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|Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) sits out practice||12-10-2013|
|Jermaine O'Neal C GS|
Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) didn't practice on Tuesday.
Warriors on Twitter
|This may simply have been a maintenance day for J.O., who intends to play through his injured wrist without having surgery until the offseason. As a precaution we'll list him as 'questionable' to play on Wednesday.|
|Draymond Green (ankle) out for Tues. practice||12-10-2013|
|Draymond Green F GS|
Draymond Green (ankle) didn't practice on Tuesday and he's questionable to play in Wednesday's matchup with the Mavericks.
Warriors on Twitter
|X-rays after Monday's game were negative but he's been diagnosed with a 'moderate' sprain, and Toney Douglas' recent return may encourage the Warriors to play it safe with Green. In any case, his availability won't have an impact outside of the deepest fantasy leagues.|
|Dwyane Wade (knee) 'probable' for Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Dwyane Wade G MIA|
Dwyane Wade (knee) is listed as 'probable' for Tuesday in the official game notes.
Candace Buckner on Twitter
|He was on the court warming up well before tip-off, but his status will likely be determined just before tip-off based upon how his knees react. If he's unable to go tonight, Ray Allen will likely get another start at SG in his absence.|
|Tony Allen (hip) could play vs. OKC Wednesday||12-10-2013|
|Tony Allen G MEM|
Tony Allen (hip) said that he "wouldn't rule [out]" playing in Wednesday's game vs. the Thunder.
Rob Fischer on Twitter
|Jerryd Bayless has been filling in at SG in his absence the past two games but that's left the Grizzlies' bench perilously thin, especially with Quincy Pondexter (fractured foot) out of commission.|
|Marvin Williams (heel) doubtful for Wednesday||12-10-2013|
|Marvin Williams F UTH|
Marvin Williams (heel) practiced on Tuesday but he's considered doubtful to play in Wednesday's game.
Utah Jazz on Twitter
|Even if he doesn't return vs. the Kings, it's encouraging to see Marvin back on the court with his ailing heel. In five starts at PF this season, he's averaging 12.6 points, 1.8 triples, 6.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals.|
|Derrick Favors (back) game-time vs. Kings||12-10-2013|
|Derrick Favors F UTH|
Derrick Favors (back) practiced on Tuesday but he remains a game-time decision vs. the Kings on Wednesday.
Utah Jazz on Twitter
|His sore lower back has already cost him two games, an the Jazz have now lost four straight. Fantasy owners should check for updates after Wenesday's shootaround, when hopefully we'll get a conclusive update.|
|Jodie Meeks to start w/ Kobe over Wes Johnson||12-10-2013|
|Jodie Meeks G LAL|
Jodie Meeks will replace Wes Johnson in the Lakers' starting lineup on Tuesday, as Mike D'Antoni makes good on his decision to "shake up" his rotation.
|Meeks scored 14 points in 35 minutes in Kobe's return, whereas Johnson only had two points in 25 minutes, so this move isn't unexpected. Both guys should pitch in their fair share of 3-pointers but Meeks, by virtue of the starting job, is the more appealing fantasy option.|
|Omer Asik (thigh) won't play on Thursday||12-10-2013|
|Omer Asik C HOU|
Omer Asik (bruised thigh) has officially been ruled out vs. the Trail Blazers on Thursday.
Jason Friedman on Twitter
|The fact that Houston ruled him out two days before the game suggests that his absence has more to do with the Rockets' desire to trade him. The 76ers have been floated as one potential landing spot, and the Rockets may prefer to deal him to the Eastern Conference, but for now no deal is imminent.|
|Arnett Moultrie (ankle) progressing in rehab||12-10-2013|
|Arnett Moultrie F PHI|
Arnett Moultrie (ankle surgery) ran on anti-gravity treadmill on Tuesday, the next step in his lengthy rehab.
Chris Vito on Twitter
|There's still no return date for Moultrie. The high-energy PF should carve out a solid role for the rebuilding 76ers whenever he's healthy enough to play, which could be as soon as January.|
|Jeremy Lin (knee) returns to practice Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Jeremy Lin G HOU|
Jeremy Lin (knee) returned to practice on Tuesday and continues to target a return on Thursday vs. the Blazers.
Jason Friedman on Twitter
|Lin was playing very well before the injury and his return is bad news for Aaron Brooks, who held sporadic value in his absence. It also won't help Patrick Beverley, who has averaged 8.5 points on 37 percent shooting, 1.3 three-pointers, 4.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in the six games since Lin went down.|
|Robert Sacre heads back to Lakers' bench||12-10-2013|
|Robert Sacre C LAL|
Robert Sacre will return to the Lakers' bench vs. Phoenix on Tuesday.
Mark Medina on Twitter
|Sacre made two starts in which he averaged 6.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 13 minutes per game, so it wasn't hard to see this coming once Mike D'Antoni said he would "shake up" his lineups. If you speculatively picked up Sacre, it's time to return him to the waiver wire.|
|Shawne Williams starts, Robert Sacre benched||12-10-2013|
|Shawne Williams F LAL|
Shawne Williams will start for the Lakers on Tuesday, sending Robert Sacre to the bench.
Mark Medina on Twitter
|Mike D'Antoni lamented his team's poor interior defense but the Lakers don't have any enforcers waiting on the bench, so instead he's going small to match up with the Suns. Williams and Channing Frye may exchange a few 3-pointer tonight, but that's about the extent of Williams' fantasy appeal.|
|Kelly Olynyk (ankle) declared out Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Kelly Olynyk F BOS|
Kelly Olynyk (ankle) has been declared out for Tuesday's game against the Nets.
Boston Celtics on Twitter
|This will be the ninth straight game that the rookie has missed, but it's good news that we're at the point where he's close enough to returning that this is even a decision for the Celtics. With Olynyk out again, Brandon Bass and especially Jared Sullinger will continue to be strong plays.|
|Thabo Sefolosha out Tuesday against Hawks||12-10-2013|
|Thabo Sefolosha G OKC|
Thabo Sefolosha (knee) will miss Tuesday's game against Atlanta.
Eli J. Friedman on Twitter
|Sefolosha is a great example of being a better real-life player than fantasy player. He's an important defensive cog for the Thunder and will generally see a decent amount of minutes, but he doesn't do much to contribute to fantasy teams and isn't worth owning. Andre Roberson will get the start in his place Tuesday night, but can be left on waivers for the time being.|
|Dwyane Wade expected to play Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Dwyane Wade G MIA|
Dwyane Wade (knee) did not participate in Tuesday's shootaround, but is expected to return to the court Tuesday when the Heat take on the Pacers.
Brian Windhorst on Twitter
|The Heat's injury management of Wade may be great in terms of keeping him healthy for the playoffs, but it is nothing but frustrating for fantasy owners. While his low value may be make it tempting to buy low, Wade will continue to sit out back-to-backs for at least the next month and will not produce the types of numbers that fantasy owners would normally expect out of the 11-year veteran.|
|Mike James (knee) will play Tues vs. Bucks||12-10-2013|
|Mike James G CHI|
Mike James will available when the Bulls take on the Bucks Tuesday night.
K.C. Johnson on Twitter
|Whether James will be the backup point guard to Kirk Hinrich is still to be determined, however, as coach Tom Thibodeau was mum on that topic. Whether Marquis Teague or James backup Hinrich, neither one is producing at a level that warrants any fantasy consider at the moment.|
|Luol Deng (achilles) ruled out for Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Luol Deng F CHI|
Luol Deng (achilles) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Bucks.
Chicago Bulls on Twitter
|While an MRI confirmed there is no structural damage in Deng's achilles, he'll need at least a game to recover. We'll be monitoring his status, but it doesn't sound like anything long-term for now. Taj Gibson will most likely get the start in place of Deng and is a strong play in all leagues while Deng is out.|
|Jimmy Butler ruled out for Tuesday vs Bucks||12-10-2013|
|Jimmy Butler G CHI|
Jimmy Butler (toe) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Milwaukee.
Chicago Bulls on Twitter
|This isn't a huge surprise as Butler has yet to practice and it's looking like we won't see Butler back until at least Friday when the Bulls begin a back-to-back series. With Derrick Rose injured, Butler is worth holding onto since he should see an expanded role in the Bulls' offense. Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy have been splitting shooting guard duties in his absence, but neither is worth starting in anything but deeper leagues.|
|Rajon Rondo yet to meet with Dr James Andrews||12-10-2013|
|Rajon Rondo G BOS|
Rajon Rondo still hasn't met with Dr. James Andrews to get cleared to return to game action.
Chris Forsberg on Twitter
|Rondo was originally scheduled to meet with Dr. Andrews between Dec. 7 and Dec. 10, but that timeline has turned into "this month" according to Rondo. "I haven't practiced or anything so it's hard to say. 1-on-1 is different from actually going through picks and hitting the floor or playing 5-on-5, getting back in transition, making the quick moves without thinking about it. I haven't done any of that." With the latest news about Rondo's meeting with Dr. Andrews and his quotes about practicing, it's sounding like Jordan Crawford owners can breathe a sigh of relief until at least the New Year.|
|Danny Granger hoping to play Fri vs Bobcats||12-10-2013|
|Danny Granger F IND|
Danny Granger (calf) has been declared out for Wednesday's game against the Heat, but is hoping to play Friday against the Bobcats.
Brian Windhorst on Twitter
|If Granger is able to return Friday, he'll enter as the odd-man out with Paul George and Lance Stephenson playing so well. While only two years removed from being an elite fantasy option, Granger can only be viewed as a deep league flier due to the current logjam in the Pacers' rotation.|
|Rodney Stuckey dealing with tendinitis||12-10-2013|
|Rodney Stuckey G DET|
Rodney Stuckey (knee) is dealing with tendinitis, but feels ready to play Tuesday night.
Keith Langlois on Twitter
|Stuckey reportedly felt a sharp pain in his left leg when he planted it Saturday in Chicago, but has said the pain is gone now and that it is just tendinitis. The seventh-year veteran feels ready to go for Tuesday's game against Minnesota and is just waiting to be cleared by team doctors. If Stuckey is unable to suit up Tuesday, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and the returning Chauncey Billups would assume his minutes.|
|Will Bynum (hamstring) a week from returning||12-10-2013|
|Will Bynum G DET|
Will Bynum (hamstring) is reportedly about a week away from returning to the court.
Keith Langlois on Twitter
|Even when healthy, Bynum has put together a lackluster 2013-14 season so far fantasy-wise. His averages of 8.3 points and 3.1 steals per game can be helpful in deep leagues, but Chauncey Billups' return won't help Bynumn's situation when he returns so owners in the majority of fantasy leagues don't need to monitor this situation closely.|
|Chauncey Billups will play vs Wolves Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Chauncey Billups G DET|
Chauncey Billups (knee) will play against the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
Keith Langlois on Twitter
|Billups hasn't played in almost a month, so he should not be expected to play a significant amount of minutes on Tuesday as he works his way back into game shape. It's nice to see Mr. Big Shot healthy again, but his glory days are behind him and fantasy owners can feel free to look elsewhere.|
|Gustavo Ayon (ankle) doubtful for Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Gustavo Ayon F ATL|
Gustavo Ayon (ankle) is doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.
Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
|Ayon left Friday's game with a left ankle sprain and is still nursing that injury going into Tuesday's contest. He hasn't been a big part of the Hawks rotation lately anyway, so fantasy owners shouldn't have him on their rosters even when healthy.|
|World Peace to start Tuesday if Martin is out||12-10-2013|
|Ron Artest F NY|
Metta World Peace will start against the Cavaliers if Kenyon Martin (knee) can't play.
Al Iannazzone on Twitter
|With Kenyon Martin sounding doubtful for Tuesday night, World Peace is looking likely to draw the start. MWP has chipped in 12.0 points, 2.0 steals, and 2.0 3-pointers over his last two games, so he could make for a nice, cheap play in daily leagues if Martin is indeed out Tuesday night.|
|Ray McCallum to see more minutes for Kings||12-10-2013|
|Ray McCallum G SAC|
Ray McCallum will see more minutes as the Kings' backup point guard going forward.
|Coach Michael Malone said, "The reality is we need to see Ray McCallum play. He had a tremendous training camp for us, did some really good things in the preseason, so we'll give him a look during the season at the backup one to see who he is, where he's at and what he needs to work on." McCallum only played five minutes in his first game action Monday night and will split backup duties with Jimmer Fredette for now, but he could be an interesting add in deep leagues if Malone sticks to his word.|
|Draymond Green (ankle) questionable for Weds||12-10-2013|
|Draymond Green F GS|
Draymond Green (ankle) is questionable for Wednesday's game against the Mavericks.
Contra Costa Times
|Green left Monday's win over Charlotte after spraining his ankle in the fourth quarter. X-Rays came back negative and Green was diagnosed with a moderate ankle sprain, so it sounds like he escaped serious injury. We'll update Green's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but he should only be starting for fantasy owners in the deepest of leagues anyway.|
|Lou Williams (knee) loses minutes restriction||12-10-2013|
|Louis Williams G ATL|
Lou Williams (knee) has had his minutes restriction due to his knee surgery lifted going forward.
|Williams has seen his minutes rise to 23.7 per game in the month of December and has responded with 8.7 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.0 3-pointers per game over his last three. He's still coming off the bench for the Hawks, but will be a relatively valuable fantasy asset if he is able to maintain 25-plus minutes per game going forward.|
|Kenyon Martin (ankle) game-time for Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Kenyon Martin F NY|
Kenyon Martin (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's game against the Cavaliers.
Steve Popper on Twitter
|While his minutes have been up lately (24.0 over his last 10 games), Martin still isn't making much of a dent in the stat sheet. The more interesting fantasy ramification of Martin potentially sitting would be Tim Hardaway, Jr. likely seeing more minutes. The rookie out of Michigan has been averaging 14.0 points per game in December and could be a sneaky spot-start if Martin misses Tuesday's game.|
|Jamaal Franklin steps into Grizzlies rotation||12-10-2013|
|Jamaal Franklin G MEM|
Jamaal Franklin stepped into the injured Quincy Pondexter's spot in the Grizzlies' rotation during Monday's win over the Magic.
Memphis Commercial Appeal
|Franklin's 15 minutes Monday night were the most he's seen this season and he responded with his highest point total of the season (eight). The ailing Grizzlies brought in several players for tryouts on Monday, but it looks like Franklin should see around 15 minutes a game going forward now that Quincy Pondexter will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury. However, like Pondexter, Franklin won't be much of a fantasy asset unless he is somehow able to earn his way to playing 25-30 minutes a night.|
|Paul Pierce (hand) questionable for Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Paul Pierce F BKN|
Paul Pierce (hand) is questionable for Tuesday's game against the Celtics.
|Pierce was trying to see if he could make it through shootaround without any pain before a decision was made, but the shootaround has been cancelled due to snow so it looks like Pierce will be a true game-time decision. "The pain is bearable now," Pierce said. "I've been able to shoot the last three days, and before that I couldn't catch the ball or palm the ball. Still some pain, but it's something I can deal with." Even if Pierce is able to suit up Tuesday night, fantasy owners should give him a game or two to get his minutes up since there is a chance that he may come off the Nets' bench in the short-term.|
|Thaddeus Young shakes off trade rumors||12-10-2013|
|Thaddeus Young F PHI|
Thaddeus Young isn't paying attention to trade rumors that have him being shipped to Houston for Omer Asik.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|"I'm not worrying about the trade or anything," Young said. "It's a business. If it happens, it happens. I just have to live with it and keep moving on. But at the end of the day, I'm here, I'm focused, and I'm ready to go out here." If this trade were to happen, it would insert both players into crowded situations at their respective positions (and potentially hurt Young's fantasy value), but that's a bridge we can cross if and when it happens.|
|Carter-Williams (knee) unsure of return date||12-10-2013|
|Michael Carter-Williams G PHI|
Michael Carter-Williams (knee) is unsure of when he'll return to the court.
Philadelphia Inquirer & Daily News
|Carter-Williams missed his fourth straight game Monday night and is questionable for Wednesday's game against Minnesota due to his knee infection. MCW is on antibiotics and is waiting for the swelling to go down before he takes the court, so his owners are stuck in a wait-and-see game right now. The Sixers rookie stand-out said he would play "when everyone says it will be OK for me to come back" and in the meantime, Tony Wroten has played his way into being a must-start while MCW is out.|
|Stephen Jackson to join Clippers on Tuesday||12-10-2013|
|Stephen Jackson G SA|
Stephen Jackson will join the Clippers in Boston on Tuesday to sign his contract and take a physical.
Los Angeles Times
|"We need him in a pinch and we need him like now," Rivers said. "And that's a guy that you can bring in and hopefully he can give you something right away with Reggie [Bullock] being out for at least this trip and maybe longer." Jackson may get some decent run in the short-term for the short-handed Clippers, but the 13-year-veteran can be considered a fantasy non-factor in all but the deepest of leagues.|
|Anthony Tolliver starts, plays 34 minutes||12-10-2013|
|Anthony Tolliver F CHA|
|Anthony Tolliver played 34 minutes in his first start of the season on Monday, scoring six points with five boards, two assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers.||He only took two shots in the game and made then both. That's a little strange considering Tolliver has been more of a shooter in his career with 4.9 shots per game in just 19.6 minutes over his career. He should continue to start with Jeff Taylor (heel) and could have a better game on Wednesday against the Magic. Taylor is likely questionable for the contest on a nine-game night, so Tolliver isn't a strong pickup.|
|Toney Douglas returns to the lineup||12-10-2013|
|Toney Douglas G GS|
|Toney Douglas returned to the lineup on Monday, playing two minutes and hitting a 3-pointer against the Bobcats.||He has been a game-time call for a couple games and the team allowed his stress reaction to heal before getting him back in the lineup. Douglas won't have much fantasy value while Stephen Curry is healthy.|
|Jason Thompson scores 10 points vs. Dallas||12-10-2013|
|Jason Thompson F SAC|
|Jason Thompson scored 10 points with seven boards and three assists in 30 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks.||There are some rumors popping up about Thompson being traded from the Kings with Derrick Williams in town and with the team eventually getting Carl Landry back from a hip flexor tear. Thompson played all 30 minutes at power forward tonight and his style of play doesn't really allow the Kings to draw up plays for him. Derrick Williams obviously has more fantasy value at this point.|
|DeMarcus Cousins dominates Mavs for 32 and 19||12-10-2013|
|DeMarcus Cousins C SAC|
|DeMarcus Cousins was unstoppable against the Mavericks on Monday with 32 points, 19 boards, three assists, three steals and one block in 36 minutes.||He's one of the best centers in the NBA. Cousins leads the entire league in usage rate and the Kings are going to lean heavily on him in the paint the rest of the way. Interestingly, he shoots 51 percent when Isaiah Thomas is on the floor vs. 47 percent without him. His usage rate is also a ridiculous 38.9 percent with Thomas, but that number might take a hit with Rudy Gay coming to town. Still, Cousins' value should not drop too much and he should be able to co-exist with the former Raptor.|
|Ray McCallum scores first points in NBA||12-10-2013|
|Ray McCallum G SAC|
|Ray McCallum scored the first points of his NBA career on Monday with two points in five minutes against the Mavericks.||He scored 22.3 points per game in the D-League before getting called up to play for the Kings and he's here to stay. McCallum is a score-first point guard and he'll split the backup duties with Jimmer Fredette for now.|
|Derrick Williams scores career-high 31 points||12-10-2013|
|Derrick Williams F SAC|
|Derrick Williams scored a career-high 31 points in his start at small forward on Monday to go with five boards, five steals and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes.||It was a fast-break fest for Williams and the Kings with their 23 points on the break and it was highlighted by Isaiah Thomas throwing a lob pass off the glass to Williams for the reverse dunk. The Kings traded away most of their depth behind Jason Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins, so Williams will likely be moving to the bench with Rudy Gay at small forward. That's not such a bad gig with the Kings lack of depth on the bench now that Thomas and his 18 points per game are in the starting lineup. If he's still sitting on your wire, your team might have a tough time finding someone to cut for him.|
|The Pizza Guy will deliver indefinitely||12-10-2013|
|Isaiah Thomas G SAC|
|Isaiah Thomas took the reins in Sacramento and delivered 24 points on 7-of-16 shooting with two rebounds, a career-high 12 assists and one steal while leading the Kings to an immediate win following the Rudy Gay trade on Monday.||We've written about it. We've begged for it. We've outright eviscerated prior Kings management for stonewalling it and we put a timer on current Kings management because it wasn't coming fast enough. Isaiah Thomas is officially the Kings starter according to Mike Malone and he's got a great shot at early round value with upside from there. The Pizza Guy is real and he is set to be spectacular.|
|Monta Ellis scores 21 points in 33 minutes||12-10-2013|
|Monta Ellis G DAL|
|Monta Ellis scored a team-high 21 points against the Kings on Monday to go with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in 33 minutes.||Clearly his two sub-par seasons in Milwaukee might have been more about his situation than his play. Ellis shot 41.6 percent with the Bucks last year, but he's up to 47.3 percent this year. He's one of the best shooting guards to own in fantasy with great durability, no real issues in percentages and no glaring holes in any statistical area outside of his 3.6 turnovers.|
|DeJuan Blair doesn't do much in loss||12-10-2013|
|DeJuan Blair F DAL|
|DeJuan Blair had his hands full on Monday night in his 14 minutes of action, finishing with four points, two rebounds, one assist and four fouls.||All four of his fouls came against DeMarcus Cousins and he was simply overmatched in the paint. Blair defense has never really been a strength and guarding first-string centers was magnified tonight. He's still worth owning in standard leagues at least until Brandan Wright makes his debut.|
|Dirk Nowitzki stuffs stat sheet in loss||12-10-2013|
|Dirk Nowitzki F DAL|
|Dirk Nowtizki had production across the board on Monday at Sacramento with 18 points, six boards, seven assists, two steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 31 minutes.||He shot 7-of-15 from the field and made all three attempts from the line to basically make this an eight-category line. Nowitzki is just cruising along this season and is putting up first-round value at age 35. His numbers are trending up over his last five with averages of 23.0 points, 5.4 boards, 4.8 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples. If you wanted to sell high, this is probably the apex of his value, but that's not saying much.|
|Nicolas Batum scores seven points in victory||12-10-2013|
|Nicolas Batum F POR|
|Nicolas Batum handed out 11 assists in Monday's 105-94 win at Utah to go with seven points, eight boards, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes.||His 3-pointer was a long-range bomb that served as a dagger in the win. He had six assists in the third quarter and he was able to match his season high with 11 dimes. Batum epitomizes a fantasy stud with the way he puts up numbers across the board without getting big headlines.|
|LaMarcus Aldridge scores 24 points in win||12-10-2013|
|LaMarcus Aldridge F POR|
|LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points with six boards, four assists and no turnovers on 10-of-18 shooting in 34 minutes against the Jazz on Monday.||He took home Western Conference Player of the Week honors and didn't have a let down in the road win. In his five games last week (Sunday-Saturday), Aldridge averaged 26.4 points, 12.0 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.2 blocks on 55.2 percent shooting. He's one of the hottest forwards in the game and the Blazers look like they're for real.|
|Robin Lopez double-doubles in win||12-10-2013|
|Robin Lopez C POR|
|Robin Lopez double-doubled against the Jazz on Monday with 15 points, 11 boards and one block in 34 minutes.||He's getting into a bit of a groove in a consistent manner with averages of 12.3 points, 10.0 boards and 2.0 blocks on 60.0 percent shooting. Lopez is worth owning in all leagues with his solid percentages, no competition and some solid durability.|
|Gordon Hayward scores 17 points vs. Blazers||12-10-2013|
|Gordon Hayward G UTH|
|Gordon Hayward scored 17 points during a 105-94 loss to the Blazers on Monday, adding five boards one steal and two turnovers in 39 minutes.||He shot 6-of-14 from the field and missed all three attempts from beyond the arc. Hayward had positive shooting game back on Dec. 2 with 12-of-18 from the floor, but he's shot just 36.6 percent from the field in his last four games. His value is probably at its low point right now, so he's a decent player to consider as a buy-low option.|
|Jeremy Evans looks okay in start||12-10-2013|
|Jeremy Evans F UTH|
|Jeremy Evans played 38 minutes in his second start of the season on Monday, scoring six points with eight boards, two assists, one steal and two blocks on 3-of-9 shooting.||He was shooting 65.4 percent from the field before this game, but this was the third time in his last four games which he failed to shoot over 45 percent from the field. Evans has some decent per-minute averages based on his 8.4 points, 5.4 boards, 0.9 boards and 0.9 steals in 20.1 minutes, but he's really going to struggle covering power forwards on the defensive end to get consistent minutes once Derrick Favors (back) comes back.|
|Trey Burke scores 15 in decent line||12-10-2013|
|Trey Burke G UTH|
|Trey Burke shot 5-of-12 from the field for 15 points with six boards, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.||The best part about this game was that Damian Lillard didn't eat him for lunch after the rookie looked useless on defense in his last couple games. Burke is shooting just 38.6 percent from the field over his previous five, but his averages of 15.0 points, 4.2 boards, 5.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.6 triples give fantasy owners plenty to be excited about. He's taking good shots and should get better at knocking them down as the season progresses.|
|Enes Kanter scores 19 points w/ five boards||12-10-2013|
|Enes Kanter C UTH|
|Enes Kanter scored 19 points with five boards, two assists, two steals and one block on 9-of-18 shooting.||He wasn't really going to the basket as much and for whatever reason, he didn't seem to have a high motor. Kanter's rebounding numbers have been going down on defense and he's given up some easy buckets to his man, as well. On the bright side, he's playing better on offense and he may have a chance to keep his job once Marvin Williams comes back from a heel injury.|