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Updating a previous item, Rajon Rondo (knee) is not targeting a return to the lineup on Jan. 17.

"I don't know where that came from," Rondo said of Friday's report of his return coming later this month. The Celtics have not really been very revealing in their plan with Rondo, but he is believed to be targeting a return before the All-Star break.
Jan 10 - 10:01 PM

Derrick Rose (hamstring tightness) sat out the second half of Tuesday's game as a precaution, and he "didn't feel anything pop or pull" prior to his exit.

Tom Thibodeau asked Rose to sit out the second half and Rose agreed. The Bulls' former MVP was very tentative during the first half, as he was during Monday's game, but Thibodeau is hopeful that a few days of rest will have Rose ready to go for Friday's game in Boston. When asked if Rose would require an MRI, Thibs replied, "I don’t believe so. I think he's fine." Fantasy owners have played this game long enough to distrust the Bulls' injury updates, however, and we're unlikely to learn Rose's status until close to tip-off on Friday.
Nov 26 - 12:16 AM

Jimmy Butler set a new career high with 20 free throw attempts on Tuesday, making 18 of them to finish with 32 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in a loss to the Nuggets.

Butler has been unbelievable to begin the season, embracing an expanded offensive role without letting up defensively in nearly 40 minutes per game. He's taken a massive leap into top-10 fantasy value and shows no signs of letting up, though his huge workload may take a toll physically as the season progresses. Congratulations to all those owners who snagged Butler in the middle rounds on draft day.
Nov 26 - 12:09 AM

DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Tuesday with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, one block and five turnovers in 35 minutes.

DMC made 8-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in another impressive performance, helping Sacramento improve their record to 9-5. He's solidified himself as a top-10 fantasy option and has only picked up one technical foul through 14 games, so owners shouldn't have to fret about suspensions as we near the end of the regular season.
Nov 25 - 11:47 PM

Darius Miller made his first start of the season at SF on Tuesday, but he finished scoreless with zero stats to his credit in 14 minutes of action.

Tyreke Evans slid over to SG with Eric Gordon (shoulder) out indefinitely, and the early results with Miller at SF speak for themselves. Head coach Monty Williams will likely toy around with his lineups in the coming games, and Miller's fantasy offerings are too limited to reach for him outside of deeper leagues.
Nov 25 - 11:38 PM

Anthony Davis battled an illness during Tuesday's game, which he finished with just 14 points (4-of-12 FGs, 6-of-8 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks.

"Just because I’m a little sick doesn't mean I can afford to play like that," Davis said after the game. While the illness may have contributed to his relatively quiet evening, the Pelicans also did a poor job of feeding him the ball in the second half. He's been the number one fantasy player this year, bar none, and is likely to take out his frustrations vs. the Hawks on Friday.
Nov 25 - 11:38 PM

Josh Smith fell two assists shy of a triple-double in Tuesday's game, scoring 11 points with 10 boards and eight assists vs. Milwaukee.

Smoove added one steal and three blocks, and he even made a 3-pointer -- he's now a combined 4-of-21 (19.0 percent) beyond the arc. The bad news is that he was just 4-of-10 from the field and 2-of-10 at the FT line. He's a mid-round value if you can ignore his percentages, but that's not a luxury most fantasy owners have.
Nov 25 - 11:00 PM

Andre Drummond kept up his momentum on Tuesday with a season-high 23 points (11-of-15 FGs) in a loss vs. the Bucks, adding 10 rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks in 32 minutes.

The points, rebounds and defensive stats are great to see, but fantasy owners are probably most pleased with his 11-of-15 shooting -- remarkably, this is just the second time all season that Drummond made more than half of his shots. The career 59.7 percent shooter is just 39.7 percent through 13 games and there's nowhere to go but up, so consider making a buy-low offer (if you still can) to his frustrated fantasy owners.
Nov 25 - 10:59 PM

O.J. Mayo made his first start of the season vs. the Pistons on Tuesday, scoring 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting with three 3-pointers, two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

Jason Kidd has been juggling his lineups through the first month of the season, and tonight Mayo got the nod ahead of Khris Middleton. "We looked at [Mayo as a starter] at practice yesterday and as coaches we thought it looked good," Kidd said, by way of explanation. Mayo has enough upside to be worth a speculative add, especially since the Bucks won tonight's game, but don't be surprised if he's back in a reserve role by the end of the week.
Nov 25 - 10:54 PM

Andrew Bogut's bruised orbital bone didn't slow him down vs. the Heat on Tuesday, as he notched eight points, 10 rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks in a road victory.

We'll keep an eye on Bogut leading up to Wednesday's game in Orlando, but all signs point to him being ready for a tough matchup with Nikola Vucevic. The oft-injured big man looks rejuvenated under Steve Kerr this year, and is flirting with top-50 value despite playing only 25 minutes per game.
Nov 25 - 10:23 PM

Stephen Curry torched the Heat for a season-high 40 points in Tuesday's road win, making 12-of-19 field goals including a season-high eight 3-pointers.

This was just Curry's second 20-point performance in the Warriors' past seven games, but his fantasy value hasn't suffered thanks to his ability to fill up the stat sheet. He went 8-of-9 from the FT line and a ridiculous 8-of-11 from downtown, as the Heat simply couldn't defend him once he started feeling it. Reggie Miller wrote on Twitter that Curry may have overtaken Drazen Petrovic as the greatest 3-point shooter Miller has ever seen -- that's lofty praise, but it's hard to argue otherwise.
Nov 25 - 10:21 PM

Paul Pierce had 14 points in Tuesday's home loss vs. Atlanta, and in the process he passed Jerry West to become the 17th-leading scorer in NBA history.

Pierce overtook West with point number 25,194, a testament to his durability as well as his elite scoring ability. The 37-year-old has settled in nicely with the Wizards this year, returning mid-round value with averages of 13.1 points, 1.3 triples, 5.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.7 steals per game.
Nov 25 - 9:50 PM




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