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  • 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. 21 minutes ago
  • DeMarre Carroll says he's almost 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee surgery) said he thinks he'll back back to full health soon.

    Advice: Carroll said he's playing at about 80 or 90 percent after offseason knee surgery, but expects to be back at 100 percent shortly. Carroll played 29 minutes in the regular season opener on Wednesday and is worth holding onto in standard fantasy leagues as he approaches full health. 53 minutes ago
  • Kay Felder will be available vs TOR on Friday
    Kay Felder (concussion) will be available for Friday's game against the Raptors.

    Advice: Felder missed the opener with a concussion, but Cavs head coach Tyron Lue said Felder will be available Friday night. While this is good news for Felder and the Cavs, the rookie doesn't have any fantasy value at the moment. Today, 10:26 am
  • Iman Shumpert may play against Raptors Friday
    Iman Shumpert (concussion) has a good chance to play agains the Raptors on Friday, according to head coach Ty Lue.

    Advice: Shumpert is still in the concussion protocol, but Lue said there is a "great" chance he'll play against the Raptors. We'll keep an eye on Shumpert's status after shootaround on Friday, but his eventual return will lead to a decrease in minutes for DeAndre Liggins. Today, 10:19 am
  • Coach happy with Harrison Barnes' debut
    Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle was happy with Harrison Barnes Mavericks debut.

    Advice: Barnes scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three treys on Wednesday and Carlisle liked what he say. "He's a champion," Carlisle said. "He's a big-time player. I knew he was going to play well, and he did. And I'm not surprised." While Barnes won't keep up this shooting percentage, he's worth owning (and starting) in all leagues as he'll be one of the focal points of the Mavs offense. Today, 10:08 am
  • Axel Toupane inks D-League deal
    Axel Toupane has signed to play with the Raptors 905 of the D-League.

    Advice: Toupane was most recently with the Nuggets, but the 24-year-old won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Today, 8:11 am
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  • Coach hoping Mike D'Antoni can double assists
    Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is hoping James Harden can double his assist total from last season.

    Advice: After averaging 7.5 assists per game in 2015-17, James Harden's coach thinks he can double that total in 2016-17. "Hopefully, he'll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year," D'Antoni said. "I hope he can average double that. He's one of the best passers I've been around." While D'Antoni's proclamation sounds a bit over the top, Harden dropped 17 dimes in the regular season opener on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of production from The Beard, but double-digit assist numbers aren't out of the question with him manning the point for the Rockets high-powered attack. Today, 6:49 am
  • Marquese Chriss logs 22 minutes in Suns debut
    Marquese Chriss played 22 minutes off the Suns' bench in his NBA debut, contributing seven points, four rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: Chriss was part of a second-unit rotation that Earl Watson praised after the game -- the unit included Brandon Knight and Alex Len, as well as Chriss' fellow rookies Tyler Ulis and Dragan Bender. Time will tell how aggressively Watson will pursue the youth movement, but Chriss should be on the re-draft radar as the season progresses -- he should already be owned in keeper leagues. Yesterday, 11:57 pm
  • Mike Conley scores 24 in win vs. Wolves
    Mike Conley scored 24 points during a 102-98 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding one rebound, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have been in the bottom five for pace in each of the last four seasons, but all signs point to them getting out of that group this year under coach David Fizdale. Conley is getting plenty of treys in the new system and should have no problem beating his 1.4 per game from last year. The added pace should also help him turn around his declining steal rate. Conley has a good shot to be a top-10 point guard again, but he has to avoid the injury bug. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Andrew Harrison gets 38 minutes
    Andrew Harrison played a game-high 38 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday, scoring four points with three rebounds, four assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: That is a lot of minutes and not a lot of output. Harrison was badly outplayed by Wade Baldwin IV, who figures to earn more minutes. Harrison isn't worth picking up in most leagues even with all that playing time. Yesterday, 11:15 pm
  • Nick Young starts, plays 27 mins vs. Rockets
    Nick Young finished Wednesday's upset win vs. the Rockets with eight points, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one block and five personal fouls in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Uncle P shot just 3-of-12 from the field, which would normally spell disaster, but he stayed on the court thanks to much improved effort defensively. It remains to be seen whether he can hold off Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams long-term, however, and even as a starter he's better suited to deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov scores 12 points in LAL debut
    Timofey Mozgov finished Wednesday's 120-114 victory with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: Mozgov scored 12 points early but he faded into the background late, as both teams opted for smaller lineups. His playing time will fluctuate based on matchups, as much as anything, but overall this is a strong start for owners who snagged Mozzy with a flier pick. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • James Harden opens w/ career-high 17 assists
    James Harden dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding 34 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Rockets' newly-minted point guard is on the verge of a ridiculous season, and he could vie with Russell Westbrook for the lead in both usage rate and MVP votes. He's PG-eligible in most leagues, which is a cherry on top of his already delicious fantasy outlook. The only bad news tonight is that he also committed seven turnovers, and his offensive theatrics couldn't compensate for the Rockets' porous defense. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores four in 33 minutes
    Ricky Rubio made 1-of-5 from the field for four points with four rebounds, eight assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's easy to pick on Rubio for his struggles with his jumper, but does it really matter with offensive forces in Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and superhuman Karl-Anthony Towns next to him? Rubio is going to have to keep Kris Dunn at bay, but as long as he takes care of the ball and defends, he'll keep his minutes in the low 30s. Expect him to be a solid fantasy starter. Yesterday, 10:40 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. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Brandon Knight hits 1-of-8 FGs on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight struggled in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, chipping in seven points (1-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Earl Watson has been touting Knight as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate and fantasy owners shouldn't read into tonight's dud. Inefficiency is common for Knight, a career 41.6 percent shooter, but he should have plenty of offensive explosions with a high usage rate leading the second unit. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 36 minutes in opening victory
    Ty Lawson started at PG in the Kings' season-opener, notching nine points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in the road win.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes and should maintain a similar role until Darren Collison returns from his eight-game suspension. Once DC is back, however, it's hard to see how Lawson could earn enough minutes to be an asset in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points w/ two 3s
    Arron Afflalo started Wednesday's win vs. the Suns, posting eight points with three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Afflalo dealt with a glute injury recently but it didn't seem to impact him tonight. The starting SG job is Afflalo's to lose, whether or not the Kings end up keeping Ben McLemore (six points in 17 minutes), but his only fantasy value comes from scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentages. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Hendo has a solid debut for Philly
    Gerald Henderson scored nine points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got off to a great start and even extended his shooting range with three attempts from deep. There won't be many scoring chances for Henderson to make a consistent impact in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Lance Stephenson plays well in 26 minutes
    Lance Stephenson came off the bench for eight points, three boards, three assists and one steal in his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 shots in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: "With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Buddy Hield shoots 2-of-8 in NBA debut
    Buddy Hield made his NBA debut on Wednesday with four points, three assists and one rebound in 17 minutes, going 2-of-8 from the field and 0-of-3 from downtown.

    Advice: The sharp-shooter out of Oklahoma could play a key role for a Pelicans team that's already missing Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans in the backcourt. He scored double-digit points in four of the Pelicans' final five preseason games and should see his minutes creep up in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on him. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes vs. Denver
    Terrence Jones posted six points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 18 minutes off the bench in New Orleans' season opener.

    Advice: It's a disappointing start for Jones, but he deserves a few weeks before making any sweeping judgments about his value with the Pelicans. Head coach Alvin Gentry has suggested that he could slide Anthony Davis to center in certain matchups, opening up a potential PF job for Jones, which is something to watch for vs. the Warriors on Friday. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Kenneth Faried grabs 14 boards off DEN bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Manimal can still be productive in a bench role, but his fantasy stock has dropped like a rock over the past year. Denver is committed to the Nurkic/Jokic frontcourt, and Darrell Arthur (knee) is day-to-day, so Faried's fantasy owners should probably be rooting for a trade. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Wilson Chandler logs 30 minutes Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, contributing 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' road victory.

    Advice: The veteran hadn't played a regular-season game since Apr. 15, 2015, due to a long absence following hip surgery. The Nuggets' deep rotation makes it hard to get excited about Chandler's prospects, but his playing time is a good sign -- he could have had an even bigger line if he shot better than 5-of-15 from the field. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Greg Monroe notches 14 & 10 in bench role
    Greg Monroe picked up 14 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three assists, two blocks and one steal in just 29 minutes vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miles Plumlee started but didn't fare well, playing just eight minutes, while John Henson added four points and four boards in 10 minutes off the bench. It's a messy situation for fantasy purposes, but at least Monroe carved out a double-double with some goodies tonight. Yesterday, 9:05 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. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • DeMarre Carroll (knee surgery) plays 29 mins
    DeMarre Carroll (knee surgery) logged 29 minutes to finish Wednesday's home victory with eight points, two 3-pointers, seven rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero turnovers.

    Advice: The veteran admitted that he was getting up to speed during training camp, and it could take him a few weeks to find his old rhythm. We might not see him return Hawks-era stats this year, but he's versatile enough to warrant a 'hold' rating in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 8:29 pm
  • Harry B scores 19 points vs. Pacers
    Harrison Barnes scored 19 points with nine rebounds and three 3-pointers in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit a game-tying trey to send this game to overtime. Barnes was in a brutal slump for the entire preseason as one of the worst high-volume guys. It looked like coach Rick Carlisle dialed back the offense to make him more of an off-ball guy like he was in Golden State. He's one of the great mysteries in fantasy, but he's worth owning to see what happens. Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Nick Young starting for the Lakers
    Nick Young will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: From being on the roster bubble to getting an opening night start at home. A truly Swaggy way to start off his season. Young still doesn't have fantasy value just yet. The other starters are D'Angelo Russell, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and TImofey Mozgov. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Andrew Harrison, James Ennis will start
    Andrew Harrison and James Ennis will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: And away we go with the Grizzlies injuries. Harrison played next to Mike Conley quite a bit in the preseason, which sets up this move without Tony Allen (knee). Harrison doesn't have much fantasy value at all. Yesterday, 3:28 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. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Arron Afflalo listed as starter
    Arron Afflalo (glute) is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He's said he expected to play last week, so he'll be ready to go. The Kings have been playing Garrett Temple at mostly point guard, so they do have some depth issues at shooting guard. Still, Afflalo's ceiling isn't too promising. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Nick Young to be in the rotation?
    Nick Young is expected to get minutes at small forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to slide Brandon Ingram around to open up some run for Uncle P. While he did play shooting guard in most of his career, he played 100 of his 128 minutes at small forward in the preseason. Young is still not someone worth trusting in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Casey hints Carroll could log major mins at 4
    Dwane Casey hinted that DeMarre Carroll could be forced into major minutes with Jared Sullinger (foot) out indefinitely.

    Advice: While Casey wouldn't say who would start at the four-spot for Toronto on Wednesday night, he stipulated that if he sees Pascal Siakam struggling, he'll look to Carroll to log major minutes. Carroll is looking to bounce-back this year after dealing with a litany of injuries during his 2015-16 campaign, and it looks like he'll be getting all the minutes he can handle with Sullinger looking at a lengthy absence. Yesterday, 9:39 am
  • Kay Felder expected to be cleared for weekend
    The Cavs expect Kay Felder (concussion) to be cleared to play for their upcoming back-to-back set.

    Advice: Felder is going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, but it sounds like there's a decent chance he'll be available for either Friday's game vs. the Raptors or Saturday's game against the Magic. He could get in the rotation if Iman Shumpert (concussion) is unable to play, but most of Shumpert's minutes will fall to DeAndre Liggins. Felder isn't a fantasy option anywhere. Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Shumpert going through concussion protocol
    Iman Shumpert is currently going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and there's a chance he could miss Cleveland's next two games.

    Advice: The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Orlando, but Shumpert will need to pass a series of tests and deemed symptom free if he wants to play this weekend. If he's out, DeAndre Liggins will see some increased minutes as Kyrie Irving's primary backup. Yesterday, 8:11 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. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. Tuesday, 6:22 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
  • Ty Lawson expects to play 30-40 mins a night
    Coach Dave Joerger told Ty Lawson he is expected to play 30-40 minutes in the first eight games of the year.

    Advice: The Kings waived Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins from the roster on Monday, indicating that they have plenty of faith in Lawson running the show until Collison returns from suspension. If you drafted Collison, you may want to scoop up Lawson off waivers where available. Lawson might also be an enticing play in daily leagues early in the season. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Kay Felder (concussion) out for season opener
    Kay Felder (concussion) has been ruled out for Cleveland's regular-season opener against New York on Tuesday.

    Advice: With Felder out, Kyrie Irving could be forced into heavy minutes with Iman Shumpert earning some extended minutes as his backup. The Cavs are reportedly looking to add another backup point guard to the roster, an indication that Tyronn Lue isn't ready to give meaningful minutes to Cleveland's rookie. Monday, 10:32 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Monday, 7:51 am
  • Rick Carlisle downplays Barnes' shooting woes
    Rick Carlisle didn't seem all that concerned when discussing the fact that Harrison Barnes shot just 26.7 percent from the floor during the preseason.

    Advice: "Shooting percentages have never been an important thing to me," Carlisle said. "I look much more at the process, the force and conviction with which guys are stepping into shots. He's ready to go." The preseason is often when teams are rather lax on defense, so the fact that Barnes struggled so mightily is certainly concerning. Barnes really benefited from playing next to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State, but he could struggle seeing some added defensive pressure as one of the main guys in Dallas. At best, he's a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sunday, 1:13 pm
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Cuban: Harrison Barnes isn't our No. 1 option
    Mark Cuban said that he does not expect Harrison Barnes to be the top option in Dallas.

    Advice: Considering the Mavs just gave Barnes nearly $100M, we're not sure this is exactly what fans wanted to hear. "Now are we asking him to come in and be our leading scorer day one? No," Cuban said. "I think we'll have a great balance of scoring attack. There are going to be days he scores four points and games when he scores 25 points. As long as we're getting the defensive effort." Given how horrific Barnes looked during the preseason, we're not sure Cuban is going to get what he's asking for. And that usually doesn't end up well. Saturday, 3:23 pm
  • Report: Greg Monroe could opt-in next year
    The Bucks are "preparing for the possibility" that Greg Monroe opts into his deal for the 2017-18 season, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: You could literally "prepare for the possibility" of anything, so we're not reading too far into this one. Besides, Monroe could be traded before we even reach that juncture. Saturday, 3:08 pm
  • Pelicans 'thrilled' with Terrence Jones
    The Pelicans have been "thrilled" with Terrence Jones in the preseason.

    Advice: In particular, New Orleans has been impressed by his ability to facilitate. After a slowish start, Jones really came on toward the end of the preseason and has firmly reestablished himself as a huge fantasy sleeper just ahead of the season. So long as he can stay healthy—and that's not a given whatsoever with this particular player—Jones should provide a very nice return on investment for owners willing to take the gamble. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov returns to practice Saturday
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Mozgov was already declared ready for the season opener, but it's nice to see him back on the practice floor before the year begins. Saturday, 2:10 pm
  • Kay Felder enters the concussion protocol
    Kay Felder has entered the league's concussion protocol.

    Advice: This puts his status for opening night in question and it could leave the Cavs with just one point guard in Kyrie Irving. If Felder can't go, we should see Iman Shumpert and possibly Jordan McRae at the one, but it's still too tough to trust them in standard leagues. LeBron James will have additional responsibilities handling the ball. Saturday, 10:59 am
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Friday, 10:05 pm
  • Kenneth Faried to come off the bench
    Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.

    Advice: He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Harrison Barnes' bad preseason finally ends
    Harrison Barnes did not do much on Friday, scoring eight points with three rebounds and one steal in 26 minutes.

    Advice: It was a preseason to forget for Harry B. The Mavs are obviously committed to him with his $94 million deal, so he has a leash as long as Texas as the starting small forward. Barnes is being put into a new role and it's really tough to invest anything more than a late-round pick on him based on how awful he looked this month. Friday, 9:48 pm
  • D-Will, Wes, Harry B, Dirk & Bogut to start
    Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Dirk Nowitzki and Andrew Bogut will start on Friday.

    Advice: Let's all hope Harry B can get it going. He's had a really rough time this month. Friday, 5:57 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov will be available for opener
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be available for the season opener.

    Advice: The Lakers will hold him out tonight after an injury scare on Wednesday. Mozgov has too many durability concerns to be counted on in fantasy leagues. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Friday, 9:05 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • Buddy Hield is coming off the bench
    Coach Alvin Gentry said Buddy Hield will be coming off the bench to start the season.

    Advice: On top of this news, Hield wasn't impressive during the Thursday game with 11 points, two rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes. Chances are coach Alvin Gentry doesn't trust him as a primary ball-handler in the second unit, so Hield isn't looking like a great fantasy addition. Thursday, 7:21 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off again with 24 points
    Terrence Jones was phenomenal on Thursday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Hey now. This comes on the heels of a 18-point game on Tuesday and he averaged 15.0 points per game in the preseason even before this beauty. Jones essentially took a pay cut to put himself in the best spot, and he appears to have made the right choice. Coach Alvin Gentry can use him next to Anthony Davis and both can guard fives depending on the matchup. He's solidified himself as a very nice late-round pick in almost all leagues. Thursday, 7:18 pm
  • Arron Afflalo expects to be ready for opener
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) said that he expects to play in Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Suns.

    Advice: Afflalo sat out Sacramento's previous preseason game, but he described the strained glute as a minor injury, so it doesn't sound like this is an issue that will linger into the regular season. Afflalo was in an ideal situation to produce in New York last year, but only managed to put up 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He has some more competition for minutes in Sacramento, so he's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) questionable Friday
    Timofey Mozgov (bruised tailbone) did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Mozgov still has a full six days to recover before the regular season opener, and he was reportedly feeling better on Thursday, so he should be fine for opening night. However, if his absence extends into the regular season, it'll be Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black picking up most of his minutes. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Gerald Henderson targeting 18-20 mins Fri
    Gerald Henderson (hip) is expected to play 18-20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson has been brought along slowly from his hip injury and he is targeting 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday. Henderson will see plenty of minutes for the 76ers to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Nick Young drops 19 points w/ five 3-pointers
    Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers' starting SF on Wednesday, making 7-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Young's effort on both ends of the court has been impressive this preseason, and coach Luke Walton has taken note. "[Young] was messing with Kevin Durant tonight," Walton said. "That's not easy." The veteran swingman seems committed to earning a substantial role despite L.A.'s youth movement, but fantasy owners should view him in context -- Young has yet to crack the top-100 (8-cat or 9-cat) in his nine-year career. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Harry Bad: Barnes now at just 35.3 TS% as Mav
    Harrison Barnes' disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday, making 1-of-9 from the field for eight points with three rebounds and two turnovers.

    Advice: So it turns out Kevin Durant is an upgrade over Harry B. In the preseason, Barnes has a woeful 35.2 true shooting percentage, including just 17.1 percent on his jumpers. We've seen Barnes have rough stretches for months at a time, but needless to say the Mavs aren't feeling great about paying him. If he falls to the last few rounds, he still might be worth a late pick. Wednesday, 8:45 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
  • Nick Young will start on Wednesday
    Nick Young will start on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's actually having a pretty nice preseason and even coach Luke Walton praised Uncle P's defense. Young isn't a complete lock for the rotation, but he is helping his case this month. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • MEM starts Conley, Ennis, Green & Gasol
    Mike Conley, Andrew Harrison, James Ennis, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol will start Wednesday's preseason game vs. Minnesota.

    Advice: Tony Allen and Chandler Parsons are both out with knee injuries so we're not reading into the starting swingmen in this lineup. Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Report: Wolves resist Ricky Rubio trade talk
    The Timberwolves are "still resisting trade overtures for Ricky Rubio," according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Kings have been "the most determined of several teams" pursuing a deal for Rubio, but Tom Thibodeau is reportedly reluctant to deal his PG unless Kris Dunn proves he can handle being a full-time starter. Any team dealing for Rubio would most likely intend to start him, so even if he's traded it shouldn't spoil his fantasy appeal. Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Lawson scores five points on 1-of-6 shooting
    Ty Lawson scored five points on 1-of-6 shooting (a 3-pointer) vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, adding four assists, two rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings brought him off the bench behind Garrett Temple, so maybe he's not a lock to open the season as the starter -- Darren Collison is suspended for the first eight games. Lawson is already on thin ice with the Kings after missing a team flight on Friday, but the Kings aren't going to suspend him for now. A timeshare right out of the gate with Temple is possible, so this is a tricky situation for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 9:46 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
  • Kenneth Faried appears headed for bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores 13 points in start
    Buddy Hield drew his first start of the preseason on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He was just 5-of-15 from the field and 0-of-6 from beyond the arc, and the rookie is going to be prone to nights like these. The Pelicans like the idea of Hield starting next to Tim Frazier, so they may open the season that way since E'Twaun Moore is dealing with a minor heel injury. Hield will be tough to rely on, so he's just a late-round flier. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 w/ two treys
    Terrence Jones (knee contusion) returned to action in style on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans were running their offense through him and he showed no signs of any injury after he missed the previous two games. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and it's great to see him attempt five 3-pointers on the night. He's loaded with upside and may have to step up early on with Anthony Davis bothered by an ankle issue. He should see minutes at the four and five and is a nice sleeper late in drafts, but just keep his injury history in mind. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) available to play Tues
    Terrence Jones (knee) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed the past two games with a bruised knee, which is pretty typical for the oft-injured forward, but it sounds like he could be back on the court for limited action Tuesday night. Jones does offer a good amount of upside with his ability to swat shots and hit triples, but staying healthy has been a major issue for him through his four years in the league. Still, he's on the radar as a potential late-round target in standard settings. Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Ty Lawson won't face suspension from Kings
    Ty Lawson won't face a suspension by the Kings, according to general manager Vlade Divac.

    Advice: Lawson met with Divac after missing a team flight on Friday, but Vlade said the team won't suspend Lawson. "We handle it inside [the] house," Divac said. "He got the message, and we move forward." Lawson is likely to start the first eight games of the season with Darren Collison suspended, but he'll ned to be on his best behavior going forward. Tuesday, 5:56 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 12 off the bench
    Greg Monroe scored 12 points off the bench with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: The biggest takeaway from tonight is that Monroe's usage rate could actually be a lot higher off the bench, as he attempted 19 shots from the field, connecting on six of them. Miles Plumlee is the favorite to start, but Monroe should soak up the majority of the center minutes, assuming the Bucks give up on trying to trade him. Monday, 7:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) questionable Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed two games in a row and was listed as doubtful in the previous outing, so this can be viewed as a step in the right direction. The Pelicans are banged up right now and don't want to take any chances, so we'd still be surprised to see Jones out there. The Pelicans signed Quincy Ford to a training camp deal to provide some additional depth for Tuesday. For now, Jones is still considered a sleeper in the later rounds. Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Ty Lawson still with the Kings
    Ty Lawson was at practice on Monday.

    Advice: So apparently the Kings didn't cut him. A video of Lawson, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein popped up of the three partying in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Lawson then missed the team flight on Friday, but his agent said the guard received permission -- McLemore and Cauley-Stein made the flight. Lawson will have to be on his best behavior going forward. Monday, 1:53 pm
  • Kay Felder has won the backup PG role
    Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that Kay Felder has won the backup point guard role.

    Advice: "Right now we'll say he's going to be our backup point guard for right now," Lue said. However, Lue also added that the plan for running the offense when Kyrie Irving is out is to "do it by committee," meaning LeBron James and Iman Shumpert will handle the ball as well. Felder has looked great in the preseason and has scored 14 or more points in three out of five games, but his value will be limited while Irving is healthy. Oct 17, 7:33 am
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