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Jarvis Varnado (calf) did not practice, but he did conditioning drills on Friday.

The news every owner has been waiting for is finally here. Varnado's health has zero impact on Miami's playoff run or on fantasy basketball playoff leagues.
Fri, May 3, 2013 12:55:00 PM

Khris Middleton shot just 6-of-20 from the field on Tuesday, but still finished with 20 points, three 3-pointers, seven boards, six assists, two steals and one block.

He made all five of his free throws and didn't turn the ball over, putting him a few made shots away from a pure nine-cat gem. Middleton has been one of the nicest surprises this season and his scoring is even more essential with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, so he's poised for steady top-50 value down the stretch.
Mar 4 - 12:03 AM

Ersan Ilyasova sank 9-of-15 shots including three 3-pointers vs. Denver, finishing Tuesday's loss with a team-high 21 points.

He added three boards, two assists, one steal and one block with only one turnover in 30 minutes of action, and has come to life since re-entering Jason Kidd's starting lineup. The Bucks have lost momentum since the All-Star break, however, and tonight marked their third consecutive defeat. They'll have a tough time snapping the skid during Wednesday's road game vs. the Warriors.
Mar 4 - 12:01 AM

Ty Lawson double-doubled with 16 points and 10 assists on Tuesday, adding two 3-pointers, two rebounds and two assists with only one turnover in 31 minutes of action.

Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt's tenure began with a victory vs. a solid Bucks team, and Brian Shaw's departure shouldn't hurt Lawson's value going forward. Lawson has been a solid second-round fantasy PG over the past month and he's likely to stay there as long as he's healthy. Lock him into your lineups and enjoy the show.
Mar 3 - 11:48 PM

The Nuggets snapped their losing streak with a win vs. the Bucks on Tuesday, led by Danilo Gallinari's game-high 26 points, four 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

Gallo's re-emergence is one of the best stories in recent weeks. Since the All-Star break he's averaging 17.0 points, 2.8 threes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals as a go-to scorer for the Nuggets, and he should be owned in all fantasy leagues despite his very real injury risk. Gallo even scored efficiently for once, hitting 8-of-16 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws in the much-needed home victory.
Mar 3 - 11:47 PM

Kenneth Faried started again on Tuesday, posting 14 points, 14 rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes under new coach Melvin Hunt.

This marks the first time Faried has played 30+ minutes or had a double-double since early February. He never found a sustained rhythm under Brian Shaw so the coaching shake-up could be the moment his fantasy owners have been waiting for all season. With any luck the Manimal will be unleashed over Denver's final 23 games.
Mar 3 - 11:46 PM

Gordon Hayward scored 21 points on 9-of-19 shooting with eight boards, six assists and three steals in Tuesday's win over the Grizzlies.

He missed all six of his attempts from beyond the arc and had a couple of turnovers, but his owners will obviously be thrilled with this line. Hayward has somehow made just 2-of-20 3-pointers over his last five games, but he is too talented to not break out of his funk soon. Deploy Hayward with confidence.
Mar 3 - 11:32 PM

Tony Snell started for the Bulls on Tuesday with Jimmy Butler (elbow) out, and he finished with 11 points on 4-of-12 shooting, three 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal in 40 minutes.

Snell's prolific 3-point shooting has been enough for mid-round value over the past month, and he's a terrific pickup now that Butler is on the shelf for 3-4 weeks. He tweaked his right ankle and banged his knee in the first quarter but continued to play, and we're leaving him off the injury report in advance of Thursday's game vs. OKC.
Mar 3 - 11:20 PM

Nikola Mirotic came off Chicago's bench for 23 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds and one block in 32 minutes vs. the Wizards on Tuesday.

Mirotic dropped 29 points on Sunday and is a must-own player while both Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler are on the sidelines. This is the first time Chicago's rookie has scored 20+ points in consecutive games, but he has a good chance to keep the streak going with a 32-minute role vs. the Thunder on Thursday. Double-check that Mirotic isn't still available on your waiver wire.
Mar 3 - 11:19 PM

Joakim Noah racked up 14 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and three blocks to help Chicago hold off the Wizards on Tuesday.

He made 4-of-5 shots but was 6-of-10 at the free throw line and he turned the ball over five times in a testy matchup vs. the Bulls' conference rival -- Nene even committed a flagrant foul vs. Noah after saying before the game that he "hates" the Bulls. Noah has double-digit rebounds in eight straight games and he'll be asked to do more offensively for the short-handed Bulls, setting him up for a productive run in the season's final weeks.
Mar 3 - 11:18 PM

Nene fouled out of Tuesday's game with zero points in 20 minutes of action, though he did get six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The veteran PF said before the game that he "hates" the Bulls but he didn't support his comment with any actions tonight, and the Wizards fell 92-97 in Chicago. Nene has been a borderline fantasy option, due largely to his 25-minute role, and he's only worth deploying if you're in need of rebounds, steals and especially FG percentages.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM

Bradley Beal shot just 6-of-18 from the field on Tuesday, finishing a road loss to the Bulls with 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block.

Beal is now a combined 8-of-28 in two games since returning from his leg injury, but the good news is that he's averaging 33.5 minutes in those contests. The Wizards' willingness to give him such a heavy workload suggests that he's fully recovered, and it shouldn't take long before his shots start falling.
Mar 3 - 11:10 PM




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