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  • Mason Plumlee working on avoiding fouls
    Mason Plumlee said he needs to work on staying out of foul trouble after struggling in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Plumlee was in the Nets' starting rotation, but only played 11 minutes after picking up two quick fouls at the start of each half. "I picked up a couple early ones and kept fouling," Plumlee said. "I can’t do that if I want to stay on the floor." The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but he's going to be tough to keep on fantasy rosters if he can't stay on the court. Rotoworld.com
    31 minutes ago
  • Quincy Pondexter struggles in reserve role
    Quincy Pondexter's struggles on opening night stemmed from Nick Calathes' absence, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: After a rough showing from the Grizzlies' bench in Wednesday win over the Timberwolves, Joerger said he thinks Nick Calathes' 20-game suspension played a part. "Those guys will find their rhythm and identities," the head coach said. "It’s difficult for Jon [Leuer] and Q [Quincy Pondexter]. They’re used to playing with Nick Calathes and Nick plays a certain way." Pondexter only scored four points in 11 minutes on Wednesday and doesn't have much fantasy value going forward as Tony Allen's backup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Channing Frye hopes to shed knee brace soon
    Channing Frye (knee) said his knee is sound and that he hopes to shed his knee brace soon.

    Advice: Frye also added that when he plays, there will be no concern about his knee. The 31-year-old remains without a return timetable and would seem to be doubtful for Thursday's game against the Wizards, so fantasy owners will likely have to hope for a Saturday return against the Raptors. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:27 am
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Brandon Jennings surprised at lack of usage
    Brandon Jennings said he was surprised at his lack of usage during Wednesday's loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: While Jennings did say that it is the coach's decision, he didn't sound happy about only seeing 20 minutes of playing time during the Pistons' opening night loss. "A little surprising," he said. "Never happened before in my career. But hey, it is what it is. We've just got to keep pushing through it." D.J. Augustin saw 28 minutes of action and received a voice of support from head coach Stan Van Gundy after the game. "I thought he was playing better than Brandon, I guess," Van Gundy said. This situation has a chance of getting ugly pretty quickly, but Jennings' fantasy owners don't have much of a choice than to sit tight and hope things turn around. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:20 am
  • Norris Cole excels in new role during Weds W
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

    Advice: Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Cavs optimistic on Tristan Thompson extension
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

    Advice: With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:36 am
  • Jeremy Lin has another dud on Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin had another quiet game against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: All these blowouts have really hurt Lin and he's starting awfully slow. The Suns guards were also remarkably efficient against him, but it's not like Ronnie Price is going to unseat Lin. The Lakers need so much help that it's worth sticking it out for a couple more games to see if Lin can turn it around. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:11 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie gets eight minutes
    Spencer Dinwiddie did not score in eight minutes during his NBA debut against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It was great to see him out there because he tore his ACL in his last meaningful game at the University of Colorado last season. Dinwiddie is more of a keeper stash. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:50 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 off bench
    Chris Kaman had 12 points, six rebounds and a block in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was effective, but as long as Robin Lopez is healthy, Kaman is going to struggle for big production. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope takes 19 shots
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope attempted 19 shots from the field against the Nuggets on Wednesday, making three of them for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he stunk tonight, but the minutes and usage are really great signs. Caldwell-Pope is going to get plenty of leash this year while Jodie Meeks (back) is on the shelf and coach Stan Van Gundy will want him to take treys. If you were able to pick him up, you should still feel pretty good about it. Shooting guards are the most inconsistent players in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • D.J. Augustin outplays Jennings
    D.J. Augustin led the point guard committee against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings was at just 20 minutes and the Pistons seem like they're going to get their money's worth after signing DJA in the offseason. Augustin had a career year from beyond the arc last season with the Bulls, so he'll get certainly get a chance for playing time if he can duplicate that production. If you need a point guard with 3-point upside, he could be your man. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Brandon Jennings plays 20 mins, Augustin at 28
    Brandon Jennings played just 20 minutes against Nuggets on Wednesday, scoring four points with four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers on 2-of-4 from the field.

    Advice: Uh oh. It takes a special type of player to fit on coach Stan Van Gundy's system and Jennings is certainly not the prototype. He did have some Achilles soreness and maybe that was a factor, but the coast is clear on the injury front right now. Jennings is probably one of the biggest losers from a fantasy perspective tonight and he is on thin ice after just one game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:19 pm
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Ian Mahinmi returned to action on Wednesday October 29. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins struggles in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit just 4-of-14 shots, but also made 12-of-18 free throws on his way to 20 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, zero blocks, six turnovers and five fouls.

    Advice: Cousins never got into the flow of the game tonight and let owners down with a lackluster performance. But if this is a bad game for Cousins, we can't wait to see the good ones, which are coming momentarily. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Nate Robinson gets just six minutes
    Nate Robinson played just six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with three points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He had his explosiveness in his brief time in the lineup, but the Nuggets will obviously be limiting his minutes. Robinson won't have fantasy value for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays through flu
    Andrew Bogut played through an illness on Wednesday and had four points, five rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Don't be surprised if the Dubs limit his minutes in an effort to keep him healthy this season, although tonight's low count is likely directly related to the fact he wasn't feeling well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in start
    Draymond Green got the start for injured David Lee (hamstring) in Wednesday's opener and double-doubled with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers in his 34 minutes, but owners who bought the Rotoworld hype on Green have to be pleased with tonight's line. Now we'll have to see what Green can do coming off the bench behind Lee, once he's healthy enough to play. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:50 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert blocks three shots vs. Bulls
    Samuel Dalembert made his Knicks' debut on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dalembert has minimal upside in New York but he's capable of top-120 value in just 20-25 minutes per game. It's hard to imagine him losing the starting C job to Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or Cole Aldrich, so owners in need of rebounds, blocks and FG percentage shouldn't be afraid to pluck him off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:32 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 22 points on 10-of-12 FGs
    Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter quiet off bench
    Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and played just 11 minutes for four points and a 3-pointer on 1-of-2 shooting.

    Advice: He was starting at SF in the preseason and playing well, but Tony Allen took back the job tonight and rained on his parade. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Derrick Rose makes quiet season debut vs. NYK
    Derrick Rose had a quiet season debut on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in an easy win vs. New York.

    Advice: Rose averaged 28.5 points in Chicago's final two preseason games and his minutes should spike for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. He was calm and collected after the game, saying, "It's still going to take some time ... I might have some bad games here and there. But that's not going to stop me from trying to be aggressive." Fantasy owners can't ask for more than a healthy Rose adopting an aggressive mindset, and his season debut should be considered an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic quiet in start
    Nikola Pekovic hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The minutes were there, but he never got it going against Marc Gasol, who had a big night. Gorgui Dieng is going to press Pekovic this season, but it's clear that the job still belongs to Pek. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Terrence Jones cools off on Wednesday
    Terrence Jones cooled off against the Jazz on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-5 from the field, so this was still a very solid game. Jones played just 26 minutes and was in foul trouble, but his primary competition, Donatas Motiejunas, played just nine minutes. He is locked in as a mid-round value guy and his owners should expect a bigger game on Saturday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 23 in opener
    Norris Cole started at point guard and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, three rebounds and two assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: More assists would have been nice, but there's not much to complain about here. He was available in the later rounds in drafts and looks to have solidified his job as the team's starting point guard. Makes sure he's not available in your league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:46 pm
  • Kris Humphries scores four in return
    Kris Humphries, who has been out with a finger injury, played 13 minutes off the bench and hit 2-of-6 shots for four points and two rebounds Wednesday.

    Advice: Keep an eye on him, but the days of him having fantasy value are probably over. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:35 pm
  • Amir Johnson double-doubles, 4 blocks
    Amir Johnson started at PF and had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: That's a great start for Johnson, who has failed to meet expectations in fantasyland up to this point in his career. Maybe this is the season he puts it all together, but we're not expecting him to do this on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Mason Plumlee gets in foul trouble
    Mason Plumlee picked up some early fouls and played just 11 minutes in his start against the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring just four points with four rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: If he's going to remain in the starting lineup, he'll have to cool it with the fouls. Plumlee may have been close to 30 minutes tonight based on his preseason and how he finished the regular season, so tonight was a major letdown. He should be better his next time out, but isn't a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play
    Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play against the Kings on Wednesday and is in the starting lineup.

    Advice: He reportedly looks awful and is nowhere near 100 percent. Bogut probably won't be much use out there, but the team just needs him because they're shorthanded. We wouldn't suggest starting him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Andrew Bogut traveling, remains uncertain
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is traveling to Sleep Train Arena for Wednesday's game, but his status remains unclear.

    Advice: We'll be tracking this right until tip and he could sit due to food poisoning. The Warriors would be extremely thin with David Lee (hamstring) already out and they would likely start Ognjen Kuzmic should Bogut sit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable to face the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is dealing with food poisoning and this is not related to his illness from earlier this month. If Bogut can't go, the Warriors will use a number of guys at center while Draymond Green will get all the minutes he can handle at the four. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Kris Humphries expected to play
    Kris Humphries (hand) is expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was expected to play all along and the team was just playing it safe. Humphries will split the minutes at the big positions with Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin behind Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:40 pm
  • Kris Humphries a game-time call
    Kris Humphries (hand) is a game-time call for Wednesday against the Heat.

    Advice: All signs have been pointing to Humphries being in the lineup, so the team is just making sure. Humphries will be splitting the minutes at power forward with Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:15 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie will play tonight
    Spencer Dinwiddie will play against the Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This report does come from the Nuggets side of things, but Dinwiddie could see time at shooting guard if Cartier Martin (foot) can't play. He's a deep-league player to watch, especially in keeper formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 am
  • Cavaliers want to extend Tristan Thompson
    Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Wednesday that he wants to extend Tristan Thompson long term.

    Advice: The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly not close to a contract extension so this should be an interesting development that we will watch closely. He is going to come off the bench this season behind Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love, so Thompson won't have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee to start on Wednesday
    Mason Plumlee will start on Wednesday vs. Boston with Brook Lopez (foot) out.

    Advice: Plumlee has an excellent chance to rack up stats in as many minutes as he can handle Wednesday. He is definitely worth picking up considering the injury history of Brook Lopez, and the lack of depth in Brooklyn's frontcourt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:55 am
  • Draymond Green to start if David Lee sits.
    Coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that Draymond Green will start on Wednesday if David Lee (hamstring) sits.

    Advice: This is a big opportunity for Green as we all know what he can do if he gets minutes. For example, in the playoffs last season, Green averaged 11.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.1 triples on 46.7 percent shooting from the field. If he is on your waiver wire and you want to take a flier on him, go for it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Mason Plumlee expected to see big minutes
    Mason Plumlee is expected to see big minutes on Wednesday, even if Brook Lopez (foot) suits up against Boston.

    Advice: Lopez is still considered doubtful so Plumlee makes a lot of sense as an excellent fantasy option in the short-term. Considering the injury history of Lopez, and the declining Kevin Garnett, Plumlee has a great chance of receiving big minutes this season and is definitely worth an extended look. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lin fails to shine against the Rockets
    Jeremy Lin failed to impress in his debut for the Lakers on Tuesday by scoring just seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, while adding six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was scoreless in the first half, but to his credit, he looked like a completely different player after the break. Lin had Patrick Beverly all over him the entire night, which is a daunting task for any PG. We expect Lin to bounce back, so his owners shouldn't be worried after tonight's game considering he doesn't have much competition for minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:52 pm
  • Terrence Jones double-doubles w/ full line
    Terrence Jones was aggressive throughout Tuesday's road win in L.A., notching 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: T-Jones also turned the ball over just twice in 31 minutes. Kevin McHale emphasized all preseason that he needs Jones and Donatas Motiejunas to defend and rebound better than they did last season, and Jones seems to have heard the message loud and clear. He had 18 double-doubles last year and that number is sure to rise along with his playing time, justifying his owners' decision to pluck him out of the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • D-Rose, Joakim Noah to average 30-34 minutes
    Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are expected to average "30 to 34 minutes" per game for the foreseeable future.

    Advice: Rose's injury history goes without saying, and Noah's offseason knee surgery has the Bulls monitoring his activity early in the season. Minutes in the low-30s should be plenty for both players to produce, and fantasy owners should embrace any plan that keeps them healthy. Chicago opens their season vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Norris Cole remains humble with starting job
    Norris Cole looks to be the Heat's starting point guard on opening night, but he's not letting that distinction go to his head.

    Advice: "All it is, is hard work. It’s nothing special for me. It’s hard work," said Cole regarding being a full-time starter for the first time in his career. While the lineups haven't officially been announced, Cole was the Heat's starting point guard throughout the preseason, and it looks like he's earned the job. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in Miami, but Mario Chalmers' value could take a hit with a potential timeshare on the horizon. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with regards to Cole. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • Rose's minute expected to be around 32
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose's minutes to be near what they were at the end of the preseason.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes per game in the preseason finale, which is fairly close to his 31.1 minutes per game in his 10 games from 2013-14. Rose ended his preseason on a high note, making 30-of-53 from the field (56.6 percent) in his final three games. He epitomizes a risk/reward fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start Wednesday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) will start at shooting guard for the Piston's season opener against Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This isn't unexpected with Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, but it's nice to see confirmation of what we've all been expecting. KCP's knee issues seem to be behind him and he should be owned in all standard leagues with the opportunity he has in front of him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • Kris Humphries probably for season opener
    Barring a setback, Kris Humphries (finger) will be available for the Wizards' season opener, according to head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: With DeJuan Blair and Nene suspended to start the season, Humphries could see big minutes against the Heat on Wednesday. While he's not the most exciting fantasy option, Humphries is a double-double threat any time he sees upwards of 25 minutes and could make for a sneaky plug-and-play option Wednesday night. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:33 am
  • Kris Humphries (finger) hopeful for opener
    Kris Humphries (finger) said that it's his goal to suit up opening night, but his status has yet to be officially determined.

    Advice: We're listing Humphries as probable for opening night, and we'll be watching for an official update on his status. He could see some extended run with both DeJuan Blair and Nene suspended to begin the year, so he could be a decent plug-and-play option. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:24 pm
  • Kris Humphries practices in full on Monday
    Kris Humphries (finger) practiced in full on Monday.

    Advice: It was his first full practice since sustaining the injury. All signs point to Humphries being able to play in Wednesday's opener, and he could get more run than usual with DeJuan Blair and Nene both suspended to begin the year, but it's still uncertain if he'll be able to go as he's waiting for final clearance. If it's up to Humphries, he'll play. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:11 am
  • Channing Frye not expected for opening game
    Channing Frye (knee) is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Reiterating an earlier report, Frye's not looking likely for the opener. His return date is up in the air at this point as he remains without a firm timetable to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:24 am
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start for Pistons
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in line to start at shooting guard for the Pistons.

    Advice: With Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, KCP (knee) is healthy just in time to stake his claim on a starting spot. KCP has an opportunity to make an impression, but he's anything except a proven commodity. He's a solid late-round flier at the back end of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:56 am
  • Mason Plumlee encouraged to live in the paint
    Mason Plumlee said he's ready to take open jump shots from "15 feet and in," but coach Lionel Hollins would prefer to see him anchored in the paint.

    Advice: "I'd rather for him to never shoot a jump shot," Hollins said. "I want him to be more comfortable in the post making moves. He has good footwork, he's quick, jumps well and has a nice jump hook with his right and left hand." Plumlee took 96 percent of his shots within eight feet of the rim last season, so we're not expecting many mid-range jumpers. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Jeremy Lin to start at PG in Lakers' opener
    Jeremy Lin will start at PG for the Lakers during Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Steve Nash (nerve damage) is done for the season and Ronnie Price (knee) is banged up, but we expect Lin to keep the starting job once Price is fully recovered. His per-36-minute averages from last season set an encouraging expectation for fantasy owners -- 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
  • Kris Humphries (finger) targeting Wed. return
    Kris Humphries (cut finger) intends to play in the Wizards' season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: He dribbled and shot around for the first time since the injury on Saturday, stating that he felt "pretty good" despite having no feeling in his nerve-damaged pinkie. The bigger issue is the cut itself, according to Humphries, who just had his stitches removed on Friday. His availability would be a nice boost for Washington, which is already without suspended big men DeJuan Blair and Nene for one game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:17 am
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) goes through practice
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) practiced on Sunday.

    Advice: This is an encouraging sign for KCP being ready for opening night on Wednesday, and hopefully he'll be able to carry over his impressive play through Summer League into the regular season. He's not going to have much competition for minutes for the first couple months with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined, and given his upside, he belongs on a roster in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:13 am
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Derrick Rose feels he's better than top-30
    Derrick Rose stated during a recent interview that he feels he's still an elite talent in the league.

    Advice: "I know I’m not a top 30 player, I know I’m much higher," said Rose. "This is my seventh year... I feel like I can really control the entire game while I’m out there, and that’s what I’m working towards." Rose really started firing on all cylinders towards the end of the preseason, scoring 57 points during the final two games. He’s about as risky as they come, but if Rose can indeed make it through a full-NBA season, he's going to be a fun player to own. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Derrick Rose is ready to go for season
    Derrick Rose said that he is in a "great place mentally, spiritually and emotionally."

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and most players will say stuff like this anyway, but Rose sounds ready for the season. He actually finished strong this preseason, but there is still a tremendous amount of doubt whether he'll be able to stay healthy this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Kris Humphries is back at practice
    Kris Humphries (hand) was back at practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It sounds like he's ready for the opener on Wednesday. Humphries had his stitches out of his hand on Friday, so he shouldn't be limited. With Nene out due to a one-game suspension, Hump and Kevin Seraphin should get minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:12 am
  • Norris Cole starts, plays well on Friday
    Norris Cole started against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He needed a strong couple games and came through. Shabazz Napier was pushing Cole for minutes, but he should be in the rotation. He might actually start, but Mario Chalmers is still the better option in most leagues as a sixth man. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
    The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo
    Chris Kaman just missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 pm
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter rested for Friday's finale
    Quincy Pondexter got the night off on Friday, as the Grizzlies concluded their preseason with a 98-104 loss to the visiting Heat.

    Advice: Q-Pon scored 15 points as a starter on Wednesday, sinking two 3-pointers and filling up the stat sheet with five boards, three assists, two steals and one block. His 3-point shooting is a blessing for the Grizzlies' perimeter-starved offense, improving Pondexter's odds of beating Tony Allen for the starting SF job. He's definitely worth considering as a flier pick. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • TJ looks good vs. Spurs
    Terrence Jones pulled down 13 rebounds against the Spurs on Friday with 11 points and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a hot streak here to end the preseason, which is nice after a letdown earlier in the month. Jones was a top-50 guy after the break last season and should see an increased role. He's a fine target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:41 pm
  • Derrick Rose's preseason ends w/ 27-pt game
    The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Kris Humphries gets the stitches out
    Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

    Advice: He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:37 pm
  • Pistons add option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    The Pistons exercised their third-year option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee).

    Advice: The team has been quiet on his strained knee, but we're expecting him to suit up for the opener. He had a fantastic summer league and the new system of coach Stan Van Gundy needs some shooting, so he has alluring upside late in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:03 pm
  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:26 am
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:35 am
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) feeling more comfortable
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) is feeling more comfortable entering his second year in the league.

    Advice: "I’m very comfortable," Caldwell-Pope said. "My first year was just kind of up and down, which is what rookies go through, but I just feel more comfortable with my game now... I’m feeling more comfortable playing and shooting." KCP turned a lot of heads this summer, and averaged an impressive 19 points and 2.5 three-pointers through the first two-preseason games before going down with a knee strain, which caused him to miss the rest of preseason. However, KCP is expected to be ready for opening night, and with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined for the first two months of the season, Caldwell-Pope will get plenty of time to shine. He makes for a solid late-round flier in standard leagues, and is a breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:12 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:02 pm
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Norris Cole nearing deadline for extension
    Norris Cole and the Heat are closing in on the October 31st deadline for a contract extension.

    Advice: "I only can control what I can control," said Cole. "That's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." Cole has taken over starting point guard duties in Miami, and is hoping to ink a new multi-year deal. He could be a steal in later rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:36 am
  • Jeremy Lin plays well...off bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic puts up big double-double
    Nikola Pekovic put up 15 points, 13 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks can make a lot of guys look good and that was the case for Pek tonight. His minutes have been in the 15-20 range in all five preseason games and he's expected to be right at 27 this year. Considering his injury history, Pekovic is more of just a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Amir Johnson quiet in return to action
    Amir Johnson played through his sore foot/ankle on Wednesday but had just six points, three rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He's scored in double figures in just two of his preseason games (10 & 13 points) and failed to score more than six in the other five. He also had five or fewer rebounds in six of those seven games and we've seen very little to get excited about. He seems to fail to meet expectations consistently, and this year isn't off to a great start, either. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off before neck issue
    Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but we'll keep an eye on it. Jones went off before leaving the game, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer. He'll be a key part of the frontcourt rotation and last year's post-break run makes him a terrific target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:24 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Dalembert likely to average around 26 minutes
    Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

    Advice: Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Norris Cole starts again at point guard
    Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

    Advice: It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight). Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Terrence Jones struggles again in start
    Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses Tuesday with illness
    Andrew Bogut is not with the Warriors on Tuesday due to an illness.

    Advice: He's day-to-day and Ognjen Kuzmic will start in his place at center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Norris Cole playing through back tightness
    Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

    Advice: Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 pm
  • Kris Humphries' stitches not yet removed
    The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

    Advice: Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Terrence Jones putting in extra work
    Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:41 am
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:40 pm
  • Mason Plumlee flirts with 20-20 in win
    Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Rose explodes for 30 points in 24 minutes
    Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Writer 'beyond shocked' if Frye plays opener
    Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 5:00 pm
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Channing Frye (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:15 pm
    Injured
    4:00 pm vs Was
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:41 am
  • Norris Cole could lose some minutes
    Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

    Advice: This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 6:49 am
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