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  • 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 20 minutes ago
  • 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 28 minutes ago
  • 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 34 minutes ago
  • James Harden struggles in loss to Warriors
    James Harden scored 17 points with seven rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and seven turnovers against the Warriors during a 125-108 loss on Friday.

    Advice: It was a game to forget. The Warriors ability to switch so well really kept Harden in check to limit his open looks. Plus, Harden said the Rockets really missed Ryan Anderson (illness) tonight to help space the floor. Harden gets another bad matchup on Saturday in Memphis, but he's as matchup proof as it gets. Rotoworld.com 40 minutes ago
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  • 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 40 minutes ago
  • Sam Dekker looks good off the bench
    Sam Dekker scored 17 points with seven rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: With Ryan Anderson (illness) set to miss at least one game and probably more, Dekker could have some value in the next week. He's played better defense and coach Mike D'Antoni has used him at three different positions. He'll lose most of his short-term value once Ryno returns. Rotoworld.com 46 minutes ago
  • Eric Gordon whiffs from deep in loss
    Eric Gordon made 2-of-14 from the field for six points against the Warriors on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Yuck. Gordon had the lead for total 3-pointers before tonight, but Stephen Curry passed him back. After Gordon made an incredible 4.4 treys per game on 45.7 from deep in December, he's down to 3.3 on 30.6 percent. Obviously volume helps with his 10.9 attempts and Gordon is still at a respectable 40.0 percent overall this month. He probably has peaked, but keep him going. Rotoworld.com 50 minutes ago
  • Montrezl Harrell scores eight points
    Montrezl Harrel scored eight points in a start against the Warriors on Friday, adding three rebounds, one assist, one block and one steal.

    Advice: It'll be interesting for Harrell now that Clint Capela looked fantastic. For what it's worth, Harrell has looked better than Nene (rest), so maybe the Rockets just roll with two bigs. They also don't play two-center lineups, so the No. 2 battle will be important. We would still hold him in most cases because he would likely have value with 20-24 minutes. Rotoworld.com 55 minutes ago
  • Tyreke Evans scores eight points in loss
    Tyreke Evans scored just eight points with four rebounds, no assists, two steals and one turnover in 13 minutes during a 143-114 blowout loss to the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: The last time we saw Evans play the Nets, he busted out for 29 points. Of course, that was because he was on fire and Anthony Davis was out. He's going to be off for a couple days, so we'll see if he gets an increase on his minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:45 pm
  • Dante Cunningham post a -32
    Dante Cunningham scored 14 points with seven rebounds, one assist, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: In the plus-minus stat, he managed an incredible -32. Coach Alvin Gentry insists on starting him to help on switches and perimeter defense, but it's costing him in other areas. He's worth a look in deep leagues, but his low upside makes him a low-demand player. He's actually been decent, as a top-200 player lately. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:43 pm
  • Anthony Davis gets banged up yet again
    Anthony Davis suffered a right quad contusion against the Nets on Friday, finishing with 22 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and two blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: That's yet another injury for Davis. In the last week, we have him down for bumps and bruises to the following areas: right quad, left hip, right hip, tailbone, left fingers, left thumb and right wrist. Before the injury, he was actually going off, but he was limping throughout the second half. He'll likely be on the injury report, but he has until Jan. 23 to get right. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:22 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 20 w/ 10 boards
    Zach Randolph scored 20 points with 10 rebounds in Friday's win over the Kings.

    Advice: Z-Bo finished 7-of-14 from the field with a pair of assists in 24 minutes. He also hit multiple 3-pointers (two) for the first time as a Grizzly which included a 35-foot buzzer-beating triple. Randolph was coming off a six-point dud vs. the Wizards, but he's still averaging 14.2 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists over his last five. His upside is low due to the lack of defensive stats, but he's worth owning right now. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:21 pm
  • Brook Lopez scores 23 points in win
    Brook Lopez scored 23 points with eight rebounds, three assists, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday during a 143-114 win.

    Advice: The Nets offense was just ridiculous today, scoring more points than any Eastern Conference team in a regulation game this season. It was also the second-most scoring in franchise history for regulation and most since 1982. As for Lopez, his fantasy owners will be on red alert with possible rest coming up on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:17 pm
  • Marc Gasol scores 28 points in win over Kings
    Marc Gasol scored 28 points in 33 minutes in Friday's 107-91 win over the Kings.

    Advice: Gasol filled it up tonight, shooting 9-of-19 from the field and 7-of-7 from the line with nine rebounds, four assists, one steal and three triples in 33 minutes. Gasol has now scored 24+ points in three straight games, but his owners will want to make sure he's active on Saturday vs. the Rockets on the second night of a back-to-back set -- Gasol has rested twice this season and both DNPs occurred during back-to-back sets. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:15 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 Today, 9:13 pm
  • Joe Harris gets just 13 minutes
    Joe Harris played just 13 minutes with eight points, two rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: That's some low playing time with his backup, Sean Kilpatrick (rest), not playing today. Caris LeVert is coming for his minutes, so Harris is trending down for owners who had him in super deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:10 pm
  • Quincy Acy scores 12 points
    Quincy Acy scored a season-high 12 points with eight rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers in 22 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: He was happy to get a second 10-day deal and he made the Nets feel good about it right off the bat. Acy plays mostly center for the Nets, so keep that in mind if Brook Lopez rests. He'll only be a desperation stream or punt in DFS best case. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:07 pm
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson plays all PF
    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 12 points with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 18 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

    Advice: The Nets actually played him at straight four in this game, but some of that was likely because Trevor Booker (rest) didn't play. Coach Kenny Atkinson really likes him as a combo forward and it helps with their tempo. Hollis-Jefferson hasn't really been sniffing value in standard leagues, but he's trending up a bit. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:04 pm
  • Nick Young (knee) starts second half Friday
    Nick Young (knee) started the second half of Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He hyperextended his left knee in the second quarter, but X-rays were negative and it sounds like he escaped with a minor tweak. Young is moving well as we report this, but check back after the game for an update. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:02 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) won't return
    D'Angelo Russell (knee, calf) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: In addition to his right MCL sprain, Russell also has a strained right calf. The Lakers didn't rule Russell out right away, so hopefully the injuries are minor. Russell is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, but don't be surprised if he misses time since the Lakers have nothing to play for. Jose Calderon started the second half, but he's not a great speculative pickup. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams will each get a boost with Russell out. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:01 pm
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