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  • 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 56 minutes ago
  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) out Monday
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) will not play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: The rookie is not in the rotation anyways as the Hawks are rolling with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mike Dunleavy off the bench for now. Leave Bembry on the wire. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:20 am
  • Cavs won't rest their big three vs. Warriors
    The Cavaliers will not rest LeBron James, Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving on Monday vs. the Warriors according to ESPN.

    Advice: Some within the Cavaliers' organization "briefly pondered sitting out the trio," but they decided against it because they want to "gain valuable repetition" against the Warriors. The owners of James, Irving and Love can deploy them with confidence. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:11 am
  • Hoiberg still confident in Doug McDermott
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg encouraged Doug McDermott to shoot with confidence before Sunday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: "The big thing for Doug is to trust it," Hoiberg said. "We have a lot of confidence in Doug. Everyone in this organization does. He needs to continue to take them when they’re there. We need him to make shots. When he and Nikola [Mirotic] are shooting the ball well, we generally play well.’’ McDermott responded with a career-high 31 points in the win over the Grizzlies after a brutal four-game slump, but McBuckets is just a 3-point specialist in standard leagues until he proves that he can string several good performances together. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:01 am
  • Luol Deng returned to action on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 am
  • Maurice Ndour was signed by NY on Sunday January 15. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:19 am
  • Luol Deng plays team-high 36 minutes
    Luol Deng returned from a rest day on Sunday with two points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal, making 1-of-6 shots in a team-high 36 minutes of action.

    Advice: Deng has had some nice stretches for the Lakers this year, but his rest-of-season outlook is shaky at best. As a 13-year veteran on a team that should increasingly emphasize player development down the stretch, Deng is a borderline cut in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Reggie Bullock quiet as fill-in starter
    Reggie Bullock started for the short-handed Pistons on Sunday, but he committed five fouls in 29 minutes to finish with four points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) and Jon Leuer (knee) were both out tonight, and the Pistons didn't want to go big with Aron Baynes in a matchup vs. the Lakers. Bullock's playing time was robust, considering his foul trouble, and he's just a short-term option in deeper leagues while KCP is out of commission. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver plays 31 minutes vs. OKC
    Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Thunder on Sunday.

    Advice: Tolliver started in his fourth consecutive game tonight and has played over 30 minutes in each of his starts. During that stretch, he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.3 treys per game. Coach Dave Joerger likes to mix it up with his starting five, so at any moment Tolliver could head back to his bench role. However, until that happens, he is worth considering in deeper leagues for fantasy owners in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores career-high 31 points
    Doug McDermott scored 20 of his career-high 31 points during in the second quarter of Sunday's road win in Charlotte, finishing 9-of-16 from the field and 10-of-11 from the line.

    Advice: McDermott caught fire in the first half and helped the Bulls escape with a 108-104 road win, benefiting from extra minutes with Nikola Mirotic (illness) unavailable tonight. The third-year SF out of Creighton has had some nice moments over the past month, but tonight's eruption (against a tough Grizzlies' defense) doesn't necessarily make him worth owning. He added six boards, one steal and one block tonight, but for standard-league purposes he's only worth owning if you need a 3-point specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Rudy Gay double-doubles vs. Thunder
    Rudy Gay scored 22 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes on Sunday against the Thunder.

    Advice: This was his second consecutive double-double and his fourth of the season. He continues to have a nice January, averaging 35.4 minutes, 19.4 points, seven rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. There is no reason to think he will slow down any time soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Tony Allen solid in 33 minutes Sunday
    Tony Allen chipped in across the board on Sunday with four points, eight rebounds, four assists, three steals and one block in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies are now 8-13 in games they've trailed at halftime this season, which isn't shocking for a team that relies on their defense to win games. The veteran Allen isn't an obvious fantasy option, but he's worth owning with averages of 5.5 boards, 1.8 steals, and 10.1 points per game on 49.0 percent shooting. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Quincy Acy plays 20 minutes vs. Rockets
    Quincy Acy played 20 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Rockets, finishing with seven points, four boards, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Acy is a combined 3-of-4 from deep since joining the Nets on Jan. 10, but perimeter shooting isn't a facet of his game we expect to see with regularity. He was also averaging just 3.0 minutes in his previous two appearances for Brooklyn, with a DNP-CD to his credit, and there's no reason to consider him in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:26 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays well vs Houston
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 14 points (5-of-8 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) during Sunday's home loss to the Rockets, adding seven boards, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: RHJ also committed five turnovers and he played just 17 minutes in the blowout loss, but at least he was active while on the court tonight. He's an interesting rest-of-season target, since the Nets are likely to emphasize the development of their young guys, but most owners should wait before stashing him. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:25 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 23 pts w/ six 3-pointers
    Trevor Ariza tied his season-high with six 3-pointers on Sunday, going 7-of-11 overall to finish with 23 points, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.

    Advice: This was Ariza's second-highest scoring game of the season, trailing only a 27-point game vs. the Mavs back on Oct. 28. He didn't turn the ball over in 33 minutes tonight, highlighting one of his strengths in 9-cat leagues, and he's thriving in James Harden's shadow as a top-40 fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:11 pm
  • Corey Brewer plays 18 minutes on Sunday
    Corey Brewer played 18 minutes on Sunday without recording a single point, steal, block or 3-pointer.

    Advice: Brewer scored 15 points vs. the Hornets on Tuesday, but that was easily his season-high and it was just the third time he's cracked double-digits. He's a fantasy afterthought while James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Sam Dekker and Eric Gordon are all healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:09 pm
  • James Harden gets 12th triple-double Sunday
    James Harden posted another triple-double on Sunday, his 12th of the season, with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists, four 3-pointers, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Rockets scored 74 points in the first half, matching a season-high, and they finished with 137 points in a high-scoring rout in Brooklyn. Harden trails Russell Westbrook's 19 triple-doubles, but he leads the league with 35 double-doubles. Any way you slice it, he's been amazing in both reality and fantasy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:08 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 Yesterday, 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 Yesterday, 5:47 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores team-high 24 points
    Kent Bazemore scored a team-high 24 points in 28 minutes during Sunday's home win, making 8-of-13 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Four of Bazemore's makes came from downtown and this is the first time he's scored 20 points since Nov. 30, so it was a welcome if wholly unexpected outburst. His shot has been awful all season, at a career-low 36.5 percent, and we'll need to see him sustain some efficiency before fully buying in. That said, Bazemore has enough proven upside to be worth a look if you need a swingman. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:53 pm
  • Norman Powell scores 21 points off the bench
    Norman Powell got hot off the bench during Sunday's blowout win over the Knicks, tallying 21 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one steal and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Powell went 7-of-13 from the field and 6-of-6 from the charity stripe, giving him a solid true shooting percentage of 67.1 on the evening as he took advantage of the Knicks' lackluster effort on defense. Powell got some extended minutes tonight with the game being a blowout, but as long as DeMarre Carroll is healthy, Powell's playing time will be too inconsistent to depend on him in standard settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas ineffective in 23 mins
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas didn't do much in his 23 minutes off the bench on Sunday, scoring nine points on 3-of-8 shooting to go with two boards, one assist, one 3-pointer and two turnovers.

    Advice: This was disappointing following Thursday's 19-point outburst, particularly with Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) leaving the game after just two minutes of action. Kuzminskas may be able to see some increased opportunity with Thomas set spend some time on the shelf and Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) uncertain for Monday, but he's been too inconsistent to warrant a pickup in most season-long settings. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores 17 points off the bench
    Justin Holiday scored 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting Sunday, to go with three 3-pointers, three boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in 26 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Holiday also went 4-of-5 from the charity stripe, giving him a sterling true shooting percentage of 83.3 on the evening. The blowout nature of the game, partnered with Lance Thomas (orbital fracture) going down early with an injury helped Holiday get some extended minutes, and it'll be interesting to see if he can keep his momentum going into Monday's matchup with the Hawks. This is a wait-and-see situation in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • 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 Yesterday, 3:05 pm
  • Harrison Barnes hits 6-of-16 shots for 13 pts
    Harrison Barnes went 6-of-16 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on Sunday, on his way to 13 points, three boards, one steal, one block and one turnover in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Barnes has impressively hit double figures in the scoring department in all 40 games this season, and he's been a steady mid-round guy all year long. He's having a career-year in Dallas, and as one of the younger guys on the roster, he's not in any danger of getting hit with random rest days down the stretch. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 2:42 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 Yesterday, 12:53 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 Yesterday, 12:23 pm
  • Reggie Bullock will start Sunday vs. Lakers
    Reggie Bullock will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Lakers, with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) unavailable.

    Advice: This likely means that Aron Baynes is headed back to the bench. Bullock is a solid defender, but a pretty low usage rate guy, so he's not all that attractive of an option despite the increased opportunity as a starter. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:39 am
  • Josh Richardson (foot) listed as week-to-week
    Erik Spoelstra implied on Sunday that Josh Richardson (foot) is not close to a return, saying his return to action can be measured in weeks, not days.

    Advice: "It is still only a sprain, he is getting better but he still is in a boot," Spoelstra said. Miami was granted a hardship exception on Sunday which means that an independent doctor has deemed that Richardson will spend at least another two weeks on the sidelines. He hasn't quite taken off this season, so we won't blame you for making the cut if you're struggling. Dion Waiters looks like Miami's starting two-guard moving forward, and he's worth a look in points leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 am
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  • Mavs recall Nicolas Brussino
    The Mavericks have recalled Nicolas Brussino from the D-League.

    Advice: He will need a couple more injuries in Dallas before cracking the rotation. Brussino has no fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:56 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 Yesterday, 8:37 am
  • Evan Fournier doesn't have a timetable
    Evan Fournier (heel, foot) doesn't currently have a timetable to return.

    Advice: "I was compensating a lot, so now it’s more than just the heel," Fournier said. "It’s just the bottom of the foot, period. It’s frustrating, man. I could probably keep playing like this, but it’s not getting any better and I’m playing [at] like 60 percent [of my ability]." This is the same injury that sidelined him for five games in a row earlier in the season, so don't expect him to play on Monday vs. the Nuggets or Wednesday vs. the Pelicans. His owners just need to hold onto him for now, while Jodie Meeks is worth a look if you need a short-term boost in triples and points. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:24 am
  • Doug McDermott scores just eight
    Doug McDermott scored eight points with seven rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes against the Pelicans on Saturday.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg doesn't quite trust him as much as he did earlier this month when he was going no-PG lineups late and only giving him three fourth-quarter minutes. McDermott should be in a fantastic spot on Sunday with Nikola Mirotic (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) out, so the opportunity will be there. While he has been bad, it's worth a mention Hoiberg said McBuckets made "about 30 in a row" in a workout on Friday. He's a borderline cut, but you may want to wait to see what happens on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 6:02 pm
  • 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 Saturday, 5:32 pm
  • Evan Fournier (foot) could miss road trip
    Evan Fournier (foot, heel) could miss the remainder of the Magic's road trip due to the concern of his foot and heel injuries.

    Advice: On top of being out Saturday, he could be out Monday and Wednesday. The interesting thing here is that it sounds like he has problems in two different areas on his right foot. His heel injury was a problem at the end of last month and cost him five games, so he could be looking at a similar amount of time off due to the aggravation. In the meantime, go ahead and add Jodie Meeks in competitive leagues for short-term value. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 5:09 pm
  • Evan Fournier (foot) out, Jodie Meeks starts
    Evan Fournier (foot) will not play against the Jazz on Saturday and Jodie Meeks will start in his place.

    Advice: Fournier is still battling through his heel injury from earlier this month and he just hasn't been right. The Magic are wisely going to rest him up to get him right, and hopefully he should be OK for Monday against the Nuggets. Meeks is worth a look as insurance in deep leagues while Mario Hezonja is on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:34 pm
  • Evan Fournier (foot) questionable vs. Jazz
    Evan Fournier (sore right foot) is questionable to play against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: He really doesn't look right since returning from his heel injury. In those five games, Fournier averaged 11.8 points, 3.6 boards, 2.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 treys on 36.1 percent from the field. On a back-to-back set, it makes a lot of sense to just rest him before a revenge game in Denver on Monday. If he is out, Jodie Meeks would be thrust into the starting lineup while Mario Hezonja could add to his renewed role in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:19 am
  • Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Saturday
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Saturday against the Clippers.

    Advice: It's just rest for the veteran on the front end of a back-to-back set. Deng has been consistently getting around 30 minutes before the Lakers were blown out on Thursday, but he'll likely see fewer minutes as the season goes on. He's still worth owning. For today, Brandon Ingram should be sliding into the first unit while there are more three-guard lineups today -- the Clippers should also go small a ton. Julius Randle also gets a slight bump today. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 11:14 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 Saturday, 9:09 am
  • LeBron James hands out 15 assists in win
    LeBron James scored 16 points with two rebounds, 15 assists, one block, one steal and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes during a 120-108 win over the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: And the two-game losing streak is over. Those dimes match his season high and is just one off his career high, which was coincidentally against the Kings in 2013. Somewhat surprisingly off a two-game losing streak, LeBron only had a 19.5 usage rate tonight, which is his lowest of the season. LeBron gets a trip to Oracle Arena on Monday for a game that he says isn't against a rival. There's no reason to watch that, right? Rotoworld.com Friday, 11:18 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 23 points in loss to Cavs
    Rudy Gay scored 23 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, four blocks and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: After all the time off due to a hip injury, Gay has turned it up over his last four. In that span, he averaged 18.8 points, 6.3 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.8 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.8 treys. He should feast the rest of the way while he's on the Kings roster, but the trade rumors and rest will be a pain for his owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:50 pm
  • Tony Allen scores 22 points in a big win
    Tony Allen scored a season-high 22 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 25 minutes against the Rockets during a 110-105 win.

    Advice: He made his first eight attempts and finished 9-of-10 in another massive win for the Grizzlies. They were down 16 on the road in this game and now have five wins against the Warriors, Cavs and Rockets combined on the year. Mike Conley was effective as per usual with 17 points, six rebounds, nine assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:41 pm
  • James Harden scores 27 points in loss
    James Harden scored 27 points in a 110-105 home loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, adding three rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni was a little late on putting Harden back in during this game, which may have been a factor in the loss. The Rockets are now on their first losing streak of the season, but you can bet they'll be snapping out of it in Brooklyn on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:29 pm
  • Reggie Bullock returns from 25-game absence
    Reggie Bullock returned from a 25-game absence on Friday vs. the Jazz and scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting with two rebounds, three assists and two steals.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was out and the game was a blowout, but it was still a surprise to see Bullock log a season-high 26 minutes right out of the gate. Coach Stan Van Gundy loves him and the Pistons don't have great depth, so maybe he earns some minutes going forward. Most fantasy owners can ignore him for now. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Corey Brewer goes back to his old role
    Corey Brewer scored six points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes against the Grizzlies on Friday.

    Advice: If you were using Brewer while Eric Gordon was out, go ahead and cut him. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:25 pm
  • 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 Friday, 3:25 pm
  • Doug McDermott says he's fine mentally
    Doug McDermott said he's fine mentally and is "just not making shots right now."

    Advice: After the Bulls were closing with him earlier this month in no-PG sets, the fact that Paul Zipser closed out the game on Thursday over McDermott is a really bad sign. He's had his biggest chance of his career lately, but made just 18.2 percent from the field in his last three. McDermott has certainly been open on his treys with only getting contested on 17.4 percent of those, so he just needs to knock shots down. Maybe he bounces back on Saturday, so his owners should give him one more game unless there is something irresistible on the wire. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Reggie Bullock unlikely to play
    Reggie Bullock (personal) is unlikely to play on Friday against the Jazz.

    Advice: He is back with the team and there is a chance he plays. If he doesn't, Stanley Johnson would be looking at big minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Josh Richardson (foot) is 'getting better'
    Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) will his third consecutive game on Friday, but is "getting better" according to coach Erik Spoelstra.

    Advice: Richardson is still in a walking boot but appears to be moving in the right direction. "He's getting better," Spoelstra said. "We wanted to monitor him and see if we could take the next step and get him ready. He is finding some relief." We will have to wait for a more formal update from the team regarding J-Rich possibly returning to the lineup. After Friday, the Heat don't play again until next Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:23 am
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  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) back with team
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) rejoined the team on Friday, after missing practice on Thursday.

    Advice: It is assumed Bembry will be available to play on Friday night vs. the Celtics. However, Bembry has played more than three minutes in just three games over the last six weeks, so this not impactful from a fantasy perspective. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:00 am
  • Luol Deng scores just three
    Luol Deng scored three points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes during a 134-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: This game should basically be thrown out for everyone except Julius Randle. Deng almost certainly has seen his peak pass this season, but he has played 30.3 minutes per game in his previous three games, so his fantasy value is still alive and well. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:38 pm
  • Lance Thomas struggles in start vs. Bulls
    Lance Thomas hit 2-of-9 shots for four points with two rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes on Thursday against the Bulls.

    Advice: Thomas got the start for the injured Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles), but was inefficient and outplayed but Mindaugas Kuzminskas. If Porzingis remains sidelined, Thomas will continue to play significant minutes, but can be left on the waivers in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:06 pm
  • Doug McDermott goes 0-for-5 in 17 minutes
    Doug McDermott came off the bench and played just 17 minutes, missing all five of his shots and scoring just two points in Thursday's 104-89 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: After hitting 6-of-9 shots for 17 points on Jan. 4, McBuckets has hit just 10-of-39 shots over his last four games, scoring seven or fewer in his last three. Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the game that McDermott's too good a shooter to stay in this funk for much longer, but if he was actually owned in your league prior to this week, he's likely been dropped. Just keep an eye on him, as he's not a must-own player. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:54 pm
  • Paul Zipser gets first start for Bulls
    Paul Zipser started for injured Jimmy Butler (illness) on Thursday and hit 2-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, five rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Butler, Nikola Mirotic and Denzel Valentine were all out with the flu, but will be back soon. And when it happens, Zipser should go back to obscurity on the bench, if not the D League. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas scores career-high 19pts
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored a career-high 19 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in Thursday’s 104-89 victory over the Bulls.

    Advice: With Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) sidelined, Kuzminskas played a career-high 30 minutes and was efficient. This is the same injury that kept Porzingis out of three games in December, so Kuzminskas could see some extra run if Porzingis misses any more time. If that is the case, he can be considered an enticing DFS option at a very cheap price. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:38 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson moves to the bench
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson moved back to the bench against the Pelicans on Thursday, scoring four points with four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block in 18 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes haven't been there for RHJ. He's been squeezed out a bit for small forward minutes, but coach Kenny Atkinson has used him more at the four. Hollis-Jefferson will likely get minutes later in the season, so he's more of a stash right now. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:12 pm
  • Reggie Bullock expected back w/ team
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said that Reggie Bullock (personal) will rejoin the Pistons on Friday in Salt Lake City.

    Advice: Bullock who has missed the last 25 games with a torn meniscus, was attending a family matter and is expected to be back with the team on Friday. He can be left on waivers, as he will likely not have a big role in the Pistons rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:30 pm
  • Lance Thomas will start on Thursday night
    Lance Thomas will start on Thursday night for Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles).

    Advice: He should be looking at heavy minutes with Mindaugas Kuzminskas backing him up. KP shouldn't be out for long, so Thomas is only worth a look in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 5:15 pm
  • MCW, Wade, Zipser, Taj & Lopez will start
    Michael Carter-Williams, Paul Zipser, Dwyane Wade, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start against the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: The Bulls do not have Jimmy Butler (illness) or Nikola Mirotic (illness) for this game, so coach Fred Hoiberg will stick with Doug McDermott in the second unit. Zipser has played a grand total of 57 minutes and has somehow made just 1-of-16 from the field. It would take a little slice of crazy to roll with Zipser in DFS. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:38 pm
  • Josh Richardson (foot) doubtful for Friday
    Josh Richardson (foot) will not play in Friday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: He is still in a walking boot and will likely miss more time. The good news is there is no structural damage on Richardson, but he's typically been a slower healer than others. Richardson was playing really well now that he's found his shot, so he's still a stash candidate. Rodney McGruder and Dion Waiters will be playing more with Waiters having far more fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:32 pm
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  • DeAndre Bembry doesn't practice on Thursday
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) did not practice on Thursday.

    Advice: He returned from his personal absence on Tuesday, but only played three minutes. He looks like he's behind Taurean Prince for the fourth wing spot in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:29 pm
  • Evan Fournier struggles in 25 minutes
    Evan Fournier struggled throughout Wednesday's 105-96 loss to the Clippers, going just 3-of-8 from the field for eight points, two rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Beat writer Josh Robbins speculated that Fournier's heel injury might still be an issue, but foul trouble took a toll and he still played the final eight minutes. He also looked very good on Sunday (19 points in 34 minutes) and was coming off two days of rest. We'll let you know if there's a hint of injury concern, but for now owners should start him with confidence vs. the Blazers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:21 pm
  • LeBron James scores 20 points in loss at POR
    LeBron James scored 20 points during a 102-86 loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, adding 11 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, two 3-pointers and five turnovers.

    Advice: It's just the second losing streak of the season for the Cavs with a three-game losing streak ending on Dec. 2. James also passed Tim Hardaway Sr. for 15th on the all-time assists list in the NBA. Speaking of assists, LeBron's assists are down in January with just 5.3 per game. He'll get it turned around in no time. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • James Harden's 33/12/6 not enough vs. MIN
    James Harden racked up 33 points, 12 assists and six rebounds in a losing effort vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, making 10-of-23 field goals and 11-of-13 free throws.

    Advice: Harden has been ridiculous lately with five triple-doubles in his last seven games, and tonight was no exception -- in addition to the points, boards and assists, he added two blocks, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers. Incredibly, this was Houston's first loss in the second of back-to-back games all season, dropping them to 9-1 in such situations. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:01 pm
  • Corey Brewer plays 27 minutes off bench
    Corey Brewer played 27 minutes off Houston's bench on Wednesday, scoring nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with one 3-pointer, two boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Eric Gordon (sprained left big toe) wasn't available tonight, so there were more bench minutes available for Houston's wing players. Gordon wasn't traveling for this game and isn't a lock to play on Friday, but even if he sits Brewer isn't a great streaming option vs. the Grizzlies' defense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:59 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) plays 10 mins
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) went scoreless in 10 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 27-year-old rookie contributed one assist, one steal and two turnovers in limited action. He's shown flashes of intriguing upside, but isn't a fantasy option while the Knicks' frontcourt is healthy. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 7:04 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) probable Weds
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) is feeling better and head coach Jeff Hornacek expects him to be fine for the Knicks' matchup with the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Kuzminskas has played well in limited minutes as of late, but not well enough to be worthy of a roster spot in most leagues. As long as Carmelo Anthony and Kristaps Porzingis are healthy, Kuzminskas can safely remain on the waiver wire just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • LeBron James, Kyrie and Love playing
    LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Levin Love will play against the Blazers on Wednesday night.

    Advice: There was some concern this game would be canceled, but it is reportedly a go. The Blazers landed in Portland at 12:55 PST, so their pre-game routines are going to be a mess. The Cavs also had travel issues last night. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 1:23 pm
  • Report: LeBron James upset with officiating
    LeBron James is reportedly upset with his lack of free throw attempts this season.

    Advice: James actually ranks in the top 10 in free throw attempts per game this season at 7.1, although it's worth noting that he's logging more minutes per game than everyone above him on that list (aside from Anthony Davis), and more field goal attempts per game than guys like James Harden and Jimmy Butler (with a majority of his shots coming in the restricted area). James feels that his immense size causes the refs to officiate him differently, and he may have a point. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:54 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 11 points in win
    Rudy Gay scored 11 points on 3-of-11 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Pistons.

    Advice: He managed to play 38 minutes despite picking up five fouls, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one block, three steals and one 3-pointer. The Kings are 9th in the West with a 16-22 record and the Blazers are 8th with a 17-23 record, so the Kings may be tempted to hold onto Gay past the trade deadline because it's no secret that they're desperate to get into the postseason. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:43 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver scores 17 w/ three triples
    Anthony Tolliver scored 17 points with three triples, four rebounds and three assists in 36 minutes against the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: The 31-year-old sharpshooter took seven attempts from deep and finished 4-of-11 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. At first glance this looks like a fluke, but Tolliver actually had 16 points and three more triples in his previous outing. He's played 36 and 32 minutes in those two games, so feel free to give him a glance if you strictly need a couple 3-pointers. Just keep in mind that he's still Anthony Tolliver. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • LeBron James' 29 not enough vs. Jazz
    LeBron James hit 10-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 29 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals in 37 minutes of Tuesday's 100-92 loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: This was just Cleveland's ninth loss of the season and the core starters all played pretty well. Kyrie Irving had 20 points and a nice stat line and Kevin Love added 12 points and nine rebounds, but the duo combined to hit just 9-of-32 shots, which was a big reason for the loss. Tristan Thompson added 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:39 pm
  • Corey Brewer gets loose for 15 points
    Corey Brewer hit 7-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, five rebounds and a steal off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Before you get excited, keep in mind that Brewer had scored a grand total of eight points over his last four games and that Eric Gordon sat this one out with sprained left toe. If Gordon (day-to-day) doesn't miss any more time, Brewer should fade away just as quickly as he arrived tonight. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • James Harden triple-doubles in win
    James Harden kept it going on Tuesday with 40 points, 15 rebounds, 10 assists and seven 3-pointers in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 121-114 win over the Hornets.

    Advice: He hit 11-of-24 shots and 11-of-14 free throws, and only had four turnovers tonight. Harden now has 11 triple-doubles on the season, has triple-doubled in back-to-back games, and has also done so in three of his last five games. Over that stretch, he's averaging a staggering 28.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 1.4 steals, 3.0 3-pointers and is shooting 39 percent. He's also averaging 6.4 turnovers, but as long as the triple-doubles and massive stat lines are coming, owners will just have to live with some poor shooting and a ton of TOs. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • Quincy Acy scores four points in debut
    Quincy Acy made his debut for the Nets on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and scored four points with one rebound and a triple in just one minute.

    Advice: He made a strong first impression, but we don't see playing many minutes when Trevor Booker (hip) returns on Thursday vs. the Pelicans. Leave Acy on the wire. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scores 10 points
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson started on Tuesday vs. the Hawks and scored 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

    Advice: RHJ drew the start in place of Trevor Booker (hip), but Booker said after the game that he's expecting to play on Thursday. Hollis-Jefferson was able to grab seven rebounds with one assist and hit all six of his free throws, but didn't really make the most of his opportunity in this one. He only averages 20.1 minutes per game as a reserve, so he's hard to trust in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 pm
  • Kent Bazemore held to six points
    Kent Bazemore was held to six points on 1-of-7 shooting in Tuesday's win over the Nets with three boards and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: His only field goal of the night was a wide-open layup in the fourth quarter. Bazemore is in a brutal slump right now with a combined 14 points on 23.5 percent shooting over his last three games. We can't defend his awful play anymore and he looks like a drop candidate in standard leagues. Also, Taurean Prince and Tim Hardaway Jr. are coming for his minutes. We'll let you know when Bazemore heats back up. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) plays three minutes
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Nets, but only played three minutes with three points and one assist.

    Advice: Taurean Prince and Tim Hardaway Jr. have benefitted from the Kyle Korver trade, but Bembry is still buried on the depth chart. Leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Josh Richardson (sprained foot) out Tuesday
    Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He was in a walking boot on Monday, so we have no idea why the Heat waited this long to rule him out. With only one game left on the schedule for the Heat this week, owners in a tough spot may need to move on despite Richardson's upside and great outlook for the rest of the season. Wayne Ellington and Dion Waiters will both get a bump in the short term, but their upside is limited. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 6:37 pm
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  • Norman Powell back to the bench Tuesday
    Patrick Patterson will return to Toronto's starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Boston, bumping Norman Powell back to the bench.

    Advice: Prior to the start on Saturday, Powell had played more than 12 minutes just once in the Raptors previous seven games. Thus, there is limited fantasy impact as a result of his slide back to a reserve role. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:28 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will start on Tuesday
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Trevor Booker (hip) is out tonight, which is what prompted the change, and it'll be interesting to see how RHJ fares in his return to the starting lineup. Isaiah Whitehead, Joe Harris, Bojan Bogdanovic and Brook Lopez will join him in the starting five for tonight's game. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:45 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) available to play
    Updating a previous report, DeAndre Bembry (personal) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Available to play doesn't always mean will play, and as a negligible part of the rotation in Atlanta, Bembry belongs on waivers in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:41 pm
  • Doug McDermott will start Tuesday vs. WAS
    Doug McDermott will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Dwyane Wade (rest), Nikola Mirotic (flu) and Jimmy Butler (flu) are all out tonight, so McDermott will likely be working with a higher than usual usage rate. He's someone to consider throwing out there as a streamer or DFS punt play, particularly with a matchup against one of the worst teams in the league at defending the small forward position. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 2:56 pm
  • Maurice Ndour sent down for D-League stint
    Maurice Ndour has been sent down for yet another D-League stint.

    Advice: The only blurbs we've written about Ndour this season have been regarding his D-League assignments, which tells you about all you need to know of his non-existent fantasy value. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:29 pm
  • Quincy Acy will be available to play Tuesday
    Quincy Acy will be available to make his Brooklyn debut Tuesday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Acy will provide the Nets with some depth at the power forward position during his 10-day contract, but as long as Trevor Booker is starting, it's unlikely he'll be able to command any fantasy value in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:56 pm
  • Kuzminskas (illness) practices on Tuesday
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) practiced with the team on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kuzminskas missed Monday's game vs. the Pelicans, but appears to be on track to return Wednesday in Philadelphia. Kuz has been playing his best ball of the season recently, averaging 11.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 3-pointers in 15.7 minutes over the last five games he has appeared in. Still, with Melo playing the majority of minutes at small forward, it will be difficult to rely on Kuz consistently in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:57 am
  • Harrison Barnes scores 30 w/ four triples
    Harrison Barnes scored 30 points with four 3-pointers in Monday's loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: The four triples were a season high. Barnes finished 13-of-23 from the field with two boards and one assist, but wasn't able to get himself to the line. He's shooting a blistering 56.3 percent from the field over his last five games, averaging 24.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.6 blocks and 2.2 triples in that span. He's crushing his ADP right now and gets two more great matchups with the Suns and Wolves (again) this week. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:22 pm
  • Doug McDermott scores seven in 25 minutes
    Doug McDermott scored seven points in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: He flopped big time, hitting just 2-of-6 shots from the field and adding two boards and a triple. However, the Bulls play four more times in Week 12 and Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest) are both out for Tuesday's game vs. the Wizards, so McDermott will likely start and see a massive workload. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 3-pointers in his previous five games. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:41 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) out Monday
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas (illness) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: His minutes will likely be divvied up between Lance Thomas and Justin Hamilton, which doesn't mean much. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:51 pm
  • Josh Richardson (foot) in a walking boot
    Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) was spotted wearing a full walking boot on Monday.

    Advice: Richardson said that he initially injured his foot during Dec. 30's game against the Celtics, and after trying to play through it, the pain only got worse. X-rays and an MRI came back negative, so he's not dealing with any structural damage, but head coach Erik Spoelstra acknowledged that it's unlikely Richardson will be able to suit up for Tuesday's game in Golden State. With Richardson on the sidelines, Wayne Ellington and Dion Waiters will see an uptick in minutes, with Goran Dragic doing the heavy lifting on offense. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:31 pm
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  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) out Tuesday vs. BKN
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: He's dealing with a death in his family, and it's unclear when he'll rejoin the team. We wish him the best. Rotoworld.com Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Stein: Nets to sign F Quincy Acy
    According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Nets will sign Quincy Acy to replace Anthony Bennett.

    Advice: This is actually a decent landing spot for Acy, as the Nets are thin at power forward behind Trevor Booker because Chris McCullough hasn't really taken the next step in his development. Acy is a solid defender, but he has career averages of 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds and isn't on the fantasy radar just yet. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 8:00 am
  • Doug McDermott's confidence is rising
    Doug McDermott said that his confidence is on the rise.

    Advice: "It's taken some time and the last two games we've been able to really get going," McDermott said of the bench's recent success. "It's a great feeling having the trust from the coaches, [Dwyane] Wade and Jimmy [Butler] and those guys, to be out there with them. We're just staying confident, staying ready." The Bulls closed Saturday's game vs. the Raptors with McDermott on the floor and they had a lot of success with a Butler-McDermott screen-and-roll action. McDermott is averaging 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.0 3-pointers over his last five, and he's a great pickup in standard leagues with five games on the schedule this week. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 6:52 am
  • Josh Richardson (foot) unsure of return date
    Josh Richardson (foot) said he's unsure of when he will be able to return.

    Advice: "I don’t know," Richardson said on Sunday. "They didn’t tell me exactly. I don’t know. Probably I guess whenever it starts feeling better." Richardson revealed that he suffered the injury on Dec. 30, so he's played through the issue in four games. X-rays and an MRI were negative, but the Heat are going to be cautious. "Thankfully, this isn’t a significant injury," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Soft tissue. So, hopefully he’ll be able to come back sooner than later." The Heat only play twice in Week 12, but look for Wayne Ellington and Dion Waiters to play more if Richardson can't go. Rotoworld.com Jan 9, 6:29 am
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  • Luol Deng (biceps) looks fine in 31 minutes
    Luol Deng (right biceps tendinitis) scored 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting in 31 minutes on Sunday.

    Advice: Deng was on the injury report as 'probable' but there was never any doubt about his status. Deploy him as usual vs. the Blazers on Tuesday. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:42 pm
  • Reggie Bullock (meniscus) close to return
    Reggie Bullock (torn meniscus) didn't play on Sunday, but coach Stan Van Gundy said he's "trending toward being ready."

    Advice: "I think he wants to get in a couple practices," Van Gundy said on Saturday. "Quite honestly, I’d be comfortable putting him in a game right now." Stanley Johnson played 25 minutes on Sunday while Darrun Hilliard picked up a DNP-CD, and Van Gundy seems eager to have an alternative wing player in his second unit. We'll consider Bullock day-to-day going forward. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 10:25 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 23 points w/ complete line
    In his second game back from a hip injury, Rudy Gay dropped 23 points in 35 minutes vs. the Warriors, making 9-of-17 shots with two 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Gay is averaging 28.0 points since returning and the hip injury should be in the rearview, although the Kings did list him as 'probable' on the injury report tonight. The veteran is a staple of trade rumors and there's a good chance that he'll finish the season with another team, but in the meantime he's cruising along with mid-round value on a per-game basis. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:53 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver starts, scores 16 in 32 mins
    Anthony Tolliver started Sunday's game and finished with 16 points, five rebounds, two steals and 3-pointers in 32 minutes of action.

    Advice: The veteran displaced Matt Barnes tonight, but he's just as likely to head back to the bench in Sacramento's next game. There should be better 3-point specialists on your waiver wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:53 pm
  • LeBron James scores 28 points in win
    LeBron James hit 11-of-17 shots for 28 points with eight rebounds, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in Sunday’s 120-116 win over the Suns.

    Advice: Tonight, James became the 14th player in NBA history to reach 10,000 career field goals. Kyrie Irving added 27 points, seven assists, two rebounds, and one steal and Kevin Love had 25 points, 10 rebounds, and one block, but they needed it all to escape with a road win. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 8:57 pm
  • Norman Powell quiet in 22 minutes as starter
    Norman Powell made a matchup-based start on Sunday and had 10 points, two 3-pointers, three assists, one rebound and three turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Powell gave the Raptors another perimeter defender to check the Rockets, but he's been no slouch offensively as a starter this year -- in five previous starts, he averaged 15.6 points, 2.6 threes and 2.0 assists. He didn't have it tonight and will likely head to the bench again on Tuesday vs. Boston, so this doesn't have any long-term repercussions. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:23 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver, Garrett Temple start Sunday
    Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple will start vs. the Warriors on Sunday, with Matt Barnes and Ty Lawson shifting to the second unit.

    Advice: The Kings' starting lineup is perpetually in flux, so this is no surprise. Lawson is the only guy in this group with sustained fantasy appeal, but check back after the game to see how Tolliver and Temple fare vs. the Warriors. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:09 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 17 pts w/ full line Sun
    Trevor Ariza scored 17 points on 5-of-10 shots vs. Toronto on Sunday, with all of his attempts coming from downtown.

    Advice: He filled out his line with seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 42 minutes. The Rockets are now 10-0 in the second game of back-to-back sets, which is even more impressive given how much energy they expend in a fast-paced system. Ariza has been deadly all year, particularly on corner 3-pointers, and he's a quiet top-40 fantasy player in roto leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:05 pm
  • Rockets win behind James Harden's 40-11-10
    James Harden secured his 10th triple-double of the season on Sunday, pouring in 40 points with 10 rebounds, 11 assists and 10 turnovers in an impressive win at Toronto.

    Advice: Harden was quiet to begin the game but that has never dissuaded him, and he ultimately made 13-of-26 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs with four 3-pointers, two steals and two blocks. His huge night helped Houston extend their win streak to eight games, and Harden has now recorded a double-double in 16 straight games, the longest streak in the NBA in five seasons. He's an MVP front-runner and it's hard to argue against him as the No. 1 fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:03 pm
  • Norman Powell starts, Lucas Nogueira to bench
    Norman Powell will start vs. the Rockets on Sunday, sending Lucas Nogueira to the bench.

    Advice: Toronto is playing the matchup game again tonight, deploying a small lineup to counter the Rockets -- Powell joins Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll and Jonas Valanciunas. He's worth a glance as a dirt-cheap DFS option, but that's about it. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 2:47 pm
  • Nicolas Brussino headed down to the D-League
    Nicolas Brussino has been assigned to the Mavericks D-League affiliate.

    Advice: The rookie will get some much-needed experience in the D-League. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 1:03 pm
  • Richardson, Babbitt ruled out for Sunday
    Josh Richardson (sprained left foot) and Luke Babbitt (illness) will not play Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Both X-rays and an MRI came back negative on Richardson's sprained left foot, and it's worth noting that it was his right knee and ankle that gave him problems at the beginning of the year, so perhaps this new issue is due to overcompensating. For now, we'll consider both Babbitt and Richardson questionable for Tuesday's game in Golden State, and with both those guys on the sidelines Sunday, we should see a ton of Wayne Ellington, Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson and James Johnson. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 11:06 am
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  • Bulls recall Paul Zipser
    The Bulls have recalled Paul Zipser from the D-League.

    Advice: He's not going to be in the rotation for the foreseeable future. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 9:43 am
  • Josh Richardson (foot) listed as questionable
    Josh Richardson (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: ESPN's Chris Haynes reported on Saturday that Richardson won't play, so the SG is probably closer to doubtful. "They took an X-ray last night after the game and that was fine," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after Saturday’s practice. "But he is sore, so we’re going to take him to get an MRI, cross our fingers." The Heat are calling it a soft tissue injury to his foot and an MRI came back negative after Spoelstra's comments, so the SG is day-to-day. He's been playing a ton of minutes lately, so Wayne Ellington and Dion Waiters would be interesting streaming options if he misses time. Rotoworld.com Jan 8, 6:10 am
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  • Doug McDermott grabs season-high 10 rebounds
    Doug McDermott hit 6-of-17 shots for 17 points with a season-high 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes on Saturday against the Raptors.

    Advice: The Raptors had no answer for McDermott who recorded his first double-double of the season. He has scored in double-figures in five consecutive games and has played at least 29 minutes in six straight. He has solidified a spot in the Bulls rotation and should be a player to add in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 8:14 pm
  • Mindaugas Kuzminskas scores 13 points in loss
    Mindaugas Kuzminskas scored 13 points with three rebounds, tow assists and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was a big part of the near comeback and turned in a +10 for plus-minus tonight. Kuzminskas has been playing both forward spots for the Knicks with more run at the three tonight, so that's something to keep in mind if Carmelo Anthony needs to rest his shoulder. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 6:38 pm
  • Josh Richardson (foot) ruled out for Sunday
    Josh Richardson (left foot) will not play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The good news is X-rays were negative, but Richardson will also have an MRI today. The team said he is dealing with a soft tissue injury to his foot and he was in a walking boot today. Richardson is playing 36 minutes per game this month, so there would be a big hole to fill. It should be Wayne Ellington, Dion Waiters and Rodney McGruder picking up the slack. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 2:16 pm
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  • Josh Richardson (foot) has soft tissue injury
    Josh Richardson left Saturday's practice with a soft tissue injury in his left foot that has been bothering him for a few days, according to the Heat.

    Advice: He will be examined today to rule out any major issues, and Richardson is listed as questionable to play Sunday against the Clippers. For now, it sounds like it's a minor issue and it's possible some wear-and-tear. The Heat may want to sit him out on Sunday to give him a few days off before Tuesday's game. If he's out, Dion Waiters, Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington would step up. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:48 pm
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  • Luol Deng (biceps) probable for Sunday
    Luol Deng (biceps) is probable to play against the Magic on Sunday.

    Advice: He was terrific on Friday with 19 points and there is no word of a setback, so Deng should be all set for the late game. The Lakers are only three games out of the eighth seed, which is a big reason Deng's minutes haven't dropped. He should be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:37 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) won't play Saturday
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) will not play Saturday vs. Mavs.

    Advice: Unfortunately, Bembry is dealing with a death in the family. There is little fantasy impact here, as Bembry is averaging just 7.5 minutes per game for Atlanta this season. However, he may start to see an uptick in minutes now that Kyle Korver has been dealt to Cleveland. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 10:38 am
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson returned to action on Friday January 6. Rotoworld.com Jan 7, 1:19 am
  • First Team All Defense: Allen steals 6 in win
    Tony Allen recorded six steals in Friday's win over the Warriors, finishing with 11 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 48 minutes.

    Advice: He was everywhere tonight and helped the Grizzlies climb back from a 24-point deficit. Allen shot just 5-of-16 from the field, but who cares with a line like this? He was averaging 1.7 steals per game prior to Friday and that's where he gets most of his fantasy value, so anything else he can contribute is icing on the cake. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:57 pm
  • Luol Deng (biceps) scores 19 points
    Luol Deng (biceps) returned from a one-game absence and scored 19 points in Friday's win over the Heat.

    Advice: Performances like this are why the "revenge game" narrative exists. Deng grabbed 14 rebounds with two assists and three triples, and he shot 8-of-12 from the field in 30 minutes against his former team. Deng scored a combined 17 points in his previous four games, so most fantasy owners can leave him on the wire despite the fact that he has played 30 or more minutes in 12 straight games. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:32 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 18 in his return
    Rudy Gay scored 18 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He played power forward down the stretch, which is probably something that will happen most games. Gay's hip injury was a strange one and the Kings were pretty quiet on the details, so there are some questions to be answered here. You can bet he'll get a DNP-REST at some point, but get him in your lineups. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:04 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver plays just eight minutes
    Anthony Tolliver did not score in eight minutes against the Clippers with three rebounds.

    Advice: With Rudy Gay back in the lineup, Tolliver lost most of his playing time. Go ahead and drop him in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 9:58 pm
  • LeBron James scores 36 points in win
    LeBron James scored 36 points in a 116-108 win over the Nets on Friday, adding nine rebounds, six assists, two steals and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: That day off has really got him going. Since resting on Dec. 26, James averaged 29.6 points, 7.6 boards, 7.8 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.8 blocks and 1.4 treys on 53.3 percent fro the field. His team now has a three-game lead over the Raptors, so there could be some rest on the horizon with three road games from Sunday to Wednesday next week. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:57 pm
  • Lance Thomas returns to bench, scores 10
    Lance Thomas returned to the bench and scored 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting with two rebounds, two triples and a steal in 20 minutes vs. the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: This was one of his best games of the season, but this line is basically his ceiling while Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is healthy. Leave Thomas on the wire. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:42 pm
  • Rondae plays 15 minutes in loss to Cavs
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson played 15 minutes against the Cavs on Friday with four points, four rebounds, one assist and two steals.

    Advice: He looked somewhat healthy after missing one game. The Nets are extremely careful with their injured players, so expect Hollis-Jefferson to be 100 percent going forward. He does have competition for minutes with Caris LeVert coming on, so he's only a borderline player to own in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 8:27 pm
  • Rudy Gay and Ty Lawson starting Friday
    Rudy Gay (hip) and Ty Lawson are starting against the Clippers on Friday

    Advice: They will join Darren Collison, Matt Barnes and DeMarcus Cousins in the starting lineup, while Ben McLemore and Kosta Koufos will come off the bench. The Kings have been shuffling their lineup all season, so don't read too much into this. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:28 pm
  • Evan Fournier struggles in start
    Evan Fournier scored 10 points in a 100-93 loss to the Rockets on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He was not in a good groove with Elfrid Payton in the first unit. Coach Frank Vogel has been all over the place with his rotation, but Fournier should be a staple for him no matter what he does. Keep him rolling in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 7:08 pm
  • James Harden has a bad game in win
    James Harden scored 14 points on 5-of-15 from the field in a 100-93 win over the Magic on Friday, adding seven rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: The Rockets were on a road back-to-back, made just 15-of-49 from deep and still got the win tonight. Harden missed all eight attempts from deep any may have turned in one of his worst games, so this was a big win for the Rockets. Harden vs. Kyle Lowry should be awesome on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 6:38 pm
  • Corey Brewer moves to the bench
    Corey Brewer did not score off the bench in 16 minutes with two rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: He won't be playing much while Patrick Beverley is in the lineup. Brewer shouldn't have been added in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 6:22 pm
  • Luol Deng (biceps) will start on Friday
    Luol Deng (biceps) will start on Friday vs. Miami.

    Advice: This means his biceps only forced him to miss one game. Deng will be looking for some revenge against his former team tonight and it's worth noting that he averaged 32.4 minutes in the five games before his injury. His return is good news for a Lakers team that might be missing Julius Randle (finger). Brandon Ingram loses value with this report and will return to the bench. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 5:52 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson available
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson tested his hip and will be available for Friday night against the Cavs.

    Advice: We'll see what this means, but Hollis-Jefferson could be limited with how the Nets tend to limit their guys. He's still a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 4:18 pm
  • Evan Fournier back in the starting lineup
    Evan Fournier is starting against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: Jodie Meeks will move back to the bench. Fournier was running the offense, so it will be interesting to see how he fits next to Elfrid Payton in the first unit. His usage rate takes a hit along with his assist percentage, but he is more efficient. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 2:30 pm
  • Rudy Gay (hip) says he will play Friday night
    Rudy Gay (hip) says he will play Friday night vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Gay, who has missed 10 of the Kings last 11 games, is listed as questionable and we have not received official word from the team; however, Gay participated in shootaround on Friday and told reporters: "I'm going today, I'm a go." We don't yet know if there will be a minutes restriction in place, but he will likely slide back into the starting lineup if he can suit up. Matt Barnes, Anthony Tolliver and Garrett Temple will see their minutes reduced with Gay back in the mix. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 11:06 am
  • Luol Deng (biceps) questionable for Friday
    Luol Deng (biceps) is questionable for Friday's game vs. Miami.

    Advice: Deng missed his first game of the season on Thursday. Brandon Ingram started in his place and scored 11 points in 37 minutes. We will have to wait for an update closer to game time regarding the Deng's status for Friday night. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:52 am
  • LeBron James wants the Cavs to add a PG
    LeBron James still wants the Cavs to add another point guard to the roster by the February trade deadline.

    Advice: Even with the addition of sharpshooter Kyle Korver, LeBron doesn't believe the Cavs are done wheeling and dealing. And, if history is any indicator, King James usually gets what he wants. A few names mentioned in this ESPN article are Jarrett Jack, Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole. The Cavs are at their full limit of 15 players, which means that Jordan McRae may get waived in order to clear a roster spot. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:33 am
  • Doug McDermott still dealing with memory loss
    Doug McDermott is still suffering from short-term memory issues close to a full month after suffering a concussion.

    Advice: Fortunately, for McDermott and the Bulls, he is feeling much better, all things considered. McDermott is also playing some of his best ball of the season. He has scored in double-figures in four straight games and is averaging 12.8 points (on 55.6 percent shooting) 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 3-pointers over this recent stretch. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 10:03 am
  • Hollis-Jefferson (hip) questionable Friday
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (hip) is listed as questionable for Friday's game vs. Cleveland.

    Advice: RHJ did not travel with the team to Indiana for their game Thursday vs. the Pacers. However, he had scored in double-figures in five of the Nets previous seven games, averaging 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals over that stretch. Looking towards the second-half of the season, he has some upside. He worth considering as a stash if you play in a deep league and have room on your roster. Rotoworld.com Jan 6, 9:35 am
  • KA: RHJ could play on Friday night
    Coach Kenny Atkinson said "we'll see" when it comes to Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (hip) playing on Friday against the Cavs.

    Advice: "I don’t think it’s [bad]. It's short-term," Atkinson said. We've seen RHJ come off the bench lately and he missed Thursday, but the lack of energy in the first unit could get Hollis-Jefferson in the first unit. He's the most talented defender on the wing, which the Nets really, really need right now. Give him a look. Rotoworld.com Jan 5, 11:44 pm
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