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Greg Monroe, PF, DET12/26/2014 9:54:00 PM
Description: Pistons forward Greg Monroe recorded a double-double on Friday.
Insight: In a game that featured Andre Drummond and Roy Hibbert, Monroe had a game-high 15 rebounds along with 19 points, shooting 7-of-11. Monroe also had three steals, a block and an assist. With no Josh Smith, Monroe is the clear power forward option in Detroit and thus sees a boost in fantasy value.
Roy Hibbert, C, IND12/26/2014 9:52:00 PM
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert led Indiana with 19 points in Friday's loss.
Insight: The scoring is nice, but Hibbert only grabbed five rebounds. Hibbert did have a tough matchup against Andre Drummond, but with no assists, steals or blocks, it would have been nice to see Hibbert get close to a double-double with points and rebounds. On a positive note, he did make 9-of-10 free throws.
Andre Drummond, C, DET12/26/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Pistons center Andre Drummond led the team with 20 points in the, 119-109, victory over the Pacers Friday.
Insight: Drummond made 9-of-12 shots on his way to 20 points. He also had six rebounds, three steals and a block. Unfortunately, Drummond continues to struggle on the line as he was 2-of-8 on Friday.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL12/26/2014 9:49:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight led all Milwaukee starters with 16 points on Friday.
Insight: Knight was 5-for-11 with two 3-pointers versus the Hawks. Knight was also 4-for-4 at the line and had five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.
Paul Millsap, F, ATL12/26/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Hawks power forward Paul Millsap continues to shine for Atlanta.
Insight: Millsap recorded a double-double on Friday with 22 points and 11 rebounds. He shot 8-of-10 from the field. Millsap came into the game averaging 16.3 ppg and 8.0 rpg this season.
Jared Dudley, F, MIL12/26/2014 9:46:00 PM
Description: Bucks forward Jared Dudley scored in double figures for the fourth straight game on Friday, leading the team with 24 points.
Insight: Dudley's sudden scoring burst can mostly be credited to his great 3-point shooting. Over the last four games, he is 10-for-16 from behind the arc. On Friday, Dudley was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field. He is playing a decent amount of minutes, but fantasy owners will have to count on his hot shooting continuing to make him a player worth starting.
Rodney Stuckey, G, IND12/26/2014 9:34:00 PM
Description: Pacers shooting guard Rodney Stuckey suffered a facial contusion during the third quarter of Friday's game and went to the locker room according to Indy Star Sports.
Insight: Andre Drummond hit him in the face and maybe poked Stuckey in the eye. He had to be helped to the locker room. Stuckey is out for the game. Before he left, Stuckey had nine points, five rebounds, three assists and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.
Kevin Love, F, CLE12/26/2014 9:31:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love got off to a great start on Friday and finished with 22 points.
Insight: Love scored 13 of his points in the first quarter, hitting two 3-pointer in the quarter. Love was 3-for-8 from behind the arc in the game. He also had seven rebounds and two assists.
Tobias Harris, F, ORL12/26/2014 9:29:00 PM
Description: Magic small forward Tobias Harris led the team with 16 points against the Cavaliers.
Insight: Harris was 7-for-16 from the field, making 2-of-6 from the 3-point line. Harris didn't do much else, though, with four rebounds, an assist, steal and block.
LeBron James, F, CLE12/26/2014 9:28:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 15 points in the final quarter to lead Cleveland over Orland, 98-89.
Insight: James finished with 29 points, shooting 50 percent from the floor and 9-of-11 at the line. James' two misses were the only missed Cleveland free throws of the game as the team shot 92.3 percent at the line. James also had eight assists, five rebounds, two steals and two blocks. He is obviously a must-start every game, but as long as Kyrie Irving is out, James will handle the ball more and accumulate more stats.
LaMarcus Aldridge, F, POR12/26/2014 8:49:00 PM
Description: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable for Friday's game against the 76ers. UPDATE: Aldridge will not play. Make sure he is out of your lineup.
Insight: Nicolas Batum is questionable as well. With the matchup against Philadelphia, the Trail Blazers are probably leaning towards resting their stars although the 7ers have won two in a row.
Jon Leuer, F, MEM12/26/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Memphis PF Jon Leuer will start for the injured Zach Randolph on Friday.
Insight: Leuer scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 30 minutes in his last start, so he is rewarded with the start without Randolph available. He is a decent plug-in option Friday.
Cory Joseph, G, SAN12/26/2014 7:29:00 PM
Description: Spurs guard Corey Joseph is worth picking up in most leagues.
Insight: That's because Tony Parker is expected to receive extended time off due to his hamstring injury. Gregg Popovich has brought back his players earlier than originally stated before, so perhaps Parker won't be out multiple weeks, but Popovich's history of not caring until the playoffs would suggest Parker will not return until he is completely healthy. Therfore, Joseph is fantasy relevant and a worthy pickup.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE12/26/2014 7:07:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will not play on Friday.
Insight: Matthew Dellavedova will start in his place as Irving is out with a knee injury. Dellavedova is only in play in very, very, very deep leagues.
LeBron James, F, CLE12/26/2014 5:53:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James will play on Friday against the Magic.
Insight: James and point guard Kyrie Irving both suffered minor injuries on Christmas, but both will play on Friday. Start them as you normally would.
DeMarcus Cousins, C, SACHot12/26/2014 5:20:00 PM
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns.
Insight: Cousins has a stomach illness, so there is a good chance he misses this game. Check back before Friday night's game.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK12/26/2014 3:26:00 PM
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the, 109-107, victory over the Celtics on Friday.
Insight: It was Plumlee's third straight game with a double-double. He shot 6-of-7 and made 2-of-6 free throws. Plumlee also contributed three assists and a block.
Marcus Smart, G, BOS12/26/2014 3:24:00 PM
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart continues to struggle.
Insight: Smart started again Friday and only shot 2-of-6, scoring five points. He did have six assists and four steals, but he is going to have to shoot better to remain in the lineup.
Jeff Green, F, BOS12/26/2014 3:23:00 PM
Description: Celtics forward Jeff Green scored a team-high 22 points in Friday's game versus the Nets.
Insight: Green shot 10-of-18, making one 3-pointer. He also had five assists and three rebounds. Green is the best fantasy option on the Cetics roster.
Jarrett Jack, G, BRK12/26/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack led the team with 27 points on Friday versus the Celtics.
Insight: Jack shot 8-of-14 from the field and went a perfect 10-for-10 at the line. Jack also had seven rebounds, five assists, three steals and a block. In the last three games, Jack averaged 19.7 ppg and 7.7 apg as he is becoming a decent fantasy option as long as Deron Williams is out.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN12/26/2014 1:55:00 PM
Description: Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard has been ruled out for Friday because of his hand injury.
Insight: There is still no official timetable for Leonard's return. Tony Parker will also not play Friday because of his hand injury.
Larry Sanders, C, MIL12/26/2014 1:32:00 PM
Description: Bucks forward Larry Sanders is out on Friday due to the flu.
Insight: Sanders is out along with Ersan Ilyasova, so the Bucks are pretty thin in the front court. Zaza Pachulia and JOhnny O'Bryant will play most of the minutes along with John Henson.
Ersan Ilyasova, F, MIL12/26/2014 1:31:00 PM
Description: Bucks power forward Ersan Ilyasova is out on Friday against the Hawks.
Insight: Ilyasova can't seem to stay healthy as he is now suffering from a concussion. He missed 21 games last season due to a concussion, so fantasy owners should be concerned.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC12/26/2014 1:29:00 PM
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant will miss Friday's game against the Hornets.
Insight: Perry Jones will start, but Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson are the players who see the boost in fantasy value. Durant continues to suffer from his ankle injury.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/26/2014 1:28:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will likely not play against the Mavericks on Friday according to The Star-Telegram.
Insight: As we said on Christmas, the old Kobe wouldn't miss games, but apparently losing changes a player. Bryant was really only providing fantasy owners scoring and now that he is missing games, his fantasy value continues to drop.
Marcus Smart, G, BOS12/26/2014 1:25:00 PM
Description: Celtics rookie Marcus Smart will move back into the starting lineup on Friday.
Insight: This is good news for fantasy owners. Jameer Nelson was playing pretty well as the team's starting point guard, but Smart has more upside in both real life and fantasy. Hopefully Smart can turn around his somewhat disappointing rookie campaign.
Jamal Crawford, G, LAC12/26/2014 12:01:00 PM
Description: Los Angeles guard Jamal Crawford came off the bench and led the Clippers in scoring on Christmas.
Insight: Crawford shot 8-for-18, scoring 24 points. He shot 4-of-10 from the 3-point line. Crawford also had seven rebounds and two assists. Crawford hasn't had a great month of Decemeber, but in the last five games, he is averaging 19.4 ppg.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC12/26/2014 11:58:00 AM
Description: Clipper power forward Blake Griffin recorded a double-double on Thursday.
Insight: Griffin had 18 points and 15 rebounds in the victory over the Warriors. He also had six assists, two steals and a block. Griffin is a top-ten option at the forward position.
Harrison Barnes, SF, GSW12/26/2014 11:57:00 AM
Description: Warriors small forward Harrison Barnes recorded a double-double on Christmas Day versus the Clippers.
Insight: Golden State had balanced scoring as six different players reached double figures, but no one scored 20 and the Warriors lost, 100-86, to the Clippers. Barnes had 12 points, shooting 5-for-13, with 13 rebounds.
Chris Paul, G, LAC12/26/2014 11:55:00 AM
Description: Clippers guard Chris Paul scored 22 points in the rout of the Warriors on Christmas Day.
Insight: Paul shot 7-of-18 from the field, making one 3-pointer and seven out of eight free throws. He also had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Ed Davis, F, LALHot12/25/2014 10:52:00 PM
Description: Lakers forward Ed Davis went for 13 points and 14 rebounds on Christmas night against the Bulls.
Insight: Davis has now scored double-digits in four consecutive games, though this is the first time with double-digit rebounds. We like where this trend is going.
Derrick Rose, G, CHIHot12/25/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Derrick Rose continues to play well, posting 20 points and six assists in a victory over the Lakers.
Insight: That's three straight games over 20 points has he continues to improve after missing so much time the past three seasons. This was his 19th game this season after playing just 10 a season ago and none in 2012.
Jimmy Butler, G/F, CHIHot12/25/2014 10:47:00 PM
Description: Bulls shooting guard Jimmy Butler continued his excellent play with a 21-point Thursday night.
Insight: Butler's averaging 25 ppg over his last five contests. He also contributed with six rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots. He's made himself a must start.
Pau Gasol, PF/C, CHI12/25/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Bulls center Pau Gasol had a big Christmas night, posting 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Bulls win over his former team, the Lakers.
Insight: Gasol added three assists and a couple of blocks. When the Bulls are healthy, they are deep and talented which makes this the upper limit for Gasol's contribution to fantasy owners.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA12/25/2014 8:06:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 31 points in a win over Cleveland and his old friend LeBron James.
Insight: Wade shot very well in the first half when he posted 24 points, but struggled with his shot after the break. Fortunately, Luol Deng picked up the slack. Wade added five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Luol Deng, F, MIAHot12/25/2014 8:03:00 PM
Description: Heat forward Luol Deng had a big second half as the Miami Heat downed the Cleveland Cavsd in LeBron James' return to Miami.
Insight: Deng hit 11-of-16 for 25 points and pulled in eight rebounds with eight assists in 40 minutes. That's what we used to see from Deng in Chicago and we hope to see more of it in Miami. He was averaging 14.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg heading into this contest.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE12/25/2014 8:01:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving scored 25 points in the Christmas Day loss to Miami.
Insight: Irving shotwell, but the Cavs need more than three assists out of their point guard. Of concern to Irving owners was a hard fall in the final minutes that had him limping. Hopefully, it's nothing serious.
LeBron James, F, CLE12/25/2014 7:58:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James had a team-high 30 points, but his Cavs fell to the Heat in his first return visit to Miami.
Insight: He was 9-of-16 from the floor, but hit just 10-of-18 from the line. He seemed emotional for this one and who can blame him after winning two titles with the Heat.
Kirk Hinrich, G, CHI12/25/2014 7:02:00 PM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich has been downgraded to out for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Aaron Brooks moves into the backup role behind oft-injured Derrick Rose. Neither Hinrich or Brooks has fantasy value as long as Rose is healthy and starting.
Wayne Ellington, G, LAL12/25/2014 7:00:00 PM
Description: Laker swingman Wayne Ellington will start in place on Kobe Bryant against Chicago.
Insight: Ellington had 12 points, five rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 25 minutes Tuesday night. He's no Kobe.
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/25/2014 6:58:00 PM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State and will miss a second game with what coach Byron Scott called "general soreness."
Insight: The old Kobe was a "warrior" and would never miss games, but this new guy, on a non-competitive team, is apparently ok with taking time off. The Lakers play Dallas on Friday and he has to be considered questionable for that one too.
Zach Randolph, F, MEM12/25/2014 6:42:00 PM
Description: Grizzlies power forward Zach Randolph is questionable for Friday's game against Houston while dealing with a swollen right knee. UPDATE: Randolph will not play.
Insight: Randolph has missed two games due to the knee issue which are chronic for the double-double machine. He's averaging 16.1 ppg, 11.4 rpg so fantasy owners need him back soon. Jon Leuer has seen an average 28 mpg over the past two contests, averaging 10 ppg and 6.0 rpg.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN12/25/2014 5:39:00 PM
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili was questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City due to a bruised left shoulder, but gave fantasy owners a very good outing.
Insight: Ginobili was a box score filler with 11 points, seven rebounds, 13 assists and a steal.Not bad for an "old guy."
Serge Ibaka, F, OKC12/25/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Thunder power forward Serge Ibaka is adding the three-point shot to his arsenal. Thursday, he went 3-of-4 from beyond the arc.
Insight: He's shooting over 39 percent on three pointers. Added to his 14.2 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.4 blocks and he's become an elite fantasy asset.
Russell Westbrook, G, OKCHot12/25/2014 5:32:00 PM
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was simply unstaoppable Christmas Day in leading his team to a big win without Kevin Durant.
Insight: Westbrook had 34 points and 11 assists and five steals. He shot 9-of-22 from the field and a perfect 13-for-13 at the free-throw line. He had five rebounds as well. Westbrook is putting up huge numbers, 28.6 ppg, 7.4 apg, 5.7 rpg, and has seriously thrown his hat into the MVP race.
Steven Adams, C, OKCHot12/25/2014 5:26:00 PM
Description: Thunder center Steven Adams was solid in his Christmas Day outing versus San Antonio with 16 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.
Insight: Adams has been playing well of late, with four consecutive games of double-digit rebounds and it's the reason he saw 32 minutes and Kendrick Perkins just 12 minutes.
Festus Ezeli, C, GSW12/25/2014 2:36:00 PM
Description: Golden State center Festus Ezeli has been downgraded to out Thursday's game against the LA Clippers due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Averaging 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, Ezeli isn't normally fantasy worthy, but he's posted double-digit points in his last two games while only averaging 16 mpg.
Carmelo Anthony, F, NYK12/25/2014 2:32:00 PM
Description: Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points, but he needed 28 shots to get there.
Insight: Anthony's total wasn't enough to get the Knicks a win and they lost for a league-leading 26th time. Melo has scored 30 or more in four straight Christmas Day games. Overall it's been a disappointing season with his averages down in points and rebounds.
John Wall, G, WASHot12/25/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Wizards guard John Wall posted 24 points and 11 assists for his 17th double-double of the season.
Insight: Wall's 17th double-double ties him for the league lead with Nikola Vucevic. He plays at an All-Star level and is a must start in all fantasy leagues.
Josh Smith, F, HOU12/25/2014 12:32:00 PM
Description: Forward Josh Smith, recently waived by the Detroit Pistons, is expected to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Insight: Smith was averaging 13.1 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 4.7 apg, 1.3 spg in Detroit but his presence was stunting Greg Monroe's growth. Smith should step into the power forward slot open by the injury to Terrence Jones.
Martell Webster, SG, WAS12/25/2014 11:19:00 AM
Description: Wizards forward/guard Martell Webster (July back surgery to repair a herniated disc) will not play Thursday, but is close to returning to the court.
Insight: Even when healthy he's going to struggle for court time and shots and has little fantasy value.
DeMar DeRozan, G/F, TOR12/25/2014 11:15:00 AM
Description: Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan is not on the road trip that continues through January 4.
Insight: DeRozan was averaging 19.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.4 spg. Lou Williams continues to see big minutes and has posted double-digit points for seven consecutive games.
Kawhi Leonard, F, SAN12/25/2014 11:13:00 AM
Description: Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard was hoping to return for the Christmas Day game, but he's been ruled out.
Insight: Kyle Anderson should continue to see big minutes, but he won't get anywhere close to Leonard's 15.2 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 2.0 spg.
Tony Parker, G, SANHot12/25/2014 11:10:00 AM
Description: Spurs point guard Tony Parker started on Monday and despite what was supposed to be limited minutes played 34.
Insight: Parker posted 26 points, four assists and two steals. Better get him back into your lineup.
Manu Ginobili, SG, SAN12/25/2014 11:08:00 AM
Description: Spurs guard Manu Ginobili is questionable for Thursday's game against Oklahoma City due to a bruised left shoulder.
Insight: Ginobili is averaging 12.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.9 apg this season, but 17.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 7.7 apg, and 2.0 treys over his last three games. If he's on the court, he's fantasy worthy.
Reggie Jackson, G, OKCHot12/25/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is averaging 21.7 ppg in the last three games Kevin Durant has missed.
Insight: Durant will miss Thursday's game which means Jackson and Russell Westbrook have free reign to fire at will.
Kevin Durant, F, OKC12/25/2014 11:03:00 AM
Description: Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (ankle) is expected to miss Thursday's game against San Antonio.
Insight: For now, consider him day-to-day, but this will be his fourthconsecutive miss. Perry Jones should start but has little to no fantasy value. Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson get to shoot more with Durant sidelined.
J.R. Smith, SG, NYK12/25/2014 11:02:00 AM
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith is questionable for Thursday's game against Washington due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: He'll be a game-time decision. Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes if Smith doesn't and is a viable fantasy option.
Gorgui Dieng, C, MINHot12/25/2014 11:00:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng recorded a double-double Tuesday (20-11), his second in the last four games.
Insight: Dieng is averaging 9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg in 19 starts this season.
Nikola Pekovic, C, MIN12/25/2014 10:58:00 AM
Description: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic (wrist, ankle) hasn't played since Nov. 15.
Insight: Coach Flip Saunders gave us a four-week timetable in early December, so he should be returning in early January. Gorgui Dieng had a 20-10 game Tuesday, but is averaging 9.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 2.5 apg in 19 starts this season.
Ricky Rubio, G, MIN12/25/2014 10:54:00 AM
Description: Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio was hoping to return around Christmas, but will not return until January.
Insight: Rubio has not begun to practice. Mo Williams and Zach LaVine will continue to be the point guards for Minnesota until at least January.
Justin Hamilton, C, MIA12/25/2014 10:52:00 AM
Description: Backup center Justin Hamilton (concussion) is doubtful for Thursday's game against Cleveland.
Insight: Averaging 3.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, Hamilton doesn't have any fantasy value.
Chris Bosh, C/PF, MIA12/25/2014 10:49:00 AM
Description: Heat forward Chris Bosh is dealing with a calf injury but had hoped to be back for the Christmas Day game against his old pal LeBron James.
Insight: He's been a great fantasy asset to date, averaging 21.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.1 spg and unfortunately, there is no one person to pick up the slack. Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem get his minutes.
Ryan Kelly, F, LAL12/25/2014 10:42:00 AM
Description: Lakers power forward Ryan Kelly is practicing, but is not expected to return to action until early January,
Insight: Kelly isn't going to see enough playing time to be fantasy worthy even with the season-ending injury to Julius Randle as he'll be behind Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer.
Spencer Hawes, C, LAC12/25/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Clippers center Spencer Hawes is out indefinitely due to a bad left knee.
Insight: Hawes (6.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg) won't be fantasy worthy even when healthy as long as DeAndre Jordan is playing big minutes.
Damjan Rudez, F, IND12/25/2014 10:36:00 AM
Description: pacers backup forward Damjan Rudez is questionable for Friday's game against Detroit due to an upper respiratory infection.
Insight: He's buried deep on the depth chart, averaging 4.0 ppg, so this shouldn't effect any fantasy owners.
Terrence Jones, F, HOU12/25/2014 10:35:00 AM
Description: Rockets forward Terrence Jones (leg) still has no timetable for his return, but he did do some work with the team Wednesday.
Insight: That's the good news. The bad news is that the Rockets are about to sign free agent Josh Smith and make Jones a fantasy non-factor. He can safely be dropped from all fantasy rosters.
Festus Ezeli, C, GSW12/25/2014 10:33:00 AM
Description: Golden State center Festus Ezeli is questionable Thursday's game against the LA Clippers due to a sprained ankle.
Insight: Averaging 4.3 ppg, 3.0 rpg, Ezeli isn't normally fantasy worthy, but he's posted double-digit points in his last two games while only averaging 16 mpg.
Andrew Bogut, C, GSW12/25/2014 10:32:00 AM
Description: Warriors center Andrew Bogut could return "sometime in January," according to his agent David Bauman.
Insight: Bogut (7.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.2 bpg) is dealing with his chronic sore knee. Agents are usually on the optimistic side, it's their job.
Darrell Arthur, F, DEN12/25/2014 10:29:00 AM
Description: Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur is questionable for Friday's game against Denver due to a strained left leg.
Insight: Arthur (7.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.4 apg) has already missed the past four games with the injury. Kenneth Faried and J.J. Hickson will continue to see extended playing time.
Raymond Felton, G, DAL12/25/2014 10:26:00 AM
Description: Mavericks backup point guard Raymond Felton could return to the court soon, but his fantasy value will be minimal.
Insight: The acquisition of Rajon Rondo to go along with Devin Harris, J.J. Barea and Monta Ellis makes Felton a non-factor in both real life and the fantasy world.
Kirk Hinrich, G, CHI12/25/2014 10:22:00 AM
Description: Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich is doubtful for Thursday's game against the LA Lakers due to a strained left hamstring.
Insight: Aaron Brooks would move into the backup role behind oft-injured Derrick Rose. Neither Hinrich or Brooks has fantasy value as long as Rose is healthy and starting.
Lance Stephenson, G, CHA12/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Hornets shooting guard Lance Stephenson is out indefinitely with a sprained pelvis.
Insight: Gerald Henderson should continue see more playing time. Stephenson (10.2 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 4.8 apg) has also been the subject of trade rumors, including one that would send him back to Indiana, as he hasn't fit in very well with his teammates or this offense.
Jannero Pargo, G, ATL12/25/2014 10:18:00 AM
Description: Hornets backup guard Jannero Pargo will miss Friday's game against Oklahoma City due to a sore lower back.
Insight: Pargo (4.6 ppg) is buried on the depth chart and hold nothing to offer for fantasy owners.
Deron Williams, G, BRK12/25/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Nets point guard Deron Williams, who suffered a strained right calf on Friday night, has missed the past two games but is questionable for Friday's game against Boston.
Insight: Williams has a history of leg injuries, so the team is likely to be conservative, but he was back at practice Wednesday which is a very good sign. Jarrett Jack gets 30-plus minutes when Williams is sidelined.
Pero Antic, C, ATL12/25/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Atlanta center Pero Antic is questionable for Friday's game against Milwaukee due to a sprained right ankle.
Insight: Antic, the backup to Al Horford, doesn't have fantasy value except when the starter is injured. He's averaging just 5.6 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 0.9 apg.
J.R. Smith, SG, NYK12/25/2014 12:37:00 AM
Description: Knicks guard J.R. Smith was downgraded to out for Thursday's game against Washington due to a partially torn left plantar fascia.
Insight: He was a game-time decision, but in the end it was a no-go.Tim Hardaway Jr. figures to see around 35 minutes and is a viable fantasy option.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE12/24/2014 2:00:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao has a torn Achilles and is done for the season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Insight: It's the worst news the Cavs and fantasy owners could hear. he was averaging 9.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg this season. Expect Tristan Thompson is see increased playing time.
Jeff Teague, PG, ATL12/24/2014 9:53:00 AM
Description: Hawks point guard Jeff Teague came off the bench Tuesday and didn't produce much for fantasy owners.
Insight: Teague had missed three games due to a hamstring injury. He played just 24 minutes scoring nine points with two rebounds and six assists. He averages 16.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 7.0 apg.
Anderson Varejao, C, CLE12/24/2014 9:49:00 AM
Description: Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao left TYuesday game with what may be an Achilles injury, according to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt.
Insight: He was wearing a walking boot and on crutches while leaving the arena so he could be out for a while. Varejao will have an MRI and we will know more.
Wilson Chandler, G/F, DEN12/24/2014 9:46:00 AM
Description: Denver small forward Wilson Chandler should see added minutes for the next month with Danilo Gallinari (knee) sidelined.
Insight: He played 38 Tuesday night, but didn't shoot well (5-of-17). He's averaging 14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 apg, but those numbers should increase for the next four weeks.
Danilo Gallinari, F, DEN12/24/2014 9:43:00 AM
Description: Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will miss about four weeks after Monday's surgery on his right knee, according to Sportando.
Insight: Gallinari is averaging only 7.8 ppg and 3.0 rpg. Wilson Chandler should inherit most of the minutes. He played 38 Tuesday night, but didn't shoot well (5-of-17).
Kobe Bryant, G, LAL12/24/2014 9:40:00 AM
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant missed the Tuesday upset win over Golden State.
Insight: It was just coach Byron Scott giving the 36-year-old with a "million miles" on the engine a rest day after he shot 26-for-91 (28.5 percent) over the past four games. He should return for the Christmas Day game against Chicago.
Carlos Boozer, F, LAL12/24/2014 9:38:00 AM
Description: Lakers forward Carlos Boozer led the team in points and rebounds as LA upset the Golden State Warriors without Kobe Bryant.
Insight: Boozer scored 18 and pulled down nine rebounds as seven Lakers scored in double-digits.
Gerald Henderson, G, CHA12/23/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Hornets guard/forward Gerald Henderson shot 60 percent from the field on Tuesday.
Insight: Henderson scored 20 points behind strong shooting from the field and at the line, 7-for-8.
Brandon Knight, G, MIL12/23/2014 10:40:00 PM
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight scored a season-high 34 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Someone has to take the reigns Jabari Parker is leaving behind because of his injury, and Knight is a guy who could. He certainly did on Tuesday, shooting 13-of-21 and hitting 4-of-7 3-pointers. Knight also had five assists, two rebounds and a steal.
Kemba Walker, G, CHA12/23/2014 10:39:00 PM
Description: Hornets point guard Kemba Walker led the team with 27 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Walker didn't do much else besides score, but he had good percentages. He was 9-of-18 from the field, 1-for-4 from the 3-point line and 8-for-10 at the free-throw line. Walker also had four assists, two steals and a rebound.
Dwyane Wade, G, MIA12/23/2014 10:37:00 PM
Description: Heat guard Dwyane Wade led Miami with 23 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as Miami fell to the lowly 76ers. Without Chris Bosh, Miami has really struggled but for fantasy owners, Wade has put up decent numbers. In addition to the scoring, Wade had six assists and five rebounds.
Michael Carter-Williams, G, PHI12/23/2014 10:36:00 PM
Description: Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia back to defeat the Heat, 91-87, on Tuesday.
Insight: A two-game winning streak for the 76ers might be a sign the apocalypse is near. Philadelphia outscored Miami, 18-9, in the fourth quarter. Carter-Williams had 20 points with six steals, five assists, three rebounds and a block.
Mason Plumlee, PF, BRK12/23/2014 10:32:00 PM
Description: Nets center Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double on Tuesday.
Insight: Plumlee had 19 points and 13 rebounds while shooting 9-of-14 from the field. Although he won't shoot that way very often, if he plays 40 minutes like he did on Tuesday, Plumlee is fantasy relevant.
Ty Lawson, G, DEN12/23/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson scored the most points he has all month on Tuesday.
Insight: Lawson put up 29 points with nine assists against the Nets. He shot 4-of-8 from the 3-point line and 50 percent from the floor overall. Lawson is overtaking Kenneth Faried for the best fantasy option on the Nuggets.
Joe Johnson, G/F, BRK12/23/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Nets guard Joe Johnson led the team with 27 points.
Insight: Johnson made four 3-pointers, shooting 11-of-19 from the field overall. The 27 points is the most in one game for Johnson since Nov. 1.
Al Horford, C, ATL12/23/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Hawks forward Al Horford scored 20 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Horford still isn't wowing owners with rebounds, but he continues to find ways to score. He has 18 points in five of the last six games.
Blake Griffin, F, LAC12/23/2014 10:24:00 PM
Description: Clipper power forward Blake Griffin recorded a double-double on Tuesday.
Insight: Griffin had 21 points and 11 assists. He nearly had a triple-double as he also had eight rebounds. Griffin's rebounding numbers are down this season, but his assists numbers have increased.
DeMarre Carroll, SF, ATL12/23/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll hit a season-high five 3-pointers in the victory over the Clippers on Tuesday.
Insight: Carroll's 3-point percentage is down this month compared to November, but he certainly helped that percentage making 5-of-6 3-pointers on Tuesday. Carroll scored 25 points which is also a season-high.
Kyrie Irving, G, CLE12/23/2014 9:44:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in scoring against the Timberwolves.
Insight: Irving scored 29 points and had four assists along with three steals. It was the most points Irving had scored in nearly four weeks.
Andrew Wiggins, G, MIN12/23/2014 9:42:00 PM
Description: Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins had a big night versus the team who drafted him.
Insight: Wiggins scored 27 points, shooting over 56 percent and making all three 3-pointer attempts versus the Cavaliers. That was nice to see because Wiggins did not reach double digits in scoring in any of the last three games.
Kevin Love, F, CLE12/23/2014 9:40:00 PM
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love had a double-double against his former team on Tuesday.
Insight: Love scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds versus the Timberwolves. Love made one 3-pointer and went 9-for-11 at the line. His numbers aren't as good as they were in Minnesota, but for the most part, they are improving. Although his scoring is down, Love is averaging nearly 3.5 more rpg in December than he did in November.
Anthony Davis, PF, NOP12/23/2014 9:38:00 PM
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis had a subpar fantasy night for his standards.
Insight: Davis has really set the bar high through the first 25 percent of the season, so it is a little unfair to expect him to average 24.7 ppg, 10.2 rpg and 2.92 bpg while shooting nearly 58 percent. On Tuesday, Davis scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds while shooting 44 percent.
George Hill, G, IND12/23/2014 9:36:00 PM
Description: Pacers point guard George Hill came off the bench and scored 15 points on Tuesday.
Insight: Hill shot 5-of-8 overall and 2-for-3 from the 3-point line in 21 minutes versus the Pelicans. The 15 points led Indiana in scoring. Without a go-to scorer, Hill has a chance to be the guy on any given night if he gets enough minutes.