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Kobe Bryant admitted after Sunday's game that he's fatigued and may soon miss a game to rest, saying, "I don't have much of a choice if [my] body is feeling the way it's feeling right now."

The Lakers can't feasibly contend for a playoff spot out West, and Kobe is owed a guaranteed $25 million next year, so a few precautionary DNPs seem inevitable as the season progresses. He shot 8-of-30 from the field and committed nine turnovers in a seven-point loss on Sunday and Lakers coach Byron Scott agreed that L.A.'s resident superstar might need some rest. We'll keep a close eye on Kobe's status for games on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday this week.
Dec 22 - 2:12 AM

Ben McLemore lit up the Lakers on Sunday for 23 points, making 10-of-18 shots with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.

He also turned the ball over five times during 38 minutes on the court, but that's easy to overlook given his recent offensive binge -- he's scored double-digits in six straight games, averaging 17.5 points, 2.3 triples, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists during that span. He's also committing 3.0 turnovers with negligible defensive stats (0.3 steals, 0.3 blocks), but is worth deploying in most leagues for his offense alone.
Dec 21 - 11:16 PM

DeMarcus Cousins dominated the Lakers on Sunday, piling up 29 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks with two turnovers in 37 minutes.

His weeks-long struggle with viral meningitis hasn't been evident since his return to action on Thursday, and tonight's line was a reminder of DMC's first-round fantasy value. The Kings recently fired coach Mike Malone, installing interim coach Ty Corbin in his stead, and they're involved in nearly every high-profile trade rumor in the NBA, but none of those distractions have detracted from Cousins' fantasy value.
Dec 21 - 11:08 PM

Jordan Hill nearly double-doubled vs. the Kings on Sunday, finishing with eight points, nine boards and one assist in 33 minutes.

He recently recovered from an illness and was tasked with containing DeMarcus Cousins during Sunday's game, so he'll be better than this on most nights. Hill remains a must-own player moving forward, and he'll be a nightly double-double threat as long as he continues to see more than 30 minutes per game.
Dec 21 - 11:07 PM

Jeremy Lin played just 21 minutes off the bench on Sunday vs. the Kings, ending the game with four points, five assists and three boards.

Coach Byron Scott is sticking to his plan of keeping Ronnie Price in the starting lineup for now, and Lin's value continues to plummet. Lin may redeem himself later on if the Lakers opt to rest Kobe Bryant down the stretch, but for now owners in standard leagues should look for another option.
Dec 21 - 11:03 PM

Ramon Sessions (back) was available for Sunday's game but he did not leave the Kings' bench.

Darren Collison logged 40 minutes as the team's starting PG and rookie Ray McCallum chipped in a pair of rebounds and assists in 11 minutes off the bench, allowing the Kings to rest Sessions a while longer. We're taking him off the injury report, and he should resume a 10-20 minute role vs. the Warriors on Monday.
Dec 21 - 11:02 PM

Reggie Evans (knee) came off the Kings' bench for two points and four rebounds in seven minutes of action during Sunday's home win vs. the Lakers.

Evans is tied for fourth in the NBA in rebound rate, hauling in 22.1 percent of all shots missed while he's on the court, which is lower than only Bismack Biyombo, DeMarcus Cousins and DeAndre Jordan. That rebounding prowess is the extent of Evans' fantasy appeal.
Dec 21 - 10:58 PM

Nick Young hit four 3-pointers in Sunday's loss to the Kings, which he finished with 26 points, five boards, one assist and two steals in 30 minutes.

He was in danger of missing this game after his altercation with Steven Adams on Friday, so his owners have to be thrilled with this result. Swaggy P has been phenomenal all season, and with rumors going around that Kobe Bryant may be rested, Young's value is only going to get higher as the season progresses.
Dec 21 - 10:58 PM

C.J. Watson returned from a sinus infection to finish Sunday's road win in Minnesota with seven points, one 3-pointer, two rebounds, four assists, two steals and three turnovers.

Unfortunately, the impending return of George Hill makes Watson an unlikely source of long-term value -- he played 29 minutes on Sunday and that number will only decrease in the coming weeks. Former starter Donald Sloan also remains a threat to Watson's value, finishing Sunday's game with 10 points and seven assists in 19 minutes.
Dec 21 - 10:46 PM

Roy Hibbert got back on track during Sunday's road win in Minnesota, posting 15 points, eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and four blocks in just 27 minutes.

Hibbert's game has crumbled over the past few weeks, leaving his owners justifiably afraid of another crisis of confidence from the Pacers' big man. This is a step in the right direction, though it should be noted that he did it against a battered and short-handed Wolves' frontcourt -- he'll face a stiffer test vs. the Pelicans on Tuesday.
Dec 21 - 10:43 PM

Steven Adams double-doubled on Sunday vs. the Pelicans, finishing with 12 points, 10 boards, two assists, two steals and two blocks in 33 minutes.

The idea of Kendrick Perkins challenging his spot in the starting lineup is laughable, and Adams could see closer to 30 minutes per game as the season progresses. Adams is worth a look if you're in need of a big who can block and rebound, but don't expect too much.
Dec 21 - 10:43 PM

The Pacers escaped with a win in Minnesota on Sunday thanks to C.J. Miles scoring 28 points on 10-of-18 shooting, including four 3-pointers.

Miles did his damage in 32 minutes off Indiana's bench, chipping in six rebounds with zero turnovers, assists, steals or blocks. He's been tremendous since returning to action on Dec. 15, and is worth a pickup based on his averages over the past four games -- 20.5 points, 2.7 threes, 4.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals and 1.0 turnovers.
Dec 21 - 10:41 PM

Chris Copeland picked up another DNP-CD on Sunday.

He was a hot commodity early in the season, as he served an ill-fitting role as a go-to offensive player, but his role has evaporated with the return of guys like David West, Rodney Stuckey and C.J. Miles.
Dec 21 - 10:40 PM

Perry Jones scored 12 points in the starting lineup on Sunday, adding four boards, one block and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

Kevin Durant (ankle) should return any day now, but Jones will be worth a look in deeper leagues if KD continues to miss time. Owners in standard leagues can probably do much better.
Dec 21 - 10:38 PM

Mo Williams torched the Pacers for 24 points and 10 assists in Sunday's road loss, making 10-of-16 shots with two 3-pointers, two rebounds and three turnovers.

He did his damage in 32 minutes off the bench and should have a clear path to fantasy value until Ricky Rubio returns from his severely sprained ankle. With Rubio unable to practice and no clear return date in sight, owners should roll with Williams into the New Year.
Dec 21 - 10:35 PM


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