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  • RJ Barrett (illness) good to go Saturday vs. DEN
    After missing one game due to illness, RJ Barrett will play Saturday against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Barrett back, Immanuel Quickley will likely head back to the bench after starting Thursday against Chicago. In his third season, Barrett is averaging 14.0 points, 5.9 boards, 2.1 dimes, and 1.6 triples across 31.2 minutes per contest. Expect him to handle his usual workload against the Nuggets. 5 minutes ago
  • Cody Martin off injury report for Sunday vs. Hawks
    Cody Martin (illness) is off the injury report and healthy ahead of Sunday's game against the Hawks. 

    Advice: With this morning's news that LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier have entered protocols, Martin could have a pretty big role on Sunday, making him a look in DFS lineups. 13 minutes ago
  • McDaniels, Plumlee enter health & safety protocols
    Jalen McDaniels has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: With McDaniels and Mason Plumlee both out, PJ Washington should start at center for the shorthanded Hornets, while Nick Richards could see a short-term bump in playing time. Today, 7:31 am
  • Plumlee, McDaniels enter health & safety protocols
    Mason Plumlee and Jalen McDaniels have entered COVID-19 health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania. 

    Advice: The Hornets will already be without LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier, so these latest injury announcements really sting (no pun intended). Obviously, Gordon Hayward and Miles Bridges will be needed to carry a heavier workload, but the biggest beneficiary of these frontcourt injuries is PJ Washington, who should start at center until Plumlee is healthy. Today, 7:15 am
  • Terry Rozier enters health and safety protocols
    Terry Rozier has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several games, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: Rozier was starting to find his groove, but he'll be forced to miss some additional time. With LaMelo Ball also out due to health and safety protocols, it'll be up to Ish Smith and Kelly Oubre to handle the majority of backcourt responsibilities for the now shorthanded Hornets. Today, 7:01 am
  • LaMelo Ball enters health and safety protocols
    LaMelo Ball has entered the COVID-19 health and safety protocols and is expected to miss several games, according to Shams Charania.

    Advice: With Ball and Terry Rozier on the shelf, expect Ish Smith and Kelly Oubre to anchor Charlotte's backcourt. Oubre should already be rostered in 12-team leagues, but if he's not, he's worth an immediate add, while Smith should be widely available on your waiver wire. Cody Martin could see additional run as well. Today, 6:57 am
  • Dubs snap Suns' win streak, extend own win streak
    With a 118-96 win over the Suns on Friday, Golden State snapped Phoenix's 18-game win streak while extending its own historic home win streak.

    Advice: The 22-point victory was Golden State's 11th straight home win by 13 or more points, tying the NBA record for such a streak. The 19-3 Warriors have been phenomenal this season, thanks in large part to fantastic play at Oracle Arena. The Dubs play at home again Saturday against a Spurs team that has won three straight. Today, 6:49 am
  • Malik Monk scores 20 off bench w/ 4 triples Friday
    Malik Monk scored 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting (4-of-8 3-pointers) and added four rebounds, two assists, and two steals with one turnover but the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday.

    Advice: Monk has been great and has now scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games and three of his last four. Monk is returning 10th round value thus far this season, so he is worth a look if you need some points and triples at the back end of your lineup. Monk can be streaky though so proceed with caution. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis goes for 27/10/4/1/1 in loss Friday
    Anthony Davis scored 27 points on 10-of-15 shooting (7-of-11 free throws) and added 10 rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers as the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday.

    Advice: Davis shot 0-of-2 from the three-point line on Friday, and his four missed free throws ended up looming large for the Lakers who shot 13-of-21 from the free-throw line for the game. The Lakes never led in this one and right now are simply not a great basketball team. Davis is having a great season from a fantasy standpoint, and as long as he stays healthy, this shouldn't change. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • LeBron James puts up 23 & 11 in return Friday
    LeBron James scored 23 points on 9-of-23 shooting (2-of-8 3-pointers) and added 11 rebounds, six assists, two steals, and three turnovers as the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: King James made his return after missing Tuesday's game against Sacramento due to a positive Covid-19 test. It is believed that this was a false positive test result, as James has returned eight negative tests since the positive test came in on Tuesday.  On Friday it was back to business as usual for LeBron, but his Lakers dropped another close game, this time to the Clippers. James' struggles from deep also continued, as he is now shooting 26.7% from distance in his last three games. Yesterday, 10:07 pm
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    LeBron James LAL - PG,SG,SF
  • Juan Toscano-Anderson has best game of season
    Juan Toscano-Anderson had his best game of the season vs. the Suns on Friday with 17 points, five rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and a triple. 

    Advice: This will likely be JTA's best line of the season but we had to blurb him simply for this incredible dunk (link below). His fantasy value has been non-existent for most of the season and we don't see that changing with the Warriors about to get some serious reinforcements. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Paul George goes for 19/9/8/2 in win over Lakers
    Paul George scored 19 points on 7-of-20 shooting and added nine assists, eight rebounds, and two steals as the Clippers beat the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: George was 0-of-7 from distance on Friday night but was great everywhere else. The nine assists were a season-high and he turned it over just three times, after tallying 15 in his last two games. George got the night off on Wednesday, and it seemed like he got the chance to clear his head and regroup a bit for this matchup. Reggie Jackson chipped in 16 points with eight assists, two rebounds, two triples, and one steal and Ivica Zubac scored 12 points on 3-of-4 shooting (6-of-6 free throws) and added five rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Draymond racks up six steals and three blocks
    Draymond Green racked up nine points, nine rebounds, nine assists, six steals, three blocks and a triple in a 118-96 win vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It’s been a long time since we’ve seen defensive stats like these from Draymond that once made him an elite fantasy asset during his prime. Prior to this gem, Draymond was only putting up 9th-round value in 9-cat, averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.7 dimes, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks. The Warriors get a game vs. the rebuilding Spurs on Saturday, so it makes sense to confirm the status of both Green and Stephen Curry since they rested in their previous back-to-back. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Gary Payton II scores 19 points vs. Suns
    Gary Payton II scored a season-high 19 points vs. the Suns on Friday, adding five boards, three triples, one steal and one block. 

    Advice: Payton scored 12 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter with the game pretty much over, so we won’t be chasing this line. What Payton does have is an elite steal rate, so he makes for a fun stream whenever Stephen Curry needs a maintenance day. And one of those could be on the table vs. the Spurs on the second leg of a back-to-back on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Mikal Bridges OK after tweaking pinky
    Mikal Bridges was held to seven points vs. the Warriors on Friday, adding two rebounds, one assist and one triple. 

    Advice: Bridges suffered a dislocated right pinky finger after a collision with Juan Tosacano-Anderson, but was able to return after about 10 minutes. The injury is to his shooting hand, so he may not be as aggressive until it feels a bit more comfortable – he only attempted four shots tonight. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Deandre Ayton scores 23 points vs. GSW
    Deandre Ayton had 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocks vs. the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: Ayton has looked much more involved on offense these days, averaging 16.4 points on 64% shooting in his previous eight games. However, his fantasy value has lagged behind his impact in real life, as his lack of blocks (0.6) in that span is pretty frustrating. He did get a pair tonight though, so we’re hopeful we’ll see some positive regression there since he averaged 1.2 and 1.5 swats in his previous two seasons. Yesterday, 9:41 pm
  • Luke Kennard scores 19 w/ 5 triples off bench Fri.
    Luke Kennard scored 19 points on 7-of-10 shooting (5-of-8 3-pointers) and added four rebounds with one steal as the Clippers outlasted the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: Kennard drilled two of the biggest shots of the game late in the fourth quarter on Friday to help will the Clippers to the win for Los Angeles bragging rights. Kennard scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter including three of his five triples. Isaiah Hartenstein also played well off the bench for the Clippers scoring 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting with one assist and one block. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Marcus Morris scores season-high 21 in win Friday
    Marcus Morris scored a season-high 21 points on 7-of-12 shooting (6-of-9 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one assist as the Clippers beat the Lakers 119-115 on Friday night.

    Advice: Morris had his best game of the season on Friday, and he hit one of the biggest shots of the game to help seal the win for the Clippers. Morris banked in a three-pointer with 7.6 seconds to go that gave the Clippers a 119-113 lead and essentially end the game. Morris at best is a DFS pick, so those that have him probably feel pretty good right now. Yesterday, 9:33 pm
  • Al Horford scores 21 points vs. Utah
    Al Horford had 21 points, nine assists, six rebounds, one steal, one block and three triples vs. the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: Boston was having trouble containing Rudy Gobert, so Robert Williams only played 15 minutes with Horford and Grant Williams getting most of the run. Horford actually leads the Celtics in 9-cat fantasy value right now, and nothing that he's doing seems unsustainable apart from a frothy block rate that is likely to dip a bit. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. (right quad) scores 12 off bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. (right quad contusion) scored 12 points on 3-of-12 shooting (2-of-6 3-pointers) and added four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes as the Mavericks lost to the Pelicans 107-91 on Friday night.  

    Advice: Hardaway Jr. injured his quad and left to get evaluated in the locker room, before eventually returning to the ballgame. He will likely be listed on the injury report for Saturday's game against Memphis, so we will consider him questionable until we get an update after shootaround. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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