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  • Carmelo Anthony scores 33 in win vs. Kings
    Carmelo Anthony started hot during a 103-100 win over the Kings on Friday, adding seven rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers

    Advice: He scored 15 points in the first quarter and eight in the second to get the ball rolling. After Melo failed to go to the line on Wednesday, he made an extra effort to get there tonight and converted a season-high 12 shots from there. Anthony still hasn't quite hit his stride from an efficiency standpoint while his boards, dimes and steals are all down from last year, but his fantasy owners can't complain. He gets a great matchup against the Lakers on Sunday. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn turns in nice game vs. SAC
    Kyle O'Quinn scored eight points with 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 20 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: That's two really good games from O'Quinn this month. This wasn't quite as strong as his 20-point explosion on Dec. 3, but the Knicks will take this all day. KOQ is only worth a look in deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block during a 103-100 home loss to the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: In Boogie fashion, he made fun of Joakim Noah's free throw form from about two feet away from him. Noah and Cousins hugged it out, so it was all in good fun. Cousins was 9-of-25 from the field in this game and has cooled off on the efficiency front with a sub-40 percentage from the field in three of his last four. He'll have a really tough matchup against Rudy Gobert on Saturday. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Omri Casspi only gets 20 minutes
    Omri Casspi played 20 minutes with 12 points, three rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He surprisingly didn't see his role change too much even with Matt Barnes (rest) out tonight. Casspi's fantasy value shouldn't be very attractive while Rudy Gay is active. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver scores 10 in loss
    Anthony Tolliver scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He was the go-to forward for Matt Barnes (rest) tonight. With Barnes possibly in legal trouble, Tolliver could have some value at some point down the line. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Andre Drummond goes off for 22 and 22 in win
    Andre Drummond made 10-of-13 from the field for 22 points during a 117-90 win at Minnesota on Friday, adding 22 boards and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He is back and he has been on fire since his ejection on Nov. 29. In his previous five, he had a 24.1 rebounding percentage, a 23.0 usage rate, a 60 true shooting percentage, 17.0 points, 14.2 boards, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks. The return of Reggie Jackson hasn't been the reason either with Drummond having a much higher efficiency without Jackson in the last four -- Drummond is cleaning up in the paint. Whatever is going on with Drummond, it looks for real and he's back to being a fantasy superstar for those who don't care about free throw percentage. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Alex Len scores 14 w/ 13 boards, 5 blocks
    Alex Len racked up 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 13 rebounds, five blocks and two assists in Friday's 119-115 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: With Marquese Chriss in early foul trouble, Len played 34 minutes in the win and saw some action alongside Tyson Chandler as well. This was his sixth double-double of the season and he was one block away from matching his career-high of six. His minutes were trending down prior to this outburst, so we'd like to see him do it again. However, he's still a nice stash for the stretch run with the Suns tanking. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Jon Leuer could get a bump
    Jon Leuer scored 17 points with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: Marcus Morris (face) could be missing time, so Leuer would benefit. He plays a ton of minutes next to Morris and Tobias Harris because of how Harris can play the three. Leuer may not be starting, but he should get close to 30 minutes sans Morris. He's only a speculative add for now. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18, hits 10-of-10 FTs
    Myles Turner scored 18 points and hit all 10 of his free throws on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: The second-year center grabbed six rebounds with two assists and one block, hitting 4-of-9 shots from the field in 31 minutes. Turner erupted for 30 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks on opening night against Dallas, so his owners might have been hoping for a little more. Regardless, he's returning top-30 value in standard leagues on the season and he's still crushing his ADP. He's going to be a stud for a very long time. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Thaddeus Young hits rock bottom in loss
    Thaddeus Young was held to five points on 2-of-5 shooting in Friday's loss to the Mavericks.

    Advice: There's no word of any injury and he wasn't in foul trouble, as the Pacers rolled with Paul George at the four for the majority of the game to match up with Harrison Barnes. Young added four rebounds, one block and one triple and has been eerily quiet over his last five games, averaging 9.0 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25.4 minutes. With that said, he should be better moving forward and there is some buy-low appeal here. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Clint Capela only gets 17 minutes
    Clint Capela played 17 minutes against the Thunder on Friday with 13 points and six boards.

    Advice: Coach Mike D'Antoni went with Nene over Capela late in this game, which may have been due to Capela's issues at the foul line. Capela has been fantastic all season and should be all good for Saturday against the Mavs. Nene could sit, too. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 14 points with five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 21 minutes against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: He had a miserable first half after picking up a couple early fouls, but looked great after the break and closed out the game over Salah Mejri. With Andrew Bogut (knee) out for a while and the Mavs tanking, Powell looks like a strong pickup in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 14 w/ five assists
    Greg Monroe scored 14 points with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and one turnover in 23 minutes against the Hawks on Friday.

    Advice: John Henson played 25 minutes, so the timeshare at the center spot continues. Monroe hit 6-of-13 shots and this was his sixth game in a row with 20+ minutes. He's scored in double digits in five of those contests and is doing enough to warrant ownership in all standard leagues. Still, his owners are likely rooting for a trade. Yesterday, 8:00 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (rest) ruled out on Friday
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) has been ruled out for Friday against the Celtics.

    Advice: This was fully expected with Carroll playing on Thursday. He's played very well lately and his minutes are on the rise. Plus, the Raptors could drop the back-to-back limit. Norman Powell will likely get a start while Terrence Ross gets a hefty boost. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (back) is questionable Sat
    Al-Farouq Aminu (back contusion) is questionable to face the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He took a really bad fall in the last minute of Thursday's game. Aminu was grabbing his lower back for a while, so clearly the pain has lingered. If he's out, Ed Davis should get minutes in the mid 20s while Meyers Leonard could also benefit. Aminu has potential, but his awful offensive season has kept him from being an asset in most leagues. Yesterday, 1:15 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded
    DeMarcus Cousins doesn't expect to be traded this season.

    Advice: "I talk to management a lot," Cousins said. "We’re on the same page. I’m not worried about it." ESPN's Marc Stein adds the Kings "believe it’s still on the early side to seriously entertain the idea of parting with Cousins." The Kings are sitting at 8-13 and these Boogie trade rumors won't be going away any time soon. He'll have a ton of fantasy value regardless, buthis third-ranked usage rate suggests he has the most value in Sacramento. Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu injures back Thursday
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 24 minutes and hit 2-of-9 shots for five points, 11 rebounds, two assists and two steals on Thursday, before leaving late with a back injury.

    Advice: Aminu took a very hard fall and landed flat on his lower back. He hobbled to the sideline, but was clearly in pain. The Blazers don't play again until Saturday at Indy, so there's a chance he'll be feeling better by then. But it also wouldn't be surprising to miss a game or two. Watch for updates on his status throughout the weekend. Aminu was just getting back from a calf injury and is still on a minutes limit, so his new injury just adds some fuel to the fire. If Aminu misses time, guys like Moe Harkless (ankle), Ed Davis and Evan Turner all benefit. Thursday, 8:07 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10, will sit Friday
    DeMarre Carroll played 33 minutes and had 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers on 3-of-7 shooting in Thursday's 124-110 win over Minnesota.

    Advice: Carroll is scheduled to miss Friday's game against the Celtics for a rest. He's not having a great season, but once he finally gets up to speed he should be a solid fantasy option. Now looks like a good time to buy low on DC. With Carroll out on Friday, look for Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson to both step up in his absence tomorrow. Thursday, 6:56 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still on a minutes cap
    Al-Farouq Aminu is still on a minutes limit for Thursday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: "It's tough to start a guy with a minutes restriction," coach Terry Stotts said. Moe Harkless (ankle) is questionable to night, so the Blazers could have to get creative at forward. Aminu has played almost all four this year, so starting him would've been a surprise anyway. Thursday, 3:39 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to play Thursday, rest Friday
    DeMarre Carroll will play against the Wolves on Thursday and will rest against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors are still being careful with Carroll, but coach Dwane Casey said the back-to-back limit will drop "hopefully soon." His minutes have been trending up with 27.1 minutes per game in his last eight and he's also made 50.0 percent from the field in that span. Carroll is worth owning in standard leagues right now. Thursday, 2:28 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll's status for Thursday unclear
    DeMarre Carroll's (rest) status for Thursday's game vs. the Wolves is unclear.

    Advice: He's not cleared for both games of back-to-back sets at least until the new year, meaning he will either sit on Thursday vs. the Wolves or Friday vs. the Celtics. Norman Powell will likely draw the start when Carroll sits which puts him on the streaming and DFS radar. We may not know Carroll's status until an hour or so before tip-off. Thursday, 8:09 am
  • Myles Turner hits three 3-pointers
    Myles Turner made a career-high three 3-pointers against the Suns on Wednesday, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's never made more than one 3-pointer in any game in his career, so this output was a surprise. On the other side of things, Turner has been very consistent with his blocks with at least one in all but three games. Turner is tied with Giannis Antetokounmpo for fourth in the NBA on blocks per game and he's actually been solid for fantasy owners in both free throw and field goal percentage. He's posted top-30 value in standard leagues on the year. Wednesday, 9:56 pm
  • Alex Len fouls out yet again
    Alex Len fouled out in 16 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday with nine points, two rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: That's two foul outs in a row for Len. The Suns are playing Tyson Chandler more than expected, which has caused Len's playing time to slide to 18.0 minutes per game over his last three. He could still have some value for his 1.5 blocks per game on the year and solid percentages, but Len is trending down a bit. Wednesday, 9:45 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn solid in just 21 minutes vs. CLE
    Kyle O'Quinn came off the bench on Wednesday for 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting with seven boards and three assists in just 21 minutes.

    Advice: In the past four games, including one start for injured Joakim Noah, O'Quinn is averaging 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 2.0 assists, while hitting 22-of-31 field goals. His minutes are on the rise, which isn't a surprise given how poorly Noah (five points in 15 minutes) has played this season. There are never any guarantees with KOQ, but he's worth a speculative add if you need a big man. Wednesday, 9:42 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony quiet in 24 minutes Wednesday
    Carmelo Anthony played just 24 minutes vs. Cleveland, finishing Wednesday's home loss with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Melo checked out with his team trailing by 28 points late in the third quarter, and he played just two minutes to begin the fourth before the Knicks threw in the towel. He's looked good all season, averaging 23.0 points, 8.0 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 threes, with a healthy 29.3 percent usage, and at least he'll be rested vs. Sacramento on Friday. Wednesday, 9:41 pm
  • Dwight Powell fills it up across the board
    Dwight Powell scored six points with five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's a little disappointing for the DFS owners, but owners in standard leagues will take this all day. Powell is going to see a significant bump in minutes and should be around 30 per night while the Mavs are shorthanded. He's a strong pickup in most leagues right now. Wednesday, 9:25 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins fills it up for Kings in win
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 24 points during a 120-89 win over the Mavs on Wednesday, adding 14 rebounds, seven assists, three blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been consistent on the glass with at least nine boards in each of his last 12 games. Cousins is also blocking more shots with at least three in each of his last three. With Boogie, it's always been about his usage rate and he ranks third with his 36.5 (Westbrook, Embiid), which is actually more than last year to go with a bump in efficiency. The trade rumors won't go away for Boogie, but he's going to dominate regardless. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 15 points vs. Blazers
    Greg Monroe scored 15 points against the Blazers on Wednesday with four rebounds, one assist and three steals in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Jason Kidd finally figured out his big man rotation. Monroe has played at least 20 minutes in each of his last five, averaging 10.8 points, 7.2 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 steals. He should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 8:42 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling
    Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first. Wednesday, 7:56 pm
  • Andre Drummond has 26 & 20 in loss to Hornets
    Andre Drummond racked up 26 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks during the Pistons' road loss in Charlotte on Wednesday, making 11-of-14 FGs and 4-of-7 FTs.

    Advice: Drummond has been a borderline first-round fantasy player with FT percentage excluded this season, thanks to averages of 14.1 points on 52.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. Stan Van Gundy has pushed him to defend the rim with a purpose and he's responded to the challenge -- over their past five games, Detroit has allowed a league-low 33.2 points in the paint. With tonight's huge game, Drummond now has a league-best 11 games with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds since the 2012-13 season. Wednesday, 6:48 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds
    Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

    Advice: Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment. Wednesday, 3:40 pm
  • Dwight Powell getting the big bump
    Dwight Powell is expected to see his playing time increase significantly with Andrew Bogut (knee) out of the lineup.

    Advice: "He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives." Powell is coming off a big 15-point game on Monday in 32 minutes. He is worth a pickup for anyone needing a big man right now.Daily Slant: On a night when spending up for superstars is a must, Dwight Powell provides DFS owners with a low-cost, high-upside option in tournaments. Even with Bogut in the lineup for parts of the last two games, Powell has averaged 30 minutes over those contests and figures to approach that number again tonight with DeMarcus Cousins being featured on the Sacramento side. The Kings are 22nd in rebounding differential this year, so Powell definitely has double-double upside at near minimum price. Wednesday, 1:37 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn scores 12 off the bench
    Kyle O'Quinn scored 12 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal against the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off the bench these days with Joakim Noah healthy again, but Noah picked up four fouls and only played 14 minutes which allowed KOQ to see 27 minutes of action. He made the most of his minutes and shot 6-of-8 from the field and did a respectable job against Hassan Whiteside, but he's going to be hard to trust while the Knicks are healthy. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 35 in win over Heat
    Carmelo Anthony matched his season-high with 35 points on 13-of-27 shooting in Tuesday's 114-103 win over the Heat.

    Advice: The Knicks have won four straight games and now get to look forward to a matchup with the Cavaliers at MSG Wednesday. Anthony added four rebounds, two assists, one block and three 3-pointers, hitting 6-of-7 from the line. His production is down this season playing next to Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis, but he's still capable of posting monster lines like you saw tonight. Tuesday, 6:56 pm
  • Myles Turner quiet in laughable blowout
    Myles Turner hit 3-of-8 shots for six points, five rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors literally ran circles around the Pacers in this one, finishing with an 11-point lead after one, a 20-point lead at halftime and a final score of 142-106. Turner has been a little disappointing at times this season, but is still getting it done for his owners. Don't let this game worry you, as it was basically a practice session for the Warriors in front of 20,000 fans. Monday, 10:06 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores 15 in 32 minutes
    Dwight Powell scored 15 points with seven rebounds in 32 minutes off the bench on Monday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Powell has a huge opportunity in front of him to produce, as Andrew Bogut hyperextended his right knee in the first quarter and wasn't able to return. With Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles) out indefinitely, that means Powell and Salah Mejri will have to hold down the fort if Bogut misses time. Powell added a block and shot 7-of-11 from the field and looks like the better pickup after Mejri logged just eight minutes. Monday, 9:23 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu plays 17 minutes in return
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) returned to action on Monday vs. the Bulls, scoring three points on 1-of-3 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in 17 minutes.

    Advice: He had playing time restrictions of 16-20 minutes, but those should be lifted soon. However, the Blazers may continue to roll with Ed Davis as their starting PF for now and Moe Harkless is obviously locked into his role as the starting SF, so Aminu is just a deep-league add until his role grows. Monday, 8:55 pm
  • Greg Monroe double-doubles in tough loss
    Greg Monroe hit 5-of-9 shots for 10 points and 13 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench on Monday.

    Advice: Monroe might not be fully back in Jason Kidd's good graces, but he is playing well right now, averaging 10.0 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.6 blocks off the bench over his last five. John Henson looks like the better player to own right now, but if you have been holding Monroe all season waiting for him to finally show up, it's happening. Monday, 8:27 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu will come off the bench
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Additionally, Aminu will be limited to 16-20 minutes as the Blazers ease him back into action. Prior to going down with the injury, Aminu was averaging 6.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals in 26.1 minutes per game. Monday, 3:34 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets nine boards, four blocks
    Kyle O'Quinn followed up Friday's big game with four points and nine rebounds on Sunday, adding four blocked shots in just 14 minutes of action.

    Advice: KOQ notched 20 points, 13 boards, two assists and two steals as a fill-in starter on Friday, but he shifted to a bench role with Joakim Noah returning tonight. You can't fault his per-minute production, as usual, but it's hard to trust him while both Noah and Willy Hernangomez are healthy. Sunday, 7:30 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony busts lip, scores 20 points
    Carmelo Anthony scored 20 points on 8-of-20 shooting during Sunday's 106-98 victory, adding four boards, one assist, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: The Knicks now have an 8-3 record since Nov. 14, the best record in the Eastern Conference during that span. Melo's lip got cut in the first quarter tonight but he returned after a quick trip to the locker room, and it's nothing that would jeopardize his availability. Sunday, 7:29 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 36 points on 30 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins went 9-of-30 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line on Sunday, finishing with 36 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks, one steal and just two turnovers in 43 minutes.

    Advice: Cousins had a few 3-point attempts blocked late in the game but he still finished 4-of-10 beyond the arc. He's averaging a career-high 1.7 triples on 38.4 percent shooting, and at this point he's basically matchup-proof. One negative tonight is that he picked up another technical foul, giving him six techs in Sacramento's first 20 games. Sunday, 7:25 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench Sunday
    Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: As a reserve this season, O'Quinn owns meager averages of 4.4 points, 3.2 boards and 1.1 blocks per game, so he can't be considered a viable target in most leagues. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) probable for Monday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) is probable to play Monday vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: He's been out since Nov. 8, so he'll likely be eased back into things as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be. Aminu's return should push Ed Davis back to the bench and Meyers Leonard's minutes will become even more inconsistent. Aminu was hitting just 27.9 percent of his shots prior to going down with meager averages of 6.4 points, 6.7 boards, 1.1 treys and 1.4 steals per game, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues at the moment. Sunday, 1:21 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores career-high 17 in win
    Dwight Powell hit 7-of-11 shots off the bench and finished Saturday's surprising win over the Bulls with a career-high 17 points, eight rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: With Dirk Nowitzki's season potentially hanging in the balance, Powell is someone to keep an eye on. Yes, Nowitzki says he'll be fine, but continues to remain out indefinitely. Powell is averaging 9.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks over his last five games, so he's far from a must-own player. But he's also averaging 21 minutes over that stretch and played 28 of them tonight. Put him on your radar. Saturday, 10:20 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll scores 10 in return from rest
    DeMarre Carroll returned from a day of rest and hit 4-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for 10 points, five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes of Saturday's ridiculous 128-84 romp over the Hawks.

    Advice: This wasn't much of a revenge game for Carroll, but at least he played. He's still limited on back-to-back sets and wasn't great tonight, but is averaging 12.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 2.8 3-pointers in his last four games. He's worth owning and should be better once he's fully recovered from his knee is closer to 100 percent health. The Raptors are rolling, blowing out their last four opponents by a combined 119 points and winning six straight games. Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Greg Monroe finally getting run
    Greg Monroe scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one blocks and four steals

    Advice: He finally seems to be out of the doghouse with coach Jason Kidd bumping Miles Plumlee out and going with a two-man rotation at his five spot. Monroe still hasn't been too great, averaging 9.6 points, 7.2 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals. He's still worth a pickup with even just 20 minutes per game. Saturday, 5:19 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll back in the starting lineup
    DeMarre Carroll is back in the starting lineup against the Hawks on Saturday.

    Advice: Revenge game? He had the night off against the Lakers on Friday, which was not a surprise with Carroll still limited on back-to-back sets. He's played very well lately, so he's worth a pickup in shallower leagues. Norman Powell will move to the bench. Saturday, 3:36 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 13 with 10 boards
    Clint Capela double-doubled against the Nuggets on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Not that there was any concern at all after Capela's playing time slightly dropped against the Warriors, but this may help those extreme worriers. He's one of the best pick-and-roll bigs in the NBA and is tailor-made for the offense right now. Before tonight, Capela ranked first in points per game off cuts and third on roll-man scoring. He's having a breakout season. Friday, 11:44 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 29 points vs. Wolves
    Carmelo Anthony scored 29 points during a 118-114 win over the Wolves on Friday, adding five rebounds, three assists, three steals and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He snapped out of his slump, which included three games below 19 points on just a combined 32.0 percent from the field. Even with Kristaps Porzingis coming on, Anthony's shots haven't fallen off. He's also starting to hit more open threes with his season-high treys today, so he should be able to hold his third-round value on the season. Friday, 9:42 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn goes bonkers in win vs. Wolves
    Kyle O'Quinn came out of nowhere against the Wolves on Friday with 20 points, 13 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Wow. That's season highs in points, boards and minutes for KOQ in his start today. He was outstanding on the defensive end and coach Jeff Hornacek stuck with him after not playing him for more than 18 minutes in any of his previous four games. Joakim Noah (ankle) could be back for Sunday, so O'Quinn would only be worth a look in deeper leagues. This looks like one of the flukiest games of the season. Friday, 9:35 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 28 points in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins scored 28 points during a 97-92 loss to the Celtics on Friday, adding nine rebounds, three assists, one steal, four blocks and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Boogie was bleeding above his eye and had to go back to the locker room in the fourth quarter. Cousins needed eight stitches after the game and looked fine after he was glued to close it in the fourth, so there's no concern he misses any action going forward. Cousins did have his four-game streak of scoring at least 30 snapped, but his averages over his last five are outstanding: 33.8 points, 12.4 boards, 2.4 assists, 2.2 blocks, 1.4 steals and 3.0 treys. He's a machine right now. Friday, 7:52 pm
  • Omri Casspi gets 27 minutes
    Omri Casspi scored seven points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes against the Celtics on Friday.

    Advice: He managed to miss four shots from the field in an 18-second span, but that's neither here nor there. Casspi has seen some consistent minutes in his last four with 22.3 per game, averaging 6.0 points, 4.3 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.3 blocks and 0.8 treys. Nothing to see here for most owners. Friday, 7:40 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn getting another start
    Kyle O'Quinn will get another start against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks were destroyed in the first quarter on Wednesday with Karl-Anthony Towns going for 22 in that frame, so O'Quinn may be on a short leash. Marshall Plumlee played 12 minutes in the second half while Mindaugus Kuzminskas saw 11 minutes in that time. Kuzminskas may be the most appealing guy in this group. Daily Slant: O'Quinn isn't a recommended DFS play this evening, but Noah's absence does improve the outlook for a few of the Timberwolves. Karl Anthony-Towns destroyed this defense on Wednesday, and draws an equally attractive match-up here. The Knicks will likely make it more of a point to try to take him away, so Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and Gorgui Dieng are all strong GPP plays. Dieng should benefit if the Knicks throw extra front-court attention at Towns. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll resting Friday, Powell starts
    DeMarre Carroll (rest) will not play against the Lakers on Friday and Norman Powell will start in his place.

    Advice: It's scheduled rest on the front end of a back-to-back set, so Carroll will get to play against his former team, the Hawks, on Saturday. With Carroll out, both Norman Powell and Terrence Ross should be flirting with 30 minutes. Ross has been very good on defense and should carry the second unit tonight. Both are great streaming options in a fantastic matchup. Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu practices, still out Saturday
    Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) practiced on Friday and remains out for Saturday against Miami.

    Advice: This is a very encouraging sign for Aminu, who has missed the last 12 games. He's had a smooth transition to playing all power forward this season, which has allowed Moe Harkless to step up as a three. Aminu's return with 27 minutes per game would take minutes away from guys like Ed Davis, Meyers Leonard and Noah Vonleh. Aminu is a borderline asset in standard leagues. Friday, 1:58 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 10 in 25 minutes
    Clint Capela played 25 minutes against the Warriors on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, two blocks and three turnovers.

    Advice: It just wasn't his best game with two travels and missing all three free throws. The Rockets offense has looked so good this year partly because it's based so much on Capela setting high screens for James Harden, so obviously there's nothing to worry about with Capela. He's in the mix for Most Improved Player this season and his owners shouldn't be too worried about Montrezl Harrell playing well. Thursday, 11:34 pm
  • Dwight Powell scores six with eight boards
    Dwight Powell scored six points with eight rebounds, one block and one steal in 24 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: Thank goodness he looks to be out of his slump. In his last five games, Powell has made 57.7 percent from the field with averages of 7.6 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals and 0.6 blocks. He's likely going to remain in his role as the backup big man with around 20 minutes regardless of who is out on a given night -- he did get four minutes at power forward tonight. He's only an option in deep leagues right now, but his playing time may increase later in the year. Thursday, 6:50 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll to rest Friday or Saturday
    DeMarre Carroll will rest on either Friday or Saturday in the upcoming back-to-back set this weekend.

    Advice: The rest day will decide on the matchup for the Raptors against the Lakers and Hawks. Both of the games are at home and there is a one day cushion on each end -- the Raptors played Wednesday and will play Monday after the back-to-back. It probably makes more sense to rest Carroll in the up-tempo game against the Lakers on Friday and he does have the revenge factor against the Hawks, too. When he sits, Terrence Ross would be a nice DFS option while Norman Powell also benefits. Carroll is worth owning again, especially with the Raptors possibly dropping the back-to-back restriction next month. Thursday, 11:58 am
  • Alex Len has another multi-block game
    Alex Len had another single-digit scoring game on Wednesday with six points on 3-of-4 shooting, nine rebounds, two blocks, one steal and two turnovers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: Tyson Chandler's return to the starting lineup has done Len no favors, but it's not all bad news. Len has seven straight games with at least two blocks, the longest streak by a Suns player since Jermaine O'Neal in 2012, and he's averaging 9.9 rebounds during that stretch. He's worth holding onto in most formats. Wednesday, 10:54 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn gets the start, scores two
    Kyle O'Quinn started for Joakim Noah (ankle) on Wednesday, finishing with two points, eight rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 18 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: Even though his beard makes him look like he's 36, O'Quinn is just 26 years old. When Noah is out, the Knicks don't really play KOQ too often, averaging just 20.5 minutes in his previous two starts. He's not a great pickup. Wednesday, 9:09 pm
  • Andre Drummond gets 20 & 17 in road victory
    Andre Drummond vacuumed up 17 rebounds to go along with 20 points, two assists, two steals and one block in 35 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics have a -3.6 rebound differential, sixth-worst in the league, and Drummond made them pay tonight -- the Pistons finished with a 52-33 edge on the glass. He made 8-of-13 field goals and 4-of-7 free throws, thwarting a half-hearted attempt to hack him in the second half, and he's been everything owners hoped for on draft day. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Official: NBA postpones Kings vs. 76ers game
    The NBA has officially postponed Wednesday's game between the Kings and 76ers due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: A hockey game was played the night before and condensation led to excessive moisture on the court, reportedly because an arena employee forgot to turn down the temperature before the game. After a substantial delay, the game was finally postponed. It's unclear when the league will reschedule the game -- it could be as soon as tomorrow night (preempting a planned music concert), or during the Kings' road trip in January. Frustrated fantasy owners can only wait for the schedule-makers to announce a date. Wednesday, 5:06 pm
  • Kings-76ers game delayed, could be cancelled
    The Kings vs. 76ers game has been delayed due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: The game has been delayed for 20 minutes as the game ops people at Wells Fargo Center continue to mop up the floor, and a determination as to whether the teams can take the court tonight will be made after that time elapses. For what it's worth, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neal would not rule out the possibility of tonight's game being cancelled. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • Kings-76ers game could be cancelled?
    There's a chance that the Kings vs. 76ers game will be cancelled on Wednesday due to unsafe court conditions.

    Advice: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia is used to host both hockey and basketball games, and there's currently a problem with condensation on the court due to high humidity and ice below the floor. The games ops people have been vigorously mopping the floor for the past hour, and they're communicating with NBA officials to determine whether or not it is safe to use the court tonight. For what it's worth, a game has been cancelled in the past for a similar issue, and at the very least it's looking like tonight's game will be delayed. Stay tuned. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn will start Wednesday vs. MIN
    Kyle O'Quinn will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Timberwolves with Joakim Noah (ankle) unavailable.

    Advice: In two starts this season, O'Quinn owns forgettable averages of 6.0 points, 6.5 boards and just 0.5 blocks per contest through 20.5 minutes, so while he'll see some increased opportunity with the first unit, he's still not a great target in most settings. Wednesday, 3:39 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu's (calf) nearing a return?
    Al-Farouq Aminu's (left calf strain) could be back in action as soon as Saturday's game against the Heat, according to Trail Blazers' Insider Jason Quick.

    Advice: Aminu was reportedly moving around well during Tuesday's practice, going through sprints and getting some nice lift on his jumper, and Quick speculates that his return will come no later than next week. Once he's back, Ed Davis will return to the bench where he'll split minutes with Meyers Leonard. Aminu wasn't playing very well at all prior to the injury, ranking well outside the top-150 with averages of 6.4 points, 6.6 boards, 1.1 triples and 1.4 steals per game on 27.9 percent shooting, so he's only worth a speculative add in deep points leagues. Wednesday, 8:40 am
  • Clint Capela quiet in loss to Jazz
    Clint Capela, coming off a career-high 21 points on Sunday, had just eight points, six rebounds, a steal and a block in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: This was the first time since Nov. 2 that Capela didn't hit double figures in either points or rebounds and he's still averaging 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks over his last five games, making him a must-own center in fantasy circles. He got Rudy Gobert'd tonight. Tuesday, 9:06 pm
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