|Thu Dec 12||02:48||Elliot Williams returned to action on Wednesday December 11.||Elliot Williams||PG||Trailblazers||Free Agent|
Elliot Williams returned to action on Wednesday December 11.
|Thu Dec 12||01:49||Andrew Bogut hauls in 18 rebounds in win||Andrew Bogut||C||Bucks||Free Agent|
Andrew Bogut had six points, a season-high 18 rebounds and two blocks in 35 minutes of Wednesday's thrilling, comeback win over the Mavericks.
This was Bogut's best regular-season rebounding game since February of 2011 and he's finally healthy for the first time in years. He's not scoring much, but his averages of 7.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 26 minutes and 67 percent shooting over his last five games mean that he should be owned and started in almost all fantasy leagues.
|Thu Dec 12||01:13||Nikola Pekovic continues to roll for Wolves||Nikola Pekovic||C||Timberwolves||Free Agent|
Nikola Pekovic continued his excellent play on Wednesday during a 106-99 win over the Sixers with 20 points, 10 boards, three assists and one block on 9-of-15 shooting.
He may look like a super villain, but his fantasy owners certainly like what he's doing right now. Over Pekovic's last five games, he's averaged 19.8 points and 9.2 boards on 53.2 percent from the field. He's as healthy as ever and is starting to get acclimated to the Rick Adelman system.
|Thu Dec 12||01:07||Derrick Favors has 17 & 7 in return||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Derrick Favors returned from a back injury and had 17 points, seven rebounds and three blocks on 6-of-9 shooting in Wednesday's blowout win over the Kings.
Favors played 25 minutes and as long as he feels good when he wakes up, should be back in all fantasy lineups going forward.
|Thu Dec 12||00:41||James Anderson scores 16 points off bench||James Anderson||SG||Spurs||Free Agent|
James Anderson played 31 minutes off the bench on Wednesday during a loss to the Wolves, scoring 16 points with eight boards, two assists and two 3-pointers on 5-of-8 shooting.
Hollis Thompson looked like a rookie tonight and had four fouls in 19 minutes, so Anderson get a little more run than usual. Anderson has been a weak spot for the Sixers on defense, which suggests why it's a unlikely he will get his starting job back. In his five games off the bench before tonight, Anderson averaged 9.4 points and 0.8 triples in 21.0 minutes, so he'll need to string a couple games together before we can sign off on him as a pickup.
|Wed Dec 11||23:36||Jason Smith goes off for 22 & 16 in win||Jason Smith||C||Pelicans||Free Agent|
Jason Smith tied a season high with 22 points and set a season high with 16 rebounds in Wednesday's win over the Pistons.
Smith also had two blocks and hit 8-of-14 shots in his best game of the season. As long as Anthony Davis remains out with his broken hand, Smith is a reasonable fantasy option in most instances. He's averaging 11 points, 11.2 rebounds and 0.8 blocks over his last five games.
|Wed Dec 11||23:30||Al-Farouq Aminu goes for 11 & 14 in win||Al-Farouq Aminu||SF||Clippers||Free Agent|
Al-Farouq Aminu played well again on Wednesday, hitting 4-of-10 shots for 11 points, 14 rebounds, four assist, a steal and two blocks.
Aminu has now grabbed double-digit boards in three straight games and has scored in double figures in three of his last five, averaging 10.6 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals over that stretch. For as long as Anthony Davis is out, Aminu looks like a solid fantasy option, and it was nice to see him play this well with Tyreke Evans surprisingly available for this one.
|Wed Dec 11||22:59||Mike Dunleavy scores 20 points vs. Knicks||Mike Dunleavy||SG||Pacers||Free Agent|
Mike Dunleavye scored a team-high 20 points against the Knicks on Wednesday to go with eight boards, three assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 45 minutes.
He shot 7-of-24 from the field including 11 attempts from downtown. Dunleavy is hardly an elite scorer, but he's the best the Bulls have right now and is coming off a 24-point game against the Bucks on Tuesday. He'll be worth starting in all leagues at least until Luol Deng (Achilles) comes. back.
|Wed Dec 11||20:56||Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) out vs. Mavericks||Jermaine O`Neal||C||Celtics||Free Agent|
Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) will not play against the Mavericks on Wednesday.
He missed shootaround on Wednesday morning and the Warriors will keep him out. It makes sense to rest him at any chance possible while Andrew Bogut is healthy since he really wore down last season. O'Neal doesn't get enough minutes to matter in most leagues and is more of a deep-league stream than anything else.
|Source: Rusty Simmons on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||20:40||Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams will start||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Derrick Favors (back) and Marvin Williams (Achilles) will start against the Kings on Wednesday.
The Jazz are going to need all the help inside they can get against DeMarcus Cousins and Favors will start out at the center spot. Williams will start at power forward and Enes Kanter will move back to the bench. Favors can be inserted back into all lineups while there isn't much clarity regarding the rest of the front court rotation.
|Source: Aaron Falk on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||20:23||Malone: Gay, Acy and Gray won't play vs. Utah||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Mike Malone confirmed Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray will not play against the Jazz on Wednesda.
|Source: Aaron Falk on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||18:43||Thabo Sefolosha out on Wednesday night||Thabo Sefolosha||SG||Thunder||Free Agent|
Thabo Sefolosha (knee) will not play against the Grizzles on Wednesday.
He has a right knee sprain and this will be his second game out of the lineup. Down the stretch last night, the Thunder when with a lineup Russell Westbrook, Reggie Jackson, Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins, so that should be the case again tonight. Jeremy Lamb was solid with 11 points on Tuesday, so he and Jackson are the beneficiaries of Thabo sitting out.
|Source: Anthony Slater on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||18:37||Rudy Gay and new Kings a no go tonight?||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Greivis Vasquez is expected to have his physical on Thursday morning, meaning Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray could sit tonight against the Jazz.
To be clear, nothing is official. All seven players in the deal have to clear their physicals in order for any of them to play, so the Raptors not rushing Vasquez would prevent the Kings from using their new guys tonight. It should be another night of Derrick Williams, Isaiah Thomas and DeMarcus Cousins vs. Utah.
|Source: Raptors MR on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||17:26||Douglas-Roberts could play 15 mins. if needed||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG/SF||Bucks||Free Agent|
Coach Steve Clifford said he's confident Chris Douglas-Roberts could play 15 minutes if needed.
The key phrase is "if needed" and chances are Douglas-Roberts won't be asked to play that much as long as Jeff Taylor's heel injury doesn't act up. He can be left off the wire in most leagues.
|Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||15:38||Bobcats call up Douglas-Roberts for Wed.||Chris Douglas-Roberts||SG/SF||Bucks||Free Agent|
The Bobcat have called up Chris Douglas-Roberts for Wednesday's game.
They will waive James Southerland and have some extra insurance at small forward. Jeff Taylor is expected to play, so Douglas-Roberts will likely not get much playing time unless the news turns bad on Taylor. He can be ignored in all leagues for now.
|Source: Rick Bonnell on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||15:04||Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams should play||Derrick Favors||PF||Jazz||Free Agent|
Derrick Favors (back) and Marvin Williams (heel) are both expected to play against the Kings on Wednesday.
|Source: David Locke on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||14:12||Jermaine O'Neal doesn't go to shootaround||Jermaine O`Neal||C||Celtics||Free Agent|
Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) did not participate in shootaround on Wednesday and is questionable to face the Mavericks.
It's his second day off the practice court and there is a chance he'll sit out tonight. O'Neal played 18.8 minutes per game over his last five games and coach Mark Jackson has used a dual-center lineup a little over the past week, but he's still not going to see enough playing time to be a reliable guy in most fantasy leagues.
|Source: Rusty Simmons on Twitter|
|Wed Dec 11||13:49||Shaun Livingston happy w/ bench role for Nets||Shaun Livingston||PG||Bucks||Free Agent|
Shaun Livingston expressed relief about Deron Williams' return, saying, "I'm best utilized whenever I'm playing in spurts."
"I start playing heavy minutes, I don't feel as explosive, as quick," Livingston said. "I look at the big picture and not just for this season, but for my career ... I get more out of myself [in limited minutes] and am more helping the team, as opposed to playing longer minutes where you have to pace." He made his only field goal attempt in 13 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and can be dropped in all formats now that D-Will is back.
|Wed Dec 11||13:16||Omer Asik changes agents amid trade talk||Omer Asik||C||Bulls||Free Agent|
Omer Asik recently changed his agent from Andy Miller to high-profile Arn Tellem of the Wasserman Media Group.
It may be a few weeks before the move is official, but it's one more indication that Asik is disgruntled with a backup role in Houston. He's currently sidelined with what the team is calling a 'bruised thigh' and we may not see him play another game for the Rockets, who are actively shopping him around the league.
|Source: CBS Sports|
|Wed Dec 11||12:40||Kings coach expects Rudy Gay to 'buy in'||Rudy Gay||SF||Grizzlies||Free Agent|
Kings coach Mike Malone admitted that this "has not been a good year" for Rudy Gay, but he expects Gay to "buy in" to the team's system.
"We don't want it to be just dribble, dribble, dribble, no ball movement, easy to guard and shoot," Malone said. "I think playing alongside a guy like DeMarcus will open up things. They didn't have that kind of a post presence in Toronto. They had that in Memphis." We won't have to wait long for our first glimpse of Gay in a Kings' uniform -- Sacramento hosts the Jazz on Wednesday, and Gay should be available as long as the traded players all pass their physicals.
|Source: Sacramento Bee|