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  • 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 48 minutes ago
  • Clint Capela scores career-high 22 points
    Clint Capela showed he was close to 100 percent against the Warriors on Friday, scoring a career-high 22 points with 12 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 21 minutes.

    Advice: We'll keep this one simple here. If Capela is somehow on your waiver wire, go fix that right now and pick him up. Rotoworld.com 52 minutes ago
  • 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
  • Nerlens Noel brings the defense
    Nerlens Noel scored five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: Most importantly, Noel had a game-sealing stop at the rim against Mason Plumlee to get the win. Noel's rim protection has been a big change for the second unit instead of Jahlil Okafor, so his minutes should be safe unless the 76ers go all-out showcase on Okafor. With Joel Embiid likely out on Saturday for rest, Noel should get close to 20 minutes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 8:04 pm
  • Ryan Anderson ruled out for Saturday
    Ryan Anderson (illness) will not play on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: He was not right at all with just nine minutes on Friday. A doctor told him he may have to deal with this stomach bug for 1-2 weeks, so there is a very good chance Anderson misses more games. While he is out, we'll see more Sam Dekker and Corey Brewer. If you want to pick one up in a deeper league, we'd prefer Dekker. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:50 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo double-doubles w/ 4 blocks
    Bismack Biyombo double-doubled vs. the Bucks on Friday with 13 points, 13 rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes off the bench compared to 23 for starting center Nikola Vucevic. Biyombo hit 5-of-6 from the field and finished one block shy of his season high. Vucevic's name popped up in another trade rumor on Friday which linked him to the Heat, so keep in mind that Biyombo could be back in the starting lineup if Vooch is moved. If you don't mind his awful FT percentage, Biyombo is worth keeping an eye on if you're in need of rebounds and blocks. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:35 pm
  • Cody Zeller gets just 23 minutes
    Cody Zeller played 23 minutes against the Raptors on Friday with 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover.

    Advice: Roy Hibbert had a decent game again and the game got to garbage time, so that explains the dip in playing time. Zeller has been flirting with mid-round value in 2017, so he's still a hold in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:15 pm
  • John Henson plays 16 minutes in loss
    John Henson played just 16 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday, scoring eight points with five rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He finished 3-of-4 from the field, but this game got away from the Bucks early on and coach Jason Kidd opted to use all three centers tonight -- Miles Plumlee played 16 minutes and Greg Monroe played 14. Henson's not consistent enough right now for standard-league owners and the center position in Milwaukee is one of most annoying situations in fantasy. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:53 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets 17 minutes
    Jared Sullinger played 17 minutes against the Hornets on Friday with three points, two rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: That's an increase from his 14 minutes in his debut on Wednesday. The Raptors look to be viewing him as a backup center for now, but not having Lucas Noguiera is obviously a factor on that. Sullinger will likely have a minutes limit for a long time and his upside isn't great anyway, so he's not the most attractive add. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:37 pm
  • Embiid (precautionary reasons) out for game
    Joel Embiid (left knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: After a fourth trip to the locker room and being ruled out, Embiid came back to the bench and was crestfallen he could not return. He was doing some cutting in the hallway to the locker room to likely try to show he was able to play. In other words, the 76ers just didn't want their franchise player to go out there. He had to battle in this game and probably went to the floor about 10 times with multiple times limping throughout the game. The worst blow for Embiid was a knee contusion in the third quarter and he even tweaked it again later. For now, we don't think it's serious, but there's very little chance he plays on Saturday. Rotoworld.com Today, 6:13 pm
    Out
  • Alexis Ajinca a healthy inactive
    Alexis Ajinca is a healthy inactive for Friday against the Nets.

    Advice: There is no reason to play him against the NBA's fastest team. In other news, Ajinca denied reports of him asking for a trade. He needs a lot of things to happen to get playing time. Rotoworld.com Today, 4:49 pm
  • Darrell Arthur listed as questionable
    Darrell Arthur (left knee soreness) is listed as questionable to play against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: This is an upgrade from him being listed as doubtful to play on Thursday before the DNP. Arthur is likely out of the rotation anyway with Kenneth Faried playing well. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:09 pm
    Injured
  • Steven Adams remains in concussion protocol
    Steven Adams (concussion) has not yet been cleared to return to play, as he is still in concussion protocol.

    Advice: Adams has missed each of the Thunder's last two games. Fortunately, OKC doesn't play again until Monday vs. Utah, which gives Adams a few extra days to recuperate. Check back in over the weekend for an update on his status. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:55 am
  • Report: Jusuf Nurkic 'sure' to be traded
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Jusuf Nurkic is "sure" to be traded prior to the February trade deadline.

    Advice: Per Stein: "Sources say that the Nuggets, having acknowledged that Nikola Jokic and Nurkic didn't click as a pairing, are actively working to find Nurkic a new home that would give him the chance he deserves to be a front-line center." A trade is necessary to revive Nurkic's dying fantasy value. With Jokic playing at an incredibly high level, Nurk simply wastes away on the Denver bench. A trade would be best for all parties involved. It would also clear out more minutes for Kenneth Faried. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:04 am
  • DeAndre Jordan scores career-high 29 points
    DeAndre Jordan scored a career-high 29 points with 16 rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Thursday's loss to the Timberwolves.

    Advice: Jordan had a huge night, but did miss some key free throws late in the fourth quarter, which resulted in a 12-point blown lead for the Clippers. Hack-a-Jordan was in full effect late in the game. He is averaging 17.8 points, 18 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in his last five games. The Clippers will need Jordan to step up in the next 6-8 weeks with Chris Paul (hand) out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon scores seven in 19 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon scored seven points with four rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 19 minutes against the Nuggets on Thursday.

    Advice: He's likely getting at least a slight bump in playing time with Pau Gasol (hand) out. Interestingly, both Dedmon and David Lee have played 84 minutes each next to LaMarcus Aldridge in the last 15 games, but coach Gregg Popovich may like Dedmon is his current role off the bench to back up LMA and Lee. There is still a chance he can up his minutes from 15.6 to the low 20s. For what it's worth, his per-24 stats are 7.3 points, nine boards, 0.9 steals and 1.3 blocks, so getting to even just 20 minutes would make him interesting. If you want offense get Lee, if you want defense get Dedmon. DD has the higher upside for the blocking scarcity. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:18 pm
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