Monday that Millsap's absence could extend beyond two games (Monday and Wednesday), so we'll have to wait for the next official update on Thursday morning. With Millsap on the sidelines tonight, Ersan Ilyasova will earn another start and there will be some increased opportunity for guys like Tim Hardaway Jr. and Taurean Prince. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:05 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Cris Felicio ruled out; Lauvergne starting
    Cristiano Felicio (back) will not play against the Pistons on Wednesday and Joffrey Lauvergne will get the start.

    Advice: The Bulls are running out of centers for today with Robin Lopez also suspended. Felicio would've been in a great spot, but now the Bulls will likely mix in some Bobby Portis at the five. That should also open up some minutes for Nikola Mirotic. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:25 pm
  • Serge Ibaka suspended for one game
    Serge Ibaka has been suspended for one game.

    Advice: That means he's not going to play against the Heat on Thursday. Ibaka threw multiple punches at Robin Lopez, so he was clearly going to get at least one game. With him out, Jonas Valanciunas may actually play in the fourth quarter while Pat Patterson figures to get more run. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:54 pm
  • Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka suspended one game
    Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka have been suspended for one game for throwing punches at each other.

    Advice: This one was coming all along today and Lopez only getting one game is good news. He won't be playing tonight against the Pistons and the Bulls may have to get creative with their center minutes. Cristiano Felicio is questionable to play, so he would be busy if he's able to give it a go. We might see some Bobby Portis at the five. Daily Slant: If Cristiano Felicio is able to suit up, he'd likely eat up 25-30 minutes of court time in order to deal with Andre Drummond, making him a potential GPP punt play at minimum price. In the event that he sits, both Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic could see upticks in playing time, with Joffrey Lauvergne also looming as an option at the 5. Mirotic looks like the best upside play in the group after seeing at least 26 minutes in four of the last five games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Whiteside (right hand laceration) is probable
    Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) is listed as probable for Thursday's game vs. Raptors.

    Advice: He cut his hand on Tuesday night and has said he wouldn't miss additional time. Whiteside looks healthy again and turned in averages of 21.8 points, 15.2 boards and 2.2 blocks in his last five games. The Raptors did shut him down last time with just 12 points and 14 boards back on Mar. 11. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:43 pm
  • Mozgov sprains his ankle
    Timofey Mozgov left Wednesday practice early with a left ankle sprain.

    Advice: He is going to be questionable to play on Friday. Mozgov is not in the rotation anyway and the Lakers have gone with Thomas Robinson off the bench. Of course, Ivica Zubac will be getting heavy run the rest of the way. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:05 pm
  • Whiteside (hand) 'intends to play' Thursday
    Hassan Whiteside (hand) said that he "has the intent to play" in Thursday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: It was widely assumed Whiteside would miss multiple games after receiving 13 stitches on his right hand Tuesday night. He left the arena with his hand heavily bandaged. However, Whiteside was working out in the weight room at the Heat's practice facility on Wednesday and told reports that he plans to play. We still haven't heard from a team official or coach Erik Spoelstra on the matter, so you'll obviously want to check back for updates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:22 am
  • John Henson (thumb) questionable Wednesday
    John Henson (left thumb sprain) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Henson appeared to injure his left thumb on Tuesday night when Damian Lillard crossed him up, causing Henson to fall to the floor. If Henson is unable to play on Wednesday, Greg Monroe would soak up most of his minutes. Thon Maker would likely see an uptick in playing time as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:59 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) ruled out for Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (left knee bone contusion) has been ruled out of Wednesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Favors has not played since March 6th and is considered out indefinitely. There is a chance he returns before the end of the regular season, but he will be on a minutes restriction if/when he does. This time of year, when roster spots are so valuable, he belongs on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues without an IR spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:44 am
    Player Note
    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Whiteside (hand) uncertain for Thursday night
    Hassan Whiteside received 13 stitches between the middle and ring finger on his right hand Tuesday night and his status for Miami's game on Thursday is uncertain.

    Advice: "It’s in an awkward place in his hand," coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. "We’ll know more tomorrow. Hopefully he’s going to be OK." Whiteside missed three games late in 2015 after needing 10 stitches in a very similar injury to his hand. "I know people are thinking ‘Is it the same as two years ago? Is it worse?’ We’ll see," said Spoelstra. Willie Reed will likely draw the start at center on Thursday if Whiteside can't play. James Johnson would also see an uptick in minutes. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Nerlens Noel plays 17 minutes in ugly loss
    Nerlens Noel played just 17 minutes and finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and a block in Tuesday's blowout 112-87 loss to the Warriors.

    Advice: Noel was quiet on Sunday against the Nets and failed to score, and then was the victim of the blowout tonight. He should be fine going forward, as long as he's healthy enough to play. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:48 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio suffers hard fall in loss
    Cristiano Felicio took a hard fall in Tuesday's loss to the Raptors and never returned to the game.

    Advice: Felicio landed hard on his back and hobbled to the locker room, but he joined his teammates on the bench shortly after. It looked like he was available to return, but we'll put him on the injury report to be safe. With Robin Lopez likely looking at a suspension, Felicio could be a low-end source of rebounds if he's able to give it a go on Wednesday vs. the Pistons. He finished with five points, two rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside suffers hand laceration
    Hassan Whiteside suffered a right hand laceration on Tuesday vs. the Suns and will need 13 stitches.

    Advice: He suffered a cut between his right middle and ring fingers during the last couple minutes of the game and didn't return. Whiteside let out a scream when it happened, and it's worth noting that he missed four games back in March 2015 when he needed 10 stitches to patch up a similar laceration. When asked about Whiteside's status for Thursday's game vs. the Raptors, coach Erik Spoelstra said, "We'll see." He finished with 23 points, 14 rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks. Willie Reed and James Johnson will benefit if HW misses time. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:29 pm
  • Robin Lopez ejected on Tuesday
    Robin Lopez was ejected from Tuesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He got tangled up with Serge Ibaka and both players started throwing punches, but none of them landed. A suspension is certainly on the table, so look for Cristiano Felicio to benefit if Lopez misses time. RoLo finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:56 pm
  • Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez ejected Tuesday
    Serge Ibaka and Robin Lopez were ejected from Tuesday's game in the third quarter.

    Advice: Both players got tangled up and punches were thrown, but none of them landed. However, a suspension for both players is a very real possibility. If Ibaka is suspended for Thursday's game vs. the Heat, Jonas Valanciunas would likely be the biggest winner, while Patrick Patterson and maybe even Lucas Noguiera would benefit. Ibaka finished with 16 points, six rebounds, one assist and two triples in 26 minutes. You can check out the incident in the link below. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Alan Williams (illness) will not play Tuesday
    Alan Williams (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Wow. He's not even with the team, but the Suns didn't even bother to mention this -- this report came as the first quarter was wrapping up. With Williams out, Alex Len gets a nice boost and Marquese Chriss will have to play more center. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:21 pm
  • Tristan Thompson doesn't practice Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson missed Tuesday's practice for a dental appointment after having his two front teeth pushed back during Monday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Thompson will need to wear braces for a couple weeks, but he's not expected to spend any time on the sidelines. Owners can expect to get official confirmation on his status following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:50 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis posts 18 and 11 in return
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 32 minutes in Monday's loss against the Clippers.

    Advice: Porzingis looked pretty sharp in his return from a thigh injury and as expected he did not play with any kind of a minutes cap. In fact, he played all the way down to the final minute despite a lopsided score for most of the second half. With Porzingis back it was Lance Thomas sliding back to a reserve role. It appears safe to plug Porzingis back into the active fantasy lineup in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:08 pm
  • Enes Kanter double-doubles vs. GSW
    Enes Kanter double-doubled vs. the Warriors on Monday with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

    Advice: This was such an Enes Kanter line with zero assists, blocks or steals -- he was averaging 0.6 blocks and 0.4 steals per game prior to Monday. Kanter shot 6-of-16 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but with just two more games on the schedule this week, he's just a low-end player to own who specializes in points and rebounds. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:24 pm
  • Al Horford scores 16 points
    Al Horford scored 16 points with nine rebounds, five assists, two blocks and one steal vs. the Wizards on Monday.

    Advice: He finished 6-of-11 from the field, but only managed to hit 4-of-7 from the line. Horford scored a season-high 27 points in his previous outing and is averaging 17.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 2.2 blocks, 0.8 steals and 1.0 triples over his last five games. He's been underwhelming for most of the season, but at least he's stepping up in a big way during the fantasy playoffs. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:53 pm
    New Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Rudy Gobert swats eight shots vs. Indiana
    Rudy Gobert scored 16 points with 14 rebounds, three assists and a career-high eight blocked shots in Monday's 107-100 loss at Indiana.

    Advice: Gobert now has 13 blocked shots over his past two outings and a total of 19 over the past four games, much higher than his already impressive average of 2.5 swats per outing. He is averaging 16.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 5.0 blocked shots over the past three games to really endear himself to his fantasy owners down the stretch. The only thing rotisserie owners can carp about is his dismal 5-of-13 mark at the charity stripe over the past three outings. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:47 pm
  • Millsap (knee) could miss more than 2 games?
    Head coach Mike Budenholzer would not commit to Paul Millsap only needing two games off to rest up his left knee but did describe the injury as a "short term" issue.

    Advice: At the very least, Millsap will be on the sidelines for both Monday and Wednesday's games, and it sounds like there's a chance he could miss Friday's matchup in Milwaukee as well. Ersan Ilyasova will be one of the primary beneficiaries with Millsap on the shelf, and there will also be more opportunity for guys like Tim Hardaway Jr. and Taurean Prince. Millsap owners can expect to get more than a few updates leading up to Friday's tip. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:26 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) will play Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) will play Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Porzingis was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and there's been no discussion of a minutes limit, so owners can feel confident plugging Porzingis back into their starting lineup following a one-game absence. With Porzingis back in action, Lance Thomas will likely return to the bench, and he'll lose most of his value with the demotion to the second unit. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:43 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) ruled out Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely, but maybe he returns to the lineup later this month. Even if he does, most fantasy owners will want to steer clear of the oft-injured big man. The Jazz will likely continue to play more small ball with Joe Johnson getting more run, but Joe Ingles is likely the best player in Utah that's available on your wire right now. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:03 am
    Player Note
    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Tristan Thompson not expected to miss time
    Tristan Thompson (mouth) is not expected to miss any game action.

    Advice: Thompson took a shot to the mouth during Sunday's game vs. the Lakers and was unable to return. "If I didn't have a good mouth guard, I'd have a tough time having a good dinner tonight, so God bless my mouth guard," he said. Thompson's two front teeth were knocked loose, but he's not in a lot of pain and will simply have to wear braces for a couple weeks. Expect him to be active for Wednesday's game vs. the Nuggets. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:08 am
  • Kevin Love strong in Sunday's return
    Kevin Love scored 21 points with 15 rebounds in Sunday's 125-120 win against the Lakers.

    Advice: Love was back after resting in Saturday's game against the Clippers and apparently the down time did him some good. He hit three triples and was active on the boards, looking good in the town where he played his college ball at UCLA. Love was markedly better than Thursday, his first game back after a long layoff following knee surgery. You can likely bank on Love resting during back-to-back situations and whenever the score gets remotely out of hand, as the Cavs need their big man for what they hope is another long postseason run. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:06 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Tristan Thompson leaves Sunday's game
    Tristan Thompson left Sunday's game against the Lakers due to a mouth injury and he was unable to return.

    Advice: Thompson finished the night with four points, 10 rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in 26 minutes before departing. Channing Frye and Derrick Williams might see some added playing time if Thompson is forced to miss time going forward. For now, consider Thompson day to day. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 8:17 pm
  • Skal Labissiere hot from the floor
    Skal Labissiere ended up with 14 points and seven rebounds in Sunday's 118-102 loss against the Spurs.

    Advice: The rookie connected on seven of his nine field goal attempts and is now hitting 63.3 percent from the field (50-of-79) in 10 games in the month of March. Labissiere is logging plenty of time since the trade of fellow Kentucky alum DeMarcus Cousin to New Orleans and it's now his time to shine. He and another Wildcat, Willie Cauley-Stein, are the future in Sacramento in the middle. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Georgios Papagiannis grabs 10 more boards
    Georgios Papagiannis scored six points with 10 rebounds, a steal and a blocked shots in 24 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: Head coach Dave Joerger has decided the remove the bubble wrap from the rookie and see what the Greek-born 7-footer can do. Papagiannis is averaging 10.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game over his past two outings. If he continues to see 15-20 minutes per game, which is a good bet down the stretch, Papagiannis could be quite the addition for fantasy owners in deeper leagues in search of an effective big man, especially in rotisserie formats. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 7:01 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside gets 17 & 10 w/ three swats
    Hassan Whiteside (shoulder) picked up 17 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three blocks and two assists in 31 minutes of action on Sunday.

    Advice: Whiteside tweaked his right shoulder on Friday but there was never any official indication that his status was in jeopardy tonight. He shot 8-of-15 from the field and was physical inside with burly Jusuf Nurkic, so he also didn't show any signs of favoring his shoulder. Deploy him as usual. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:47 pm
  • Serge Ibaka shoots well from field
    Serge Ibaka was 7-of-11 from the field in Sunday's 116-91 victory against the Pacers, finishing with 16 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ibaka's .636 shooting percentage in the blowout win tied his best in 13 games since coming over from the Magic in a trade back in mid-February. While his offense has been better lately, he has managed just two blocked shots over past three games to give his fantasy owners a new reason to wring their hands and shake their heads. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) practices Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (bruised left thigh) practiced on Sunday and said he hopes to play vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: The official game notes have Porzingis listed as 'out' but that's usually meaningless, since game notes tend to parrot whatever happened in the previous game. Both KP and coach Jeff Hornacek have been optimistic that he'll play on Monday, so all signs are pointing in that direction. Check back for more concrete updates following shootaround. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 3:15 pm
  • Paul Millsap (knee) ruled out for two games
    Paul Millsap (left knee tightness) will not play in the next two games.

    Advice: That's not good after it sounded like he was getting rest on Saturday. The Hawks play Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, so hopefully Millsap can make it back for a big game against the Bucks on Friday. While he's out, Ersan Ilyasova becomes a player worth owning in all standard leagues. This news also helps guys like Tim Hardaway Jr. and we should see Taurean Prince in the rotation. The Hawks will go smaller more often, as well. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Al Horford scores season-high 27 in loss
    Al Horford scored a season-high 27 points during a 105-99 loss to the 76ers on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: That's two 20-plus scoring games in his last three. Before that, Horford didn't hit 20 points in any game since Jan. 25, so it's been a prolonged offensive slump for one of the most consistent offensive players over the last decade. Not having Isaiah Thomas obviously helped and he does have a 22.7 usage rate without him and he's even more efficient, too. We saw Horford tear it up earlier this year even with IT next to him, so maybe this gets him going. His owners have to love this line heading into four home games this week. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 1:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Nerlens Noel doesn't score vs. Nets
    Nerlens Noel did not score with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes against the Nets on Sunday.

    Advice: The pace was not his friend in this game and Noel was in foul trouble. As a Mav, he was flirting with early-round value before this game, so there's no need to worry even though he's coming off the bench. The Mavs will need his pick-and-roll defense against the Warriors, Clippers and Raptors this week. Start him. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis listed as out in notes
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) is listed as out in the Sunday game notes for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: To be very clear here, this does not mean he is out for this game. Porzingis said he is expected to play in this game and coach Jeff Hornacek also added he thinks Porzingis had a good chance to play. We should have another update Monday afternoon before fantasy owners have to set their rosters. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 10:50 am
  • Kenneth Faried scores 11 in lss
    Kenneth Faried scored 11 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He's playing well and is back to seeing minutes at mostly power forward. In his last two games, he's played 15 minutes next to Nikola Jokic, 22 minutes next to Mason Plumlee and four minutes as the lone big man. Faried's upside still isn't that high with Mason Plumlee being successful and Wilson Chandler (groin) returning would hurt him even more, so he's not the best pickup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:55 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores 14 points vs. Utah
    Robin Lopez scored 14 points with five rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He went up against Rudy Gobert and lives to tell about it. Lopez is coming off a 25-point Friday, so he heads into next week with some nice momentum. He still only has mid-round upside and is flirting with that recently even with this two strong games, so he's not exactly a strong add. Although, with four games and some favorable matchups this week, he's someone fantasy owners may want to call on. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:22 pm
  • Rudy Gobert drops 13 and 13 with 5 blocks
    Rudy Gobert blocked five shots in a 95-86 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding 13 points, 13 rebounds and two assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Since missing a game due to a bruised leg, Gobert has been hot with averages of 14.0 points, 12.8 boards and 3.0 blocks. The bad news is he's made just 46.2 percent from the line, though. Gobert not having Derrick Favors (knee) around has been helpful for his stats because he is 5.4 TS% better without him, has a better rebounding rate and a higher usage rate. Gobert should be a monster the rest of the way as the Jazz play for seeding. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:53 pm
  • Kevin Love will not play on Saturday
    Kevin Love will not play on Saturday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: This isn't surprising at all with the Cavs resting Love on the front end of a back-to-back set. It actually wouldn't even be a surprise to see him rest on Sunday, too. The Cavs are playing with house money on Love because he beat his timetable to return. He'll be seeing several games off as the Cavs get ready for the postseason. Channing Frye will start and benefit most tonight. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:10 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Enes Kanter scores 14 points vs. Kings
    Enes Kanter scored 14 points with four rebounds and one block in 18 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: That's double-digit scoring games in 11 straight while making at least 50 percent from the field in all but two of those games. While the scoring and percentages are great, Kanter is doing almost nothing with only three blocks in March, which has made him only a late-round guy. He's more of a fit player in fantasy and hasn't been worth owning since the break. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:13 pm
  • Skal Labissiere scores 13 points
    Skal Labissiere scores 13 points during a 110-94 loss to the Thunder on Saturday, adding four rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: While this line probably made his recent owners frown after a 32-point explosion in Phoenix on Wednesday, it could have been a lot worse. He committed three fouls in his five first-quarter minutes and really didn't have anything going until the fourth. Labissiere continues to show he has terrific moves in the halfcourt and the Kings are starting to feed him the ball more. The Kings are also using him in more lineup combinations as a small forward, which may help if the Kings decide to go with a very big lineup. Labissiere probably won't be a difference-making add, but he should be owned in standard leagues as the Kings try to identify what his limits are. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • Kosta Koufos scores nine points
    Kosta Koufos scored nine points with six rebounds, two assists and one block in 23 minutes against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: He is playing through a right hand injury and does have two fingers taped. According to the Kings broadcast, Koufos said he is going to have to play through it for a month or so. Perhaps this will be a reason to hold Koufos out of games as the season winds down. With Georgios Papagiannis turning in his best game as a pro, we'll likely be seeing Koufos' playing time start to fade. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:40 pm
  • Georgios Papagiannis logs first double-double
    Georgis Papagiannis turned in career-highs 14 points and 11 rebounds for his first NBA double-double of his career against the Thunder on Saturday, adding one assist, one block and one steal in 22 minutes.

    Advice: It was obviously his best game. His defense was better, he had his first make outside of the paint, showed an array of post moves, and only committed two fouls. The days of Papa G getting DNP-CDs are probably over and he's likely looking at close to 20 minutes in the short term and possibly more after that. It's also worth mentioning this game comes with both Anthony Tolliver and Kosta Koufos playing -- one or both will likely rest on Sunday. He's not quite worth adding in standard leagues, but he's trending up for owners in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:27 pm
  • Paul Millsap (left knee) out for Saturday
    Paul Millsap (left knee tightness) will not play on Saturday against the Blazers.

    Advice: It will be his first game out of the lineup since Dec. 3. This is not on a back-to-back set and it's not on the road, so this isn't just rest for the 32-year-old forward. Ersan Ilyasova gets a big bump and Mike Muscala should also be in the rotation this evening. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Porzingis (thigh) expects to play Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he believes his injury is "nothing serious" and that he plans on playing Monday night vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: KP sat out Thursday's game after injuring his thigh in Tuesday's win over the Pacers. "This is just one game, the muscle swelled up. That’s how I see it right now. Nothing serious," said Porzingis. He also quickly dismissed the notion that he would be shut down at some point later this season. "If I’m healthy, I want to be out there. Not even a question." This is encouraging news for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:43 am
  • Big Sauce only gets 12 points
    Alan Williams scored 12 points with seven rebounds and two assists in just 16 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Alex Len actually showed up in this game and Big Sauce was in foul trouble, so that explains the low minutes. Williams' fantasy owners shouldn't worry here and can plan on a better game against Andre Drummond and company on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:49 pm
  • John Henson blocks four shots in win
    John Henson blocked four shots on Friday vs. the Lakers with eight points, nine rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Greg Monroe was ejected in the third quarter, so Henson closed this game out for the Bucks and played well. He's averaging 6.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks over his last five games, but the problem is that he's getting just 17.6 minutes per game in that span and coach Jason Kidd has pulled him out of the rotation in the past without warning. For now, he's more of a deep-league pickup if you need blocks. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Al Horford puts up another strong line
    Al Horford scored 14 points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal, one 3-pointer and four blocks against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He looks like he's back. Since returning from his elbow sprain, Horford averaged 14.2 points, 7.2 boards, 5.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.2 treys on 57.4 percent from the field. Horford's owners probably shouldn't feel 100 percent about him returning to the player he was back in 2016, but he looks like he can be trusted as an early-round guy. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Hassan Whiteside tweaks right shoulder in win
    Hassan Whiteside tweaked his right shoulder in Friday's win over the Wolves.

    Advice: He got hit in his right shoulder with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter, and while he did finish the game, it was clear that it was bothering him -- he was even giving out left-handed high-fives on the bench. HW said after the game that his shoulder was still hurting and that he expects to get it checked out on Saturday. We should get a better idea of his status for Sunday's game vs. the Blazers on Saturday afternoon. He finished with 23 points (10-of-11 FGs), 14 rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 33 minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:30 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores season-high 25 points
    Robin Lopez scored a season-high 25 points in a loss to the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He was five points shy of his career-high and has only scored 25+ points five times in his career. There are more touches up for grabs in Chicago with Dwayne Wade (elbow) out for the season, so Lopez should get a small bump. He finished 12-of-16 from the field with 12 rebounds, two assists and one block, and with four games on the schedule for the Bulls next week, he's back on the radar as a pickup. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:33 pm
  • Nerlens Noel scores nine in Philly return
    Nerlens Noel came off the bench in Philadelphia on Friday with nine points, five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He received a standing ovation when he checked into the game and responded with a wave to the crowd. Noel's playing time likely would've been higher had this game been closer, so don't read to much into those 19 minutes. He has been third-round player in his previous 10, so keep him rolling. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:32 pm
  • Nerlens Noel off bench; Dirk starting at C
    Nerlens Noel will come off the bench against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: It'll be Yogi Ferrell, Seth Curry, Wes Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki in the starting lineup. Noel should still be getting some decent minutes against his former team, so he should be in all fantasy lineups. He's a viable DFS play, too. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:53 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) out again for Saturday
    Derrick Favors (knee) is out again for Saturday against the Bulls.

    Advice: He's basically out indefinitely and can be dropped in most leagues. The Jazz have liked their small-ball lineup and will likely use it again against the Bulls. That should help Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles, especially if a questionable Rodney Hood can't play. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:17 pm
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    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Kenneth Faried scores 12 in return
    Kenneth Faried (back) returned from a nine-game absence on Thursday with 12 points, six rebounds and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wanted to keep his minutes down and he was able to do so in the easy win. Faried played well and even had some confidence on some jumpers. "I'm happy to be back. Watching them from the bench was hard. You want to be out there having fun. I felt like a kid again," Faried said. Given the success of Mason Plumlee, Faried isn't really a great add. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:07 pm
  • Willy doesn't do much in his start
    Willy Hernangomez did not fare well his start against the Nets on Thursday with four points, six rebounds and one steal in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Foul trouble was the culprit here and he could not handle Brook Lopez down low. There's really nothing to this game besides rookies just having bad games. Hernangomez should remain owned in standard leagues even if Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) can return this weekend. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Paul Millsap struggles in loss to Grizzlies
    Paul Millsap hit just 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, three rebounds, a steal and a block on Thursday, and was dominated by JaMychal Green, who has been struggling lately.

    Advice: It wasn't a great night for Millsap or the Hawks and this was his lowest scoring night in the month of March. Millsap had been playing well and power forwards tend to have a ton of success against the Blazers, who the Hawks face on Saturday night. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:02 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Serge Ibaka scores 10 points
    Serge Ibaka scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist and one block in 27 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday during a 123-102 loss.

    Advice: No revenge game this time. That hot start from Serge has gone south in The North. In his last three games, Ibaka averaged 6.3 points, 5.3 boards, 2.0 blocks and 0.3 treys. Obviously those blocks are great and his minutes are still likely to be over 30 when the Raptors are in a close game. Expect him to flirt with early-round value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:00 pm
  • Kevin Love goes for 10 & 9 in return
    Kevin Love returned from knee surgery on Thursday and hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Baby steps, right? He looked pretty good and should see his minutes count slowly increase as the season winds down. But the fact he nearly double-doubled in his first game back is a great sign, so owners should plan on deploying him any time he's going to play for the Cavs. Just make sure he's in the lineup when the Cavs go back-to-back this Saturday and Sunday, Mar. 24-25, Mar. 30-31, Apr. 4-5 and Apr. 9-10. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:51 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Rudy Gobert destroys Thompson for 20 & 19
    Rudy Gobert had his way against Tristan Thompson on Thursday, racking up 20 points, 19 rebounds, two steals and two blocks while hitting 10-of-13 shots in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Thompson's usually a good defender but he simply couldn't handle or contain Gobert tonight. He's double-doubled in five of his last six games and has missed a total of just six shots over his last four games, hitting a ridiculous 27-of-33 (82%) over that stretch. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:41 pm
  • Kenneth Faried coming off the bench
    Kenneth Faried is available off the bench on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone hinted Faried my not be where he needs to be, which is to be expected after he had such serious back pain. It may take him a few games to get going, so his potential fantasy owners may not want to add him if they have to wait a week for decent production. His upside isn't great anyway with Mason Plumlee playing well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:33 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez starting vs. Nets
    Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Lance Thomas, Carmelo Anthony, and Willy Hernangomez will start against the Nets on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nets defense can be the most porous in the league, so Hernangomez should have ample opportunity in this game. He should he owned in all standard leagues going forward. We should see plenty of Kyle O'Quinn behind him, too. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:35 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis hoping he's only out 1 gm
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) said he thinks he'll only need to miss Thursday's game and should play on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: He was asked about shutting down, and KP said he wants to finish the season and basically laughed off the question. Porzingis suffered his injury on Tuesday and coach Jeff Hornacek also said he's only expecting his star big to miss just one game. With him out, Willy Hernangomez and Carmelo Anthony benefit while Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn should step up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:46 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) back in the starting lineup
    Kevin Love (knee) will return to the starting lineup on Thursday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is going to have a minutes limit, but this is wonderful news for the Cavs. They'll have about a month to get him back on track before the first round of the playoffs. The Cavs will almost certainly rest him in some back-to-back games. Make sure he's not still sitting on the waiver wire right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:20 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Kristaps Porzingis listed as out for Thursday
    Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) is listed as out for Thursday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he wasn't sure if Porzingis will play on the road trip, so KP could miss additional games. Besides Carmelo Anthony getting a hefty bump in usage, we'll see plenty of Willy Hernangomez in the first unit while Lance Thomas helps out. Hernangomez should be owned in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:21 pm
  • Derrick Favors, Rodney Hood out Thursday
    Derrick Favors (knee) and Rondey Hood (knee) have both been ruled out of Thursday's game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: He's scheduled to be re-evaluated in a few days, but his fantasy owners should just move on at this point. With Favors out, the Jazz have been playing a lot of small ball and Joe Ingles and Joe Johnson have been the biggest winners.Daily Slant: With Favors, Hood and Mack off the floor this year, Gordon Hayward sports at 31.0% usage rate, a +1.8% bump from his season total, with George Hill picking up a slightly bigger bump (+1.9%). Both Hayward and Hill are viable targets against the Cavs, with Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles picking up between 25-30 minutes in relief of Hood and Favors. Neither carry terribly high ceilings, but Ingles is the better bet to see bigger minutes and given the short slate, he's playable in any format. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:56 am
    Player Note
    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Kenneth Faried (back) will play Thursday
    Kenneth Faried (low back) will play on Thursday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Faried has looked good in practice and he's ready to return from a nine-game absence. Wilson Chandler (groin), Danilo Gallinari (knee) and Darrell Arthur (body) have all been ruled out already, so Faried is a low-end pickup if you need to stream some boards. He could be limited right out of the gate, but we'll pass along his restrictions if the Nuggets provide another update. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:23 am
  • Nerlens Noel hints that his knee is fine
    Nerlens Noel said he sat out three games with left knee soreness as more of a precaution.

    Advice: He said the swelling was a "result of overuse" while trying to get up to speed with the Mavericks. "It's not like I'm handicapped," Noel said. "I could move around. It's just something I chose not to play through." He looked fine on Wednesday vs. the Wizards with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block, and as long as the Mavs can stay within striking distance of the No. 8 seed, Noel's value should trend up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:49 am
  • Kosta Koufos looks good in his return
    Kosta Koufos scored 13 points with six rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos was back in the starting lineup after getting rest on Monday. He looked to be on his way to a really strong game, but Skal Labissiere went scorched-earth mode in the fourth and Koufos never checked back in. Koufos did rest on Monday and there's a very good chance he's not going to play on Friday. He can't be owned in fantasy with so much uncertainty about his status going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:43 pm
  • Papa G blocks three shots
    Georgios Papagiannis blocked a career-high three shots with three rebounds in 13 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did need three stitched under his chin due to some contact in the fourth. Papagiannis may have turned in his best game, but he's still a major project. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:30 pm
  • Skal Labissiere explodes for career-high 32
    Skal Labissiere scored a career-high 32 points against the Suns on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The youth movement is on. Skal went berserk in the fourth quarter, scoring the Kings' first 15 points of that frame and scoring 21 total in the fourth. Clearly, he's going to be getting more minutes as the Kings pick their spots on what veterans they will rest next to him. He's been extremely efficient and he's also shown improvement on the glass on defense. He won't be this good, but he should be picked up in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:24 pm
  • Alan Williams drops another double-double
    Alan Williams scored 14 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 31 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Another night, another double-double. Williams has a double-double in seven of his eight March games with consistent playing time in each. Alex Len isn't taking minutes from him and Tyson Chandler is likely done for the year, so keep plugging in Big Sauce as a possible mid-round guy going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:11 pm
  • Boris Diaw comes off bench Wednesday
    Boris Diaw headed to the bench vs. Detroit on Wednesday, finishing the road victory with seven points, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Diaw played just 21 minutes in a start vs. the Clippers on Monday, and his role isn't going to change much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Quin Snyder said he'd play the matchups until Derrick Favors (knee) can return, so the PF position is likely to be fluid. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • Al Horford gets 20/9/8 in win vs Timberwolves
    Al Horford toyed with a triple-double vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, scoring 20 points on 9-of-12 shooting with nine rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It's a matchup Horford clearly enjoys. In his only other game vs. the Wolves this season, he finished with 20 points, six rebounds and five assists. He turned the ball over just once in 30 minutes tonight and is rolling since his return from injury. Hopefully you stuck with him during his inexplicable slump in March. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:36 pm
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    Al Horford Bos - PF,C
     
  • Nerlens Noel (left knee) scores 12 in return
    Nerlens Noel (left knee) returned on Wednesday with 12 points in 23 bench minutes vs. the Wizards, making 4-of-8 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs with three rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Noel missed three games with the injury but didn't appear to be limited tonight. He quickly developed good chemistry with J.J. Barea, which could be one more reason for Dallas to keep him in a reserve role. It's not the worst thing for his fantasy value, and it's safe to activate him with two games left on the Mavs' schedule this week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:45 pm
  • Ty, Buddy, Arron, Kosta & Willie starting
    Ty Lawson, Buddy Hield, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos and Willie Cauley-Stein will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Koufos is back after a night off and he should be looking at minutes in the 20s. Now that he's likely going to rest more often, he's not really a reliable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Derrick Favors evaluated in a few days
    Derrick Favors (knee) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He has been out this week with a bone contusion on his left knee, and the knee issues continue to pile up for Favors. It's looking like a lost season for Favors and his fantasy owners will probably want to look at other options right now. Coach Quin Snyder will play the matchups while he's out, but Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles should benefit. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:13 pm
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    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Boris Diaw will come off the bench Wednesday
    Boris Diaw will return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: With Derrick Favors (knee) on the sidelines, Utah has been moving Diaw and Joe Johnson in and out of the starting five based on the matchup, but Diaw's unimpressive numbers haven't changed based on how he enters the game. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:19 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) could play this weekend?
    Kevin Love (knee) could return to the court as soon as Saturday's game vs. the Clippers, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

    Advice: Love was able to practice two days in a row, and while Wednesday's practice was just a light 20-minute workout, there have been whispers that he's looking to get back to the court by this weekend. Tyronn Lue said that he'll start as soon as he's cleared to play, so it makes sense to grab him if you're currently in a bye-week, or you have an open IR-slot. Just know that even if he's starting, his minutes will likely be relegated to the lower-20s for at least the first few weeks of his return. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:19 pm
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    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Hornacek expects Porzingis to miss Thursday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he's expecting Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) to miss Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Hornacek also wasn't clear on KP playing on the upcoming road trip. "We’ll see whenever he’s ready to play," Hornacek said. While he's out, we'll see plenty of must-add Willy Hernangomez with some Lance Thomas and Kyle O'Quinn to help out. KOQ is also a solid pickup. Considering the Knicks are basically out of the postseason, the Knicks won't be in a rush to bring him back. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:58 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (low back) is questionable
    Kenneth Faried (low back) is questionable against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: This is expected news with Faried looking good in practice, according to coach Mike Malone. Faried could actually be stepping into a nice role with Wilson Chandler (groin) and Danilo Gallinari (knee) ruled out for Thursday. He's still not a strong pickup until he proves otherwise. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:19 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) goes through light practice
    Kevin Love (knee surgery) went through a light practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Cavs only practiced for 20 minutes on Wednesday, so it was definitely a very light practice, but head coach Tyronn Lue did seem to hint that Love is on the cusp of a return. Love also got in some 3-on-3 work on Tuesday, and while he's still not officially been cleared to play, he's going to attempt to get back on the court sometime during Cleveland's upcoming four-game road trip (possibly this weekend). Lue said that Love will start once he's cleared, so he should be considered must-own in leagues with an IR-spot. Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson will lose most their value once Love is back on the court. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:29 am
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Kristaps Porzingis (thigh) doesn't practice
    Kristaps Porzingis (left thigh contusion) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: Porzingis exited Tuesday's game with the thigh contusion and did not return, and while he downplayed the injury after the game saying it was, "nothing serious," him sitting out Wednesday's practice isn't the greatest sign regarding his availability for Thursday's game against the Nets; Jeff Hornacek was non-committal regarding his status for Thursday night. Owners can expect to get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Willy Hernangomez will benefit most. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:08 am
  • Nerlens Noel (knee) expected to play vs. WAS
    Nerlens Noel (left knee) is expected to play Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Noel was a full participant during shootaround, so it would be shocking if he didn't take the court tonight. Wesley Matthews (calf) is headed for a game-time call, and if he's out, that could result in Noel moving back into the starting five. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 am
  • Willy Hernangomez scores 13 w/ 16 boards
    Willy Hernangomez racked up 13 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 31 minutes vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Knicks moved Hernangomez to the bench tonight for matchup reasons, but it didn't matter in the end. Kristaps Porzingis left the game with a thigh contusion and didn't return, so Hernangomez closed this game out. He shot 6-of-12 from the field and 1-of-4 from the line, and while he's a must-own player for the final stretch, the bad news is that the Knicks only have one more game this week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Willy Hernangomez to come off the bench Tues
    Willy Hernangomez will come off the bench Tuesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Lance Thomas is starting Tuesday, with Kristaps Porzingis sliding over and starting at center. This change was likely made to matchup with the Pacers frontline, so it may not be permanent. Hernangomez should still see plenty of court time as the first big off the bench, but it will be difficult for him to play the 28-plus minutes he was logging as a starter. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:45 pm
  • Kevin Love (knee) could be back for road trip
    Kevin Love (knee surgery) participated in a 3-on-3 scrimmage on Tuesday and he may be able to return to action during Cleveland's upcoming four-game road trip.

    Advice: Love is currently at the 4-week mark of his initial 6-week timetable, but he described the knee scope as "very minor," so it sounds like there's a chance he could beat the initial 6-week timeline. The Cavs begin their four-game road trip on Saturday in Los Angeles and end it on Friday, March 24 in Charlotte. If Love is able to get back during this road trip, he'll likely be eased back into things, but with the potential for an imminent return, he needs to be stashed in all leagues with an IR-spot and should be strongly considered for those currently in a bye-week. Channing Frye will lose most of his value once Love returns to the court. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Kevin Love Cle - PF,C
     
  • Nerlens Noel, Matthews questionable Wednesday
    Nerlens Noel (left knee) and Wesley Matthews (right calf) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Noel said on Monday that the swelling in his left knee had gone down significantly, and he's expecting to play Wednesday, but owners will need to wait for their next update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Matthews was forced out of Monday's game with the calf injury and refused to talk about it with reporters after the game, so he seems a bit closer to doubtful. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:40 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov shut down for the season
    According to Marc Spears of ESPN, the Lakers have decided to "shut down healthy center Timofey Mozgov to take a stronger look at their younger guys for the rest of the season."

    Advice: Mozgov was already out of the rotation, having appeared in only one game since the All-Star break, back on March 5. It seems that will be the last game Mozgov plays this season. He should obviously be on waivers in all fantasy leagues. Remarkably, it was only eight months ago that the Lakers signed Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million contract, which means he is still owed $48 million over the next three seasons. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:32 am
  • Rudy Gobert double-doubles in return
    Rudy Gobert played through a sore right leg on Monday and hit 5-of-6 shots for 11 points, 10 rebounds and a block in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He may not be out of the injury woods just yet, but the heavy minutes were promising and he looked good in a tough win over the Clippers. If he's playing for the Jazz, he should be in your fantasy lineup every night. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:11 am
  • Rudy Gobert returned to action on Monday March 13. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:57 pm
  • Skal Labissiere swats four shots in win
    Skal Labissiere scored 11 points with seven rebounds and four blocked shots in Monday's start against the Magic.

    Advice: Labissiere moved into the starting five with several regulars out with either an injury or a planned rest. The rookie made the most of the chance, grabbing at least five boards for the fifth straight game, and eighth time in the past nine outings. The rookie is worth picking up in all deeper seasonal fantasy formats and he is a must-have in long-term keeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:29 pm
  • Boris Diaw doesn't do much in start
    Boris Diaw made the start Monday against the Clippers, but he finished with just five points, three rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Diaw made the start with Derrick Favors (knee) on the shelf, but he did very little with the opportunity. It was the 20th straight game without a double-digit point total dating back to Jan. 24. Even when he is in the starting five Diaw is only worth a look in the very deepest of seasonal fantasy play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:33 pm
  • Paul Millsap scores 16 points
    Paul Millsap scored 16 points with five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 40 minutes vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-13 shots from the field, but finished 0-of-2 from beyond the arc and 4-of-6 from the line. After averaging 32.0 minutes per game in February, Millsap is averaging 37.4 minutes in March because he's playing more small-ball center next to Ersan Ilyasova. While fantasy owners are loving the bump in minutes, Millsap might be looking at a DNP or two down the stretch as the Hawks will want him fresh for the postseason. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Paul Millsap Atl - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Serge Ibaka goes scoreless in 32 minutes
    Serge Ibaka failed to score in 32 minutes vs. the Mavericks on Monday.

    Advice: He was a team-high +18, but missed all four of his field goals for his third scoreless game since 2011-12. Ibaka did add nine rebounds and two blocks, but this wasn't an easy matchup for him -- the Mavericks have allowed the third fewest fantasy points to power forwards this season. Ibaka will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. the Thunder in a "revenge game." Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:29 pm
  • Skal Labissiere and Temple starting Monday
    The Kings will start Darren Collison, Garrett Temple, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein on Monday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Tyreke Evans (sore left ankle), Ty Lawson (rest), Kosta Koufos (rest) and Arron Afflalo (rest) are all out, so the Kings will only have nine available players. This is the first career start for Labissiere, but he's certainly earned it with some impressive play over the last few weeks. With the Kings in tank mode, we should see a lot more of him down the stretch. He's on the radar as a pickup in deeper leagues, but we'll let you know how he fares tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:33 pm
  • Kosta Koufos to sit out Monday
    Kosta Koufos (rest) is receiving a planned rest and he will not face the Magic on Monday.

    Advice: With Koufos in street clothes it will be Willie Cauley-Stein playing all the minutes he can handle, and Skal Labissiere is likely to have a larger role than usual, too. Anthony Tolliver should also see added run against the Magic. The best bet for DFS purposes is Cauley-Stein, as he has double-double potential, while Labissiere might be the best value in points per dollar spent. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:17 pm
  • Faried (back), Arthur (rest) ruled out Monday
    Kenneth Faried (back) and Darrell Arthur (rest) will not play on Monday vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Faried is traveling with the Nuggets and is progressing, but he was initially listed as doubtful for this contest. He now gets a few days of rest before the Nuggets take on the Clippers on Thursday. Expect Juancho Hernangomez to get a lot of run tonight. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:43 pm
  • Boris Diaw starting, Joe Johnson to bench
    Boris Diaw will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: The move will send Joe Johnson to the bench. Derrick Favors (knee) is out and the Jazz need size against Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so the lineup change makes sense. Diaw isn't a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Monday, 5:22 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (leg) will play on Monday
    Rudy Gobert (right leg soreness) will play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert was listed as questionable after missing Saturday's game, but he went through the morning shootaround and will give it a go. The Jazz hold a 1.0 game lead over the Clippers in the West, so expect Gobert to see his normal workload if his leg holds up well. Season-long owners should obviously activate him. Jeff Withey will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:25 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) out Monday vs. Clippers
    Derrick Favors (left knee bone bruise) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Favors is going to be watching from the sidelines until he's re-evaluated some time "later in the week," so it sounds like he's in serious danger of missing Utah's upcoming back-to-back set. Favors just never really got going this season, operating at a 14th round evaluation with averages of 9.6 points, 6.2 boards and not much else, and with an uncertain return date, it may be best to just move on in standard leagues. Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles will pick up the slack in his absence. Rotoworld.com Mar 13, 11:39 am
    Player Note
    Derrick Favors Uta - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Rudy Gobert (leg) is a game-time call Monday
    Rudy Gobert (right leg soreness) was able to go through the morning shootaround.

    Advice: He was expected to have an MRI over the weekend, but we haven't heard any results yet -- no news is usually good news. Gobert is still listed as questionable and he's expected to be a game-time call -- he added that he feels good but wants to see if his leg flares up on him in warmups. Jeff Withey could be looking at another start if Gobert is unable to go. Rotoworld.com Mar 13, 9:58 am
  • Noel says he's expecting to play Wednesday
    Nerlens Noel (left knee soreness) said he's "real likely" to play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He's already been ruled out for the third straight game on Monday vs. the Raptors. Noel said his knee was a "little too uncomfortable" to play Monday, but said it was a "close decision." He added that the swelling is going down and he sounded confident about his status for Wednesday's game vs. the Wizards. His fantasy owners should stick with him. You can check out some of his comments regarding his knee in the link below. Rotoworld.com Mar 13, 9:48 am
  • Rudy Gobert (leg) had an MRI?
    According to Aaron Falk of the Salt Lake Tribune, Rudy Gobert was expected to undergo an MRI over the weekend.

    Advice: Gobert collided with James Harden on Wednesday and his leg flared up on him during warmups on Saturday. "We want to be smart about everything," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said, calling the decision to hold Gobert out on Saturday vs. the Thunder "precautionary." "Hopefully it's nothing more than that." There's no word of any MRI results, but Gobert is officially questionable for Monday's game vs. the Clippers. While he did say he expects to play, he has some extra incentive to suit up with the Jazz currently 1.0 game ahead of the Clippers in the standings. Rotoworld.com Mar 13, 7:08 am
  • Alan Williams w/ another double-double Sunday
    Alan Williams had another bare-bones double-double on Sunday with 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Williams has six double-doubles in seven March games, despite averaging a modest 26.3 minutes, and he's paying off richly for anyone who snatched him off the waiver wire. Tyson Chandler was out tonight for personal reasons but he's no longer part of the rotation, while oft-injured Alex Len is dealing with a hip injury, all of which solidifies Big Sauce's rest-of-season outlook. Rotoworld.com Mar 12, 9:01 pm
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