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  • Update: Kristaps Porzingis won't play Monday
    Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He was supposed to warm up and was considered a game-time call after going through shootaround, but the Knicks are ruling him out well before tip-off which is a bit concerning. This will now be his third game in a row on the shelf and his sixth missed game of the season due to his lingering Achilles issue. The Knicks were contemplating starting Porzingis at the five in place of Joakim Noah if he was cleared, so it's going to be interesting to see which direction they go. Mindaugas Kuzminskas is a candidate to see a sizable workload with Lance Thomas (face) also out. Rotoworld.com 57 minutes ago
  • Kristaps Porzingis is a game-time call Monday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is a game-time call on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Porzingis said he felt good during the morning shootaround, but he will see how his Achilles responds in the pre-game warmups before making a final decision. It sounds like has a great chance to play vs. the Hawks and it's worth noting that Porzingis was previously targeting this game for his return. With Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) out, Mindaugas Kuzminskas will be asked to take on a larger role if KP can't play. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:24 am
  • Hoiberg praises Cristiano Felicio
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg praised Cristiano Felicio for his recent play off the bench.

    Advice: "The other thing he gives us is a big-time defensive presence," Hoiberg said. "We can get out and trap ball screens with him because of his ability to move. There are not a lot of big bodies that move as well as he does." Dwyane Wade also said that Felicio is "really growing," and the big man is starting to establish himself as the closing center in the fourth quarter over Robin Lopez. He's averaging 6.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 18.9 minutes per game in January, but he's someone to monitor in deeper leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:08 am
  • Ivica Zubac quiet vs. Pistons on Sunday
    Lakers' center Ivica Zubac finished Sunday's home loss to the Pistons with four points, five boards, two blocks and one assist in nine minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers intend to get 19-year-old Zubac more minutes as the season continues. Lakers coach Luke Walton said the staff is "making an effort to get Zubac more minutes ... He's been working hard and playing well in practices." He's an interesting rest-of-season option, but doesn't have much appeal for owners who need immediate value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Andre Drummond hits rare 3-pointer Sunday
    Andre Drummond briefly exited Sunday's game with a right leg injury, but he returned to finish with 15 points, 17 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Drummond appeared to injure the knee or lower part of his right leg, but he was no worse the wear after returning and we'll leave him off the injury report. He wasn't very efficient tonight, hitting 6-of-17 FGs and 2-of-5 FTs, but he managed to sink a 3-pointer for the second time this season and fifth time in his career. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Steven Adams scores six points, exits game
    Steven Adams (head) scored six points with four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 19 minutes against the Kings on Sunday.

    Advice: Adams left the game after hitting his head on the floor and never returned, as he was being evaluated for a concussion. The Thunder play against the Clippers on Monday, so if Adams did indeed suffer a concussion, he will almost certainly miss that contest. If that is the case, Enes Kanter will see a boost and becomes an enticing DFS value play. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores season-high 29 points
    Enes Kanter scored a season-high 29 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in Sunday’s 122-118 victory over the Kings.

    Advice: Kanter recorded his 12th double-double of the season tonight and his fourth in the last six games. He finished one rebound short of tying his season-high. Steven Adams (head) left tonight’s game after hitting his head on the floor and was being evaluated for a concussion. If he misses any time, Kanter will see a boost. He faces the Clippers on Monday, a team he is averaging 23.3 minutes, 14 points, 10.3 rebounds, and one steal against this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Zach Randolph posts 16 & 15 in win vs Chicago
    Zach Randolph grabbed eight of his 16 rebounds on the offensive end vs. Chicago on Sunday, adding 15 points, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: In the process, Randolph passed Chris Webber for 88th on the NBA's all-time scoring list -- after Sunday's game he has 17,188 points in his career. He was awful to start tonight's game, but the veteran's newfound bench role hasn't prevented him from posting mid-round value over the Grizzlies' past 15 games. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio OK after eye injury Sunday
    Cristiano Felicio came off the Bulls' bench on Sunday with four points, one rebound and one steal in 11 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls' backup big man was poked in the eye tonight, requiring some attention from team trainers. We're leaving him off the injury report, but deep-league owners should keep an eye out for updates. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins double-doubles vs. Thunder
    DeMarcus Cousins hit 8-of-20 shots for 31 points with 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The big man has shown his passing abilities more often this season, averaging a career-high 4.1 assists per game. He has dished out at least five dimes in 10 of his last 11 games and has flirted with a triple-double several times during that stretch. Tonight’s double-double, marked his fifth consecutive one. Fantasy owners should be content with his production this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Robin Lopez logs 37 minutes vs. Grizzlies
    Robin Lopez had another strong game on Sunday with 12 points, seven boards, two assists and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Lopez helped his team earn a tough 108-104 win in Memphis. The Bulls scored a season-low 14 points in the first quarter tonight, but they recovered with a season-high 38 points in the second quarter. The Jekyll and Hyde performance didn't continue in the second half, during which they scored 56 points, and the Bulls' win leaves them just ahead of Charlotte for the No. 8 seed. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Andre Drummond exits w/ right leg injury
    Andre Drummond exited Sunday's game with an apparent right leg/knee injury, but he has since returned to the Pistons' bench.

    Advice: Drummond exited early in the third quarter and had a limp as he walked into the locker room, so we'll consider him questionable to return. Aron Baynes and Boban Marjanovic would gain the most if Drummond misses any time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:03 pm
  • Steven Adams exits game vs. Kings
    Steven Adams (head) will not return to Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: He is being evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and will miss the remainder of tonight's game. Enes Kanter will move into the starting lineup and see a boost in production, if Adams misses any time. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:52 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell gets 16 & 7 in start Sunday
    Montrezl Harrell logged 34 minutes as a starter on Sunday, making 6-of-9 FGs and 4-of-6 FTs to finish with 16 points, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: The bad news is that Clint Capela is nearing a return from his fractured fibula, and could play as soon as Tuesday's road game in Miami. Harrell has carved out a reliable spot in the rotation, but he's averaging just 16.2 minutes off the bench, as opposed to 26.6 minutes as a starter. The clock is ticking, though he's worth owning until we see how the rotation shakes out with Capela active. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:05 pm
  • Jon Leuer will not play Sunday vs. Lakers
    Jon Leuer (knee) won't play vs. the Lakers on Sunday.

    Advice: Leuer was listed as doubtful and this shouldn't come as a surprise to any owners. Aron Baynes, Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris will continue to pick up the slack until Leuer gets back on the court. Consider him questionable to return vs. the Hawks on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:21 pm
    Injured
  • Willy Hernangomez grabs 13 boards in 21 mins
    Willy Hernangomez scored eight points on 3-of-7 shooting during Sunday's loss to the Raptors, to go with 13 rebounds, one block and three turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Lance Thomas suffered an orbital fracture during the opening minutes of this game and obviously did not return, which allowed Hernangomez to move into the starting lineup for the second half of action. Thomas is likely going to miss some time, and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Hawks, so Hernangomez could see an uptick in minutes on Monday night. Still, the rookie has been really inconsistent this season, so he's only a speculative pickup in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:15 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 Yesterday, 2:48 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 17 points with 3 blocks
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 17 points on 7-of-14 shooting Sunday, to go with six rebounds, three 3-pointers, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The blocks were a season-high, and this was his second multi-block performance of the season. Not typically known as a rim defender, Nowitzki joked after the game that "those kids better learn," in reference to swatting away one of Zach LaVine's layup attempts. Nowitzki has worked his way into the mid-round equation over the past few weeks, but as a likely post-break shutdown candidate, his owners should be looking to sell high. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:30 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng scores season-high 21 points
    Gorgui Dieng scored a season high-21 points on 10-of-12 shooting during Sunday's 98-87 loss to the Mavericks, adding eight rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Dieng was en fuego on the offensive end, as he regularly abused Dirk Nowitzki on his post ups. This was a nice bounce-back game after Friday's four-point, 1-of-10 shooting disaster, and while owners shouldn't expect this sort of offensive output on most nights, Dieng's steady stream of defensive statistics with solid shooting percentages has his him churning out steady mid-round value on the year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:02 pm
  • Ed Davis (ankle) questionable Monday vs. WAS
    Ed Davis (sprained left ankle) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly when Davis suffered this injury, but we should have a better idea on his status following Monday morning's shootaround. If he's out, Meyers Leonard would have the opportunity for some extended minutes off the bench, but he's too inconsistent to rely upon in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:50 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points in loss
    Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 points on 8-of-17 shooting Sunday, to go with nine rebounds, one 3-pointer, three assists, one steal, one block and three turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Over the past few weeks, Towns has crept into the first-round equation with averages of 22.3 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.9 dimes, 1.9 blocks and 3.1 turnovers per game on 50.0 percent shooting from the field and 91.4 percent shooting from the stripe. He should be able to finish the second half of the season as a first-round stud. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 1:36 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 Yesterday, 12:38 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) out Monday vs. Magic
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: It's always something with this guy, and Monday will mark his second straight game on the sidelines. Kenneth Faried and Jusuf Nurkic will likely split his limited minutes, which doesn't mean all that much. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Jon Leuer (knee) doubtful Sunday vs. Lakers
    Jon Leuer (knee) is being listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: Leuer was able a limited participant during shootaround, and while he's hopeful that he'll be able to give it a go, we're not all that optimistic. Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Bullock will draw the start if Leuer can't give it a go, so it'll be interesting to see if Tobias Harris sticks in the starting five. For now, we're going to consider Leuer questionable for Wednesday's game against the Hawks. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:23 am
    Injured
  • Kelly Olynyk (ankle) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kelly Olynyk rolled his right ankle when he was tripped up by a ball boy while going through some shooting drills on Sunday, and he was unable to participate in the remainder of the practice.

    Advice: At the moment, It's unclear how severe this ankle injury is, but for now we'll have to consider Olynyk questionable for Monday's game against the Hornets. If he's out, his playing time will be divvied up between Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Willie Reed (sternum) limited at practice Sun
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: "During the non-contact part, there was some soreness," Reed said. "All in all, I’m fine. We’re just going to see how it feels when you take a blow to it. That’s the biggest key." With Reed on the sidelines, James Johnson has been forced into heavy minutes, earning some run at the five-spot in small ball lineups when Hassan Whiteside goes to the bench. Reed isn't worth a roster spot anywhere. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:14 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) won't play Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) will not play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row, but the Raptors are likely being cautious based on coach Dwane Casey's comments earlier in the week. With Patterson out, the Raptors are going to roll with Lucas Nogueira at the four, but that might not be ideal if the Knicks start Lance Thomas in place of Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles). Nogueira had 10 points, nine rebounds, four blocks and two assists in his last start. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play on Sunday vs. the Raptors as expected.

    Advice: He will miss his second game in a row and his fifth total game of the season with his lingering Achilles issue. Porzingis simply needs rest to get right and the Knicks obviously want to be cautious, but he did say that he was hopeful to play on Monday vs. the Hawks. Lance Thomas could draw another start, but he has very little upside. Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 19 points off the bench in his last outing and is worth a look as a punt in DFS, while Carmelo Anthony gets a sizable usage bump with Porzingis on the shelf. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:33 am
  • Serge Ibaka plays 32 minutes vs. Jazz
    Serge Ibaka played 32 minutes and scored 13 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in Saturday’s 107-114 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: It was his second game back since returning from a one-game absence with a shoulder injury and he appears to be just fine. This was a tough matchup, so his lack of rebounds was to be expected. His next game is against the Nuggets, a team he scored 22 points with four rebounds and four blocks against in their last meeting. He attempted seven 3-pointers tonight, so his shoulder injury has not affected his confidence as a shooter. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:54 pm
  • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes vs. Magic
    Derrick Favors hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points with six rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: Favors played big minutes on the second game of a back-to-back, but he only played 27 minutes in yesterday’s blowout win against the Pistons. This was the second time since returning from injury that he plays at least 30 minutes. The increase in minutes is a big positive, so he's trending up. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:33 pm
  • Rudy Gobert grabs season-high 19 rebounds
    Rudy Gobert scored 19 points with a season-high 19 rebounds, two assists and two blocks on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: This was his 27th consecutive game with double-digit rebounds and he now has five double-doubles in the month of January. Gobert continues to have a great season, averaging career highs with 12.1 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game, as well as a 65.8 field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:24 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores 15 points in 32 mins
    Nikola Vucevic played 32 minutes, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer in Saturday’s loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Despite the tough matchup, Vuc was able to put together a nice performance. He continues to play significant minutes, playing 32 minutes in three consecutive games. In the month of January, he is averaging 30.1 minutes, 16.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Orlando’s new approach on offense has not affected Vucevic in a negative way whatsoever. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:05 pm
  • Cris Felicio closes out yet again
    Cristiano Felicio scored nine points with seven boards and three fouls in 21 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: He played the entire fourth quarter in this close game. Felicio continues to be trusted late, but it hasn't quite reflected on the stat sheet. In his last five, he averaged 8.4 points, 6.6 boards and 0.6 steals in 21.8 minutes per game. He's locked up as the backup center and has value in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:42 pm
  • Robin Lopez scores six points with 10 boards
    Robin Lopez played 27 minutes with six points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two blocks against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: The Bulls absolutely dominated on the glass. Lopez had nine of the 21 offensive boards and the Bulls had a 21-board advantage overall. We've seen Ro-Lo lose some late minutes to Cris Felicio and that happened again, but this was a very encouraging game. He gets another great matchup for minutes against the Grizzles on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:38 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) will start on Saturday
    Serge Ibaka (shoulder) will start against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable for a shoulder issue, but he looked fine on Friday with 13 points and 10 boards at Portland. Expect him to have a tough game in a bad matchup, but season-long owners still have to start him. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:36 pm
  • Serge Ibaka is questionable for Saturday
    Serge Ibaka (right shoulder) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He had some kinesio tape on his shooting shoulder on Friday and he did only take 10 attempts from the field. Although, he attempted six treys, so he had the confidence on long-range shots. Ibaka looked fine for most of Friday's game, so we're still expecting him to play. If he doesn't, the Magic may turn to Bismack Biyombo more often after he played just one minute combined next to Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic. Plus, Jeff Green would get a big bump. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:26 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable for Sun
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Patterson returned to play two games earlier this week but was then forced to sit out Friday night, although coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. Lucas Nogueira started in place of Patterson on Friday, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes. Pascal Siakam or Norman Powell could also see increased minutes, based on matchups, if Patterson misses more time. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Porzingis (Achilles) unlikely to play Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) told reporters that he "probably" won't play Sunday afternoon in Toronto.

    Advice: Things are trending in the wrong direction for Porzingis, who has missed four of the Knicks last eight games. Achilles injuries can be tricky and typically only get better with rest. The Knicks have to think long-term with their prized 21-year phenom, and will likely err on the side of caution. Expect Lance Thomas to start on Sunday, with Mindaugas Kuzminskas coming off the bench. Kuz, fresh off a career-high 19 points, is the preferable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:07 am
  • Porzingis (Achilles) questionable for Sunday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said Porzingis would be held out of practice on Saturday, so listing KP as questionable is certainly not surprising. We likely won't have true clarity on this situation until Sunday morning. It is also worth noting that the Knicks play the second game of a back-to-back on Monday afternoon and 11 games over the next 18 days. Yes, the Knicks want to win games, but New York also needs to be careful with their franchise cornerstone. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 9:27 am
  • Vucevic to be used exclusively at center
    Coach Frank Vogel has confirmed that he will use Nikola Vucevic exclusively at center going forward.

    Advice: Vogel also said that Serge Ibaka will see minutes as the back-up center, which will mean more minutes for Jeff Green at the four. The early returns on Vogel's change in approach have been promising, as Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in the Magic's win on Friday. The odd man out in the new situation is Bismack Biyombo, who played only 16 minutes on Friday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:13 am
  • Derrick Favors held to nine points in win
    Derrick Favors scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting vs. the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: While he didn't play well, it was still encouraging to see Favors log 27 minutes in the blowout. He added eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal, but his owners are going to have to be patient with him as he works his way back into shape. Don't be surprised if the Jazz limit his minutes on Saturday vs. Orlando on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:13 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins hands out 11 assists
    DeMarcus Cousins handed out a season-high 11 assists during a 120-108 loss to the Cavs on Friday, adding 26 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings are not playing well again and are sitting in the No. 9 spot with the Pelicans and Nuggets only 0.5 games behind them. As for Cousins, his passing has been a trend lately, averaging 6.7 per game over his last seven. His scoring is slightly down with just 23.1 points per game in that span, but he'll be closer to 30 in no time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:58 pm
  • Andre Drummond grabs 19 rebounds in loss
    Andre Drummond scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with 19 rebounds, one assist and one steal vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He was held to single-digit points for just the second time in his last 12 games, but that's what happens when you go up against the Stifle Tower (Rudy Gobert). Look for him to bounce back in a dream matchup with the Lakers on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 16 points
    Zach Randolph scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Even with the Grizzlies going big, they still kept the Rockets in check from deep in the second half. Randolph posted his ninth double-double on the season in this game and was especially important in the second half, scoring 14 points after the break. Randolph is starting to flirt with mid-round value lately, which probably means it's time to sell high. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:36 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk gets hot, scores 26 points
    Kelly Olynyk was on fire against the Hawks on Friday, making 9-of-11 from the field for a season-high 26 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He started the third quarter with coach Brad Stevens going with the hot hand after KO scored 18 in the first half. On top of that 100.0 effective field goal percentage, Olynyk's defense was very good on the low block to help Horford. Coach Brad Stevens lives on the hot hand, so Olynyk is going to be up and down. He's only worth an add if he was on your short list before this gem. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:03 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic scores season-high 30 points
    Nikola Vucevic scored a season-high 30 points in Friday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He likes this starting thing and coach Frank Vogel confirmed this week that he will stick with him in the first unit going forward. Vucevic played 32 minutes and hit 13-of-18 shots with 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks. He's trending in the right direction and should see a healthy workload on Saturday vs. Rudy Gobert and the Jazz. Bismack Biyombo only played 16 minutes and had two points, five rebounds and two turnovers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) scores 13 w/ 10 boards
    Serge Ibaka (shoulder) returned from a one-game absence in Friday's 115-109 win over the Blazers and scored 13 points with 10 rebounds.

    Advice: He was sporting some tape on his shoulder but didn't appear to be limited tonight. He finished 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line with three 3-pointers, one assist and a block, but only played 29 minutes due to foul trouble. He's going to start beside Nikola Vucevic as opposed to Bismack Biyombo going forward, so it's worth noting that both his usage rate and offensive rating takes a slight hit next to Vooch. He's going to be fine either way and hopefully his shoulder won't be an issue in Saturday's tough matchup vs. the Jazz on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 29 with 17 boards
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Thunder during a big 96-86 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: And here comes the Wolves. After a big win against the Rockets on Wednesday, they now are on their longest winning streak with three wins in a row. Towns is also looking like the player his fantasy owners drafted over his last five, averaging 24.4 points, 14.2 boards, 3.2 assists, 2.0 blocks, 1.0 steals and 0.6 treys on 57.8 percent from the field and 88.5 percent from the line. We're expecting him to turn in early-first value in standard leagues going forward. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:20 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng makes just 1-of-10
    Gorgui Dieng made 1-of-10 from the field for four points with three rebounds, two assists and five fouls in 33 minutes against the Thunder on Friday.

    Advice: He's actually been a terrific shooter lately, making 54.4 percent from the field over his last 19. This bad game comes on two really rough ones with 25.5 minutes per game, so there's a good chance this is the low point. Plus, the Wolves are talking up Nemanja Bjelica. This may be the best chance to buy low on him. His owners should obviously stick with him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:04 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 20 points vs. MIN
    Enes Kanter played 30 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a wonderful spot for him with the Wolves running a lot of their action through their big man, so he wasn't going to be exploited on PNR. Kanter has actually seen a very consistent allotment of minutes with at least 28 in each of his last three. He's also been terrific in January, averaging 15.3 points, 9.3 boards, 1.5 assists and 0.5 steals in his previous games. This is probably close to his peak value on the year, but he's turning in mid-round value in his last 10. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:38 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk starts 2nd half for Johnson
    Kelly Olynyk started the second half in place of Amir Johnson on Friday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Olynyk was rolling in the first half with 18 points and four treys, so coach Brad Stevens is going to go with the hot hand in the second half. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:27 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) will start against POR
    Serge Ibaka (shoulder) will start against the Blazers on Friday night and Jeff Green will move back to the bench.

    Advice: he went through 3-on-3 on Thursday and getting the nod before pre-game warmups are done is a great sign he's ready to go for a full workload. There is some talk of the Magic wanting to go small before the Ibaka lineups with Bismack Biyombo haven't gone well. Whatever the case, it shouldn't affect Ibaka. Get him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Friday, 5:51 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Coach Dwane Casey said that it is more of a precaution. He didn't exactly look right with 21 minutes and going scoreless on Tuesday. Against Trevor Booker at the four, the Raptors could be looking at Lucas Nogueira as the starter. They could also go with more small-ball lineups against the fastest team in the NBA. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:52 pm
  • Willie Reed (sternum) will not play Friday
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) will not play in Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Reed is averaging 11.9 minutes in non-starts this season, backing up Hassan Whiteside. The Heat don't have another true center on the roster. With Reed not available on Friday, Udonis Haslem may see more minutes behind Whiteside. The more intriguing outcome, from a fantasy perspective, would be Miami playing small-ball, with James Johnson seeing additional minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:46 am
  • Porzingis (Achilles) questionable for Sunday
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) probably will be held out of practice on Friday and Saturday.

    Advice: Porzingis missed Thursday's game due to a nagging Achilles injury that cost him three straight games earlier this month. Hornacek said he received a text from Porzingis on Thursday afternoon, telling him he was really sore. "It flared up again, so the trainers will continue to look at it," Hornacek said. Hornacek did say an MRI exam already has been taken to rule out the possibility of a slight tear that could get worse. Porzingis owners will simply have to be patient and wait for an update regarding New York's next game, which is Sunday in Toronto. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:48 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki getting hot for Mavs
    Dirk Nowitzki hit 7-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds and a block in 30 minutes of Thursday's 113-108 win over the Suns.

    Advice: After scoring 13 or fewer points in six straight games, Dirk has looked like his old self in the last two, averaging 22 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 4.0 3-pointers on 15-of-31 shooting. The Mavs don't have a back-to-back set until Jan. 25-26, so it's possible that Dirk could play in the next five games, at least. If he's somehow not owned in your league, it's time to move on him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 9:32 pm
  • Ivica Zubac scores eight points
    Ivica Zubac scored a career-high eight points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 15 minutes against the Spurs.

    Advice: As you could imagine, it was a garbage-time special. The Lakers like him as a potential long-term rotation piece for his array of skills, including a nice shooting touch. He's only a stash in super deep leagues, of course. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:26 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic will stick in starting unit
    Nikola Vucevic will remain in the starting lineup for Friday against the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Frank Vogel said he wants to look at some smaller lineups -- say what? Whatever happens, Vucevic should be able to get minutes in the low 30s and shouldn't be affected by the rotation tweak. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:19 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: This is the same left Achilles soreness that kept Porzingis out for three games. He's really looked off in the last two games, making just 6-of-23 from the field with only seven total boards. Perhaps the Achilles is still limiting him, so sitting him on a back-to-back makes sense. With KP out, it'll be Lance Thomas likely to start with Mindaugas Kuzminskas backing him up. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:14 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) going through 3-on-3
    Serge Ibaka (shoulder) went through 3-on-3 drills and should be able to play on Friday against the Blazers.

    Advice: He was a game-time decision for Wednesday, but was ruled out after a pre-game workout didn't go well. Ibaka also didn't go through shootaround on Wednesday. Ibaka has been one of the most durable players in the NBA, so expect him to be out there. We'll see if the shoulder sprain on his shooting arm does affect him. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:10 pm
  • Willie Reed (sternum) questionable for Friday
    Willie Reed (bruised sternum) is questionable for Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: He did not practice and was in sweats for the session on Thursday. Reed has been in the rotation as a straight backup to Hassan Whiteside, but likely won't play more than 15 minutes most nights. If he's out, Udonis Haslem could be next man up or the Heat could use James Johnson at the five more. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:29 pm
  • Darrell Arthur will not play on Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) will not play against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: The Nuggets are somewhat healthy besides Arthur, so he wasn't a lock to be in the rotation anyway. Kenneth Faried could see some minutes at power forward tonight. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 11:30 am
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) misses practice
    Patrick Patterson (knee) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He still has minute restrictions, so this was likely a rest day. Patterson moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Boston, but failed to score in 21 minutes. Standard-league owners can do better and Patterson's outlook isn't great due to the eventual return of Jared Sullinger (foot). Rotoworld.com Thursday, 10:28 am
  • Darrell Arthur (leg) questionable Thursday
    Darrell Arthur (leg) is questionable for Thursday's game for the Pacers.

    Advice: Of course he is. Nikola Jokic is returning from an illness anyways, so Arthur will be irrelevant in most fantasy leagues with his move back to the bench. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Nikola Vucevic has 16 & 12 in start Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday, where he posted 16 points on 8-of-16 shooting with 12 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and one steal in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: Vucevic's owners should temper their excitement, because this could easily be a temporary move to compensate for the absence of Serge Ibaka (shoulder). Ibaka hopes to return on Friday, but even if he heads back to the bench there's reason for cautious optimism -- Vuc logged at least 30 minutes in three of his previous five games. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:52 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns gets 23 & 18 in win vs HOU
    The Wolves upset the visiting Rockets on Wednesday, aided by Karl-Anthony Towns' 23 points, 18 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and one steal.

    Advice: KAT has nine straight double-doubles and 29 on the season, which is third in the league behind the usual suspects -- Russell Westbrook and James Harden. He made 10-of-17 shots tonight, with a 3-of-4 mark at the line, and is toying with first-round value (8-cat) over the past month. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:03 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng's minutes wane in past two games
    Gorgui Dieng's playing time was down for the second straight game on Wednesday, as he scored 10 points on 5-of-5 shooting with two boards, two assists and one block in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Dieng logged 25 minutes vs. Dallas on Monday and he hasn't been in foul trouble in either game. Shabazz Muhammad's stellar play is the apparent cause of his dip, and it doesn't help that the struggling Wolves won the past two games. He's been a steady mid-round value and his owners shouldn't panic -- if anything, this could develop into a buy-low opportunity. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:02 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell starts, logs 20 minutes
    Montrezl Harrell earned another start vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, chipping in nine points (2-of-4 FGs, 5-of-5 FTs), five boards, two assists and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Since Clint Capela's first DNP on Dec. 20, Harrell has averaged 14.8 points on 69.5 percent shooting, 4.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.4 steals. The limited minutes tonight were due to foul trouble and he's worth deploying for now, despite the constant threat from Nene (nine points in 15 minutes). Just keep in mind that Capela is progressing well and could return in late January. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 12 in 39 minutes
    Steven Adams scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one steal in 39 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Thunder went with the big lineup with Adams and Enes Kanter for 21 minutes tonight and it worked with a +24.9 net rating. It's also been successful all season with a +13.2 net rating in 260 total minutes. As for Adams himself, his minutes are on the rise with 34 per game in January. He's a solid mid-round player in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 19 with 13 boards
    Enes Kanter made 8-of-18 from the field for 19 points with 13 rebounds, three assists and two steals in 30 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's played really well and hit 30 minutes for just the third time this season and also had his third double-double in his last four. This was a terrific spot for him with how the Grizzlies go big as much as any team in the Western Conference. He'll be in a favorable spot once again on Friday against the Wolves. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:46 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 14 points against OKC
    Zach Randolph scored 14 points with nine rebounds, one assist and four turnovers in 27 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: With those Z-bounds, he moved ahead of A.C. Green for 44th on the all-time list for rebounds. Randolph has obviously lost a step and his screen game has fallen off lately. He's still worth a look in standard leagues, but his upside isn't the greatest. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggles in 28 minutes
    Kristaps Porzingis couldn't get going on Wednesday, finishing a 98-97 loss in Philly with seven points on 3-of-10 shooting, three boards, and two assists in 28 minutes.

    Advice: KP didn't miss a beat after returning from a sore Achilles on Jan. 6, but over the past two games he's been held to 8.0 points on 6-of-26 shooting (23.1 percent). He got into some foul trouble tonight and never found his rhythm, so owners should give him a pass -- he should fare much better vs. the visiting Bulls on Thursday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic starting, Biyombo to bench
    Nikola Vucevic will start vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, sending Bismack Biyombo to the bench.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka (shoulder) is out tonight and coach Frank Vogel may just be trying to get more offense in the starting lineup. Ibaka is aiming to return on Friday, so this could be a one-off start for Vuc, but either way it's a positive development for his fantasy owners. Check back after the game to see how the rotation shakes out. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) out Wednesday vs. LAC
    Serge Ibaka (shoulder) won't play vs. the Clippers on Wednesday, but an MRI was negative and he hopes to return on Friday.

    Advice: Ibaka didn't practice on Tuesday or go through shootaround, but he tested his shoulder in pre-game warmups before being ruled out. He's day-to-day and could return as soon as Friday vs. the Blazers, but in the meantime there will be more minutes available for Aaron Gordon, Jeff Green, and potentially Nikola Vucevic. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:18 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) doesn't shoot around
    Serge Ibaka (right shoulder) did not participate in shootaround and remains questionable for Wednesday night against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's his shooting shoulder, so Ibaka has a real chance to miss this game. On the other hand, he has been very durable in his NBA career, which has to count for something. If he can't go, Nikola Vucevic and Jeff Green could be candidates to start while Aaron Gordon would get a nice boost as well. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 12:21 pm
  • Report: DMC to sign massive extension w/ SAC
    DeMarcus Cousins reportedly intends to sign a massive extension with the Kings during the offseason.

    Advice: Kings management and Cousins have reportedly tossed around numbers, and the deal could be for as much as $207 million over a five-year period. To be clear, a deal won't be able to come to fruition until after July 1, 2017, and a lot could change between now and then, but the Kings front office has been adamant about their commitment to DMC as a franchise cornerstone ever since Vlade Divac took the reigns as GM. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • Andre Drummond blocks seven shots in loss
    Andre Drummond hit 4-of-5 shots and 1-of-6 free throws for nine points, 12 rebounds, three steals and a season-high seven blocks in Tuesday's 100-94 loss to the Kings.

    Advice: His previous season high was four blocks, so he nearly doubled that up tonight. He came in on fire, scoring 28 points with 14 rebounds in back-to-back games, and the seven swats helped make up for the lack of points tonight. He had also been shooting free throws pretty well in January, hitting 8-of-11 over his last four games, but couldn't get the freebies to drop tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 w/ four treys
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points and helped the Kings snap a three-game losing streak with a 100-94 win over the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Boogie hit 8-of-14 shots from the field and 4-of-7 from the line, adding 13 rebounds, six assists, one block, one steal and four triples. He only played 30 minutes because of foul trouble, but he dominated in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins promised that he will make an R&B album if he's voted into the starting lineup of the All-Star game, so let's make sure that happens. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:34 pm
  • The Willie Reed party is over in Miami
    Willie Reed played just 11 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, going 1-of-4 with four points, four rebounds and a block.

    Advice: He was pretty fun to own while Hassan Whiteside missed four games with an eye injury, but the party is over, as Whiteside has been back for two games and had 28 points and 20 rebounds tonight. Feel free to handcuff Reed if you own Whiteside, but he should generally be dropped for a hot free agent now that Whiteside is back and killing it. But if Whiteside gets traded, Reed could suddenly have a lot of value again. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:10 pm
  • Derrick Favors struggles in win over Cavs
    Derrick Favors hit 5-of-10 shots for 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes of Tuesday's 100-92 win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Favors is back and looks decent on the court, but the fantasy goods just aren't there right now. He's averaging 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.2 steals on 47 percent shooting in 28 minutes over his last five games. He's worth owning in case he ever returns to form, but there's a chance his sore knees will be an issue all season long. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Monrezl Harrell plays well again Tuesday
    Montrezl Harrell started over Nene and hit 5-of-5 shots for 14 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks in Tuesday's win over the Hornets.

    Advice: Harrell's spot in the starting lineup is shaky, as Mike D'Antoni flips him in and out with Nene based on matchups. Harrell had 28 points, five boards and a block on Sunday and then played well again tonight in 29 minutes. Starting or coming off the bench really doesn't matter at this point and Harrell is worth owning as long as Clint Capela is out with a broken fibula. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Kelly Olynyk playing well for Celtics
    Backup center Kelly Olynyk hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and a block in 25 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Oly also had 12 points, four boards, four assists and two 3-pointers on Saturday, as Tyler Zeller continues to sit with an illness. Olynyk is far from being a must-own player, but with Zeller missing four straight games, Olynyk is worth keeping a close eye on right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:15 pm
  • Jon Leuer (right knee) will miss next 4 games
    Jon Leuer (right knee) will miss the next four games for the Pistons.

    Advice: He was diagnosed with a bone bruise, but the earliest we will see him back on the court is on Jan. 18 vs. the Hawks. Outside of deeper leagues, Leuer's owners should evaluate other options. Tobias Harris will likely stick in the starting lineup for at least the next week. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:08 pm
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  • Montrezl Harrell starting, Nene to bench
    Montrezl Harrell will start on Tuesday vs. the Hornets, sending Nene back to the bench.

    Advice: Harrell is coming off a monster 28-point game with five boards and a block, but coach Mike D'Antoni is going to base his starting lineups on the matchups until Clint Capela (leg) returns. In case it's not obvious, Harrell is a much better option than Nene regardless of whether or not he starts. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:58 pm
  • Patrick Patterson starting, Powell to bench
    Patrick Patterson is starting on Tuesday vs. Boston, sending Norman Powell to the bench.

    Advice: This is Patterson's first start of the season, but he's really just in there for his defense and floor spacing. As long as his shot is falling, Patterson is a low-end option in most formats. The PF position will be fluid from game to game until Jared Sullinger (foot) returns. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:26 pm
  • Serge Ibaka (shoulder) questionable Wednesday
    Serge Ibaka (right shoulder) did not practice on Tuesday and is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Ibaka hurt his right shoulder during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, and him sitting out practice isn't a great sign regarding his status for Wednesday's game. Owners can expect to get another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Nikola Vucevic would have the opportunity to move back into the starting lineup and perhaps Aaron Gordon could spend more time at the four-spot. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:06 pm
  • Jon Leuer (knee) ruled out for Tuesday
    Jon Leuer (right knee) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: We're still awaiting the results of Leuer's MRI, but he's still dealing with some fluid in his knee, so he could certainly spend a few more games on the sidelines. Tobias Harris should move back into the starting five tonight sans Leuer, with Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson having the opportunity for some extended run off the bench. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:30 pm
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  • Kings have no plans to rest DeMarcus Cousins
    It appears the Kings have changed course and apparently do not intend to rest DeMarcus Cousins anytime soon.

    Advice: Coach Dave Joerger seemed to back away from the initial plan to rest DeMarcus Cousins. "Probably not," said Joerger when asked if resting Cousins was in the cards. DMC has played in all 37 games for Sacramento this season and is averaging a career-high 34.6 minutes. However, the Kings have reeled in minutes slightly of late, playing him less than 32 minutes in two of their last three games. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 34 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 34 points on an efficient 15-of-19 shooting in Monday's win over the Mavericks.

    Advice: He stuffed the stat sheet in this one, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and two triples in 37 minutes. Towns is just the fourth player this season to record 34+ points, 11+ rebounds, 4+ assists and 3+ blocks in a single game, joining DeMarcus Cousins (2), Anthony Davis and Otto Porter. He could live up to his top-5 price in fantasy if the Wolves keep feeding him the ball like they did in this one. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:41 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores season-high 26 points
    Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 26 points in Monday's 101-92 loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: He also played 31 minutes, his largest workload of the season since he played 38 minutes on opening night. Nowitzki finished 8-of-16 from the field with five rebounds, four assists and five triples, hitting 5-of-7 free throws. Dirk will feel every one of those minutes in the morning, but luckily he has a couple days off before Thursday's game vs. the Suns. He will be rested a lot down the stretch, but he's still Dirk Nowitzki and should be owned in all formats. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:14 pm
  • Steven Adams scores 20 points vs. Bulls
    Steven Adams went off for 20 points on 11-of-14 shooting in Monday's easy win over the Bulls.

    Advice: He torched Robin Lopez all night and added five rebounds, two assists and one block in 34 minutes. This was his fifth game with 20+ points this season, an impressive number when you consider that he failed to reach 20 points in his previous three seasons. Adams has a tough matchup with Memphis on Wednesday, a team that held him to six points on 1-of-9 shooting in their last meeting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 20 w/ 11 rebounds
    Enes Kanter scored 20 points with 11 rebounds in Monday's 109-94 win over the Bulls.

    Advice: He lit up the Bulls' frontcourt tonight, hitting 9-of-11 shots from the field with three assists and a steal in 28 minutes. Kanter is prone to duds just like we saw on Jan. 2 against the Bucks when he was held to two points, but he's been much more consistent lately and is averaging 17.8 points and 9.5 rebounds over his last four games. The Thunder will need his size against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, so he could be poised for another big game. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:51 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio double-doubles in loss
    Cristiano Felicio double-doubled in Monday's loss to the Thunder with 11 points and 11 rebounds in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He outplayed Robin Lopez for the second straight game and this was his second double-double of the season, shooting 5-of-6 from the field with one assist and three steals. Felicio did benefit from garbage time tonight, but he's actually been closing some games over Lopez and is certainly trending up. If you need a big in a deeper leagues, Felicio is worth a look with four more games on the schedule in Week 12. Lopez finished with three points, four rebounds and a block in 26 minutes. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:46 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis held to nine points
    Kristaps Porzingis was held to nine points on 3-of-13 shooting in Monday's loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Porzingis' usage rate rises from 23.2 to 26.2 when Derrick Rose (undisclosed) isn't on the court, so this line from KP was very underwhelming. He added four rebounds, one assist and two blocks, and only played 24 minutes in the blowout loss. Porzingis became the first Knicks player in the last 30 years to put up four blocks and four triples in the same game in his previous outing vs. the Pacers, so look for the fantasy superstar to bounce back vs. the 76ers on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:00 pm
  • Jon Leuer (knee) has no structural damage
    Jon Leuer has no ligament or cartilage damage to his right knee according to coach Stan Van Gundy.

    Advice: That's all we know at this point, but it sounds like Leuer is simply dealing with some soreness. Leuer has actually slowed down since his move to the first unit, so he's a borderline hold in standard leagues if we learn that he will miss time. Tobias Harris would likely move back into the first unit if that's the case, even though SVG said he likes him coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:52 am
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  • Vucevic isn't sure how to fix FT problems
    Nikola Vucevic said he's not sure how to get to the free throw line more often.

    Advice: "I think it’s hard to try to get fouled," Vucevic said. "It’s more of just being more aggressive, going at the rim with more force. I think that’s really it. Sometimes you can kind of draw fouls, but it’s not that easy. If you focus too much on getting fouled, and if you don’t get the call, you’ll probably miss the shot." Vucevic has never averaged more than 2.9 FTs per game in his career and he's currently attempting just 1.8 FTs per game this season. The bigger concern is that he's hitting just 58.5 percent of his attempts, his lowest mark since his rookie season. Coach Frank Vogel said he wants to increase his minutes, so maybe he will be able to get into a better rhythm. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 6:38 am
  • Nikola Vucevic gets 19/7/4 with two blocks
    Nikola Vucevic scored 19 points with seven rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and one 3-pointer on Sunday, making 8-of-17 shots in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The most important event for Vuc tonight was a pre-game quote from Frank Vogel. "[Increasing Vucevic's minutes] is something that we could see going forward," Vogel said. He came in averaging 28.0 minutes per game and any increase would be great news for his fantasy value, even though he's already established as a top-75 guy. Fingers crossed. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:38 pm
  • Andre Drummond w/ season-high 28 pts, 14 reb
    Andre Drummond piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and two blocks with just one turnover in 52 minutes of action vs. Portland on Sunday.

    Advice: Drummond made 13-of-20 shots during the Pistons' clutch double-OT victory, and he even went 2-of-3 at the FT line tonight. He played just 25 minutes in Detroit's previous game but that was due strictly to foul trouble. He's scored 20+ points just nine times this season but three of those games are in January, so his owners are certainly enjoying a happy new year. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:29 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins picks up 11th tech vs. GSW
    DeMarcus Cousins struggled with foul trouble on Sunday and played only 29 minutes, scoring 17 points with 10 boards, five assists, two steals, two blocks and seven turnovers.

    Advice: Cousins flipped out after getting his third personal foul and wound up drawing a technical -- his 11 techs trail only Russell Westbrook this season, and he's five away from a mandatory one-game suspension. Other than that, fantasy owners have no grounds for complaint with his elite production in recent week. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:52 pm
  • Zach Randolph double-doubles in 27 minutes
    Zach Randolph posted 13 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, two blocks and one assist on Sunday, making 6-of-16 shots in 27 minutes vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: This was Z-Bo's second straight double-double, marking the first time this season that he's gone on a dub-dub streak. His bench role hasn't prevented him from holding onto late round value, and it helps that he hasn't missed a game since Dec. 5. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:08 pm
  • Rudy Gobert held to five points vs. Grizzlies
    Rudy Gobert made just 1-of-3 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs for five points on Sunday, adding 13 rebounds with two assists, three steals, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: Utah was playing their fifth game in a seven-day stretch and they were facing the Grizzlies' defense -- the result was a mere 79 points for Utah on 38.9 percent shooting. Gobert has been rolling along after a slow start to the season, and his 23 straight games with double-digit rebounds is a franchise record for the Jazz. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:04 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores four points in 25 mins
    Derrick Favors followed up Saturday's impressive game with just four points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes vs. the Grizzlies on Sunday.

    Advice: Favors had 15 points, six boards, three steals and two blocks in 34 minutes last night, a terrific sight for his patient fantasy owners. The Grizzlies allow the third-fewest points to opposing frontcourts, behind only the Spurs and the Jazz themselves, and their next two opponents (the Cavs and Pistons) are also among the bottom eight in points allowed to PFs and Cs. Adjust your expectations accordingly. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:02 pm
  • Jon Leuer (knee) won't return Sunday
    Jon Leuer (sore right knee) will miss the remainder of Sunday's game against Portland.

    Advice: He finished the night with one assist in six minutes. If he misses Tuesday's game against the Kings, Tobias Harris (who started the second half tonight) will likely move into the starting lineup. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:59 pm
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  • Patrick Patterson (sore knee) logs 22 minutes
    Patrick Patterson (sore left knee) returned from a four-game absence on Sunday, playing 22 minutes to finish with eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: The Raptors and Rockets rank 2nd and 3rd in offensive rating this season, respectively, and tonight's game was predictably high-scoring -- it resulted in a 129-122 road win for the Rockets. Patterson was on a minute-limit tonight but that should be lifted very soon, and he's a viable low-end option as long as his shots are falling. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:25 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell hits 12-of-13 FGs, scores 28
    Montrezl Harrell was almost perfect on Sunday, making 12-of-13 field goals to finish with 28 points, five boards and one block in 26 bench minutes.

    Advice: Harrell was decisive with the ball tonight and his confidence seemed to grow with every make, helping Houston earn a 34-23 advantage in the decisive fourth quarter. His minutes have been safe since Clint Capela fractured his fibula, and he's well worth owning as a productive big man -- after tonight's shooting display, he's shooting an impressive 64-of-93 (68.8 percent) in Houston's previous 10 games. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:00 pm
  • Willie Reed grabs 10 boards in 17 minutes
    Willie Reed returned to the bench on Sunday, going 2-of-6 from the field on his way to four points, 10 rebounds, one steal, one block and one turnover in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside (eye) logged 31 minutes as a starter, so it's going to be tough for Reed to be much of a factor in fantasy hoops operating as Whiteside's backup. You could justify handcuffing him to Whiteside, but Reed isn't worth owning in most scenarios while Hassan is healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 3:44 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) returning Sunday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will play vs. the Rockets on Sunday.

    Advice: Patterson missed four games due to a strained left knee and his return gives Toronto welcome depth in the frontcourt. No matter who starts at PF tonight, Lucas Nogueira or Pascal Siakam, Patterson should slide back into his role as the primary backup PF. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:50 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell will come off the bench Sun
    Montrezl Harrell will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Raptors, with Nene drawing the start.

    Advice: Mike D'Antoni described the move as a matchup-based decision, but his minutes and production haven't fluctuated all that much whether he's starting or coming off the bench. Go ahead and get him active. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:14 pm
  • Willie Reed will come off the bench Sunday
    Willie Reed will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Hassan Whiteside (eye) will be returning from a four-game absence, but Reed won't be completely irrelevant because the Heat are going to ease him back into action. Reed averaged 13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.0 blocks in four starts, so Whiteside's owners in deeper leagues should consider owning him as a handcuff. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:20 am
  • Mike Muscala scores 11 points
    Mike Muscala scored 11 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes during a 97-82 win over the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: It'll be interesting to see what the Hawks do with Muscala. Coach Mike Budenholzer cooled off on Moose as a four lately, but you would think he would slide over there should Paul Millsap get traded. He's a solid stash in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 9:24 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 11 in 30 minutes
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 11 points with three rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 30 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: After playing 28 minutes on Thursday, his 30 minutes tonight were the most he's played since the opener. Carlisle has said he will push him over 30 minutes so nights and he had a chance to do so here, but he didn't play in the final four minutes. He's a hold for now, but his value is on shaky ground because the Mavs will manage his minutes. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:57 pm
  • Rudy Gobert has another big game vs. MIN
    Rudy Gobert scored 12 points with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and four blocks in 31 minutes against the Wolves on Saturday.

    Advice: This isn't even news anymore. Gobert leads the NBA in blocks, but he relinquished his lead for field goal percentage to DeAndre Jordan -- Gobert is still first in true shooting percentage. He deserves an All-Star spot and the Jazz should get hot now that they are finally healthy. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:45 pm
  • Derrick Favors looks great for the first time
    Derrick Favors turned in his best game of the season in a win over the Wolves on Saturday, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, one assist, three steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: There he is. That's the most minutes he's played since Nov. 11 and he also attempted two treys for the first time this season for his his second made three of his career, as well. The Jazz may still be careful with Favors in back-to-back sets, but anyone who bought low coming into this one should feel good. As long as he stays healthy, he should be ready to roll. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:40 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio plays season-high 25 mins
    Cristiano Felicio scored five points with eight rebounds and two assists in a season-high 25 minutes in Saturday’s overtime win against the Raptors.

    Advice: Although the numbers did not look great, Felicio played well and is a good per-minute player. He is receiving some more playing time as of late, averaging 18.8 minutes per game in his last five games. There is plenty of upside here, but the lack of minutes is capping his ceiling. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:22 pm
  • Darrell Arthur scores 10 points in 24 minutes
    Darrell Arthur scored 10 points in a start against the Thunder on Saturday with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: With Kenneth Faried playing the five and Wilson Chandler sliding over in some bigger lineups, Arthur had a terrific chance at minutes for this game. He will likely see a decrease in playing time once Nikola Jokic (illness) is healthy again. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 7:58 pm
  • Darrell Arthur in the starting lineup vs. OKC
    Darrell Arthur will start at power forward against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: That means Kenneth Faried should be playing most of his minutes at the center spot because Wilson Chandler will play almost all four. Arthur is likely only looking at around 15-20 minutes tonight, so he's not a great fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 4:51 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) out for Saturday
    Pat Patterson (knee) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: It will be his fourth game out of the lineup for the left knee strain. With Patterson out on Thursday, the Raptors went with Lucas Nogueira at power forward, which could be in play for tonight against Taj Gibson. Nogueira is worth a long look in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 3:37 pm
  • Darrell Arthur will play on Saturday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) is available to play on Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: The Nuggets put him on the injury report basically every game, so he should be good considered close to 100 percent. With Nikola Jokic (illness) out, Arthur could get minutes in the low 20s. He's hurt too often to be owned in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 3:02 pm
  • Willie Reed may get bumped to bench on Sunday
    Coach Eric Spoelstra was non-committal when asked about who he would start at center on Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Willie Reed (22 points, 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 32 minutes) played extremely well on Friday in place of Hassan Whiteside (eye). However, Whiteside is hopeful he will be healthy enough to return to action on Sunday. "There's been so many moving parts with this team, everything is open," Spo said. Still, if Whiteside is able to play, it is safe to assume he'll draw the start. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:56 am
  • Zach Randolph scores 27 in comeback win
    Zach Randolph went off for 27 points in Friday's 128-119 overtime win over the Warriors.

    Advice: Incredibly, the Grizzlies outscored the Warriors 49-21 after the third quarter. They were down by as much as 24 points, so this was their third-largest come-from-behind win in franchise history. Randolph said after the game that he still feels like he's in his prime and it showed tonight, as he shot 12-of-17 from the field with 11 rebounds, six assists and one triple in 35 minutes. He may not post another line as good as this the rest of the season, so this doesn't move the needle much on his fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up in a loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 25 points during a 106-98 loss to the Clippers on Friday, adding 11 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, two blocks and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: His increased assists have been a trend lately, averaging 6.2 per game over his last five. Cousins has been a little down in the scoring over that span, averaging 24.6 points, 7.0 boards, 2.4 steals and 1.8 treys in that span. He's a complete beast. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:34 pm
  • Free Willie: Reed scores 22 w/ 12 rebounds
    Willie Reed scored 22 points (10-of-15 FGs, 2-of-5 FTs) with 12 rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 32 minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He averaged 10.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.7 blocks and 0.7 steals in his three previous starts, but his two monster games came against the Suns and Lakers and he posted two duds against the Kings and Pistons. Hassan Whiteside (eye) is traveling with the Heat again and could return as soon as Thursday's game vs. the Clippers, so Reed is just a short-term option until Whiteside is cleared. With that said, Reed could emerge down the stretch with the Heat clearly tanking. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:05 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 24 in win over MIL
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) returned from a three-game absence and scored 24 points to lead the Knicks to a 116-111 win over the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: He looked phenomenal, hitting one of his three 3-pointers from Stephen Curry range and adding six rebounds and three blocks on 9-of-14 shooting from the field and 3-of-4 from the line. He fouled out in 30 minutes, but he did an incredible job when he was matched up on Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Knicks play again on Saturday vs. the Pacers, so don't be surprised if the Knicks keep him around 30 minutes for that one. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:27 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 18 w/ 10 rebounds
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, five assists, one block, one steal and three turnovers in Friday's loss to Washington.

    Advice: He's now recorded five or more assists in four out of his last five games as he's learning how to pass out of double teams more efficiently. He shot 7-of-17 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line, but the Wolves dropped their third straight game and now get a tough matchup vs. Utah on Saturday. Towns hasn't really lived up to the offseason hype, but there's still a lot of season left. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:46 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng scores 15 w/ 11 rebounds
    Gorgui Dieng scored 15 points with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one triple on Friday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He lost some minutes to Nemanja Bjelica in his previous outing, but that was a fluke and Dieng actually led the Wolves with 40 minutes on Friday. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line, and he hit the fifth 3-pointer of his season. He's shooting 77.1 percent from the line this season and doesn't hurt his fantasy owners anywhere, so he should continue to churn out top-60 value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:40 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell has a quiet start vs. ORL
    Montrezl Harrel scored nine points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in a start against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: Despite getting the start, it's the fewest minutes he's played since Dec. 23. Harrell's 6'8" may have hurt him in this matchup, but he should have better luck against the Raptors on Sunday. He should be owned in all leagues right now. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 6:20 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell back in the starting lineup
    Montrezl Harrell is back in the starting lineup on Friday night against the Magic.

    Advice: The move to put Nene in the first unit worked, but this is a back-to-back set for the Rockets. Harrell should have a very good game tonight. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 4:09 pm
  • Darrell Arthur is probable
    Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness) is probable to play against the Thunder on Saturday.

    Advice: This is pretty much the status quo for Arthur, who scored a season-high 13 points in Thursday. We're expecting the oft-injured forward to play and likely start. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 12:54 pm
  • Patrick Patterson (knee) questionable for Sat
    Patrick Patterson (strained left knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Patterson has missed three straight games due to his knee injury. Lucas Noguiera started at power forward, alongside Jonas Valanciunas, and played 26 minutes in the Raps last game on Thursday. Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl saw only four and six minutes, respectively, off of the Toronto bench. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 11:39 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki willing to come off the bench
    Dirk Nowitzki stated he would be willing to come off the bench, if that was the coaching staff believed would be best for the team.

    Advice: As ESPN points out: The starting five with Dirk at center has the worst plus-minus of any Dallas lineup this season, getting outscored by 49 points in 48 minutes. The Mavs' lineup with the best plus-minus features Bogut with the other four starters. Dirk played 28 minutes on Thursday, scoring 13 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the Dallas loss. Limiting his minutes may be best for Dirk and the team in both the short and long term. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:02 am
  • Darrell Arthur scores 13 points in 19 mins
    Darrell Arthur hit 5-of-8 shots for a season-high 13 points with four rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday night’s loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: Arthur moved into the starting lineup ahead of Wilson Chandler, as the Nuggets wanted to play big against the Spurs. He fared well, but he will go back to his bench role as early as Saturday against Thunder. However, is a player to keep an eye on as long as Kenneth Faried is out with his sore back. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 9:26 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 13 points in loss
    Dirk Nowitzki played 28 minutes against the Suns during a 102-95 loss on Thursday, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He did take a shot from Alex Len, but stayed in the game. His 28 minutes are the most he's played since returning from injury, which may also be a bit much for him. He'll likely be managed throughout the year because the Mavs really don't want him to get hurt again. He's worth a pickup now and you can just cut him when there's trouble down the line. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 9:00 pm
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