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  • Jason Smith returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Cristiano Felicio returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Marreese Speights scores 15 in 16 minutes
    Marreese Speights played just 16 minutes on Thursday, but hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points and two rebounds in a 114-106 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: This is reminiscent of some of his lines in Golden State and he is the main back up for DeAndre Jordan. DAJ could get some bench time late in games due to his poor free throw shooting, so Speights may end up having some value. But 16 minutes is not very much run and it will likely take an injury to DAJ for Speights to be worth a look in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:24 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 6, misses 8 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-10 free throws on his way to six points, 12 rebounds, a block and five fouls in Thursday's win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Hmmm. It was hack-a-Jordan time late in the game and he got benched because of it. And his scoring, rebounds and blocks were not very inspiring. However, if you watched the game, he was extremely active and looked much better than his stat line. He's going to flirt with the league lead in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks, so don't read too much into this line. Nor the fact that he was basically outplayed and dominated by Mason Plumlee. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Blake Griffin lights up PDX for 27 & 13
    Blake Griffin looked fantastic on Thursday, hitting 9-of-22 shots and finishing with a 3-pointer, 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He had a quad issue coming into the season but it's clearly behind him. He was also extremely active and the one block he had was an impressive one. Much respect to Griffin for getting his early struggles at the free throw line corrected, and the vibe he's giving off is that he's setting up for one of the best seasons of his career. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Pau Gasol gets just 21 minutes vs. Kings
    Pau Gasol played just 21 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's a Hall of Fame player, but he is not Coach Pop proof. Gasol is more of an offense-first big man and just can't defend the top-notch fives anymore. Because of that, we saw Dewayne Dedmon close this game out with Dedmon really impressing. The situation minutes are really going to depress Gasol's upside, so adjust your expectations accordingly. To be clear, he should still have mid-round value per game. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Mason Plumlee holds own vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but played very well tonight. The assists were especially impressive and it's becoming clear he's one of the best passing big men in the league. He played just 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Jazz, finishing with two points and one rebound, but we're hoping you didn't give up on him too quickly after tonight's bounce back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon comes alive in 24 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon was terrific against the Kings in 24 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was awesome on defense and pulled down four important offensive boards. This game comes after a 17-minute, two-block game in the opener, so it's not too high on the fluke scale. Coach Gregg Popovich is the king of situational roles and he may have found his defensive center. Pau Gasol was torched throughout this game and played just 21 minutes. There will be games in which Dedmon falls off, but he should have a game like this one every three or four outings. If you need a big with boards in a 14-team league, give him a look. A DFS takeaway here is that Dedmon may be a sneaky play against elite scoring big men. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 37-16 line vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins was a busy man during a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 37 points with 16 boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was the first game at Golden 1 Center and fittingly Boogie scored the first bucket. Cousins put his entire offensive repertoire on display, making 10-of-22 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. Last season's usage rate leader will have a tough time repeating due to some of his competition having larger roles this year, but Boogie will be among the league leaders in points, boards, minutes and overall usage. He did also tweak his left ankle and get hit in the nose, but he only missed one possession combined from these issues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kosta Koufos gets 24 minutes on Thursday
    Kosta Koufos scored eight points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 24 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's actually playing well and earned more playing time than his 13 minutes on Wednesday. It was a better matchup for him in this game and he likely tops out at 24 minutes most nights. He's more of a desperation asset in deep leagues due to low upside. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein gets just 11 minutes
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with three points and one turnover.

    Advice: He played behind DeMarcus Cousins tonight and it doesn't look like he'll be playing much power forward to start the year. If you rolled the dice on Cauley-Stein, you should probably consider using the waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Robin Lopez has a quiet start
    Robin Lopez scored eight points with eight rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 27 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: If you drafted Robin Lopez and expected some "wow" stat lines, you're sure to be disappointed most nights. That said, he's likely going to be in the top 15 for blocks, has played in 82 games for three of the last four seasons, and is one of the best bigs for percentages. He should have no problem hanging inside the top 100 for nine-category leagues. Yesterday, 8:46 pm
  • Tyler Zeller gets 20 minutes, starts 3Q
    Tyler Zeller started the second half over starter Amir Johnson on Thursday against the Bulls, finishing with six points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens trusts his gut on when to start another big next to Horford in the second half, so it's unpredictable. Zeller's minutes should fall in the teens most nights and his value will go down once Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) returns next month. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points in loss to CHI
    Al Horford scored 11 points with seven rebounds, five assists and one block in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: Horford was been slightly worse on the second night of a back-to-back set last year, but not enough to draw any conclusions. He missed both shots from beyond the arc and is now just 1-of-6 on the season. He's setting up his teammates with a ton of high-post passes, which has him to 11 dimes in two games. He'll be an early-round player for standard leagues and shouldn't be subject to coach Brad Stevens' wacky rotations. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Paul Millsap does it all in easy Hawks win
    Paul Millsap hit 11-of-20 shots and three 3-pointers for 28 points, seven rebounds, six assists and a block in Thursday's easy 114-99 win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Millsap's knees appear to be fine and he was a bit of a monster tonight. He should be primed for a huge fantasy season, as long as his knees cooperate. Congratulations if you landed him on draft night. Yesterday, 7:34 pm
  • Marcin Gortat scores just 4 points vs. Dwight
    Marcin Gortat had just four points, 11 rebounds, a steal and a block in Thursday's 114-99 loss in Atlanta.

    Advice: Yuck. Dwight Howard has his way on the glass tonight and Gortat was never able to get into a rhythm. At least he had 11 boards and a block, and he should bounce back offensively in the next one. Which will be a few days away as the Wizards are off until Sunday when they visit Memphis. Yesterday, 7:18 pm
  • Tyler Zeller starts second half for Amir J
    Tyler Zeller started the second half for Amir Johnson on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens does this a lot, but hopefully Al Horford is good enough to avoid this common maneuver. There's no need to add Zeller here. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Jason Smith good to go
    Jason Smith is available to play on Thursday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He saw some starts at power forward while Markieff Morris was out, but he'll slide over to center with Ian Mahinmi (knee) out. Smith won't have much value. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for Friday
    Frank Kaminsky (foot) is questionable to play against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered the foot strain last week and missed the opener. Kaminsky has been walking around fine and he wasn't ruled out for the opener until Wednesday afternoon. If he can go, he'll likely play directly behind Marvin Williams -- Williams and Kaminsky only played seven preseason minutes together. His upside isn't high enough to own in standard leagues. Yesterday, 2:53 pm
  • Josh McRoberts not on the injury report
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is not on the injury report for Friday's game.

    Advice: He's been a mystery for about an entire year due to his troublesome foot. McRoberts went through pregame warmups on Wednesday and was in good spirits, so he could be available for this game. He will likely be logging most of his minutes at center, which could hurt Willie Reed's playing time. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins likes Dave Joerger
    DeMarcus Cousins said coach Dave Joerger has "been great."

    Advice: "I like him and he likes me," Cousins said. "I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best." Cousins had a fantastic preseason and kicked off his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-point game on just 10 FGAs against the Suns on Wednesday. He looks like he'll have a step forward this year. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Egidijus Mockevicius to play in D-League
    Egidijus Mockevicius has signed to play in the D-League.

    Advice: Mockevicius will begin the season with the Long Island Nets and won't have any 2016-17 fantasy value while he's in the D-League. Yesterday, 7:57 am
  • Alex Len splits minutes evenly w/ Chandler
    Alex Len had eight points, seven rebounds, two assists and one steal in 24 minutes during Wednesday's season-opening loss to the Kings.

    Advice: Starting center Tyson Chandler played 23 minutes and the two big men remain locked in a value-killing timeshare. Minutes at PF aren't likely for Len, either, since the Suns have veterans like Jared Dudley and P.J. Tucker in addition to rookies Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender. We've seen Len's upside in flashes, but he's just a low-end option until more minutes open up. Wednesday, 10:04 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 17 with 12 boards
    Enes Kanter scored 17 points off the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He's Exhibit A for the "starting is overrated" talk. Kanter played 11.5 minutes next to Steven Adams and 11.9 minutes next to Russell Westbrook, so getting about half of his run without those guys should really help his per-minute averages. He should come close to double-double averages with a lot of efficiency along the way. Wednesday, 10:03 pm
  • Tyson Chandler grabs 10 boards vs. Kings
    Tyson Chandler started Wednesday's game at center and notched eight points (4-of-5 FGs, 0-of-2 FTs) with 10 boards in 23 minutes of action.

    Advice: Chandler appeared in only two preseason games and at age 34, we're not expecting him to exceed the 24.5 minutes per game he averaged last season. For fantasy purposes, he's little more than a deep-league big man who plays the role of spoiler for Alex Len's value. Wednesday, 9:53 pm
  • Steven Adams gets 36 minutes
    Steven Adams scored 16 points with five rebounds, one assist, three steals and two turnovers in 36 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: That's a surprisingly low rebounding rate and not having any blocks is disappointing, especially against a team like the 76ers. Adams getting 36 minutes is the big takeaway, which is even more than his 30.7 per game from his breakout in the postseason. Expect plenty of double-doubles from the Kiwi. Wednesday, 9:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 pts in 25 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 12-of-16 FTs, to go along with six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Cousins did his damage in just 25 minutes tonight, and his interior play was simply too much for the Suns' frontcourt to handle. DMC attempted 10 or fewer shots just four times last season, and it's not something we expect to see very often with coach Dave Joerger determined to run the offense through him. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts, plays only 13 minutes
    Kosta Koufos started Wednesday's game but didn't do much in the boxscore, finishing with two points, four boards and one assist in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Koufos impacted the game more than his drab stat-line suggests, and we expect him to continue starting alongside DeMarcus Cousins until further notice. Even as a starter, Koufos should be unowned outside of deep leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Omer Asik starts, struggles in 17 minutes
    Omer Asik started on Wednesday but had only two points, one board and one assist in 17 minutes during a disappointing loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: The oft-injured center has secured the starting gig, but may be subject to random benchings against smaller opponents. As tonight's line shows, even as a starter he doesn't have much appeal. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starts, plays eight minutes
    Miles Plumlee was ineffective as a starter on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: Plumlee lasted less than four minutes in the third quarter and didn't get back on the court, so there are no guarantees that he'll get another start vs. Brooklyn on Saturday. Suffice to say, he's off the radar in standard leagues. Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • Al Horford dominant in his Boston debut
    Al Horford was a dominant force in his Celtics debut on Wednesday, posting 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and four blocks in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Horford looks like a seamless fit for the Celtics, as evidenced by his line tonight -- he was 5-of-8 from the field and even knocked down a 3-pointer, which is a great sign. It's just one game, but owners who spent a second-round pick on Horford have to be pleased. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Tyler Zeller leads impressive bench effort
    Tyler Zeller led an impressive bench effort on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: If you exclude Jonas Jerebko (1-of-8 from the field), the Celtics' bench scored a combined 36 points on 15-of-23 shooting. Zeller benefited from Kelly Olynyk's continued absence, and should continue to see 14-18 minutes until Olynyk returns. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) sits out season opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) did not play in Miami's season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran was listed as questionable and he was reportedly in good spirits after pre-game warmups, but the Heat opted to hold him out again. When he does return, he'll be in the middle of a crowded rotation that includes Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Kosta Koufos confirmed as starter
    Kosta Koufos will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was fully expected to see the start next to DeMarcus Cousins with over half of his minutes next to him in the preseason. Koufos is still only a deep-league option. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Omer Asik will start for Pelicans in opener
    Omer Asik will start for the Pelicans in the season opener.

    Advice: Asik played well in the preseason for the Pelicans, averaging a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. Alexis Ajinca will backup Asik and the two may end up splitting minutes fairly evenly. Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will round out the New Orleans starting five. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starting on Wednesday
    Miles Plumlee is starting on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks used John Henson as a backup power forward at times, so the flexibility there makes Plulmee the starting option. Henson has better fantasy value for his blocks, though. Greg Monroe will still get big minutes off the bench and isn't affected too much with this move. Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Kosta Koufos listed as starter
    Kosta Koufos is listed as a projected starter with Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising with Cauley-Stein only playing 38 of his 124 preseason minutes next to DeMarcus Cousins. Koufos has slimmed down this summer and has shown a better ability to close out on jumpers against him. He likely won't be too involved in the offense, so there isn't much fantasy upside. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) ruled out for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot) will not suit up for Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play, so there won't be much of a fantasy impact sans Kaminsky. Look for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to log some extra minutes at the four-spot. Wednesday, 9:11 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) questionable for opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: McRoberts has been cleared for contact, so there's a chance he could get on the floor for limited minutes Wednesday night. He's not a fantasy option anywhere, though. Wednesday, 7:04 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says playoffs are the goal
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his only goal this season is to get the Kings into the playoffs.

    Advice: "I have one goal, that’s playoffs," Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. "That’s success for me right now." Through six years of NBA experience, DMC has yet to sniff the playoffs, and it would be surprising to see this Kings team break that trend. Cousins is sure to have another stat stuffing season, but cutting down on the turnovers will be key to improving his value in 9-cat leagues. Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Pau Gasol plays just 18 minutes vs. GSW
    Pau Gasol played just 18 minutes and finished with two points, four rebounds and one assist on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's easy win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors didn't really use center Zaza Pachulia much and the Spurs were quite dominant without Gasol on the floor. He'll be better than this on most nights, so don't do anything crazy with Pau. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) practices in full
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll more than likely be available for Chicago's regular-season opener against Boston, but whether he actually takes the court is another issue entirely. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Miles Plumlee likely to start opening night
    Miles Plumlee has been practicing with the starting unit, so it looks like he'll be Milwaukee's starting center for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: Through 14 games as a starter last season, Plumlee only managed to contribute averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 block, so he's a good example of how starting doesn't necessarily lead to fantasy value. Greg Monroe will come off the bench. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky unlikely to play in opener
    Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is unlikely to play in Wednesday night's season-opener.

    Advice: Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer states that it "doesn't sound like" Kaminsky will play in the season-opener. Kaminsky has been making progress, as yesterday he shed the protective walking boot he had been wearing over the weekend, but it appears as if he won't make his season debut to later this week. Tuesday, 9:45 am
  • Frank Kaminsky is ‘making lots of progress'
    Hornets forward Frank Kaminsky (foot strain) is "making lots of progress" and is "questionable" for the season-opener.

    Advice: Kaminsky, who suffered a right foot strain in Friday’s exhibition game, was well enough Monday to be walking in sneakers, rather than the protective boot he wore over the weekend. "He said he felt a lot better," coach Steve Clifford said of Kaminsky. "He did a ton [of rehabilitation] Sunday and then he was back in here this morning. I guess you’d call him questionable [for the season-opener], but he’s making lots of progress." Monday, 3:23 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Monday, 10:11 am
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) doesn't practice Sun
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He's still dealing with some swelling in his throat, but it would be surprising if he weren't able to go by opening night. Felicio will have a very limited role behind Robin Lopez this season, so you'd have to be in an insanely deep league to look his way. Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (foot) questionable for opener
    Frank Kaminsky (right foot sprain) is questionable to play Charlotte's regular-season opener against Milwaukee.

    Advice: Marvin Williams (finger) is going to play on opening night, so Kaminsky's status is more or less meaningless. If Kaminsky is out on Wednesday, it'll be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist earning some extended minutes at the four-spot, with Roy Hibbert and Spencer Hawes splitting the center minutes. Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) gets a DNP Saturday
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The big man was elbowed in his throat last game, so the Bulls decided to give him a rest. It doesn't sound serious and there are no indications that he's in danger of missing more time moving forward. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Hawks GM: Re-signing Millsap a priority
    Hawks GM Wes Wilcox hinted that the team will make it a priority to re-sign Paul Millsap.

    Advice: "Paul is a great professional, and it’s absolutely our goal for Paul to be a Hawk long-term," Wilcox said. "It’s as simple as that." Millsap has a player option for the 2017-18 season and has been the subject of trade rumors for a couple seasons now, but we'd expect him to opt out and take advantage of the rising salary cap. With that said, the Hawks are committed to him and his status as a top-15 pick in standard leagues is safe. Saturday, 7:20 am
  • Alex Len gets 16 points
    Alex Len scored 16 points in 24 minutes on Friday with nine rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He got all he could eat in the second unit with a 33.6 usage rate tonight. Len continues to struggle around the basket, which really makes it tough to draft him. Maybe he can improve this year, but most owners can take a wait-and-see approach. Friday, 10:20 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky suffers right foot sprain
    Frank Kaminsky suffered a right foot sprain on Friday.

    Advice: That's not good and it was more than just the originally reported soreness. Kaminsky will likely be getting further evaluation this weekend to determine his prognosis and treatment. For now, we will consider him between doubtful and questionable for the opener. If he and Marvin Williams (finger) can't go, the Hornets will have to play multiple players out of position. Friday, 6:29 pm
  • Frank Kaminsky (right foot) to locker room
    Frank Kaminsky has gone to the locker room to be evaluated for a sore right foot.

    Advice: It didn't look bad and hopefully it's just soreness. Kaminsky was absolutely dominated by Karl-Anthony Towns and the Hornets have no incentive to put him back out there. With Marvin Williams (finger) questionable for the season opener, the Hornets may need Frank the Tank. Friday, 5:46 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out again on Friday
    Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are in no rush to bring him back. McRoberts has no timetable to return. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • Kings pick up option on WCS
    The Kings picked up their option on Willie Cauley-Stein.

    Advice: While he hasn't lived up to the billing just yet, Cauley-Stein has been solid. Coach Dave Joerger seems to be playing the Kentucky away from fellow UK product DeMarcus Cousins. He's more of a watch-list guy while the Kings are healthy up front. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Stevens says Horford is a perfect fit
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that Al Horford looks like the perfect fit for Boston.

    Advice: "The ability to quickly move the ball and make the right decision — the ball never sticks with him," Stevens said. "We told him when he first got here that we just wanted him to be the best version of himself. He knows what he is good at and he is a great model for our younger players." Horford has looked great in limited action during the preseason, shooting 63.6 percent from the field and a combined 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He's an excellent pick in the second round of standard leagues. Friday, 6:33 am
  • Robin Lopez blocks six shots on Thursday
    Robin Lopez blocked six shots on Thursday, adding seven points and four rebounds.

    Advice: Not a bad finish for Lopez in his seven preseason games, averaging 8.6 points, 5.4 boards, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, 2.3 blocks and 1.3 turnovers on 54.2 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. The scoring won't be there, but Ro-Lo's blocks, plus percentages and no glaring holes are huge for his fantasy game. He's a sneaky pick in the middle rounds after the high-end big men are off the board. Thursday, 8:56 pm
  • Paul Millsap gets 28 minutes vs. Bulls
    Paul Millsap scored nine points with eight rebounds, five assists, two steals and four turnovers in 28 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: The minutes increase is the big takeaway here. Millsap only played 19 minutes in his preseason debut due to his minor knee procedure last month and he even had a minor car crash earlier this week. Millsap can do it all and hasn't dealt with knee issues for the past few years up until this recent hiccup, so fire him up as a late-first pick. Thursday, 8:50 pm
  • Walker, Batum, MKG, Kaminsky, Hibbert start
    Kemba Walker, Nicolas Batum, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Frank Kaminsky and Roy Hibbert will be in the starting lineup for Thursday's preseason matchup with the Heat.

    Advice: Marvin Williams is dealing with a broken finger, and Cody Zeller (knee) still isn't 100 percent, so Kaminsky will have the opportunity to run with the starters tonight. Steve Clifford hasn't officially ruled Williams' out for opening night, but if he's not able to give it a go, it'll likely be Kaminsky opening the year as Charlotte's starting four-man. That being said, Kaminsky's value will tank once Williams' gets back on the court, so he's only worth a look as a late-round flier in deep leagues. Thursday, 3:32 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Miles Plumlee scores 10 pts w/ eight boards
    Miles Plumlee chipped in 10 points and eight boards in 19 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

    Advice: The points and rebounds were both preseason highs for Plumlee, which says plenty about his fantasy outlook. Even as the Bucks' presumptive starting center, he's only worth a glance in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 15 with 8 boards
    Enes Kanter had 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kanter is likely to come off the bench to back up Domantas Sabonis at PF and Steven Adams at C, but the minutes should still be there and he's been a popular big-man pick after the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this year. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Steven Adams heating up for OKC
    Steven Adams played 25 minutes on Tuesday and hit 8-of-12 shots for 17 points, nine rebounds, two steals and zero blocks.

    Advice: Adams was dominant in 23 minutes on Sunday with a 20-11 double-double, and appears to be poised for a big season. He has been available in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts, making him look like a real value pick this season. Tuesday, 8:14 pm
  • Marcin Gortat held to four points
    Marcin Gortat was held to four points on 2-of-6 shooting vs. the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

    Advice: It wasn't all bad, as Gortat grabbed 13 rebounds with a pair of assists in 28 minutes. He's been held to single-digit points in his last four outings, so maybe he's not 100 percent from the strained glute that he suffered about a week ago. We expect him to bounce back and his status as a mid-round pick is safe, especially since he has no competition for minutes -- Ian Mahinmi will miss several weeks after undergoing knee surgery. Tuesday, 6:25 pm
  • Paul Millsap expected to play Tuesday vs. NO
    Paul Millsap was involved in a car accident late Monday evening, but he came away uninjured and is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason game against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Millsap was a full participant during Tuesday morning's shootaround, so he should be just fine for tonight's meaningless matchup with the Pelicans. He's a safe first-round target in any setting. Tuesday, 12:34 pm
  • Jason Smith (oblique) out Tuesday vs. CLE
    Jason Smith (oblique) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Smith is going to be backing up Marcin Gortat this season, meaning he's not going to be a realistic option in almost any setting. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Nets waive C Egidijus Mockevicius
    Nets waive C Egidijus Mockevicius.

    Advice: Mockevicius logged just nine minutes this preseason and won't have any fantasy value for the 2016-17 season. Tuesday, 8:09 am
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