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Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 25

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, Donald Sloan (Pacers), Eric Bledsoe, Derrick Favors, and Jonas Valanciunas.

CBS Sports reports: Magic forward Tobias Harris nearly played on Monday against the Pacers, according to the Orlando Sentinel. "I thought I'd try to give it a chance," Harris said. "I would play on a little bit of pain, but I just don't think it'd be right to go out there." Harris suffered a calf injury on Friday, and hasn't been able to play since. Coach Jacque Vaughn said the team wants to be smart about pushing Harris, and will give him a few more days to recover. The Magic will take on the Warriors on Wednesday.

CBS Sports reports: The 76ers got both Nerlens Noel and Tony Wroten back on Monday against the Trail Blazers. Noel didn't start, but managed to play 33 minutes. He posted 12 points and had five rebounds in his return. Noel was getting over an illness. Wroten was also dealing with an illness, but managed to play. He managed to start, scoring 20 points in 38 minutes.

CBS Sports reports: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony is expected to fly with the team to Dallas as planned, according to the New York Post. Anthony left Monday's game due to back spasms. He was unable to return to the contest. Following the game, Anthony did not make himself available to the media. He was seen grimacing in the team's locker room. Anthony will see a doctor in the Houston area in order to get pain medication that was not available at the team's arena. His status for Wednesday's game is not known at this time.

Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Jose Calderon increased his playing time in his second game back from injury in the Knicks' 91-86 loss to the Rockets on Monday, scoring nine points on 3-of-7 shooting (including a three) with one rebound and five assists in 26 minutes. Owners need to exhibit patience as he knocks the rust off while hopefully keeping himself off the injury report. When he's at full speed he's a mid-round asset and he's also extremely valuable to the Knicks' flailing offense.

Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Lou Williams stayed somewhat hot against the Suns on Monday during a 104-100 win with 17 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers. He's coming off the bench and is taking away a few minutes from Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross. Williams is a little bit like Nick Young except he does a little more than score -- he's obviously much worse in the sound-byte department, though. He's not a lock, but feel free to give him a look in standard leagues and ride him while he's hot.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds, five assists and two steals in the Cavs' 106-74 blowout win over the Magic on Monday. LeBron James had the only big line with 29 points and 11 assists and Kyrie Irving put up just 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting with four assists, four steals and a three in 31 minutes, so the lower volume from Love isn't without company. His rebounding is way down and that might be his most troubling stat, because his 40 percent field goal shooting is almost obligated to jump up over 45 percent at some point. At a top 40-50 value this season, the buy low window is still wide open.

Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Jonas Valanciunas made 10-of-11 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line for a career-high 27 points against the Suns on Monday, adding 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes. It was his best offensive showing in his career and all 11 of his shots came from within six feet. While he does have some nice touch, Valanciunas is certainly at his best when he's able to get shots at close range. Nights like these are why he's been so hyped and he's really starting to turn it on over his last five, averaging 16.0 points, 9.4 boards and 1.4 blocks on 73.8 percent from the field and 81.8 percent from the line. He's capable of a breakout this season.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Alex Len played 20 minutes against the Raptors on Monday during a 104-100 loss with two points, seven rebounds and one steal. He didn't play great, but he was much better than Miles Plumlee. Len seems to be gaining ground in Plumlee, but the Suns aren't going to be allowing him to play big minutes any time soon. He's more of a stash in deep leagues.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 24

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Marc Gasol, Luol Deng, Mario Chalmers, Marreese Speights, Ty Lawson, Chris Paul, and Reggie Jackson.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a team-high 27 points on 10 of 24 shooting in his team's 101-94 overtime loss to the Nuggets Sunday. Bryant endured an off shooting night Friday, sinking just 27.3 percent of his shots en route to 17 points in a loss to the Mavericks, but was able to come back with his fourth performance of at least 27 points in his last five games Sunday. He also chipped in six rebounds and four assists in 44 minutes in the loss. The Lakers will square off with the Grizzlies Wednesday.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets guard Ty Lawson scored 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting while dishing out a season-high 16 assists in his team's 101-94 overtime win over the Lakers Sunday. Lawson has turned in double-doubles in four of his last six games, with the other two coming just one assist short of continuing the streak. He played a season-high 43 minutes in the overtime victory, which was his team's fourth straight win. They'll look to keep rolling Tuesday against the Bulls.

CBS Sports reports: Thunder point guard Reggie Jackson scored a team-high 22 points on 10 of 26 shooting while grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out eight assists in his team's 91-86 loss to the Warriors Sunday. Jackson came closer to a triple-double than he has all season despite picking up five personal fouls in the game. The double-double was his fourth of the season, but the Thunder were unable to avoid their sixth straight loss. They'll look to get back on track Wednesday against the Jazz.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Ed Davis tweaked his ankle during Sunday's game but he confirmed afterward that he'll be fine. Davis started at PF with Carlos Boozer (shoulder) sidelined, and he was mad at himself for fouling out in just 22 minutes. He's averaging 5.4 fouls per 36 minutes this season so it's not exactly shocking, and his fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that his ankle injury shouldn't limit him vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard banged his knee early in Sunday's game but it didn't limit him, and he wrote afterward that he's "fine." A concerned fan asked him about the injury on Twitter and Lillard replied, "I'm fine thanks." He finished with 12 points, five assists and a career-high nine rebounds, so there's no reason to think he'll miss Monday's game vs. the winless 76ers.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried was victimized by Brian Shaw's rotations on Sunday, scoring eight points with just one rebound and one steal in 19 minutes during Denver's road win in L.A. Faried sat out the end of the fourth quarter and the entirety of overtime. He signed a four-year, $50 million extension during the offseason, but coach Brian Shaw may not have received the memo. Darrell Arthur (nine points in 19 minutes) played just as much as Faried, and J.J. Hickson (six points in 12 minutes) wasn't far behind. Faried started slow last year before picking it up after the All-Star break, and owners should do their utmost not to trade him for pennies on the dollar.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Stephen Curry made two 3-pointers with six rebounds, six assists and one steal in Sunday's road win, but he made only 5-of-15 shots to finish with 15 points. For most players this would be a terrific line but Curry is held to a higher standard. He's scored under 20 points in five of the Warriors' past six games, though fortunately he contributes enough in other categories to remain a lock for first-round value even when his shot isn't falling. A temporary lull is nothing to worry about.

Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Tony Allen (illness) returned to the Grizzlies starting lineup and had 12 points, five rebounds, one assist and one block in Sunday's 16-point win vs. the Clippers. Allen is only 6'4" but his toughness and cerebral defense allow him to start at SF with Courtney Lee spreading the court at SG. This was his third double-digit scoring game of the season and he's shooting an abysmal 46.2 percent at the FT, while adding just 1.3 assists per game, so there are too many flaws in his game for reliable 10-team value.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 20

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kevin Martin, Al Jefferson, Monta Ellis, Boris Diaw, Brook Lopez, Jared Sullinger, Marc Gasol, Kobe Bryant, Anderson Varejao, and James Harden.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers guard Jamal Crawford scored a team-high 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting, including 2 of 3 shooting from three-point range, as the Clippers leaned on their reserves to turn in a 114-90 win over the Magic Wednesday. "Our bench outscored our starters (60-54), which is a first," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. "I thought (reserves) were great in the first half and then they came in in the second half and did the same thing. When you play like that, like a whole team, it's good." Crawford, who won the Sixth Man of the Year Award last season, keyed a 27-11 stretch during the late third quarter and early fourth quarter to give the Clippers an easy win in which the starters didn't play in the fourth quarter. He also recorded four rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes off the bench. The Clippers face a quick turnaround for a game in Miami Thursday.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers power forward Carlos Boozer scored 12 points on 5 of 15 shooting while grabbing 13 rebounds in his team's 98-92 win over the Rockets Wednesday. Boozer entered play this week with no double-doubles this season but has pulled off the feat in back-to-back games on back-to-back nights after putting up a 20-10 line Tuesday. Consequently, the Lakers have won both those games after going 1-9 to start the season. Boozer also chipped in one assist and played 30 minutes in Wednesday's win. The Lakers will look for their third win in a row Friday in Dallas.

CBS Sports reports: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka scored a team-high 22 points on 9 of 15 shooting, including 2 of 2 shooting from behind the arc, while grabbing a season-high 13 rebounds in his team's 107-100 loss to the Nuggets Wednesday. Ibaka was one of only two Thunder players to top 30 minutes Wednesday, racking up 37 minutes of action while shooting better than 50 percent for the first time in his last eight games, but it wasn't enough to avoid a fourth straight loss. The Thunder will look to turn things around Friday against the Nets.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love admitted that he is still trying to find his place in the Cavaliers' offense after Wednesday loss to the Spurs. While Love's averages of 17.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 2.2 three-pointers per game are still solid fantasy output, owners still aren't getting what they expected when they used a first-round pick on the big man. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said after the game. "I came here to win. We're going to figure it out. We're going to be OK." Fantasy owners shouldn't panic as Love has better days ahead of him, but expectations need to be tempered as he sacrifices touches to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Rotoworld reports: Pistons - Josh Smith acknowledged that he needs to get more involved in the Pistons' offense after Wednesday's loss to the Suns. After saying that the Pistons are getting a little frustrated as a team, Smith spoke about his own problems within the offense. "I've got to figure out ways to get myself involved, whether it's transition or crashing the boards," Smith said before adding that he's struggling, "to find where I belong in the offensive flow of what he's teaching us." Fantasy owners have no choice but to sit tight due to Smoove's upside, but he's a risky nightly start after playing just 23 minutes on Wednesday.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried got 30 minutes from coach Brian Shaw on Wednesday, but had just eight points, 10 rebounds, a steal and zero blocks on 3-of-7 shooting. At this point, you have to wonder if Brian Shaw is shunning Faried in the offense in order to keep Faried down. He has too much talent to be this bad all season and blew up after a slow start last year. Just hang in there with him if you can, but if you feel like you have to move him, there should be some owners out there willing to buy low. The good news is he got 30 minutes after playing just 22 on Monday, so there's that.

Rotoworld reports: Raptors - Amir Johnson had eight points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 34 minutes on Wednesday. Johnson was effective tonight, but could have done more. This was a much better outing than his two-point, three-rebound effort on Saturday, and with James Johnson out with a severely sprained ankle, there should be more games like this coming from Amir. Hopefully with more scoring, as well.

Rotoworld reports: Wolves - Kevin Martin played his best game of the season despite needing an IV before a 115-99 win over the Knicks on Wednesday, making 14-of-20 from the field for 37 points with four rebounds, two assists, two steals and seven 3-pointers. Maybe the Knicks didn't want to guard him because they were scared of getting sick. Martin just dropped a 34-point game in his last outing on Saturday and he's one of the hottest shooting guards in the NBA all of the sudden. He's a must-start player right now.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 19

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Paul Millsap, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, Iman Shumpert, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, and Alec Burks. There were just four games.

CBS Sports reports: Suns backup center Alex Len has recorded a career high in points in consecutive games and even contributed a double-double in Saturday's game against the Clippers. He's averaged 27.5 minutes over his last two games and appears to be making a push for Miles Plumlee's starting job, according to The Arizona Republic. "Alex had another great game (against Boston)," coach Jeff Hornacek said of Len, who scored a career-high 19 points in 29 minutes Monday. "He's active. He's got a good feel of where to be on the court. His length has an effect on guys inside. He was huge."

CBS Sports reports: Thunder forward Kevin Durant (foot) and guard Russell Westbrook (hand) went through a light workout with assistant coaches Tuesday, according to The Oklahoman. Westbrook ran a simulated "pick-and-pop" set with Durant and was able to shoot Tuesday. He had previously been doing on-court drills using only his left hand to attempt layups and make passes. Durant continued to take shots from various spots on the court and looked comfortable, according to The Oklahoman.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Michael Kidd-Gilchirst (foot) is out for Wednesday's game against the Pacers. After showing visible improvement in his play early this season, he has had some tough luck with injuries so far. MKG is expected to make a full recovery with a few days rest, so we will consider him day-to-day for now. Gary Neal (concussion) is also out for Wednesday's game while P.J. Hairston (ankle) is doubtful, meaning Gerald Henderson could see big minutes and is worth a look in daily leagues or for owners in need of a short-term boost.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Kevin Durant (right foot) went through a light workout on Tuesday, running pick-and-pop sets with Russell Westbrook and some of OKC's assistant coaches. Durant still isn't practicing, let alone taking contact in a full-court scenario, so this doesn't change his timetable. He's expected to be re-evaluated right around Thanksgiving, setting up a likely return in early December. Hopefully patient fantasy owners will get some good news in the coming weeks.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - Ben McLemore was held to single-digit points for the second straight game on Tuesday, going 1-of-6 from the field for two points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes. Playing time hasn't been a big issue for McLemore this season, and thus far he's held off rookie Nik Stauskas for the SG job, but his scoring has plummeted after five straight double-digit games from Nov. 5-13. He contributes very few rebounds (3.0), assists (1.0), steals (0.5) or blocks (0.0), so standard-league owners should look elsewhere for points and triples.

Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Iman Shumpert (hip) returned in style on Tuesday, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting with two 3-pointers, eight rebounds, eight assists, three steal and three turnovers. He did his damage in 36 minutes while starting alongside J.R. Smith, with Carmelo Anthony taking over at PF. Shump is on fire from the field and is shooting 50.5 percent on the season, compared to his previous career-best 40.1 percent shooting, and fantasy owners should continue to ride him until he cools off.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 18

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Anthony Davis, Markieff Morris, Nikola Vucevic, Tobias Harris, Goran Dragic, Chandler Parsons, Tyler Zeller, Jeff Green, Taj Gibson, and Ty Lawson.

CBS Sports reports: Heat point guard Mario Chalmers scored 22 points, hitting 11 of 13 free throws, in Monday's 95-83 win in Brooklyn. Chalmers shot 5 of 12 from the field and added five assists, three rebounds and two steals. Chalmers is averaging 21 points and seven assists over his past three games. He'll play the Clippers on Thursday.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored 24 points and handed out 12 assists in Monday's 106-97 win in Cleveland. Lawson shot 9 of 18 overall despite missing all six of his 3-point tries. He matched his season high in assists while committing five turnovers and making two steals. Lawson plays the Thunder on Wednesday.

CBS Sports reports: Suns power forward Markieff Morris scored a career-high 30 points in Monday's 118-114 win in Boston. Morris shot 14 of 21 from the field and added seven rebounds, five assists and four steals while logging a team-high 39 minutes. Morris will try to keep it going Wednesday at Detroit.

Rotoworld reports: Blake Griffin scored 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting (5-of-10 FTs) with 10 rebounds, four assists and five turnovers in the Clippers' 105-89 home loss to the Bulls on Monday. Griffin's free throw shooting is actually up this year, but his rebounding is down and his defensive stats have been cut in half compared to previous seasons. He's also a solid five percentage points or so below his typical 53-54 percent shooting from the field, so owners know what to look for in a resurgence. He just doesn't appear to have the same explosion or desire that he has had in past seasons, but it's still early enough to take the slow start with a relative grain of salt.

Rotoworld reports: Jeff Green scored 28 points against the Suns on Monday with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. He put Marcus Morris on a poster and he's playing some aggressive ball right now. Green's shooting percentages were starting to come down, but he is getting to the line a lot more this season. He is one of the best late-round picks from drafts this season.

Rotoworld reports: Taj Gibson enjoyed life without Pau Gasol (calf) in Monday's road win over the Clippers, scoring 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with five rebounds, six assists, one steal and two blocks in 41 minutes. Yes, he would be quite good if Gasol (day-to-day) missed any extended time, but everybody knew that coming into the season. He still has standalone value and should be in many lineups on a weekly basis.

Rotoworld reports: LaMarcus Aldridge (illness) returned to action in the Blazers' 102-93 win over the Pelicans on Monday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-18 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes. It's always nice for Aldridge to come away with a nice line against one of the few guys that can defend his fadeaway in Anthony Davis. He's a top 15-30 play (9/8 cat) in the games he's been on the floor this season.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 17

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Marreese Speights, and J.R. Smith. There were just four games.

CBS Sports reports: Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant scored a season-high 44 points on 15 of 34 shooting, including 3 of 12 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 136-115 loss to the Warriors Sunday. Bryant shook off illness and one of the worst shooting performances of his career in his previous game Friday to deliver a big performance Sunday, but the Lakers were already down big by halftime and couldn't work their way back into a competitive game. He scored 28 of his points in the first half while taking a whopping 24 shots from the field and attempting nine free throws. Bryant also recorded five rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes in the loss, the Lakers' fourth straight. They'll try and turn things around Tuesday against the Hawks.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Klay Thompson played only 29 minutes in Sunday's easy win vs. the Lakers, but he still finished with 18 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, three assists and a career-high three blocks. Thompson and Steph Curry are living up to their 'Splash Brothers' nickname, and they're on pace to become the first teammates to average at least 24.0 points per game since Dwyane Wade and LeBron James did it in 2010-11. Thompson himself is averaging career-highs in every single category except rebounds (3.3), and congratulations are in order if you snagged him outside of the top-40 on draft day.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Kobe Bryant (illness) poured in a game-high 44 points on 15-of-34 FGs and 11-of-16 FTs in a futile effort vs. the Warriors on Sunday, adding five rebounds and three assists in just 31 minutes. Bryant shot a career-worst 1-of-14 from the field in L.A.'s last game, but on Sunday he played like vintage Black Mamba -- the problem is that his teammates didn't follow suit, and their team defense was atrocious. The impending return of Nick Young should ease Kobe's workload, which is good news for the 36-year-old Bryant's durability and FG percentage (currently a career-low 36.7 percent).

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Nick Young (thumb) is expected to play on Tuesday, according to Lakers reporter Mike Trudell. Young made it through a full practice without any setbacks and his scoring ability is sorely needed by L.A., though they're in greater need of defense. Swaggy is the most likely Laker to finish second in scoring behind Kobe Bryant, but fantasy owners should anticipate low FG percentages as well as minimal assists, rebounds, steals or blocks.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Jeremy Lamb started Sunday's game but finished with only five points on 2-of-5 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block in 25 minutes. Lamb was coming off a massive game with 24 points and 10 rebounds, but never got going in a defense-dominated loss vs. Houston on Sunday. Solid defensive stats somewhat compensate for Lamb's overall lack of production, but he's been held to single-digit scoring in three of the past four games and is a hit-or-miss fantasy player despite the injury problems in OKC.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 16

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Chris Paul, LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Jimmy Butler, Kevin Martin, Klay Thompson, Gerald Green, Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan, and Luis Scola (Pacers still have injuries)

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Chris Paul was too much for the Suns on Saturday during a 120-107 win, making 10-of-13 from the field for 32 points with five rebounds, nine assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.` A 96.2 effective field goal percentage in a 32-point game isn't bad at all. Paul is having a strange year shooting the ball, making 57.1 percent of his mid-range shots and only 46.7 percent at the rim. Additionally, he's also dribbling before his shots a lot, putting the ball on the floor at least seven times on 32.0 percent of his shots in his previous seven games. Regardless, he's the best pure point guard in the NBA right now.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Goran Dragic scored 19 points with one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday. He looked a lot better since his rock-bottom game, averaging 18.0 points, 2.2 boards, 3.4 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 triples on 50.0 percent from the field in his last five. Dragic is unlikely to be a top-40 guy this season, but his owner might consider him a serious bust, so see if he/she would be willing to sell the Dragon at a discount.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - Darren Collison scored 19 points with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 39 minutes against the Spurs on Saturday. He scored 20 points on Thursday and has been great so far this year. Nobody really thought Collison was a great pickup by the Kings especially with Isaiah Thomas being signed relatively cheap, but he's worth owning in all standard leagues and should outperform his ADP.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Manu Ginobili scored a team-high 21 points against the Kings during a 94-91 loss on Saturday, adding four rebounds, five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes. He's still playing just 25.9 minutes per game on the season, but has a 25.0 usage rate to go with 26.2 assist percentage while he's on the court. Ginobili isn't the greatest asset in the fantasy world, but he's certainly not the worst.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Damian Lillard scored a game-high 28 points against the Nets during a 97-87 win on Saturday, adding five rebounds, 10 assists, four turnovers and four 3-pointers. Well, the slow start is behind him. Lillard is raining treys with 4.0 per game over his last five to go with averages of 24.0 points, 5.2 boards, 8.2 dimes and 1.2 steals. Sure he's had a few easy matchups, but Lillard looks like he's ready to roll as a top-10 fantasy guard.

CBS Sports reports: Clippers center DeAndre Jordan scored 12 points on 4 of 4 shooting from the field and 4 of 7 shooting from the free-throw line while racking up a season-high 18 rebounds in his team's 120-107 win over the Suns Saturday. Jordan also managed a season-high seven blocks in the win while putting together just his second double-double of the season. He kicked in three assists in his 34 minutes of action. The Clippers have a tough test ahead when the 7-2 Bulls come to town Monday.

CBS Sports reports: Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis scored a season-high 30 points on 11 of 21 shooting, including 3 of 7 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 131-117 win over the Timberwolves Saturday. Ellis led a strong scoring performance by the Mavericks that featured a team shooting percentage of over 55 percent. It was the first time since the season opener Ellis has taken at least 20 shots in a game. He also contributed three assists and one steal in 35 minutes. Winners of three straight, the Mavericks will look to keep it up Monday in Charlotte.

CBS Sports reports: Timberwolves shooting guard Kevin Martin scored a season-high 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting, including 4 of 6 shooting from three-point range, in his team's 131-117 loss to the Mavericks Saturday. It's just the third time in his career Martin has shot 70 percent or better on at least 15 field-goal attempts and the first time since January 2011 that he's accomplished the feat. He was also excellent as usual from the charity stripe, making all six of his free throws, while kicking in three rebounds and one assist in 29 minutes. Unfortunately, his team was unable to get the result it wanted. The Timberwolves will look to end a five-game losing streak Wednesday against the Knicks.

CBS Sports reports: Bulls guard Jimmy Butler scored a career-high 32 points on 10 of 17 shooting in his team's 99-90 loss to the Pacers Saturday. Butler took on the scoring mantle with Derrick Rose sidelined and continued to put up excellent shooting performances. He's dropped below 50 percent shooting just twice in eight games despite taking more than 10 shots in all but one of his games this season. Butler also chipped in six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 41 minutes Saturday. The Bulls' next game comes Monday against the Clippers.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 13

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Paul Millsap, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, Damian Lillard, John Wall, and Reggie Jackson.

Rotoworld reports: Wolves - Corey Brewer came off the bench to hit 7-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday. Brewer had just five points in his previous game and has scored in double figures just twice this season. Flip Saunders rested Thaddeus Young and Kevin Martin for much of this one, resulting in a nice night for Brewer. But as long as he's coming off the bench, you can continue to ignore him for now.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Gerald Green scored a season-high 28 points against the Nets during a comeback 112-104 win in on Wednesday with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes. Green and Isaiah Thomas have been on a tear in the last two fourth quarters with a combined 53 points. Green has been very busy in his 21.7 minutes per game with a usage rate of 29.8 while the Suns are running at a pace of 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes while he's on the floor, so maybe he'll have value in standard leagues after all. If you want to ride him while he's hot and aren't attached to the guy on the end of your bench, it's not the worst idea to grab him.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Isaiah Thomas had another tremendous fourth quarter against the Nets on Wednesday, finishing with 21 points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers in 23 minutes. He was one of the heroes against the Nets thanks to a ridiculous usage rate of 40.8 in the fourth to help get the win. He's played 24.8 minutes per game in his last five with averages of 16.6 points, 4.8 boards, 1.2 steals and 0.8 triples. There will definitely be sub-par games, but he should be worth owning in standard leagues.

Rotoworld reports: Rockets - James Harden left Wednesday's game briefly with a right ankle injury, but returned and played very well despite being slightly hobbled. He finished with 23 points, four rebounds, 10 assists, three steals and two 3-pointers, which should ease the minds of his owners. Yeah, he hit just 8-of-23 shots, but looked fine once he returned to the game.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - J.J. Hickson came off the bench for 14 points and 11 rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Blazers, but also started the second half over Kenneth Faried. We're not sure what's going on in Denver, but they're 1-6 and it appears that coach Brian Shaw may have lost his team. Faried has been a mess, Arron Afflalo played just 10 minutes tonight, and the Nuggets lost at home 130-113 in a game that wasn't really that close. Keep an eye on Hickson, but the bottom line is that Faried is too good a player to lose his job to Hickson. Let's hope that coach Shaw and the team figures things out sooner than later.

CBS Sports reports: Rockets center Dwight Howard scored 22 points on 9 of 16 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds in his team's 113-101 win over the Timberwolves Wednesday. Howard missed his team's last game with flu-like symptoms but showed no ill effects Wednesday, playing 33 minutes and adding four blocks and two rebounds. He's recorded double-doubles in six of his seven games thus far. Howard and the Rockets have a date with the 76ers Friday.

CBS Sports reports: Wizards power forward Nene said he injured his shoulder in Wednesday's win over the Pistons and will be evaluated Thursday, the Washington Post reports. Nene played 27 minutes in the win, scoring eight points 4 of 9 shooting while tallying four rebounds, one assist and one steal. He averaged 12 points and 5.5 rebounds in six games coming into Wednesday's game. If Nene is forced to miss time, Kris Humphries may see a bump in playing time.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 12

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Damian Lillard, Tobias Harris, Reggie Jackson, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay, LaMarcus Aldridge, Harrison Barnes, Kyle Lowry, Dirk Nowitzki, and Klay Thompson.

Rotoworld reports: 76ers - K.J. McDaniels is making strides with the 76ers so far this season, and has emerged as one of the best perimeter blockers in the game. "I'm just trying to come out and compete hard every day," McDaniels said when asked of his role. "I'm just trying to learn as much as possible and keep my motor going." He is still coming off of the bench, but his role could very well change as the season progresses. McDaniels possesses some serious upside and is more than worthy of a stash due to his ability to accumulate 3-pointers, blocks, and steals.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tiago Splitter's calf injury is thought to be due to an issue in his back, but doctors in Los Angeles performed some more tests but couldn't find anything. While this appears to be good news, it really just speaks to the uncertainty surrounding Splitter as he can't seem to stay healthy. "They didnít find anything," he said. "There's no surgery they can do or no injection I can have." Coach Gregg Popovich hopes to have him back in a week, but given the circumstances it definitely is a possibility that he misses more time. We will update his status as needed but in the meantime, Splitter can be cut in most leagues with Boris Diaw picking up the slack in his absence.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - The Warriors lost at home on Tuesday despite getting a season-high 22 points from Harrison Barnes, who sank 9-of-12 shots and grabbed eight rebounds in 39 minutes. Barnes has averaged a steady 1.0 threes and 5.3 rebounds this season, but hasn't made a standout impact in fantasy leagues until tonight. This marked his highest playing time and shot attempts, in addition to scoring, so we're not predicting a repeat performance vs. Brooklyn on Thursday. David Lee's eventual return from a hamstring injury presents another threat to Barnes' outlook, making him a short-term option at best.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points, 14 rebounds and three assists on Tuesday, and he sealed the Blazers' comeback win by scoring an offensive rebound with 14 seconds remaining. Aldridge has scored 20+ points in seven of eight games to begin the season, but this was his highest rebounding total. He averaged a career-high 11.1 boards last season but was at just 7.1 entering this game, so it was particularly nice to see him cleaning the glass.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Lance Stephenson scored 14 points and hauled in 14 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double on Tuesday, adding three assists, two 3-pointers and one steal. Stephenson came in a combined 1-of-12 from downtown this season, with a 30.6 percent field goal percentage, but he was much more efficient tonight. He vanished offensively in the second half and made a few poor decisions with the ball late in the fourth quarter, tarnishing his game, but fantasy owners won't complain with his boxscore. Lance easily leads the Hornets in rebounding at 10.7 per game.

Rotoworld reports: Darren Collison popped up on the injury report with a bad shoulder and told beat writer Jason Jones that he dealt with the problem last year, too. While that doesnít sound great he warmed up before the game and certainly didnít look bad so owners can file this in the Ďgood to knowí bucket. Ramon Sessions was not as bad as prior outings but still pretty much lost out there, posting an 18-point line with no assists against the marshmallow defense of Jameer Nelson. Heís a matchup play at best if Collison misses more time.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 11

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Gordon Hayward, Roy Hibbert, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, Pau Gasol, Ryan Anderson and Kyrie Irving.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James said he feels like he's making progress after putting up a triple-double during the Cavs win over the Pelicans on Monday. That's more like it. After putting up 32 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and one block in Monday's 118-111 win, James said, "Iím not there yet," he said. "Iíve made some progress. Iím getting back into the flow. Iíve stepped into a new system. Iíve played a lot of games in the last year." Despite talk of LeBron struggling to open the season, he's still posted top-5 fantasy numbers and owners who spent their No. 1 overall pick on him can now take a deep breath.

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin (illness) scored 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting with 10 rebounds, six assists and one steal in the Clippers' 89-85 home loss to the Spurs. Griffin has looked lethargic to start the year and eventually he'll get things turned around in both fantasy and reality. The buy low window might have shut with tonight's numbers, but a disappointing mid-round value on the year might get your foot in the door.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting with 10 rebounds, three assists, three steals and one block in Monday's win over the Clippers. Kawhi is real and he sure is spectacular. The Finals MVP hit 1-of-3 triples and 5-of-5 freebies while making big play after big play, culminating in a pick of Chris Paul to help seal up the game. Surely there are some owners that panicked out there after a slow start and hopefully you got in on the buy low action.

Rotoworld reports: Pacers - Roy Hibbert (knee contusion) looked 100 percent against the Jazz on Monday, making 11-of-21 from the field and all seven free throws for 29 points with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. He suffered a minor leg injury late in this game but he didn't come out and we can probably ignore it for now. Hibbert is shooting the ball well this season, making 49.4 percent from the field and 83.3 percent from the line. He's playing just a shade under 30 minutes per night and is off to a hot start for the second season in a row. Of course, we all know how last season ended, so it's hard to imagine him playing this well all season.

Rotoworld reports: Bulls - Derrick Rose (ankle) looked good in the Bulls' 102-91 win over the Pistons on Monday, scoring 24 points on 9-of-20 shooting (including two threes) with two rebounds, seven assists and one steal in 32 minutes. Rose had a few moments where he appeared to be moving gingerly and we're not close to declaring him 100 percent, let alone somebody that owners should just assume is playing every night. Stay tuned to Rotoworld for updates but this is undeniably a good night for his owners.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 10

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Nikola Vucevic, Luol Deng, Stephen Curry, Jeremy Lin, DeMar DeRozan, Rudy Gay and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Rotoworld reports: Heat - Shabazz Napier played 26 minutes off Miami's bench on Sunday but went scoreless on 0-of-4 shooting with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. Napier has shown bursts of promise through his first six regular season games and he's quickly carved out a reliable role in Erik Spoelstra's PG rotation. Norris Cole and Mario Chalmers are ever-present threats to his fantasy outlook, though, and tonight's dud was Exhibit A for the distance between Napier and reliable value.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum's MRI revealed a right knee contusion, which he suffered late during Sunday's game vs. Denver. This qualifies as good news since he avoided any long-term damage, but it leaves him questionable for Tuesday's home game vs. the Hornets. If he does miss any games his minutes will likely be divvied up between reserves like Will Barton, Dorell Wright, C.J. McCollum and Thomas Robinson, and there's no clear-cut winner for fantasy purposes. Check on Monday for status updates, but we may not get anything substantial until Tuesday's shootaround.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Carlos Boozer scored 16 points and grabbed five rebounds on Sunday, navigating foul trouble to help L.A. earn their first win of the season. Boozer has been terrible this season and last week coach Byron Scott criticized his pick-and-roll defense. He's always going to be a defensive liability so it's essential that he score efficiently, as he did tonight with 7-of-11 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs in just 30 minutes of action. This was the first time he's cracked 30 minutes in six games, however, and fantasy owners should ignore him unless he gets on a sustained hot streak.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Lance Stephenson had a team-high 10 rebounds with five assists vs. the Lakers on Sunday, but he shot just 3-of-12 from the field to finish with six points. Stephenson missed his four 3-pointers and didn't attempt any free throws, and his weighted-FG percentage has been an absolute anchor for fantasy owners -- he's shooting a putrid 30.6 percent on 10.3 attempts per game. His lack of 3-point range and limited defensive stats compound the problem, but at the very worst owners should float him on the trade market thanks to his eye-catching knack for triple-doubles.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Kenneth Faried played 31 minutes in Sunday's road loss in Portland, scoring 19 points with seven rebounds, one assist and a season-high three blocks. Faried is flirting with a double-double average (10.2 points and 9.0 rebounds) but there's no way to sugarcoat his start to the season -- he had scored fewer than 10 points and played fewer than 30 minutes in three of Denver's four games prior to Sunday. The Nuggets have lost five straight but limiting Faried isn't the cure for what ails them, so hopefully coach Brian Shaw will quit messing with his playing time.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored 18 points on 7 of 16 shooting in his team's 116-100 loss to the Blazers Sunday. Lawson had been questionable to play Sunday with an ankle injury but was upgraded to probable shortly before tipoff. The ankle issue didn't appear to limit him at all, as he tallied eight assists, six rebounds and two steals in a team-high 38 minutes of action. The 1-5 Nuggets have another game against the Blazers on tap Wednesday.

CBS Sports reports: Warriors point guard Stephen Curry scored a team-high 28 points on 10 of 20 shooting while dishing out 10 assists in his team's 107-95 loss to the Suns Sunday. Curry also racked up five steals, which is nice, while turning the ball over 10 times, which is not so nice. He shot 10 three-point attempts, making four, while also grabbing two rebounds. The loss was the first of the season for the 5-1 Warriors, who are set to face the Spurs Tuesday. reports: Drummond has hardly been bad with averages of 10.8 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks to start the year. Good numbers. Just nowhere near what many fantasy owners expected when they drafted the third-year big in the second or third round. Especially since these numbers simply aren't special enough to offset the extreme damage Drummond causes to free throw percentage (35 percent from the line this season). But don't expect these below-average numbers to last.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Sunday, November 9

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis, Tony Parker, Zach Randolph, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Korver, JJ Redick, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.

Rotoworld reports: Celtics - Evan Turner said on Saturday that while he would prefer to start, he would accept any role the Celtics give him. "I've been blessed with enough gifts to have an opportunity to figure that out," Turner said. "It's just easier to get into a flow as a starter, when it comes to certain situations. But I donít worry about that. It'll work itself out." Turner drew the start Saturday with Rajon Rondo (hand) and Marcus Smart(ankle) out and managed to score 19 points with five boards, six assists, and one 3-pointer in 32 minutes. However, Rondo is expected back Wednesday so Turner will head back to the bench, though he could still pick up some extra minutes while Smart recovers from his injury. Turner is strictly a deep league asset for now.

Rotoworld reports: Pelicans - Eric Gordon finally had a decent game on Saturday, scoring 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting while adding one board, three assists, two steals, and two 3-pointers in 38 minutes. Finally. He has been terrible up to this point and most of his owners have probably gone their separate ways by now. However, the minutes are there for Gordon so if he gets hot he would definitely be worth a look in standard leagues again, though we would prefer to see another game like this first.

Rotoworld reports: Hawks - Dennis Schroder has made a big impact for the Hawks off the bench over the last three games by posting averages of 10.0 points, 1.3 assists, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.3 steals in just over 14 minutes. He has played fantastic, and is now the primary backup PG in place of Shelvin Mack. While owners in deep leagues should take notice, Schroder would need a Jeff Teague injury to be relevant in standard leagues. Keep an eye on him for now.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Gerald Henderson is now out of the Charlotte rotation, as he picked up a DNP-CD on Friday while coach Clifford decided to go with rookie P.J. Hairston. Henderson drew the start for a couple of games while Michael Kidd-Gilchrist recovered from a rib injury but failed to impress in either game. When coach Clifford was asked about Hendo he replied, "Iím gonna play P.J," he said. "Itís not forever. He missed all eight preseason games and he hasnít gotten his rhythm." While it is good to see P.J. getting some run, neither player will be worth owning unless an injury opens up some playing time. Keep them on your waiver wire for now.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Saturday, November 8

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Al Jefferson, Randy Foye, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James, DeMarcus Cousins, Al Horford, Roy Hibbert, Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Deron Williams, and Tony Wroten.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - LeBron James said on Friday that he liked what he saw from Dion Waiters off of the bench on Friday, and that it is "for the best of the team." "Dion comes off the bench and brings us that scoring mentality but more than that, he brings us another defender off the bench, which we need." LeBron Said. "Someone that's tough, someone that can guard one through three. It's a new role, but it's a good role for him." Waiters was able to score 17 points in just 24 minutes on Friday, but it will be hard to rely on him on a nightly basis which makes him a risky play in standard leagues.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Timofey Mozgov was quiet again in Friday's lightly contested loss to the Cavs, scoring just five points with only five rebounds in 21 minutes. It's hard to jump all over Mozgov when the Nuggets are a dumpster fire these days and everybody appears to be frustrated with one another. J.J. Hickson's suspension just ended tonight, too, adding another layer of complication to the situation. Mozgov is usually pretty consistent with his minutes, but we'd understand if you wanted to move on. Just realize that once the drama clears that he could be a nice No. 2 center play.

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Derrick Favors continued to alternate good games with bad games on Friday, and finished with just six points on 2-of-4 shooting, seven rebounds and one block in the Jazz's 105-82 loss to the Mavs. Even with the hiccups this week he's still crushing early round value and some of this is to be expected, considering to date he hasn't been a consistent player. But that consistency is probably on the way and owners should still be happy with their draft pick.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks in Friday's double-overtime loss to the Kings. Bledsoe still turned the ball over five times but it looks like he and Goran Dragic got their sea legs back tonight. Owners hopefully accounted for a few less touches this season when they drafted, and in general there will probably be more variance in his production from night to night, because Jeff Hornacek will ride the hot hand with a deeper roster.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - Rudy Gay hit just 5-of-22 shots for 11 points, nine rebounds, one assist, one steal and one three over 48 minutes in Friday's double-overtime win against the Suns. The Suns have a plethora of guys that match up well with him and with the Kings lacking scoring that meant Rudy was semi-forced to keep attacking. There were a handful of questionable shots in the mix, and that's going to be his challenge this season. The setback in shooting percentage knocked him down to 45.3 percent on the year and down into third-to-fourth round value.

CBS Sports reports: Nuggets small forward Wilson Chandler scored 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting, including 2 of 7 shooting from behind the arc, and grabbed a season-high 10 rebounds in his team's 110-101 loss to the Cavaliers Friday. Chandler scored just 12 points in his first two games combined but has been leaned upon this week, scoring 13 or 14 points in each of his last three games. He also tallied one assist and one steal in his 27 minutes of action Friday. The Nuggets are set to face the Blazers Sunday.

CBS Sports reports: Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio does not have a broken ankle, according to Turner Sports. Rubio underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. The concern is that Rubio is dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Rubio left during the first half Friday due to the issue, and did not return.

CBS Sports reports: Celtics guard Marcus Smart will head to the hospital Friday night, according to the Boston Globe. Smart will undergo an MRI in order to determine the severity of his ankle injury. He was wheeled away from the arena with a boot on his leg.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Friday, November 7

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Dwight Howard, James Harden, LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard. There were just two games.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Kyle Anderson hit 1-of-8 shots for four points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals in Thursday's bad loss to the Rockets. If you played him in a daily league, he likely paid off. But on nights when the Spurs actually play Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Marco Belinelli and Tiago Splitter, it's hard to imagine Anderson doing much.

Rotoworld reports: Mavs - Tyson Chandler missed both his shots and hit 4-of-4 free throws for four points, four rebounds and three blocks in 29 minutes on Thursday. That's too many minutes for Chandler to not produce, especially in a blowout game. Chandler is simply not an offensive player, and while he's not set to lose his job, he's not a guy who should be in starting lineups for fantasy players on most nights.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Chris Kaman hit 6-of-6 shots on his way to 12 points, five rebounds and one block in just 18 minutes off the bench on Thursday. He was somewhat dominant when he was on the court tonight, but still played just 18 minutes. Yes, he might be worth a flier in deep leagues, but is not someone we'd recommend cutting a decent player for. He's still behind LaMarcus Aldridge and Robin Lopez in the rotation, and both of them played pretty well tonight.

Rotoworld reports: Spurs - Tony Parker hit just 3-of-8 shots for six points and one assist in 26 minutes of Thursday's ugly loss to the Rockets. Parker had a chance for a huge night with Patrick Beverley out and both teams playing makeshift lineups. However, he never got on track and it looked the like the Spurs chalked this up as a loss before the game even started. Parker has played well this season, but tonight should be written off by fantasy owners as a dud.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Thursday, November 6

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were Kyle Lowry, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Greg Monroe, Mike Conley, Tony Wroten, Al Jefferson, Donald Sloan (Pacers have a lot of injuries), Draymond Green (Warriors), Stephen Curry, Rajon Rondo, Tim Duncan and Rudy Gay.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Draymond Green made another start on Wednesday and scored a career-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and four 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting in 36 minutes. David Lee aggravated a hamstring injury off the bench and was unable to return to the game. If Green was dropped in your league, picking him up makes sense, as Lee may have trouble staying healthy this season. Even when Lee does return, the Dubs are 4-0 with Green starting, and Steve Kerr said after the game he's not planning any changes to his starting lineup.

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - DeAndre Jordan finally got loose for a nice game with 17 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and a block on 7-of-10 shooting in Wednesday's ugly loss to the Warriors. Doc Rivers refused to call an early timeout and the Warriors ran laps around the Clips. Jordan was one of the only players doing anything at the time, and it resulted in his best game of the season. Now we'd like to see it happen in a close game.

Rotoworld reports: Kings - DeMarcus Cousins hit 10-of-14 shots for 30 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in Wednesday's easy win over the Nuggets. He did most of his damage in the first half and wasn't even needed in the fourth quarter of an easy win. He also hit 10-of-11 free throws, and would have had a much bigger line if the Nuggets had shown up tonight.

Rotoworld reports: Grizzlies - Marc Gasol continued his case as a darkhorse MVP candidate on Wednesday with 18 points, five rebounds, six assists and four steals in 35 minutes. He has become a much bigger part of the offense, averaging 22.5 points per game in his previous four. With the exception of 3-pointers, Gasol can do it all for fantasy owners and it wouldn't be a total shock for him to finish as the most valuable starting center in fantasy.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Ty Lawson hit just 3-of-7 shots for 13 points, three rebounds, nine assists and two steals in 32 minutes of Wednesday's loss to the Kings. Lawson had just nine points, but also added 12 dimes in his previous game, and it's simply too early to panic on him. He's finally getting healthy and you have to have faith that Brian Shaw will figure things out. Lawson should bounce back soon.

CBS Sports reports: Bucks rookie forward Jabari Parker took ownership of his struggles after scoring just eight points on 4 of 12 shooting and grabbing six rebounds in 25 minutes in his team's 95-86 loss to the Bulls Wednesday. "So far, I just need to improve," Parker told the Associated Press. "No more excuses. I'm five games in, so I've just got to get better from here." Parker has delivered a pair of double-doubles in his first five games but has shot just 36.1 percent from the field while averaging 10.0 points and 6.8 rebounds.

CBS Sports reports: 76ers power forward Nerlens Noel played just 16 minutes Wednesday before leaving with a sprained ankle and not returning, and he indicated after the game that he didn't know the severity of the injury nor how much time it would cost him, the Associated Press reports. "I'm just going to come to practice tomorrow and see how it feels," Noel said. "I'm just going to get some rehab going."

CBS Sports reports: Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said after Wednesday's win over the Bucks that he tweaked his ankles in the second quarter, reports. Rose said he's a little sore and that he hopes to play Friday. He played 31 minutes in the win, scoring 13 points on 4 of 10 shooting while racking up seven assists, two rebounds and two steals. The Bulls moved to 4-1 with the 95-86 win and are slated to face the 76ers Friday.

CBS Sports reports: Pacers guard Donald Sloan managed 31 points Wednesday night against the Wizards. Sloan hit 10-21 shots from the field, including four three pointers. He also managed to hit seven of his 10 free throw attempts. Sloan also dished out seven assists and had six rebounds.

Rotoworld reports: Courtney Lee returned from his concussion quite quickly and was just as fast getting back on the board for owners, scoring 22 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and three treys in 39 minutes. He profiled as a late-round value with capped upside prior to the start of the year, and now heís moved the needle a round or two upward with his hot start. Pick him up for any late-round value with lower upside that youíre holding onto. Speaking of head injuries, Thaddeus Young returned quickly as well and went for 10 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks in 36 minutes. Get him back in your lineup if he wasnít there already.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Wednesday, November 5

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Markieff Morris, Isaiah Thomas, Kobe Bryant, Serge Ibaka, Tobias Harris (Magic), Brandon Knight, and Kevin Love.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Wesley Johnson had yet another quiet game on Tuesday, scoring four points on 1-of-4 shooting with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 34 minutes. He continues to start at SF and playing time hasn't been a problem, but so far Johnson has just one double-digit scoring game in four tries. Johnson's unique multi-cat ability and the Lakers' solid early-season schedule may have prevented owners from cutting him, but he'll be hard to own if he doesn't pick up the pace very soon.

Rotoworld reports: Suns - Alex Len didn't attempt a single shot in 20 minutes of action off the Suns' bench on Tuesday. On the positive side of the ledger, Len made 2-of-2 free throws to finish with two points, nine rebounds, one assist and three blocks. It's too early in the season to make any declarations, but Len seems to be encroaching on Miles Plumlee's minutes at center -- Plumlee had two points, seven rebounds, two steals and two blocks on Tuesday, but he also played just 21 minutes.

Rotoworld reports: Lakers - Kobe Bryant scored 39 points on 12-of-37 shooting in a home loss to Phoenix on Tuesday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and three 3-pointers in 44 minutes of action. The Black Mamba is going to get his numbers every night, this we know, but the Lakers are sinking fast and it will be interesting to see how the rest of the season plays out. Kobe is the only reliable weapon offensive for the Lakers and he's slipping into 2006-era ball-dominance. Fantasy owners should be thrilled for the simple reason that he's healthy and going off within the first two weeks of the season.

Rotoworld reports: Cavs - Kevin Love was the Cavaliers' best player on Tuesday, scoring a team-high 22 points on 7-of-14 shooting with five 3-pointers, 10 rebounds, two assists and only one turnover. Excluding Love's numbers, the Cavs as a team shot 24-of-71 from the field (33.8 percent) and they wound up losing by 19 points to fall to 1-2 on the season. Love has three double-doubles in three games, and he's averaging 19.0 points, 3.0 triples, 13.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals in nearly 40 minutes per game, so fantasy owners can at least be confident in his production going forward.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Robin Lopez scored 19 points in a win vs. Cleveland on Tuesday while adding six boards, two assists, three steals, and one block in 29 minutes. He shot an impressive 8-of-11 from the field and has been consistently solid early on for Portland this season. The big man will rarely blow you away, but owners have to love what they are seeing from Lopez so far.

CBS Sports reports: The struggles continued for Pelicans guard Eric Gordon Tuesday night against the Hornets. Gordon got the start and missed all six of his shots, half of which came from downtown. He knocked down all four of his free throw attempts, finishing with four points, two assists, one rebound and two steals while logging 28 minutes of game action in a 100-91 victory. Gordon is off to a slow start, converting only 7 of 34 shot attempts through four games this season. He also has 10 turnovers and just three assists.

CBS Sports reports: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had another off shooting night and was held to only 11 points in his team's 101-82 defeat to the Trail Blazers in Portland. James scored all 11 points in the first half. he missed all four of his shots in the second half and was shut out for just the second time in his career in the regular season. The only previous time was his fourth career game in 2003. 11 points is also his lowest scoring total since 2008. It's the 16th time in his career he's been held to 11 points or fewer in game.

CBS Sports reports: Thunder forward Serge Ibaka notched his first double-double of the season Tuesday night against the Raptors, but he told James Herbert of CBS Sports following a 100-88 defeat to Toronto that he's playing through a left ankle issue. Ibaka connected on 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 3 of 6 from behind the arc. He finished with 25 points and 11 boards, all a game-high. He also added two assists and one block while logging 46 minutes of game action. Luckily for the Thunder, Ibaka will get a few days of rest before the team returns to action Friday night against Memphis.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Tuesday, November 4

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were James Harden, Blake Griffin, Jeff Green, Avery Bradley, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons, Dirk Nowitzki, Trevor Ariza, Chris Paul and Darren Collison.

Rotoworld reports: Clippers - Blake Griffin scored 31 points on 14-of-21 shooting (3-of-4 FTs) with nine rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the Clippers' 107-101 win over the Jazz on Monday. Griffin's scoring is up to start the year but his rebounding, field goal percentage and defensive stats are down. It's early and the Clippers look like they're finally shaking off the preseason rust, so it'll be interesting to see if he can maintain his 27.5 ppg scoring pace while strengthening the other stats.

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Gordon Hayward scored a team-high 27 points against the Clippers during a 107-101 loss on Monday, adding seven boards, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers. That's two monster games in a row and he's also hit all of his 13 attempts at the line on the season. Hayward's added muscle has really helped him around the rim so far and he looks like he's in for a career year after collecting a max deal.

Rotoworld reports: Thunder - Steven Adams logged 30 minutes on Monday against the Nets, scoring nine points on 4-of-10 shooting with nine rebounds and one steal. Adams hit just 1-of-4 freebies and that along with lower volume is going to hold back his value, but as one of a few guys left standing in OKC he's certainly worth a look. We also watched him land hard on his hip but haven't heard anything about it in the postgame, so owners should just file it away in case we see something down the road.

Rotoworld reports: Nuggets - Wilson Chandler was moved into the starting lineup in place of Danilo Gallinari for Monday's 110-105 loss to the Kings on Monday, scoring 14 points on 5-of-15 shooting (1-of-8 from deep) with four rebounds and one block in 31 minutes. Chandler is definitely the player to be owned between he and Gallinari, who doesn't look like he's ready for a starting job just yet. The Nuggets have looked terrible over their last two games and it wouldn't be surprising if Brian Shaw shakes some more things up if there isn't an immediate improvement.

Rotoworld reports: Jazz - Derrick Favors had a slow start to his week against the Clippers due to foul trouble on Monday, finishing with six points, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 26 minutes. When he checked back in with seven minutes left in the second quarter, he committed a foul and went right back to the bench on the very first defensive possession. Favors came in with a ton of momentum and there's no reason to panic because the Clippers have put countless big men in foul trouble. He's still a good bet for a breakout.

CBS Sports reports: Celtics forward Jeff Green went off for a season-high 35 points in Monday's loss at Dallas. He shot 14 of 28 from the field, including 5 of 12 from 3-point range. Green also had seven rebounds, two blocks, two assists and a steal in 39 minutes. He'll play the Raptors on Wednesday.

CBS Sports reports: Playing his first regular-season game in nearly 11 months, Nets center Brook Lopez (foot) collected 18 points and six rebounds in Monday's rout of the Thunder. Lopez played 24 minutes, hitting 6 of 10 from the field and 6 of 7 from the foul line. He blocked two shots and recorded a steal. Lopez is scheduled to face the Timberwolves on Wednesday.

Fantasy Basketball Notes, Tips and Advice for Monday, November 3

fantasy basketball In yesterday's NBA games, some standout fantasy basketball players were DeMarcus Cousins, Dwyane Wade, Rudy Gay, Chris Paul, Klay Thompson and LaMarcus Aldridge.

Rotoworld reports: Blazers - Nicolas Batum scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting vs. the Warriors on Sunday, marking his second straight game with single-digit points. Batum's career-high for points was 14.3, which he averaged during the 2012-13 season, and the real crux of his fantasy value is the number of games played. He's healthy and coming off a perfect 82-game season so his slow start this year shouldn't mask his top-30 fantasy value. He rounded out Sunday's line with one 3-pointer, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Rotoworld reports: Warriors - Andrew Bogut scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds vs. the Blazers on Sunday, while adding three assists, one steal and two blocks. This was Bogut's first double-double since Mar. 11 last season. When healthy he's a daily threat for at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and a block per night, but he got off to a slow start this year and his injury risk makes him unlikely to play heavy minutes. David Lee (hamstring) is expected to return to the starting lineup as soon as Wednesday, which takes a small chunk out of the near-term value for Bogut and Draymond Green.

Rotoworld reports: Hornets - Lance Stephenson cracked double-digits for the first time this season on Sunday, finishing a road loss in New York with 14 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, three steals and four turnovers. Stephenson came in shooting 4-of-18 in his first two games as a Hornet, and coach Steve Clifford benched him during the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss to the Grizzlies. He stepped up his game once Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (bruised ribs) went down tonight, and it's only a matter of time before he posts his first triple-double. His slow start in Charlotte shouldn't be held against him in fantasy leagues.

Rotoworld reports: Knicks - Amare Stoudemire took over the C position to start the second half on Sunday, notching a season-high 17 points in a three-point home win vs. the Hornets. Stoudemire added 10 rebounds but had zero assists, steals or blocks in 23 minutes of action. He played both games of the Knicks' first back-to-back set this season but the health of his knees is a perpetual concern for fantasy owners. Give him a look if you need a boost in high-volume, high-FG% scoring, but don't rely on him as a season-long contributor.

Rotoworld reports: Raptors - DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points on 11-of-22 shooting in a loss against Miami Sunday, and added three rebounds, one assist, four steals, and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes. He was incredible tonight, as he and Lowry almost singlehandedly led a comeback against Miami. DeRozan has an incredible 11 steals through the first three games, and has been scoring with ease so far this season. He is quickly becoming an elite option in standard leagues.

CBS Sports reports: Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) is not expected to play until at least Nov. 12, reports. Coach Derek Fisher indicated that Bargnani is progressing, but the team's schedule will prevent the Knicks from practicing in the immediate future due to upcoming back-to-backs. "I donít think itís fair to put a player out there who hasnít really had an opportunity to practice and see how his body responds to the physical demands of playing the game," Fisher said Sunday. "So there are really no practices this week and maybe next week ... it might be a better week to start to dial in when he might be back."

CBS Sports reports: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins turned in a dominant performance, doubling up with a team-high 34 points and 17 rebounds in his team's 98-92 victory over the Clippers Sunday afternoon. Cousins got off to a fast start, tallying 15 points and 10 rebounds in the first 24 minutes of the game. He shot 15 of 23 from the field and 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Six of his 17 rebounds came from the offensive end of the glass. He also chipped in with five assists and three blocks while logging 34 minutes of game action.

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