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  • Jamal Murray quiet in 24 minutes vs. Lakers
    Jamal Murray was quiet during Sunday's loss to the Lakers, scoring 10 points on 2-of-11 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs, with four rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Murray missed all of his 3-point attempts tonight, but he added two steals and one block. There's nothing to worry about here -- Murray had scored 30+ points in two of his previous three games, and he's always one game away from an explosive performance. Yesterday, 10:13 pm
  • Lonzo Ball triple-doubles in Lakers' home win
    Lonzo Ball posted the second triple-double of his NBA career on Sunday with 11 points, 16 rebounds, 11 assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 40 minutes.

    Advice: The Lakers snapped a two-game losing streak tonight and Ball continues to be a fantasy dynamo, with the glaring exception of percentages (30.8% FGs and 46.2% FTs). In every other respect he's been awesome, averaging 6.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.1 threes and 0.9 blocks. His fantasy value hinges on each league's scoring settings -- if you can ignore percentages, the 20-year-old is already a stud. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Antonio Blakeney sticks in Bulls' rotation
    Antonio Blakeney had seven points on 3-of-9 shooting, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes off Chicago's bench on Sunday.

    Advice: Fred Hoiberg said after Wednesday's game that Blakeney had earned a spot in the rotation "for now," but he's still just a deep-league option. The clock is ticking with Zach LaVine (knee) expected to start practicing this week. Yesterday, 8:11 pm
  • Kris Dunn notches 17/6/6 in just 27 minutes
    Kris Dunn followed up Friday's huge game with 17 points, six rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer, making 8-of-16 shots in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: Dunn had some awful turnovers and finished with four in the game, but he's doing enough to merit ownership in almost any format. The second-year PG made 10-of-16 shots for 22 points on Friday, adding seven assists, five boards and three steals, and he's in an ideal situation on a rebuilding Bulls team. If you can live with high turnovers and poor percentages, don't hesitate to grab him. Yesterday, 8:09 pm
  • Mike James gets 15 points, Ulis quiet Sunday
    Mike James came off the Suns' bench on Sunday for 15 points on 6-of-12 shooting, five assists, three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Starting PG Tyler Ulis had three points, four rebounds and four assists in 20 minutes, and this continues to be a value-killing timeshare. Most fantasy owners will be better served looking for cheap PG help elsewhere, including waiver-wire guys like Spencer Dinwiddie or Kris Dunn. Yesterday, 8:06 pm
  • Fred VanVleet scores 10 points w/ five dimes
    Fred VanVleet scored 10 points on 3-of-9 shooting Sunday, to go with three rebounds, two 3-pointers, five assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: VanVleet earned some crunchtime minutes in this one, and he's actually been a sneaky late-round guy over the past four with averages of 8.8 points, 3.5 assists, 1.8 triples and just 1.5 turnovers per contest on 44.4 percent shooting. He's locked in as Kyle Lowry's primary backup with Delon Wright (shoulder) on the shelf, so give him a look if you're looking for some low-end PG stats in a deep league. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Jeff Teague shoots 1-of-7 in 40 minutes
    Jeff Teague played 40 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Pistons, posting nine assists, four rebounds and one steal, but he shot just 1-of-7 from the field to finish with three points.

    Advice: The playing time was a season-high because Jamal Crawford (migraines) didn't play after halftime. Teague is sitting on mid-round value through 15 games, and tonight's poor shooting can be shrugged off as a fluke -- it's particularly odd since opposing PGs have shot 45.6% vs. Detroit this season, the fourth-highest mark in the league. Expect better vs. Charlotte on Monday. Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Reggie Jackson leads Pistons late vs. MIN
    Reggie Jackson took over Sunday's game down the stretch, finishing a 100-97 road win vs. the Wolves with 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting, eight assists, two rebounds and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Jackson was benched late on Wednesday because Stan Van Gundy felt his team was "playing better with Ish [Smith]," but he's resumed his usual role in the two games since. He scored eight straight points for the Pistons in crunch time tonight, and owners can rest assured that his 26-30 minute role is secure. Meanwhile, Ish had nine points and five assists in 19 minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 6:37 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie scores 21 points Sunday
    Spencer Dinwiddie had 21 points (4-of-13 FGs, 11-of-13 FTs), eight assists, two rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal and one block in a home loss vs. Golden State on Sunday.

    Advice: D'Angelo Russell (left knee) had arthroscopic surgery on Friday and the Nets haven't pegged a specific timetable for his return, so Dinwiddie should be starting for the foreseeable future. He was coming off a career-best 25-point game on Friday, and has earned the trust of coach Kenny Atkinson. "He’s an aggressive, confident guy," Atkinson said. "He’s definitely got the intelligence, the IQ. I love that he’s doing it on both ends." Double-check that he's not still floating on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 6:08 pm
  • Derrick Walton Jr. plays garbage time Sunday
    Derrick Walton Jr. made his second NBA appearance on Sunday, scoring two points in three minutes off Miami's bench.

    Advice: The rookie PG only played in garbage time, and Erik Spoelstra made it clear that he's not part of the rotation. "[Miami's G-League affiliate] doesn’t play for a while, so we thought it would be a good opportunity [for Walton Jr.] to spend some time with us," Spoelstra said. "It’s more about development. We feel like we can roll with what we have." Yesterday, 4:56 pm
  • Kyle Lowry scores 10 points in 33 minutes
    Kyle Lowry took a backseat to the DeMar DeRozan show on Sunday, scoring just 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with five boards, six assists, one 3-pointer, two steals and two turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: Lowry got into some early foul trouble that forced him to the bench during the first half, and he just never quite got going after that. DeRozan was also en fuego throughout the game, so Lowry did a lot of watching during Toronto's numerous iso-sets. Owners can expect a big-time bounce-back performance against the lowly Knicks on Wednesday. Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • John Wall (knee) questionable for Monday
    John Wall (left knee) has a "great chance" of playing vs. the Bucks on Monday, according to coach Scott Brooks.

    Advice: "Just playing it safe," Brooks said, referring to Wall's DNP on Sunday. "We got three games in four nights, so we’re going to sit him out [Sunday] and see how he feels [Monday]. It’s a great chance there that he will play [Monday]." Wall's knee reportedly swelled up as a side-effect from IVs he received this week to help him recover from an illness, so fortunately it doesn't sound like anything structural. Check for confirmation on Monday afternoon, but it sounds safe to plug Wall into weekly lineups. Yesterday, 3:12 pm
  • Tim Frazier hands out eight assists in loss
    Tim Frazier handed out eight assists as a fill-in starter sans John Wall (knee) on Sunday, adding eight rebounds, six points, one 3-pointer and four turnovers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Frazier did a nice job of running the offense for Washington, and while he didn't spend a ton of time looking for his own shot (2-of-4 from the field) he still put forth an effective stat line. The Wizards play again Monday vs. Milwaukee, and if Wall is again forced to sit that one out, Frazier will make for a solid streamer or low-budget option in DFS. Yesterday, 3:07 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas (hip) goes hard at practice
    Isaiah Thomas (hip) went through an intense workout on Sunday, doing full-court sprints, shooting 3s and running through some 5-on-0 drills.

    Advice: Thomas said this was the "hardest" he's run so far in his recovery, and that he "felt good for the most part." While the Cavs' haven't officially updated his potential return date, he's completed each stage of his recovery without any setbacks or pauses and is on track to return to the floor by January 1. The next step in Thomas' rehab will be incorporating cutting and change of direction work, so we'll be watching for any updates there. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) questionable Monday
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Monday's matchup with the Knicks.

    Advice: Beverley has spent the past five games on the sidelines, but he's been ramping up his activities at practice and Monday seems like a very realistic potential return date. If he is able to get back out there Sindarius Thornwell will head back to the bench and Juwan Evans could drop from the rotation entirely. Check back for another update following Monday morning's shootaround. Yesterday, 11:43 am
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) remains questionable
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is still listed as questionable for Monday's game vs. Utah.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown is expecting him to play and it's a good sign that Bayless was able to participate in Sunday's practice. If Bayless is able to play, that would eat into the minutes of guys like J.J. Redick, T.J. McConnell and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. He's more of a deep-league fantasy asset and could be limited on Monday. Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Fultz is progressing, out another 2-3 weeks
    The 76ers announced on Sunday that Markelle Fultz will be re-evaluated in 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: He had a checkup on Sunday and it went well, as the "soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving." The 76ers added that he will continue to progress towards full basketball activities, but his return to action hinges on how well his shoulder responds to an increased workload on the practice court. He's only worth owning in re-draft formats if you have an IR spot and can afford to be patient with him. Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • D.J. Augustin returned to action on Saturday November 18. Saturday, 11:51 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 25 points in win
    C.J. McCollum scored 25 points during a 102-90 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Damian Lillard was also solid with his 22 points, two rebounds, six dimes, one steal, one block and one trey. As for McCollum, he's been one of the league's best shooters with his 50.6 percent from deep to get him to 3.1 triples per game. Compared to last year, his dimes and blocks are down, but his steals and boards are up. McCollum is a top-20 player so far this year and he'll probably stay there. Saturday, 10:04 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores just four
    Malcolm Brogdon scored four points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in 32 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: We finally have a nice little sample on Brogdon now that Eric Bledsoe is around. It hasn't really gone very well in those five, averaging 10.2 points, 3.6 boards, 1.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 treys on 39.6 percent from the field in 28.8 minutes. His efficiency, usage rate, assist percentage and minutes are significantly down as a bench guy, so he's taking a bigger hit than expected. Brogdon was awesome next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, but he may be losing his value in shallower leagues. Saturday, 9:02 pm
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