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  • Lance Thomas (face) to miss at least one week
    Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will miss at least the next week of action.

    Advice: "He’s getting used to the mask. I think that takes a little adjusting to," Jeff Hornacek said. "About a week maybe." Mindaugas Kuzminskas is going to pick up most of Thomas' minutes while he's on the sidelines but with Kristaps Porzingis back on the court, Kuzminskas won't get enough run to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:35 am
  • Brandan Wright goes through a full practice
    Brandan Wright (left ankle surgery) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: He's inching his way closer to a return, but he's not going to have much value with JaMychal Green, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol all healthy. Rotoworld.com Today, 11:26 am
    Injured
     
  • Wade expected to play Tuesday and Wednesday
    Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Tuesday vs. the Magic and Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The Bulls will likely limit his minutes in one game of the back-to-back set just like they did in their previous set -- Wade played 20 minutes against the Hawks on Jan. 20 and 35 minutes vs. the Kings on Jan. 21. Just keep in mind that the lopsided score was a factor in the Atlanta game. Wade is safe to deploy in season-long leagues, but he's very risky in DFS. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:43 am
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Jonas Jerebko (illness) will play Tuesday
    Jonas Jerebko (illness) will be available to play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Jerebko will be returning from a one-game absence and he will likely push Jordan Mickey out of the rotation again. Jerebko is only averaging 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in January, so fantasy owners can ignore him. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:28 am
  • D.J. Augustin (ankle) will get an MRI Monday
    D.J. Augustin (ankle) will undergo an MRI on Monday.

    Advice: He's walking "gingerly" without the use of crutches, but we should get an update on his timetable later this evening. For now, it sounds like he's closer to doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls. If Augustin misses time, Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson will log heavy minutes in the backcourt and coach Frank Vogel may finally have no choice but to give Mario Hezonja some burn. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:19 am
  • Demetrius Jackson (illness) out Tuesday
    Demetrius Jackson (illness) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Jackson is the fourth-string PG in Boston and has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:18 am
  • DeMar DeRozan (ankle) will miss next 2 games
    DeMar DeRozan (ankle) will miss the next two games for the Raptors.

    Advice: This means he will not play on Tuesday vs. the Spurs or on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. He's not in a walking boot and will be re-evaluated prior to Friday's game vs. the Bucks, so he should be considered day-to-day. Kyle Lowry's usage rate rises from 23.3 to 27.2 when DeRozan is off the court, so he's poised for a big week. Expect Norman Powell and Terrence Ross to pick up DeRozan's minutes on the wings, and we could see some more two-PG lineups as well which would give Cory Joseph a slight bump. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:58 am
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for Tuesday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Okafor was limited at Monday's practice because of right knee soreness, but he has a big week ahead of him with Joel Embiid (knee) considered doubtful for Tuesday and out for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks. As a starter this season, Okafor has averaged 13.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks, and his ceiling is higher when Embiid is off the court. Nerlens Noel also looks like a nice play this week and should split the center minutes with Okafor. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:56 am
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) ruled out for week
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will miss all four games this week.

    Advice: This means the earliest we will see Bradley back in action is on Jan. 30 vs. the Pistons, but that's not a lock either. Bradley has been incredible all season with top-40 value in standard leagues, so his owners just need to stay afloat until he returns. Marcus Smart looks like a strong short-term add, but just keep in mind that he's shooting 36.0 percent from the field this season. Terry Rozier also gets a slight bump. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:54 am
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Joel Embiid out Tuesday and Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (knee) is doubtful for Tuesday's game vs. the Clippers and will not travel for Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Despite the doubtful tag, coach Brett Brown said Embiid will not play Tuesday. He wasn't going to travel on Wednesday prior to the injury anyways, so nothing has changed in that regard. The good news is the 76ers are still calling the issue a left knee contusion, so Embiid is day-to-day and Brown said the team is just being cautious. He was not able to practice on Monday, but his next chance to play will be on Friday vs. the Rockets. Jahlil Okafor (knee) and Nerlens Noel will likely split the center minutes in Embiid's absence, with Noel having the higher upside in standard leagues. For what it's worth, Embiid was getting up some shots at the practice facility without a limp. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:48 am
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Sam Dekker to come off the bench
    Sam Dekker will come off the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise with Ryan Anderson (illness) expected to play. Dekker scored a career-high 30 points in his first start on Saturday with six triples, four rebounds and two steals, so hopefully he's still heavily involved on Monday since Ryno likely isn't 100 percent. If you picked up Dekker, don't make another roster move until we see what his role looks like tonight. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 am
  • Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. Bucks
    Clint Capela will start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: The Rockets have been bringing him off the bench in an effort to ease him back into action, but they are ready to return to their normal starting lineup of Patrick Beverley, James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Capela -- that lineup is 15-2 this season. Capela is worth owning in standard leagues, while Montrezl Harrell will return to the bench and is trending in the wrong direction. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:34 am
  • Anderson and Capela expected to start Monday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) and Clint Capela are expected to start on Monday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Anderson only lasted nine minutes on Friday vs. the Warriors and was held out of Saturday's game vs. Memphis, so he's a risky play tonight until we confirm that he's 100 percent -- A doctor told him a few days ago that his bug could limit him for 1-2 weeks. With Ryno expected back, Sam Dekker will take the biggest hit, but he should still be involved Monday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:28 am
  • Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) probable for Monday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) is probable for Monday's game vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's expected to return from a four-game absence after making it though Sunday's practice. The Pistons only play twice in Week 14, so weekly owners may want to give him another week. For now, there's no word of any restrictions. With KCP expected back, Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson will lose most of their value. KCP is worth owning in all standard leagues as he posted averages of 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 2.2 triples prior to the injury. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:37 am
  • Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out Monday
    Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Thomas has rejoined the Knicks, but he needs a few more days of practice before he's ready to return. Thomas is also experiencing headaches, so the Knicks will bring him along slowly. Mindaugas Kuzminskas will continue to pick up Thomas' minutes and has probably leapfrogged him in the rotation anyways. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:35 am
  • Joel Anthony signs with the Spurs
    Joel Anthony has signed a 10-day deal with the Spurs.

    Advice: He will provide some emergency depth off the bench with Pau Gasol (hand) out for the next 4-6 weeks. Anthony may not be in the rotation and is not a fantasy pickup. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:23 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Blake Griffin (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This means we will likely see him on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. Griffin would then have a few days to rest before Saturday's showdown with the Warriors. We will likely get another update during the post-game conference tonight, but Griffin's owners can expect to deploy him twice in Week 14 barring a surprise. Griffin "feels great" and he said he could play right now if it was up to him. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:15 am
  • Malone praises Jamal Murray
    Nuggets coach Michael Malone said Jamal Murray "proved he could play point guard" on Sunday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: Murray said point guard is his "natural position," but Malone made it a point to surround him with other ball handlers on the court to ease the pressure on the rookie. Murray scored 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and just one turnover in 20 minutes on Sunday vs. the Wolves, so he could have some short-term value if Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is unable to play on Tuesday vs. the Jazz. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:01 am
  • Dwyane Wade praises Paul Zipser
    Dwyane Wade praised rookie Paul Zipser for his recent play.

    Advice: "He works hard. He just does his job," Wade said of Zipser. "You look at his body and he's strong. He's just being consistent. He got his opportunity a few games back and he has all the confidence in the world in himself." The forward is averaging 8.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 triples over his last four games, and with Nikola Mirotic on the trade block, he could be more involved down the stretch. With that said, he has very little upside in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:26 am
  • Popovich says Dejounte Murray is a 'keeper'
    Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich said Dejounte Murray is a "keeper."

    Advice: Murray has made two straight starts in place of Tony Parker (foot) and is expected to make another one on Monday vs. the Nets. "It doesn’t faze him," Popovich said. "He just comes in and plays. I’m really pleased he’s shown that kind of fiber and composure." The rookie has averaged 19.0 points, 4.0 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.5 triples in his last two games, and while he will likely be demoted to third-string duties when Parker is back, he looks like a nice short-term add and is an intriguing stash in dynasty formats. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:17 am
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out another 3-5 weeks
    The Nets announced that Jeremy Lin will miss another 3-5 weeks after aggravating his strained left hamstring.

    Advice: "During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery," Nets GM Sean Marks said. "We understand and appreciate Jeremy’s competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he returns." If you don't have an IR spot, Lin's owners can move on unless they're in a great position in the standings. Spencer Dinwiddie and Isaiah Whitehead have been splitting the PG minutes in Lin's absence and will continue to do so, but standard-league owners should look elsewhere for production. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:06 am
    New Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Brice Johnson (back) is nearing a return
    Brice Johnson (back) is nearing a return according to coach Doc Rivers.

    Advice: "He’s getting very close to possibly playing a D-League game or something like that," Rivers said. "We don’t know with his back if we’ll send him to the D-League because of the health part of it. That’s a tough one for us." Johnson has yet to play this season after suffering an acute herniated disc in his lower back during the preseason. It sounds like Blake Griffin (knee) will beat him back to the court, so there won't be many minutes available for the first-round rookie out of UNC. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:02 am
  • Rivers says Blake Griffin feels great
    Clippers coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) "feels great."

    Advice: "He told me he feels normal, which is good," Rivers said. Griffin said he’s as close to full health as he can be, and he has been spotted sprinting in the pre-game warmups over the last week. Griffin was also cleared for contact a few days ago and he has made it clear that he's hoping to return on either Monday vs. the Hawks or Tuesday vs. the 76ers. We'll have an update after the morning shootaround. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:59 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This will be Muscala's fifth game in a row on the shelf, but he remains day-to-day. Kris Humphries and Mike Scott have both seen a bump in minutes recently, but not enough for standard-league owners to look their way. Muscala isn't worth stashing in most leagues right now, but that could change if the Hawks put Paul Millsap back on the trade block. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:50 am
  • Spoelstra praises Goran Dragic
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra praised Goran Dragic for his strong play after Saturday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: "Goran has had a career year; this is not something that’s happening right now," Spoelstra said. "He’s been doing this all season. He’s such a conscientious teammate. We have all these moving parts and he’s trying to make sure everyone is comfortable. He knows he has to be aggressive for us and generate good looks." Dragic's name has been tossed around the rumor mill all season with the Heat looking to rebuild, but the Heat are only going to move him if they can get a considerable package in return -- the Heat have already turned down a offer of Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick from Orlando. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:36 am
  • Dion Waiters working on his finishing at rim
    Dion Waiters said he's working on his ability to finish around the rim.

    Advice: "Coaches told me to be aggressive, be me, do what I do best, get to the rack," Waiters said. "I get there with the best of them. It’s about me finishing when I get there. I work on it every day." That's arguably one of Waiters' biggest weaknesses, but he said Goran Dragic gave him some tips on how to improve including "being physical, lowering my shoulder." Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors, so Waiters could be busy once again after scoring 33 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers on Saturday vs. the Bucks. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:31 am
  • Larry Nance returned to action on Sunday January 22. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:45 pm
  • Ryan Anderson expects to play on Monday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) is expected to play in Monday's game against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Ryno has missed three of his last four games due to a stomach virus. He told ESPN that he was not able to eat for three days, but has eaten over the last two days and "feels better." Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer will lose some minutes when Ryno returns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:14 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores 17 points as backup PG
    Jamal Murray was terrific in 20 minutes during Sunday's loss, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and just one turnover.

    Advice: The rookie played some point guard tonight and looked good doing it, although he was marginalized down the stretch in favor of (ineffective) veteran Jameer Nelson. Murray is shooting 36.9 percent on the season, with minimal supporting stats, so there's no need to own him while Emmanuel Mudiay (back) is day-to-day. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan hurts right ankle on Sunday
    DeMar DeRozan injured his right ankle during Sunday's game, which he finished with 22 points (6-of-17 FGs, 10-of-11 FTs), four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: He was visibly frustrated after landing on a teammates foot halfway through the fourth quarter. He continued to play for a while, but didn't return after exiting with 1:30 left in a one-point game. The Raptors have a day off before facing the Spurs on Tuesday, so we'll keep a close eye on his status in case the ankle worsens overnight. If he misses any time, expect Terrence Ross to gain the most, with help from Norman Powell and DeMarre Carroll. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:54 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) ruled out for Monday
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) won't play vs. the Spurs on Monday.

    Advice: Lin has missed 31 games and counting, after missing just 23 games prior to this season during his NBA career. There's no indication of when he might get back on the court, and his absence could be due to more than just his hamstring injury, so he's a hard guy to hold without an IR spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:36 pm
    New Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Larry Nance (knee) logs 10 mins off the bench
    Larry Nance (knee) logged 10 minutes off the bench in his return from a 15-game absence on Sunday, registering four points, one rebound, one block and one turnover.

    Advice: Nance is going to be brought along slowly after missing the past month of action, but he’s someone to keep an eye on. He’s been a sneaky late-round guy on the year with averages of 7.0 points, 5.5 boards, 1.3 dimes, 1.2 steals, 0.6 blocks and just 0.8 turnovers per game on 58.7 percent shooting, and as one of the building blocks in Los Angeles it would make sense to see him eventually be flirting with minutes in the high-20s. He’s a quality deep league stash with mid-round upside. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Blake Griffin (knee) is doubtful for Monday
    Blake Griffin (knee) has been upgraded from "out" to "doubtful" for Monday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Griffin has made it clear that he intends to return this week, so if we don't see him on Monday he could make his return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. the 76ers. The Clippers play a total of three times in Week 14, so starting Griffin in weekly formats is a bit too risky unless we get word that he will give it a go on Monday. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass all take a hit with Griffin nearing a return, but Rivers is still worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:17 am
  • Caldwell-Pope goes through practice Sunday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was able to practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Coach Stan Van Gundy said he's unsure of KCP's status for Monday's game vs. the Kings, but it sounds like he's on the verge of returning from a four-game absence. If KCP is able to give it a go on Monday, both Stanley Johnson and Reggie Bullock will lose most of their value. KCP should be stashed in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • D.J. Augustin (ankle) won't return Sunday
    D.J. Augustin (ankle) will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: X-rays were negative and the Magic are calling the injury a right ankle sprain. Augustin was able to walk gingerly under his own power to the locker room, so hopefully it's not too serious. He finished with zero points, one assist and one rebound in five minutes. Elfrid Payton and C.J. Watson will log a ton of minutes the rest of the game and we may see more of Mario Hezonja as well. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:55 am
  • 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 Saturday, 9:39 pm
  • Dejounte Murray plays really well in start
    Dejounte Murray scored 14 points with two rebounds, six assists and two turnovers in a start against the Cavs on Saturday.

    Advice: Solid. He didn't close this game out, but that would put him on pace to be a Spurs great with how coach Gregg Popovich doesn't trust rookies. Murray should see some decent run in the first half with Tony Parker (ankle) out and he's already way ahead of the curve. He's worth a look in the short term for deep leagues and his Dynasty owners should be really encouraged today. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:37 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores team-high 30 points
    Dwyane Wade hit 9-20 shots and 12-of-15 free throws for 30 points with six rebounds, four assists, three steals and four blocks on Saturday against the Kings.

    Advice: Wade stuffed the stat sheet and helped the Bulls snap a two-game losing streak. Chicago will get two days of rest before heading to Orlando to take on the Magic, a team that Wade played 25 minutes against and scored 16 points with three rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks in their last meeting. He should be well rested and ready to roll in that matchup. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • 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 Saturday, 9:05 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 12 points in a start
    Jahlil Okafor scored 12 points in a start on Saturday during a 110-93 loss to the Hawks, adding four rebounds, one assist, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: As you might expect, the Hawks went right at Okafor in this game, but he was actually better than usual. Plus, he had a solid offensive game and the starters fared well. Joel Embiid (rest) isn't expected to miss time going forward, so that means Okafor should be out of the rotation again. At least this good game could help his trade value. He's only a stash or a stream on the nights Embiid sits. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:11 pm
  • Sam Dekker scores career-high 30 points
    Sam Dekker made 12-of-19 from the field for a career-high 30 points in his first NBA start with four rebounds, two steals and six 3-pointers in Saturday’s 119-95 win over the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Oh so that's why coach Mike D'Antoni has liked him all season. The coach also continued the praise for his PF today after the game. "I love him," D'Antoni said. "I love his game, but he has lapses, rookie lapses. What we're trying to do is, we're worried about the playoffs. You don't win a series when you make mistakes like that, so he's got to learn that and hopefully will." In other words, it sounds like Dekker could even be getting more minutes even after Ryan Anderson (illness) comes back. If you have anything you're sick of, grabbing Dekker in one of the most productive offensives in the NBA makes sense for several standard-league owners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:05 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores season-high 33 points
    Dion Waiters hit 12-of-19 shots for a season-high 33 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in Saturday's 109-97 win against the Bucks.

    Advice: As expected, coach Erik Spoelstra used the old C.J. McCollum rotation move for Waiters, giving him 100 percent of the backup point guard minutes tonight. Tyler Johnson (shoulder) is day-to-day with his surgically-repaired shoulder from last year, so he could miss time despite being day-to-day. Waiters should have value in that time, so he's worth a pickup for owners seeing good short-term output and some top-150 kind of numbers once Johnson is back. Josh Richardson (foot) would hurt him too. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:14 pm
  • Dwyane Wade is starting again
    Dwyane Wade will start again against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise after a really bad loss. The Bulls will still stick with Michael Carter-Williams, Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:18 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Dion Waiters sticking in the starting unit
    Dion Waiters will stick in the starting lineup against the Bucks on Saturday.

    Advice: This is somewhat interesting with Tyler Johnson (shoulder) out. With Goran Dragic as really the only ball-handler, we will probably see Waiters be used in a C.J. McCollum-esque role. In other words, he'll likely be staggered from Goran Dragic to make him the backup one to go with his starting two duties. He should be busy tonight and gains value while Johnson is out. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:56 pm
  • Sam Dekker will start on Saturday vs. Memphis
    Sam Dekker will start on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: With Ryan Anderson (flu) out, it's usually been Corey Brewer starting. This time, coach Mike D'Antoni is going with a little more size, which makes sense against the Grizzlies. Dekker has impressed us this season and he can add a little bit of everything to the stat sheet, so he may have some attractive value until Ryno comes back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:35 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will start for Embiid (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Okafor was a monster in his last start for Embiid with a season-high 26 points. Although, Nerlens Noel was in foul trouble and was hurt, so it was a perfect storm for Okafor to have a good game. He's a viable player to use today, but his long-term value doesn't look great. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:43 pm
  • Sam Dekker likely to start
    Sam Dekker is expected to start for Corey Brewer against the Grizzlies on Saturday.

    Advice: It makes sense after Dekker showed some promise on Friday while Corey Brewer was exploited against the Warriors. Dekker's versatility has always been a favorite attribute for coach Mike D'Antoni, so he might be sticking until Ryan Anderson (illness) can make it back. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:16 pm
  • Joel Anthony to sign with Spurs?
    Joel Anthony is expected to sign with the Spurs.

    Advice: The team is looking for another big man, so they'll go back to Anthony to add some depth. He was with the team at training camp, but was waived on Oct. 22. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 1:15 pm
  • Jackson is out for Saturday.
    Demetrius Jackson (illness) is not available for Saturday.

    Advice: He's not in the rotation right now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:29 pm
  • Avery Bradley likely out for upcoming week
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is likely out for the upcoming week.

    Advice: It makes a lot of sense for Boston. If you've seen what happened to J.J. Barea (calf, Achilles) and Kristaps Porzingis with their multiple stints off due to Achilles/lower-calf issues, the Celtics clearly want to get Bradley back and keep him back. While he's out, we'll get Marcus Smart in the starting lineup while Terry Rozier gets some combo guard minutes. Jaylen Brown would also be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:28 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Jonas Jerebko will not play on Saturday
    Jonas Jerebko (illness) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was probable, but the team will keep him out. With Jerebko and Tyler Zeller (illness) out, we might get a little Jordan Mickey action. There should be some extra run going to Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk as we ll. Olynyk has played well and is a viable option today. He's worth a look in standard leagues, but we've seen him fall off several times. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Jonas Jerebko has a cold, is probable
    Jonas Jerebko (illness) has a cold and is probable to play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: Considering he's probable, we'll assume Jerebko is good for minutes in the low teens. Although, coach Brad Stevens may opt for Tyler Zeller to be his last big in the rotation. There's little reason to react to this news from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Mike Muscala
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game that Muscala has missed. Both Mike Scott and Kris Humphries saw 20 minutes apiece off the Atlanta bench on Friday night. Although this is probably a situation to avoid, it is worth noting that Humphries is averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers over the Hawks last three games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:47 am
  • Blake Griffin (knee) 'close to 100 percent'
    Blake Griffin (knee) has been ruled out for Saturday night but coach Doc Rivers said that Griffin is "close to 100 percent."

    Advice: Griffin is clearly trending in the right direction and the odds seem to be improving that he returns some time next week. After Saturday, the Clips next game is Tuesday in Philadelphia. Luc Mbah a Moute, Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass will all see their minutes and production impacted by Griffin's return. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:23 am
  • Dejounte Murray to start at PG on Saturday
    Dejounte Murray will start at point guard in place of Tony Parker (foot) Saturday vs. the Cavs.

    Advice: It was announced earlier in the day that Parker would miss at least two more games. The Spurs are 3-0 when Murray starts this season. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds in the those three contests, although those numbers are inflated due to his awesome outing in the Spurs previous game on Thursday, when he finished with 24 points, two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes. It is probably safe to assume that Patty Mills will see more than the 16 minutes he played on Thursday. A fair expectation is the two point guards will split Saturday's minutes fairly evenly. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:20 am
  • Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) ruled out Saturday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game KCP has missed. Reggie Bullock started in place of Caldwell-Pope in the Pistons previous game on Wednesday and posted a solid line (15 points, six rebounds four assists and two 3-pointers) while playing a game-high 36 minutes. Bullock will likely draw another start on Saturday. Stanley Johnson played 32 minutes off the Detroit bench on Wednesday, but will likely lose playing time to Jon Leuer (knee), who is expected to return to the team after a five-game absence. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:40 am
  • Joel Embiid (knee/rest) won't play Saturday
    Joel Embiid (knee/rest) will not travel to Atlanta for Saturday’s game (pre-scheduled rest) but expects to be available for Tuesday’s contest against the Clippers.

    Advice: The good news is that Embiid, who was forced out of Friday's game due to a left knee issue, avoided a significant injury. "I knew it was OK. I just landed the wrong way," said Embiid. "I’m great. The knee’s fine. They did an MRI and stuff, everything looked good." Here is what coach Brett Brown had to say: "The review is that he hyperextended his left knee. There was a minor tweak again, and for precautionary reasons only, the doctors did not allow him to return." Philly and Embiid owners can breathe a sigh of relief, and can continue Trusting the Process. Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will see additional minutes on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:28 am
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Goran Dragic would prefer to stay in Miami
    Despite swirling trade rumors, Goran Dragic has reiterated his desire is to stay put in Miami.

    Advice: "If I'm honest," Dragic said, "I feel even better [in Miami] than in Phoenix. I like all my teammates. I feel like I'm in the right spot. My head is clear and I'm working hard to be a better player, a better teammate." Well, If it makes you feel any better Goran, fantasy owners are hoping you stay in Miami as well. Dragic is such a huge part of everything the Heat do on offense, that it's almost impossible to imagine him being traded to a more fantasy-friendly situation. Nonetheless, moving Dragic for a package of picks and younger players might be what's best for Miami longterm. Stay tuned... Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:37 am
  • Ryan Anderson returned to action on Friday January 20. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:41 am
  • Dwyane Wade has terrible game in ATL
    Dwyane Wade made 2-of-10 from the field to match his season-low four points in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Friday, adding three rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: This was a brutal loss for the Bulls and Wade took to Twitter after the game. "That performance was AWFUL!!! I apologize to all the Chicago fans and Wade fans," Wade tweeted. The Bulls are back home on Saturday to face the Kings, so Wade will likely be out there based on these comments. He really only has mid-round upside going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:38 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Sam Dekker looks good off the bench
    Sam Dekker scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: With Ryan Anderson (illness) set to miss at least one game and probably more, Dekker could have some value in the next week. He's played better defense and coach Mike D'Antoni has used him at three different positions. He'll lose most of his short-term value once Ryno returns. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:02 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
  • D.J. Augustin hands out eight assists in win
    D.J. Augustin scored 10 points with eight assists, two rebounds and a 3-pointer in 28 minutes in Friday's win over the Bucks.

    Advice: With Jodie Meeks (thumb) and Evan Fournier (heel, foot) out, we could see a lot more two-PG lineups going forward. That means a boost in minutes for Augustin (28), Elfrid Payton (37) and C.J. Watson (31). Augustin doesn't have great upside and finished just 3-of-9 from the field and 3-of-4 from the line, but he's a decent pickup in deeper leagues if you need short-term value. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Ryan Anderson ruled out for Saturday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was not right at all with just nine minutes on Friday. A doctor told him he may have to deal with this stomach bug for 1-2 weeks, so there is a very good chance Anderson misses more games. While he is out, we'll see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer. If you want to pick one up in a deeper league, we'd prefer Dekker. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:50 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan struggles in Charlotte
    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points with three rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Hornets during an ugly 113-78 loss on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it yesterday, DeRozan was named to the All-Star starting group for the East. DeRozan was soaring earlier this season as the NBA's top scorer, but now he's almost tied with DeMarcus Cousins for fifth and sixth. He is still playing well, but DeRozan hasn't been a top-30 player on the season for standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:01 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Larry Nance (knee) cleared to return Sunday
    Larry Nance (knee) will return to practice on Saturday and will play limited minutes on Sunday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: He's not going to play on Friday vs. the Pacers, but this is huge news for the Lakers. His minutes will be held in check right out of the gate, but Nance is worth keeping an eye on going forward with the Lakers rebuilding. Nance averaged 7.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in 22.4 minutes on 58.4 percent shooting prior to the injury, so it makes sense to put him on your watch list. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) will not return
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He started the game which was a surprise, but clearly didn't look right and finished scoreless in nine minutes. Anderson should be considered questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Grizzlies. Corey Brewer started the second half in his place, but there should be more minutes available for Sam Dekker as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:28 pm
  • Embiid (precautionary reasons) out for game
    Joel Embiid (left knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: After a fourth trip to the locker room and being ruled out, Embiid came back to the bench and was crestfallen he could not return. He was doing some cutting in the hallway to the locker room to likely try to show he was able to play. In other words, the 76ers just didn't want their franchise player to go out there. He had to battle in this game and probably went to the floor about 10 times with multiple times limping throughout the game. The worst blow for Embiid was a knee contusion in the third quarter and he even tweaked it again later. For now, we don't think it's serious, but there's very little chance he plays on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:13 pm
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Joel Embiid goes to locker room again Friday
    Joel Embiid went back to the locker room for a second time on Friday vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: This game looks like it's going to go down to the wire, so Embiid will do whatever he can to get back out there. He's dealing with a left knee contusion, so it shouldn't be a long-term concern. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:07 pm
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Joel Embiid available to return on Friday
    Joel Embiid suffered a left knee contusion and has has returned on Friday.

    Advice: He jogged out of the locker room and got a huge cheer. It looks like he's OK, but you can bet he'll be resting tomorrow. Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:44 pm
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Ryan Anderson starts, Brewer to bench
    Updating a previous report, Ryan Anderson (illness) started on Friday vs. the Warriors with Corey Brewer returning to the bench.

    Advice: He's not close to 100 percent, so we still expect his minutes to be limited. We'll let you know how he looks after the game. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:16 pm
  • Larry Nance getting closer to return
    Larry Nance (knee) did some sprints in front of the Lakers training staff on Friday night.

    Advice: In case you missed it, he is still out for tonight. He will be reevaluated later tonight to see if he can play on Sunday. Nance has a good chance to play and was thriving before his injury, so he makes sense to grab for owners looking for something new at the end of their bench. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:59 pm
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) to play off bench Fri
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not start Friday vs. the Warriors, but is expected to play off the bench.

    Advice: Corey Brewer will start at small forward again, with Trevor Ariza shifting to power forward. Anderson has missed each of the Rockets last two games and was limited in the two games prior due to the a bad case of the flu. Doctors initially told Anderson that he would miss 1-2 weeks. Ryno's minutes will very likely be limited, as he is still not yet close to 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Friday, 4:57 pm
  • Ryan Anderson will try to play on Friday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will try to play on Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He was not feeling good at shootaround and was headed to get an IV. In other words, there's a decent chance he can't play his normal minutes tonight. If he can't go, we should see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer while Trevor Ariza plays the four. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:19 pm
  • Blake Griffin listed as out for Saturday
    Blake Griffin (knee) is being listed as out for Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He is very likely to return on the upcoming road trip, but it won't be the first game unless something changes. Austin Rivers gets the biggest bump with Blake out because Luc Mbah a Moute is too important to the perimeter defense and should be starting. There's a great chance Griffin returns next week. Rotoworld.com Friday, 1:11 pm
  • Heat don't want to deal Dragic?
    The Magic reportedly offered Nikola Vucevic and a future first-round pick for Goran Dragic, but the Heat had "no interest," according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: Even if this future first is for 2019 or beyond, the Heat currently are sitting in the No. 2 spot for the lottery, so picking up a draft selection makes at least some sense. For Dragic, he has maintained he wants to stay in Miami, but it'll obviously be up to Pat Riley to make the call on whether or not he can retain him. Stein adds the Heat are "hesitant" to deal their point guard, which isn't surprising to hear to keep the demand higher in the market. A trade would almost certainly hurt Dragic's fantasy value, so his fantasy owners will be rooting for him to stay put. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:46 am
  • KCP (shoulder) 'very limited' in practice Fri
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was "very limited" in the Pistons practice on Friday.

    Advice: Caldwell-Pope has missed three straight games, and although it was "very limited," it's somewhat encouraging that KCP practiced at all and is headed in the right direction. Nonetheless, he appears questionable (at best) for Saturday's game vs. the Wizards. If KCP can't play, expect Reggie Bullock and Stanley Johnson to once again soak up his minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:24 am
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) ruled out Saturday
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play Saturday vs. Portland.

    Advice: According to coach Brad Stevens: "The Achilles is structurally fine, but he has a lot of soreness around it." This will be the second straight game Bradley has missed, and the sixth in the last seven. Returning for Monday's game earlier this week has led to the setback. "Maybe he came back too soon," Stevens said on Wednesday. After Saturday, Boston's next game is Tuesday at Washington. Marcus Smart will likely remain the starter in place of Bradley. Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown will see an additional minutes as well. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:49 am
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) doutbful Saturday
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will likely miss Saturday's game vs. the Blazers, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall here, as Stevens cautioned that Bradley could be looking at additional missed games when speaking with the media on Wednesday. Bradley has missed five of the Celtics last six contests. Marcus Smart is expected to start, with Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown seeing an uptick in minutes off the Boston bench. Smart has struggled with his shot recently, averaging 6.0 points while shooting a frigid 20.0 percent from the floor and 8.3 percent from 3-point territory over Boston's last four games. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:48 am
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) questionable Friday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) participated in shootaround but remains listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Anderson has missed each of the Rockets last two games and was limited in the two games prior as he battled the flu bug. He planned to get intravenous fluids before leaving Toyota Center. "Not feeling so great. Just a stomach virus that's been going around," Anderson said. "It's still kind of there, but I'm going to get an IV after this and try to do it for the game. It's just draining." Anderson is expected to slide back into the starting lineup, assuming he is healthy enough to suit up. Corey Brewer has started at small forward with Anderson out. Daily Slant: If Anderson is forced to miss another contest, we should see a nice spike in usage for James Harden, which is saying something considering he's already 2nd in the league in that regard. His usage sits at a cool 36.3% on the year, but that number jumps to 41.2% with Anderson off the floor. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:28 am
  • Larry Nance (knee) making steady progress
    Larry Nance (knee) practiced Wednesday and Thursday without any reported setbacks, but has not been cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: Nance, who has missed 16 straight games, will have his knee reevaluated on Friday night to determine if he can play Sunday vs. Dallas. "If it was up to me, I wouldn’t have missed any time," Nance said. "But I’m just happy to be nearing getting back out on the court." Nance will have value when returns, assuming he can stay healthy, especially if Luol Deng (wrist) is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Friday, 7:19 am
  • Dejounte Murray returned to action on Thursday January 19. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:29 am
  • Blake Griffin could return on road trip
    Blake Griffin (knee) could return to game action on the upcoming road trip.

    Advice: The Clippers start their road trip on Saturday and won't be coming back home until Feb. 2. Griffin has been going through some sprints and DeAndre Jordan seemed encouraged. "I’m ready for Blake to come back. I know he’s extremely ready to be back on the floor," Jordan said. He doesn't have a target date, but another loss on Thursday could move BG's timetable up. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:07 am
  • Dejounte Murray scores career-high 24 points
    Dejounte Murray had easily his best NBA game of his career in a start for Tony Parker (foot) on Thursday, scoring a career-high 24 points on 7-of-11 from the field with two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one turnover and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. Murray had no jumper in his time at Washington, making just 34.0 percent of his twos and 28.8 percent of his threes. He also had some horrendous turnover woes, so the one turnover in all that playing time is almost as impressive as the scoring. Clearly, things are working out nicely for the rookie and the Spurs clearly trust him as their No. 3 point guard. This game is a huge fluke, but keep him in mind if Tony Parker (foot) misses games again. Parker is likely to play on Saturday against the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:47 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
  • Goran Dragic scores team-high 32 points
    Goran Dragic hit 11-of-15 shots for a team-high 32 points with six rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in Thursday’s 99-95 win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: Dragic scored 22 points in the second half and sealed the game with two clutch free throws. He continues to have a solid month, averaging over 20 points per game in January. So long as he remains in Miami, he will produce nice numbers for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:01 pm
  • Dejounte Murray will start for Parker vs. DEN
    Dejounte Murray will start for Tony Parker (foot) against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: It'll be the third start of his career. In his previous two, he averaged 6.5 points, 2.5 boards, 2.5 assists and 0.5 treys. He's actually shot the ball a lot better, but obviously you would have to be in a deep league to grab him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Dejounte Murray expected to be available
    Dejounte Murray (ankle) is expected to be available for Thursday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: He may actually get a start after missing the last two games. Murray has almost no value right now, but he is playing better. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:11 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) ruled out for Friday
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: We don't even know when Lin is going to practice yet, so he's out indefinitely. Lin has hinted that him missing games is more than just about him being healthy, so the team may want to look at their younger players. Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie have split the minutes for the most part, but neither are worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:23 pm
    New Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out again for Friday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: It will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his ankle sprain from Sunday. The Hawks turned to Kris Humphries to pick up most of the minutes as the backup big. He's played well in his last two, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 treys in 22.0 minutes per game. Humphries probably won't be that good again, but give him a look if you're desperate for a big to stream. Mike Scott has also been in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:52 pm
  • Larry Nance ruled out for Friday night
    Updating a previous item, Larry Nance (knee) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He did almost everything in practice on Wednesday and did everything in practice on Thursday. It sounds like getting cleared is the last hurdle for Nance and he will be re-evaulated on Friday to see where he is for possibly playing on Sunday. Nance has actually held seventh-round value per game in standard leagues, so he's worth a look now that he's close. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:02 pm
  • Larry Nance has a chance to play Friday
    Larry Nance (knee) has a chance to play on Friday against the Pacers and is listed as questionable.

    Advice: Coach Luke Walton said Nance looked good in practice, but said the possibility of him playing isn't a medical opinion. He still needs to be cleared from his bone bruise in his knee, but going through two practices in a row is a great sign. The Lakers could be without Luol Deng (wrist), so Nance could have some value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:45 pm
  • Blake Griffin running at full speed
    Blake Griffin (knee) was running at full speed in practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He was doing some more on-court work and going through some tests. Yesterday, coach Doc Rivers said it'll likely be another 1-2 weeks before Griffin can return. Upon his return, he'll likely affect Austin Rivers, Marreese Speights and Brandon Bass. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:02 pm
  • Wade expected to play Friday and Saturday
    Dwyane Wade is expected to play on Friday vs. the Hawks and on Saturday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: It's great that he's planning on playing in both games of the back-to-back set, but don't be surprised if his minutes are held in check in both of them. The Bulls will likely make a final decision after Friday's game vs. the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:32 am
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • 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
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) gets healthy DNP-CD
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) was a healthy DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: Okafor was available to play despite his minor ankle ailment, but coach Brett Brown went back to a Joel Embiid/Nerlens Noel rotation at center. Barring a trade, Okafor belongs on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Joel Embiid (illness) scores 26 pts vs. TOR
    Joel Embiid (illness) racked up 26 points (6-of-13 FGs, 12-of-14 FTs) with two 3-pointers, nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 27 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Sixers said recently that Embiid's 28-minute limit will not be increased this season, but that's obviously not a deal-breaker for fantasy owners. Even with the limit in place he's been an early round value in January, averaging a stellar 22.5 points, 0.7 threes, 9.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.5 blocks. He's the first Sixers rookie since Allen Iverson to score 20+ points in 10 straight games, and he even earned "M-V-P" chants from the home crowd tonight. Give him another season or two, and that might not be far-fetched. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:37 pm
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • DeMar DeRozan hits 11-of-21 FGs for 25 pts
    DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points on 11-of-21 shots vs. the 76ers on Wednesday, without a single 3-point attempt in 38 minutes of action.

    Advice: He added six assists, three boards, one steal and just two turnovers. It's all a bonus for his fantasy owners, as coach Dwane Casey hinted earlier in the day that DeRozan might rest in the second of back-to-back games. Toronto gets consecutive games again on Jan. 24-25, so owners should be on the lookout for a potential rest day next week. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:19 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Avery Bradley could miss more time
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) could miss more time, according to coach Brad Stevens.

    Advice: "Maybe he came back too soon," Stevens said. The Celtics are usually very careful with their hurt players, so it sounds like Bradley could be looking at multiple games out of the lineup due to his sore Achilles. Until he can return, we'll see more Marcus Smart in the starting lineup while Terry Rozier and Jaylen Brown should get minutes. Smart should be owned in most leagues while Rozier is worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play vs. NY
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He returned to action on Monday, but the Celtics will hold him out. Presumably, this is more of a precaution than anything with the Celtics not on a back-to-back set. With him out, Marcus Smart figures to get the start while Terry Rozier, Gerald Green and Jaylen Brown could play more. Bradley was off to a fantastic start this season, but it may take him some time to get right with this nagging injury. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:16 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Confirmed: DeMar DeRozan will start vs. 76ers
    DeMar DeRozan is confirmed in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Raptors may want to get a win against their divisional foes. DeRozan gets a good matchup tonight, so keep him rolling in your season-long leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:01 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • DeMar DeRozan listed as starter vs. 76ers
    DeMar DeRozan is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: The Raptors usually tweet out lineup changes on their officially Twitter account, but this isn't the source here. For now, DeRozan has a good chance to play on the second half of a back-to-back set. We'll see if there is another update on DeMar from the team before tip. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:45 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • 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
  • Ryan Anderson (illness) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Ryan Anderson (illness) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Corey Brewer got the start on Tuesday with Anderson on the sidelines, and Sam Dekker saw some increased playing time with the second unit, but neither guy did that much. Instead, James Harden took on most of the offensive burden and popped off for a 40-point triple-double, and it'll likely be more of the same this evening. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:28 pm
  • Lance Thomas (face) out Wednesday vs. BOS
    Lance Thomas (left orbital fracture) will not suit up for Wednesday's game against the Celtics.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Joakim Noah (ankle) will also be on the sidelines Wednesday night, so Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be looking at another start, with Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez splitting minutes at the five. Kuzminskas put up 14 points, five boards, one trey, two dimes and two steals his last time out, so he's someone to consider throwing out there as a low-budget DFS target. Thomas isn't worth owning anywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:07 pm
  • Joel Embiid (illness) will start on Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) will start Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid could be limited tonight due to the illness, but he remains a must-start guy any time he takes the court. With him active, Nerlens Noel (ankle) and Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will split the reserve minutes, with Noel offering a bit more appeal due to his defensive upside. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:21 pm
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Larry Nance getting close to a return
    Larry Nance (knee) was able to do almost everything in practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: The training staff held him out of the final drill, but Nance wanted to participate in it. He's clearly getting close and his late-January target seems likely. Nance played 30.5 minutes per game in his previous two games prior to his injury on Dec. 20, and Luol Deng (wrist) is also banged up. If Nance can return before Deng, he may have some value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:29 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan possibly resting on Wednesday?
    Coach Dwane Casey hinted DeMar DeRozan could be rested on Wednesday against the 76ers.

    Advice: It makes sense after the Raptors rested Kyle Lowry in Brooklyn on Tuesday night. If DeRozan does sit, it'll likely be Norman Powell getting the start while Terrence Ross would also get a bump in playing time. Plus, Kyle Lowry could be taking a ton of shots in his hometown. Hopefully we get the starting lineup before the 7:00 EST start. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:21 am
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    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Blake Griffin about a week or two out
    Coach Doc Rivers said Blake Griffin (knee) is still about 1-2 weeks away from his return.

    Advice: That means he'll be on the back end of his 4-6 week timeline from back on Dec. 20. Griffin is starting to do some on-court work and ran some sprints before Saturday's game. The Clippers may have a tough time winning games with Chris Paul (hamstring) also out. Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers should be carrying the offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:07 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) available to play Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Joel Embiid (illness) may be forced to sit this one out, which would essentially guarantee Okafor at least 20 minutes of floor time. That being said, Okafor is basically only good for points and boards, so he's not a very attractive target in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:29 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) out Weds
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This will be KCP's third straight game on the sidelines, and it's currently unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Reggie Bullock started in Caldwell-Popes' place on Sunday, but Stanley Johnson produced the better stat line in 34 minutes off the bench. Jon Leuer (knee) went through shootaround and he could be back on the court tonight, and his return could cut into Johnson's minutes. For now, we'll consider Caldwell-Pope questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Wizards. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:08 am
  • Joel Embiid (illness) questionable Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (illness) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Embiid wasn't able to go through shootaround, so he's likely headed for a game-time call here. Nerlens Noel (ankle) is probable, so if Embiid is out, it'll be Jahlil Okafor and Noel manning the five-spot with Noel being the more attractive target. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:44 am
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope questionable vs. ATL
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left shoulder) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: KCP wasn't able to practice on Tuesday, so he feels a lot closer to doubtful for tonight's game. Reggie Bullock got the call to enter the starting five on Sunday with Caldwell-Pope on the sidelines, but he didn't do much in 29 minutes of action, while Stanley Johnson produced a nice low-end line in 34 minutes off the bench. If KCP is out again, Johnson and Bullock will continue to split his minutes, with Johnson being the more attractive target. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:21 am
  • Dwyane Wade scores 17, can't hit winner
    Dwyane Wade returned from a rest and played 35 minutes on Tuesday, hitting 8-of-21 shots for 17 points, five rebounds, two assists and a block in a loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: Wade picked up a deflection after Wesley Matthews nearly stole the ball from Jimmy Butler and got a good look at the game-winning shot at the buzzer over Deron Williams, but it wasn't meant to be. Wade is a fine play on nights he's actually playing, But he had missed two of his previous four games coming into this one. The Bulls have another back-to-back this Friday and Saturday, and then again on Tuesday and Wednesday, so owners can only pray that he plays in more than two of those four games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Paul Zipser starts, scores five points
    Paul Zipser started for Taj Gibson (ankle) on Tuesday but played just 19 minutes and finished with five points, three rebounds and a 3-pointer in a loss to the Mavs.

    Advice: Zipser will likely move to the bench regardless of Gibson's ankle, as Nikola Mirotic is back in action for the Bulls after dealing with an illness. Forget about him in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan goes off for 36 points
    DeMar DeRozan went off for 36 points on 13-of-28 shooting in Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Nets.

    Advice: Kyle Lowry (rest) got the night off and DeRozan's usage rate climbs from 31.7 to 41.5 with Lowry off the court, so it's no surprise that he feasted on the Nets. He added 11 rebounds, six assists and one steal, hitting all 10 of his free throws. He didn't even attempt a 3-pointer, but that only makes this line even more impressive. Just make sure he's active for Wednesday's matchup vs. the 76ers on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:26 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Dion Waiters hits 7-of15 shots for 17 points
    Dion Waiters made another start on Tuesday and hit 7-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in a win over the Heat.

    Advice: Waiters has been in an ugly shooting slump and missed some layups tonight, but looked much better than he has over his previous four games, when he hit just 15-of-53 shots. He's locked and loaded at shooting guard with Josh Richardson out for the next couple weeks, making him a hot pickup in fantasyland. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:19 pm
  • Goran Dragic flirts with triple-double in win
    Goran Dragic hit 8-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 21 points, eight rebounds, eight assists, a steal and six turnovers in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: The six turnovers were weird and matched James Harden's output in that category, but the rest of his game was stellar, as usual. As long as Dragic isn't traded, he should continue to rack up gaudy stats for the Heat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:17 pm
  • Sam Dekker plays 25 minutes in loss
    Sam Dekker played 25 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for eight points, seven rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He saw some extra minutes with Ryan Anderson out with an illness, but will return to his normal (read: fewer) minutes with Anderson due back quickly from the flu. 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
  • Paul Zipser to start in place of Taj Gibson
    Paul Zipser will replace Taj Gibson (ankle) in the Bulls starting lineup Tuesday vs. the Mavs.

    Advice: Zipser has started two games previously this season. In those two starts, he is averaging 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 24.6 minutes. Thus, there is no need to add Zipser off the wire, and he is even risky as a streaming option or a DFS punt. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) out Tuesday vs. TOR
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Tuesday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely, and we're going to stop updating his status until he clears some sort of benchmark for getting back to the court (he's still not practicing). Isaiah Whitehead and Spencer Dinwiddie will continue to man the point guard position in Lin's absence, but neither guy is worth a roster spot in most settings. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:00 pm
    New Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Muscala's minutes will likely be divvied up between Kris Humphries and Mike Scott, but neither of those guys will get enough run to matter in most settings while Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:42 pm
  • Demetrius Jackson sent down to D-League
    The Celtics have assigned Demetrius Jackson to their D-League affiliate.

    Advice: Neat. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Larry Nance unlikely to return this week
    Luke Walton is that skeptical Larry Nance (knee) will be able to get back to the court this week.

    Advice: Nance recently went through some 1-on-1 work with Ivica Zubac, but he's still yet to go through a full practice with the team, and until that happens he won't be getting back to the court. As long as Nance is on the sidelines, Julius Randle will continue to see his playing time in the mid-30s. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:57 am
  • Embiid to remain on 28-min limit all season
    The Sixers expect Joel Embiid to remain on a 28-minute limit all season, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: When asked if there was a possibility that the team would increase Embiid's minute cap or remove the limit altogether, Brown said: "I don't believe there is." Fantasy owners would obviously love to see The Process play more, but they obviously can't complain about the results thus far. The Sixers are wisely playing it safe with their franchise cornerstone, who has been consistently spectacular all season long. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 am
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Jahlil Okafor (ankle) probable for Wednesday
    Jahlil Okafor (ankle) is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Okafor has played in each of the Sixers last two contests (the first time he has played in consecutive since late December) due to Joel Embiid resting on Saturday and Nerlens Noel (ankle) missing Monday's game. Okafor has "some soreness" in his ankle, but is expected to be healthy enough to play on Wednesday. Noel is currently questionable for Wednesday, so Okafor could again see significant minutes if Noel is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • Joel Embiid (rest) probable for Wednesday
    Joel Embiid (rest) did not practice on Wednesday but is listed as probable for Wednesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Embiid is coming off yet another monster game on Monday, finishing with 22 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, and five blocks. He has now scored at least 20 points in nine straight games, tying the NBA's all-time record for longest streak with at least 20 points while playing fewer than 30 minutes in each contest. As always, Trust The Process. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:30 am
    New Player Note
    Joel Embiid Phi - PF,C
    Injured
     
  • Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) misses practice Tues
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was unable to practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: KCP has been diagnosed with a Grade-2 left rotator cuff strain. He is expected to be listed as questionable for Sunday when the Pistons release their game notes. Stanley Johnson has seen a big boost in playing time with Caldwell-Pope on the shelf. Johnson is averaging 9.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 32.6 minutes over the Pistons last three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 9:49 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
  • Avery Bradley back in action on Monday
    Avery Bradley returned from a three-game absence with an Achilles injury on Monday and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and a 3-pointer in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Bradley was playing at an incredible level when he exited three games ago and showed some rust tonight. But the minutes were encouraging and he should be put back in fantasy lineups across the board. His five points were a season-low, but he should get back on track soon, as he only missed three games with the injury. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:31 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • 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
  • 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 Monday, 3:42 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor scores 10 points off bench
    Jahlil Okafor returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Bucks, scoring 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight and also hit a pair of free throws. Okafor wasn't initially expected to play with Joel Embiid returning from a rest day, but Nerlens Noel was ruled out with an ankle sprain so Okafor took over as the backup center. 76ers' reporter Keith Pompey hinted that the team is showcasing Okafor for a trade, so if you need a big and you have a roster spot it's not a bad idea to stash him through the trade deadline. If Noel returns on Wednesday vs. the Raptors, Okafor might fall back out of the rotation. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:10 pm
  • Avery Bradley starting, Smart to the bench
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) will start Monday vs. the Hornets, sending Marcus Smart back to the bench.

    Advice: He'll be returning from a four-game stint on the sidelines, and there's no word of any sort of minutes limit, so his owners can feel free to get him active. Smart's value will take a decent sized hit with the return to the bench, and Isaiah Thomas' usage rate will take a slight hit.Daily Slant: The Celtics guards - namely Isaiah Thomas and Marcus Smart - have been very popular DFS targets in the time that Bradley has missed, but his presence leads to them both becoming less intriguing. Instead, this may be a good night to look to the Boston front-court. Al Horford will face off with a Charlotte defense that ranks 26th against centers, and while Kelly Olynyk will play, Horford is in a nice spot from a GPP perspective at a thin center position. DeAndre Jordan is still the safer cash game play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:01 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) probable for Monday
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) is probable to play Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Bradley was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and was active at shootaround, so all signs are pointing to him returning from a four-game absence tonight. With Bradley back in the lineup, Marcus Smart will return to the bench and Isaiah Thomas won't be quite as active on offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:35 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) out Tuesday vs. MIN
    Dejounte Murray (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's a negligible part of the rotation on most nights, so his absence from Tuesday's game will have zero consequence in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 1:09 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench Monday
    Jahlil Okafor will return to the bench for Monday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Okafor actually had a nice line in his previous outing with Joel Embiid resting, but with Embiid back in action and Nerlens Noel serving as his primary backup, Okafor is unlikely to earn enough minutes to matter in most formats. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 11:38 am
  • Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out Monday
    Lance Thomas (left orbital fracture) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Thomas has cleared the concussion protocol, but he will have to get fitted for a mask to protect his orbital fracture and he's considered to be out indefinitely. Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call and will slide back into the starting lineup if he's cleared, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas is looking at a larger role off the bench in the short term and is worth keeping an eye on in deeper formats. Rotoworld.com Jan 16, 8:25 am
  • Paul Zipser starts, play 15 minutes Sunday
    Paul Zipser started Sunday's game in place of Dwyane Wade (rest), finishing with five points, two rebounds and three turnovers in 15 minutes.

    Advice: It was a tough matchup vs. the Grizzlies' defense, but that's hardly the only reason to avoid Zipser, a 22-year-old rookie taken by Chicago at No. 48 overall this season. Wade is due back on Tuesday, kicking off the Bulls' three-game week, and we're unlikely to hear much from Zipser until a back-to-back set on Jan. 24-25. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 9:04 pm
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) looks good in 17 mins
    Sam Dekker (strained left shoulder) posted eight points on 4-of-5 shooting vs. the Nets on Sunday, adding three assists, one rebound and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Dekker didn't miss any time with the injury, but even at full strength he's an unappealing fantasy asset in standard leagues. In Houston's previous five games, the second-year forward was averaging just 5.8 points on 38.5 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.6 steals. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:01 pm
  • Paul Zipser will start on Sunday vs. Memphis
    Paul Zipser will move into the starting lineup on Sunday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: With Nikola Mirotic (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out tonight, Zipser will get some run. He started on Jan. 12 against the Knicks and played 34 minutes, scoring seven points with five rebounds and two assists. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 5:47 pm
  • DeMar DeRozan scores 23 points w/ five dimes
    DeMar DeRozan scored 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, to go with five rebounds, five assists and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Raptors flexed their muscles in this one, going on a 21-2 run to open up the second half of action, which allowed Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll and DeRozan to watch the entire fourth quarter of action from the sidelines. The Raptors have what should be some easy wins coming up with a back-to-back set against the Nets (Tuesday) and 76ers (Wednesday), so DeRozan's minutes could be on the lower spectrum to open up Week-13. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 3:46 pm
    New Player Note
    DeMar DeRozan Tor - SG,SF
    Out
     
  • Lance Thomas w/ facial fracture, doubtful Mon
    Lance Thomas has been diagnosed with a left orbital fracture and concussion-like symptoms, and he's doubtful to play on Monday.

    Advice: The fractured bone is near Thomas' left cheek, and with concussion symptoms it would be shocking to see him in uniform for Monday's game. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Justin Holiday should pick up minutes in Thomas' probable absence, and Holiday looked very good on Sunday with 17 points, three 3-pointers and three boards off the bench. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 3:05 pm
  • Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't play Monday
    Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't travel for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Hawks play in Detroit on Wednesday, so there's a chance that Muscala will miss multiple games. Kris Humphries should see his role increase with Muscala on the shelf, but Atlanta also relied heavily on their swingmen after Muscala's injury on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 2:48 pm
  • Lance Thomas (head) will not return Sunday
    Lance Thomas (head) will not return to Sunday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: With both Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) and Thomas on the sidelines, Mindaugas Kuzminskas is going to see some increased opportunity while Carmelo Anthony will likely be forced into heavy minutes as he and Derrick Rose take turns dominating the offense. For now, we'll consider Thomas questionable for Monday's matchup with the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 12:53 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Mike Muscala suffered a left ankle injury and he will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He was ruled out pretty quickly after being sent to the locker room, so we're going to consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Knicks. If he's out, Mike Scott could get into the rotation and Dwight Howard could see his minutes rise to the high-30s. Monday will be the second game of a back-to-back set, meaning Atlanta won't have a shootaround, so we likely won't get another update on Muscala until closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 12:38 pm
  • Lance Thomas (head) questionable to return
    Lance Thomas took an elbow to the face via Jonas Valanciunas on Sunday, and he is questionable to return.

    Advice: Thomas needed to be helped off the floor, and there's a chance he may have suffered a concussion. We should have more info soon, but if he's unable to get back out there tonight, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will see a healthy heaping of minutes. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 12:23 pm
  • Avery Bradley (Achilles) on track to play Mon
    Avery Bradley (Achilles) was a full participant during Sunday's practice, and barring a setback he should be able to return to action Monday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Bradley has spent the past four games on the sidelines, but it's looking like owners can plan on having him back in their lineups next week. With Bradley back, Marcus Smart will return to the bench, and Isaiah Thomas won't be quite as busy on the offensive end. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 12:04 pm
    New Player Note
    Avery Bradley Bos - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) out Sunday vs. LAL
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: This isn't all that surprising as KCP has been diagnosed with a Grade-2 left rotator cuff strain, so he could be looking at some time on the shelf here. Jon Leuer (knee) is unlikely to play today as well, so Stanley Johnson should see a decent amount of minutes, and he's on the radar as a potential deep league streamer. For now, we'll be considering Caldwell-Pope questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 11:22 am
  • Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) will play on Sunday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: He picked up the injury at the end of Friday's game and was held out of practice on Saturday, but he's good to go tonight and there's no word of any restrictions. Dekker is averaging 5.4 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.0 triple through the first seven games of January. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:37 am
  • 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
  • Celtics recall Demetrius Jackson
    The Celtics have recalled Demetrius Jackson from the D-League

    Advice: He's fourth on the depth chart at PG in Boston and has zero fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 8:02 am
  • Brice Johnson (back) nearing a return
    Brice Johnson (back) is now able to play 1-on-1 and is nearing a return to true on-court activities according to coach Doc Rivers.

    Advice: The No. 25 pick in the 2016 draft has yet to touch the court this season after suffering an acute herniated disc in his lower back during the preseason. It sounds like he could be cleared in the near future, but he likely won't beat Blake Griffin (knee) back to the court. The rookie is not worth stashing and may not be in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 7:03 am
  • Unprocessed: Jahlil Okafor scores 26 points
    Jahlil Okafor went off in his start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards during a 109-93 loss on Saturday, scoring a season-high 26 points with nine rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Nerlens Noel also sprained his ankle and was in foul trouble, so Okafor saw some serious burn as the only other active center. In his halftime interview, Okafor said he put in extra work for this game because he knew this was his chance. As encouraging as this was, the 76ers were ripping off wins before with Okafor out of the lineup, so he's likely going to fall out of the rotation again. Maybe this game will make teams more willing to trade for him. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 7:51 pm
  • Wade not playing on Sunday in Memphis
    Dwyane Wade (rest) will not play against the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: He did not travel after Saturday's game, so it's scheduled rest. On Saturday, he was more aggressive than usual with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. The Bulls have another back-to-back starting on Friday and another one on Jan. 24-25, so Wade could sit in some of those. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 6:11 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Paul Zipser gets a DNP-CD
    Paul Zipser was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: From a starter and a closer with Jimmy Butler out on Thursday, to out of the rotation on Saturday. Maybe he gets some minutes on Sunday with Dwyane Wade (rest) out, but there's no need to add Zipser almost anywhere. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 5:32 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor to start for The Process (rest)
    Jahlil Okafor will start for Joel Embiid (rest) against the Wizards on Saturday.

    Advice: This is a huge spot for Okafor, who figures to slide into Embiid's 28-minute role. There should still be about 20-26 minutes of Nerlens Noel, so keep him rolling in all lineups tonight and in DFS, too. Okafor can be left on the wire in shallower formats and needs a trade for value. Additionally, Marcin Gortat could have a big game. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 3:41 pm
  • Jeremy Lin remains out for Sunday night
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play on Sunday against the Rockets.

    Advice: He wants to play in the next week or so, but some comments from the Nets suggest Lin sitting out is more than just getting him healthy. In other words, Lin is likely out for quite a few games despite how he said he's healing faster than his last hamstring strain. If you're going to stash him, you will need some serious patience. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 2:08 pm
    New Player Note
    Jeremy Lin Bkn - PG,SG
    Injured
     
  • Blake Griffin doing some running
    Blake Griffin (knee) ran light sprints along the sideline at Staples Center during warm-ups on Saturday.

    Advice: He is coming along nicely and remains on his 4-6 week timetable. Griffin has been taking some shots and there has been no sign of a setback. It may be a handful of games before he's back to his old self, but his owners may get him back within the next week. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:40 pm
  • Dwyane Wade to play Saturday, rest Sunday
    Dwyane Wade will play on Saturday against the Pelicans and will rest on Sunday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It's a back-to-back set for Wade, but he should get heavy minutes tonight now that there is a plan in place. He's an interesting option with Jimmy Butler possibly not at 100 percent. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 12:22 pm
    New Player Note
    Dwyane Wade Chi - PG,SG
     
  • Larry Nance playing some 1-on-1
    Larry Nance (knee) played 1-on-1 against Ivica Zubac on Saturday.

    Advice: Nance said he won 5-0, but Zubac said the score was 5-3 and he let Nance win to help his confidence. It looks like Nance has an excellent chance to return at some point this month, perhaps even in the next week. He's worth a stash in deep leagues with the Lakers looking to their youth more often. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 11:46 am
  • Waiters confident he will snap out of slump
    Dion Waiters feels healthy and is confident he will snap out of his recent slump.

    Advice: Since returning from a groin tear back on January 4th, Waiters is averaging 8.4 points, while shooting just 29.8 percent from the floor and 17.6 percent from downtown. Waiters believes he is close to regaining the form he had prior to the injury, when he was playing arguably the best basketball of his career. "No question, it's coming," Waiters said confidently. "Sooner than later, there's no doubt about that. The wait is over." Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 11:04 am
  • Sam Dekker (shoulder) questionable for Sunday
    Sam Dekker (left shoulder strain) is questionable for Sunday's game at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Dekker has played in all 42 the Rockets games this season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in 18.6 minutes per contest. Trevor Ariza, Ryan Anderson and Corey Brewer would likely see more minutes than usual if Dekker does not play Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:09 am
  • Celtics send Demetrius Jackson to D-League
    Demetrius Jackson has been assigned to the D-League.

    Advice: Jackson, who is not a part of the Celtics rotation, has been back and forth between Boston and the D-League multiple times this season. He should not be owned in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:05 am
  • Paul Zipser getting talked up a bit?
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said Paul Zipser "really battled" and "played hard" in his start on Thursday.

    Advice: It was a bit of a shock to see Hoiberg close with Zipser on Thursday night over guys like Doug McDermott. "The fact that he didn't back down from the challenge of guarding Carmelo Anthony says a lot about Paul," Hoiberg said. "You see some of his versatility. He has a bright future." Obviously we can't trust Zipser just yet, but don't be surprised if he's in the rotation again on Saturday. He could likely start if Jimmy Butler (illness) is out again. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 3:25 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (ankle) won't play Saturday
    Dejounte Murray (sprained right ankle) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: Murray has been playing a bit more recently, averaging 7.1 minutes per game over the Spurs last five games. Still, he has scored more than two points only once this month. Thus, no significant fantasy impact with news he won't play Saturday. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 2:49 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope has Grade 2 shoulder strain
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (left shoulder) has a Grade-2 left rotator cuff strain and will not play on Friday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is doubtful for Sunday and left the arena in a sling following his Thursday injury. This is to his left, non-shooting shoulder and it's possible to play through the injury at some point. For instance, Kobe Bryant had a partial tear to his shooting shoulder last season and played through it at times -- the Lakers managed his minutes. KCP's owners should continue to stash him despite an unclear timetable. Until he can return, Stanley Johnson figures to get a hefty boost in minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 12:40 pm
  • Orlando expressed interest in Goran Dragic
    The Orlando Magic, among other teams, have expressed interest in Goran Dragic, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: Dragic will surely be one of the names that are bandied about over the next month, in the lead-up to February's trade deadline. It's hard to imagine a scenario that is more fantasy-friendly to Dragic than the situation in Miami right now. Dragic is the offensive focal point for the short-handed Heat. His Usage Rate of 26.5 represents a career high. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 10:08 am
  • Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Friday
    Jeremy Lin (hamstring) will not play Friday night in Toronto.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Lin has been ruled out indifferently. On Thursday, Lin day say he hoped to return within a "couple of weeks." Lin is a notoriously slow healer, so it should be noted that the team has still not given an official timetable. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 10:05 am
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  • Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) doubtful for Friday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (sore left shoulder) is listed as doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This is not surprising, as KCP looked to be an awful amount of pain when he injured his shoulder in the first quarter on Thursday night. Fortunately, the X-Rays were negative, but we are still awaiting the results of the MRI. Stanley Johnson and Darrun Hilliard would be in line for a significant uptick in minutes if KCP is unable to play on Friday, although it would be risky to trust either player. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 8:50 am
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