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Matthew Dellavedova scores 17 in win 12-07-2016
Matthew Dellavedova G MIL
Matthew Dellavedova scored 17 points with four rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday. He seems to be out of his slump after a bad game against his former team on Nov. 29. In his three previous December games, Dellavedova averaged 11.7 points, 0.7 boards, 4.0 assists and 1.3 treys. He really only has late-round ceiling because Malcolm Brogdon isn't going away, but give him a look in deeper leagues.
Michael Beasley tweaks ankle, returns 12-07-2016
Michael Beasley F MIL
Michael Beasley scored 12 points with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday. He did suffer a minor injury to his ankle in this one, but he did return and looked fine. Beasley's playing time has seen a slight increase over his last five games with 19.4 in that span, but he's not doing much outside of the 9.4 points per game.
Wilson Chandler notches 27 & 15 w/ six threes 12-07-2016
Wilson Chandler F DEN
Wilson Chandler had another big game on Wednesday with 27 points, 15 rebounds and six 3-pointers in 35 minutes, sinking 10-of-24 field goals with one steal and two turnovers.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
It was too little, too late for the Nuggets tonight, but at least they showed some fight after getting outscored 68-52 in the first half. Chandler has been awesome this season and his versatility makes him almost immune to shifting rotations in Denver, which seem inevitable in light of coach Mike Malone's comment that he'll "look at starting groups and combinations."
John Henson gets decent run again 12-07-2016
John Henson F MIL
John Henson played 25 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday with seven points, six rebounds and two blocks. It wasn't the best game from Henson, but he's now played at least 21 minutes in each of his last six. In that span, he averaged 12.3 points, 7.0 boards, 0.5 steals and 2.8 blocks on 53.2 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the line. He should be owned everywhere.
Emmanuel Mudiay benched, plays 18 minutes 12-07-2016
Emmanuel Mudiay G DEN
Emmanuel Mudiay was benched extensively in the second half of Wednesday's road loss, finishing with just six points (2-of-10 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs), two rebounds, one assist and 18 minutes.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
"We have to look at everything," a frustrated Mike Malone said after the game. "We'll look at starting groups and combinations." Jameer Nelson played point guard during the Nuggets' late run, with help from Jamal Murray, and this is the last thing Mudiay's owners wanted to hear. He averaged just 21.5 minutes in Denver's two previous games, and there are no guarantees that he'll be starting vs. John Wall and the Wizards on Thursday.
Danilo Gallinari plays 23 minutes Wednesday 12-07-2016
Danilo Gallinari F DEN
Danilo Gallinari played only 23 minutes on Wednesday, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, three assists, one steal and one turnover. This is just the third time all season that Gallinari has played fewer than 35 minutes in a game. The Nuggets blew up their rotation after a terrible first half, but Gallinari's owners shouldn't panic. The veteran still looks like one of the safest bets in the rotation.
Darrell Arthur starts second half for Faried 12-07-2016
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur started the second half ahead of Kenneth Faried on Wednesday, posting three points and two turnovers with no other stats to his credit in 11 minutes of action.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
Denver was embarrassed in the first half and there's a good chance Arthur will start at PF for at least Thursday's game -- coach Mike Malone confirmed that Faried's benching tonight was "a coach's decision." It was Wilson Chandler doing most of the work at PF in the second half, however, so anything is possible. We'll let you know if Malone tips his hand prior to Thursday game in D.C.
Kenneth Faried in Mike Malone's doghouse 12-07-2016
Kenneth Faried F DEN
Kenneth Faried was benched four minutes into the first quarter on Wednesday, finishing with just four points and five rebounds in 12 minutes.

Harrison Wind on Twitter
Mike Malone confirmed that Faried wasn't injured and that his benching was "more of a coach's decision." Faried did re-enter the game in the second half, but not before Malone was tossed for arguing with the refs. The Nuggets' starting lineup of Faried, Jusuf Nurkic, Danilo Gallinari, Will Barton and Emmanuel Mudiay had a -27.2 net rating in 54 minutes this season, which was Denver's worst lineup (minimum 20 minutes together). Malone is still searching for answers, obviously, and it would be surprising if Faried weren't benched in favor of Darrell Arthur vs. the Wizards on Thursday.
Jusuf Nurkic benched for final 22 minutes 12-07-2016
Jusuf Nurkic C DEN
Jusuf Nurkic was benched for the final 22 minutes of Wednesday's ugly road loss in Brooklyn, finishing with 11 points, three rebounds and one assist in 17 minutes.

Mike Gallagher on Vine
Nurkic was coming off a decent game on Monday, but he didn't endear himself to coach Mike Malone with more atrocious defense tonight (click the link below for a comical failed close-out on a Brook Lopez triple). The Nets scored in the paint at will in the first half, prompting Malone to say that his team played with "no fight." The fact that Nikola Jokic looked good tonight doesn't help Nurkic, and it will be fascinating to watch what happens to Denver's rotation on Thursday.
Damian Lillard scores 30 points in loss 12-07-2016
Damian Lillard G POR
Damian Lilliard scored a game-high 30 points during a 115-107 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, six assist and five 3-pointers in 39 minutes. It was his 200th career 20-point NBA game. Lillard has taken great care of the ball lately with just 1.3 turnovers per game over his last four. He's also been able to increase his assist average in each of those four with at least six -- he came in averaging 5.6 per game tonight. He also made 9-of-9 from the line to get him to 89.5 percent and make him an elite option in that category. Lillard is sitting pretty as a top-10 option in standard leagues.
Will Barton scores 15 points w/ nine rebounds 12-07-2016
Will Barton F DEN
Will Barton had another strong game vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-15 shooting with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 39 minutes. Barton was the only starter to avoid coach Mike Malone's wrath tonight, and he continues to prove that he's healthy after struggling with an ankle injury for most of the season. Gary Harris' eventual return won't help Barton, but he shouldn't be on any waiver wires -- after all, we saw him rack up mid-round value in just 28.7 minutes per game last season.
Jamal Murray (bruised left quad) logs 34 mins 12-07-2016
Jamal Murray (bruised left quad) played 34 minutes vs. the Nets, scoring 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting (2-of-8 from deep) with five rebounds, three assists and one steal. Murray was questionable to play and the Nuggets didn't update his status, so we didn't know he was active until he stepped on the court mid-way through the first quarter. He played some point guard as part of a unit that led the Nuggets back from a 29-point deficit, coming within three points before falling short in a 116-111 defeat. Murray is healthy, and based on tonight's results he could get increased playing time on Friday.
Mason Plumlee scores 10 in full line 12-07-2016
Mason Plumlee F POR
Mason Plumlee filled the stat sheet against the Bucks on Saturday, scoring 10 points with 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and three blocks in 33 minutes.

Blazers on Twitter
He's filling the stat sheet like only a few can. In fact, Plumlee is the fastest Blazer to tally 150 rebounds and 100 assists (23 games) since Scottie Pippen in 1999-2000 (22 games). Plumlee leads all NBA centers in assists per game and has seen his rebounding and scoring show a slight uptick lately. If you take the free throw woes out of the equation, Plumlee has been a must-start option in even super shallow leagues.
Moe Harkless scores 11 points 12-07-2016
Moe Harkless F POR
Moe Harkless scored 11 points against the Bucks on Wednesday with four rebounds, four assists, four steals, four fouls, four turnovers and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. That's a lot of fours and he missed four attempts from deep, too. Despite Al-Farouq Aminu returning, Harkless' minutes haven't fallen off with 31.5 over his last two. He was playing some minutes at the four earlier this season, but he's successfully shifted to play almost straight three now. Harkless is exceeding most expectations and is a bit of a sell high based on performance alone, but his playing time looks safe and is a hold in standard leagues.
Dwight Howard racks up 23 & 17 in home win 12-07-2016
Dwight Howard C ATL
Dwight Howard recovered from a lousy game on Monday, finishing a much-needed win vs. the Heat with 23 points (9-of-11 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs), 17 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one steal and one turnover. Dwight has sprinkled some duds throughout his first season with the Hawks, but overall he's given fantasy owners all they could ask for. He's missed just one game this year and is averaging a solid 13.3 points, 12.5 boards, 1.0 steals and 1.5 blocks.
Ed Davis gets just 17 minutes 12-07-2016
Ed Davis F POR
Ed Davis played 17 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday with two points and five rebounds. With Al-Farouq Aminu now back in action, Davis could see his playing time take a hit. Although, Aminu isn't having the strongest season. Whatever the case, most of Aminu's minutes should come from Davis, so his owners in deeper leagues should expect a hit there.
Kyle Korver logs 34 minutes off Hawks bench 12-07-2016
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver helped the Hawks snap their seven-game losing skid on Wednesday with nine points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes off the bench. The veteran SG has taken his recent benching in stride, saying he was "fine" with coach Mike Budenholzer's decision to start Thabo Sefolosha. The move may have lit a fire under him, as he's averaging 12.0 points, 2.5 triples, 4.5 assists and 1.0 steals in his new role. If you've held onto him despite his slow start this year, there's no reason to quit on him now.
Thabo Sefolosha looks good with 10/5/5 line 12-07-2016
Thabo Sefolosha F ATL
Thabo Sefolosha fared well in another start on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and zero turnovers in 29 minutes. Thabo has taken over for Kyle Korver, and the fact that Atlanta snapped their seven-game win streak tonight means that Sefolosha is likely to keep the job. His assists tonight tied a season high (from opening night), but he's still little more than a steals specialist who won't hurt you anywhere.
Paul Millsap gets 21 pts, 9 reb, 4 stl, 3 blk 12-07-2016
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap (hip) scored 21 points on 8-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs during Wednesday's 103-95 win vs. the Heat, adding nine boards, two assists, four steals and three blocks in 32 minutes.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Millsap admitted before the game that his hip still hurts, saying that he's "just playing through and seeing what happens. Hopefully, getting better." That's not entirely encouraging for fantasy owners, but tonight's vintage-Sapper production was a terrific indication that he's feeling better. There's no reason to think he's in imminent danger of missing games.
Al-Farouq Aminu still struggling 12-07-2016
Al-Farouq Aminu F POR
Al-Farouq Aminu played 18 minutes off the bench against the Bucks on Wednesday, scoring two points with four rebounds and one turnover. He didn't get an increase in minutes following his 17 on Monday. Aminu is having a disastrous season from the field, making just 27.1 percent overall. He's made just one midrange shot all year and somehow has gone 6-of-20 at the rim (30 percent). He may have value at some point, but he has to get better first.
Tim Hardaway Jr. (knee) questionable Friday 12-07-2016
Tim Hardaway Jr. G ATL
Tim Hardaway Jr. filled in as a starter on Wednesday but he exited in the second half after he "banged" his knee, according to coach Mike Budenholzer.

Brad Rowland on Twitter
Hardaway didn't return after limping into the locker room in the second half, finishing with seven points and two assists in 22 minutes. Kent Bazemore (knee) will miss at least one more game, giving Hardaway a temporary window for increased production, but that won't matter unless he's healthy. We should have an update after Thursday's shootaround.
Wayne Ellington impressive w/ 19 pts, four 3s 12-07-2016
Wayne Ellington G MIA
Wayne Ellington had another impressive game for the short-handed Heat on Wednesday, pitching in 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with four 3-pointers, three boards, two assists and zero turnovers in 41 minutes. The Heat are struggling after losing Dwyane Wade to free agency and Chris Bosh to injury, and it doesn't help that more recent injuries have ravaged their lineup. Tonight's loss moves their season record to 7-15, which has them at No. 13 in the Eastern Conference. Ellington has been a welcome addition to the roster, and for fantasy purposes he should remain a viable option until Josh Richardson (ankle), Dion Waiters (groin) and Justise Winslow (wrist) return.
Tyler Johnson has 27 pts w/ four 3s Wednesday 12-07-2016
Tyler Johnson G MIA
Tyler Johnson gave Miami a huge lift with 27 points (8-of-16 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), five assists, four 3-pointers, two rebounds, one steal and one block on Wednesday. Johnson played 35 minute without a single turnover, helping Miami cut into a daunting deficit, but his efforts weren't enough to earn a road win in Atlanta. He continues to see extra opportunities with Josh Richardson (ankle) and Dion Waiters (groin) on the sidelines. Both guys are loosely targeting a return in mid-December, so feel free to keep TJ locked into active lineups.
Josh McRoberts quiet in 30 minutes vs. ATL 12-07-2016
Josh McRoberts F MIA
Josh McRoberts had a typically quiet line on Wednesday with two points, four assists, two rebounds, one steal and five turnovers in 30 minutes. James Johnson (shoulder), Justise Winslow (wrist) and Luke Babbitt (hip) were all out of commission tonight, all but guaranteeing McRoberts 30+ minutes as the starting PF. One glance at his season averages will convince you to leave him on the wire.
Rodney McGruder (ankle) vows to play Friday 12-07-2016
Rodney McGruder G MIA
Rodney McGruder (ankle) vowed to play in Friday's game vs. the Cavaliers.

Manny Navarro on Twitter
McGruder injured his ankle in the second quarter, but he returned to start the second half. He said afterward that he's "fine" and will play Friday, but a player's self-assessment isn't always the most reliable. If he's ruled out, the already short-handed Heat will have to get very creative to field a competitive lineup.
Nikola Jokic double-doubles vs. Nets 12-07-2016
Nikola Jokic C DEN
Nikola Jokic (wrist) returned from a three-game absence against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in 21 minutes. He was outstanding tonight and protected the paint nicely after the Nuggets gave up 42 paint points in the first half. The Nuggets have clearly been better when Jokic is on the court these days. Over the last 10 games, Jokic has a team-high net rating of +9.1 (minimum of 25 total minutes). With coach Mike Malone getting furious about the defensive lapses, it may be time for Jokic to get consistent run in the starting lineup. He was trending up before the injury to his wrist and is trending up even more now.
Jeff Green cools off w/ three pts Wednesday 12-07-2016
Jeff Green F ORL
Jeff Green's streak of double-digit scoring ended on Wednesday with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 22 minutes. Green added two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer, but he never got into the flow offensively -- in fairness, neither did any of his teammates. One lousy game isn't sufficient cause to cut him in deeper leagues, but this is a reminder that he tends to run hot and cold.
Aaron Gordon quiet again in blowout defeat 12-07-2016
Aaron Gordon F ORL
Aaron Gordon finished Wednesday's 117-87 home defeat with five points, four assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. The assists, steal and triple are nice to see, but it's hard to be enthusiastic about Gordon after such a sluggish start to the season. His starting job has failed to reap any benefits and he's shooting a career-worst 41.2 percent from the field, with numbers that have dipped in most categories despite his minutes increasing to 26.0 per game. He's just a borderline option in 12-team leagues.
Nikola Vucevic posts quiet double-double 12-07-2016
Nikola Vucevic C ORL
Nikola Vucevic had a quiet double-double vs. the Celtics, coming off the bench for 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, 10 rebounds, two assists and two steals in 27 minutes. Frank Vogel continues to divvy up playing time evenly, with eight players getting between 22-29 minutes tonight. As frustrating as it is for Vuc's owners to see him losing minutes to Bismack Biyombo, there's no cause for panic -- he was red hot for the past few weeks and still has eight double-doubles in his past nine games.
Elfrid Payton posts 10/4/4 off bench vs. BOS 12-07-2016
Elfrid Payton G ORL
Elfrid Payton followed up Monday's monster game with 10 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal on Wednesday. He played 28 minutes and was one of the only Magic players to have success shooting the ball -- D.J. Augustin (15 points, four 3s) and C.J. Watson (five points) were the only other players to shoot better than 50 percent tonight. Coming off the bench behind Augustin hasn't hurt him too much, if at all, but he's unlikely to return middle-round value while shooting 58.8 percent from the line with just 0.5 threes, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 turnovers per game. Plan accordingly.
Evan Fournier scores 14 points on 14 shots 12-07-2016
Evan Fournier F ORL
Evan Fournier needed 14 shot attempts to score 14 points vs. Boston on Wednesday, adding five assists, three rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes. The Celtics have limited opposing backcourts to a league-low 39.6 points this season, so it's not surprising to see Fournier struggle offensively. He's now just 13-of-41 from the field (31.7 percent) in Orlando's past four games, and owners have no choice but to stay patient. His next hot stretch could be just around the bend, though he'll face another tough defense in Charlotte on Friday.
Terry Rozier scores 16 points o 6-of-13 FGs 12-07-2016
Terry Rozier G BOS
Terry Rozier scored 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 26 minutes of action. Before deep-league owners go running to the wire, it must be noted that Rozier's production was the result of garbage time and Isaiah Thomas' absence -- Avery Bradley was the only starter to log more than 30 minutes. We'll let you know if he strings together a few fantasy-worthy games.
Kelly Olynyk quiet until garbage time vs. ORL 12-07-2016
Kelly Olynyk C BOS
Kelly Olynyk took advantage of garbage time on Wednesday, scoring nine points with four boards, two assists and one steals in 20 minutes off the bench. The fourth-year big man is averaging just 15.8 minutes in Boston's past four games, and he was scoreless prior to garbage time tonight. It's hard to see him emerging with standard-league value while Al Horford, Amir Johnson and Jonas Jerebko are healthy, especially if Boston uses Jae Crowder and Jaylen Brown for stretches at PF.
Avery Bradley scores team-high 23 points Wed 12-07-2016
Avery Bradley G BOS
Avery Bradley helped the Celtics trounce the Magic in Orlando on Wednesday, scoring a team-high 23 points on 7-of-14 shooting with three 3-pointers.

Max Lederman on Twitter
Bradley added four boards, three assists, one steal, one block and just one turnover in 33 minutes. His efforts helped the Celtics overcome a slow start to run away with the victory, improving their record to 13-9 despite the absence of leading scorer Isaiah Thomas. In a surprising footnote, Bradley's 6-of-7 mark at the FT line tonight was a new career-high in both makes and attempts. Go figure.
Jonas Jerebko scoreless in 14 minutes 12-07-2016
Jonas Jerebko F BOS
Jonas Jerebko failed to score in 14 minutes vs. Orlando on Wednesday, but he did pitch in four rebounds and four assists. Jerebko was back on the bench after a fill-in start for Amir Johnson on Monday. He's shooting a career-high 49.4 percent from the field this year, including 48.5 percent from deep, but simply isn't getting enough minutes to make a dent in standard leagues.
Jameer Nelson almost helps pull off comeback 12-07-2016
Jameer Nelson G DEN
Jameer Nelson was terrific in his 29 minutes against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 14 points, five rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers. Emmanuel Mudiay was benched after 18 minutes of action and posting a -26 in the plus-minus stat today. Nelson has played more minutes than Mudiay for three games in a row now, so the increased playing time is a clear trend. With the Nuggets continuing to get exposed early in games, it wouldn't be a shock to see Nelson start. He's on the radar if you need a point guard, but not getting any shooting guard minutes anymore will make it harder for him to sustain value long term.
Amir Johnson scores 11 pts in starting role 12-07-2016
Amir Johnson F BOS
Amir Johnson returned to the starting lineup on Wednesday with 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, five rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes. Johnson was benched in a small-ball affair vs. the Rockets on Monday, but he retook the starting job against Orlando's bigger frontcourt tonight. The veteran is impressive on a per-minute basis, yet he's averaging a mere 19.5 minutes per game. Until that number increases, he's only worth a look in leagues with 14 or more teams.
Marcus Smart plays well w/ Isaiah Thomas out 12-07-2016
Marcus Smart G BOS
Marcus Smart filled in at PG on Wednesday, posting 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting, three rebounds, three assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes vs. the Magic. Isaiah Thomas was out with a groin injury, but Smart wound up below his customary 30.5 minutes per game thanks to the lopsided score. Thomas isn't a lock to return on Friday vs. the Raptors, so anyone who deployed Smart should hang onto him at least until we see Thomas back on the court.
James Young (illness) out again Wednesday 12-07-2016
James Young G BOS
James Young (illness) was unavailable for the Celtics on Wednesday. Boston played 13 different guys tonight, in a game full of garbage time, but Young wasn't among them. He's not in the rotation even when healthy.
Frank Kaminsky logs 22 minutes off bench 12-07-2016
Frank Kaminsky C CHA
Frank Kaminsky shifted back to the Hornets bench on Wednesday with five points, five rebounds, two assist and one steal in 22 minutes during a home win vs. Detroit. The Tank has been rumbling along this season with averages of 11.2 points. 1.3 triples, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists. His fantasy appeal has been undermined, however, by poor percentages (41.3 FGs, 71.0 FTs) and low defensive stats (0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks). Most owners in 12-team leagues can do better.
Marvin Williams (knee) scores 12 in return 12-07-2016
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams returned from a knee injury on Wednesday, playing 26 minutes to finish with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, five boards, one steal and two 3-pointers. Williams was on a minute-limit tonight, a restriction which should be eased over the Hornets next few games -- they conclude the week with games on Friday (vs. the Magic) and Saturday (at the Cavs). It's been a rough season for Marvin shooting the ball, at just 33.6 percent from the field, but he has enough upside to warrant a pickup in most leagues.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scoreless in 20 mins 12-07-2016
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist F CHA
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist snapped a streak of six double-digit scoring games on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with five boards, one assist and one block in 20 minutes. He shot 0-of-6 from the field, including four misses at the rim, so the Hornets turned to Marco Belinelli (13 points, five boards) for production off the bench. Tonight's poor showing aside, MKG has been a reliable late-round roto player with averages of 10.0 points on 46.8 percent shooting, 7.2 boards and 1.3 assists, as well as career-highs in both steals (0.8) and blocks (1.1).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hands out six dimes 12-07-2016
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope G DET
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had six assists, four rebounds and one steal without any turnovers on Wednesday, but he scored just seven points on 3-of-9 shooting in 37 minutes. KCP is averaging 12.8 shots this season, but in the three games since Reggie Jackson returned that number has fallen to 10.3. His assists are up, interestingly, and this isn't a major concern as long as he continues to see 32+ minutes per game.
Marcus Morris grabs season-high 10 boards 12-07-2016
Marcus Morris F DET
Marcus Morris grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds during Wednesday's road loss, adding seven points on 3-of-10 shooting with two assists, one block and one turnover. Morris did his damage in 34 minutes and it was nice to see him hitting the glass hard -- he came in averaging just 3.9 boards per game, which is lower than guys like Tony Snell, Luis Scola, Evan Turner and Goran Dragic. He's still just a late-round guy in the vast majority of formats.
Ish Smith held to two points, two assists 12-07-2016
Ish Smith G DET
Ish Smith had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 22 bench minutes vs. Charlotte on Wednesday. Smith had double-digit assists in two of his previous three games, but we've been waiting for the other shoe to drop now that Reggie Jackson is healthy. Jackson's minutes are on the rise, which is a direct threat to Smith, whose owners should be keeping a close watch on the waiver wire.
Andre Drummond has 26 & 20 in loss to Hornets 12-07-2016
Andre Drummond C DET
Andre Drummond racked up 26 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks during the Pistons' road loss in Charlotte on Wednesday, making 11-of-14 FGs and 4-of-7 FTs.

Charlotte Observer
Drummond has been a borderline first-round fantasy player with FT percentage excluded this season, thanks to averages of 14.1 points on 52.1 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. Stan Van Gundy has pushed him to defend the rim with a purpose and he's responded to the challenge -- over their past five games, Detroit has allowed a league-low 33.2 points in the paint. With tonight's huge game, Drummond now has a league-best 11 games with 20+ points and 20+ rebounds since the 2012-13 season.
Reggie Jackson scores 10 points in 26 minutes 12-07-2016
Reggie Jackson G DET
Reggie Jackson struggled throughout Wednesday's game, going 4-of-12 from the field for 10 points with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 26 minutes. Jackson played both games of a back-to-back set, which speaks volumes about the Pistons' faith in his recovery from serious knee and thumb injuries. He simply didn't have it tonight but his playing time should continue to creep up in the coming weeks, which is great news for both fantasy owners and the Pistons, who are clinging to a half-game lead over the No. 9 seed Pacers.
Derrick Favors remains out for Thursday 12-07-2016
Derrick Favors F UTH
Derrick Favors (knee) remains out of the lineup for Thursday against the Warriors.

Tony Jones on Twitter
He has been doing some pre-game shooting dating back to Dec. 3, but there is no word of him progressing in his workouts. Favors is basically out indefinitely. Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles should get more run, but both don't have much fantasy value.
George Hill out again on Thursday night 12-07-2016
George Hill G UTH
George Hill (left toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

Tony Jones on Twitter
He just can't shake injuries this year with this game marking his fifth DNP in a row. Hill has also missed time for his thumb and was limited due to an illness last month. He is having a massive year based on per-game averages, so he has to be stashed. Dante Exum will start in a favorable matchup while Gordon Hayward should get a massive opportunity as the primary ball-handler.
Rodney Hood, George Hill out for Thursday 12-07-2016
Rodney Hood G UTH
Rodney Hood (hamstring) and George Hill (toe) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday night.

Tony Jones on Twitter
Hood aggravated his hamstring strain on Tuesday and did not return. He missed last Thursday due to the strain and played 29.5 minutes per game on Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 before his aggravation. With Hood out, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles will get some extra minutes against the Warriors. Both are going to be DFS options with Johnson having the higher upside.
Raymond Felton (personal) to miss time 12-07-2016
Raymond Felton G LAC
Raymond Felton (personal) will miss Wednesday's game against the Warriors and is expected to miss additional time.

Dan Woike on Twitter
First and foremost, we hope everything is OK with Felton and his family. With Felton out of the lineup, the Clippers could bring Wes Johnson into the rotation or give a few more minutes to J.J. Redick, Austin Rivers and Jamal Crawford. Felton was playing 17.0 minutes per game this season.
Darrell Arthur starts 3Q over Kenneth Faried 12-07-2016
Darrell Arthur F DEN
Darrell Arthur started the third quarter over Kenneth Faried on Wednesday. The Nets just dominated in the first half with 42 points in the paint. Faried played just four minutes in the first half and is now firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Arthur may get a little boost and is worth a look in deeper leagues.
Ben McLemore, Kosta Koufos will start vs. DAL 12-07-2016
Ben McLemore G SAC
Ben McLemore will start next to Darren Collison, Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and DeMarcus Cousins against the Mavs on Wednesday.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
McLemore was a DNP-CD in the last three games, so this is an interesting tweak for coach Dave Joerger. McLemore is nowhere near on the radar in most leagues, but maybe he can change that for deep leagues with a strong game tonight.
Arron Afflalo back to bench Wednesday 12-07-2016
Arron Afflalo G SAC
Arron Afflalo will head back to the Kings bench on Wednesday.

Sean Cunningham on Twitter
Ben McLemore will take his spot with the starters, and this demotion is nothing new for Afflalo. He has no fantasy appeal outside of very deep leagues.
Salah Mejri will start against the Kings 12-07-2016
Salah Mejri C DAL
Salah Mejri will start against the Kings on Wednesday night.

Tim MacMahon on Twitter
It'll be his third start of the season. Andrew Bogut (knee) is going to miss several games and at least 10 days, so Mejri is going to get some run. He played 29.5 minutes per game in his previous starts, so he may be on the radar as a short-term pickup in deeper leagues. Dwight Powell also benefits in a big way tonight.
Derrick Rose (back) has no structural damage 12-07-2016
Derrick Rose G NY
An MRI of Derrick Rose (back) revealed no structural damage.

Knicks on Twitter
He is listed as day-to-day and is expected to travel with the Knicks for their upcoming road trip. Rose said he's dealt with fatigue in his side and legs, so the Knicks may opt to just give him a few days off. If he is going to miss more time, Brandon Jennings would get most of the run with Ron Baker behind him.
MWP back to the bench 12-07-2016
Ron Artest F LAL
Metta World Peace will move back to the bench on Wednesday.

Mark Medina on Twitter
He may not be in the rotation tonight after only getting 12 minutes in his start on Monday. World Peace has almost no fantasy value.
Huertas moving to the bench 12-07-2016
Marcelo Huertas G LAL
Marcelo Huertas will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Mark Medina on Twitter
He played a season-high 18 minutes off the bench on Monday night and could get over 20 tonight. Huertas has made just 29.2 percent from the field on the season, but his 2.7 dimes in 9.8 minutes per outing could be noteworthy. There's no need to add him almost anywhere and he remains a very risky DFS punt.
Brandon Ingram moves to bench Wednesday 12-07-2016
Brandon Ingram will shift to the Lakers' bench on Wednesday.

Mark Medina on Twitter
Ingram and Metta World Peace will be replaced by Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas, as coach Luke Walton looks to get more ball-handling and scoring into his first unit. Ingram should still play around 24-28 minutes, so his fantasy prospects doesn't change much with the benching.
Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas starting 12-07-2016
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson and Marcelo Huertas will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

Mark Medina on Twitter
Coach Luke Walton is adding some extra punch to his first unit and helping out the second unit with Brandon Ingram shifting to the bench. The Lakers are leading the NBA in bench scoring thanks to Clarkson and Lou Williams, who has been on fire. Clarkson did start the second half on Saturday and should see minutes in the mid 30s. His fantasy owners will be hoping for him to snap out of his slump.
Jonas Valanciunas' role dictated by matchups 12-07-2016
Jonas Valanciunas C TOR
Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse admitted that the coaching staff is deciding Jonas Valanciunas' role on a nightly basis, depending on matchups and the flow of the game.
Head coach Dwane Casey said he'll "take the blame" for Valanciunas not being in a rhythm because he's "in and out of the lineup because of the matchup situations." According to Nurse, "We're trying to figure out while the game's going on what's going to give us the best chance to win. And sometimes it means it's not [Valanciunas or other players]." JV got off to a strong start this year but he's really struggled in a decreased role lately. Frustrated owners can either sell at a steep discount or stay patient until he regains his footing.
Seth Curry doesn't have a target date 12-07-2016
Seth Curry G DAL
Seth Curry (knee) doesn't have a specific timetable to return, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Earl Sneed on Twitter
This doesn't mean he's going to miss extended time. Curry went through morning shootraround and appears to be close to action. He has a good chance to play this weekend and is worth a pickup in competitive leagues. Jonathan Gibson and Justin Anderson should get a few extra minutes behind the starters.
Yogi Ferrell available to play 12-07-2016
Yogi Ferrell (ankle) is available to play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

Nets PR
He's not a lock for minutes, especially with coach Kenny Atkinson talking up Isaiah Whitehead pre-game. Ferrell has very little value.
Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams may start 12-07-2016
Jordan Clarkson G LAL
Jordan Clarkson or Lou Williams may start against the Rockets on Wednesday night.

Jonathan Feigen on Twitter
The Lakers are running out of guards to use in their first unit, so coach Luke Walton will have to break up his second unit. Williams has been on fire in his last two and should have value regardless. Clarkson played a solid game on Monday and could also get a bump in value with a starting nod. Both are in play for DFS tonight.
Al-Farouq Aminu will play slightly more Weds 12-07-2016
Al-Farouq Aminu F POR
Terry Stotts said that Al-Farouq Aminu's minutes could increase during Wednesday's game vs. the Bucks, but not by much.

Casey Holdahl on Twitter
Aminu logged 17 minutes in his return from the calf injury on Monday, so he'll likely be looking at around 20 minutes tonight. He's still going to come off the bench, and is shooting just 27.7 percent from the field on the year, so he's only worth owning in deep leagues at the moment.
Dragic, Ellington, McGruder & McBob starting 12-07-2016
Goran Dragic G MIA
Goran Dragic, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder, Josh McRoberts and Hassan Whiteside will start against the Hawks on Wednesday.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
The Heat will have their version of the Nasty Nine with Derrick Williams, Udonis Haslem, Tyler Johnson and Willie Reed available off the bench. Dragic did have a minor shoulder injury, but he said he's fine and should see minutes in the upper 30s tonight.
Nikola Jokic (wrist) available to play vs. BK 12-07-2016
Nikola Jokic C DEN
Nikola Jokic (wrist) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
To be clear, available to play doesn't necessarily mean he takes the court, and he could be eased into things after spending the past three games on the sidelines, so he's not a must-start guy with 10 games being played tonight. If he does get out there, however, he'll take away minutes from Kenneth Faried and Darrell Arthur.
Delon Wright (shoulder) back on the court 12-07-2016
Delon Wright G TOR
Delon Wright (shoulder) is back to doing on-court work.

The Athletic
He is still targeting a return to game action on Jan. 1 and could get some time in the D-League. Wright may have to wait his turn for minutes and likely needs either Cory Joseph or Kyle Lowry to miss time to get playing time with the Raptors.
Brandon Jennings will start Wednesday vs. CLE 12-07-2016
Brandon Jennings G NY
Brandon Jennings will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cavs, with Derrick Rose (back) unavailable.

Stefan Bondy on Twitter
Per-36 minutes this season, Jennings is averaging 11.6 points, 8.6 dimes, 4.4 boards, 1.7 steals and 1.7 triples per contest, so he's certainly on the radar as a potential DFS punt play or streamer option with a favorable matchup against the Cavs.
Derrick Rose (back) will not play vs. Cavs 12-07-2016
Derrick Rose G NY
Derrick Rose (sore lower back) will be unavailable for Wednesday's game against the Cavs.

Knicks on Twitter
He said he had back spasms on Tuesday, but also said his side, leg and everything was fatigued. He's also going to get an MRI to make sure everything is OK. Considering Rose's injury history and lengthy time to recover, he's likely looking at more games out of the lineup. Brandon Jennings should get a boost in playing time and is worth a look for his short-term boost. Ron Baker should also be in the rotation tonight.
Chris McCullough back up with the Nets 12-07-2016
Chris McCullough F BKN
The Nets recalled Chris McCullough for Wednesday against the Nuggets.

Nets on Twitter
He posted 19 points and 13 rebounds in 34 minutes for his D-League game on Wednesday. McCullough is getting a lot of frequent flyer miles, but he's not in the rotation right now.
Joel Embiid will start on Thursday night 12-07-2016
Joel Embiid C PHI
Joel Embiid will start against the Pelicans on Thursday night.

Scott Kushner on Twitter
The 76ers rested Embiid in his last game on Tuesday, but he should be able to play his 28 minutes against Anthony Davis and company. The 76ers do not have another back-to-back until Dec. 29-30, so there shouldn't be much rest for The Process.
Jahlil Okafor (illness) not with 76ers in NO 12-07-2016
Jahlil Okafor C PHI
Jahlil Okafor (gastroenteritis) is still not traveling with the 76ers.

Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
Okafor has stayed in Philly while the 76ers have gone on their three-game road trip, and it was reported on Tuesday that the plan was for Okafor to remain at home for Thursday's game in New Orleans, so things are not trending in a positive direction here. He'll more than likely spend Thursday night on the sidelines, and he could miss Sunday's game in Detroit as well. Richaun Holmes should pick up some extra minutes in his absence, but that doesn't mean much with Joel Embiid active.
Jerryd Bayless not with the 76ers 12-07-2016
Jerryd Bayless G PHI
Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will not play against the Pelicans on Thursday.

Daniel Sallerson on Twitter
He didn't even travel with the team. The 76ers were listing Bayless as questionable last week for his wrist soreness, but they're ruling him out early for every game so far this week. Sergio Rodriguez will continue to start and get the lion's share of the PG minutes, so he's a hold in standard leagues until Bayless gets back on the court. T.J. McConnell will get the backup minutes.
Jerebko moving back to the bench 12-07-2016
Jonas Jerebko F BOS
Jonas Jerebko will move back to the bench on Wednesday against the Magic.

Celtics on Twitter
He may have got the start against the up-tempo Rockets, but the Celtics get a matchup on the other end of the spectrum tonight. Jerebko should be around his 17.4 minutes-per-game average tonight and doesn't have much value.
Amir Johnson to start, Jerebko to the bench 12-07-2016
Amir Johnson F BOS
Amir Johnson will start and Jonas Jerebko will move to the bench against the Magic on Wednesday.

Celtics on Twitter
This makes sense to go with a bigger frontcourt against the Magic. Johnson may also see a bump in playing time because the Celtics won't go with as many three-guard lineups with Jae Crowder at the four. He's still a risky player to use tonight and doesn't have much value once Isaiah Thomas (groin) comes back.
Marcus Smart starting for Isaiah Thomas 12-07-2016
Marcus Smart G BOS
Marcus Smart will start for Isaiah Thomas (groin) against the Magic on Wednesday.

Sean Grande on Twitter
This was very obvious all day, but it's official now. Smart has been coming off the bench and has seen his minutes drop since Jae Crowder and Al Horford have been back. He may not run the offense quite as much, but Smart should see minutes in the mid 30s and add across-the-board production. He'll get a nice short-term boost while Thomas is on the shelf. Expect to see more minutes for Terry Rozier tonight, as well.
Reggie Jackson will start Wednesday vs. CHA 12-07-2016
Reggie Jackson G DET
Reggie Jackson will start Wednesday vs. the Hornets.

Rod Beard on Twitter
There was some fear that Jackson would be rested on the second game of this back-to-back set, but he only played 18 minutes on Tuesday, so he should be closer to the mid-20s tonight. Go ahead and fire him up.
E'Twaun Moore (toe) questionable Thursday 12-07-2016
E'Twaun Moore G NO
E'Twaun Moore (toe) is being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the 76ers.

Scott Kushner on Twitter
Moore sat out Monday's game, and it's not a great sign that he's still being listed as questionable despite having just had a full three days off to rest up. We should have another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but if he's out, Buddy Hield will have another opportunity to start with Langston Galloway flirting with 30 minutes off the bench. Stay tuned.
Tyreke Evans still out for Thursday night 12-07-2016
Tyreke Evans G NO
Tyreke Evans (knee, calf) will not play against the 76ers on Thursday.

Justin Verrier on Twitter
There was some optimism of Evans making his season debut this week, but the calf soreness last week has set him back. Once he's finally back, he'll likely have a minutes limit in the 15-20 range for quite some time. It'll likely be a good month or so until Evans is consistently contributing for fantasy owners.
Frank Kaminsky coming off the bench 12-07-2016
Frank Kaminsky C CHA
Frank Kaminsky will move back to the bench against the Pistons on Wednesday. Besides one good game in the previous six, Kaminsky had a horrible stretch as the starter. He only played 2.7 fewer minutes as a bench player compared to his starts, so maybe Kaminsky won't take a significant hit on minutes. Although, he is unlikely to play many minutes at center against the Pistons bigger centers. He's only a borderline hold in most leagues.
Marvin Williams getting short stints 12-07-2016
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (knee) will play short stints in his start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

Rick Bonnell on Twitter
After missing the last six, the Hornets will take it easy on their starting power forward. There are a couple ways they could approach this, but it's likely to get Williams in the 20-25 minute range tonight. Frank Kaminsky will take a hit while Spencer Hawes likely gets kicked out of the rotation.
Vince Carter (hip) questionable for Thursday 12-07-2016
Vince Carter G MEM
Vince Carter (hip) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Blazers.

Grizzlies PR on Twitter
He's been ruled out the day before each of the last three games, so this is a step in the right direction. The Grizzlies have won each of their last four without Carter with guys like Troy Williams and Troy Daniels stepping up. If Carter does return, that may take some minutes from the Troys and maybe from Tony Allen, as well. Carter is not worth owning in most leagues.
Finney-Smith ahead of the curve on D 12-07-2016
Dorian Finney-Smith is "way ahead of the curve for a rookie" on the defensive end, according to coach Rick Carlisle.

Star Telegram
He's seen his playing time rise over his last five games, averaging 25.8 minutes, 4.2 points, 2.6 boards and 1.2 assists. Obviously the lack of stats hurts his fantasy value, but it sounds like he'll keep playing. Finney-Smith can stay on the wire in most formats.
Dwight Powell getting the big bump 12-07-2016
Dwight Powell F DAL
Dwight Powell is expected to see his playing time increase significantly with Andrew Bogut (knee) out of the lineup.
"He's progressing game to game, no question about it," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's gaining experience, recognition of situation, teammates being on the same wavelength with him. Many, many positives." Powell is coming off a big 15-point game on Monday in 32 minutes. He is worth a pickup for anyone needing a big man right now.
Doug McDermott recalled on Wednesday 12-07-2016
Doug McDermott F CHI
The Bulls have recalled Doug McDermott, R.J. Hunter and Paul Zipser from the D-League.
McDermott has been practicing with the D-League team to help him get up to speed. Assuming everything went well, he could play against the Spurs on Thursday. McBuckets is still only worth a look in deep leagues.
Could A.J. Hammons get minutes? 12-07-2016
Coach Rick Carlisle mentioned A.J. Hammons as a possible option to play on Wednesday.
"It makes it much more difficult, but with [Dwight] Powell, [Salah] Mejri and Hammons, we'll probably have to invent something else here, too, just to make sure we have enough manpower, especially tonight with [DeMarcus] Cousins," Carlisle said. Hammons hasn't played a single second in the first three quarters this season, so he's nowhere near being on the radar right now.
Salah Mejri listed as probable starter 12-07-2016
Salah Mejri C DAL
Salah Mejri is listed as the probable starter for Wednesday against the Kings.
This is the expected move with Andrew Bogut (knee) out and going against DeMarcus Cousins. Mejri has played 29.5 minutes per start, averaging 5.5 points, 11.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.5 steals. While he does get a nice bump for fantasy purposes, Dwight Powell should also get a huge bump off the bench.
Motiejunas not reporting because of money 12-07-2016
Donatas Motiejunas F HOU
Donatas Motiejunas won't report to the Rockets because of a difference of nearly $6 million from the offer sheet he signed with the Nets, according to Calvin Watkins of
Motiejunas signed a four-year, $37 million offer sheet with the Nets last week, but the Rockets only had to match the principle terms of the offer sheet. That explains the $6 million difference. According to the report, "Houston's options are to keep their first-refusal exercise notice open and wait for Motiejunas to report. If he doesn't report, Houston can pull the offer Thursday and Motiejunas would become a restricted free agent."
MRI negative on Kent Bazemore's knee 12-07-2016
Kent Bazemore F ATL
An MRI on Wednesday showed no structural damage on Kent Bazemore's right knee.

Hawks PR
He is going to miss at least the next two games and the Hawks said they will update his status "as appropriate." While he's out, the Hawks will count more on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Thabo Sefolosha. Bazemore did have some right knee stiffness back in April, but it was minor and he didn't miss game action. His fantasy owners should stash him despite a disappointing season.
Nick Young (calf) targeting Monday night 12-07-2016
Nick Young F LAL
Nick Young (calf) is targeting a return on Monday night, according to Mark Medina of the Orange County Register.

Orange County Register
It's worth mentioning this report adds the Lakers downplayed that target date. Young surprisingly traveled with the team to Houston for tonight, and has been going through some pool exercise and light shooting. It's possible Young is back for Monday, but it seems slightly doubtful. There will be more minutes for Marcelo Huertas, Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng.
No rest on Wednesday, but 'probably' soon 12-07-2016
Steve Kerr G SA
Coach Steve Kerr said he will not rest players against the Clippers on Wednesday, but he "probably" will at some point in the next five games.

Anthony Slater on Twitter
The Warriors get the Clippers on Wednesday, the Jazz in Utah on Thursday, the Grizzlies in Memphis on Saturday, the Wolves in Minnesota on Sunday and the Pelicans in New Orleans on Tuesday. For Wednesday, expect to see a normal amount of minutes while Kerr could rest a different player in the following stretch.
Report: Andrew Andrews headed overseas 12-07-2016
Andrew Andrews has reportedly agreed to a deal with Turkish basketball club Best Balikesir.

David Pick on Twitter
The undrafted guard from the University of Washington was a training camp invite in Charlotte, but he got cut during the preseason. He'll look to make a name for himself overseas, but he can safely be ignored in all fantasy leagues.
Christian Wood sent down to the D-League 12-07-2016
Christian Wood F CHA
Christian Wood has been assigned to Charlotte's D-League affiliate.

Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
He's only made it onto the court once this season for a total of three minutes.
Aaron Harrison sent down for D-League stint 12-07-2016
Aaron Harrison G CHA
Aaron Harrison has been sent down for a D-League stint.

Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
Harrison is a negligible part of the rotation in Charlotte, so he can safely remain on waiver wires everywhere.
MIA may wait for Rudy Gay to hit free agency 12-07-2016
Rudy Gay F SAC
The Heat may wait to pursue Rudy Gay as an unrestricted free agent this summer rather than unloading assets to nab him this season.

Miami Herald
Miami is currently in the bottom three of the Eastern Conference with a record of 7-14, so they may pursue a tanking avenue this season rather than try and bring in talent to start winning games. Gay has been linked to the Heat franchise for some time now, and he reportedly "loves Miami," but pursuing him as a free agent next offseason might make more sense than trading for him now. That doesn't mean that Gay doesn't get traded this season, though.
Report: Bosh will attempt comeback next year 12-07-2016
Chris Bosh F MIA
Chris Bosh (blood clots) is reportedly more likely to attempt an NBA comeback next season, rather than this year.

Miami Herald
The Heat want to ensure that Bosh's salary is completely removed from the books, so it's in Miami's best interest to delay waiving Bosh until February 9 to guarantee that he won't be able to play 25 games this year. In other words, Bosh won't be playing in any meaningful capacity this season, so he can be left on waiver wires everywhere.
Paul Zipser sent down for D-League stint 12-07-2016
Paul Zipser has been assigned to Chicago's D-League affiliate.

Cody Westerlund on Twitter
He's not a part of the rotation in Chicago, so there's no fantasy spin here.
R.J. Hunter sent down for a D-League stint 12-07-2016
R.J. Hunter G CHI
R.J. Hunter has been sent down for another D-League stint.

Cody Westerlund on Twitter
Hunter has made three appearances for the Bulls this season, but through nine minutes of floor time he's only managed to contribute one rebound while missing his only shot attempt. There's no fantasy value here.
Randolph dedicates double-double to his mom 12-07-2016
Zach Randolph F MEM
Zach Randolph dedicated Tuesday's 12-point, 14-board double-double to his recently deceased mother.

"My mom was great, man. My mom was all I had, all we had," said Randolph during his postgame interview on Tuesday. "This is what I did it for. She was the rock of this family. It's just tough, but I'm going to continue to go hard for her and leave it all out there and do it for her" Randolph returned from a seven-game absence on Tuesday night, and he'll likely be operating with a heavier usage rate over the coming weeks sans Mike Conley (back) and Chandler Parsons (knee). He doesn't have the highest upside, but he's worth a standard league spot due to his current situation.
Nick Young (calf) limited to light shooting 12-07-2016
Nick Young F LAL
Nick Young (calf) is still being limited to light shooting.

Mike Bresnahan on Twitter
Young is unable to make hard cuts or get around screens, which is to be expected given that he just hit the beginning of Week-2 of his initial 2-4 week timetable. He's out for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, and it seems unlikely that he'll be able to play Friday or Sunday, meaning Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams and Brandon Ingram will continue to soak up the backcourt minutes in Los Angeles.
Larry Nance (knee) available to play vs. HOU 12-07-2016
Larry Nance F LAL
Larry Nance (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Rockets.

Mark Medina on Twitter
He should resume his 20-minute reserve role, which will take away some minutes from Julius Randle. Nance has been a sneaky top-75 guy in 9-cat leagues this season with averages of 7.7 points, 5.8 boards, 1.2 steals and just 0.6 turnovers per game on 60.0 percent shooting from the field, so feel free to get him active.
Jrue Holiday (toe) questionable for Thursday 12-07-2016
Jrue Holiday G NO
Jrue Holiday (turf toe) said his recovery has been going well, but it's still too early to tell if he'll be able to play Thursday vs. the 76ers.

New Orleans Pelicans on Twitter
It sounds like Holiday is headed for a game-time call on Thursday night, but perhaps we can get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround. If he is able to return, Buddy Hield would likely return to the bench and his value would take a substantial hit with the demotion. Stay tuned.
D'Angelo Russell out at least two more games 12-07-2016
D'Angelo Russell G LAL
D'Angelo Russell (knee) will not play Wednesday or Friday and is unlikely to play on Sunday.

Mike Trudell on Twitter
He is going to increase his workload this week with basketball activities. Russell is feeling better and it sounds like he'll be back at some point next week. Until then, Marcelo Huertas will be in the mix while Lou Williams will look to continue his hot streak. Jordan Clarkson has struggled, but he's likely to get an increased opportunity. Brandon Ingram will also have more ball-handling responsibility.
Marvin Williams expected to start 12-07-2016
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (knee) is expected to start against the Pistons on Wednesday.

Hornets on Twitter
He went through a 2-on-2 on Tuesday and everything went well, according to Williams after the session. "I feel like it went really well," Williams said. "If I wake up and feel good, I do expect to play." After missing the last six games due to a bone bruise, he should be back. Even though he's been bad this year, he's worth a pickup.
Nikola Jokic will be a game-time call 12-07-2016
Nikola Jokic C DEN
Nikola Jokic (wrist) is expected to be a game-time decision to face the Nets on Wednesday.

Chris Dempsey on Twitter
The good news for fantasy owners is that this game is in Brooklyn, so we should get word of his status before the games start tonight. The Nuggets have really leaned on Darrell Arthur to play some small-ball five while Jusuf Nurkic finally had a good game against Joel "The Process" Embiid on Monday. If Jokic is back, all the power forwards except for Wilson Chandler would take a hit.
Eric Bledsoe still working on his jumpers 12-07-2016
Eric Bledsoe G PHO
Eric Bledsoe said he's worked on his jumper all summer.

Arizona Republic
"I know I can get to the rim," Bledsoe said. "Once I get [the jump shots] to fall, there's going to be some problems." Bledsoe still only has a 41.5 effective field goal percentage on his shots on the season, but he's up to 48.5 eFG% in his last six. He's also been very busy over his last 10 with a team-high 29.1 usage rate in his 30.8 minutes per game. Expect plenty of big lines going forward.
Cheik Diallo recalled from D-League stint 12-07-2016
Cheik Diallo has been recalled from his D-League stint.

Justin Verrier on Twitter
He's played a total of five minutes for New Orleans this season, so he's obviously not worth a roster spot anywhere.
Seth Curry (knee) out Wednesday vs. the Kings 12-07-2016
Seth Curry G DAL
Seth Curry (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Kings.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
With Curry and J.J. Barea (calf) on the sidelines Wednesday night, Deron Williams will likely see his minutes in the high-30s, with Devin Haris seeing close to 20 minutes off the bench. For now, we'll be considering Curry questionable for Friday's game against the Pacers.
Will Barton no longer bothered by ankle issue 12-07-2016
Will Barton F DEN
Michael Malone said that Will Barton "is getting back to his old self" after dealing with an ankle injury that sidelined him for 11 games.

Denver Post
"Will is getting back to his old self," Malone said. "Feeling comfortable, feeling confident and then being aggressive. Hopefully he's over any concerns he's had with the ankle injury and can just go out there and play." Since returning from the injury, Barton has scored a team-leading 19.7 points over the last three to go with 6.7 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.7 steals, 1.0 block and 1.7 triples a night. He needs to be owned in all leagues while he's this hot.
Luke Babbitt (hip) out Wednesday vs. Atlanta 12-07-2016
Luke Babbitt F MIA
Luke Babbitt (strained right hip flexor) will not play Wednesday vs. the Hawks.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
Miami will again be without Dion Waiters (groin), Justise Winslow (wrist), James Johnson (rotator cuff) and Josh Richardson (ankle, wrist), so Goran Dragic and Hassan Whiteside should again dominate the offensive possessions with Tyler Johnson and Wayne Ellington also seeing some increased opportunity. Babbitt is not traveling with the team, so he'll miss Friday and Saturday's game as well.
Andrew Bogut (knee) could miss 3-4 weeks 12-07-2016
Andrew Bogut C DAL
Andrew Bogut (right knee bone bruise) said he could miss anywhere from 10 days to 3-4 weeks.

Earl K. Sneed on Twitter
Bogut tends to be a slow healer, and he was initially given a 2-week timetable, so it's extremely unlikely we see him back on the court in 10 days, particularly with Dallas sitting on a 4-16 record. On the season, Bogut has only produced 14th round value in standard 9-cat leagues with averages of 3.8 points, 10.3 boards, 2.2 assists and 0.9 blocks per contest, so he's not really worth hanging onto in standard leagues. Dwight Powell should benefit most in Bogut's absence.
Goran Dragic (shoulder) not on injury report 12-07-2016
Goran Dragic G MIA
Goran Dragic (shoulder stinger) is not being listed on the injury report for Wednesday's game against the Hawks.

Ira Winderman on Twitter
Dragic suffered a "shoulder stinger" during Tuesday's loss to the Knicks, but with Miami dealing with a massive amount of injuries, Dragic will fight through the pain. He dropped 29 points, seven dimes, four boards, two steals and four triples through 40 minutes of action on Tuesday night, and he'll again be heavily involved in Miami's attack tonight with the Heat banged up.
Frank Kaminsky likely to return to the bench 12-07-2016
Frank Kaminsky C CHA
Frank Kaminsky will likely return to the bench for Wednesday's game against the Pistons.

Charlotte Hornets PR on Twitter
Marvin Williams (knee) is expected to return to the court tonight, and he'll resume his spot in the starting five sending Kaminsky back to the bench. Kaminsky basically only had one solid game as a starter, and his value will take a pretty massive hit with the demotion to the second unit. Feel free to move on if you picked him up for his shot-term value sans Williams.
Jamal Murray (quad) probable for Wednesday 12-07-2016
Jamal Murray (left quad contusion) is probable to play Wednesday vs. the Nets.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Murray did put up 22 points and three triples in his previous outing, but he's been extremely inconsistent since Will Barton (ankle) got back to the court. He will be drawing a favorable matchup against the Nets tonight, so perhaps he can keep the good times rolling. At the moment, he's only worth rostering in deep leagues.
Nikola Jokic (wrist) questionable Wednesday 12-07-2016
Nikola Jokic C DEN
Nikola Jokic (wrist) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game against the Nets.

T.J. McBride on Twitter
Head coach Michael Malone said that the Nuggets will be taking a cautious approach in bringing back Jokic, so if there's any doubt about the health of his wrist, he'll likely be spending Wednesday's game on the sidelines. He's likely headed for a game-time call, but if he is able to return to the court tonight, Kenneth Faried's minutes will likely take a hit.
Tim Hardaway Jr. will start next two games 12-07-2016
Tim Hardaway Jr. G ATL
Tim Hardaway Jr. will move into the starting unit for Atlanta's next two games with Kent Bazemore (knee) on the shelf.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Hardaway Jr. tends to be inconsistent, although he has managed to produce late-round value over his past four outings with averages of 14.8 points, 2.3 dimes, 1.0 steal and 1.5 triples per contest on 48.0 percent shooting. The move into the starting five will only help him, but with relatively low upside, he's basically only worth a speculative add in deep leagues.
Kent Bazmore (knee) out for next two games 12-07-2016
Kent Bazemore F ATL
Kent Bazemore (right knee soreness) has been ruled out for Atlanta's next two games, and Tim Hardaway Jr. will be drawing the start in his place.

Chris Vivlamore on Twitter
Marcus Smart expected to start on Wednesday 12-07-2016
Marcus Smart G BOS
Marcus Smart will likely move into the starting unit for Wednesday's game against the Magic with Isiah Thomas (groin) unavailable.

Chris Forsberg on Twitter
Smart was spotted in a starters jersey at shootaround, so he'll very likely be drawing the start tonight. In his previous five starts this season, Smart has compiled averages of 10.0 points, 4.2 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.4 triples, 2.4 steals and just 1.4 turnovers per game, so he's certainly on the radar in daily leagues. Terry Rozier should also see a decent uptick in minutes off the bench.
Isaiah Thomas (groin) out Wednesday vs. ORL 12-07-2016
Isaiah Thomas G BOS
Isaiah Thomas (groin) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Magic.

Adam Himmelsbach on Twitter
Thomas flew back to Boston to receive treatment on his groin injury, and Marcus Smart was spotted sporting a starter jersey during shootaround, so it looks like Smart will be drawing the start tonight making him a reasonable low-budget DFS option. Avery Bradley and Al Horford will do the heavy lifting on offense tonight sans Thomas, and Terry Rozier will see an uptick in minutes. Groin injuries can linger, so Boston may want to take a cautious approach in bringing back Thomas. For now, we'll consider him doubtful for Friday's game against the Raptors.
Marc Gasol just wants the ball in his hands 12-07-2016
Marc Gasol C MEM
Marc Gasol said during Tuesday's postgame interview that he just wants the ball in his hands.

Peter Edmiston on Twitter
"I just want the ball," said Gasol. "I don't care where, how, I just want it and to be able to make a decision with it." Gasol is currently operating with a career-high 26.6 usage rate to accompany his career-high 24.5 assist percentage, and those two things have culminated in him pumping out top-30 value on the year with averages of 19.2 points, 5.9 boards, 4.2 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 triples and just 2.1 turnovers per game. He's going to be a beast moving forward sans Mike Conley (back).
Rondo looking to move on after suspension 12-07-2016
Rajon Rondo G CHI
Rajon Rondo referred to Saturday's incident in which he picked up a one-game suspension for reportedly throwing a towel at an assistant coach "part of the game."

CSN Chicago
"Me as a player, a point guard, I have to handle a situation better," Rondo said. "But when I feel a certain way, I'm gonna speak on it. My whole thing is always for the betterment of the team. If it comes off wrong or a certain way I'll try to work on that." Rondo has had open spats with his coaches in the past, and a history of attitude issues, so this likely won't be the last time he makes headlines for the wrong reasons. He's just been a late-round guy this year, and it's unlikely he'll be able to work his way into an early-round evaluation while Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are healthy.
DeAndre Liggins will start Wednesday vs. NYK 12-07-2016
DeAndre Liggins G CLE
DeAndre Liggins will move into the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Knicks with J.R. Smith (knee) unavailable.

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Kyle Korver 'fine' with reserve role in ATL 12-07-2016
Kyle Korver G ATL
Kyle Korver said he's "fine" with coming off the bench in Atlanta.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Fine," Korver said of the decision Tuesday to bring him off the bench moving forward. "We are in a tough stretch and we have to try anything to try to get this going again. I'll do my best whatever the role is." Mike Budenholzer has made it clear that Korver's bench role will not change any time soon, and while he did have a solid outing on Tuesday with 15 points and two triples in 32 minutes, he's been woefully inconsistent this season. It'll be interested to see if he can keep it up Wednesday.
Paul Millsap (hip) will play through the pain 12-07-2016
Paul Millsap F ATL
Paul Millsap (hip) said he will fight through the pain, and he fully intends to play Wednesday vs. the Heat.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's sore," Millsap said after practice Tuesday. "It's something that probably will have to be dealt with. By that I mean just playing through and see what happens. Hopefully, getting better." Millsap is being listed as probable for tonight's game, and after returning from his three-game stint on the sidelines Monday night and going through Tuesday's practice, there's no reason to believe he'll miss Wednesday's game. Get him active.
Marvin Williams (knee) on track to play Weds 12-07-2016
Marvin Williams F CHA
Marvin Williams (knee) said that he feels "totally ready to do" what he does, and barring a setback, he will play Wednesday vs. the Pistons.

Charlotte Observer
"I don't know about my normal 25 to 30 minutes, but I feel totally ready to do what I do," Williams said. "I can run and jump. My lungs might actually be the hardest thing to get back." He'll probably be closer to the 25-minute mark as his conditioning likely isn't where it needs to be after spending 10 days on the sidelines, so he's not necessarily a must-start option with 10 games being played tonight. He's also been in a bad shooting slump this season, limiting his standard league appeal.
Derrick Rose (back) questionable Wednesday 12-07-2016
Derrick Rose G NY
Derrick Rose (back spasms) is questionable to play Wednesday against the Cavs.

New York Daily News
"It calmed down. It's just spasms. Usually when you have back spasms or back problems, it comes from somewhere else - it could be hamstring, it could be groin, could be something else," Rose said. "[Tuesday night], my right side, my right leg, everything was fatigued and kind of quit. [Wednesday] we'll be able to find out what it is." Rose appears to be headed for a game-time call, but if he's out, Brandon Jennings will likely draw the start and he'd be an option in DFS.
Matt Barnes (personal) probable for Wednesday 12-07-2016
Matt Barnes F SAC
There is reportedly no active warrant out there for the arrest of Matt Barnes, so he's probable to play Wednesday in Dallas.

NY Post
"There's no warrant for him. Unless they indict him or issue a warrant for him there's nothing anybody can do," the source said. Barnes was wanted for questioning stemming from an altercation that occurred early Monday morning at a New York nightclub, but authorities were unable to locate Barnes before he hopped on a plane to Dallas. He's innocent until proven guilty, and it doesn't seem like anyone is pursuing charges against him at the moment.
Jodie Meeks scores season-high 18 points 12-07-2016
Jodie Meeks G ORL
Jodie Meeks scored a season-high 18 points in just 16 minutes of Tuesday's win over the Magic. Meeks is cut in the same mold as the Heat's Wayne Ellington. Both can get hot in a hurry, both are sort of hot right now, and both are pretty untrustworthy in fantasy. Meeks has scored 18, 7 and 10 points in his three games this season since returning from foot surgery, and while he's managed to slow Evan Fournier down for a minute, we don't see it lasting. And the fact he hit 5-of-7 shots and four 3-pointers in just 16 minutes tonight has fluke written all over it. Just keep an eye on him and hope that he doesn't do to Fournier what Bismack Biyombo, Jeff Green and D.J. Augustin have done to Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon and Elfrid Payton, as Orlando is now known as 'Timeshare Central' in fantasyland.
P.J. Tucker fails to score in 21 minutes 12-07-2016
P.J. Tucker F PHO
P.J. Tucker finished with one steal and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Jazz on Tuesday. We're not kidding. Tucker didn't attempt a shot and failed to add any assists, rebounds or blocks. The Suns were giving him a ton of minutes prior to Tuesday and there's no word of any injury. Tucker had a nice two-game run last week with 17 points against the Hawks on Nov. 30 and 21 points against the Nuggets on Nov. 27, but feel free to move on unless he gets hot again.
Brandon Knight scores 15 w/ seven rebounds 12-07-2016
Brandon Knight G PHO
Brandon Knight scored 15 points on 6-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's loss to the Jazz. He didn't have any triples, blocks or steals, but added seven rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes. His playing time has been all over the place this season in his sixth man role behind Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, so his owners will be rooting for the Suns to trade him before the deadline. He's a low-end asset in standard leagues until his situation improves.
Devin Booker scores 21 points in loss 12-07-2016
Devin Booker G PHO
Devin Booker scored 21 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one triple and four turnovers against the Jazz on Tuesday. This was his second game in a row with 21 points and he finished 9-of-13 from the field. The second-year SG has been steady over his last five games with averages of 19.2 points, 3.2 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.6 triples and his value is going to be safe all season long on the tanking Suns.
Boris Diaw scores 13 points in win 12-07-2016
Boris Diaw C UTH
Boris Diaw scored a season-high 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with six assists, four rebounds, one triple and two turnovers in 33 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Suns. Diaw's minutes have gone up in five straight games, so he's suddenly on the radar again in very deep leagues. This was his second game in a row with double-digit points, and Trey Lyles didn't help himself with a scoreless dud. His value will be shattered once Derrick Favors (knee) returns.
Kyle Anderson breaks loose on Tuesday 12-07-2016
Kyle Anderson F SA
Kyle Anderson played 22 minutes off the bench and had 11 points, a 3-pointer, six rebounds, four assists and a block on 2-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's 105-91 win over the Timberwolves. Anderson had scored a total of six points in his previous four games, so don't get too excited. But with Danny Green scoring just five points last night, and averaging just 7.5 points in his 13 games this season, Anderson is worth keeping an eye on in case Gregg Popovich grows tired of Green's struggles. But for now, Anderson belongs on waivers, along with Green.
Joe Johnson scores 13 points vs. Suns 12-07-2016
Joe Johnson F UTH
Joe Johnson scored 13 points on 4-of-10 shooting against the Suns on Tuesday. The veteran wing added two rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and three triples in 29 minutes. Rodney Hood tweaked his right hamstring and didn't return, so Johnson is worth a look for owners in need of short-term value. The last time Hood missed a game on Dec. 1, Johnson started and scored 18 points in 33 minutes.