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  • Paul George leads Indy to road win in return
    Paul George (sore left ankle) returned to action on Sunday with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: George missed six of the Pacers' past seven games and he showed some rust early, going scoreless in the first quarter, but he quickly found his groove in an impressive road win. The offense ran through him extensively as the Pacers fended off the Clippers down the stretch, and the fact that he logged 34 minutes proves that he doesn't have any medical restrictions. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) looks good in return Sunday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) came off Indiana's bench with 12 points and five rebounds on Sunday, making 4-of-7 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: "You can go as hard as you can, but it’s still going to take you a little bit more of game playing to get into actual game shape," Miles said before tonight's contest. He didn't seem to miss a beat, however, and is worth grabbing if you need an efficient scorer and 3-point shooter who won't turn the ball over. His playing time should increase over Indy's next few games. Yesterday, 9:25 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III scoreless in 14 minutes
    Glenn Robinson III played 14 scoreless minutes off the Pacers bench on Sunday, finishing with just one rebound, one steal and two personal fouls.

    Advice: GR3 could carve out a spot in the rotation due to his excellent play as a fill-in starter, when he averaged 15.2 points, 2.2 threes and 6.4 rebounds in five games. With Paul George and C.J. Miles both active, however, there may not be enough minutes to go around. If you want to cut him for a hot free agent, go ahead. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Justin Holiday starts again w/ C-Lee out
    Justin Holiday started in place of Courtney Lee (ankle) on Sunday, finishing a home victory with five points, eight rebounds, three steals and two assists.

    Advice: Holiday was coming off a game with 13 points, seven boards and three steals, but he's a shaky fantasy pickup because Lee is day-to-day. Throw in the fact that Holiday is shooting under 40 percent this season and there should be guys with higher upside. Yesterday, 7:31 pm
  • Paul George, Miles may play reduced minutes
    Pacers coach Nate McMillan cautioned before Sunday's game, "You don’t want to just throw [Paul George and C.J. Miles] out there and play them a bunch of minutes."

    Advice: George (ankle) and Miles (knee) are both returning from extended absences in a tough road matchup vs. the Clippers tonight. Assuming they both play reduced minutes, Glenn Robinson III should be the primary beneficiary. Yesterday, 5:59 pm
  • Marcus Morris makes season-high five 3s
    Marcus Morris made a season-high five 3-pointers en route to 21 points on Sunday, going 7-of-12 from the field overall with five boards and two steals in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Morris has double-digit points in six straight games, but his roto value has been limited by a lack of supporting stats -- he's averaging just 4.0 boards, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.4 blocks this season, while shooting 43.3 percent from the field. He remains a viable low-end fantasy forward. Yesterday, 5:31 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) will play Sunday vs. LAC
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will play Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Miles will be returning from a six-game absence, and Nate McMillan hinted that he could be working with a minutes limit in his first game back, so he's not a great DFS target tonight. However, he was playing really well prior to going down, so he's worth a speculative add in standard leagues. Rodney Stuckey and Glenn Robinson III will take a hit with Miles back on the active roster. Yesterday, 4:05 pm
  • Paul George (ankle), Miles playing on Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) will both play vs. the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: The Pacers have a clean injury report tonight, which means that Kevin Seraphin (knee) is also available to play after an extended absence. It's obviously safe to fire up George in all formats, and Miles is a sneaky pickup given how well he played to start the season. Yesterday, 4:03 pm
  • Holiday, Noah starting Sunday vs. Sacramento
    Justin Holiday and Joakim Noah will start Sunday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Courtney Lee (ankle) is out, so Holiday should be seeing around 30 minutes tonight, and he's on the DFS radar with a favorable matchup against Sacramento. With Noah back in the starting five, Kyle O'Quinn will return to the bench, and he might not even get 20 minutes. Yesterday, 3:55 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out Sunday vs. Kings
    Courtney Lee (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Kings.

    Advice: Justin Holiday will likely be drawing the start tonight, and he's someone to consider in DFS after putting up 13 points, seven boards, three steals, one block and two triples over 31 minutes in a spot-start on Friday night. For now, we'll be considering Lee questionable for Tuesday's game in Miami. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (back) listed as day-to-day
    Mike D'Antoni said that Trevor Ariza (back) was feeling better, and the Rockets are listing him as day-to-day.

    Advice: Ariza exited Friday's game during the closing minutes with back spasms and did not return, but Houston was up by 20 when Ariza tapped out. He did sit out Sunday's practice, and while he did say he was feeling better, he acknowledged that he might not play Monday vs. Boston. If he’s out, Corey Brewer and K.J. McDaniels would see a boost in value. Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Knicks recall Maurice Ndour
    The Knicks have recalled Maurice Ndour from the D-League.

    Advice: He's usually not in the rotation when the Knicks are healthy and can be ignored in all fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 7:47 am
  • Klay Thompson scores 26 points vs. Suns
    Klay Thompson scored 26 points with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and six 3-pointers against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He was already tearing it up in his previous eight, averaging 22.8 points, 4.3 boards, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 3.8 treys on 47.8 percent from the field. Surprisingly, his six treys tonight were a season high, but he didn't go to the line for the sixth time this season. This big game has him at fifth-round value on the year, but he has an upward trend. Saturday, 10:49 pm
  • Jared Dudley gets just 13 minutes Saturday
    Jared Dudley played just 13 minutes in Saturday's blowout loss to the Warriors, hitting 1-of-4 shots for two points, two rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: This was basically his worst game of the season and a little surprising, as he had 17 points and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday. The lopsided score had a lot to do with it, but the bottom line is that Dudley has been maddeningly inconsistent this season. We'd rather own P.J. Tucker. Saturday, 10:48 pm
    Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
  • Evan Turner turns in nice game off bench
    Evan Turner scored nine points with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: This may have been his best game in reality and he's actually shown some nice consistency. In his last five, Turner averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 treys. He's worth a look, but he'll likely take a hit once Al-Farouq Aminu (calf) comes back. Saturday, 10:28 pm
  • Wes Matthews scores 26 in blowout win
    Wesley Matthews hit 9-of-17 shots and seven 3-pointers on his way to tie a season high with 26 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 35 minutes against the Bulls.

    Advice: The Mavs surprisingly dominated this game and the strong play of Matthews was a big reason as to why it happened. He's been killing it from downtown lately, hitting at least five 3-pointers in three of his last four games. He's averaging 22 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 4.8 3-pointers over his last four. After a hot start in an October and a mostly forgettable November, Matthews is crushing right now. Saturday, 10:14 pm
  • Derrick Williams gets a DNP-CD
    Derrick Williams was a DNP-CD on Saturday.

    Advice: That's cold. Williams was available to play, but coach Erik Spoelstra just went with other guys. Williams may get playing time another day, but this has to sting with only eight guys playing tonight. Saturday, 10:12 pm
  • Rodney Hood plays 28 minutes in return
    Rodney Hood returned from a hamstring injury and played 28 minutes on Saturday, hitting just 4-of-14 shots for 15 points, six rebounds, two steals and a 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Nuggets fare poorly against opposing shooting guards, but Hood's shot was a bit funky tonight. The good news is that his hamstring injury kept him out for just one game, so he's hopefully good to go. The bad news is that he's been struggling with his shot, averaging just 12.8 points and hitting 36 percent from the floor in his last four games played. Saturday, 9:32 pm
  • Gordon Hayward stays hot in win over Nuggets
    Gordon Hayward hit 9-of-18 shots, three 3-pointers and 11-of-11 free throws to match his season high of 32 points with four rebounds and two steals in Saturday's win over the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hayward has scored 32, 32 and 31 points in his last three games and is averaging 28.6 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.0 3-pointers on 51 percent shooting over his last five. His finger injury appears to finally be fully behind him and he's rolling. Saturday, 9:29 pm
  • Hood, Exum and Diaw starting vs. Denver
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) will get the start against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll join Dante Exum, Gordon Hayward, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert in the first unit. Hood went through shootaround and there's no talk of him being limited, so get him back in your lineup. Joe Johnson will move back to the bench while Joe Ingles also takes a hit here. Saturday, 5:33 pm
  • Derrick Williams will play vs. Blazers
    Derrick Williams (back) will play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable and is good to go for tonight. Williams was losing minutes to guys like James Johnson, but he should get playing time tonight due to the depth issues at forward. Even if he starts, he'll be a risky option in almost any league. Saturday, 11:46 am
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) a GTD for Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) fully participated in shootaround and is a game-time decision for Saturday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Hood missed Thursday's game due to the hamstring injury. Joe Johnson started on Thursday and will likely draw the start on Saturday as well if Hood can't go. Johnson finished with 18 points, four assists and three rebounds in 33 minutes on Thursday. Saturday, 10:24 am
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Sunday
    Courtney Lee says his ankle sprain is improving and he hasn't ruled out returning to the lineup Sunday against the Kings.

    Advice: "It feels a lot better than it did when I initially twisted it," Lee said Friday. "I wasn't able to walk that night but I was able to move around (Friday)." If Lee can't play Sunday, look for Justin Holiday to start in his place. Holiday played well in his start on Friday, tallying 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals, two 3-pointers and one block. He will be a cheap DFS option on Sunday if Lee doesn't play. Saturday, 9:24 am
  • Knicks assign Maurice Ndour to the D-League
    The Knicks announced on Saturday that they have assigned Maurice Ndour to the D-League.

    Advice: Ndour has played sparingly of late. He appeared in only three of the Knicks last six games and played a total of eight minutes. Ndour can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. Saturday, 9:09 am
  • Trevor Ariza leaves game with back spasms
    Updating a previous report, Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with back spasms.

    Advice: He didn't return, but there was only a few minutes left. Ariza played 43 minutes the night before and logged 31 minutes tonight, but luckily he gets two days off before Monday's game vs. Boston. He finished with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists, five steals and four treys. If we get some bad news on Ariza, Sam Dekker would get some extra burn. To be clear, Ariza should be fine. Friday, 10:12 pm
  • Trevor Ariza (leg) goes to locker room
    Trevor Ariza left Friday's game vs. Denver with an apparent leg injury and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He was down on the ground for a while, but he was able to get up and was seen gingerly walking to the locker room without a noticeable limp. He left the game with only a few minutes left, so his night is likely done. If Ariza needs to miss time, Sam Dekker looks like he will be the primary beneficiary. Stay tuned. Friday, 9:54 pm
  • Justin Holiday plays a great game vs. MIN
    Justin Holiday vastly improved against the Wolves on Friday with 13 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start for the injured Courtney Lee (ankle) and really stepped it up after struggling for over a week. If Lee is going to miss additional time, Holiday could flirt with minutes close to 30. Although, he's not expected to miss time and figures to be questionable for Sunday against the Kings. Holiday is only a lukewarm pickup in deep leagues. Friday, 9:21 pm
  • Derrick Williams (back) questionable Saturday
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Blazers.

    Advice: He said earlier that he was hopeful to play, so that's good news for a Heat team that's not expecting Luke Babbitt to play. If D-Will is ultimately ruled out, James Johnson and Josh McRoberts will hold down the fort at PF. Friday, 7:04 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable Saturday
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game vs. Denver.

    Advice: He was also questionable on Thursday vs. the Heat, but he was ruled out about an hour before tip-off. Joe Johnson started in Hood's place and scored 18 points in 33 minutes, so he will be a nice low-end option if Hood misses his second straight game. Friday, 6:56 pm
  • Justin Holiday starting vs. Wolves
    Justin Holiday will start against the Wolves on Friday night.

    Advice: Holiday started the third quarter on Wednesday, so this move is expected. Holiday only played 10.3 minutes in the second half, so he may not getting a big bump. Expect to see more of Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Brandon Jennings tonight. Friday, 4:21 pm
  • Courtney Lee out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: The Knicks will go with more of Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings to help fill the void left by Lee. Holiday hasn't played too well, but he should be able to get minutes in the upper 20s. Plus, Jennings could see minutes around 30, especially if he plays close to 10 minutes next to Derrick Rose. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Paul George progressing, could play Sunday
    Paul George (ankle) is expected to go through some practice this weekend and said he's been good enough to play in games.

    Advice: "Being hurt and sitting out, little stuff like that nags on you," George said. "But that’s the only thing I’m hoping, that I can play without a tweak, where I have full strength where I can cut and be aggressive off the drive." He has been doing some lighter work in practice and said he even made 16 triples in a row on Wednesday. George has a good chance to play on Sunday. Friday, 1:15 pm
  • Derrick Williams (back) hopeful to play Sat.
    Derrick Williams (back spasms) is hopeful he will able to play Saturday in Portland.

    Advice: The Heat announced prior to Thursday's game that Williams would be unavailable due to back spasms that ultimately were confirmed as the reasons he also had been held out of Wednesday's victory over the Nuggets. Williams said that in addition to the back spasms, he also is dealing with shoulder and neck pain. "Kind of right before the [Denver] game, actually, just warming up kind of just made the wrong movement and it just stiffened up on me," he said. However, Williams is hopeful of being in uniform Saturday. Miami may only have nine healthy players. Friday, 7:28 am
  • Trevor Ariza struggles from deep
    Trevor Ariza made 5-of-13 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, and one steal in Thursday’s double-overtime win against the Warriors.

    Advice: Ariza missed all seven of his shots from beyond the arc, but continues to get plenty of looks. He has now attempted seven or more 3-pointers in four of his last six games. While he does have plenty of bumps in the road due to his cold spells, Ariza's output in steals has still made him an early-round asset in standard leagues. Thursday, 11:18 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has huge night
    Gordon Hayward scored 32 points with seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Thursday’s loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Hayward hit a season-high in points and has now scored over 30 points in two consecutive games, while scoring more than 20 points in six straight games. He is shooting the ball well recently and maintains a healthy usage rate of 28.3 percent. He is also contributing in assists, rebounds, and 3-pointers. His next game is against the Nuggets who play at the fifth highest pace in the league. Thursday, 9:14 pm
  • Derrick Williams in locker room w/ back spasm
    Derrick Williams, who has fallen out of the Heat rotation recently, is in the locker room with back spasms on Thursday night, according to the broadcast team.

    Advice: Williams got a DNP-CD in his last game and lost his starting job to Luke Babbitt recently. Babbitt was also injured tonight (hip flexor), so red-hot Wayne Ellington got the start in the second half. Ellington's the pickup here, along with James Johnson. Ellington led the Heat in the first half with 14 points and two 3-pointers after scoring 22 and nine points in each of his previous two games. Johnson had 10 points at the half and has been playing well, and both are worth a close look with the Heat down to just seven healthy players right now. Thursday, 7:26 pm
  • Wes Matthews cools off against Hornets
    Wesley Matthews made 4-of-15 from the field for 14 points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: He was coming in on fire with 11 treys in his last two games combined. Matthews did have to go to the locker room for about two minutes in real time, but it doesn't appear to be injury related. Despite ugly 35.3 percent from the field on the year, Matthews is worth owning in standard leagues. Thursday, 7:01 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) likely out for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is unlikely to play against the Wolves on Friday.

    Advice: This report adds that Lee is not expected to miss much time. His ankle doesn't appear to have any structural damage and perhaps he can make it back next week. Until then, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday should get some extra run. Thursday, 6:01 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) out vs. Heat
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is out for Thursday's game against the Heat.

    Advice: He was listed as questionable due to his hamstring strain from Tuesday. This is Hood's first bout with a right hamstring strain in his career, but he's had some durability concerns before and the Jazz will take it easy on him. Joe Johnson should benefit most while there will be more two-PG lineups and some Joe Ingles. Thursday, 4:03 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) questionable for Friday
    Courtney Lee (ankle) is questionable for Friday against the Wolves.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Wednesday night and did not return. Lee is not expected to miss much time and could even be back for Friday. If he's going to miss another game, Brandon Jennings and Justin Holiday would get some extra playing time. Thursday, 11:09 am
  • Courtney Lee unlikely to miss extended time
    Courtney Lee (left ankle) sprain is unlikely to miss extended time after leaving Wednesday's game.

    Advice: X-rays came back negative on Lee's ankle and he isn't expected to be out for very long. We'll keep an eye on his progress, but Justin Holiday and Brandon Jennings will both see a bump in deeper fantasy league value while Lee is out. Thursday, 7:08 am
  • Jared Dudley (foot) posts 17 points Wednesday
    Jared Dudley (foot) returned vs. the Hawks on Wednesday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, two steals and one assist.

    Advice: Dudley missed Sunday's game but it looks like a minor ailment that won't limit him going forward. Phoenix relies on two-point field goals for 60.0 percent of their scoring (sixth-highest in the league), but three-point shots account for just 20.7 percent of their scoring (third-lowest in the league). Dudley's shooting should be critical, in other words, but he's a borderline option in most leagues while Devin Booker and P.J. Tucker are healthy. Wednesday, 10:53 pm
    Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
  • Glenn Robinson III has another solid outing
    Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points with four rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's shooting the ball very well in his last three starts, making 19-of-29 (65.5 percent) for his 17.3 points per game. The Pacers only have one more game this week with Sunday's game against the Clippers in Los Angeles. Paul George (ankle) has a good chance to return after that, so Robinson's value is likely going to take a hit soon. He still gets a lot of credit for turning around a rough start to his season. Wednesday, 10:08 pm
  • Wesley Matthews has five 3s, scores 26 points
    Wesley Matthews stayed hot on Wednesday, making 8-of-19 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five 3-pointers, to finish with a team-high 26 points, two rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Matthews said recently that he's "never going to be worried" about his shot, and that he was always confident despite a brutal start from the field this season. In the seven games prior to tonight, he was averaging 15.6 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.7 steals and a whopping 3.6 triples per game, good enough for top-100 value in 8-cat leagues. He's on the upswing and is a fine pickup in most formats. Wednesday, 9:27 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores just two points
    Justin Holiday started the third quarter for Courtney Lee (ankle) against the Wolves on Wednesday, finishing with two points, four rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn't too impressive during this game while Brandon Jennings stepped up the most after an injury to Courtney Lee (ankle). There's no break on Lee's ankle, so it appears to be more of a day-to-day issue. Holiday only gets a short-term boost until further notice. Wednesday, 8:41 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores 20 points w/ full line
    Marcus Morris had another strong game on Wednesday with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting, four rebounds, three assists, three blocks, one steal and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Morris went through a very rough stretch earlier this month, during which he scored single-digit points in five out of eight games. He's since hit 10+ points in four straight, and is averaging 19.0 points in his past two, so don't hesitate to grab him if he's floating on your waiver wire. Wednesday, 7:36 pm
  • Justin Holiday starting 3Q for Lee (ankle)
    Justin Holiday started the third quarter for Courtney Lee (ankle) against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Lee was ruled out for the game due to his ankle sprain. Holiday has played well for the Knicks and even gets some run with the first unit when the Knicks go with Kristaps Porzingis at the five. If Lee does need to miss time, Holiday would get a nice bump in minutes. He's worth a speculative look in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:27 pm
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) will not return vs. MIN
    Courtney Lee suffered a left ankle sprain on Wednesday night and will not return, though X-rays came back negative.

    Advice: The Knicks ruled him out somewhat quickly from his sprain in the first half. With Lee out, they're already going with more two-PG lineups while Justin Holiday should also get a nice bump in minutes. Holiday and Brandon Jennings are both worth speculative looks in deeper leagues. Wednesday, 6:03 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring) questionable vs. MIA
    Rodney Hood (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Thursday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Tuesday night and did not return. Hood has been a slow healer in the past, so there's a decent chance the Jazz hold him out for the home game. If he's out, Joe Johnson figures to step up the most while Joe Ingles could get a few extra minutes. Wednesday, 5:39 pm
  • Jared Dudley (foot) available to play vs. ATL
    Jared Dudley (foot) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Dudley missed Sunday's game due to soreness on the ball of his left foot, but he was back at practice on Tuesday and should step right back into his 25-minute reserve role tonight. With Dudley active, P.J. Tucker's minutes will likely fall closer to the 30-minute mark. Wednesday, 10:50 am
    Player Note
    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
  • Gordon Hayward scores season-high 31
    Gordon Hayward hit 8-of-16 shots, three 3-pointers and 112-of-13 free throws for a season-high 31 points, five rebounds and seven assists in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Hayward got off to a slow start tonight, but came on late to post one of his best lines of the season. He's rolling, averaging 25.2 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 3-pointers on 48 percent shooting over his last five games. He's also been very consistent, scoring between 22 and 31 points in each of his last five. His finger injury is obviously no longer a concern. Tuesday, 9:14 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hamstring strain) won't return
    Rodney Hood (right hamstring strain) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Rockets.

    Advice: This is a massive blow for the Jazz and it's a shame because Hood was having one of his best games of the season. He finished with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with three assists, two rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples in 20 minutes. Joe Johnson will benefit if Hood misses time and is worth a speculative pickup in deeper leagues. Gordon Hayward and George Hill will be busier as well. Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Marcus Morris snaps out of his funk
    Marcus Morris hit 8-of-18 shots for 18 points, four rebounds, and a steal in Tuesday’s win against the Hornets.

    Advice: Morris led the Pistons with 36 minutes and was second on the team with 18 points. After some subpar performances in recent games, he shot the ball well and drained two from beyond the arc. He faces the Celtics on Wednesday who are amongst the top four in fantasy points allowed to small forwards. His solidified role makes him a safe play most nights and could be deployed against Boston on Wednesday. Tuesday, 6:48 pm
  • C.J. Miles out Wednesday but possible Sunday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) will not play Wednesday in Portland, but there is a possibility he returns Sunday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: Wednesday will be the sixth game Miles misses due to a deep bone bruise in his left knee. However, Miles is certainly trending in the right direction, as coach Nate McMillan confirmed that Miles was able to participate in practice on Tuesday. Miles had been playing well before injuring his knee, averaging 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 three-pointers and 1.0 steals over the first 13 games of the season. Thanks in part to terrific shooting percentages (49.2 percent from the floor and 90.5 percent from the free throw line), Miles currently ranks 42nd overall, according to If you have roster space and he is still sitting on your league's waiver wire, he is worth a speculative add. Tuesday, 4:41 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) a possibility for Sunday
    Paul George (sore left ankle, back) could return as soon as Sunday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: The Pacers only have two games in Week 6 and George has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game vs. the Blazers. George did not practice on Tuesday and coach Nate McMillan didn't provide much of an update. Expect Glenn Robinson III to have a heavy workload vs. the Blazers. Tuesday, 4:37 pm
  • Courtney Lee dealing with sprained right hand
    Courtney Lee said that he sprained his shooting hand back on Nov. 20 vs. Atlanta, but maintains that it is not an issue that has affected his shot.

    Advice: Lee has been averaging 11.0 points, 2.3 triples, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and just 0.5 turnovers per game on 43.2 percent shooting since sustaining the injury, so this isn't anything to be concerned about. In fact, those numbers have been good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues, so he's worth a look for owners seeking a boost in the 3-point category with a trickle of steals. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Justin Holiday dealing with shoulder sprain
    Justin Holiday said he has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder suffered in Friday’s game versus Charlotte.

    Advice: "Every time you make contact, it’s going to hurt, but it still moves,’’ Holiday said. He played 18 minutes on Saturday and then 15 minutes on Monday night, so it doesn't appear to be hampering him significantly. Holiday is averaging 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds. He can be left on the waiver wire. Tuesday, 6:47 am
  • Rodney Hood held to nine points on Monday
    Rodney Hood was held to nine points on Monday vs. Minnesota, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one triple in 32 minutes.

    Advice: This was Hood's second dud in a row after he scored eight points against the Hawks on Friday. Hood finished just 4-of-12 from the field on Monday and took a backseat with Gordon Hayward and George Hill running the show. Hood is still holding onto 8th-round value in standard leagues and gets a favorable matchup against the Rockets on Tuesday. Monday, 9:15 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points Monday
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points on 6-of-14 shooting against the Wolves on Monday.

    Advice: He added five rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 34 minutes. Hayward also got to the free throw line 15 times, connecting on 12 of them. He's scored 22 or more points in each of his last four games and has made a total of 30 free throws in that span. Monday, 9:11 pm
  • Courtney Lee has a solid outing on Monday
    Courtney Lee made 5-of-10 shots for 13 points, three boards, and two steals in 36 minutes of Monday’s loss to the Thunder.

    Advice: Lee has now scored in double figures in three consecutive games and has made nine 3-pointers over that span. He continues to see plenty of minutes, averaging 30.6 minutes per game and playing over 35 minutes in three of his last five games. His usage rate is just 14.6 percent, but he does account for 23.5 percent of the 3PM and 14.7 percent of the Knicks points. If you are looking for help in the 3-point category and need a scorer, now is the time to pick up Lee, as he is shooting the ball well. Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Matthews was never worried about his shot
    Wesley Matthews said he was "never worried" about getting his shot to drop.

    Advice: "I was never worried about it. That was you guys," Matthews said of his slow start. "I think I said that during the time. I wasn’t worried about my shot. I’m never going to be worried about it. I know the time I put into it, I know the confidence that I have, and I know the confidence that the team has in me." Matthews has been much improved over the past seven games, putting up late-round value with averages of 15.6 points, 3.6 triples and 2.1 dimes per contest on 43.2 percent shooting. Monday, 1:29 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) works out on Monday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) was able to go through some individual work on Monday.

    Advice: Miles has missed the past five games with a sore knee, but he's going to be re-evaluated this week, and his sweat-drenched post to Snapchat indicates he's moving in a positive direction. For now, we'll consider him questionable for Wednesday's game in Portland, and owners can expect to get a few more updates in the intervening days leading up to Wednesday's tip. Paul George is going to miss Wednesday's game, so Miles could be forced into heavy minutes if he does return on Wednesday. Monday, 1:03 pm
  • Evan Turner scores 15 points on 6-of-12 FGs
    Evan Turner pitched in 15 points, six rebounds and two assists during a high-scoring loss to Houston on Sunday.

    Advice: Turner went 6-of-12 from the field with two 3-pointers in 23 minutes off the bench. He's starting to find his groove with the Blazers, scoring double-digit points in four of the past five games with strong FG percentages and at least two assists in each of those contests. His defensive stats leave a lot to be desired, and he's an inconsistent 3-point shooter, but deep-league owners should consider scooping him up while he's hot. Nov 27, 9:18 pm
  • Trevor Ariza scores 18 points on seven FGA
    Trevor Ariza made the most of limited opportunities on Sunday, scoring 18 points on seven shot attempts with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and zero turnovers.

    Advice: The Rockets have won five of their past six games and Ariza is a subtle reason for their success. In addition to his defensive play, he's been lights-out on corner 3-point shooting this season -- he leads the NBA in that category and sank 4-of-5 triples tonight. Although he's less valuable in most points leagues, he's sitting as a top-30 roto value in 9-cat. Nov 27, 9:11 pm
  • Wesley Matthews hits 6-of-8 threes, scores 21
    Wesley Matthews drained 6-of-8 three-pointers to finish Sunday's victory with 21 points, three rebounds, three assists and one turnover in 39 minutes of action.

    Advice: Dallas improved their record to 3-13 but that's still the worst mark in the NBA, trailing teams like the Suns (5-13), Wolves (5-11), 76ers (4-13) and Nets (4-12). They'll take what they can get at this point, though, and that includes a strong game from Matthews. He got off to a terrible start shooting the ball, but in his past four games he's a combined 14-of-25 from downtown. Now is the time to pick him up if he's floating on your waiver wire. Nov 27, 7:36 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III scores 17 pts w/ strong D
    Glenn Robinson III finished Sunday's home victory with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting, adding six boards, one assist, one 3-pointer and just one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Paul George (ankle) and C.J. Miles (knee) were out again tonight, so there was no barrier between GR3 and huge playing time. Head coach Nate McMillan said that he's pushed Robinson to "relax offensively [and] not put any pressure on himself ... [but] I did want to see him pick up his pace on the defensive end of the floor." He's done exactly that as a starter, taking advantage of scoring chances as they arise while playing sound defense at the other end. He's a great streaming or DFS play until George and Miles return, and should stick in the rotation even when they're healthy. Nov 27, 5:44 pm
  • Jared Dudley (left foot) will not play Sunday
    Jared Dudley (left foot) will not play on Sunday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: The severity is not known, but the injury leaves the Suns shorthanded at forward with T.J. Warren (head) out for a while. P.J. Tucker and Dragan Bender should both see an uptick in minutes off the bench, but neither player is worth adding in standard leagues. Nov 27, 10:54 am
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    Jared Dudley Pho - SG,SF,PF
  • Evan Turner starting to feel comfortable
    Evan Turner said he's starting to feel more comfortable in Portland.

    Advice: "It’s always going to be a big adjustment getting the plays down," Turner said. "The pace of it [in the Western Conference] is crazy. The last couple of weeks I am fully getting our plays second nature to me, and once again now it’s just building the consistency." He's playing a little better since his brutal start to the season, averaging 11.8 points, 3.0 assists, 2.4 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.8 treys on 39.5 percent shooting, but he's only getting 26.2 minutes per game because Moe Harkless has been outstanding. Turner is just a deep-league asset while the Blazers are healthy. Nov 27, 8:09 am
  • C.J. Miles (sore knee) out for Sunday
    C.J. Miles (knee) will not play against the Clippers on Sunday.

    Advice: With Paul George (ankle) also out, it's Glenn Robinson III time. Robinson III went off in a dream matchup against the Nets with 20 points in 40 minutes. He obviously has tougher sledding on Sunday, but Robinson is worth a short-term look and is a nice DFS punt. Nov 26, 11:27 am
  • Ariza scores 18, HOU takes NBA record 50 3PAs
    Trevor Ariza scored 18 points with nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: The Rockets were bombing threes like never before, setting an NBA record with 50 attempts from beyond the arc -- they made 21. Ariza has typically been a horrible starter in the season, but he's off to a fantastic run this year with top-30 value in standard leagues. He has at least one trey and at least one steal in all but one game this season and clearly the return of Pat Beverley hasn't hurt him. Nov 25, 11:58 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III scores 20 w/ four treys
    Glenn Robinson III started for Paul George (ankle) in Friday's win 118-97 win over the Nets and scored a season-high 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting.

    Advice: He played 40 minutes in the blowout win while the rest of the starters didn't eclipse 26 minutes. Robinson III added six rebounds, one block, one steal and four triples, and he's looking at at least two more starts with George already ruled out for the next two games. He's a nice short-term pickup and will be a cheap plug-and-play option in DFS Sunday vs. the Clippers. Nov 25, 9:29 pm
  • Justin Holiday scores nine, hurts shoulder
    Justin Holiday hurt his shoulder on Friday and did return, finishing with nine points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He is fully expected to play on Saturday. The Knicks are starting to play smaller more often, but it hasn't helped Holiday get a significant bump in minutes. He's only on the radar in deeper formats. Nov 25, 9:27 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 points in win
    Gordon Hayward scored 24 points against the Hawks on Friday with seven rebounds, two steals, one block, one triple and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient, shooting 8-of-14 from the field and hitting all seven of his free throws. Hayward was in a bit of a mini-slump last week, but he's since scored 22 or more points in his last three games and is averaging 23.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.7 treys in that span. Nov 25, 8:38 pm
  • Wes Matthews quiet in crushing road loss
    The Mavericks added another loss to their league-worst record on Friday, with Wes Matthews contributing just six points on 2-of-8 shooting, three assists, two rebounds, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Dallas recently got back Dirk Nowitzki (Achilles), and Deron Williams (calf) was in the starting lineup tonight, but it didn't matter in a tough road game at Cleveland -- the Mavs trailed by 20 points after one quarter and they ultimately lost by 38 points. Matthews came in shooting just 34.5 percent on the season but he was accurate in his previous two games, so hopefully he'll get back on track vs. the Pelicans on Sunday. Nov 25, 7:14 pm
  • Marcus Morris struggles w/ foul trouble Fri
    Marcus Morris was hampered by foul trouble on Friday, but he still scored 17 points on 8-of-13 shooting with three rebounds and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Morris couldn't get out of his own way tonight, which resulted in more minutes for backup PF Jon Leuer (11 points, 11 boards in 33 minutes). Morris was terrific in crunch time tonight and he posted a decent line considering the circumstances. At least he'll be rested for Saturday's back-to-back game vs. the Thunder. Nov 25, 7:11 pm
  • Paul George (ankle) out for three games
    Paul George (sore left ankle) will miss the next three games due to a sore left ankle.

    Advice: This includes the Friday night game, so George will Sunday and Wednesday games. The Pacers are off for a few days after that, so George will get plenty of rest between now and Dec. 4. Coach Nate McMillan said George has been playing through his sore ankle since his injury last week and he also has a sore back. While he's out, Glenn Robinson III figures to get a couple more starts with C.J. Miles (knee) on the sidelines. Nov 25, 5:30 pm
  • Glenn Robinson III into the starting lineup
    Glenn Robinson III is back in the starting lineup for Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: Paul George (ankle, back) is out for tonight and so is C.J. Miles (knee), so Robinson III is looking at big minutes in a very favorable matchup. He played 37 minutes on Monday, so he should be ready to roll against the NBA's fastest team. He's a nice DFS punt. Nov 25, 4:07 pm
  • Paul George (back) ruled out for Friday
    Paul George (back) has now been ruled out for Friday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Glenn Robinson III is looking at heavy minutes as the starter with C.J. Miles (knee) also out. The Pacers called PG-13 a game-time decision, so it's slightly concerning that they ruled him out with more than an hour before tip-off. He also still has some soreness in his left ankle which hampered him last week, but hopefully the Pacers are just being cautious. His next chance to play will be on Sunday vs. the Clippers. Nov 25, 4:05 pm
  • Paul George (back) a game-time call vs. BK
    Paul George (back) is now a game-time decision to face the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: This is not the same injury as his ankle issue from last weekend. George was listed as probable heading into the pre-game warmups, so he does still have a decent chance to play. Although, he is still dealing with ankle soreness. If he can't go, Glenn Robinson III would be looking at bigger minutes as the starter while Jeff Teague, Monta Ellis, Rodney Stuckey and all the other rotation guys benefit. We'll have another update shortly. Nov 25, 3:21 pm
  • Paul George (back) probable for Friday
    Paul George (sore back) is probable for Friday vs. the Nets.

    Advice: George had missed two games prior to Wednesday night with an ankle injury. PG-13 looked healthy on Wednesday, playing 38 minutes. He should be locked and loaded in lineups for Friday. Nov 25, 9:45 am
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