Description: Pelicans guard Eric Gordon is out indefinitely with a torn labrum.
Insight: This is a big blow to the Pelicans and to fantasy owners. Austin Rivers will likely take over the starting shooting guard spot, but we do not recommend picking him up, until we see some production.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard (knee) will not play Monday against the Knicks.
Insight: There was hope he would be able to play, but he apparently did not feel right during shootaround. There is still no timetable for Howard's return, but we would expect Houston to play it extremely safe with their big-man.
Description: Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (hand) could return as soon as Friday, according to Thunder beat writer for The Oklahoman Anthony Slater.
Insight: Westbrook went through some practice with contact. He isn't supposed to be back for a couple of weeks, but is apparently ahead of schedule. His return would take a huge bite out of reggie Jackson's current value.
Description: Pacers center Roy Hibbert (sprained left ankle) has been ruled out of Monday's game against Dallas.
Insight: Ian Mahinmi will fill in during Hibbert's absence, but all you can normally expect to get from him is rebounds. he did score 12 in Saturday's game after Hibbert left, so he could be worthy watching.
Description: Timberwolves forward Thaddeus Young practiced Monday and is on pace to return for Wednesday's game
Insight: Young missed time due to the passing of his mother. He's seeing almost 32 mpg and averaging 14.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.6 spg. That's not quite as good as last season, but its a new team and it takes time to adapt.
Description: Jazz point guard Trey Burke had a solid game versus New Orleans.
Insight: Burke was 8-of-12 from the field, 2-of-3 from the line, and 2-of-5 from beyond the arc for 20 points. He also had four assists, one block,and four turnovers. Owners need his assist-to-turnover ratio to improve.
Description: Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward scored 31 points during Saturday's loss to the Pelicans.
Insight: He was 9-of-16 from the floor and 11-of-14 from the line. Hayward also chipped in eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block, and three turnovers. It was his third 30-point game of the season, and Hayward is now averaging 19.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.4 spg, while shooting 48 percent from the floor.
Description: Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday filled the stat sheet during Saturday's win versus Utah.
Insight: He had 19 points, nine assists, six rebounds, two 3-pointers, one steal, and two turnovers. Holiday has been solid during his second season in New Orleans, and is now averaging 15.3 ppg, 6.8 apg, 1.4 spg, while shooting 44 percent from the field.
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis scored a career-high 43 points during Saturday's victory against the Jazz.
Insight: Davis simply continues to get better and better. He was 16-of-23 from the field and 11-of-12 from the line, while also chipping in 14 rebounds, two steals, one block, and two turnovers. Davis is arguably the NBA MVP thus far, as he is averaging 26.3 ppg, 11.4 rpg, 3.5 bpg 2.2 spg, and shooting 58 percent from the field.
Description: Bucks guard Giannis Antetokounmpo was very efficient during Saturday's loss to the Wizards.
Insight: He was 6-of-11 from the field and 8-of-8 from the stripe for 20 points. Antetokounmpo also had five assists, four rebounds, three steals, and two turnovers. Now that he is back in the starting lineup, owners need to start him with confidence.
Description: Bucks guard Brandon Knight scored a team-high 27 points during Saturday's loss to Washington.
Insight: He was 10-of-18 from the floor, 4-of-5 from the line, and 3-of-5 from deep. Knight also chipped in six assists, five rebounds, one steal, one block, and five turnovers. Owners will deal with the turnovers if he continues to produce numbers like these.
Description: Wizards small forward Paul Pierce turne back the clock during Saturday's win against the Bucks.
Insight: He was 8-of-16 from the field, 5-of-7 from the line, and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc for 25 points. Pierce also had 10 rebounds and two assists before fouling out. He is averaging 13.1 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg, but shooting only 40 percent from the field. Owners should be pleased with Pierce's production.
Description: Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was unreal in Saturday's win over the Timberwolves.
Insight: He was 11-of-15 from the field and 9-of-10 from the line for 31 points, 18 rebounds, two assists, two blocks, one steal, and three turnovers. If Cousins can keep his head on straight, he will continue to produce for owners all season long.
Description: 76ers center Nerlens Noel played very well in Saturday's loss to the Knicks.
Insight: He was 6-of-11 from the field, but only 5-of-10 from the line for 17 points, 12 rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block, and two turnovers. Free throws will continue to be an issue for Noel, but hopefully he will continue to produce lines like this one.
Description: Raptors guard Louis Williams scored a season-high 36 points in Saturday's win against the Cavaliers.
Insight: He did so off the bench in 29 minutes, going 9-of-19 from the field and 15-of-15 from the line. Williams added four rebounds, three 3-pointers, one assist, and three steals. This may be the best game Williams gives owners all season.
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant did not practice on Saturday.
Insight: There shouldn't really be a cause for concern. Coach Byron Scott said Bryant needed the rest for what he called "heavy legs." We agree after seeing him miss his first 12 shots on Friday versus the Mavericks. Bryant should be ready to go on Sunday.
Description: Rockets center Dwight Howard is questionable for Saturday's game against the Mavericks.
Insight: This is actually good news because he has been upgraded from doubtful. Howard recently had a plasma-rich platelet injection, and whatever that is, it could keep him from playing one more game.
Description: Nets forward Kevin Garnett will get some additional rest and not play on Saturday.
Insight: Garnett is averaging 23.9 minutes per game this season, but played 31 minutes on Wednesday in the triple-overtime loss to Milwaukee. Being Saturday is the second game of a back-to-back, the Nets have decided to rest Garnett.
Description: Bulls forward Taj Gibson sprained his left ankle on Friday for a third time since last spring.
Insight: Gibson will likely sit out longer with this sprain because the same injury keeps reoccuring. Gibson said he wants to be out there and play, but it is a long season and that he needs to rest and get healthy. That could help the value of Nikola Mirotic, who posted 24 points and 11 rebounds replacing Gibson on Friday, but Pau Gasol will play in front of Mirotic once he is healthy.
Description: Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic replaced the injured Taj Gibson on Friday and scored a career-high 24 points with 11 rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 35 minutes.
Insight: This makes Mirotic the hottest add in fantasy at the moment, but Gibson's X-rays were negative on his ankle, so do not get too hyped up because Mirotic's minutes aren't guaranteed. Mirotic would still be a nice add in standard leagues as long as owners don't drop a player of need.
Description: Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard nearly had a double-double on Friday versus the Bulls.
Insight: Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 21 points, shooting 7-for-9 and making all four of his 3-pointers. He also had nine assists and six rebounds. Lillard is averaging 25.8 points and 8.4 assists in his last five games.
Description: Jazz point guard Trey Burke had an awful night against the Warriors on Friday.
Insight: He shot 1-of-8 from the field and finished with just two points. He did manage five assists and three rebounds but also turned it over three times. And for those into innovative basketball stats, the Jazz were minus-28 with Burke on the court.
Description: Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala led Golden State with 17 points against the Jazz while coming off the bench on Friday.
Insight: Iguodala had his best game shooting, going 7-for-8 from the field and making both 3-pointers he took. He was able to turn in those numbers in 25 minutes, which is his season average. Iguodala should continue to see that kind of volume in minutes and shot attempts, but he obviously won't continue to make them at a 87.5 percent clip.
Description: Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis had a subpar night for his standards.
Insight: Davis scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds, which most players would take, but he averages 24.8 ppg and 11.2 rpg. He also had two assists, two blocks and a steal, which are right around or just below his averages. All that means is Davis is having a tremendous start to the season.
Description: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant shot just 27 percent on Friday as he continues to chuck up shots.
Insight: Bryant is averaging 25.5 shot attempts per game in November and 24.0 for the season. He obviously feels the pressure to score a lot due to the lack of talent on the Lakers. That means big numbers most nights, but occasionally he is going to be off and his percentage will suffer a lot.
Description: Cavaliers forward LeBron James scored 22 points in the loss to the Wizards on Friday.
Insight: Cleveland lost, 91-78. James did not shoot well, going 8-for-21 from the field. He also had just four rebounds and four assists. The offense has shown signs of improving, but there are still a lot of growing pains in Cleveland.
Description: Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love was pretty invisible in the Cleveland offense once again.
Insight: Love took just eight shots, which were fewer than LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao. Love had eight points. At least he also had eight rebounds too, but even that is short of his average.
Description: Wizards guard John Wall had a tremendous game versus "The King" and the Cavaliers on Friday.
Insight: Wall scored 28 points, shooting 12-for-20 from the field. He also had seven assists, six rebounds and four steals. His only blemishes were 1-for-4 from the 3-point line and 3-for-5 at the charity stripe.
Description: Thunder guard Reggie Jackson led Oklahoma City in scoring again with 21 points versus the Nets.
Insight: Jackson led the team with 19 shot attempts and made nine of them. He, however, missed all four from 3-point land. Jackson has also gotten better at distributing the ball. He had eight assists on Friday, and Jackson is averaging 8.0 dimes in his last five games.
Description: Nets guard Jarrett Jack came off the bench to score 23 points and lead the Nets past the Thunder, 94-92.
Insight: Jack shot 8-for-15 in 31 minutes on Friday. He also had five assists and two rebounds. Jack is becoming a viable fantasy option. In his last five games, he is averaging 17.0 points per game while playing 28.4 minutes per game.
Description: Celtics guard Rajon Rondo continues to struggle in fantasy.
Insight: Rondo only took six shots on Friday versus the Grizzlies and as a result, he scored four points. He missed his only 3-point attempt and didn't get to the line. He also had five rebounds and four assists.
Description: Grizzlies center Marc Gasol tied a season-high with 32 points on Friday versus the Celtics.
Insight: Gasol scored 32 points on opening night, but had not eclipsed the 30-point mark again until Friday. He shot 13-for-22 and made all six free-throw attempts. Gasol also had eight rebounds, two assists and a block.
Description: Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had a double-double on Friday versus the Bucks.
Insight: Toronto blew out Milwaukee, 124-83, which is extremely impressive considering DeMar DeRozan shot 1-of-8 from the floor. With DeRozan struggling, Valanciunas stepped up to score 18 points and grab 12 rebounds.
Description: Magic guard Evan Fournier led the team with 21 points as the Magic defeated the Hornets, 105-100.
Insight: Fournier did not shoot well from beyond the arc, 1-for-4, but he made 7-of-12 shots overall and 6-of-9 at the free-throw line. As for the other categories, he had just one rebound and one assist.
Description: Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal will come off the bench again Friday.
Insight: Beal will eventually regain his starting job, but for now, the Wizards are slowly moving Beal back into game action. That doesn't mean he should move slowly back into fantasy lineups. Beal scored 21 points and had three rebounds, three assists and a steal playing 26 minutes in his season debut Wednesday.
Description: Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll is expected to play Friday against Detroit.
Insight: Carroll suffered the injury on Monday against the Knicks missed four games. He's played well when healthy averaging 12 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg. He may not start and may be on a minutes limit, so fantasy owners should wait a game to re-install him in their lineups.
Description: In case you hadn't noticed, Jazz point guard Trey Burke has hauled in 24 rebounds over the past two games.
Insight: Double-digit rebounding guards don't come around very often. It appears his coach challenged him to be more aggressive and the results are stunning. Added to his 14.8 ppg and 3.0 apg, if he can keep it up, Burke could turn out to be a fantasy stud.
Description: Kings small forward Rudy Gay was questionable for Thursday's game against Chicago due right Achilles tendinitis, but played well.
Insight: Gay went 7-of-11 from the field for 20 points along with seven rebounds and three assists. We did see him with a heating pad on the foot in the second half, so he'll still have to be watched for upcoming games to make sure he's ready to go.