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  • Khris Middleton could return in February?
    The Bucks are "increasingly hopeful" that Khris Middleton (hamstring) could return in early- to mid-February, according to ESPN sources.

    Advice: The same sentiment was echoed by ESPN's announcers during Wednesday's game. Middleton previously said that he hoped to play just after the All-Star game, and the Bucks' organizational optimism is even more encouraging. There are no firm return dates, to be clear, and Middleton remains a very risky stash unless you have multiple IR spots or the luxury of a huge lead in your league. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:19 pm
    Injured
  • 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 Yesterday, 11:05 pm
  • Andre Iguodala gets four steals w/ full line
    Andre Iguodala had another nice game on Wednesday, swiping four steals to go along with six points, five assists and two rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The 13-year veteran is quietly having a phenomenal month of January, scoring 7.3 points on 62.5 percent shooting with 1.0 threes, 3.7 boards, 3.6 assists and 0.7 steals. He's a combined 7-of-11 from deep in that span. It's inevitable that he'll cool off, but he's getting a ton of easy shot attempts and is at least worth some attention in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:39 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 Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Klay Thompson (personal) starts, logs 30 mins
    Klay Thompson (personal) started Wednesday's game and finished with 14 points, five boards, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: Thompson's status was a roller-coaster throughout the day. He was initially ruled out after flying to Portland to be with his ill grandfather, but he was later deemed 'questionable' and then 'probable'. Thompson's stats this season are remarkably similar to last year, including an identical 17.3 shots per game, and he's still returning fourth-round value despite the surplus of talented scorers in Golden State. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:38 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets the start on Wednesday
    Arron Afflalo made a start against the Pacers on Wednesday with 11 points, one rebound, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He could be a bigger part of the rotation again with Rudy Gay (Achilles) likely out for the season. Although, Afflalo was a DNP-CD at times even when Gay missed games last month. His upside is really low anyway, so he's more of a deep-league pickup. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Anthony Tolliver likely headed for minutes
    Anthony Tolliver came off the bench against the Pacers on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The first time Rudy Gay (Achilles) missed extended time, Tolliver was let loose a bit with 28.7 minutes per game in that 11-game span. He averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 boards, 0.9 assists, 0.5 blocks and 1.9 treys on 50.0 percent from the field. While that percentage may not be sustainable, Tolliver did post ninth-round value in that span, so he's worth a look if you need treys from a power forward. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Matt Barnes scores seven points in loss
    Matt Barnes scored seven points with four rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's looking at a major bump in playing time. In the window when Rudy Gay (Achilles) missed the second half of December and early January, Barnes averaged 8.7 points, 4.7 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.3 blocks and 1.6 treys. That wasn't worth using in standard leagues at that time, so he's more of a borderline add for owners looking for something new. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Tests indicate Rudy Gay tore his Achilles
    Preliminary tests indicated Rudy Gay has suffered a torn left Achilles.

    Advice: He'll have an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury, which is likely to end his season. Gay had micro tearing in his left Achilles dating back to 2014 and received shockwave treatment before. He's heading into a contract year and the timing is just terrible for the 30-year-old forward. The Kings will have to count on Garrett Temple, Matt Barnes and Anthony Tolliver. Temple is worth a pickup in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:48 pm
    GTD
  • James Harden scores 38 points in victory
    James Harden put on an offensive clinic during a 111-92 win over the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring 38 points with six rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If you didn't see this game, you missed a great one with Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo going off. Antetokounmpo gave Harden some props after the game. "I think I can say right now he is the best player in the league," Giannis said. Harden has been surging over his last seven, averaging 34.3 points, 9.0 boards, 10.1 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 blocks and 3.9 treys on 63.2 true shooting percentage. This game also moved him past Anthony Davis for No. 2 on the points per game leader board this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:17 pm
    New Player Note
    James Harden Hou - PG,SG,SF
  • Marcus Morris dishes season-high seven dimes
    Marcus Morris handed out a season-high seven assists on Wednesday, to go along with 14 points, 10 rebounds and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Morris fell one dime shy of his career-high and it's a nice surprise from a guy who came in averaging just 1.9 assists on the season. He played 36 minutes despite the Pistons' unassailable lead, and preseason talk of limiting his playing time has proven to be overblown. He's shooting just 35.1 percent over the past month, however, and there are more appealing options on most waiver wires. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Reggie Bullock thrives Wed as fill-in starter
    Reggie Bullock made another fill-in start on Wednesday, notching 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with six rebounds, four assists, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: Bullock played 36 minutes tonight, and he should continue to start until Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) gets back on the court. That could be as soon as Saturday's home game vs. the Wizards, however, so there's no real incentive to pick up Bullock in standard formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Stanley Johnson earning Van Gundy's praise
    Stanley Johnson fared well in 32 minutes of action on Wednesday, making 3-of-5 shots and a 3-pointer to score seven points with four boards, three assists and three steals.

    Advice: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (shoulder) was out again tonight, making it much easier for Johnson to earn minutes, but his recent play should keep him in the rotation going forward. "I think his professionalism, his work ethic, his approach, his conditioning, have all been good lately," said coach Stan Van Gundy. "So I don’t think it’s really a coincidence that he’s playing a lot better." Johnson admitted that playing limited minutes in the NBA has been a difficult adjustment, and even with the improved play he's not worth owning outside of very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Taurean Prince ties career-high w/ 10 points
    Hawks rookie Taurean Prince tied his career-high with 10 points on Wednesday, going 2-of-5 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: This game was over early and the result was extra minutes for guys like Prince, DeAndre Bembry (12 minutes), Mike Scott (14 minutes) and Kris Humphries (20 minutes). We'll let you know if Prince emerges as a fantasy option. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha scoreless in 21 minutes
    Thabo Sefolosha was a no-show during Wednesday's lopsided road loss, going scoreless with one rebound and zero assists, steals, blocks or 3-pointers in 12 minutes.

    Advice: The Hawks had won nine of their past 10 games, pushing them past teams like the Wizards, Pacers and Bucks for the No. 4 seed in the East, and Sefolosha's starting job shouldn't be in danger due to one awful game. No matter where he begins games, though, he's little more than a steals specialist. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:07 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. gets 10 pts w/ nothing else
    Tim Hardaway Jr. came off the bench on Wednesday with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting, two 3-pointers, one rebound, and no other stats in 19 minutes of action.

    Advice: He started for the Hawks on Monday, but that was only because Dwight Howard was being rested. THJ has been great this month, averaging 16.9 points and 2.9 triples on 54.2 percent shooting. He's worth deploying until he cools off, but be aware that he offers little beyond the scoring stats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry (personal) plays 12 minutes
    DeAndre Bembry (personal) posted four points, three rebounds and three assists in 12 minutes vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: Bembry looked like he might get substantial minutes once Kyle Korver was traded to Cleveland, but that was before we knew that Mike Dunleavy would stay in Atlanta. There are simply too many swingmen on the roster to think that Bembry will help owners at any depth this year. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Tyreke Evans fills it up in just 20 minutes
    Tyreke Evans made the most of his 20 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday, scoring 18 points with five assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: New Orleans' offense ran wild tonight and Evans looked great once again -- over the past five games he's now averaging 17.0 points on 50.0 percent FGs and 92.9 percent FTs, 1.6 triples, 3.2 boards, 4.4 assists and 2.0 steals. He said he's "getting used to [a bench role], just coming off, being aggressive," and he needs to be in your active lineups in light of his recent success. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes off bench
    Terrence Jones played just 18 minutes off the bench vs. Orlando, finishing with seven points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Jones also had a steal and a block, so it wasn't altogether terrible for fantasy purposes. The playing time is a concern, but with Donatas Motiejunas basically out of the rotation we expect T-Jones to see more run vs. the Nets on Friday. If you've owned him for any stretch of time this season, you already know that a ton of patience is required. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Dante Cunningham hits 7-of-11 FGs for 14 pts
    Dante Cunningham earned another start for the Pelicans on Wednesday, posting 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting with five rebounds and no other stats in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran came in shooting 38.9 percent this season, and he's typically a vacant fantasy option no matter how many minutes he gets. He belongs on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
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