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  • Nik Stauskas picks up another DNP-CD
    Nik Stauskas picked up his third straight DNP-CD on Sunday.

    Advice: Brooklyn had been finding a handful of minutes per game for Stauskas, but that ended recently and his outlook is bleak with D'Angelo Russell (knee) back in the mix. He'll be a restricted free agent this summer if the Nets make a $5.1 million qualifying offer, so maybe the'll play him late in the season. 18 minutes ago
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in win over NYK
    Julius Randle posted a 27-point, 12-rebound double-double during Sunday's win over the Knicks, adding five assists, one steal and two turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Randle has been fairly consistent with the points, boards and dimes over the past few weeks, but the general lack of defensive stats and turnover issues have been a major hindrance to his fantasy value. We've heard his name floating around the rumor mill a lot lately with the trade deadline approaching, and he's certainly played well enough as of late to attract some suitors, so it'll be interesting to see if there's any fire to the smoke. A trade away from Los Angles wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. 49 minutes ago
  • Michael Beasley scores 17 points in 14 mins
    Michael Beasley struggled with foul trouble on Sunday but still came through with 17 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist and two turnovers in 14 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Beasley committed some silly fouls in this one, but he made up for that with efficiency, going 7-of-9 from the field and 2-of-2 from the charity stripe for a sterling 86.0 true shooting percentage. Beasley's minutes have been somewhat inconsistent since Tim Hardaway Jr. got back to the court, but he's still been effective with averages of 13.5 points, 4.3 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers per game. Today, 3:27 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. Today, 3:21 pm
  • James Ennis (right calf) ruled out Monday
    James Ennis (right calf) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: Ben McLemore and Wayne Selden are the winners here, especially if Mario Chalmers (shoulder) and Dillon Brooks (illness) can't suit up. We're considering Ennis day-to-day. Today, 3:20 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) out Monday vs. Sixers
    JaMychal Green (right ankle) will not play vs. Philly on Monday.

    Advice: The Grizzlies' injury report is a mess. Andrew Harrison (shoulder) is probable, Jarell Martin (left hand), Dillon Brooks (illness) and Mario Chalmers (shoulder) are questionable, while Chandler Parsons (knee) and James Ennis III (calf) are out. Mike Conley is also still out, of course, and fantasy owners relying on anyone from Memphis should monitor player news throughout Monday afternoon. Today, 3:18 pm
  • Brandan Wright (illness) not on injury report
    Brandan Wright (illness) is not on the injury report for Monday's game.

    Advice: It sounds like Wright will be cleared to play vs. the Sixers, but whether he takes the court is another question -- he was a DNP-CD on Friday, and Deyonta Davis appears to have usurped his role entirely. Today, 3:10 pm
  • Aaron Gordon goes 5-of-17 from the field
    Aaron Gordon's shooting woes continued on Sunday as he went just 5-of-17 from the field and 1-of-2 from the stripe on his way to 11 points, 13 boards, four assists and two turnovers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Gordon has been connecting on just 33.6% of his shot attempts over the past eight games, although he’s still been effective with averages of 16.5 points, 8.5 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 triples, 0.8 steals and 2.4 turnovers per game. We should see a regression to the mean with his jump shot soon enough, and the steals numbers should also start trending up as well. A favorable matchup against the Kings on Tuesday could help him to start moving in the right direction. Today, 1:12 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 22 points in win
    Elfrid Payton scored a team-high 22 points in Sunday's win over the Celtics, adding six boards, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Payton did a nice job of picking his spots in the offense, and he was a huge factor in the Magic snapping their 14-game road losing streak. He had a slow start to the year, but he's really picked up his play over the past month with averages of 16.5 points, 6.5 dimes, 1.5 steals and 3.0 turnovers per contest on 54.4% shooting from the field and 76.6% from the stripe, which has been good enough for sixth-round value in 9-cat leagues. He should be able to close out the year as a mid-round guy. Today, 12:55 pm
  • Al Horford scores just nine points in 33 mins
    Al Horford didn't do much in Sunday's loss to the Magic, finishing with nine points, five boards, six assists, one 3-pointer, one steal and one block in 33 minutes of floor time.

    Advice: Horford never really got going in this one, and he's been prone to the occasional dud this season, but we'd expect a bounce-back performance on Tuesday with a more favorable matchup against the Lakers. Aron Baynes played through a sinus infection but finished with just one rebound, one assist, one block and one turnover in five minutes off the bench. Today, 12:51 pm
  • 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. Today, 9:49 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic scores 10 points vs. Mavs
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 10 points with six rebounds, one assist and one block in 24 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: He did have some decent momentum coming into this game, but he was sloppy on both ends of the floor. Nurkic did also tweak his right elbow when he got tangled up with Salah Mejri, but it sounds like he's OK. He's been a bit of a headache in fantasy this season. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:00 pm
  • Muhammad scores seven in 12 minutes
    Shabazz Muhammad scored seven points with two rebounds in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He seems to be behind both Marcus Georges-Hunt and Nemanja Bjelica to help fill the void left on the wing. Muhammad isn't really worth adding in almost any league. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Rudy Gobert swats three shots vs. Clippers
    Rudy Gobert posted 16 points with seven rebounds and three blocked shots over 28 minutes in Saturday's 125-113 win against the Clippers.

    Advice: Gobert was a very efficient 6-of-9 from the field, and he didn't have any turnovers. He was on his way to a pretty strong stat line, but foul trouble kept his numbers down a bit. Still, his overall performance was pretty impressive. In addition, he was able to play in the back-to-back set, so that's another good sign for his fantasy owners. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • JaMychal Green (ankle) will not return
    JaMychal Green (right ankle) will not return to Saturday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: He suffered the injury much earlier in the game, but he wasn't ruled out until the fourth quarter. Hopefully, this injury isn't going to cost him too much time, but getting ruled out in a close game is discouraging. Green's bad injury earlier this year was to his right knee. He finished with eight points, a season-high 16 rebounds and one steal in 24 minutes. Jarell Martin and Ivan Rabb will be filling in for him tonight with Martin being worthy of a speculative add in deep leagues. Yesterday, 5:57 pm
  • Brandan Wright (illness) ruled out Saturday
    Brandan Wright (illness) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Wright, who had missed three straight games, was available to return Friday. However, he was a DNP-CD. Now he's back on the inactive list. Wright, who hasn't logged more than 15 minutes in a game since December 26th, should be left on the waiver wire. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • James Ennis (right calf) ruled out Saturday
    James Ennis (right calf) has been ruled out of Saturday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: This will be the second straight game Ennis has missed. Chandler Parsons (illness, right knee soreness) has also been ruled out and Ben McLemore (knee soreness) is listed as questionable, so the Grizz could be left with little depth on the wing on Saturday. Dillon Brooks will again be asked to log major minutes and could be looking at another big scoring night. Yesterday, 11:00 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. Yesterday, 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
  • Julius Randle effective in Friday's home win
    Julius Randle (finger) was able to start Friday's 99-86 victory against the Pacers, finishing with 14 points.

    Advice: Randle hit 7-of-12 from the field while adding four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot over his 20 minutes. He is playing with a jammed right ring finger and fracture, but the ailment didn't seem to affect his shot in the win. If you were hesitant to use him in your fantasy lineup because of the injury, fear not. He looks like he'll be just fine playing through the situation. Friday, 10:57 pm
  • Rudy Gobert returns with 23 and 14, 3 blocks
    Rudy Gobert (knee) turned in a gem during his return to the lineup on Friday, scoring a season-high 23 points with 14 rebounds, one assist and three blocks in 30 minutes during a 117-115 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: He was expected to play around 24 minutes, but this game was close in a game the Jazz really needed before a road trip that starts on Monday. Gobert started slow and did only make 9-of-15 from the line, but he showed some rapport with Donovan Mitchell. He has been a major letdown so far this season, so hopefully he can hang more lines like this one. His owners may want to make sure he's a go for Saturday in a back-to-back set against the Clippers. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Brandan Wright picks up a DNP-CD
    Brandan Wright picked up a DNP-CD on Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He was "available" to play, but he's not in the rotation right now. Deyonta Davis will continue backing up Marc Gasol and we don't see why Memphis would go away from that. Friday, 8:10 pm
  • Ennis, Hart, Brewer, Kuz & Randle starting
    Corey Brewer, Kyle Kuzma, Julius Randle, Josh Hart and Tyler Ennis will start against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: The Lakers are missing a lot of bodies here and they'll go small against the Pacers. Randle is also playing with a finger fracture. Friday, 7:26 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
  • Rudy Gobert to play around 24 minutes
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will start and is expected to play around 24 minutes against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He beat his timetable from last weekend to return, but the Jazz rightfully won't be extending him too much. Gobert's scoring has dropped from last season, so it'll be interesting to see how he fits now that Donovan Mitchell has established himself as a rookie stud. Friday, 6:00 pm
  • Brandan Wright (illness) is available
    Brandan Wright (illness) is available to play on Friday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He's been out of the rotation and Marc Gasol (illness) is playing, so Wright isn't a lock to see the floor. Friday, 4:12 pm
  • Julius Randle (finger) expected to play
    Julius Randle jammed his right ring finger and suffered a fracture, but he’s scheduled to play against the Pacers on Friday.

    Advice: It's being called a mallet fracture, which is just below the tip of Randle's finger. The Lakers will need him with Brandon Ingram (ankle) possibly missing this game. Randle is a lefty, so this injury may not affect him too much on offense. He's an option in DFS and should be owned in standard leagues now that he's seen consistent minutes. Friday, 11:38 am
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) will play Friday vs. NY
    Rudy Gobert (knee) will play Friday night vs. the Knicks, but will have a minutes restriction.

    Advice: Coach Quinn Snyder said he was unsure whether or not Gobert would start. Gobert told reporters that his minutes restriction would be largely based on his level of conditioning and fatigue. Rudy also said that he expects to play Saturday vs. the Clippers as well, barring soreness. It's probably best to steer clear of Rudy in DFS on Friday, but daily fantasy leaguers should feel confident deploying him. Derrick Favors, Jonas Jerebko (back), Joe Johnson and Ekpe Udoh will all see their playing time reduced. Friday, 10:33 am
  • Brandan Wright (illness) doubtful for Friday
    Brandan Wright (illness) was unable to participate in shootaround and is "likely doubtful" for Friday's game vs. Sacramento.

    Advice: Minimal fantasy impact here, as Wright has missed three straight games and hasn't logged more than 15 minutes in a game since December 26th. Also, Marc Gasol (illness) is expected to play Friday night. Friday, 9:13 am
  • Nurk Alert: Jusuf Nurkic explodes for 19 & 17
    Jusuf Nurkic scored 19 points with 17 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: It's a much-needed Nurk Alert after two terrible games in favorable matchups against the Suns and Wolves, averaging just 8.5 points, 6.0 boards and 1.0 blocks in 21.0 minutes per game. On the positive side, Nurkic is finally making his shots from the field at 52.0 percent from the field this month before his 8-of-14 tonight (57.1 percent). He still has some major work to do to meet his ADP price, but things are looking up right now. Thursday, 9:48 pm
  • Aaron Gordon scores 17 with 11 boards
    Aaron Gordon scored 17 points during a 104-103 loss to the Cavs on Thursday, adding 11 rebounds, two assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He did not start the second half, but he came in after just one minute into the third quarter -- you can feel free to guess why. Gordon has really struggled with his jumper since his return from injury on Dec. 28, making just 28.7 percent of his 115 attempts, which explains why he's made just 39.2 percent from the field over those 10. Either way, Gordon continues to fill it up and he should be able to climb into the mid-40s for FG% soon enough. Thursday, 7:32 pm
  • Elfrid Payton scores 19 with eight dimes
    Elfrid Payton scored 19 points with four rebounds, eight assists, one block, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's been boom or bust lately, but Payton has finally found his mojo over his last dozen games. In that span, he averaged 16.1 points, 4.5 boards, 6.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.6 treys on 54.2 percent from the field and 78.0 percent from the line. Not coincidentally, Nikola Vucevic (hand) went down 12 games ago, so that may explain his recent improvement. Keep him rolling, though. Thursday, 7:28 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
  • Al Horford has one a solid line vs. Embiid
    Al Horford scored 14 points with three rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens has leaned on Horford a lot to guard Ben Simmons in this matchup, but he covered Joel Embiid more down the stretch during this loss. Horford trails only DeMarcus Cousins and Draymond Green for total assists among PF/Cs and he's been one of the most well-rounded fantasy bigs over the last decade. Thursday, 6:42 pm
  • James Ennis (right calf) listed out Friday
    James Ennis (right calf) is listed as 'out' for Friday's game.

    Advice: Ennis logged 20 minutes vs. the Knicks on Wednesday but maybe he aggravated his calf injury in the process. His absence should open up more playing time for Wayne Selden, and maybe we'll see Ben McLemore back in the rotation. Thursday, 3:12 pm
  • JaMychal Green posts 18 & 13 vs. Knicks
    JaMychal Green racked up 18 points, 13 rebounds (seven offensive), three assists, three 3-pointers and one steal in 27 minutes vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Marc Gasol and Brandan Wright were both away from the team recovering from illnesses, which left the frontcourt very thin. Green, Deyonta Davis and Jarell Martin all saw their roles increase as a result, and Green is quietly building up steam in January. He's averaging 12.0 points, 8.3 boards, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.6 blocks and 1.1 triples this month, and should only see his role expand down the stretch. Wednesday, 9:12 pm
  • James Ennis (calf) looks fine Wednesday
    James Ennis (calf) had four points on 2-of-6 shooting, three rebounds and three assists in a home win vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ennis' availability was a rare bit of good injury news for Memphis, which was playing without Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright. He was coming off a pair of solid games but should still be viewed skeptically for fantasy purposes. Wednesday, 9:10 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
  • 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
  • James Ennis is available to play
    James Ennis (calf) is available to play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was called questionable to play on Tuesday from what was likely an injury on Monday. He should come off the bench and could be looking at minutes around 20. Ennis isn't worth owning in most leagues. Wednesday, 4:08 pm
  • Brandan Wright will not play due to illness
    Brandan Wright (illness) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been out of the rotation anyway, so the Grizzlies won't miss him too much. Although, not having Marc Gasol (illness) means Deyonta Davis should have some extended run heading his way tonight. Wednesday, 3:23 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
  • 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
  • Jusuf Nurkic plays just 22 minutes in win
    Jusuf Nurkic hit 4-of-9 shots for nine points, seven rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 22 minutes of Tuesday's easy win over the Suns.

    Advice: He played the opening six minutes of the game but was then benched for the rest of the first half, despite not being in foul trouble. His minutes got back on track in the second half, but it is concerning that he's only played 22 and 20 minutes in each of his last two games. Nurkic will look to get back on track against the Pacers on Thursday, and then has a dream matchup against the Mavericks on Saturday. Dallas gets torched by opposing centers every night and Nikola Jokic put them on blast for 29 points, 18 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block tonight. Tuesday, 9:41 pm
  • Al Horford scores 14 points in loss
    Al Horford (calf) scored 14 points on 5-of-9 shots in Tuesday's overtime loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: He's been banged up lately with a sore knee and sore calf, but he's had plenty of time off to rest and it's a great sign that he played 38 minutes tonight. Horford hit four 3-pointers for the eighth time of his career in the loss, adding nine rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block. The Celtics were bullied by Anthony Davis tonight and Horford will have his hands full again on Thursday vs. Joel Embiid and the 76ers. Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • James Ennis (calf) questionable for Wednesday
    James Ennis (right calf) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a calf issue for Ennis, but we'll have a better idea on his status based on what he can do at Wednesday morning's shootaround. If he's out, his minutes will likely be divvied up between Dillon Brooks and Jarell Martin. Tuesday, 3:03 pm
  • Al Horford (calf) will play Tuesday vs. NO
    Al Horford (calf) will play Tuesday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Horford was never in any danger of missing Tuesday's game, but now we have official confirmation. Go ahead and get him active. Tuesday, 2:51 pm
  • James Ennis plays well for Memphis
    James Ennis hit 4-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, three rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 21 minutes of Monday's win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Ennis had 12 points, five boards, a block and two 3-pointers in his previous game, making him worth a watchful eye right now. But Chandler Parsons should be back from his knee injury soon, which could hurt him. And even if Parsons remains out, Ennis would only be a deep-league option at this point. Monday, 5:45 pm
  • JaMychal Green just missed double-double
    JaMychal Green hit 4-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, nine rebounds and one assist in Monday's 123-114 win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Green went off for 20 points, 14 rebounds, two steals and a block last Wednesday, then had a five-point dud on Friday before playing fairly well today. He's not going to do much besides score and rebound, and he doesn't exactly destroy those categories, but he's playing well enough to be given a look in most leagues if you're desperate for a big man. Monday, 5:34 pm
  • Julius Randle quiet in loss to Grizzlies
    Julius Randle played just 22 minutes and had nine points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block on 2-of-7 shooting in Monday's loss to the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Randle is alternating big games with duds right now and the Lakers were getting blown out in this one. Luke Walton rolled mostly with his bench brigade in the second half and this was a disappointing night for Randle, given that both Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball were out with injuries. Randle had 23 points and 15 boards in his previous game and will look to get back on track against the Thunder on Wednesday night. Hang in there with him. Monday, 5:12 pm
  • Michael Beasley strong off the bench
    Michael Beasley finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots in 29 minutes off the bench Monday at Brooklyn.

    Advice: Beasley hit 10-of-18 from the field, including 1-of-1 from behind the arc, while adding 2-of-3 from the charity stripe. He also turned it over just three times while contributing a solid plus-12 rating. Beasley bounced back rather nicely after a scoreless effort against New Orleans in just nine minutes Sunday. His fantasy arrow has been point down lately with some erratic performances in the end of December, but this game marked his fourth time hitting 20 or more points in the past six outings and he remains a useful fantasy asset in most formats for his scoring. He was seeing more run with Tim Hardaway Jr. resting, so if you dropped Beasley, don't feel bad. Hardaway Jr. is expected to return Wednesday, limiting Beasley's minutes. Monday, 3:07 pm
  • 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. Monday, 11:28 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. Monday, 10:39 am
  • Al Horford (knee) is probable for Tuesday
    Al Horford (knee) is probable for Tuesday's game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Horford missed Saturday's practice as a precaution, but he was back on the floor for Monday's practice as expected. His status for Tuesday was never really in doubt, but we'll have another update after their morning shootaround to be safe. Monday, 10:22 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic quiet in 20 minutes vs. Wolves
    Jusuf Nurkic had eight points, five rebounds, one assist and one steal in just 20 minutes during Sunday's 120-103 loss in Minnesota.

    Advice: The Blazers' big man has struggled with consistency all season, so this is nothing new for fantasy owners. He was coming off a strong effort in 31 minutes on Friday but couldn't keep up with Karl-Anthony Towns defensively tonight, which helps explain the dip in playing time. We expect to see him back in his typical 24-30 minute range in the Blazers' upcoming three-game week. Sunday, 9:15 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 25 points, tweaks leg
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points in 33 minutes during Sunday's overtime loss to the Pelicans but appeared to tweak his left leg on the final possession of the game.

    Advice: He did add two triples, five boards, three dimes, three steals and three turnovers while he was out there, but the main takeaway is the leg injury. The injury occurred on a non-contact play on New York's final possession, and while he was able to walk off the court under his own power, he was sporting an obvious limp. The Knicks play again on Monday in Brooklyn, so it wouldn't be surprising to see THJ hit the sidelines for the second leg of this back-to-back. Sunday, 3:58 pm
  • Julius Randle double-doubles in overtime win
    Julius Randle posted a 23-point, 15-board double-double during Saturday's overtime win over the Mavs, adding two assists and seven turnovers over 33 minutes.

    Advice: Randle scored the first points of the game for the Lakers, and also hit the game-clinching basket on an impressive putback bucket in OT, so all in all this was a solid performance following Thursday's scoreless outing. With Brandon Ingram (ankle) and Larry Nance Jr. (eye) going down in this one, Randle could be looking at big minutes on Monday in Memphis if neither of those guys can play. Saturday, 2:28 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) out at least one more week
    Rudy Gobert (knee) was re-evaluated on Saturday and it was determined that he'll need to spend another 7-10 days on the sidelines.

    Advice: Gobert has recently begun going through light practices with non-contact work, so he is making progress. That said, until he's going through 5-on-5, full-contact work, we can assume he's not close. Derrick Favors will continue to hold down the five-spot in his absence, with Thabo Sefolosha and Jonas Jerebko moving in and out of the starting five based on the matchup. Saturday, 11:48 am
  • Al Horford (calf) doesn't practice Saturday
    Al Horford (knee) was held out of Saturday's practice as a precaution.

    Advice: Horford said he feels good, and with the Celtics off until Tuesday, we wouldn't expect this calf issue to be something that forces him to the sidelines. We'll throw him on the injury report just to be safe, and owners can expect to get another couple updates ahead of Tuesday's tip. Saturday, 11:10 am
  • Michael Beasley plays 16 minutes
    Michael Beasley played 16 minutes with Tim Hardaway Jr. (leg) back in the the lineup on Friday vs. the Wolves, scoring 13 points with three assists, one rebound, one block and one triple.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said that Beasley's minutes will take a hit with THJ back, as he will use Lance Thomas when he wants defense and Beasley when he needs a scoring punch. "I’m used to dramatic change. I’m used to ups and downs," Beasley said. "If anything happens to where I don’t play anymore, I can’t cry about it. Just got to look forward to tomorrow, get my work in, keep my conditioning up." He was trending up for a few weeks, but now his fantasy arrow is pointing down. Friday, 9:39 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic goes for 19 points in road loss
    Jusuf Nurkic finished with 19 points across 31 minutes in Friday's 119-113 loss at New Orleans.

    Advice: Nurkic was a very efficient 7-of-9 from the field and 5-of-6 from the charity stripe while adding five rebounds, three blocked shots, two assists and a steal. The Pelicans didn't do very well on interior defense and Nurk was able to take advantage. It was a very nice bounce back game after his dud Wednesday in Houston snapped a five-game streak with 10 or more points. Friday, 9:17 pm
  • Hair no problem for Elfrid Payton on Friday
    Elfrid Payton was able to score a team-best 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting in Friday's loss at Washington while adding eight assists, five rebounds and a steal.

    Advice: When Payton is struggling, there is talk that his crazy hairdo gets in the way and affects his shooting vision. He entered the game with just 7.0 points, 5.5 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game over his past two contests, so the talk was creeping in again. This will silence the critics, as he banged home his only 3-pointer attempt and was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line, too. Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Double-double for Aaron Gordon in D.C.
    Aaron Gordon struggled with his shot Friday at Washington, but he was able to scratch out 14 points with 10 rebounds and seven assists.

    Advice: Gordon was a dismal 4-of-15 from the field, although he was still able to connect for 3-of-6 from behind the 3-point line while flirting with a triple-double. He was late for a team flight earlier in the week, benched in Dallas, and he just hasn't recovered in his two games back in the starting lineup. He is shooting just 8-of-33 (24.2 percent) over the past two outings. Still, the double-double was nice and remains a fantasy option in most formats through thick and thin. Friday, 8:31 pm
  • Beasley may see reduced role w/ THJ returning
    Michael Beasley may see a reduced role once Tim Hardaway Jr. returns to the Knicks lineup.

    Advice: Beasley has been a beast over the last month. In the 14 games the Knicks have played since Dec. 12, Beas is averaging 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in just 25.3 minutes. However, with Tim Hardaway Jr. returning to the lineup as soon as this weekend, Beasley is expected to see his playing time drop, according to coach Jeff Hornaeck. "There were nights when Lance [Thomas] didn’t play. There were nights Mike didn’t play. So we’ll probably end up going back to that," said Hornacek. Friday, 8:17 am
  • Julius Randle fails to score in 18 minutes
    Julius Randle played just 18 minutes and missed all six of his shots, failing to score for the first time this season in Thursday's win over the Spurs.

    Advice: He picked up three fouls in the first half and saw his minutes limited, while Larry Nance had one of his better games of the season. It was a bad combination for Randle, who was coming off a big game on Tuesday when he had 22 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, a steal and a 3-pointer. Randle had been rolling, but it just wasn't his night. Don't drop him, but do look for him to bounce back against the Mavericks on Saturday. Thursday, 10:50 pm
  • Rudy Gobert (knee) doing non-contact work
    Rudy Gobert (knee) has begun participating in non-contact portions of practice.

    Advice: Gobert is still out for Friday's game and he doesn't have a firm return date, but this is encouraging news nonetheless. He was diagnosed with a sprained PCL in his left knee and a bone bruise in his left tibia, and was given an initial timetable of approximately one month on Dec. 16. It's reasonable to think he could return in mid- to late-January, therefore, and the next step is likely for him to start taking contact. Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • Al Horford (knee) helps Celtics win in London
    Al Horford (sore knee) returned on Thursday with 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in a resounding comeback win vs. the Sixers in London.

    Advice: Horford missed Saturday's game with soreness, but that absence was precautionary and gave him five full days to rest, due to Boston's trip to London. He hit 5-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs tonight, with one 3-pointer, one block and only one turnover, and looked completely fine in 35 minutes of action. He'll get another long break, too, before facing the Pelicans on Tuesday. Thursday, 2:41 pm
  • Michael Beasley returned to action on Wednesday January 10. Thursday, 12:53 am
  • JaMychal Green breaks out for 20 & 14
    JaMychal Green broke out for 20 points and 14 rebounds on Wednesday, hitting 7-of-12 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs with two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes.

    Advice: This is the first time all season that Green has scored double-digit points in three straight games, and the first time since Nov. 13 that he's played at least 30 minutes. He took advantage of a short-handed Pelicans team tonight, which was playing without Anthony Davis (ankle), so we're still skeptical of him, but it can't hurt to grab him in deeper leagues in case his upswing proves to be sustainable. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic struggles in 21 minutes Wed
    The Blazers lost for the third time in their past nine games on Wednesday, with Jusuf Nurkic contributing just eight points on 4-of-13 shooting in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Nurk did have eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist, so it wasn't a total loss. Part of his low minutes were due to early foul trouble, but he also took a backseat with Ed Davis (11 points, 10 boards) playing well off the bench tonight. Nurk's shooting was trending up prior to this rough night, which included a handful of easy misses near the rim. The Pelicans' interior defense is suspect most nights, so we're anticipating a bounce-back effort on Friday. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins posts 19 points in home win
    Andrew Wiggins ended up with 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting Wednesday's 104-88 home win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Wiggins chipped in with three rebounds, two assists and a steal over 42 minutes. He also extended his streak with at least one 3-pointer to 11 games dating back to Dec. 20. He is averaging 21.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 1.0 steals over his past three outings, but overall his numbers this season have been down across the board. That includes an awful 63.0 percent from the free-throw line, easily a career low. Wednesday, 9:19 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (ankle) shoots 1-of-8 Wednesday
    Nik Stauskas (sprained left ankle) shot 1-of-8 from the field to score three points on Wednesday, adding two rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Nets were destroyed by the Pistons tonight, with Allen Crabbe and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson as the only guys who really helped fantasy owners. Stauskas was cold from the field even before his recent injury, and when his shots aren't falling he's a complete liability in fantasy. Wednesday, 9:11 pm
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