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  • Justin Hamilton returned to action on Monday January 23. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in loss
    Derrick Favors double-doubled with 10 points and 10 rebounds vs. the Thunder on Monday.

    Advice: This was just his third double-double of his disappointing season. Favors logged 27 minutes and hit 5-fo-12 shots with two steals and two turnovers. As underwhelming as Favors has been, he hasn't seen less than 24 minutes in a game since Jan. 2 and should only trend up after the All-Star break. He's a buy-low option, but not one that comes without risk. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Jerami Grant returns to bench Monday
    Jerami Grant returned to the bench on Monday vs. the Jazz and scored two points in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) returned to the starting lineup and looked healthy in 37 minutes, so Grant's owners should look elsewhere for production. The blocks specialist shot 1-of-3 from the field and added two rebounds, one assist and one block. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:21 pm
  • Draymond Green struggles vs. the Heat
    Draymond Green struggled vs. the Heat on Monday with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He missed all three of his triples and only hit 1-of-4 from the line, adding seven assists, three rebounds, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. While it will go mostly unnoticed, Green had the best +/- rating of +8 tonight despite the underwhelming line, but expect more from him on Wednesday vs. Charlotte. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:57 pm
  • Joakim Noah plays 12 minutes in win over Indy
    Joakim Noah made another start at center on Monday but lasted just 12 minutes to finish with two points, six rebounds and nothing else.

    Advice: The Knicks are talking about benching Noah and starting Kristaps Porzingis at center, which would obviously hurt Noah's value going forward. Noah had been rebounding at a great rate prior to tonight, but his lack of scoring makes him very tough to start in fantasy (he's totaled 10 points in his last four games). And a move to the bench would make it even tougher, not to mention his constant injury concerns. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 27 points in loss
    Kevin Durant scored 27 points on 12-of-23 shooting in a loss to the Heat on Monday.

    Advice: The Warriors had their seven-game winning streak snapped by a Dion Waiters 3-pointer in the final seconds after KD tied the game at 102 apiece with a driving slam. Durant only hit 1-of-8 triples tonight, but added six rebounds, three assists and one steal in 36 minutes. He's still the No. 1 overall player in standard fantasy leagues and we don't see that changing anytime soon. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis struggles vs. Pacers
    Kristaps Porzingis hit just 3-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for eight points, four rebounds, a steal and a block in 25 minutes of Monday's 109-103 win over the Pacers.

    Advice: Porzingis has been pretty quiet since returning from his Achilles injury three games ago and has yet to look like his old self. The Knicks are considering starting him at center and Joakim Noah played just 12 minutes tonight. The good news is the injury appears to be behind Porzingis and he should get back on track any day now. This looks like a good time to make a low-ball offer for the talented young big man. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • James Johnson held to nine points
    James Johnson scored nine points on 4-of-8 shooting vs. the Warriors on Monday.

    Advice: He played 27 minutes and added four assists, two rebounds, two blocks and a triple. Johnson has slowed down in his last three games with averages of 7.0 points, 4.3 boards and 4.6 assists with not much else, but he has almost no competition for minutes and should bounce back in a dream matchup vs. the Nets on Wednesday. He's worth owning in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Myles Turner goes for 22 & 10 in loss
    Myles Turner hit 8-of-12 shots and 6-of-6 free throws for 22 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks, logging his ninth double-double of the season in Monday's 109-103 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Turner's not racking up monster double-doubles on a nightly basis, but is a good rebounder and is averaging 16.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals, 1.8 blocks and 0.6 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games. He's showing no signs of slowing down and has been one of the most reliable centers in fantasy this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Paul George's 31 not enough for Indy
    Paul George hit 11-of-24 shots and 3-of-10 3-pointers for 31 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a steal in Monday's 109-103 loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: George hadn't scored more than 24 points in any of his previous six games, so it was nice to see him break out of a min-funk tonight. He's averaging 22.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.2 steals and 2.6 3-pointers on 47 percent shooting over his last five. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:29 pm
  • Thaddeus Young struggles for Pacers
    Thaddeus Young hit just 2-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for five points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in 31 minutes of Monday's loss to the Knicks.

    Advice: Young is stealing the heck out of the ball right now, but the rest of his game, especially his offense, has been pretty rough lately. He's averaging 11.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 3.6 steals, 0.8 blocks and 0.8 3-pointers on 54 percent shooting over his last five. The scoring is a buzzkill, but the steals and strong shooting help make up for it, and make him worth owning in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein scores 12 in win
    Willie Cauley-Stein came off the bench and played 21 minutes with 12 points, five rebounds, a steal and a block on 5-of-8 shooting in Monday's 109-104 win over the Pistons.

    Advice: The Kings are still trying to figure out how to replace Rudy Gay (Achilles, out for season), and WCS played well tonight. The 21 minutes were easily a high for WCS in January and while he's far from worth owning right now, he at least deserves to be on watch lists after this game. Anthony Tolliver played an empty 24 minutes yet again, while Matt Barnes, Garrett Temple and Cauley-Stein all played fairly well. But the bottom line is that the Kings are going to miss Gay dearly, and none of the aforementioned fill-ins are must-own players at this point. We'd rank them Temple, Barnes, Tolliver, Cauley-Stein for now. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Greg Monroe returns to form w/ 17 and 10
    Greg Monroe returned to form on Monday vs. the Rockets with 17 points and 10 rebounds.

    Advice: Monroe was held to single-digit points and minutes in the teens in his previous three outings, but he broke out of his slump tonight in a big way. He logged 27 minutes compared to 20 for starting center Miles Plumlee, finishing 7-of-13 from the field with one assist and three steals. "I thought Moose [Monroe] was great," Kidd said after the game. "I thought our bench was better today." Monroe has been all over the place this season with one of the most volatile roles in the league, but he's worth owning in standard leagues and could potentially benefit from a possible trade. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Kevin Love's big game not enough for Cavs
    Kevin Love hit 7-of-15 shots, a 3-pointer and 7-of-8 free throws for 22 points, 16 rebounds and six assists in 38 minutes of Monday's 124-122 loss to the Pelicans.

    Advice: Love's defense helped Terrence Jones score a career-high 36 points and it's hard to imagine what Anthony Davis (quad) would have done to the Cavs tonight, had he played. While Love didn't hit any season highs tonight, the 22 points and 16 boards equate to one of his best games of the season. His back problem that kept him out last Thursday appears to be behind him, but owners will want to make sure he's playing in his next back-to-back set on Jan. 29 & 30. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:57 pm
  • Knicks to use normal starters Monday
    The Knicks are not expected to change their starting lineup on Monday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he may consider moving Kristaps Porzingis to the five, but for now he's planning on starting Derrick Rose, Courtney Lee, Carmelo Anthony, Porzingis and Joakim Noah vs. the Pacers. We'll have official confirmation before tip-off, but Porzingis is an elite play regardless of where he starts the game. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 8:05 am
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) ruled out for Monday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: This will be Muscala's fifth game in a row on the shelf, but he remains day-to-day. Kris Humphries and Mike Scott have both seen a bump in minutes recently, but not enough for standard-league owners to look their way. Muscala isn't worth stashing in most leagues right now, but that could change if the Hawks put Paul Millsap back on the trade block. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:50 am
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  • Kevin Durant scores 15 points with full line
    Kevin Durant posted his 17th double-double of the season on Sunday, racking up 15 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, one 3-pointer, three steals, two blocks and one turnover in 29 minutes.

    Advice: If there’s one negative thing we could say about Durant, it’s that he’s been a pretty awful screen setter for the Dubs this season. Luckily, screen setting is not a category in fantasy hoops, and in all that statistical categories that matter, The Duranchula is an absolute monster. He's hitting career-highs in boards (8.5), blocks (1.7) and field goal percentage (54.6) which are just a few reasons why he ranks No. 1 overall this year. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:30 am
  • Draymond Green struggles in win over ORL
    Draymond Green couldn't get his shot to drop during Sunday's win over the Magic, going 1-of-7 from the field on his way to six points, 10 boards, four assists and three turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Serge Ibaka made life difficult for Green in this one, but his owners can fully expect a bounce-back performance with a much more favorable matchup against Miami on Monday. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 11:27 am
  • Myles Turner scores 13 points vs. Gobert
    Myles Turner scored 13 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Jazz on Saturday.

    Advice: That'll definitely work against Rudy Gobert. At just 20 years old, Turner is one of the toughest problems at center for coaches because he stretches the floor to so well and already has a great low-post presence. Plus, he's already an elite shot blocker, ranking fourth in the NBA for blocks with fantastic shot-altering skills. He'll be in the mix as a top-20 selection next season. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:09 pm
  • Kevin Love makes just 4-of-15
    Kevin Love (back) returned to action on Saturday, making 4-of-15 from the field for 13 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, one block and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: On the final play of overtime, Love had a wide open look for a potential trey to send it to double-overtime. His shot was off, but there was no indication of Love's back injury affecting him. He should be fine going forward, but his fantasy owners will have to keep an eye out on back-to-back sets. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:41 pm
  • Greg Monroe plays just 17 minutes Saturday
    Greg Monroe came off the bench, as usual, but played just 17 minutes and finished with nine points, six rebounds and nothing else.

    Advice: Starter John Henson had 11 points, nine rebounds and a block and played 22 minutes tonight, while Miles Plumlee didn't get into the game. Monroe's minutes are nosediving again, as he's played 18 or fewer of them in each of his last three games. He's been one of the most frustrating players to own this season and owners have to hope his minutes rebound again soon. But for now, he probably deserves a spot on the bench in weekly leagues if he's only going to get 16 minutes a night. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:37 pm
  • Paul George ejected after fouling out
    Paul George was ejected for arguing with a ref on Saturday night in Utah.

    Advice: He fouled out anyway, so the ejection didn't hurt his playing time. George did have some things to say to the ref and he does have a track record for comments about officials, so he could be fined. We would be very surprised if he is suspended or anything. George finished with 19 points, four rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 29 minutes. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:09 pm
  • Joakim Noah grabs 15 boards in loss
    Joakim Noah was back in action on Saturday and failed to score a single point, but did have 15 rebounds, three assists and a block.

    Advice: Noah sat out his last two games with a sore ankle but played pretty well tonight, despite the 0-for-4 shooting line. He had seven points and 17 rebounds in his previous game, but his lack of offense, inconsistency and constant injury concerns make him a tough player to rely on. He's worth owning in some two-center leagues, but if you do it, you'll need to constantly monitor his health going forward. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:56 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis scores 14 in 33 minutes
    Kristaps Porzingis played 33 minutes, hit 7-of-13 shots and scored 14 points on Saturday, but the good news ends there.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer (0-for-3), had just one rebound, one steal, one block and two assists in the loss. The good news is that he's back and playing solid minutes, but his numbers over his last two games have not been impressive. Hopefully it's just rust after missing four games with an achilles injury, but he's clearly not back to 100 percent just yet. Hopefully he turns it around against the Pacers on Monday, but there are signs he's not far off, as he's hit 16-of-30 shots in his two games since returning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:45 pm
  • James Johnson struggles with his shot vs. MIL
    James Johnson hit 3-of-12 shots for seven points with six assists, three rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes on Saturday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Johnson is struggling with his shot, shooting below 30 percent in his last two games, but he is still playing big minutes and helping fantasy owners with his peripheral stats. He remains a hold option despite tonight's underwhelming performance. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:20 pm
  • Porzingis starting, Kuzminskas to bench
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will start and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: The Knicks are playing their old lineup here and will shift Carmelo Anthony back to the three. We'll see how the Knicks stagger KP, which was a good plan earlier this season. Porzingis should be all set in a fantastic matchup today. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Joakim Noah to start, Kyle O'Quinn to bench
    Joakim Noah (ankle) will start and Kyle O'Quinn will come off the bench against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: Noah is almost certainly going to be limited and his playing time is likely going to be low. Leave Noah on the wire in most leagues for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 4:05 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) will play against the Spurs
    Kevin Love (back) will play against the Spurs on Saturday night.

    Advice: He did not play against the Suns on Thursday, but the Cavs still took care of business without him. We'll see if that was more of a precaution to hold him out, but Love going through shootaround and being announced as in so early are great signs. Expect him to be firing away with the Spurs keying on LeBron James. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 3:49 pm
  • Joakim Noah available to play vs. Suns
    Joakim Noah (ankle) is available to play against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: We'll see if he starts, but he might not be with the Knicks going 5-1 without him. If Noah is going to play, that should take away from Kyle O'Quinn the most. The Knicks also used a ton of Kristaps Porzingis at the five in their last one, so that'll be something we'll watch, as well. Noah isn't worth owning. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:48 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (rest) getting Saturday off
    Justin Hamilton (rest) will not play against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: It's his turn to get the day off in a back-to-back set. With Trevor Booker getting the night off on Friday, he basically slides right back into his old role -- Hamilton played all power forward on Friday. We should see a lot of Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the four. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 2:46 pm
  • Mike Muscala
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play Saturday vs. the Sixers.

    Advice: This will be the fourth straight game that Muscala has missed. Both Mike Scott and Kris Humphries saw 20 minutes apiece off the Atlanta bench on Friday night. Although this is probably a situation to avoid, it is worth noting that Humphries is averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 3-pointers over the Hawks last three games. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 10:47 am
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  • Kevin Love (back) questionable for Saturday
    Kevin Love (back) went through shootaround Saturday morning but is questionable for Saturday night's game vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Love missed Thursday's game due to the back injury. James Jones started in place of Love on Thursday, scoring 14 points in 20 minutes. Channing Frye played 30 minutes off the bench, finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and four 3-pointers. Frye is the preferable DFS play and/or streaming option if Love does not pay Saturday. In addition, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be asked to shoulder more of the offensive load if Love is sidelined. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 8:12 am
  • Willie Cauley-Stein frustrated in Sacramento
    Willie Cauley-Stein is frustrated with his lack of playing time and production this season.

    Advice: "I feel I was showing stuff at the end of last season that would make people say, ‘Oh, damn, they got a steal in the draft,’ " Cauley-Stein said. "Now it’s like I took 25 steps forward and 30 steps back. It’s like my whole rookie season didn’t matter and I’m back at square one. Nothing I did last year is having an effect on my career. It’s been very frustrating." After averaging 21.4 minutes per game last season, he's averaging just 10.9 this season. And he's averaging just 6.4 minutes per contest over the last month. He can obviously be left on the waiver wires for now. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 7:19 am
  • Derrick Favors doesn't do much vs. Dallas
    Derrick Favors scored five points with four rebounds, one block and four fouls in 26 minutes against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: The minutes were on the rise, but Boris Diaw having a solid game and Favors getting into some foul trouble cost him a bit. We'll see how the Jazz play it at home against the Pacers, but Favors should be in the 24-30 window. He's starting to trend up for his patient fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Saturday, 12:16 am
  • Myles Turner scores 15 points in loss
    Myles Turner scored 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, three steals and two blocks in 33 minutes vs. the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Turner is having a breakout season in every sense of the word and Pacers president Larry Bird gushed about his young center this week. "He wants to be great. He’s going to be great," Bird said. "To me, I think he’s got a chance to be one of the best players or maybe the best player [in the franchise’s history]." Turner is just 20 years old and is flirting with top-20 value in standard leagues on the season, so he's going to be a superstar in real life and in fantasy for a very long time. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:31 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 32 points in win at HOU
    Kevin Durant was on his A game during a 125-108 win in Houston on Friday, making 12-of-19 from the field for 32 points with four rebounds, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was just awesome on the defensive end in what has been an underrated part of his game in his career. The Warriors also made all of their shots off KD passes today. Obviously, it's about his offense and you may need a microscope to spot a KD slump. Durant has turned in a true shooting percentage below 60 in two consecutive games in just one instance this year. That and the stats across the board make him fantasy's No. 1 player this season. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Paul George scores 21 points in loss
    Paul George scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting with six rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in Friday's loss to the Lakers.

    Advice: George's name has popped up in the rumor a couple times this season, but Pacers president Larry Bird reiterated his desire to keep PG-13 in Indiana for the long term. "Before the year started, I told Paul and I said, ‘Look, if you want to sign a long-term deal, we’re willing to do that max [contract] and if you want to wait, I understand.’ But this year, we’re not going to worry about it, we’re not going to talk about it and he’s going to make the decision that’s best for Paul when it comes down to it." George has a player option for the 2018-19 season, but his contract situation isn't a pressing issue right now and is not a concern for fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Draymond Green fills it up in a win
    Draymond Green was key in the win over the Rockets on Friday, scoring 15 points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: The Dubs get all the credit for their offense, but their defense was a big reason why they won this game. Green actually only played eight minutes at the five in this game, which is somewhat surprising with how the Rockets count on perimeter scoring so much. Despite a three percent dip in usage and a four percent dip in true shooting percentage, Green is still a first-round value in standard leagues. It's not all about scoring, you guys. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:14 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up five more steals
    Thaddeus Young racked up five more steals in Friday's loss to the Lakers, adding nine points (3-of-9 FGs), eight rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer 33 minutes.

    Advice: He's a thief and has racked up a ridiculous 20 steals over his last five games. He's averaging 10.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 4.0 steals and 0.6 triples in that span, so the steals are really boosting his value right now. He gets a tough matchup vs. the Jazz on Saturday, but continue to roll him out there. Rotoworld.com Friday, 10:08 pm
  • Justin Hamilton doesn't do much in start
    Justin Hamilton played 24 minutes in a start for Trevor Booker (rest) on Friday against the Pelicans, scoring six points with five rebounds and no turnovers.

    Advice: Somewhat surprisingly, he played 100 percent of his minutes at power forward today. The Nets have played him as a straight center and as a combo big before, so he'll likely get at least some minutes when Brook Lopez gets a night off. Just keep an eye on him for now, especially with the Nets playing Rondae Hollis-Jefferson at the four more. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:13 pm
  • Greg Monroe plays 14 minutes in loss to ORL
    Greg Monroe played just 14 minutes in Friday's loss to the Magic and scored seven points on 2-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: The worst nightmare for Monroe's owners came true on Friday as the Bucks used a three-man rotation at center for the first time since November (with the exception of garbage time) -- Miles Plumlee and John Henson each played 16 minutes. Hopefully the lopsided score had something to do with it, but this is worth keeping an eye on during Saturday's game vs. the Heat. Monroe added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, and he's still a hold in standard leagues despite scoring just two points in 18 minutes in his previous outing. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Justin Hamilton to start at PF on Friday
    With Trevor Booker (rest) sitting out, Justin Hamilton will start at power forward on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: Hamilton is averaging 7.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.8 assists in his four previous starts this season. Thus, he is a risky DFS play. Luis Scola and Quincy Acy will also likely see additional minutes off the bench with Booker out. Rotoworld.com Friday, 3:45 pm
  • James Johnson struggles offensively vs. Mavs
    James Johnson scored five points with eight rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes on Thursday against the Mavs.

    Advice: Although he struggled in the scoring department, Johnson came through in a big way defensively for the Heat, holding Harrison Barnes to just one made field goal in the second half. Johnson continues to play big minutes for the Heat, averaging over 31 minutes per game in January. This was the first time he scored in single digits since Dec. 29 and he does a little bit of everything, making him a must-own player in all formats despite tonight's dud. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:17 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis looks good in his return
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) returned from a four-game absence during a 113-110 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, playing 29 minutes with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He looked healthy and played 17 minutes at center in this game, which is way more than he's been averaging. The Knicks were 5-0 without Joakim Noah (ankle) before this game, so there should be more of KP at the five going forward. Obviously his fantasy owners don't really care as long as his Achilles is healthy. The Knicks may be careful with their prized player, so his owners will need to be on the lookout for rest on back-to-backs sets. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 7:53 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis coming off the bench
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is coming off the bench in his return to the lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: The Knicks will stick with their winning lineup from Wednesday in Boston: Ron Baker, Derrick Rose, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Kyle O'Quinn. The Knicks are fully expected to limit Porzingis in his return, but he should be in your season-long lineups. We'll see where he gets his minutes with plenty of talk about him playing more center. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 4:30 pm
  • Joakim Noah ruled out for Thursday night
    An MRI of Joakim Noah's left ankle confirmed a sprain and he will not play on Thursday against the Wizards.

    Advice: There are no details of a timetable, but the Knicks will likely be taking it easy on their oft-injured veteran. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn will look to bounce back from a dreadful start on Wednesday. He's still worth a look in season-long leagues or for DFS. Plus, Willy Hernangomez should benefit and is worth a look as a punt or pickup in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 3:03 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis available to play vs. WAS
    An MRI of Kristaps Porzingis' left Achilles confirmed no structural damage and he will be available to play on Thursday against the Wizards.

    Advice: This is wonderful news on the future of the franchise. Porzingis has missed the last four games and he also missed three games from Dec. 31 to Jan. 4 for the same reason, so the Knicks will likely be careful on him tonight. Additionally, there is a lot of talk of Porzingis playing more at the five, so that will be something to watch for tonight. Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Willy Hernangomez take some hits here. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:59 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) out; James Jones starting
    Kevin Love (back) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Suns and James Jones will start in his place.

    Advice: He was limited in shootaround and was previous listed as questionable. Love did say he wasn't going to miss additional time after his Monday injury, so he's not progressing as expected. Plus, he's had back problems before. There will be more shots to go to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but besides that there isn't really a pickup to make with this move. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 2:25 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out again for Friday
    Mike Muscala (ankle) will not play against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: It will be his third consecutive game out of the lineup due to his ankle sprain from Sunday. The Hawks turned to Kris Humphries to pick up most of the minutes as the backup big. He's played well in his last two, averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 boards and 2.0 treys in 22.0 minutes per game. Humphries probably won't be that good again, but give him a look if you're desperate for a big to stream. Mike Scott has also been in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 1:52 pm
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  • Kevin Love (back) limited at shootaround
    Kevin Love (back) was limited at the morning shootaround and remains questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He was also limited at Wednesday's practice. Love was adamant after leaving Monday's game vs. the Warriors that he wouldn't miss any additional time, but he's shaping up to be a game-time call. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be popular DFS plays if Love sits, while Channing Frye would likely draw the start in his absence. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 8:06 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) doubtful for Thursday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) is not expected to play on Thursday vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: He's going to have an MRI on Thursday morning but it's a safe bet that he will miss his second straight game -- Noah was in so much pain on Wednesday that he didn't even try to warm up after his ankle swelled up on the plane. Kyle O'Quinn started in Noah's place on Wednesday, but flopped in a big way with just two points in 10 minutes. Willy Hernangomez scored 17 points off the bench with 11 rebounds in 20 minutes and Marshall Plumlee also had a nice game with five points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 20 minutes, but this is a situation for fantasy owners to avoid until someone separates themselves from the pack. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:34 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis hopes to play on Saturday
    Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) said he's "90 percent ready" and he is hopeful to play on Saturday vs. the Suns.

    Advice: He hasn't been officially ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Wizards, but it sure sounds like he's not planning to play. Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Thursday morning, so his plans for Saturday could change too based on the results. "Still not there yet," Porzingis said. "I have to be really careful of how much I do and how explosive the movements are. If not I get a little pinch again in the heel down there where the Achilles starts." We should have an update this afternoon, but Mindaugas Kusminskas looks like a nice short-term pickup and he's coming off a 17-point effort on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:25 am
  • Paul George scores 24 points vs. Kings
    Paul George scored 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in a 106-100 win over the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: You could say this was the best win for the Pacers, coming back from a 22-point deficit to get a road win. The Pacers ended 2016 on a serious down note with five losses in their final six games. Well, 2017 has been the opposite, winning six of their first seven games. George is starting to trend up again with second-round value so far in 2017. He could flirt with first-round value going forward. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 11:05 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Myles Turner made 7-of-9 from the field for 16 points with five rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: While he didn't do much damage on the glass and only had one block, Turner was really good against DeMarcus Cousins on the defensive end. Turner had seen a sudden spike on the glass this month, averaging 10.3 boards per game in his previous January games -- he only had 6.5 in December. Turner has held steady as a second-round player in standard leagues this season. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:59 pm
  • Hello Again: Kevin Durant gets 40 pts vs. OKC
    Kevin Durant was phenomenal against his former team on Wednesday, scoring a season-high 40 points (13-of-16 FGs, 9-of-10 FTs) with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: "It's never going to be a regular game for me," Durant said prior to the game. "I'm sure it will [be emotional]. It's people I've been with for so long and to see them again, yeah, they'll be some emotions. But I've still got a job to do." He did his job at an MVP level tonight, playing with a little extra juice against Russell Westbrook and co., and he continues to hold off all challengers for No. 1 fantasy value in 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Jerami Grant quiet in 29 minutes as starter
    Jerami Grant started Wednesday's game but he didn't do much, scoring seven points with one rebound, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) was out again tonight and Grant continues to start, but it's Enes Kanter who gains the most in this situation. Grant can be left on the wire in almost all scenarios, especially since the Thunder are off until Monday. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 10:25 pm
  • Jerami Grant starting again
    Jerami Grant will start again on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors attack Enes Kanter like he is four feet tall, so the Thunder will go small again with Domantas Sabonis shifting over to the five. Both Grant and Sabonis are worth using in DFS tonight while Grant is worth a look for short-term value. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 6:13 pm
  • Kristaps Porzingis set to undergo an MRI
    Kristaps Porzingis is scheduled to undergo an MRI on his sore left Achilles on Thursday.

    Advice: "He’s fine if he’s shooting a jump shot or something, but when he really pushes off hard to drive the ball he’s feeling a little pinch in the heel," said head coach Jeff Hornacek. "They’re giving him treatment and trying to get rid of that but I think that’s the last step and then he can play." Porzingis will miss his fourth consecutive game on Wednesday, but we should get a better idea on his potential return date once the MRI results are released. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (ankle) will not play Wednesday against the Celtics.

    Advice: The 31-year-old center also needs an MRI. He has a sore left ankle and didn't go through shootaround. Noah has been surprisingly healthy lately, but he could miss additional time going forward given his track record. With him out, Kyle O'Quinn should get a bump in minutes and the same goes for Willy Hernangomez. If you need a big man, KOQ is worth a pickup. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:03 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) questionable for Thursday
    Kevin Love (back) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: Love didn't take any contact during Wednesday's practice, and with a matchup against the 13-28 Suns, the Cavs may want to play it safe with Love in order to have him 100 percent for Saturday's matchup with the Spurs. We should get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like he'll be headed for a game-time call. If he's out, Channing Frye would likely draw the start, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being asked to do a bit more on offense. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 9:40 am
  • Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) out Wednesday
    Updating a previous report, Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) will not play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: He's still dealing with soreness in his left Achilles, so the Knicks will continue to take an extremely cautious approach with their franchise big man. Joakim Noah (ankle) did not participate during shootaround and is looking doubtful, so we could see a lot of Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez operating at the five-spot today, with Mindaugas Kusminskas earning another start at the four sans Porzingis. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:35 am
  • Joakim Noah (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Joakim Noah (sore left ankle) did not go through shootaround and he is questionable to play Wednesday vs. the Celtics.

    Advice: Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) is also questionable to play, and if neither guy is able to give it a go, Kyle O'Quinn and Willy Hernangomez would likely pick up most of the five-man minutes in New York. O'Quinn is about as hit-or-miss as they come, and as a starter this season he owns averages of 8.5 points, 8.8 boards and 0.8 blocks per game, so he's basically just a streamer if he gets the start. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • James Johnson fills stat sheet again for Heat
    James Johnson hit 6-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, eight rebounds, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's 109-103 win over the Rockets.

    Advice: He didn't have a block and committed five turnovers, but he's basically putting up some variation of this line, minus the TOs, every night. He's a must-own player for the time being. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Justin Hamilton returns to bench, scores 9
    Justin Hamilton returned to the bench on Tuesday vs. the Raptors, scoring nine points on 4-of-8 shooting with five rebounds, one assist and one triple in 13 minutes.

    Advice: That's an impressive stat line in limited minutes, but Hamilton usually doesn't have much value while Brook Lopez is active. Lopez did tweak his right ankle in the loss, so put Hamilton on your radar in case Lopez misses Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:09 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Mike Muscala (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Muscala's minutes will likely be divvied up between Kris Humphries and Mike Scott, but neither of those guys will get enough run to matter in most settings while Paul Millsap and Dwight Howard are healthy. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 1:42 pm
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  • Jerami Grant blocks three shots in start
    Jerami Grant started in place of Steven Adams (concussion) against the Clippers on Monday and scored nine points on 3-of-4 shooting.

    Advice: Grant logged a team-high 34 minutes and added eight rebounds, one assist, three triples and three blocks, but the Thunder only play one more time this week against the Warriors on Wednesday. Unless you're looking to stream some blocks in that contest, it's best to leave Grant on the wire in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 10:38 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) won't miss additional time
    Kevin Love (back) said that he won't miss any additional time.

    Advice: He said his back tightened up on him at Sunday's practice and it flared up when he bumped into Zaza Pachulia in the second quarter. Love did not return to the game after halftime, but the Cavs were likely being cautious due to the lopsided score. Expect Love to play on Thursday vs. the Suns. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Kevin Durant scores 21 on 9-of-16 FGs
    Kevin Durant scored 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting in Monday's win over the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Durant had three blocks on the night including a massive rejection on a LeBron James dunk attempt (link below). He added six rebounds, five assists, two steals and three triples, but only played 29 minutes in the blowout win. Durant should be a popular DFS target on Wednesday vs. Russell Westbrook and the Thunder. The last time those two teams met, Durant had 39 points on 15-of-24 shooting. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:50 pm
  • Draymond Green triple-doubles in win vs. Cavs
    Draymond Green triple-doubled in an easy 126-91 win over the Cavaliers on Monday, scoring 11 points with 13 rebounds and 11 assists.

    Advice: This was his third triple-double of the season and the 17th of his career. Green was incredible on the defensive end, racking up one steal and matching his career-high with five blocks. He didn't have a single turnover in 35 minutes and finished 4-of-6 from the field and 3-of-4 from the stripe in one of his best lines of the season. The Warriors will go for their fifth straight win on Wednesday vs. the Thunder. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Jerami Grant will start vs. the Clippers
    Jerami Grant will start against the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Steven Adams (concussion) is out, but it was initially believed that Enes Kanter would move into the starting five after he was listed as a probable starter. Instead, the Thunder will go with a frontcourt of Grant and Domantas Sabonis to match up with the small-ball lineup of the Clippers. Grant is just a short-term option for owners in need of a couple blocks. Rotoworld.com Monday, 7:27 pm
  • Kevin Love (back) will not return Monday
    Kevin Love (back) will not return for the second half of Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: He is dealing with lower back soreness, but the lopsided score probably has a lot to do with their decision to hold him out -- the Warriors are up by 29 points at halftime. Kyle Korver started the second half in Love's place, but we should see more minutes from Channing Frye as well. Love finished with three points on 1-of-6 shooting with three rebounds and one assist. Rotoworld.com Monday, 6:28 pm
  • Myles Turner scores 18 w/ four blocks
    Myles Turner scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, four blocks and one assist in Monday's win over the Pelicans.

    Advice: Turner held his own against Anthony Davis and turned in one of the best lines of the night so far, but he did shoot just 7-of-17 from the field and 3-of-6 from the line. Turner was shooting 80.9 percent from the line prior to Monday, so cut him some slack this time around. This was Turner's third game of the season with 18+ points, 12+ rebounds and 4+ blocks, second to only Anthony Davis (6) and Hassan Whiteside (5). Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:26 pm
  • Paul George scores 19 points in win
    Paul George scored 19 points in Monday's win over the Pelicans, but only shot 6-of-17 from the field.

    Advice: PG-13 added six assists, five rebounds, two steals, two triples and three turnovers in 34 minutes, but he's really cooled off in his last three games. He's averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.6 triples in that span, shooting a combined 15-of-45 from the field (33.3 percent). He has two cupcake matchups against the Kings and Lakers up next, so expect him to get it going sooner rather than later. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:20 pm
  • Thaddeus Young racks up six steals in win
    Thaddeus Young racked up six steals in Monday's win over the Pelicans, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds and two assists in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Young was poked in the left eye tonight, but it only cost him a couple minutes and he looked fine down the stretch. This was his eighth career game with 6+ steals (his career high is eight steals) and his second in the span of a week, so this wasn't a complete fluke. He finished 8-of-9 from the field and hit his only free throw in one of the best fantasy lines of the day. He gets another favorable matchup vs. the Kings on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Monday, 4:13 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Greg Monroe scored 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting in Monday's loss to the 76ers.

    Advice: "Moose" only played 21 minutes in this one, as the Bucks opted to roll with John Henson for his defense against Joel Embiid. Monroe was still productive with six rebounds, two assists and one steal, but his owners can expect a stronger performance and larger workload on Wednesday vs. Houston. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:53 pm
  • Thaddeus Young (eye) available to return
    Thaddeus Young (eye) is available to return to Monday's game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Jrue Holiday inadvertently poked Young in the left eye, but after being examined in the locker room, he was deemed available to return. He should be fine. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:57 pm
  • Joakim Noah scores seven points in loss
    Joakim Noah scored seven points with 17 rebounds, three assists, one steal and two blocks in 33 minutes against the Hawks on Monday.

    Advice: This comes on the second half of a back-to-back set, which is way more playing time than he's played previously with 21.8 minutes per game on no rest. Noah will likely see a dip in playing time at some point for a number of reasons, so he's only worth a look in 14-team leagues with his recent solid play. Rotoworld.com Monday, 1:06 pm
  • Justin Hamilton swats career-high three shots
    Justin Hamilton started vs. the Rockets on Wednesday, posting a career-high three blocks with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three boards and two assists in just 18 minutes.

    Advice: Brook Lopez was resting tonight and this highlights Hamilton's potential role should the Nets trade Lopez this season, even though his minutes were depressed due to the Rockets' small-ball attack, as well as the lopsided score. The Nets would likely get back draft picks and/or prospects if they dealt Lopez, rather than current rotation players, which might leave Hamilton as the default starting center. That's purely speculative at the moment, but he's worth keeping in the back of your mind -- just don't expect copious swats, as tonight's fluky total all came in the first quarter. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 6:23 pm
  • Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't play Monday
    Mike Muscala (left ankle) won't travel for Monday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Hawks play in Detroit on Wednesday, so there's a chance that Muscala will miss multiple games. Kris Humphries should see his role increase with Muscala on the shelf, but Atlanta also relied heavily on their swingmen after Muscala's injury on Sunday. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 2:48 pm
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  • Justin Hamilton will start Sunday vs. Houston
    Justin Hamilton will move into the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockets, with Brook Lopez (rest) unavailable.

    Advice: Hamilton has been hit-or-miss in his three starts this season, owning averages of just 5.7 points, 4.0 boards, 1.0 steal, 1.0 block and 1.0 triple on 31.6 percent shooting over 23.3 minutes per game, so he's not much more than a punt play in daily leagues. Head coach Kenny Atkinson also said that Luis Scola and Quincy Acy will get some minutes with Lopez out, but neither of those guys can be considered viable targets in most settings. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 1:23 pm
  • Mike Muscala (ankle) will not return Sunday
    Mike Muscala suffered a left ankle injury and he will not return to Sunday's game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: He was ruled out pretty quickly after being sent to the locker room, so we're going to consider him questionable for Monday's game against the Knicks. If he's out, Mike Scott could get into the rotation and Dwight Howard could see his minutes rise to the high-30s. Monday will be the second game of a back-to-back set, meaning Atlanta won't have a shootaround, so we likely won't get another update on Muscala until closer to Monday's tip. Rotoworld.com Jan 15, 12:38 pm
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  • Derrick Favors plays 31 minutes vs. Magic
    Derrick Favors hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points with six rebounds and one assist in 31 minutes against the Magic on Saturday.

    Advice: Favors played big minutes on the second game of a back-to-back, but he only played 27 minutes in yesterday’s blowout win against the Pistons. This was the second time since returning from injury that he plays at least 30 minutes. The increase in minutes is a big positive, so he's trending up. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 9:33 pm
  • Joakim Noah playing his best ball of season
    Joakim Noah has been hampered by a sore shoulder over the last 10 days, but is still playing his best basketball of the season.

    Advice: In the 11 games the Knicks have played since Christmas, Noah is averaging 11.1 rebounds and 8.0 points (on 57.4 percent shooting). And despite dealing with a nagging shoulder issue, Noah feels there is still plenty of room left for improvement. "I feel like I can still do better," Noah said. "I feel like there’s another level that I want to get to and have to keep pushing and getting better." Noah will likely see more minutes if Kristaps Porzingis (Achilles) continues to miss time. Rotoworld.com Jan 14, 8:59 am
  • Derrick Favors held to nine points in win
    Derrick Favors scored nine points on 4-of-10 shooting vs. the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: While he didn't play well, it was still encouraging to see Favors log 27 minutes in the blowout. He added eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal, but his owners are going to have to be patient with him as he works his way back into shape. Don't be surprised if the Jazz limit his minutes on Saturday vs. Orlando on the second night of a back-to-back set. Rotoworld.com Jan 13, 11:13 pm
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