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Deron Williams has calf strain, doubtful Sun 12-20-2014
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams was diagnosed with a calf strain after an MRI on Saturday, and is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game.

Nets Daily
This is good news, and the Nets are optimistic that he won't miss too much time. Williams obviously didn't practice on Saturday, but he is expected to be evaluated daily. Check back before tip-off on Sunday, but don't count on him playing in this one. Jarrett Jack would be the main beneficiary if Williams sits, and is worth a look in most leagues.
Tony Parker (hamstring) out on Saturday 12-20-2014
Tony Parker G SA
Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play on Saturday vs. Dallas.

San Antonio Spurs on Twitter
Parker is still without a timetable to return, and it doesn't sound like he is too close to returning to action. His owners should continue to remain patient, while Cory Joseph will continue to start at point guard and is worth a look in all leagues.
Zach Randolph (knee) questionable Sunday 12-20-2014
Zach Randolph F MEM
Zach Randolph (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cavaliers.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
This comes out of nowhere, and we just learned that he had an MRI, but luckily it came back clean. Randolph didn't practice Saturday, and there is some swelling in his right knee. He looks like he could be in serious danger of missing Sunday's game, and if he sits Jon Leuer and Kosta Koufos would pick up some extra playing time. Stay tuned.
Manu Ginobili (rest) out for Saturday's game 12-20-2014
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili (rest) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas.

San Antonio Spurs on Twitter
He played 30 minutes on Friday, so this comes as no surprise. Marco Belinelli and Danny Green will be solid plug-and-play options on Saturday for owners in need of 3-point shooting.
Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker out Saturday 12-20-2014
Kawhi Leonard F SA
Kawhi Leonard (hand) and Tony Parker (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's game vs. Dallas as expected.
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobil out Saturday 12-20-2014
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili will rest on Saturday and won't play vs. Dallas.

San Antonio Spurs on Twitter
We saw this coming from a mile away, as Duncan and Ginobili played heavy minutes in their last two triple-overtime games. Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes will pick up the slack for Duncan, while Danny Green and Marco Belinelli will see a boost in minutes due to Ginobili's absence.
Deron Williams (calf) not practicing Saturday 12-20-2014
Deron Williams G BKN
Deron Williams (calf) is not practicing on Saturday, and we still waiting on the results of his MRI.

Zach Braziller on Twitter
He strained his calf on Friday, and there is no word on how severe it is. If he misses any time, Jarrett Jack will become a must-own player. Stay tuned.
Jeff Teague (hamstring) doubtful Saturday 12-20-2014
Jeff Teague G ATL
Jeff Teague (hamstring) is still listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Rockets.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Even if he was active, he would have gotten the Patrick Beverley treatment so owners can go ahead and bench him. Consider him day-to-day for now and expect Dennis Schroder to draw another start. Shelvin Mack will also see some extra run as well, and just scored a career-high 24 points on Wednesday. Both players are worth a look in deeper leagues for owners in need of short-term value.
Lance Stephenson (hip) highly doubtful Sat 12-20-2014
Lance Stephenson G CHA
Lance Stephenson (hip) is highly doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Jazz.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
Ricky Ledo recalled from NBA D-League 12-20-2014
Ricky Ledo G DAL
Ricky Ledo was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
The young shooting guard has plenty of potential, but is not even close to being in the rotation in Dallas. Leave Ledo on the wire.
Jason Terry (personal) active for Saturday 12-20-2014
Jason Terry G HOU
Jason Terry (personal) is back with the Houston Rockets after his wife had a baby, and is expected to be available for their game vs. the Hawks Saturday.

Jenny Dial Creech on Twitter
Patrick Beverley is healthy and is playing well, so Terry will return to his limited role off of the bench. Terry is not an option in standard leagues.
Russ Smith recalled from NBA D-League Sat 12-20-2014
Russ Smith G NO
Russ Smith was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday.

Nakia Hogan on Twitter
Gal Mekel was recently waived, so Smith could potentially see some minutes as a backup point guard. However, he won't see enough minutes to matter in most leagues, so he can be left on the wire.
Corey Brewer expected to be available on Sat 12-20-2014
Corey Brewer G HOU
Corey Brewer and Alexey Shved missed shootaround on Saturday, but they are expected to be available against the Hawks.

Jenny Dial Creech on Twitter
Brewer will likely be used off of the bench in relief of James Harden and Trevor Ariza, so he won't see a lot of minutes. Brewer lost a lot of value with this trade, and owners in standard leagues can move on. Additionally, Shved likely won't be in the rotation at all, and can be cut across the board.
Dwight Howard (shoulder) probable Saturday 12-20-2014
Dwight Howard C HOU
Dwight Howard (shoulder) is probable for Saturday's game against the Hawks.

Jenny Dial Creech on Twitter
This is the first we are hearing about a shoulder injury, and it will be interesting to see if it has an impact on his game Saturday. Owners can at least take comfort in the fact that Howard's knee appears to be doing well, but this shoulder injury should cause some concern. Owners may want to check back before tip-off just to be safe, but Howard shouldn't be in danger of missing this one.
Tyreke Evans (knee) will try to play Saturday 12-20-2014
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans (knee) said that will try to give it a go on Saturday vs. Portland.
J.R. Smith (heel) out for Saturday's game 12-20-2014
J.R. Smith G NY
J.R. Smith (heel) will not play in Saturday's game vs. the Suns.

Ian Begley on Twitter
Coach Derek Fisher added that he didn't think Smith would travel for Sunday's game against the Raptors, so it is clear that his heel has become a big problem for him. Tim Hardaway Jr. will continue to start for the Knicks and is worth a long look in most leagues. Smith can be cut in all but the deepest of leagues.
Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith out Sat 12-20-2014
Amar'e Stoudemire F NY
Amare Stoudemire and J.R. Smith are out for Saturday's game against the Suns.

New York Knicks on Twitter
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play Saturday 12-20-2014
Carmelo Anthony F NY
Carmelo Anthony (ankle) will play in Saturday's game against the Suns, and is listed in the starting lineup.

New York Knicks on Twitter
Mike Muscala recalled from NBA D-League 12-20-2014
Mike Muscala C ATL
Mike Muscala was recalled from the NBA D-League on Saturday, and is expected to be available against the Rockets.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
He has been playing well in the D-League, but he is still a couple of injuries away from being in the rotation in Atlanta. You can leave him on the wire with confidence.
Larry Sanders will return for Saturday's game 12-20-2014
Larry Sanders F MIL
Larry Sanders will return from his one-game suspension on Saturday vs. the Clippers. He was suspended for Thursday's game against the kings for pushing Nicolas Batum in the back, but the Bucks will be glad to have him back in time to play against DeAndre Jordan. However, Sanders has been very inconsistent this season with averages of 7.2 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game, so owners may want to bench him until he turns it around.
Manu Ginobili is a candidate to rest Saturday 12-20-2014
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili may be rested for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.

NBA.com
He played 30 minutes in Friday's second consecutive triple-overtime loss, so we saw this one coming. Owners should have a backup plan ready, and will want to check back before tip-off for official confirmation. Marco Belinelli and Danny Green would be solid plug-and-play options if Ginobili sits this one out. Stay tuned.
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili may rest Sat 12-20-2014
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili may be held out of Saturday's game against Dallas in order to rest after Friday's second consecutive triple-overtime loss.

NBA.com
"It's different every night [with the injuries], so it keeps them out of rhythm and we are wearing some guys down," coach Gregg Popovich said. "Timmy [Duncan] is a big worry in that respect and so is Manu [Ginobili]." Duncan played 43 minutes on Saturday, while Ginobili played close to 30, so it is very likely that they will be held out. Boris Diaw and Aron Baynes would benefit the most in Duncan's absence, while Marco Belinelli and Danny Green would soak up Ginobili's minutes. Stay tuned.
Coach Derek Fisher still aiming for playoffs 12-20-2014
Derek Fisher G OKC
Coach Derek Fisher said that he is confident that the Knicks will make a run at the playoffs this season, despite the team sitting at 5-23 on the season.

ESPN
It is really hard to read this without smiling, as it seems impossible to think that the Knicks would have a shot to recover from what is their worst start in franchise history. Regardless, the Knicks are nine losses behind Boston for the eighth seed, so it is not entirely out of the question. Owners of Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire can only hope that the Knicks can turn things around, because there would be no point for the Knicks to risk the health of their two aging veterans in a lost season.
Nick Young not happy with Steven Adams 12-20-2014
Nick Young G LAL
Nick Young was visibly upset after being ejected in the second half of Friday's loss to the Thunder, and is not happy with Thunder center Steven Adams.

Los Angeles Times
"I got caught up in the moment, but Adams is a sneaky, dirty player," Young said. "He started talking to me the whole game, but I didn't think I was going to get ejected. I lost my mind a little bit, checked into the crazy house." Swaggy P could be looking at a suspension from the league, and if he has to miss any time Wes Johnson would see a bump in his minutes, while Wayne Ellington could also see a larger role as well. Stay tuned.
Doug McDermott (knee) making progress 12-20-2014
Doug McDermott F CHI
Doug McDermott (knee) is making good progress, and has ramped up his activities in the past week.

Chicago Tribune
He has been shooting, riding a stationary bicycle, and will now start running in water when the stitches from last Saturday's arthroscopic surgery to remove a small meniscus in his right knee are taken out. McDermott said that he hopes to beat his timetable and make it back to the court soon, and we will be sure to monitor his status closely and provide any updates as needed. However, he is still far off of the radar in standard leagues and can be left on the wire.
Ed Davis scores season-high 18 points 12-20-2014
Ed Davis F LAL
Ed Davis scored a season-high 18 points on 8-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 32 minutes in Friday's 104-103 loss to the Thunder. Davis has been on the side of a milk carton lately and this is a much-needed game to bring him back onto watch lists. It's going to take more than one good game to get our support as an add in standard formats, but if you have dead weight and want to take a stab on a turnaround there is some upside to latch onto.
Wes Johnson tweaks ankle, stays in game 12-20-2014
Wesley Johnson G LAL
Wes Johnson tweaked his ankle in Friday's loss to the Thunder but stayed in the game, finishing with seven points on 3-of-8 shooting, one three, three boards, three assists and one steal in 28 minutes. Johnson has produced enough to be considered a must-own player in 12-team standard leagues, and we'll let you know if anything pops up with his ankle going forward.
Jordan Hill (flu) grabs just two rebounds 12-20-2014
Jordan Hill F LAL
Jordan Hill (illness) played 21 minutes on Friday against the Thunder, but managed just 10 points with two rebounds and one block. Hill has played well enough to be in many lineups this season, but owners may want to get him on the bench until he gets fully on track.
12-20-2014
Mike Miller G CLE
Mike Miller returned to action on Friday December 19.
Price scores season-high 14 points 12-20-2014
Ronnie Price G LAL
Ronnie Price scored a season-high 14 points with four 3-pointers and three assists over 26 minutes in Friday's loss to the Thunder. Price is outside of the top-200 despite playing 21 mpg this season and that's all owners need to know to leave him on the wire.
Lin gets going in loss to the Thunder 12-20-2014
Jeremy Lin G LAL
Jeremy Lin scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists in 22 minutes off the bench on Friday. Lin didn't hit a three or record a steal or block but this is a reminder that he is capable of being a fantasy asset. He's going to be inconsistent and probably a late-round guy as long as he doesn't face-plant, but if Kobe Bryant ever decides this season isn't worth blowing out the odometer then Lin could get hot real quick.
Westbrook goes for 31 and 10, 13-of-13 FTs 12-20-2014
Russell Westbrook G OKC
Russell Westbrook scored 31 points on 9-of-22 shooting (13-of-13 FTs) with five rebounds, 10 assists and one steal in Friday's win over the Lakers. Westbrook is producing at a top-5 level in 8-cat leagues since his return and a top-8 level in 9-cat formats. With or without Kevin Durant on the court, he could easily continue this pace and he's currently in the MVP conversation.
Adams just misses double-double 12-20-2014
Steven Adams C OKC
Steven Adams scored nine points on 4-of-9 shooting with 10 rebounds, one steal and one block in Friday's win over the Lakers. Adams has a bunch of fantasy deficiencies and he needs to do this a bunch of times in a row before we latch onto him in standard formats.
Jackson busts out of slump with 25 points 12-20-2014
Reggie Jackson G OKC
Reggie Jackson busted out of his slump on Friday against the Lakers, scoring 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting (3-of-5 3PTs, 4-of-4 FTs) with three rebounds, five assists and one block in 36 minutes off the bench. Yes, Kevin Durant was out and yes this came against the Lakers, but it's probably just good for Jackson to see the ball go through the hoop. It sure seems like the Thunder are going out of their way to let Jackson know what the pecking order is in OKC now that the guys are back, but tonight's output is a reminder of both his short-term value and long-term value in the event one of the Thunder's big guns gets hurt again.
Faried goes for 14 and seven in 28 minutes 12-20-2014
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in the Nuggets' 109-106 win over the Clippers on Friday. Faried is coming off an 11 & 11 game on Wednesday and though he hasn't been anywhere near as advertised this is a small step forward. He's not a must-start player, but he should remain owned and is a buy low target though at some point we have to put an expiration date on that.
Nate Robinson scores 20 points with four 3s 12-20-2014
Nate Robinson G DEN
Nate Robinson hit four 3-pointers off the bench on Friday, finishing with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in 16 minutes. That's quite an explosion in limited minutes and he has had an extremely slow start to this year, so owners can sit back and see if he does it again.
Griffin scores 32, hits 14-of-18 free throws 12-20-2014
Blake Griffin F LAC
Blake Griffin scored 32 points on 9-of-20 shooting (14-of-18 FTs) with 12 rebounds, three assists and one steal in Friday's loss to the Nuggets. Griffin's general performance has improved over the last few weeks but his low rebounding totals have kept him from truly capitalizing on the momentum in fantasy leagues. Hopefully for owners this signals the beginning of a comeback in that regard. Chris Paul went for 17 and 15 with three steals and DeAndre Jordan posted 11 and 14 with three steals and a block.
Barnes gets back on track in loss to Denver 12-20-2014
Matt Barnes F LAC
Matt Barnes bounced back from an off-night to score 16 points on 8-of-10 shooting (no threes) with four rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 35 minutes on Friday against the Nuggets. Barnes has been a solid mid-round value lately and he should remain in all lineups. J.J. Redick scored just eight points with one trey, two boards and two assists, but he has been serviceable lately and owners might want to give him at least one night of slack.
Crawford scores 20 points off the bench 12-20-2014
Jamal Crawford G LAC
Jamal Crawford scored 20 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 7-of-15 shots (including a three) with one steal in 26 minutes. Crawford hit all five of his free throws but this is still a pretty empty line. It stops the bleeding from a recent slide at least a little bit though, and could be a sign to get him back into lineups.
Spurs lose second straight triple-OT game 12-20-2014
Tim Duncan F SA
Tim Duncan logged 43 minutes in the Spurs' second straight triple-overtime loss on Friday, scoring 32 points on 12-of-24 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals and four blocks in the 129-119 thriller. This was the first back-to-back triple overtime set of games for a team since the Baltimore Bullets did it in December of 1951. The Spurs have to get on a plane and go to Dallas for Saturday's game, and we'd be shocked if Duncan is allowed to play in that one. Then again, we were surprised when he played tonight so owners need to stay tuned.
Joseph posts 10-8-7 line in triple-OT game 12-20-2014
Cory Joseph G SA
Cory Joseph scored 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with eight rebounds and seven assists over 43 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers. Joseph has played admirably enough in fill-in duty for Tony Parker (hamstring) and this line was certainly aided by the extra minutes. He's worth a deep league look whenever Parker is out.
Danny Green fireworks continue on Friday 12-20-2014
Danny Green G SA
Danny Green scored 27 points on 9-of-21 shooting (including six threes) with 10 rebounds and one steal over 44 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss to the Blazers. Green is returning top 15-25 value (9/8 cat) and while he's getting heavy run this week with the absences and overtime games, his production isn't the outlier that many believe it to be. The real difference in his value lies in the increase in trust and minutes that Gregg Popovich has been willing to give him this season, and it would be pretty surprising if he's not a top-40 play at the end of the year.
Splitter goes for 14 and six vs. Blazers 12-20-2014
Tiago Splitter C SA
Tiago Splitter scored 14 points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes off the bench in Friday's triple-overtime loss. Splitter hasn't broken down any doors but he has quietly played well in his return, but owners can still watch him from the wire in standard formats.
Manu Ginobili logs 30 minutes in 3OT game 12-20-2014
Manu Ginobili G SA
Manu Ginobili logged 30 minutes in Friday's triple-overtime loss, scoring 11 points on 5-of-17 shooting with five rebounds, five assists and six turnovers. Ginobili should be considered questionable for Saturday's game in Dallas, but because there's nothing official we're leaving him off the injury report. With Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard out he should be in most lineups when active.
Lillard scores career-high 43 pts in 3OT win 12-20-2014
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lillard was outstanding in the Blazers' triple-overtime win in San Antonio on Friday, scoring a career-high 43 points on 16-of-29 shooting (4-of-9 3PTs, 7-of-8 FTs) with three rebounds, six assists, two steals and one block in 53 minutes. Lillard stole the show late and his mid first-round value is a solid return on his second round ADP. LaMarcus Aldridge went for 32 and 16 with five steals, two blocks, and a three, and Wesley Matthews scored 16 points on 5-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and two threes for the shorthanded Blazers.
Robinson doesn't do much in his 27 minutes 12-20-2014
Thomas Robinson F POR
Thomas Robinson managed just two points, six rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs. Robinson is coming off a 15 and 16 night against the Bucks, but he's prone to these type of outcomes and owners should look for consistency before considering an add.
Kaman quiet against the Spurs on Friday 12-20-2014
Chris Kaman C POR
Chris Kaman scored just six points with five boards, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes off the bench on Friday against the Spurs. The Spurs had no problem containing Kaman and he has yet to make good on any of the opportunity presented by Robin Lopez's long-term hand injury. There's a long way to go with that, however, and it wouldn't be surprising to see the double-doubles come down the road.
Blake posts versatile line with Batum out 12-20-2014
Steve Blake G POR
Steve Blake logged 36 minutes off the bench in Friday's triple-overtime win, scoring 10 points on 3-of-7 shooting with five rebounds, four assists and two threes. Blake is worth a look as a low-end play while Batum is out following his hard fall on Wednesday.
Marc Gasol double-doubles in a loss 12-20-2014
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol double-doubled in a loss to the Bulls on Friday with 13 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block. He made just 5-of-15 from the field and his brother, Pau, made just 2-of-7 for six points. Marc was on a roll in his previous two with 25. points per game, but it's still nice to see him take plenty of shots. He is a top-10 fantasy big man.
Tayshaun Prince does little as a starter 12-20-2014
Tayshaun Prince F MEM
Tayshaun Prince scored eight points with one rebound and one block in 24 minutes against the Bulls on Friday. It's the quintessential Prince line tonight as he started for Tony Allen (eye). Prince can be left on the wire in all leagues.
X-rays negative on Beno Udrih 12-20-2014
Beno Udrih G MEM
X-rays were negative on Beno Udrih's right index finger.

Ronald Tillery on Twitter
He was in a lot of pain and did not return. Udrih doesn't sound like he's going to miss much time, so he can be left on the wire in most leagues. He was playing well, scoring 15 points with one assist and two steals in 20 minutes.
Aaron Brooks scores 17 in 32 minutes 12-20-2014
Aaron Brooks G CHI
Aaron Brooks scored 17 points in a 103-97 win at Memphis on Friday with one rebound, four assists, three 3-pointers and four turnovers. He had three turnovers before scoring or handing out an assists and he really turned it on in the third quarter. Derrick Rose only has an illness, so he should be ready to roll on Monday. Brooks can be left on the wire.
Shawne Williams hits two threes for eight pts 12-20-2014
Shawne Williams F MIA
Shawne Williams hit two 3-pointers in Friday's 105-103 loss to the Wizards, finishing with just eight points and three rebounds in 24 minutes. Williams has all of the opportunity in the world with Chris Bosh (calf) out indefinitely and Josh McRoberts (knee) starting down a season-ender. He hasn't done anything with it so far but it wouldn't be surprising if he got hot so keep an eye on him.
Chalmers scores 14 points with five assists 12-20-2014
Mario Chalmers G MIA
Mario Chalmers scored 14 points on 4-of-9 shooting (including two threes) with three rebounds and five assists in Friday's loss. Chalmers started tonight and whether he starts or not he's worth holding for his immense upside if Dwyane Wade and others get hurt, which has proven to be a pretty regular thing in Miami this season.
Nikola Mirotic scores 27 points on 100.0 eFG% 12-20-2014
Nikola Mirotic F CHI
Nikola Mirotic made all six attempts from behind the arc on Friday against the Grizzlies with 27 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 30 minutes. That's good for a 100.0 effective field goal percentage. Mirotic has been a monster in his past two games, but coach Tom Thibodeau has already said he's not going to take away minutes from their big three in the front court. Taj Gibson (ankle) won't be out long, so the rookie only has short-term value.
Wade scores 28 points with eight assists 12-20-2014
Dwyane Wade G MIA
Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, eight assists and one steal in Friday's loss. Wade is getting a ton of looks right now and owners should do what they can to move him while he's producing like this. The Heat aren't going to run him into the ground just so they can get trounced in the first round of the playoffs, if they make it that far.
End of the road for Kris Humphries? 12-20-2014
Kris Humphries F WAS
Kris Humphries saw just 13 minutes in Friday's win over the Heat, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting with two rebounds and one assist. Nene played 26 minutes off the bench and scored 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting, so perhaps he's healthy and ready to knock Humphries to the wire. With little upside to speak of, Humphries' owners shouldn't be afraid to move on.
Pierce (toe) returns and scores 14 points 12-20-2014
Paul Pierce F WAS
Paul Pierce (toe) returned to action in Friday's win, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes. Pierce has been a top 80-90 play this season and he should be in most lineups when healthy.
Gortat struggles against the Heat 12-20-2014
Marcin Gortat C WAS
Marcin Gortat scored just four points on 2-of-5 shooting with seven rebounds, one steal and one block over 22 minutes on Friday against the Heat. Gortat should have done more against a depleted Heat squad, but he's been a relatively stable mid-round play this season. Keep him in lineups.
Jimmy's jumping for dollars: Butler scores 31 12-20-2014
Jimmy Butler G CHI
Jimmy Butler went off yet again on Friday, scoring 31 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers in 43 minutes. Jimmy just won't quit and he is going to get paid this offseason. Butler is coming off a career-high 35 points on Thursday, so it's probably only a matter of time before Jimmy gets a shoe deal, especially considering how high he jumps. He is for real and his owners can pat themselves on the back.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope turning it around? 12-20-2014
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 18 points during a 110-100 loss on Friday with one rebound, three assists and four 3-pointers. The Pistons are now just 2-13 at home and are one of the worst teams in the NBA. Caldwell-Pope hasn't seen his minutes fall off too much since the debut of Jodie Meeks, but that should be coming. He doesn't have enough upside to remain owned in most leagues.
Jodie Meeks can't get it going 12-20-2014
Jodie Meeks G DET
Jodie Meeks could not get it going on Friday with four points, two boards, two assists and one block in 25 minutes. His minutes are increasing, but the performance hasn't been there. Meeks should be able to hold value in standard leagues once he gathers some momentum, so his owners should stick with him unless it's to add a hot free agent.
Brandon Jennings scores 22 points 12-20-2014
Brandon Jennings G DET
Brandon Jennings scored 22 points with four rebounds, eight assist, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Raptors on Friday. It was just the third block of the season for Jennings and one of better high-volume shooting games in a long time. Before this game, Jennings was shooting 24.1 percent from the field this month for averages of 6.2 points, 2.6 boards, 6.9 dimes and 0.3 steals. That was his low point, but he's not going to be a fantasy savior this season.
Nene scores 20 points in 26 minutes on Friday 12-20-2014
Nene Hilario C WAS
Nene hit 8-of-10 shots for 20 points, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes on Friday against the Heat. Kris Humphries played just 13 minutes and perhaps Nene is ready to take the lion's share of minutes back at power forward. He has health issues and hasn't been great this season, but Nene is worth a look if you need a big.
Butler scores eight points with no threes 12-20-2014
Rasual Butler G WAS
Rasual Butler did not hit a three on Friday, finishing with eight points on 3-of-7 shooting with six rebounds in 27 minutes. The minutes are a good sign with Paul Pierce logging 32 minutes, and on the season he has been a late-round value, but he's shooting way over his head and the regression will likely keep him in a deep-league position.
Kyle Lowry fills it up, shoots poorly 12-20-2014
Kyle Lowry G TOR
Kyle Lowry played just 25 minutes against the Pistons on Friday during a 110-100 win with 15 points, five rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer. He did hit a clutch turnaround jumper to ice it, but finished making just 5-of-14 from the field. Lowry's shooting percentage hasn't dropped off too much since the loss of DeMar DeRozan, but he's getting to the line more and handing out 10 assists per night this month. He should be a No. 1 fantasy point guard all season.
Bang the Drummond: James Johnson throws 1 down 12-20-2014
James Johnson F TOR
James Johnson had one of the best dunks of the year on Andre Drummond on Friday, finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists and one block in 29 minutes.

Ryan Wolstat on Twitter
"That was nasty, right? I cocked that joint back and banged on him," Johnson said. Yes, James. Yes it was. Johnson also picked up some playing time and could see more action with Landry Fields (head) getting hurt. He hasn't seen much playing time, but his upside makes him worth watching.
Mike Miller starts, hits 7-of-8 threes in win 12-20-2014
Mike Miller G CLE
Mike Miller (concussion) returned to action and hit 7-of-8 shots (all threes) in the Cavs' 95-91 win over the Nets on Friday, finishing with 21 points and two rebounds in 34 minutes. Miller is capable of shooting explosions like these but at his age and with his injury history, along with the empty stat lines he's bound to produce, owners should make him do it again before moving the needle.
Varejao plays just 17 minutes on Friday 12-20-2014
Anderson Varejao C CLE
Anderson Varejao played just 17 minutes in Friday's win, scoring seven points on 1-of-4 shooting with five rebounds and one block. Varejao has been ice-cold lately and though he's returning late-round value on the season, with limited upside as well as durability issues owners shouldn't be attached to him in 12-team formats.
Waiters plays seven minutes on Friday 12-20-2014
Dion Waiters G CLE
Dion Waiters played just seven minutes on Friday. We haven't heard of an injury and aside from having plenty of fantasy deficiencies in standard leagues, this would qualify as a reason not to bite when he gets hot.
Joe Johnson posts 26-4-5 line with four 3s 12-20-2014
Joe Johnson G BKN
Joe Johnson posted a huge line in Friday's loss to the Cavs, scoring 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. Johnson is rolling at a top 60-70 level and it's not a bad time to see what you can get back in a trade. The Nets don't have a lot to play for and theoretically he could get moved, though it's hard to see anybody biting on the $48 million he's earning this year and next.
Plumlee continues his push in fantasy leagues 12-20-2014
Mason Plumlee F BKN
Mason Plumlee continued his push in fantasy leagues on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 14 points on 5-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 29 minutes. The chains are off and he looks good to go, and he even hit 4-of-5 freebies tonight. He was a must-own player before tonight and if he's still available you should run and pick him up. He has a mid-round upside and the health of his frontcourt teammates will be a question for the rest of the year.
Nick Young gets tossed for flagrant 2 foul 12-20-2014
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Nick Young was ejected in the second half on Friday for a flagrant 2 foul. He elbowed Steven Adams in the throat and this was an easy call for the refs. Young could be looking at a suspension from this one, so Wes Johnson and Wayne Ellington may see more playing time on Sunday. Swaggy P finished with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and three 3-pointers.
Avery Bradley steps it up on Friday night 12-20-2014
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley played well in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, five rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one block. It was the first game all season with more than two assists, so it's pretty clear he's going to benefit without Rajon Rondo. Bradley had the scoring components down and this line tonight is probably enough to go ahead and grab him in standard leagues.
Karasev returns and scores season-high 12 pts 12-20-2014
Sergey Karasev G BKN
Sergey Karasev (abdomen) returned to action in Friday's loss, scoring a season-high 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including two threes) with four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 37 minutes. Karasev hasn't shown us much in his career but if Deron Williams (calf) misses some time then he might have some low-end value. It's certainly not a run-to-the-wire moment but he's worth keeping an eye on.
Teletovic puts up a goose egg vs. Cavs 12-20-2014
Mirza Teletovic F BKN
Mirza Teletovic missed both of his field goal attempts and did not score on Friday, finishing with just three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 17 minutes. Teletovic hit four triples on Wednesday and this is life with a streaky 3-point shooting big man. He has very low-end value over 23.4 mpg in 12-team standard leagues this season, but with the age and durability of the guys in front of him being an issue he stands a good chance of improving on that mark as he gets more playing time.
Tyler Zeller has a solid outing 12-20-2014
Tyler Zeller F BOS
Tyler Zeller played 24 minutes in a start against the Wolves on Friday with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and one block. He's probably in the most danger with Brandan Wright joining the Celtics, but he has earned his playing time. Zeller averaged 12.2 points, 6.0 boards, 1.4 blocks and 0.2 steals on 62.8 percent from the field over his last five. If he's still sitting out there on the wire, you can probably find someone else better in shallower forwards -- Marcus Smart or Shabazz Muhammad for example.
Wolves get KO'd: Kelly Olynyk scores 21 points 12-20-2014
Kelly Olynyk F BOS
Kelly Olynyk kept his foot on the gas against the Wolves on Friday with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assist, one block and two 3-pointers. He made 8-of-13 from the field with no turnovers for a massive night. Olynyk has been thriving off the bench especially in his last three, averaging 22.0 points, 7.7 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks and 2.3 triples on 68.4 percent from the field. Needless to say, he needs to be owned in all formats.
Jack next man up after Williams calf injury 12-20-2014
Jarrett Jack G BKN
Jarrett Jack scored 13 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one three in Friday's loss, and he could be in line for more playing time if Deron Williams' calf injury is serious. Williams is probably heading for an MRI and he's not the most durable guy around, so Jack makes sense as a speculative add. Just keep in mind that he has been pretty terrible lately, but that could be a function of being a secondary player next to two guys in Williams and Joe Johnson that dominate the ball.
Evan Turner has a boring start in win 12-20-2014
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Evan Turner scored 10 points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes against the Wolves on Friday. While he did add his eighth block of the season tonight, Turner was fairly ordinary in the win. He's probably not going to start much longer with Marcus Smart ready to roll. Turner doesn't have enough upside to grab in standard leagues, but give him a look in points formats.