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  • 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. 37 minutes ago
  • 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. 59 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 1:06 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard wanted to get to the line
    Kawhi Leonard studied film this offseason on how to get to the line.

    Advice: It obviously showed on Tuesday with the MVP candidate setting a career-high 15 makes. "I’m just starting to feel it and get a rhythm," Leonard said. "As it keeps going, I am getting better at it." Manu Ginobili said Kawhi's new additions are "Harden-like" and the refs seemed to agreed on Tuesday. Leonard is going to be a fantasy monster, but you knew that. Today, 12:52 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. Today, 11:46 am
  • Mike Scott (knee) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Mike Scott (left knee) did not participate during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: With the Hawks at full strength, Scott's playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Today, 10:52 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) not close to a return
    Head coach Erik Spoelstra implied on Wednesday that Wayne Ellington (right quad) is not close to getting back on the court.

    Advice: "Wayne hasn't been out on the court doing a whole lot other than stationary shooting and free throws," said Spoelstra. Ellington won't play on opening night, and it sounds like he'll be doubtful for Friday's game against Charlotte as well. Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters will split minutes at the two-spot while both Ellington and Josh Richardson (knee) recover from their injuries. Today, 10:45 am
  • Popovich says Leonard 'more hungry to score'
    Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard is "more confident, more aggressive, [and] more hungry to score than in the past."

    Advice: "He basically tells me what he wants to do now," Popovich said of Leonard. "He’ll take the ball. He’ll send the screener away. He’ll decide if he wants to go one-on-one with no screen, no pick. He is much more demonstrative, looks for his shots more. He knows he has a green light." This was made painfully evident when Leonard torched the Warriors' for a career-high 35 points in his regular-season debut on Tuesday, and he looks all setup for another fantastic season as the face of the Spurs franchise. Today, 10:23 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. Today, 10:00 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) on track to play Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (elbow) is on track to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in most leagues. Today, 9:18 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic could start Wednesday?
    Kenny Atkinson said he's debating between starting Joe Harris or Bojan Bogdanovic for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. Boston with Randy Foye (hamstring) unavailable.

    Advice: It would be surprising if Atkinson elected to go with Harris over Bogdanovic, but even if Bogdanovic doesn't start, he's sure to see plenty of minutes with Foye on the sidelines. Go ahead and get him active if you're looking for some points and triples. Today, 8:55 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. Today, 8:42 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. Today, 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. Today, 8:11 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) questionable for opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is being listed as questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: McRoberts has been cleared for contact, so there's a chance he could get on the floor for limited minutes Wednesday night. He's not a fantasy option anywhere, though. Today, 7:04 am
  • Bismack Biyombo (suspension) out Wednesday
    Bismack Biyombo (suspension) will be unavailable for the first game of the season.

    Advice: This is just a reminder to get Biyombo out of your lineups. Orlando is expected to roll out a starting five of Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic for the season opener, and Vucevic should see plenty of minutes with Biyombo unavailable. Today, 7:02 am
  • Derrick Rose adjusting to triangle offense
    Derrick Rose said that he's still adjusting to running the triangle offense.

    Advice: "Towards the end, when you saw us running it, it was just us trying to get used to it so it's not that foreign," Rose said. "We got a lot of room to make up on that side of the ball too." Rose missed most of training camp due to the civil case against him, so it's understandable that he's not fully comfortable yet in the Knicks offense. He also said that he'd like to run some more pick-and-roll sets, but staying healthy is going to be the main thing for Rose this season. Today, 6:54 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. Today, 6:35 am
  • Patty Mills plays 18 minutes w/ three treys
    Patty Mills played 18 minutes off the bench and hit 4-of-9 shots and three 3-pointers for 11 points, five assists and four steals in the Spurs win over the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's a nice start for Mills who should be on the radar in deeper leagues, especially once Parker starts logging some heavy minutes on his old body. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Klay Thompson struggles with shot in loss
    Klay Thompson hit just 5-of-13 shots and only hit one 3-pointer on his way to 11 points, one rebound, two assists, zero steals and zero blocks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ouch. His shot wasn't falling early and it's important to note that he took 13 or fewer shots 18 times last season. There's no reason to panic, but it does make sense that he sees fewer looks this season with Kevin Durant on board. Had he started off a little hotter from the field, his line would have looked better, but this line is a good example of why we were a little down on Klay coming into this season. If it makes you feel better, he started last season off hitting 3-of-8, 4-of-10 and 6-of-12 shots in his first three games. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • George Hill scores 19 points Tuesday
    George Hill looked great vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring 19 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and one trey in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He has a really nice floor in fantasy and it’s even better while Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) are out. Prior to the season the Jazz were expecting Hill to play around 28 minutes per game with Dante Exum back in the mix, but Exum played just eight minutes (mostly off the ball) and Shelvin Mack played 15. Hill could be a nice sell-high candidate if his strong play continues over the next few weeks. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Durant posts solid stats in ugly loss
    Kevin Durant had 27 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals, two blocks and a 3-pointer on 11-of-18 shooting in Tuesday's ugly loss to the Spurs.

    Advice: KD, Draymond Green and Stephen Curry all got to eat tonight, but the outcome of the game was highly disappointing for the Oracle faithful, as they lost 129-100. Let's remember this team has only been together for a short time and this was their first real game. We're guessing they'll be blowing opponents' doors off a month from now, if not sooner. If you drafted Durant, tonight is a good sign that things are going to work out. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Draymond Green plays well in ugly loss
    Draymond Green scored 18 points with 12 rebounds, six assists, five steals, a block and two 3-pointers

    Advice: So much for Dray taking a hit with the arrival of KD, but this was just one game. Regardless of what happens going forward, this is a good reminder that Green has unlimited potential and is one of the best defenders in the league. He was great tonight and will end up being a draft-day steal if he keeps this up for the long haul. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 35
    Kawhi Leonard hit 10-of-21 shots and 15-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's surprising blowout 129-100 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: Leonard is a freak and had the ball in his hands on nearly every possession tonight. If you had the No. 7 pick in your draft and ended up with Kawhi, things are sure looking up right now. But just keep in mind that he plays for Gregg Popovich, who may not turn him loose like this on a nightly basis. And now might also be a good time to remind everyone that the Pacers traded Leonard as a rookie - for George Hill. Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Evan Turner struggles in debut Tuesday
    Evan Turner struggled in his Blazers debut vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Lillard drops 39 w/ six dimes, four treys
    Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Derrick Rose plays 30 minutes in opener
    Derrick Rose looked fine in 30 minutes of Tuesday's opening loss to the Cavs, finishing with 17 points, three rebounds, one assist, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hit 7-of-17 shots and looked explosive on a few drives to the rack, but the one assist is a bit of a concern. But if Rose can somehow go for 30 minutes a night and stay healthy, the rest of his game will surely improve. And if 'ifs and buts were candy and nuts...' If you drafted Rose, just hang onto him for the next 10 days and then reevaluate the situation. Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Yesterday, 7:12 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Hill, Hood, Johnson, Diaw, Gobert starting
    George Hill, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: With Gordon Hayward (finger) and Derrick Favors (knee) on the sidelines, it'll be Hill, Hood and Johnson doing the heavy lifting on offense, with Trey Lyles having some increased opportunity for minutes and likely to serve as the spark plug off the bench. Lyles is someone to consider as a low-budget DFS target. Yesterday, 1:52 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. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Barea, Acy questionable for season opener
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Both guys should be available, but neither one will be making a difference in most leagues while the team is healthy. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) ruled out for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) did not practice on Tuesday and will not play on opening night.

    Advice: He's not going to be a major part of the rotation anyway, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be on the floor a bit more with Miami's backcourt banged up. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • 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
  • Derrick Rose won't have mins limit in opener
    Jeff Hornacek said he doesn't plan on imposing a minutes limit on Derrick Rose for the Knicks' regular-season opener against the Cavs on Tuesday.

    Advice: Rose will open the year as New York's starting point guard, and it'll be interesting to see just how long those troublesome knees hold up. His upside isn't all that high anymore, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection on draft day. Monday, 10:29 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) cleared for contact
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) has been cleared for contact, and hopes to make it back to the court "sooner rather than later."

    Advice: Additionally, McRoberts said he's spent most his time at the five-spot during Heat practices, so it sounds like Erik Spoelstra envisions McBob operating as Hassan Whiteside's primary backup. It's unlikely that McRoberts will be able to see much more than 20 minutes a night in a reserve role, and he's still without an official timetable to return, so there's no reason to draft him anywhere. Monday, 10:11 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) limited at practice
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was limited during Monday's practice and is looking doubtful for Miami's regular-season opener against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Ellington won't have a significant role in Miami's rotation, so his absence won't have much of an impact on the fantasy landscape at all. Perhaps Rodney McGruder could see limited minutes in the rotation sans Ellington, but that's about it. Monday, 10:04 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) probable for season opener
    Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea (left elbow) will likely play on opening night vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens on opening night, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in almost any format. Monday, 9:33 am
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Sunday, 2:02 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
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Sunday, 11:14 am
  • Hornacek pleased with Rose's conditioning
    Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek is pleased with where Derrick Rose's conditioning is despite the point guard missing so much time in the preseason.

    Advice: "He looked good," Hornacek said. "We did some up and down. His conditioning was good. He’s picking up on the stuff that we’re doing pretty well. It looked good today for being off a couple of weeks." Rose said that he feels "good," but that's what we expect all players to say in this situation. Additionally, the former MVP said that the Knicks will play an "up-tempo type game" and will only use the triangle "on out of-of-bounds plays." Saturday, 2:59 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) uncertain for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad contusion) is questionable for opening night.

    Advice: It's a wait-and-see approach with the veteran shooting guard, who just needs to see how the injury responds before assessing it further. If he's unable to get out there for the opener, Rodney McGruder would likely be in the rotation with Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. Saturday, 2:56 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
  • Derrick Rose returns to practice Saturday
    Derrick Rose joined the Knicks at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: He was cleared of all charges in a civil rape case last week. Rose missed a lot of time during the preseason because of the case and will need some time to get his legs under him again. Brandon Jennings looked solid in the preseason, but the starting job is still Rose's to lose. At best, he's a late-round pick in standard leagues. Saturday, 10:14 am
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Unfair Advantage: Durant drops 28-7-6 line
    Kevin Durant was unfair against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 28 points with seven rebounds, six assists, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: So that's a wrap for his preseason. Durant finished with a 70.0 true shooting percentage to go with his 28.3 usage rate. What's more, KD's per-36-minute scoring in the preseason was 29.8, which is actually a better rate than last season. The former MVP was playing more like his teammate Stephen Curry with numerous highlight reel treys. He could still wind up being fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:49 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Wayne Ellington suffers quad contusion
    Wayne Ellington suffered a right quad contusion on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said the bruise is decent and said he won't do much in the next few days. Ellington started tonight and has been a bit of a place holder for Josh Richardson (knee). He looks like he has a decent chance to make the team, but he's not a lock for minutes once Richardson is good to go. Friday, 5:48 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out again on Friday
    Josh McRoberts (foot) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat are in no rush to bring him back. McRoberts has no timetable to return. Friday, 3:21 pm
  • 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
  • Bojan Bogdanovic continues to come off bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench yet again on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: One of the big surprises this month is Bogdanovic did not make a single start in the preseason. While coach Kenny Atkinson did say he wanted to take it easy on him because of the Olympics, so many new pieces on this team makes it hard to believe he would take it to this extreme. Bogey looked like a lock to start, but maybe he launches off the bench. He should still score a ton in the second unit. Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Bismack Biyombo scores eight off bench
    Bismack Biyombo scored eight points in 26 minutes on Thursday, adding eight rebounds and one block.

    Advice: The Magic are playing Biyombo next to both Serge Ibaka and Nikola Vucevic, so it looks like he's going to be able to get minutes in the 20s as a backup. If you need blocks and boards late, give The Biz a look. Thursday, 7:50 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
  • Derrick Rose won't play Thursday vs. Brooklyn
    Derrick Rose will not suit up for Thursday's game against the Nets.

    Advice: Rose never had a realistic shot of suiting up for Thursday's game as Jeff Hornacek has said that he wants Rose to go through some practices before he takes the court. He'll likely be the Knicks starting point guard to open the year, but it's tough to justify spending anything more than a late-round selection on the former-MVP. Thursday, 3:43 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • 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
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Josh McRoberts out Thursday vs Hornets
    Josh McRoberts (left foot) will miss Thursday's game against the Hornets.

    Advice: McRoberts has no set timetable for his return and has no fantasy value in standard fantasy leagues at the moment. Thursday, 7:42 am
  • Derrick Rose unlikely to play against Nets
    Derrick Rose is unlikely to play against the Nets on Friday, according to head coach Jeff Hornacek.

    Advice: Rose's civil trial has concluded, but Hornacek said he'd need to beg to get into Friday's preseason finale. While it doesn't look like we'll see Rose in the preseason, he'll open the regular season as the Knicks starting point guard and is worth a look in the later rounds of standard fantasy drafts. Thursday, 7:01 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
  • Kevin Durant racks up 27/6/4 in 31 minutes
    Kevin Durant finished Wednesday's victory with 27 points on 10-of-19 shooting, six boards, four assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes of action.

    Advice: This marks a preseason high for Durant in scoring and free throws made (7-of-7), but it's also the first time that he's logged more than 26 minutes. He's yet to miss from the line in 26 attempts and he's a combined 14-of-26 from downtown this preseason, the type of efficiency you'd expect from a former MVP. A dip in usage and shot attempts is probable, but concerns about his ability to share the court with the Warriors' incumbent scorers are overblown. Wednesday, 10:11 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 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
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Derrick Rose cleared of all charges in case
    Derrick Rose has been cleared of all charges in a civil rape case.

    Advice: The two codefendants were also cleared in this case. The case was in California and Rose still will not make it in time for Thursday's game. Coach Jeff Hornacek said he'd like to see Rose practice before he gets out on the court. For now, it looks like he should be ready to start the season. Wednesday, 1:32 pm
  • Derrick Rose won't play until opening night
    Derrick Rose will miss the Knicks final two preseason games due to the civil suit taking place in Los Angeles.

    Advice: Jeff Hornacek said that he has kept in communication with Rose, and that as long as he can get back to New York for a few practices prior to opening night, he'll be the Knicks' starting point guard when the regular season tips. The jury in Rose's civil suit is expected to reach a verdict by Wednesday, so we'll be watching for details on that. Rose is three knee surgeries and four years removed from his MVP season, and there are higher upside guys you can snag towards the final rounds. Wednesday, 10:10 am
  • Derrick Rose doubtful Wednesday vs. Boston
    Derrick Rose is still in Los Angeles for jury deliberations, and is doubtful to play in Wednesday's preseason game against the Celtics.

    Advice: While Rose could perhaps catch a flight to New York once the jury reaches their verdict, it seems unlikely that he'll be on the floor Wednesday night. Additionally, Jeff Hornacek said that if Rose makes it to New York by Thursday, he wouldn't want him on the bench Brooklyn and would rather go over things one-on-one with him at the practice facility on Friday. The civil suit against Rose should reach its conclusion Wednesday, although a punitive damage hearing could keep him in L.A. Wednesday, 8:32 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bismack Biyombo (rest) out Tuesday vs. Miami
    Bismack Biyombo (rest) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Heat.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic will likely be picking up most of Biyombo's minutes tonight, with Jeff Green also getting some extended minutes. Biyombo is capable of racking up the boards and blocks in bunches, but his value will be limited as long as he's forced to split minutes with Serge Ibaka and Vucevic. Tuesday, 11:34 am
  • Draymond Green adjusting to new role
    Warriors head coach Steve Kerr said Draymond Green is adjusting to a new role with Kevin Durant in town.

    Advice: "It’s going to be an adjustment for sure," Kerr said. "Draymond may not touch the ball as often because obviously KD will be touching it quite a bit, more than Harrison [Barnes] did. The dynamics change." While Green may not touch the ball as much as he did last year, he'll still have early-round fantasy value due to his ability to fill up the stat sheet in other ways. Tuesday, 9:15 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 12 off the bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Atkinson hasn't committed to a starting lineup for opening night, but he said he's expecting a "big year" from the 27-year-old wing. "I think he’s ready, doing well in practice, shooting the ball well. We’re pushing him to defend better and rebound better." Atkinson added that the reason Bogdanovic's workload has been so limited is because he had a long summer with the Croatian national team. He's still worth a look late if you need points and treys. Monday, 7:43 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) out Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (stress reaction in left foot) will not play vs. the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: The oft-injured forward has no set timetable for a return and has no fantasy value. Monday, 3:14 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
  • Bismack Biyombo grabs 19 boards w/ five swats
    Bismack Biyombo racked up seven points, 19 rebounds and five blocks as a starter on Sunday, adding two assists and one steal in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic was resting tonight so fantasy owners shouldn't read too much into Biyombo's starting gig. It's worth noting that Frank Vogel has played Biyombo and Vuc together at times this preseason, which would be a boon for Biyombo's potential value. He shot just 3-of-10 at the line tonight, worse than usual for the career 55.9 percent shooter, but he's worth a look if you need boards and blocks in the final rounds. Oct 16, 5:50 pm
  • Payton, Fournier, AA, Ibaka, Biyombo starting
    Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon, Serge Ibaka and Bismack Biyombo will start Sunday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Nikola Vucevic (rest) is getting the night off, so not too much should be read into Biyombo starting over Vuc, although it'll be interesting to see how he can work with the starters. Biyombo's value will be limited to start out the year, but if Vucevic is ever traded, he could easily be a double-double guy as Orlando's starting center. For now, he's only worth a late-round flier for those seeking some help in boards and blocks. Oct 16, 1:28 pm
  • Atkinson hasn't decided on starting lineup
    Kenny Atkinson said he's still unsure if Bojan Bogdanovic will be a starter this season.

    Advice: Atkinson has brought Bogdanovic off the bench in every single preseason game thus far, but he still has two preseason games to experiment with his starting five. It looks like the position battle between Randy Foye and Bogdanovic is very real, and it does make some sense to bring Bogdanovic off the bench given Brooklyn's lack of scoring options in the second unit. Regardless of how this shakes out, Bogdanovic is the preferable late-round target for those seeking some points and triples. Oct 16, 11:43 am
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • KD, Klay & Curry combined for 55 on 78.1 TS%
    Kevin Durant made 7-of-11 from the field for 17 points against the Lakers on Saturday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks, no turnovers and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: That's quite a stat line and drives home the point of how Durant is not just a scorer. Speaking of scoring, Stephen Curry scored 14 points on 5-of-9 from the field and Klay Thompson scored 24 points on 9-of-13 from the field. The three of them combined for 55 points on a pristine 78.1 true shooting percentage and were wide open all night. When they're on, this team will be impossible to defend and there will be plenty of nights they're scoring over 130. KD is still a top-four pick in standard leagues. Oct 15, 9:50 pm
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