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  • Jimmy Butler scores 24 points in 37 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 24 points against the Celtics on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If you were concerned about his usage rate with the new talent next to him, don't be. He had a a usage monster in Derrick Rose next to him last year, had 24.0 usage rate in the preseason, and kicked this season off with a 25.0 in his massive playing time. On top of that, the triples are a nice surprise. Butler should be a rock-solid, top-25 player in standard leagues with first-round upside. 42 minutes ago
  • Nikola Mirotic scores 15 points in 29 minutes
    Nikola Mirotic scored 15 points off the bench on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, one assist, three turnovers and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: On top of the nice stats, Mirotic closed this game out and did so with a lead. Coach Fred Hoiberg may secretly want Mirotic to beat out Taj Gibson for the starting spot, but that may not be as important if Dwyane Wade can keep burying treys. Mirotic is a hold as a late-round guy after a horrible preseason. 47 minutes ago
  • Jae Crowder gets 35 minutes
    Jae Crowder played 35 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with 14 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It wasn't quite as strong has his 21-point season debut, but this is still a solid line. Coach Brad Stevens loves using Crowder as a power forward with a ton of burn in that spot in the preseason, 11 minutes in that role for the opener, and closing out in that spot tonight. Crowder should have no problem putting up mid-round value. Today, 8:01 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha plays well off Hawks bench
    Thabo Sefolosha had a spectacular reverse dunk and hit 6-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in 22 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway Jr. both easily outshined starter Kyle Korver tonight. Three-headed monsters are not fun to deal with in fantasy and it wouldn't be surprising to see a different character from this trio step up from night to night. On Thursday, it was Sefolosha and THJ's turn to shine. Today, 7:52 pm
  • Kent Bazemore struggles on 1-of-7 FG
    Kent Bazemore hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) to finish with seven points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and four turnovers in Thursday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Not good. He also committed his final turnover just seconds before he was pulled with the game locked up for the Hawks. Baze is part of the glue that holds the Hawks together and while tonight's line is pretty devastating for his owners, odds are good that he bounces back in the next one. Today, 7:36 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute listed as starter
    Luc Mbah a Toute is listed as the starter for the Clippers against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He wasn't locked in as the starter, but he was the favorite to get the job. Mbah a Moute is usually in the bottom five for usage rate among starters, which should be the case again. He doesn't have much value. Expect to see a host of Clippers to see minutes at the three. Today, 7:22 pm
  • Otto Porter quiet in start against ATL
    Otto Porter started for the Wizards on Thursday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 10 points, six rebounds and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't do anything amazing tonight, but was serviceable thanks to the shooting and the steals. He should get better as the season progresses, so put him on your watch list if he's available in your league. Today, 7:15 pm
  • Markieff Morris fills stat sheet in loss
    Markieff Morris hit 9-of-18 shots and two 3-pointers for 22 points, four rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Thursday's loss to the Hawks.

    Advice: Nice. Morris has a ton of potential but usually can't keep his head together for an entire season. This was a great start for the big man, so owners should have a little more confidence in using him until he cools off. Having said that, Bradley Beal being in foul trouble, and John Wall struggling both helped contribute to Morris' big night. Today, 7:13 pm
  • Chandler Parsons hopeful for next week
    Coach David Fizdale said he's hoping to have Chandler Parsons (knee) in the next week or two.

    Advice: "When he does practice, it looks pretty good," coach David Fizdale said. "I'm thinking in the next week or two that he'll be ready to go, but there's no definite timeline." Parsons had a hard minutes restriction last year after knee trouble, but it still led to season-ending surgery for him. James Ennis will man the small forward spot along with Vince Carter. Today, 3:38 pm
  • Chase Budinger signs overseas.
    Chase Budinger will sign with Baskonia in Spain.

    Advice: He was part of the final cuts for the Nets and may have a tough time getting back in the NBA. Budinger is still just 28 and has played for four NBA teams in his career dating back to 2009-10. Today, 2:58 pm
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  • 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. Today, 10:47 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
  • 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
  • Rudy Gay scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Rudy Gay racked up 22 points in 33 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 9-of-15 from the field with four blocks, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Trade rumors have swirled around Gay this offseason, due partly to his declaration that he'll opt out of his contract next summer. Those distractions didn't affect him tonight, though, and more importantly his Achilles injury seems to be in the rearview. So far, so good. Yesterday, 9:50 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
  • Solomon Hill plays 27 minutes in home defeat
    Solomon Hill logged 27 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, but had only two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: New Orleans gave Hill a four-year, $52 million contract this summer, so he's obviously a big part of their plans. He's a steady defender whose role is safe with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf, but fantasy owners should view him skeptically unless his offense picks up significantly. Yesterday, 9:18 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
  • 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
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. Yesterday, 9:10 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
  • Quincy Acy gets one minute
    Quincy Acy played one minute with one foul on Wednesday.

    Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation while the Mavs are healthy. Acy could get a spot start based on how coach Rick Carlisle handles his rotation with rest, but he's not a fantasy option right now. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
    Player Note
    Quincy Acy Dal - SF,PF
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31 points not enough
    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic sent to bench after 1st half
    Mirza Teletovic started the first half during his Bucks' debut on Wednesday, but he finished with only six points on 3-of-12 shooting, three boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The four-year veteran is coming off a career-best season during which he averaged 12.2 points, 2.3 triples and 3.8 rebounds in just 21.3 minutes per game. He was benched after halftime and it's anyone's guess where he'll begin Saturday's game, but his per-minute upside as a perimeter shooter makes him a worthwhile specialist in most 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:04 pm
  • Michael Beasley shoots 1-of-5 in 19 minutes
    Michael Beasley finished Wednesday's game with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 19 bench minutes.

    Advice: Beasley dealt with a minor elbow injury last week but it was never considered serious. The Bucks are hoping that he can replace some of the scoring they lost when Khris Middleton went down, but a handful of points are basically all he brings to the fantasy table. Yesterday, 9:03 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
  • Jae Crowder scores 21 efficient points
    Jae Crowder scored 21 points on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two turnovers in 29 minutes vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Crowder was a subtly dominant fantasy player last year, particularly in roto leagues, and he's off to a monster start in 2016-17. Al Horford's modest usage and playmaking abilities are a great fit alongside Crowder, Avery Bradley, Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson, so there's no reason to anticipate a drop-off. Yesterday, 8:00 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
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic, Miles Plumlee to start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Bucks do not have Tony Snell (ankle) for this game, so they'll start the power forward Teletovic. He did get some starts in the preseason and the Bucks will need him to space the floor. If he has a strong run to start the year, he could stick. If you need treys, give Teletovic a look. Yesterday, 3:23 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play
    Quincy Acy (foot) is expected to play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Mavs are asking him to take some 3-pointers and help space the floor off the bench. He is likely to be behind Dwight Powell for backup power forward minutes tonight. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
    Player Note
    Quincy Acy Dal - SF,PF
  • 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
  • Nikola Mirotic good to go for Wednesday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) will play on Thursday against the Celtics.

    Advice: He missed some preseason action due to a back tweak, but going through practice on Sunday suggested he was ready to go. Mirotic lost his starting job due to disappointing play on both ends, which really hurts his upside because he's not the only shooter in the second unit. He only played 23.3 minutes per game off the bench last year, which seems about right. Mirotic is still worth owning, but he's going to have some consistency issues. Yesterday, 11:58 am
  • 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
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Yesterday, 10:00 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
  • Bazemore shooting for All-Defensive honors
    Kent Bazemore said his personal goal for this season is to make the All-Defensive team.

    Advice: "I want to be on an All-Defensive team," Bazemore said. "I think, for me, if I do that then the team will be in a great spot." It's a realistic goal for Bazemore, who is an elite defender, and he'll be looking to take another step forward in his development during his age-27 season. At the very least, Bazemore should be able to meet last year's averages of 11.6 points, 5.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples per game, which was good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 8:42 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
  • 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
  • Parsons (knee) going through 5-on-5 work
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) has progressed to going through 5-on-5 work.

    Advice: Parsons said that he's been feeling "much better" now than he was at the start of training camp, that he hasn't lost a step, and that he hopes to get back on the court "soon." The Grizzlies have made it very clear that they won't rush anything with Parsons' rehab, but him going through full practices and 5-on-5 work is a very encouraging sign. He'll spend opening night on the sidelines, and remains without a firm timetable to return, but it does appear he's getting close. Tuesday, 3:55 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
    Player Note
    Quincy Acy Dal - SF,PF
  • Chandler Parsons (knee) won't play in opener.
    Chandler Parsons (knee rehab) will not play in season opener.

    Advice: Parsons is recovering from surgery to his right knee and had been making progress. There was some hope that he would be ready for the season's first game, but coach David Fizdale told reporters on Monday that Parsons would not be available. Afer signing Parsons to a max deal this summer, the Grizz are understandably taking a cautious approach with their $94.4 million investment. Monday, 12:15 pm
  • 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
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practice in full Sunday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Mirotic was also a full participant during Saturday's practice, so all indications are that he'll be just fine for opening night. Fred Hoiberg still has yet to commit to a starting five, but at this point, it would be surprising if Taj Gibson didn't start. Mirotic does have some upside, but it could be tough for him to reach his true potential in a reserve role. He's more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Sunday, 12:20 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 am
    Player Note
    Quincy Acy Dal - SF,PF
  • 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
  • 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
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) practices Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran expects to be available for the season opener. Even though he's likely to start at small forward, there is absolutely no fantasy value in any format to be seen here. Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) practices on Saturday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) returned to a full practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Although Fred Hoiberg has not yet decided on Chicago's opening night power forward, the expectation is for Mirotic to be available. Mirotic has the potential to be an intriguing fantasy commodity, but he's more of a flier right now given his competition for minutes as well as his uncertain role. Saturday, 12:21 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
  • Markieff Morris posts big line
    Markieff Morris scored 19 points with six rebounds, three assists, one steal, three blocks and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He made 8-of-10 from the field for arguably his best game as a Wizard. With the team being extremely thin at center, Morris should be dialed in to minutes around 30. His upside isn't all that great, but you could do worse after the big-name sleepers come off the board. Friday, 6:54 pm
  • Otto Porter makes all 7 FGAs for 16 points
    Otto Porter didn't skip a beat on Friday, making all seven attempts from the field for 16 points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He missed two games due to bruised ribs and was truly awesome for this game. There was some talk of the SF starting job being "up for grabs" earlier this month, but that is firmly in Porter's grasp now. Chances are anyone who drafted in the past week stole Otto, but now he should cost you a mid-round pick in standard drafts. Friday, 6:43 pm
  • Parsons practicing, not cleared for games
    Chandler Parsons (knee) has fully participated in the last two practices, but has yet to be cleared for game action.

    Advice: "No problems at all with the knee," Parsons said to ESPN. There is still some hope Parsons can get out there for the opener, but the Grizzlies will take it easy on their max guy. He's going to slide in fantasy drafts big time, but he does have value after the middle rounds. Friday, 6:00 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
  • Wall, Beal, Otto, Morris & Gortat will start
    John Wall, Bradley Beal, Otto Porter (ribs), Markieff Morris and Marcin Gortat will start on Friday.

    Advice: Due to the injuries to Markieff Morris (foot), Otto Porter (ribs) and John Wall (knees), the Wizards finally get their starters out there for a preseason game. There is some talk of Kelly Oubre taking Porter's spot, but that seems even more unlikely now. Porter is a fine pick in the later rounds. Friday, 2:32 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dealing with illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with an illness on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to attend the pizza event in Milwaukee because of the illness. He has a few days to get well before the opener and should be ready to go. Antetokounmpo isn't going to be the "point guard" on the roster, but he'll be running the offense. His upside is massive. Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute limited in practice
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He has a right knee contusion, but he's fully expected to be ready to start the season. Mbah a Mouse could start for the Clippers, but he's coming off a tiny 9.3 usage rate last year. There is not enough upside to draft him almost anywhere. Friday, 11:18 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
  • 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
  • OKC, SAC seriously discussed Gay-Payne swap
    The Kings and Thunder reportedly were in serious discussions regarding a Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne (foot) deal, but talks fell apart when Payne broke his foot in September.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time until Gay is wearing a different jersey, but the uncertainty of his next destination makes him a risky mid-round target. For what it's worth, the Kings have consistently expressed interest in Ricky Rubio, but it's unclear if they could put together the assets to make that deal appealing for the Timberwolves. Depending on what the Kings get back, Matt Barnes could see a nice boost in value with the departure of Gay. Thursday, 11:54 am
  • Mbah a Moute (knee) doesn't practice Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) sat out Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute is simply dealing with a bruised knee, and head coach Doc Rivers expects him to be fully recovered in the next day or so. Mbah a Moute will likely shuffle in and out of the starting five this season based on matchups, but his fantasy value will remain non-existent regardless of how he enters the game. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
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  • Rudy Gay trying to ignore trade rumors
    Rudy Gay said he is trying to ignore trade rumors and focus on the regular season.

    Advice: Gay has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, but the 30-year-old said he's trying to ignore rumors as best as he can. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings," Gay said. "I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Gay is already a risky mid-round fantasy pick and a potential trade makes him even more risky as he could see his value go down in a new location. Thursday, 7:31 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
  • 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
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 14 points as starter
    Mirza Teletovic started on Wednesday and had 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks badly need Teletovic's perimeter shooting, and his prospects are even brighter with the possibility of minutes at both SF and PF. He's worth a look in the final rounds if you need some 3-pointers and scoring with solid FT shooting. Wednesday, 7:33 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
  • Mirza Teletovic getting the start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tony Snell (ankle) still isn't ready to go, so the Bucks will give Mirza a longer look tonight. Teletovic should be getting minutes in the mid 20s in the second unit this season. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Michael Beasley (elbow) out for Wednesday
    Michael Beasley (elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear what's going on with Beasley's elbow, but there's no indication of it being serious. With him out, we'll get a longer look at Mirza Teletovic along with the other forwards. Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) out for Thursday
    Nikola Mirotic (back) will not travel for Thursday's game.

    Advice: He was in some pain from his back injury on Monday. Mirotic has likely lost his chance to start on opening night with Taj Gibson leapfrogging him. With Mirotic out, Bobby Portis should have a bigger role off the bench. While Mirotic has lost some value, he's still a decent flier at the end of drafts. Wednesday, 11:09 am
  • Rudy Gay held to six points Tuesday
    Rudy Gay was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rumors are starting to get to him. Gay had a nightmare showing, turning the ball over six times with four boards, three assists and three steals. He's going to be the starting SF this season, but the Kings can't wait to trade him -- Gay already informed the Kings that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season. He's a risky mid-round pick this season and a trade might not help his value. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores seven Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore's quiet preseason continued on Tuesday vs. New Orleans, as he scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The money stats were nice, but Bazemore has only scored in double digits one time through four preseason games. He will have a similar role this season after averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in 2015-16, but he tends to fall in drafts and should be available towards the end of the middle rounds. Tuesday, 7:22 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
  • Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) out Wednesday
    Chandler Parsons (right knee surgery) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: This was his final chance to play in the preseason, so this is disappointing. The Grizzlies won't provide a timetable, but Parsons has been spotted running and getting some shots up. For now, we'll consider him closer to doubtful for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:13 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
  • Report: SAC has discussed Gay deal with Miami
    The Kings have reportedly had discussions with the Heat involving a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Gay is tired of dealing with the disfunction of the Sacramento franchise, and has already informed the club that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season, so the Kings would be wise to trade him rather than let him walk away for nothing as a free agent next summer. This isn't the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Gay, so this report does have some merit. In terms of fantasy hoops, Gay could see a slight boost operating as one of the main guys in Miami, while Dragic's value would likely hold steady as he'd remain a starter in Sacramento. Collison's value, however, would likely take a hit in Miami. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Otto Porter, Smith out Tuesday vs. Cleveland
    Otto Porter (ribs) and Jason Smith (oblique) will miss Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

    Advice: It's just a precautionary absence for Porter, so he should be just fine for opening night. Scott Brooks seems to really like him, so he should be able to improve upon last year's averages of 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 treys per contest. He's a solid mid-round target. Smith, however, will have zero fantasy value this season operating as the third-string center in Washington. Tuesday, 11:59 am
  • Nikola Mirotic (back) doesn't practice Tues
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) was unable to practice on Tuesday, and his status for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks remains uncertain.

    Advice: Mirotic sustained the injury during Monday's preseason loss to the Hornets, and it wouldn't be surprising at all to see him sit out Thursday's meaningless game if there's any question at all that he's not completely recovered. Consistency has been a major issue for Mirotic through his first two years in the league, but when he's on, he's capable of producing at a top-60 level. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Otto Porter present at shootaround on Tuesday
    Otto Porter (ribs) was present at shootaround on Tuesday.

    Advice: The Wizards play their final preseason game on Tuesday against the Cavs, but Porter will be held out for precautionary reasons. The 23-year-old should be ready to roll for the regular season and make for a solid late middle round target after averaging 11.6 points, 5.2 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 triples last season. Tuesday, 10:04 am
  • Nets waive G/F Chase Budinger
    Nets waive G/F Chase Budinger.

    Advice: Budinger averaged 3.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game during the preseason, but will now become an unrestricted free agent. While he may hook on with another team, Budinger can be ignored in fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 8:00 am
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  • Nikola Mirotic (back) says he's day-to-day
    Nikola Mirotic (strained back) said he is "day to day" after being injured during Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Mirotic didn't return after feeling a "sharp pain," and the Bulls will assuredly play it safe with him over the next week. Fantasy owners should keep a very close watch for updates, but for now this doesn't sound serious enough to bump him down draft boards. Oct 17, 8:12 pm
  • Jimmy Butler fares well after a few rest days
    Jimmy Butler returned to action on Monday with 15 points (5-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), two rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out the Bulls' previous two games as a precaution, but tonight was likely a preview of the regular-season lineup, with Butler joined in the starting unit by Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez. Rondo's ball-dominance and Wade's high usage have dinged Butler's upside, but he's still a lock for early-round value. Oct 17, 8:07 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 21 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues. Oct 17, 7:16 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores nine in start Monday
    Mirza Teletovic scored nine points in a start at power forward on Monday, adding three boards, two steals and two treys in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and hit all three of his free throws. Starting Teletovic would make sense for the Bucks because of their struggles from deep least season, and he gives point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo some more driving lanes with his floor spacing. Regardless of whether or not he starts, Teletovic will have a significant role and is a nice late-round pick for owners in need of treys. The Bucks gave him $30 million for a reason. Oct 17, 7:10 pm
  • Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return
    Nikola Mirotic (lower back strain) will not return to Monday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: He took a hard fall and the Bulls aren't going to take any chances here. He played 10 minutes, but missed all four of his shots from the field (all 3-pointers) with two rebounds and one steal. If he's forced to miss time, Taj Gibson will be looking at heavy minutes and Bobby Portis will take over the backup role. It's been a miserable preseason for Mirotic. Oct 17, 7:03 pm
  • Delly, Giannis, Parker, Mirza, Miles to start
    Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic and Miles Plumlee are the expected starters vs. the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Malcolm Brogdon was the listed starter, but Teletovic was running with the starters during warmups. The Bucks really need Teletovic's floor spacing this season, so he's a sneaky late-round pick for his upside in treys. Giannis should be busy tonight and could see an uptick in assists with Teletovic on the floor. Oct 17, 4:04 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. Oct 17, 2:46 pm
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Taj, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez are starting vs. the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: This has the look of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but it's worth noting that Michael Carter-Williams hasn't joined the team yet. The big takeaway here is that Gibson is starting at the four once again and this will likely be the lineup on opening night. As for Butler, he rested for the past two games due to some general soreness, but he's obviously fine now. Oct 17, 9:35 am
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