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  • Tim Hardaway Jr. held to 11 points
    Tim Hardaway Jr. was held to 11 points on 4-of-12 shots vs. the Warriors on Tuesday, adding five rebounds, four assists and one triple.

    Advice: This is not what his owners were expecting with Kristaps Porzingis (knee) out -- THJ's usage rate rises from 22.0 to 27.3 with KP off the floor. The big takeaway here is that THJ played 35 minutes even though he's supposed to have a 25-minute restriction during this road trip. He also played 29, 27 and 26 minutes in his previous three games, so hopefully this is an indication that his injury is completely behind him. Today, 10:38 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson keeps it going with 22
    Jordan Clarkson played 34 minutes off the bench and hit 8-of-17 shots for 22 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals in Tuesday's win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He had 29 points and 10 dimes on Sunday and scored 33 points while flirting with a triple-double on Friday, but Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was out for both of those games. Lonzo Ball is still out with his knee injury, but KCP is back. Either way, Clarkson looks like a must-own, must-start fantasy player, at least until Ball is back in action. Today, 10:38 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 8
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played through his sore Achilles on Tuesday and hit 2-of-8 shots (both 3-pointers) for eight points, four rebounds and one assist in a 108-107 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: The good news is that he played. The bad news is that he didn't do much and hurt some owners with the poor field goal percentage. He had missed his previous two games and came into this one averaging 13.3 points, 3.5 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 50 percent shooting in January. He missed a couple big free throws tonight, but if the injury is behind him, he should be back in starting fantasy lineups. And in very un-tanking fashion, the Lakers have somehow won three straight games. Today, 10:26 pm
  • Klay Thompson held to nine points
    Klay Thompson was held to nine points on Tuesday vs. the Knicks, hitting 4-of-10 shots and 1-of-2 free throws.

    Advice: This was his second game in a row with single-digit points, the first time that's happened this season. This was also his second game without a triple since his 95-game streak with at least one 3-pointer ended on Jan. 12. Thompson still did well defensively and was a game-high +25 with four assists and two rebounds, and he should break out of this funk soon. Today, 10:26 pm
  • Brandon Ingram scores seven points on Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram hit just 2-of-11 shots for seven points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 33 minutes of Tuesday's 108-107 win over the Celtics.

    Advice: He was a little iffy coming in with his tender ankle, but looked pretty healthy out there tonight. His shooting line was reminiscent of last season and he's in a funk right now, hitting just 6-of-24 shots over his last two games. He's still working his way back from the ankle injury, so expect his shooting numbers to increase as he gets healthy. Today, 10:23 pm
  • Iguodala (calf) plays 20 minutes vs. NYK
    Andre Iguodala (calf) played 20 minutes vs. the Knicks on Tuesday, hitting 2-of-2 shots for five points, three boards and two assists.

    Advice: He's been a regular on the injury report with a variety of ailments, but as per usual, he's usually not worth deploying when Golden State's four All-Stars are active. Iggy will get a day of rest and should be ready to roll on Thursday vs. the Wolves. Today, 10:20 pm
  • Curry leads GSW past NYK w/ 32 points
    Stephen Curry scored a game-high 32 points in a 123-112 win over the Knicks on Tuesday, hitting all six of his free throws, 8-of-15 triples and 9-of-19 shots.

    Advice: He had 17 of his 32 points in the third quarter, and this was his 14th game of the season with 30+ points and third game with 8+ triples. Curry added seven assists and six rebounds with just a single turnover in 33 minutes, and it's nice to see him take better care of the ball after turning it over six times in each of his previous two games. He's been the second best player in standard 9-category leagues on a per-game basis and will look to keep his momentum going vs. the Wolves on Thursday. Today, 10:14 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 22 off Celtics bench
    Marcus Smart hit 7-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one steal in 33 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: He missed a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, but the Celtics only needed a two-pointer for a one-point win. He played great tonight, but he only had two points in 20 minutes on Sunday. He's been hot lately and started on Thursday when Kyrie Irving sat with a sore shoulder, but is too inconsistent to be started in most fantasy leagues on a regular basis. Today, 10:13 pm
  • Kyrie Irving's 33 not enough vs. Lakers
    Kyrie Irving hit 13-of-24 shots and four 3-pointers for 33 points, three rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes of Tuesday's 108-107 loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Irving banged his left knee on another player's in the second half and was seen grabbing it a few times, but stayed in the game and played through it. He's been bothered by a shoulder injury lately, but is hot, scoring 40 points on Sunday and scoring at least 20 points in his last five games. The shoulder issue seems to be subsiding, but owners may want to check back on Wednesday to make sure that the left knee isn't going to be a problem. Based on how he played after the injury tonight, it looks like he's fine. The Celtics have now lost four straight games after winning seven straight. Today, 10:08 pm
  • Joe Harris scores 19, hits five triples
    Joe Harris scored 19 points and hit five triples in just 23 minutes vs. the Thunder on Tuesday.

    Advice: Harris is only on the books for $1.5 million this season, so you better believe that GM Sean Marks is going to be getting lots of calls from contenders about him. He hit 7-of-10 shots and didn't miss a single 3-point attempt, adding one assist and one block. He might lose some value when D'Angelo Russell's workload increases, but he's still a solid 3-point specialist for the time being. Today, 8:21 pm
  • Kyle Anderson double-doubles in win over Cavs
    Kyle Anderson played 34 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 10 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's 114-102 win over the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Anderson guarded LeBron James for much of the night and had his fourth double-double of the season. He's played really well in his last three games, averaging 8.3 points, 10.3 boards, 3.7 assists, 2.7 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.0 3-pointers over that stretch. And with Kawhi Leonard out until further notice, and with Anderson's confidence soaring, he should be one of the hottest pickups in fantasy hoops right now. Today, 7:44 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 22 in loss
    Evan Fournier hit 7-of-17 shots and 2-of-10 3-pointers for 22 points, two rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes of Tuesday's loss to the Kings.

    Advice: Fournier's getting hot again and this line would have looked a lot better if more of his threes were falling. He's scored between 17 and 32 points in each of his last four games and has played like a sixth-round fantasy player over the past 10 days. Today, 6:35 pm
  • Jimmy Butler is questionable for Wednesday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) is listed as questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau hinted that Butler "may have" had an MRI, but he added that the Wolves are just being cautious. We'll hopefully have another update after the morning shootaround, but Nemanja Bjelica would be in line for another start if Butler can't go -- Bjelica is averaging 13.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.0 triples in his last two games. Today, 6:16 pm
  • Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will play Tuesday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) and Brandon Ingram (ankle) will play on Tuesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: KPC is officially back after a two-game absence. Josh Hart loses a lot of value with KCP back in the lineup, while Jordan Clarkson loses some appeal too. KCP has season averages of 13.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.7 steals and 2.1 triples, and he belongs in standard-league lineups. Today, 5:51 pm
  • George Hill, Koufos won't play Tuesday
    George Hill (rest) and Kosta Koufas (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's game against the Magic.

    Advice: The Kings are on the second night of a back-to-back, so this will be the typical veterans' day off, and with both of them unavailable there will be more minutes for guys like De'Aaron Fox, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere and Willie Cauley-Stein. It sounds like Hill could be shipped off to Cleveland any day now. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Iman Shumpert (knee) available to play Tues
    Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) will be available to play Tuesday vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Shumpert returns to chaos in Cleveland. The Cavs will no doubt limit Shump's minutes in his first few games back. However, even when fully healthy, he will have a tough time earning consistent minutes due to the logjam in the Cleveland backcourt. The situation would only become more complicated if the Cavs consummate their rumored trade for George Hill. Today, 3:39 pm
  • Dion Waiters (ankle) out for the season
    The Heat announced that Dion Waiters underwent successful surgery on Monday to repair instability in his left ankle and will miss the remainder of the season.

    Advice: A preexisting navicular bone fracture was also repaired during the surgery. Per Miami reporter Ira Winderman, "the expected recovery timetable from such an ankle procedure is six to ninth months. The long end of such an estimate would take it into next season's training camp." We should have plenty of updates on Waiter over the summer as he rehabs in preparation for the 2018-19 season. Today, 3:28 pm
  • Rumor: Kawhi Leonard wants out of San Antonio
    Kawhi Leonard (quad) is rumored to want out of San Antonio.

    Advice: Jalen Rose said that his sources have been telling him that Leonard has been upset with the Spurs inability to bring in "elite-level talent" during free agency (LaMarcus Aldridge?) and that there's a belief out there that players don't want to play for Gregg Popovich, because Popovich requires you to work hard or something. There does appear to be tension brewing between Leonard and the Spurs, but we're skeptical of Rose's assertion that he wants to be traded. Remember, Aldridge was at an impasse with Spurs' management this summer, but they managed to work things out. Today, 2:46 pm
  • Report: CLE-SAC discussing George Hill deal
    The Cavs and Kings remain engaged in a deal that would send George Hill to Cleveland, according to sources of Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye have been the primary players involved on Cleveland's side of the conversation, but with 15 players already on the roster in Sacramento, they'd need to include someone else to make the deal work. While a move away from Sacramento would help Hill's rest-of-season potential, going to Cleveland's backcourt where he'd fight for minutes with the likes of Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade isn't exactly ideal either. Today, 1:24 pm
  • James Young (illness) questionable Wednesday
    James Young (illness) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Young is a negligible part of the rotation in Philly, so his playing status is irrelevant. Today, 11:44 am
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) will play on Tuesday
    Andre Iguodala (calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He should be out there for his standard bench role in the mid-20s, but with averages of just 5.7 points, 3.8 boards, 3.4 dimes and not much else on 42.2% shooting, he can't be considered a viable target in most settings. Today, 11:42 am
  • Brandon Ingram (left ankle) probable Tuesday
    Brandon Ingram (left ankle) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: Ingram returned to the Lakers lineup on Sunday, finishing with 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 24 minutes. Ingram didn't appear to suffer any setbacks, so he should be ready to roll Tuesday night. Today, 11:11 am
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) probable
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Caldwell-Pope has missed each of the Lakers last two games, but has been upgraded to probable for Tuesday after initially being listed as questionable on the injury report. Lonzo Ball (knee) has been ruled out and Brandon Ingram is listed as probable. Assuming KCP plays, Josh Hart will likely get bumped back to the bench and Corey Brewer will also see fewer minutes. Today, 10:59 am
  • Reggie Bullock (thumb) questionable Wednesday
    Reggie Bullock (thumb) was unable to practice Tuesday and is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Bullock injured his thumb in Sunday's loss to the Nets. If Bullock is unable to play Wednesday night, Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard would soak up additional minutes. Johnson had 18 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs, four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes off the bench on Sunday. Today, 10:25 am
  • Glenn Robinson III (ankle) practices w/ team
    Glenn Robinson III (left ankle) practiced with the team on Tuesday for the first time since September, but coach Nate McMillan said he is "still a ways away."

    Advice: Robinson told reporters earlier this month that he was hoping to return before the All-Star break, but McMillan said on Tuesday that there was only a "small chance" that happens. GRIII will be eased back into action once he is cleared to play, and will likely be on a minutes restriction. He should be left on waivers in all standard leagues. Today, 10:18 am
  • Iman Shumpert (knee, foot) questionable Tues
    Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: Shumpert has not played since late November but has been making progress in his rehab of late, including practicing with the team over the last week. However, even once Shump is cleared to play, he will have a tough time carving out a role in the Cavs crowded backcourt. He should be left on waivers in all standard fantasy formats. Today, 8:29 am
  • Austin Rivers (ankle) at least two weeks away
    Coach Doc Rivers said that Austin Rivers (ankle) is "probably at least two weeks away" from returning to game action.

    Advice: Rivers initially sustained the injury back in late December and is still wearing a protective walking boot. Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic have been the primary fantasy beneficiaries in Rivers' absence. Jawun Evans (sore lower abdominal) and Tyrone Williams have also seen an uptick in playing time. Today, 8:22 am
  • Zach LaVine at about 70 percent conditioning
    Zach LaVine said his conditioning is at "about 70 percent" as he works his way back into game shape.

    Advice: LaVine is averaging 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.4 minutes over his first five games of the season. Coach Fred Hoiberg has been happy with his progression. "I think Zach’s doing great," Hoiberg said. "You look around the league where players have come back from significant injuries, he’s gonna be up and down." LaVine will be re-evaluated after Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia and could see his minutes rise after that. Today, 7:18 am
  • Andrew Wiggins goes off for 40 points
    Andrew Wiggins posted a season-high in points for the second time in a row in Monday's 126-118 win over the Clippers, dropping 40 points in 41 minutes.

    Advice: Wiggins hit 16-of-28 shots and 5-of-8 free throws, adding six rebounds, one assist, one block and three triples. He had 29 points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes in his last game, and he's been the putting the Wolves on his back with Jimmy Butler missing the last two games with right knee soreness. This was the sixth game of his career with 40+ points and he'll be a monster play once again if Butler can't go vs. the Blazers on Wednesday or the Warriors on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:10 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell scores 14 in 31 minutes
    Yogi Ferrell played 31 minutes off the bench and hit 6-of-16 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in Monday's blowout win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Ferrell had just seven points and not much else on Saturday, but bounced back tonight. He's getting more minutes than J.J. Barea and looks like a hot pickup right now, averaging 13.4 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.4 3-pointers on 45 percent shooting and 35 minutes per night over his last five games. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Will Barton goes 0-of-7 from the field
    Will Barton missed all seven of his shots from the field against the Blazers on Monday, but hit 7-of-8 from the line for seven points.

    Advice: Barton got the start at small forward over Wilson Chandler, and while it may have been a matchup move, it's possible coach Malone gave him the start since he was playing against his former team (he did the same thing with Mason Plumlee). Despite the rough shooting line, Malone let Barton close this game and he was able to grab eight rebounds with two assists and a steal in 34 minutes. His splits as a starter are significantly higher, so his fantasy owners will be hoping that he makes another start vs. the Knicks on Thursday. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Zach LaVine bounces back with 19 points
    Zach LaVine played 24 minutes and hit 7-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 19 points, five rebounds and two assists in Monday's overtime loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: LaVine hit just 2-of-9 shots for eight points in his previous game, but is playing well, averaging 12.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.4 3-pointers on 40 percent shooting in his five games this season. He's still on a minutes restriction, but that might be lifted or increased in the near future. Yesterday, 8:28 pm
  • George Hill scores three in 19 minutes
    George Hill scored three points with five assists, one steal and one turnover in 19 minutes against the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: His trade value is about as low as Death Valley right now and the Kings will be resting him. The Cavs are reportedly interested in Hill, but it's not going to be easy with his three-year, $57 million deal. Drop him. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) is probable Tuesday
    Andre Iguodala (calf) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: He was a full participant in Monday's practice and coach Steve Kerr said he looked "fine," so expect to see him play vs. the Knicks. He's hard to trust in fantasy unless the Warriors rest a stud or two, and his outlook isn't great because they will rest him a ton. Yesterday, 5:48 pm
  • Will Barton starts; Wilson Chandler to bench
    Will Barton will start at small forward and Wilson Chandler will move to the bench against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Revenge game? Barton goes against his former team and Chandler has been whisper quiet, but moving Barton into the first unit makes a lot of sense here. This could stick with coach Mike Malone really unsatisfied with his first unit, so maybe Barton trends up a bit. Chandler loses value here in his first game off the bench. Yesterday, 5:39 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) practices on Monday
    Andre Iguodala (calf) was a full participant in Monday's practice.

    Advice: Head coach Steve Kerr said that Iguodala is "fine," so he should be good to go on Tuesday vs. the Knicks. Check back for another update following Tuesday morning's shootaround, but assuming Iguodala is able to get back out there, that will result in fewer minutes for Omri Casspi and Nick Young. Yesterday, 12:56 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: We still don't have many details, and the Wolves are simply calling the issue a sore right knee. With Butler out for a second straight game, the Wolves may turn to Nemanja Bjelica again -- he started in Butler's place vs. the Raptors and had eight points, six rebounds, two steals and one triple in 26 minutes. Andrew Wiggins dropped 29 points on 21 shots in his last game, so look for him to step up again. Looking ahead, the Wolves play again on Wednesday vs. the Blazers and Thursday vs. the Warriors. Yesterday, 9:51 am
  • Kawhi Leonard feels 'disconnected' from SAS?
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Michael C. Wright of ESPN, Kawhi Leonard and his camp have been described as "distant" and "disconnected" from the Spurs.

    Advice: According to the report, "Months of discord centering on elements of treatment, rehabilitation and timetables for return from a right quadriceps injury have had a chilling impact" on Leonard's relationship with the front office and coaching staff. Wojnarowski adds that "there is work to be done to repair what has been until now a successful partnership," so the Spurs find themselves in rare territory for a franchise that is considered to be one of the best in all of sports. Spurs GM RC Buford has refuted these claims, but did add that this process has been "difficult for everyone." The superstar forward remains without a timetable to return as he continues to rehab his troublesome quad injury. Yesterday, 9:11 am
  • Dion Waiters to undergo ankle surgery Monday
    Dion Waiters will undergo ankle surgery on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat did not provide a timetable for his return, and while he's expected to make a full recovery, his season is over. Goran Dragic, Josh Richardson, Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson (ankle) will all see a nice bump in value the rest of the way. Yesterday, 6:37 am
  • Reggie Bullock quiet again despite start
    Reggie Bullock started again on Sunday but played only 22 minutes, finishing 3-of-5 from the field for seven points and one assist.

    Advice: Bullock hit one 3-pointer but his statistical limitations are glaring, especially with Stanley Johnson playing well after a lengthy absence. There should be higher-upside options on your waiver wire. Sunday, 4:52 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 29 points w/ 10 dimes
    Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers to victory on Sunday, scoring 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting to go with six boards, 10 assists, one 3-pointer, three steals and one turnover in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Clarkson was solid throughout this game, but he was particularly impressive after halftime, rocking a 32.3 usage rate while paving the way to victory for the Lakers. He's going to be much more involved in the offense while Lonzo Ball (knee) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) are out, and whether he's starting or coming off the bench, he's essentially guaranteed minutes in the 30s. As a side note, Clarkson became the first Laker to have a 25-10 game off the bench since Magic Johnson did it back in 1996. Sunday, 4:07 pm
  • Brandon Ingram hits 4-of-13 shots for 10 pts
    Brandon Ingram struggled with his jumper on Sunday, going 4-of-13 from the field on his way to 10 points, two rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Ingram didn't appear to be hobbled by the ankle issue, but he just missed a lot of shots he typically makes. He wasn't the only Laker to struggle with his jumper, as Josh Hart was scoreless in his 17 minutes of action, finishing with one block and nothing else to his credit; while Tyler Ennis also brought doughnuts to the box score with just one rebound, two assists and one steal over 11 scoreless minutes. Sunday, 3:44 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 17 points w/ 5 treys
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 17 points on 5-of-12 shooting Sunday to go with five 3-pointers, three rebounds and one block in 29 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: As an added bonus for 9-cat owners, THJ didn't commit a single turnover, and he's simply been on fire since getting back to the court with averages of 22.3 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 dimes, 0.8 steals, 1.3 turnovers and an elite 3.8 triples per contest on 51.8% shooting, which has been good enough for top-45 value in 9-cat leagues. He was supposed to be on a 25-minute limit for this road trip, but it looks like head coach Jeff Hornacek isn't afraid to go a bit over that number. Sunday, 3:21 pm
  • Evan Fournier nets 19 points with full line
    Evan Fournier helped Orlando earn their first win in Boston since 2011 on Sunday, tallying 19 points, three triples, three boards, three dimes, one steal, one block and one turnover in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Fournier was hot from start to finish in this one, and he helped the Magic go on a huge run during the third quarter to give Orlando a 19-point edge heading into the fourth. He's reportedly being pursued on the trade market by some playoff contenders, and he could certainly help a postseason team, but his fantasy value would be best served in Orlando. For what it's worth, he has said he's not asking for a trade. Sunday, 1:07 pm
  • Kyrie Irving's 40 points not enough for BOS
    Kyrie Irving (shoulder) scored a game-high 40 points on 14-of-23 shooting in his return from a one-game absence on Sunday, but ultimately, it was not enough to pull out a win against Orlando.

    Advice: Irving added five triples, seven boards, five dimes, one block and one turnover in his 40 minutes of floor time, and also went 7-of-8 from the stripe to give him a 75.4 true shooting percentage to accompany his 30.5 usage rate. The shoulder was a complete non-issue, so he should be fine for Tuesday’s game against the Lakers. Sunday, 12:48 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (left ankle) available to play
    Brandon Ingram (left ankle) is available to play Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Ingram will be returning from a one-game absence, which should shift Corey Brewer back to the second unit, and there won't be quite as many minutes available for Josh Hart, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma. Ingram shouldn't have any sort of minutes limit today, so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him active. Sunday, 12:04 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time call
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time call vs. the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: Ingram was getting treatment while coach Luke Walton was speaking, but it sounds like he'll test his ankle out in warmups. If Ingram can't go, the Lakers will use a committee approach to soak up his minutes with several players such as Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Julius Randle getting a bump. Sunday, 10:51 am
  • Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) ruled out Sunday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will not play on Sunday vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: This is his second game in a row on the shelf, but at least he wasn't ruled out a full day before this time. With KCP and Lonzo Ball out, we should see plenty of Josh Hart and Jordan Clarkson in a favorable matchup. Sunday, 10:49 am
  • Marcus Smart coming off the bench
    Marcus Smart will come off the bench on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: No surprise here, as Kyrie Irving (shoulder) is good to go after a one-game absence. Even though he plays a few minutes less as a reserve, his averages as a starter are pretty similar. As always, he's worth owning if you don't mind his field goal percentage. Sunday, 9:49 am
  • Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will play
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will play on Sunday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: He was trending in this direction and now we have confirmation. Irving "looked good" at Saturday's practice and the Celtics held him out on Thursday as a "precaution," but we'll let you know how his shoulder holds up after the game. Expect him to start and see his normal allotment of minutes, meaning Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will lose some value. Sunday, 8:07 am
  • George Hill shakes off trade rumors
    George Hill said he's focused on the Kings right now despite all the trade rumors.

    Advice: "Whatever, just try to do the best I can, stay professional in every situation and have fun doing it," he said. "There’s a reason why I’m here. God put me in this situation for a reason that I don’t know. So I’ve got to stay the course, trust the process and keep being a pro about it and figure it out on the fly." Hill was a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Grizzlies because the Kings are resting two veterans in every game, but he'll be back in the rotation on Monday vs. the Hornets (barring a surprise). If you're stashing Hill, you're hoping for a trade sooner rather than later. Sunday, 7:52 am
  • Kyrie Irving is questionable for Sunday
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Magic.

    Advice: This comes from the team's game notes, so we'll hopefully get another update after the morning shootaround. Irving said a couple days ago that he would try to play and he "looked good" at Saturday's practice, but it's possible the Celtics hold him out as a precaution. If he can't go, Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier will have to step up and Al Horford would get a nice bump. Sunday, 6:36 am
  • Andrew Wiggins scores season-high 29 points
    Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 29 points during a 115-109 win over the Raptors on Saturday, adding five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot the ball well with his 11-of-21 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line. Wiggins also pulled down two huge rebounds late in the game to help the Wolves snap their two-game losing streak. It's not really a surprise that Wiggins blew up because Jimmy Butler (knee) didn't play. It doesn't sound like Jimmy will be out long, so this strong game doesn't really change Wiggins' outlook. Saturday, 10:00 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 19 points vs. Rockets
    Stephen Curry made just 6-of-20 from the field for 19 points during a 116-108 loss to the Rockets on Saturday, adding one rebound, eight assists, two steals, six turnovers and five 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: When the Warriors lose, it's usually because of turnovers. That and not rebounding the ball well was their undoing today, and the Warriors usually find themselves losing in net possessions because of those two aforementioned issues. Curry also had his worst FG% today since Nov. 16 in Boston and he only made 2-of-4 from the line. He's human after all, apparently. Saturday, 8:48 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores just eight
    Klay Thompson made 3-of-11 from the field for a season-low eight points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: It was just a bad game and Thompson couldn't get into a rhythm. After the game, coach Steve Kerr said the turnovers hurt Klay Thompson's flow to get shots. He'll be fine and gets the Knicks on Tuesday. Saturday, 8:22 pm
  • Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play vs. Raptors
    Jimmy Butler (knee) will not play against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere after Butler played a whopping 42 minutes on Thursday night. The team is calling it a sore right knee, so this could be a lingering issue for one of the league's hottest players. Butler has had problems with his left knee, but he hasn't had any noteworthy injuries to his right since 2013. With him out, Andrew Wiggins will have to shine while Shabazz Muhammad and maybe even Marcus Georges-Hunt steps up. Saturday, 5:05 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores eight in 18 minutes
    Zach LaVine made 2-of-9 from the field for eight points with nine rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play in the fourth quarter because the Bulls had a big lead. Coach Fred Hoiberg said that LaVine was going to play in the fourth and hit around 24 minutes, so he went safe here. LaVine has slowed down from his hot start, but it doesn't sound like it'll be long before he's at 30 minutes. Saturday, 5:03 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) questionable Sunday
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) is questionable against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: After being called a game-time decision at shootaround on Friday, he was ruled out about two hours before tip against the Pacers. Ingram did suffer an aggravation to his ankle injury, but his tweak on Wednesday didn't look as bad. Expect him to be a game-time call and going through shootaround could help his chances -- he didn't go through shootaround on Friday and did some work in practice today. If he's out, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, Julius Randle and basically the rest of the rotation could take more shots. Saturday, 12:06 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope questionable vs. NYK
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is questionable against the Knicks on Sunday.

    Advice: The team ruled him out a day in advance for Friday's game, so there's a decent chance he's a game-time call tomorrow. Plus, he went through some activities at practice on Saturday. Caldwell-Pope's injury doesn't sound serious, but it's worth a mention that his Achilles has bothered him in his career before this issue. If he's out, Josh Hart and Corey Brewer figure to pick up more wing minutes. Saturday, 12:03 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) ruled out Saturday
    Andre Iguodala (calf) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Iguodala has been battling a myriad of nagging injuries this season. This will be the second straight games he has missed due to the calf issue and the seventh contest he has been sidelined for in 2017-18. Omri Casspi and Nick Young will likely soak up additional minutes on Saturday, but neither are reliable streaming or DFS options. Saturday, 10:55 am
  • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) practices Saturday
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) practiced on Saturday and coach Brad Stevens said he "looked good."

    Advice: Irving scored 27 points in 41 minutes on Tuesday but was unable to play Wednesday. Fortunately, an MRI on the shoulder came back clean on Thursday and Stevens told reporters he didn't believe the injury would be a "long-term issue." We should have an update on Irving's status for Boston's Sunday matinee vs. Orlando shortly. With Irving sidelined on Wednesday, Marcus Smart drew the start and Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin saw an uptick in minutes off the bench. Saturday, 10:16 am
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) remains questionable
    Andre Iguodala (calf) remains listed as questionable for Saturday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: Iguodala returned from a hip injury on Monday, but then sat out Wednesday's game due to a left calf contusion. We should have an update on his status for Saturday shortly. Omri Casspi and Nick Young would see an uptick in minutes if Iggy is unable to play. Saturday, 9:52 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. to remain on 25-minute limit
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he plans to keep Tim Hardaway Jr. on a minutes restriction of about 25 per game during the Knicks current seven-game road trip.

    Advice: The Knicks have four games left on this road swing, including a back-to-back Thursday and Friday of next week. Hardaway Jr. was able to do plenty of damage in limited playing time in Friday's win over the Jazz. He finished with 31 points, five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes. Despite the minutes cap, he should be owned and started in all leagues. Saturday, 6:29 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 31 points in win
    Tim Hardaway Jr. lit up the Jazz during a 117-115 win on Friday, making 11-of-17 from the field for 31 points with five rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Yeah, he got a big contract this summer, but Hardaway Jr. has performed while healthy. THJ did miss two clutch free throws with 33 seconds left in the fourth, but did ice the game with two free throw makes with nine second left. The Knicks will get another back-to-back set on Jan. 25-26 and another on the 30th and 31st, so his owners will have to make sure he's good for those. He needs to be owned in all leagues regardless. Friday, 10:59 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson drops 33 points in home win
    Jordan Clarkson finished with a season-high 33 points, seven assists and seven rebounds in Friday's 99-86 win against the Pacers.

    Advice: Clarkson finished 14-of-19 from the field, including 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line. It Clarkson's fifth-career 30-point game, and his first of the season. The Lakers needed every bit of it, as they had a dismal 2-of-14 night from the free-throw stripe. It was the worst percentage from the stripe by a winning NBA team since 1963. Five players took at least one free throw without a make, and only Clarkson was 2-of-3 to hit. Friday, 10:41 pm
  • Reggie Bullock back in the starting five
    Reggie Bullock (illness) returned to the lineup Friday against the Wizards, posting nine points on 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

    Advice: Bullock is over a bout of bronchitis, and he was listed as a game-time decision for this one. He also chipped in with two assists and a blocked shot over 24 minutes. He is averaging just 5.5 points per game over his past two outings, and he has single-digit performances in four of his past five. If you normally rely upon him, keep him reserved in all fantasy leagues until he starts to produce with a little more consistency. Friday, 9:27 pm
  • Will Barton scores eight off the bench
    Will Barton moved to the bench against the Suns on Friday, making 3-of-10 from the field for eight points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The Denver second unit couldn't hang in this loss, but Barton still played down the stretch as the Nuggets failed in their comeback attempt. Barton's playing time should be close to 30 minutes even when the Nuggets are healthy, so don't worry too much about him missing shots tonight. Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Joe Harris scores 12 points vs. Heat
    Joe Harris scored 12 points with one rebound, one assist and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He saw some big minutes late in this game and hit a couple important shots, finishing at 4-of-5 from the field. Harris has been a pleasant surprise for the Nets and it'll be interesting to see how he fits in with so many options on the perimeter. He'll probably trend down once D'Angelo Russell gets rolling again. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • George Hill picks up a DNP-CD
    George Hill was a healthy scratch on Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This all but confirms that Hill is going to be one of five veterans that the Kings will rest frequently going forward (two veterans every game). Hill is a trade candidate and the Cavaliers "are expressing interest in a trade," so he may not have to deal with this nonsense too much longer. Friday, 7:24 pm
  • Anderson scores 5 pts, but stuffs stat sheet
    Kyle Anderson was held to five points vs. the Raptors on Friday, but stuffed the stat sheet with 11 rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: With Rudy Gay (heel) still at least a couple weeks away from a return and Kawhi Leonard (quad) out indefinitely, Anderson has a nice window to provide some solid fantasy value. He hit 2-of-5 shots with a pair of turnovers and bounced back nicely after his dud against the Nets on Wednesday. He's worth owning as the 12th or 13th player on a standard-league roster. Friday, 6:26 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will start vs. Utah
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will start against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: That'll bump Lance Thomas to the bench. Hardaway Jr. still could be limited as he recovers from his leg injury, and he did play 26 minutes on Wednesday. He should still be owned in all standard leagues. Friday, 6:18 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) ruled out for Friday
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday against the Pacers.

    Advice: He was a game-time call, but the team rules him out before warmups. Ingram did not go through shootaround, so him sitting out tonight is not a surprise at all. With him out, Josh Hart should see big minutes while Corey Brewer, Gary Payton II and a few others pick up minutes. Kyle Kuzma will have to do some heavy lifting. Friday, 5:47 pm
  • Will Barton to the bench
    Will Barton will move to the bench on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: His minutes should still be there in the second unit and he'll likely be running the point when Jamal Murray is on the bench. Barton's value only takes a small hit and he should be owned in all leagues. Friday, 5:37 pm
  • Reggie Bullock (illness) is active Friday
    Reggie Bullock (illness) is active for Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He sat out of the morning shootaround and was considered "50/50" to play, but he'll give it a go and could see his normal allotment of minutes if he's feeling up to it. He's been inconsistent, but he does have some low-end value for his 3-pointers and steals. Friday, 3:22 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable vs. HOU
    Andre Iguodala (calf) is questionable to face the Rockets on Saturday.

    Advice: He did not play on Wednesday and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Warriors hold him out again. Iguodala has talked about his age before, so he would probably need to be close to 100 percent. Maybe the national TV game helps his chances to play, but for now his owners probably shouldn't count on him. Friday, 2:04 pm
  • Report: Cavs interested in George Hill
    The Cavs are expressing interest in a trade for George Hill, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: This report adds the Cavs are pursuing Hill to potentially slide into a dual-guard role, starting at either backcourt position or playing as a reserve. This will be a lot easier said than done because Hill just signed a massive three-year, $57 million deal this summer, so there will probably have to be other teams involved. Now that Hill is going to be rested, a trade could help his fantasy value, but a limited role in Cleveland wouldn't be the best spot for him. Friday, 1:31 pm
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time call
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) is a game-time decision to face the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He did not go through shootaround, so it's certainly possible he misses at least one game after tweaking his ankle on Wednesday. He also missed Monday's game with an ankle sprain and the Lakers have played him heavy minutes this season. If he's out, that means Josh Hart will be very busy while Corey Brewer, Tyler Ennis and maybe even Gary Payton II pick up some decent run. Friday, 11:21 am
  • Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) out Sat
    Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) has been ruled out Saturday's game vs. OKC.

    Advice: Shump has been making solid progress in his rehab and is inching closer to a return. However, he'll have a tough time finding consistent minutes even when fully healthy. He should be left on waivers in basically all fantasy formats. Friday, 10:57 am
  • Zach LaVine to play approximately 24 minutes
    Coach Fred Hoiberg said that Zach LaVine will play approximately 24 minutes, and will play in the fourth quarter Saturday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: LaVine was on a 20-minute limit in his first three games back. He is averaging 12.3 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 treys over his first three contests. Friday, 9:31 am
  • Jimmy Butler has another terrific line
    Jimmy Butler scored 23 points with four rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and one turnover in 42 minutes against the Rockets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's basically been an eight-category player this month, averaging 22.8 points, 5.1 boards, 6.0 assists, 0.8 blocks, 2.9 steals and 1.3 treys on 48.8 percent from the field and 87.0 percent from the line in his previous games this month. Not surprisingly, Butler has been a top-four player in standard leagues over his last 10 and last 25. Thursday, 8:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart doesn't do much in start
    Marcus Smart made a start for Kyrie Irving (shoulder) against the 76ers during an 89-80 loss on Thursday, making 6-of-11 from the field for 13 points with five rebounds, one assist, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: You'd think Smart making his shots would lead to a big line in a start, but that wasn't the case. Chalk Smart doesn't usually pan out in DFS and he actually came into this game with a lower scoring average as a starter compared to coming off the bench. Smart is playing well enough to be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 6:45 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) out Fri
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) is expected to sit out Friday's game vs. Indiana.

    Advice: KCP left Wednesday's game with a strained Achilles and it's not surprising to see him listed as 'out'. He did warm up prior to the second half on Wednesday, and we've yet to hear about an MRI, so hopefully it's nothing serious. Josh Hart has benefited the most when KCP misses time this season. Thursday, 3:19 pm
  • Kyrie Irving (shoulder) out, Smart starting
    Kyrie Irving (sore left shoulder) will not play vs. the Sixers on Thursday, and Marcus Smart will start in his place.

    Advice: An MRI came back negative and Celtics coach Brad Stevens "does not believe [Kyrie's shoulder] will be a long-term issue." Irving was getting treatment on his shoulder prior to logging 41 minutes on Tuesday, so hopefully this is just a precautionary rest day in a back-to-back situation. Smart is starting, but Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin should also benefit from his absence.Daily Slant: With Irving plus all inactive/non-rotation members off the floor, Marcus Morris leads the way in usage at 28.5% (0.91 FPPM), a +4.2% bump. He becomes a stronger mid-range target as he could certainly be counted on more offensively with a steep drop-off in backcourt production. Marcus Smart is going to start for Kyrie and he's second on the team with a 24.1% usage and 0.86 FPPM mark. Horford leads the team in FPPM at 1.09. Thursday, 2:16 pm
  • James Young not expected to play
    James Young is not expected to play on Thursday vs. Boston.

    Advice: The 76ers signed Young to a two-way contract and he might get a handful of minutes while J.J. Redick (leg) is out, but fantasy owners can watch his progress from the waiver wire. Thursday, 7:58 am
  • Will Barton puts up 17/6/6 as starting PG
    Will Barton started at point guard against the Clippers on Wednesday, scoring 17 points with six rebounds, six assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone gave him some heavy burn again after a 42-minute Tuesday night. Barton is likely looking at another game as the starting PG against the Suns on Friday, so his fantasy owners should be raising their expectations for that game. Wednesday, 10:51 pm
  • Klay Thompson scores season-high 38 points
    Klay Thompson torched the Bulls during a 119-112 win on Wednesday, making 12-of-22 from the field for a season-high 38 points with four rebounds, two assists and seven 3-pointers.

    Advice: Stephen Curry also dropped 30, so coach Steve Kerr summed up this night for the Warriors. "Old school Splash Brothers night," Kerr said to describe this win. The Warriors have now won 14 straight games on the road and they'll get a tough test in Houston on Saturday night. Thompson is starting to get hot again and he's played 35 minutes in each of his last four games. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in win
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and six 3-pointers against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was the 11th time the Warriors had both Curry and Klay Thompson each score 30-plus points in a game, and of course they're 11-0 in those instances. Curry exploded to start the third with 11 points in the first six-plus minutes to start that frame, which led to GSW taking the third by a 32-12 advantage. Curry has been in one of his unfair modes since returning from injury last month, posting a 30.6 usage rate and a 76.7 TS% in those eight. He's arguably the league's best player when he's playing like this. Wednesday, 9:36 pm
  • Brandon Ingram OK despite tweaking ankle
    Brandon Ingram (sprained ankle) tweaked his ankle during Wednesday's game and sat out the final 15:31, but coach Luke Walton said he could have returned if needed.

    Advice: OKC was cruising to a lopsided win tonight, so the Lakers played it safe by benching Ingram down the stretch. He finished with eight points, three assists and one rebound. The 20-year-old forward should be fine, but we'll consider him 'questionable' for Friday's home game vs. the Pacers. Check back for more information after Thursday's practice. Wednesday, 9:35 pm
  • Zach LaVine looking for more minutes
    Zach LaVine said he's ready for more minutes and plans to meet with doctors and trainers on Thursday.

    Advice: It showed with LaVine showing plenty of explosion during his 20 minutes. Although, he was not able to keep it going on the stat sheet, making 2-of-12 from the field for five points with three rebounds, two assists and one steal in the loss to Golden State. It's probably going to be a a few weeks before he's cruising, but the Bulls are on record saying they'd like to increase his workload weekly. Wednesday, 9:06 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. plays 26 minutes Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. played 26 minutes on Wednesday, posting 16 points, four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one assist.

    Advice: THJ sat out Monday's game as a precaution, as it was the second game of a back-to-back set, but he looked fine in a tough loss at Memphis tonight. He came off the bench again but coach Jeff Hornacek has hinted he could resume starting soon, which would bump Lance Thomas (15 minutes) to the bench. Wednesday, 9:00 pm
  • Kyle Anderson struggles vs. Nets
    Kyle Anderson scored two points with one rebound, two assists and one block in 22 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Yuck. He's likely looking at several starts going forward with Kawhi Leonard (quad) out indefinitely. Anderson won't be lighting up the scoring column, but his output in other areas makes him worthy of an add in most 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 8:05 pm
  • Joe Harris gets 32 minutes
    Joe Harris scored 18 points with one rebound, one steal and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Spurs on Wednesday.

    Advice: As great as Harris was off the bench today, there's a very good chance he's going to lose playing time this weekend if D'Angelo Russell (knee) can return. If you've been using him in a deeper league, you may want to be ready to look for another player to add. Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Josh Hart starts 3Q for Caldwell-Pope
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles) will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be Josh Hart starting the second half at shooting guard. KCP tried to give it a go in warmups before the third quarter, but he didn't feel right. It's worth a mention KCP had a right Achilles issue back in 2015, so there's a very good chance he needs to miss time. Hart is worth a speculative add in deep leagues. Wednesday, 6:22 pm
  • Austin Rivers (heel) still needs walking boot
    Austin Rivers (ankle, heel) will wear a protective walking boot for at least one more week.

    Advice: Doc Rivers said Austin will be "in and out" of the boot, but it's still unclear when he might return to the court. His absence ensures that Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic will be leaned on heavily, with Jawun Evans and Tyrone Williams also earning more minutes. Wednesday, 6:15 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope goes to locker room
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Achilles strain) went to the locker room in the first half on Wednesday and is questionable to return.

    Advice: He got tangled up with Russell Westbrook and went straight to the locker room. Caldwell-Pope was able to limp to the locker room under his own power, but he was in pain as he went back there. Josh Hart would benefit if KCP is out. Wednesday, 5:59 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. will come off the bench Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: It should only be a matter of time until THJ finds himself back in the starting five, but today will not be the day. Still, he should see 25+ minutes tonight, so he's worth deploying in season-long settings. Michael Beasley's value takes a hit with Hardaway Jr. back in action. Wednesday, 4:49 pm
  • Spurs expecting Kawhi to return this season
    Coach Gregg Popovich said the Spurs are expecting Kawhi Leonard (quad) to return at some point this season.

    Advice: Leonard is out indefinitely, but it does sound like he's looking at an extended time off. Considering how careful the Spurs were with him before and how he's only played nine games, it's fair to guess he's not going to play before the All-Star Game. His owners have to hold him and trading for him isn't the worst idea, assuming you're not giving up an elite player. Kyle Anderson is worth an add in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 3:34 pm
  • Evan Fournier hasn't asked for a trade
    Evan Fournier said he has not asked the Magic for a trade.

    Advice: There really haven't been many rumors on Fournier, but the Magic continue to slide in the standings. "I’m not going to think about what’s going to happen or where I would enjoy playing or something, because it’s all speculation," Fournier said. His fantasy owners will certainly want him to stay with the Magic, assuming there's no cautious shutdown. Wednesday, 2:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable
    Marcus Smart (illness) is questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is not feeling well on Wednesday and did not practice. With Kyrie Irving (shoulder) also questionable, the Celtics could be thin at guard with Terry Rozier, Shane Larkin and Jaylen Brown picking up some extra minutes. Wednesday, 11:23 am
  • Kyrie Irving (left shoulder) doesn't practice
    Kyrie Irving has a sore left shoulder and did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is also going to be questionable to play against the 76ers on Thursday. Irving played a season-high 41 minutes on Tuesday, and he's also in a bad slump to start 2018 at just 35.4 FG% in those five games. If he can't go, Terry Rozier and Shane Larkin figure to pick up the most playing time. Hopefully, he is only being held out of practice as a precaution. Wednesday, 11:19 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (right quad) out indefinitely
    The Spurs announced on Wednesday that Kawhi Leonard will be out for an indefinite period of time as he continues to rehab from right quadricep tendinopathy.

    Advice: "It hasn't responded the way we wanted it to," said coach Gregg Popovich. "You try to react to how he feels after the games he's played in a little bit. It just hasn't gone as well as we've wanted it to. So we're going to stop him for an indefinite period – I don't know how long that will be – to get more strength and hopefully get him back on the court." This is very concerning given he's only appeared in nine games this season, and Pop's quote seems to imply there's a chance he might not be back this season. Owners in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot have a tough decision to make. Wednesday, 11:04 am
  • Iman Shumpert (knee) practices Wednesday
    Iman Shumpert (knee surgery, foot) practiced on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's inching his way closer to a return, but he won't be much of a factor in the rotation even when he's cleared to play. Leave Shumpert on the wire. Wednesday, 10:05 am
  • Brandon Ingram (ankle) will play on Wednesday
    Brandon Ingram (ankle) will return from a one-game absence on Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Ingram practiced in full on Tuesday, and considering he only missed one game, he shouldn't be dealing with any sort of minutes limit tonight. His return to the court should shift Josh Hart back to the second unit, but with Lonzo Ball (knee) out, Hart's minutes might not take a significant hit. Ingram owners can feel free to get him active. Wednesday, 9:52 am
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) out Wednesday vs. CHI
    Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) will not play Wednesday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: It's not surprising to see the 33-year-old veteran take the night off with a matchup against the 17-27 Bulls, but we'd expect him to get back out there for Saturday's game in Houston. With Iggy unavailable tonight, Omri Casspi and Nick Young will pick up most of his minutes, but neither of those guys are great targets with Kevin Durant healthy. Wednesday, 9:12 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will play Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Jeff Hornacek indicated on Tuesday that THJ could be returning to the starting lineup for tonight's game, which would shift Lance Thomas back to the second unit. With Hardaway Jr. back on the court, Michael Beasley won't play as much and Courtney Lee's usage will take a hit. Go ahead and get him active. Wednesday, 8:55 am
  • Will Barton scores 22 points w/ six assists
    Will Barton's move into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. Dallas paid dividends, as he racked up 22 points (9-of-15 FGs), six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, two triples and five turnovers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The Nuggets needed a spark after losing four out of their previous five games, so Barton delivered. Maybe it was a matchup move, but it would make sense for Denver to go back to this lineup on Wednesday vs. the Clippers, especially if DeAndre Jordan (ankle) is out. Barton should be owned everywhere. Tuesday, 9:00 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell goes for 13 & 7 off bench
    Yogi Ferrell moved to the bench with J.J. Barea out (groin) on Tuesday and hit 5-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, two rebounds, seven assists and a steal in 35 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The Mavs started Maxi Kleber, who did nothing, and Ferrell was instrumental in helping the Mavs win the fourth quarter 33-19 and giving his team a chance to win the game. Ferrell's generally more fun to use when he's starting, but has scored in double figures in four straight games. If you picked him up and used him this week, we're at the halfway mark, with Dallas finishing their week on Saturday against the Blazers. Tuesday, 8:47 pm
  • Irving scores 27 points in overtime loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 27 points with seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and five triples in Tuesday's 116-113 overtime loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: This was Boston's second game in the last 10 days, but the well-rested Irving got off to a slow start before erupting with a 16-point third quarter. He finished just 8-of-24 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with an uncharacteristic six turnovers -- this was his third game of the season with that many. Expect a more efficient game on Thursday vs. Philly. Tuesday, 7:32 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 28 with monster line
    Jimmy Butler hit 11-of-22 shots and two 3-pointers for 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists, five steals and two blocks in Tuesday's loss to the Magic.

    Advice: On top of all that, he also made all four of his free throws and didn't have a single turnover. After a slow start to the season, Butler has played like a premier NBA shooting guard and worked his way up to the No. 9 fantasy player according to Karl-Anthony Towns had a 15 & 12 double-double with three blocks, but the Wolves didn't get much out of Andrew Wiggins on a night Evan Fournier went crazy for the Magic. Tuesday, 6:49 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores career-high 32 points
    Evan Fournier went off for a career-high 32 points in Tuesday's win over the Wolves, hitting 12-of-22 shots and 2-of-2 free throws.

    Advice: He also matched a career-high with six triples, adding three assists and two rebounds in 35 minutes. Fournier is off to a slow start in January with averages of 14.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.3 triples prior to tonight, so hopefully this performance will get him going. He gets a matchup with the Cavaliers on Thursday, a team that has allowed 118+ points in four out of their last five games. Tuesday, 6:40 pm
  • Will Barton will start vs. Dallas on Tuesday
    Will Barton will start against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: It sounds like this is a matchup move, but Barton is worth deploying in fantasy lineups regardless of where he begins the game. He'll join Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic in the first unit. Tuesday, 5:54 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (quad) not on the injury report
    Kawhi Leonard (quad) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Leonard also wasn't on the injury report on Monday but ended up being a late scratch, which was apparently due to his "return from injury management" program. He'll have had three full days off going into Wednesday's game, so he should be able to get out there barring a setback. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 2:47 pm
  • Andre Iguodala (calf) questionable Wednesday
    Andre Iguodala (left calf contusion) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game in Chicago.

    Advice: Iguodala has been dealing with soreness in his hips and knees lately, but the calf issue is new. The Dubs could opt to give him a rest day against a team that they should be able to beat without his services, which would translate to more minutes for Omri Casspi and Nick Young. Check back for another update following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Andre Iguodala scores nine in return
    Andre Iguodala returned from a hip injury and hit 3-of-11 shots for nine points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal, but was 0-for-4 from downtown in Monday's win.

    Advice: He's probably still not playing at 100 percent and doesn't do enough on most nights to be owned in standard fantasy leagues. Jan 15, 8:15 pm
  • George Hill plays 24 minutes off the bench
    George Hill came off the bench for the first time this season on Monday vs. the Thunder, scoring 10 points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals, two triples and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: After the game, Kings coach Dave Joerger said that he's going to rest two veterans in every game going forward, so Hill's fantasy owners should be expecting some DNPs. The Kings might be shopping him ahead of the Feb. 8 trade deadline, so maybe a trade will improve his rest-of-season outlook. Moving his contract won't be easy, though. De'Aaron Fox is the PG you want to own in Sacramento. Jan 15, 8:05 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hits six triples, 27
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit 8-of-16 shots, 6-of-10 3-pointers and 5-of-5 free throws for 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals in 33 minutes

    Advice: This was KCP's second highest scoring night of the season and he's scored in double figures in eight straight games. His legal situation that was holding him out of road games is finally behind him and he's playing very aggressively right now. He should be owned everywhere. Jan 15, 5:18 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 18 points in 20 minutes
    In just his second game back, Zach LaVine scored 18 points in 20 minutes against the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: He's showing little to no rust right now, but the Bulls are going to continue to build him up slowly. He finished 7-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and two triples, posting a 31.1 usage rate in his first two games -- that would easily be a career-high, but it's obviously a small sample size. He has to be owned in all formats and his value will trend up as his restrictions are reduced. Jan 15, 3:58 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard says he was rested on Monday
    Kawhi Leonard said the reason he didn't play on Monday was due to the Spurs' "return from injury management" program, and not due to a flare-up with the quad issue.

    Advice: The Spurs have been extremely cautious with Leonard this season, not allowing him to play unless he's had two full days off in between games, and that's apparently the reason why he sat out Monday's game (he logged 28 minutes on Saturday). Hopefully, this means we can expect to see him back on the court on Wednesday in Brooklyn, and owners can expect to get another update by Wednesday morning's shootaround at the latest. Jan 15, 3:28 pm
  • Kyle Anderson scores 13 in loss to Hawks
    Kyle Anderson got another start for Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) on Monday and had 13 points, six rebounds, three steals and a 3-pointer in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Leonard said he was simply held out for maintenance today, and not his new shoulder injury, so he should be back for the next one. But we're not sure how often he'll play, and this is starting to look like a lost season since he's only appeared in eight games thus far. And while Anderson hasn't exactly been a Kawhi clone in his absence, he's worth a look in deeper leagues. He's averaging 7.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 steals over his last five games. Jan 15, 2:28 pm
  • Reggie Bullock scores 20 in loss to Charlotte
    Reggie Bullock hit 8-of-13 shots and four 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 35 minutes of Monday's loss to Charlotte.

    Advice: Bullock usually scores and hits some 3-pointers, but the steals were a new wrinkle to his game today. Bullock was fading hard, scoring 10 or fewer points in three straight games, but looked fantastic today. He's mostly a one-trick pony that can score and hit some 3-pointers, so keep that in mind if you make a move on him. Jan 15, 11:55 am
  • Kawhi Leonard (quad) out Monday vs. ATL
    Kawhi Leonard (quad) will not play Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: This is the same quad issue that delayed Leonard's start to the season, and it's extremely concerning that it's become an issue again with how careful the Spurs have been with him (he's played in just nine games this season). The Spurs take on the Nets in Brooklyn on Wednesday, and for now, we'll be considering Leonard questionable for that one. With him unavailable tonight, Kyle Anderson will draw the start with LaMarcus Aldridge doing the heavy lifting on offense. Jan 15, 11:32 am
  • Hornacek says Hardaway Jr. could start Weds
    Jeff Hornacek said that Tim Hardaway Jr. "quite possibly" could be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: In case you missed it, THJ will be unavailable for the Knicks' MLK Day game against Memphis with it being the second game of a back-to-back set, but it sounds like there's a good chance he'll replace Lance Thomas in the starting five on Wednesday. With Hardaway Jr. on the sidelines on Monday, there will be more minutes available for Michael Beasley and Courtney Lee will see a slight uptick in usage. Jan 15, 11:28 am
  • Zach LaVine to play around 20 minutes
    Zach LaVine (knee) will play around 20 minutes on Monday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Once again, the Bulls aren't going to let him play in the fourth quarter. He was impressive in his Bulls debut on Saturday with 14 points in 19 minutes, but it's going to be a while before the Bulls ease his restrictions. Jan 15, 10:57 am
  • Kawhi 'bothered' by quad, 50/50 to play
    Kawhi Leonard is "bothered" by his quad injury and is questionable to play on Monday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: He just can't catch a break and neither can his fantasy owners. His shoulder seemed fine in Saturday's game, but this quad injury has been an issue since the offseason. Don't be surprised if the Spurs hold him out in what should be an easy win. If he sits, Kyle Anderson and Davis Bertans will step up with LaMarcus Aldridge carrying the offense. Jan 15, 10:53 am
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. ruled out for Monday
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (rest) will not play on Monday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: THJ appeared to tweak his left leg on Sunday, but coach Jeff Hornacek said THJ is fine and that he's resting on the second game of a back-to-back set. Expect to see him back in the lineup on Wednesday vs. the Grizzlies. Michael Beasley will pick up the slack on offense for the second unit. Jan 15, 10:39 am
  • Kawhi Leonard not on the injury report Monday
    Kawhi Leonard is not being listed on the injury report for Monday's game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Leonard looked fine in his return to action on Saturday, and if he's able to play Monday, it'll be the first time this season he will have played in a game without having two nights off. Based on the current injury report, Rudy Gay (heel) will be the only Spur to hit the sidelines on MLK Day. Jan 14, 1:32 pm
  • Popovich says Leonard surprised him
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he was surprised that Kawhi Leonard (shoulder) was in such great shape on Saturday.

    Advice: "He's looking confident in his body," Popovich said. "He wasn't winded tonight, which surprised me. He's coming along well." Leonard has played in consecutive games only once and has not played on less than two days' rest, but he said he "needs to string some games together" and that he's remaining patient as he works his way back to 100 percent. Jan 14, 6:37 am
  • Reggie Bullock logs 35 minutes w/ Johnson out
    Reggie Bullock missed a potentially game-tying layup at the buzzer vs. Chicago on Saturday, finishing with seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, five rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Stanley Johnson (hip) was out tonight due to tightness in his hip, which allowed Bullock to log unfettered minutes as the starting SF. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy ruled out structural damage for Johnson, but Bullock should keep the starting gig even when he's healthy. He's been extremely efficient for the past month with 57.8% field goals and 83.3% free throws, while hitting 2.4 triples per game, so owners might as well ride the hot hand. Jan 13, 8:49 pm
  • Zach LaVine (knee) sharp in return Saturday
    Zach LaVine (knee) was impressive in his long-awaited Bulls debut on Saturday, posting 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting, three 3-pointers and two assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls kept LaVine on a 20-minute limit and he sat out the fourth quarter by design, but he looked spry while on the court tonight. Fred Hoiberg expects to keep LaVine around 20 minutes the next few games, after which his playing time should slowly ramp up -- it helps that Chicago doesn't play back-to-back games until Feb. 9-10. He played a handful of minutes at PG tonight, which is even more encouraging, and his fantasy owners are finally being rewarded for their patience. Jan 13, 8:38 pm
  • Stephen Curry has 27/9/6 in dramatic road win
    Stephen Curry (right ankle) returned from a two-game absence on Saturday with 24 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and just one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Golden State absolutely destroyed the Raptors in the first half, committing one turnover with 22 assists on 32 made field goals (71.1% shooting). They nearly gave it away in the second half, but held on for a 127-125 win, despite Curry missing a few late free throws. He finished 6-of-12 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line, and is obviously safe to activate everywhere. Jan 13, 7:51 pm
  • George Hill scores just two points in 19 mins
    George Hill connected on just 1-of-4 shots on Saturday, finishing with two points, one rebound, four assists and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: This was an unfortunate step in the wrong direction following Thursday's 21-point outburst, and it wouldn't be shocking to see the 31-year-old's minutes start to dwindle as we approach the second half of the season. Hill has been consistently inconsistent this season, and he doesn't have much going for him in Sacramento, so we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him. Jan 13, 4:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) will start vs. Toronto
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will start Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia will join Curry in the starting five tonight, and there's been no word on a minutes limit, so owners can feel free to throw him out there for tonight's game. With Curry back in the starting five, Patrick McCaw will return to the bench, and he'll lose most his appeal with the Dubs' stars all healthy. Jan 13, 3:55 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) available to play Sat
    Stephen Curry (ankle) will be available to play Saturday vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: He looked fine while going through his pregame routine, so he should be able to get back out there tonight without any sort of limitations, which will queue Patrick McCaw's return to the second unit. We should have official confirmation on his status just prior to tip-off, but he looks to be safe to activate in all season-long settings. Jan 13, 3:41 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell double-doubles in overtime loss
    Yogi Ferrell notched an 11-point, 10-rebound double-double in 43 minutes during Saturday's overtime loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: Ferrell also added four assists, one 3-pointer and one steal in the loss, and he tends to play well when given the minutes. As a starter this season, Ferrell has produced averages of 12.1 points, 2.1 triples, 3.7 boards, 3.3 assists and just 1.1 turnovers per game on 43.9% shooting, so as long as he’s starting, he’s worth owning in deep leagues. Jan 13, 3:02 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson scores 19 points in OT win
    Jordan Clarkson helped the Lakers to their fourth-straight win on Saturday, scoring 19 points on 9-of-18 shooting to go with one 3-pointer, three boards, four assists and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Clarkson caught fire down the stretch, scoring 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and overtime while rocking a 30.4 usage rate, and there really wasn't anything the Mavs could do to stop him. The Lakers are reportedly looking to ship Clarkson out of Los Angeles, so he probably bumped up his trade stock a bit with his clutch performance. In terms of fantasy hoops, a trade wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing for Clarkson, as his minutes have been sporadic with the Lakers this season. Jan 13, 2:43 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 17 points
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-8 from the stripe on his way to 17 points, five boards, two 3-pointers and one turnover in 41 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: Caldwell-Pope was quiet for much of the game, but he came through with some big shots in the clutch to keep the Lakers in the game. That said, KCP’s minutes have been rather sporadic lately, and the fact that his usage has dipped to 15.4 over the past six is concerning. The Lakers value his expiring contract more than his on-court contributions, so it wouldn’t be shocking to see him lose minutes to someone like Josh Hart through this second half of the season. Jan 13, 2:18 pm
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) upgraded to probable
    Stephen Curry (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: This confirms the numerous reports we've seen over the last couple of days stating that the Warriors were merely being cautious holding him out on Friday. It appears the Warriors will have all four of their studs in the starting lineup Saturday night. Over his last six games, Curry is averaging 34.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 6.3 treys. Assuming Curry suits up, Patrick McCaw will get bumped back to the bench. Jan 13, 10:39 am
  • Zach LaVine (knee) will play first 3 quarters
    Zach LaVine (knee) who is on a 20-minute limit, will play in only the first three quarters Saturday vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg said that LaVine won't play in the fourth quarter on Saturday, but that plan will be re-evaluated after each game. Denzel Valentine will get bumped to the bench with LaVine replacing him in the starting lineup. Jan 13, 10:09 am
  • Stephen Curry (ankle) questionable Saturday
    Stephen Curry (ankle) is listed as questionable in the game notes for Saturday's matchup vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Curry has missed the last two games and a total of 13 games this season due to a sprained right ankle. However, this is merely a game-notes designation, so we will have to wait until later this afternoon for a more reliable update on Curry's status. It was reported on Friday that Steph has a "solid chance" to return on Saturday and that the Warriors kept him out of Friday's game primarily because it was the front end of a back-to-back. If Curry can play, Patrick McCaw will get bumped back to the bench. Jan 13, 6:29 am
  • Will Barton scores 17 points in start
    Will Barton moved into the starting lineup with Gary Harris (personal) out on Friday vs. the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 40 minutes.

    Advice: That's more like it. Barton was cold coming into tonight's game with January averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 steals and 1.6 triples on 35.9% shooting, so he was in need of a confidence booster. Harris was tending to a "private family matter" and could be back on Saturday, so Barton will be back on the bench if that happens. He's worth owning even when his shot isn't falling, as his assists give him a decent floor. Jan 12, 10:38 pm
  • Klay Thompson's 3-pointer streak snapped
    Klay Thompson finished with 12 points Friday at Milwaukee, but he was 0-of-2 from behind the arc to snap a 95-game streak with at least one 3-pointer made.

    Advice: Thompson was back from a rest on Wednesday, but apparently it hindered him more than it helped. His 95-game stretch with a triple was the third-longest in NBA history. He wasn't terribly broken up about it after the game, though. "I didn't know. Oh well. Who cares?," he said. With Thompson back in action it was Nick Young heading back to a minor role off the bench. Jan 12, 10:08 pm
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