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  • 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. Today, 7:57 am
  • Tarik Black was signed by LAK on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 18 points in win vs. MIN
    Marc Gasol scored 18 points in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a "relative" minutes restriction, but Gasol was fantastic in just a tad below his 34.3 minutes per game from last season. Gasol playing in a more pace-and-space offense creates a new side to his game and he attempted at least three attempts from deep for the first time in his NBA career. The ceiling is really nice, but the foot fracture from last year will hang over his head as a risky fantasy asset. Yesterday, 11:47 pm
  • Zach Randolph comes off the bench for 19 & 12
    Zach Randolph came off the bench against the Wolves on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: After playing just eight percent of his minutes next to Marc Gasol in the preseason, that number jumped to 36 percent tonight. While some of it was due to JaMychal Green getting into foul trouble and the matchup helped, it was a good sign to see Z-Bo get run next to his old running mate. This kind of set up perfectly for him and he likely won't be this good too often, but give Randolph a look if you need a big man. Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 21 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 102-98 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is a highlight reel waiting to happen with his face-up game comparable to some of the best small forwards in the game. Towns made a lot of his money in the midrange last year, making an incredible 48 percent of his 410 attempts. He looks like he'll be adding more treys to his game as one of the most complete offensive weapons in the NBA. It's not too much to ask for KAT to score in the 25-30 point range with tons of stats to go with it. Yesterday, 10:49 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
  • Clint Capela scores 16 points on 8-of-11 FGs
    Clint Capela finished Wednesday's disappointing loss in L.A. with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, nine rebounds, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This is an ideal start to the year for Capela's fantasy outlook -- he nearly double-doubled and managed to avoid killing owners from the FT line (0-of-1 at the stripe). He also committed just two fouls during his 26 minutes on the court, another encouraging sign from the typically foul-prone big man. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Ryan Anderson debuts w/ 14 points for HOU
    Ryan Anderson played 34 minutes in his Houston debut, scoring 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting with six boards, two 3-pointers, two steals, one assist and zero turnovers.

    Advice: Ryno gives the Rockets the stable, court-spacing PF they've missed the past few seasons, and he's a promising fit in Mike D'Antoni's offense. His rebound rate should also increase after a down year coming off the bench in New Orleans, and he could be a steal for owners who landed him in the late-middle rounds. His 34 minutes tonight were four above last year's average. Yesterday, 10:42 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles vs. Memphis
    Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had the mid-range game working and did a fine job on defense. Dieng is locked and loaded for minutes in the 28-32 range most nights with one of the highest fantasy floors around. While Dieng is not going to get many center minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau looks like he will play him consistently at power forward. Yesterday, 10:24 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets 16 minutes vs. OKC
    Jahlil Okafor scored eight points in 16 minutes during a 103-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday, adding three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He went past his 12-14 minutes limit tonight and looked healthy while he was out there. Okafor obviously didn't play next to Joel Embiid, which is unlikely to happen unless the matchup is a strange one -- it's unlikely to happen regardless. Okafor is going to come off the bench and won't have much value on the nights Embiid is active. Yesterday, 9:39 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. Yesterday, 9:18 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
  • Jusuf Nurkic opens year w/ career-high 23 pts
    Jusuf Nurkic opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: Nurkic also went 5-of-6 from the line with just one turnover in 26 minutes, an incredibly assured debut that solidifies his case as a breakout fantasy center. Efficiency has been a big issue for Nurkic in his brief NBA career, so it was great to see him feasting in the paint tonight -- none of his makes came from beyond six feet, however, so don't expect him to start drifting toward the perimeter. Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 21 minutes in opener
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing season opener on Wednesday, finishing with just five points, seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nuggets went smaller for stretches tonight, hurting Jokic's minutes, but in an era of small-ball lineups Denver is embracing a super-sized frontcourt. "The great thing about Nikola is that he can space the floor," coach Mike Malone said before the game. Jokic did go 1-of-2 from downtown tonight and his playing time should increase vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Jusuf Nurkic's presence at center may be stifling Jokic somewhat, but patience is warranted. Yesterday, 9:10 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
  • 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
  • Anthony Davis: 50 pts, 16 reb, 7 stl, 4 blk
    Anthony Davis exploded for 50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals, five assists and four blocks vs. Denver on Wednesday, making 17-of-34 field goals and 16-of-17 free throws.

    Advice: This opening-night gem is a vivid reminder of AD's untold upside, and it comes on the heels of last Thursday's 33-point, 13-rebound explosion. The specter of injury will follow him all season, especially if the Pelicans continue to lean on him this heavily -- Davis played a game-high 41 minutes, and his team lost despite his heroic efforts. For now, AD's owners should simply revel in his ludicrous production. Yesterday, 8:35 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic shines with 17 & 14 in opener
    Nikola Vucevic finished Wednesday's 108-96 defeat with 17 points on 7-of-14 FGs, 14 boards, three assists, two steals and one turnover in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It's worth remembering that Bismack Biyombo was suspended for this game, which may have shifted more playing time to Vuc tonight. Head coach Frank Vogel did play the two together for stretches this preseason, though, and either way it's safe to pencil in Vuc as a top-50 guy in 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 7:32 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Tiago Splitter confirmed out
    Tiago Splitter (hamstring) will not play on Thursday.

    Advice: He was ruled out for four weeks back on Oct. 11, so this isn't surprising. The Hawks are likely going to use Kris Humphries more at the five and may not get Edy Tavares out there just yet. Yesterday, 2:01 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. Yesterday, 1:06 pm
  • Rockets exercise fourth-year option on Capela
    The Rockets have exercised their fourth-year team option on Clint Capela.

    Advice: Houston management is high on Capela, so he could be in for a solid season as Mike D'Antoni's starting center. Just know that he's a career 35.9 percent shooter from the stripe. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will be on 12-minute limit Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (knee rehab) will be on a 12-minute limit for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Joel Embiid's minutes will be capped at 20, so it's possible we see Brett Brown roll out some small ball lineups with Dario Saric at the five-spot and Jerami Grant spending time at the four. Richaun Holmes could also be in the rotation tonight, but Saric is the guy you want to target in fantasy hoops. Until the minutes limit is lifted, Okafor won't really be worth deploying in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Jusuf Nurkic ready to be a leader for Denver
    Jusuf Nurkic is ready to step into a leadership role with the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: "That’s my position. Whoever takes it, I get it back," Nurkic said of earning his job back as Denver's starting center. "I’m happy to be here. I’m here for a reason. I will show, like I showed in the preseason. I will do whatever I need to be a leader on this team and to help this team win." Nurkic looked great during the preseason with averages of 12.6 points, 10.7 boards, 1.0 steal and 0.7 swats per contest in just 23.4 minutes of action, so if he can just stay healthy, he could have a very nice season. Yesterday, 8:33 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
  • 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
  • Marc Gasol to be on a minutes restriction
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will be on a "relative minutes restriction" as the season starts.

    Advice: Michael Wallace of reported that Coach Fizdale will look to limit Gasol's minutes early on this season. It remains unclear how limiting the restriction will be, and how long it will last. It is a fluid situation and should be monitored as such. Stay tuned... Monday, 12:27 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) feeling better every day
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) said that his knee has been feeling better every day.

    Advice: Okafor is on track to suit up for Philly's regular-season opener against OKC on Wednesday, but he'll be coming off the bench behind Joel Embiid, and will more than likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit. He's not all that attractive of a standard league target, although his value is a bit better in points settings. Monday, 11:35 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Monday, 6:42 am
  • MIN exercises option on Karl-Anthony Towns
    The Timberwolves have exercised their third-year option on Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: KAT's rookie year was pretty legendary, and he's all setup to have an incredible sophomore season under head coach Tom Thibodeau. He's going to cost you a top-5 pick if you want him. Sunday, 3:50 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor limited in practice Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) was limited at Sunday's practice, but he's optimistic about playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he looked "OK" and gave him a B-minus. He only played eight total minutes in the preseason and it sounds like his role will be very limited right out of the gate -- Okafor expects to see more than eight minutes, but not too much more. With Nerlens Noel (knee) on the shelf, this means that Richaun Holmes could be in the rotation on opening night. Joel Embiid is the center you want to own in Philly. Sunday, 10:22 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 10:00 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
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 15 in 15 minutes
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 15 points in 15 minutes on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He went nuclear in his last four games and made 9.0 free throws in that span. As for his other averages, KAT posted 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys in just 23.3 minutes. He's already the most unstoppable big man in the NBA and can score from anywhere in any set. Towns is a top-five fantasy pick and is in the mix for top three. Friday, 7:24 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets eight minutes, scores four
    Jahlil Okafor scored four points in his preseason debut on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist, one turnover and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice face-up spin move for his field goal make and looked fine in his two mini stints. With Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) set to miss time, Okafor should be able to get minutes around 24 once he's 100 percent. It's still unclear how long Noel will be out, so it's probably best to avoid both Okafor and Noel. Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Nurk Work: Jusuf Nurkic wins starting job
    The starting Nuggets front court for opening night will be Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic.

    Advice: Nobody gets more credit for earning a starting job than Nurkic. He lost around 40 pounds this offseason and quickly shed a minutes cap. He's playing with a chip on his shoulder and is running the floor better than he ever has. His awesome summer moves him into the late-middle rounds of standard drafts. Friday, 6:21 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
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) to see 6-8 minutes Fri
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 6-8 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That likely means he's only getting one stint tonight. Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes will take on most of the center minutes tonight. Okafor's health concerns and unclear role make him a fairly undesirable fantasy target. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will play 8-10 minutes Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 8-10 minutes on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, so this is a nice surprise. Okafor made it through the morning shootaround and this confirms that he should also be ready for opening night. He's coming off knee surgery and had a minor setback during training camp, so expectations should be tempered in the early going. With the emergence of Joel Embiid in the preseason, Okafor will come off the bench this season and is just a late-round pick. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Anthony Davis scores 33 points in 37 minutes
    Anthony Davis (ankle) returned from his Oct. 12 injury on Thursday, scoring 33 points with 13 rebounds, four assists, two 3-pointers and five turnovers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He probably shouldn't have played 37 minutes in a preseason game, right? Whatever the case, Davis came out of this game healthy and he obviously showed his upside. While he has monster upside, failing to play in the final three-plus games in three of his four NBA seasons. The risk-reward factors have him as a late-first pick in standard leagues. Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful Friday vs. MIA
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat.

    Advice: Okafor will be traveling with the team to Miami, and said that he's expecting to be available for opening night, but it sounds like he'll again be on the sidelines for Friday's meaningless game. Okafor isn't in a great situation coming off knee surgery and fighting for minutes in Philly's frontcourt, so he's not a great target in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Gentry: Anthony Davis to play 28-32 minutes
    Coach Alvin Gentry said he expects Anthony Davis (ankle) to play 28-32 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: There are two things coming to mind here: Davis must be pretty close to 100 percent, and it's a little surprising to see Davis out there for so much burn in a preseason game. We'll let you know how he looks tonight. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Frazier, Moore, Hill, Davis, Asik starting
    Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis and Omer Asik will start Thursday vs. the Magic.

    Advice: Davis has officially beat the initial 10-14 day timetable, and he'll obviously be good to go when the regular season kicks off. The constant trips to the locker room make owning Davis gut wrenching experience for owners, but there's no denying his ridiculous upside, making him the ultimate risk-reward selection this year. Thursday, 2:49 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for opener?
    Jahlil Okafor said that "everything's looking good" with his surgically repaired right knee, and he expects to be ready for the 76ers' regular-season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: He's doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat, and while he's expecting to play on opening night, we wouldn't be so sure as players are often overly optimistic when projecting their return from an injury. Okafor also said that he's "fine" coming off the bench this season, which is a good indication that his minutes will be limited to begin the year as he fights for playing time in Philly's overcrowded frontcourt. He's more of a late-round pick in deep leagues at the moment. Thursday, 2:11 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
  • Anthony Davis will play against Magic Thurs
    Anthony Davis (ankle) will play against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: Davis beat his 10-14 day timetable after a suffering a sprain on October 12 and will get some extra preseason work before the regular season begins. While Davis remains a frustrating injury risk, he still possesses enough upside to warrant being a target towards the end of the first round in standard fantasy league drafts. Thursday, 9:56 am
  • Jahlil Okafor doubtful for Friday vs Miami
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game against Miami.

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:47 am
  • 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
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng goes for 19 & 11 w/ four blocks
    Gorgui Dieng helped the Wolves cruise past the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man sank 5-of-6 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws, a level of efficiency that buoys his rising fantasy stock. With the starting job all locked up, Dieng shouldn't fall past the middle rounds in any format. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns has 31 pts w/ 17-of-17 FTs
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Grizzlies for 31 points in a pristine performance on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 17-of-17 FTs with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's only the preseason, but KAT's stellar rookie season was a taste of things to come and he's hands-down the best fantasy center in the league. If this were the regular season he'd be the 11th center since 1963 to make at least 17 free throws without a miss. He also limited Marc Gasol to just 2-of-10 shooting and coach Tom Thibodeau should ride him for huge minutes this year, with a usage rate to match. Buckle up. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) plays 20 minutes
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) played 20 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, turning in six points on 2-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Gasol's playing time was actually more than anticipated given his recent injury. "Timing ... you don't want to go 10-12 days without playing," Gasol said, explaining the decision to suit up at less than 100 percent. The good news is that he didn't injure his surgically-repaired bone, so this shouldn't have lasting implications in the regular season. Memphis will be cautious with him all year, including occasional DNP-CDs, but owners can expect him to be ready for opening night. Wednesday, 8:00 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
  • Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will start Wednesday
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will start against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He tweeted out "it's all good baby baby" on Saturday night, so he certainly wasn't kidding. Gasol said he wants to build his conditioning, so it doesn't sound like he will be limited. His foot surgery last season caused a bit of a scare over the weekend, but this is something to watch. If Gasol can stay healthy, the sky is the limit in an up-tempo Memphis offense. Wednesday, 3:41 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) probable for Thursday
    Anthony Davis (ankle) has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's preseason game against the Magic.

    Advice: After his Oct. 12 ankle sprain, Davis looks to have beaten his 10-14 day timetable. He has added some muscle to his frame to help him and he also won't have to play with his nagging hip injury. Davis has yet to hit 70 games in a season during his career, which is why it's tough to take him in the top five of a standard draft. The upside is undeniable, though. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Anthony Davis now probable for season opener
    Anthony Davis (ankle) has officially been upgraded to probable for the season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: He was able to practice on Wednesday and apparently it went well. Davis had an injury scare back on Oct. 12 and looks to be ahead of his 10-14 day timetable. He's one of the most talented big men in the NBA, but the injury woes can't go unnoticed. Davis still offers enough upside to take in the second half of the first round of almost any format. Wednesday, 1:17 pm
  • Anthony Davis (ankle) could play Thursday?
    Anthony Davis (ankle) practiced on Wednesday and may be able to get on the court for Thursday's preseason finale against the Magic.

    Advice: This is obviously great news, and it looks like even if Davis isn't able to take the court Thursday night, he should be good to go for New Orleans' regular season opener. While he does possess No. 1 overall upside, there's no denying that Davis is a major injury risk, making him the ultimate risk-reward target this season. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic calms down Tuesday
    Jusuf Nurkic hit just 1-of-8 shots for four points, 13 rebounds and a block on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been playing very well this preseason but never got it going tonight. It looks like he's going to start at center for the Nuggets, with Nikola Jokic sliding over to power forward. His stock has been rising and he's become a very popular center pick in the early-middle rounds of drafts. Tuesday, 7:57 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic quiet in return to action
    Nikola Vucevic returned to action from a rest on Tuesday and had eight points, three rebounds, a steal and a block on 4-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The fact that Bismack Biyombo was taking the night off makes Vuc's disappointing line a bit disturbing, but the center job is still his to lose. Vucevic is no longer a top center prospect in fantasy with the arrival of Biyombo, but he's still capable of putting up big numbers if he can avoid a full-blown timeshare. Tuesday, 7:04 pm
  • Payton, Fournier, Green, Ibaka, Vuc starting
    Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Jeff Green, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Vucevic was rested during Orlando's last game, but it'll be Bismack Biyombo (rest) taking the night off tonight with Vucevic returning to the starting five. Green will be subbing in for Aaron Gordon, who is dealing with sore ankles, but that's not something that will continue into the regular season. Tuesday, 3:50 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
  • 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
  • Tyson Chandler returns to scrimmaging
    Tyson Chandler (hamstring) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He was away from the team due to personal reasons earlier this month, but he popped up the injury report last week. Chandler has dealt with numerous hamstring strains, so it's a positive to see he's back at practice already. There is not enough upside to take Chandler in most drafts. Monday, 1:00 pm
  • Alex Len (back) goes through scrimmage
    Alex Len (back spasms) was able to scrimmage on Monday.

    Advice: He was in uniform for Friday's game, but he did not play. This is Len's first noteworthy battle with back spasms, so there's no reason to be concerned here. He's likely to split minutes at center with Tyson Chandler, but Marquese Chriss could eat into his playing time. Monday, 12:57 pm
  • MRI reveals a bone bruise for Marc Gasol
    An MRI on Marc Gasol's right foot revealed a bone bruise and it's not the same bone that he had surgery on.

    Advice: This is very good news. He will sit out of Wednesday's preseason finale as planned, but it sounds like he's probable for opening night. Gasol is taking more 3-pointers these days which his fantasy owners will love, but he will also have some maintenance days this season and he's a little riskier than usual because of the durability concerns. For what it's worth, Gasol did some conditioning work and got some shots up as well on Monday. Monday, 10:50 am
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