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  • Darrell Arthur (knee) out for Saturday
    Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play against the Blazers on Saturday.

    Advice: He has been limited since his September knee scope back. Arthur has suffered a number of leg injuries in his career, so the Nuggets will take it easy on him. Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Nikola Jokic all get tiny bumps. 54 minutes ago
  • Marc Gasol getting a soft minutes cap?
    Coach David Fizdale said Marc Gasol will have a tighter minutes limit in a back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday.

    Advice: This isn't a surprise at all after a foot scare in the preseason. Gasol did log 32 minutes in the opener, which suggests he'll be be in the upper 20s this weekend. Big Spain is taking treys and will still have a lot of offense run through him, so he'll still turn in nice stat lines in even a 26-29 minute average. Zach Randolph may get more minutes on one night and fewer on another. Today, 11:26 am
  • Derrick Favors expected to play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (knee) is expected to play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: If available, there will be a minute restriction.He is still going to be a game-time decision, so this is more of a "probable" kind of tag. Favors has said his knee has felt funny this month, so the Jazz will want to make sure he's feeling fine after warmups. If he is a go, that would mean fewer minutes for Boris Diaw and Trey Lyles. Today, 11:05 am
  • Joel Embiid to stay on 20-minute restriction
    The Sixers will limit Joel Embiid to 20 minutes on Saturday vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: That was the Sixers stated plan for the season opener on Wednesday as well, although Embiid ended up playing over 22 minutes in that contest, partly a result of Embiid playing so well. We shall see if Coach Brown strictly adheres to the 20-minute limit on Saturday. Jahlil Okafor will be limited to 14 minutes. Today, 10:54 am
  • Derrick Favors (knee) questionable for Friday
    Derrick Favors (knee) went through shootaround this morning. Coach Snyder will wait to see how Favors feels pregame before deciding if Favors will play.

    Advice: Sounds like a true "game-time decision." This qualifies as encouraging news for anxious fantasy owners who spent an early round pick on Favors. Still, we will need to see him out on the court before getting too excited. Moreover, it will be important to see how Favors' knee responds to game action. Obviously, this is a situation that will be monitored closely. Today, 10:17 am
  • Nene Hilario (thigh) probable to play Friday
    Nene Hilario (bruised right thigh) is probable to play Friday night vs. Dallas

    Advice: Nene came off the bench to play 22 minutes in the Rockets season-opening loss to the Lakers. Nene's fantasy value this season is limited, due to his role as a reserve behind starting center Clint Capella. Today, 10:04 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki (illness) misses shootaround
    Dirk Nowitzki missed morning shootaround on Friday but is still likely to play against Houston Friday night.

    Advice: Coach Carlisle said Dirk is likely to play on Friday night, so we can assume it is a minor illness. Check back later this evening to confirm Dirk is in the Mavs lineup. Today, 9:36 am
  • Channing Frye (personal) out indefinitely
    Channing Frye (personal matter) is out indefinitely and will miss at least the next two games.

    Advice: Terribly sad news out of Cleveland, as we find out Frye has been excused from the team indefinitely after his mother, Karen, lost a long battle with cancer Thursday. It is obviously very difficult to predict how long Frye might be out as he deals with this heartbreaking situation. Today, 9:28 am
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) not available on Fri.
    Josh McRoberts is not available to play on Friday vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Oddly, McRoberts is no longer listed on Miami's injury report. However, Coach Spoelstra told reporters McRoberts would not be available on Friday. It appeared McRoberts would play on Wednesday, after looking healthy in pregame warmups, but he received a DNP-coach's decision. We will await further word on McRobert's situation. Today, 9:10 am
  • Lucas Nogueira (ankle) likely out on Friday
    Lucas Nogueira (left ankle sprain) is likely out on Friday.

    Advice: Nogueira suffered the sprained ankle in Toronto's final preseason game, and it has now cost him the first two games of the regular season. Jonas Valanciunas should be in line for another big night. Valanciunas played 35 minutes on Wednesday, scoring 32 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Today, 8:46 am
  • 76ers to run Embiid-Okafor lineups?
    Coach Brett Brown is eager to play Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid together.

    Advice: Embiid played 22 minutes on Wednesday and Okafor played 16 minutes, but they didn't share the floor together. Brown is eager to get his two big men time together, but it is difficult logistically. "I can't wait to play those two guys together. But when somebody gives you the frugal budget that I've been given, it's just not smart to spend all of your money now," Brown said. "It's not intelligent to play them together now when you only have X amount of minutes with both of them." The issue is that playing Embiid and Okafor together would leave third-string center Richaun Holmes left to play the majority of the minutes by himself. Once their minute restrictions are lifted, or at least eased, we will see both bigs on the floor together. Today, 8:17 am
  • Sixers exercise team option on Jahlil Okafor
    The Sixers have exercised their 2017-18 team option on Jahlil Okafor.

    Advice: The Sixers exercised team options on Joel Embiid and Nik Stauskas as well on Wednesday. The move keeps the three players under contract through the 2017-18 season. Embiid is slotted to make $6.1 million that season because he was the third overall pick by the Sixers in the 2014 NBA draft. Okafor is slotted to receive $4.9 million. He was the third pick of the 2015 draft. Today, 6:28 am
  • Jason Smith returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Cristiano Felicio returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Marreese Speights scores 15 in 16 minutes
    Marreese Speights played just 16 minutes on Thursday, but hit 4-of-8 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points and two rebounds in a 114-106 win over the Blazers.

    Advice: This is reminiscent of some of his lines in Golden State and he is the main back up for DeAndre Jordan. DAJ could get some bench time late in games due to his poor free throw shooting, so Speights may end up having some value. But 16 minutes is not very much run and it will likely take an injury to DAJ for Speights to be worth a look in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:24 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 6, misses 8 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-10 free throws on his way to six points, 12 rebounds, a block and five fouls in Thursday's win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Hmmm. It was hack-a-Jordan time late in the game and he got benched because of it. And his scoring, rebounds and blocks were not very inspiring. However, if you watched the game, he was extremely active and looked much better than his stat line. He's going to flirt with the league lead in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks, so don't read too much into this line. Nor the fact that he was basically outplayed and dominated by Mason Plumlee. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Blake Griffin lights up PDX for 27 & 13
    Blake Griffin looked fantastic on Thursday, hitting 9-of-22 shots and finishing with a 3-pointer, 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He had a quad issue coming into the season but it's clearly behind him. He was also extremely active and the one block he had was an impressive one. Much respect to Griffin for getting his early struggles at the free throw line corrected, and the vibe he's giving off is that he's setting up for one of the best seasons of his career. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Pau Gasol gets just 21 minutes vs. Kings
    Pau Gasol played just 21 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He's a Hall of Fame player, but he is not Coach Pop proof. Gasol is more of an offense-first big man and just can't defend the top-notch fives anymore. Because of that, we saw Dewayne Dedmon close this game out with Dedmon really impressing. The situation minutes are really going to depress Gasol's upside, so adjust your expectations accordingly. To be clear, he should still have mid-round value per game. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Mason Plumlee holds own vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but played very well tonight. The assists were especially impressive and it's becoming clear he's one of the best passing big men in the league. He played just 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Jazz, finishing with two points and one rebound, but we're hoping you didn't give up on him too quickly after tonight's bounce back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon comes alive in 24 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon was terrific against the Kings in 24 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was awesome on defense and pulled down four important offensive boards. This game comes after a 17-minute, two-block game in the opener, so it's not too high on the fluke scale. Coach Gregg Popovich is the king of situational roles and he may have found his defensive center. Pau Gasol was torched throughout this game and played just 21 minutes. There will be games in which Dedmon falls off, but he should have a game like this one every three or four outings. If you need a big with boards in a 14-team league, give him a look. A DFS takeaway here is that Dedmon may be a sneaky play against elite scoring big men. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 37-16 line vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins was a busy man during a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 37 points with 16 boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was the first game at Golden 1 Center and fittingly Boogie scored the first bucket. Cousins put his entire offensive repertoire on display, making 10-of-22 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. Last season's usage rate leader will have a tough time repeating due to some of his competition having larger roles this year, but Boogie will be among the league leaders in points, boards, minutes and overall usage. He did also tweak his left ankle and get hit in the nose, but he only missed one possession combined from these issues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Kosta Koufos gets 24 minutes on Thursday
    Kosta Koufos scored eight points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in 24 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He's actually playing well and earned more playing time than his 13 minutes on Wednesday. It was a better matchup for him in this game and he likely tops out at 24 minutes most nights. He's more of a desperation asset in deep leagues due to low upside. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Willie Cauley-Stein gets just 11 minutes
    Willie Cauley-Stein played 11 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with three points and one turnover.

    Advice: He played behind DeMarcus Cousins tonight and it doesn't look like he'll be playing much power forward to start the year. If you rolled the dice on Cauley-Stein, you should probably consider using the waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:08 pm
  • Tyler Zeller gets 20 minutes, starts 3Q
    Tyler Zeller started the second half over starter Amir Johnson on Thursday against the Bulls, finishing with six points, five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens trusts his gut on when to start another big next to Horford in the second half, so it's unpredictable. Zeller's minutes should fall in the teens most nights and his value will go down once Kelly Olynyk (shoulder) returns next month. Yesterday, 8:12 pm
  • Al Horford scores 11 points in loss to CHI
    Al Horford scored 11 points with seven rebounds, five assists and one block in 30 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: Horford was been slightly worse on the second night of a back-to-back set last year, but not enough to draw any conclusions. He missed both shots from beyond the arc and is now just 1-of-6 on the season. He's setting up his teammates with a ton of high-post passes, which has him to 11 dimes in two games. He'll be an early-round player for standard leagues and shouldn't be subject to coach Brad Stevens' wacky rotations. Yesterday, 8:08 pm
  • Tyler Zeller starts second half for Amir J
    Tyler Zeller started the second half for Amir Johnson on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens does this a lot, but hopefully Al Horford is good enough to avoid this common maneuver. There's no need to add Zeller here. Yesterday, 6:41 pm
  • Jason Smith good to go
    Jason Smith is available to play on Thursday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He saw some starts at power forward while Markieff Morris was out, but he'll slide over to center with Ian Mahinmi (knee) out. Smith won't have much value. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Derrick Favors practices on Thursday
    Derrick Favors (left knee) practiced in full on Thursday.

    Advice: Favors said "something felt kind of funny, something didn't feel right" about his knee in the preseason. He will go through shootaround on Friday and it would appear he'll be a game-time decision. If he can go, he'll likely be limited in his first game of the year. His return would likely impact Boris Diaw's playing time more than Trey Lyles. Yesterday, 12:50 pm
  • Josh McRoberts not on the injury report
    Josh McRoberts (foot) is not on the injury report for Friday's game.

    Advice: He's been a mystery for about an entire year due to his troublesome foot. McRoberts went through pregame warmups on Wednesday and was in good spirits, so he could be available for this game. He will likely be logging most of his minutes at center, which could hurt Willie Reed's playing time. Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Joel Embiid limited in practice
    Joel Embiid only did weight training in practice on Thursday.

    Advice: The 76ers pushed him over his 20- minute limit on Wednesday with 20 points in his 22 minutes against the Thunder. Embiid said the restriction "sucks" this season, but he knows the 76ers are just taking care of him. He's going to have a minutes cap for the foreseeable future and should sit in some back-to-backs. On the other hand, if his 47.8 usage rate is any indication, Embiid should still put up numbers. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins likes Dave Joerger
    DeMarcus Cousins said coach Dave Joerger has "been great."

    Advice: "I like him and he likes me," Cousins said. "I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best." Cousins had a fantastic preseason and kicked off his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-point game on just 10 FGAs against the Suns on Wednesday. He looks like he'll have a step forward this year. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Marc Gasol scores 18 points in win vs. MIN
    Marc Gasol scored 18 points in 32 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday with three rebounds, two assists, four blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He had a "relative" minutes restriction, but Gasol was fantastic in just a tad below his 34.3 minutes per game from last season. Gasol playing in a more pace-and-space offense creates a new side to his game and he attempted at least three attempts from deep for the first time in his NBA career. The ceiling is really nice, but the foot fracture from last year will hang over his head as a risky fantasy asset. Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 pts in 25 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 12-of-16 FTs, to go along with six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Cousins did his damage in just 25 minutes tonight, and his interior play was simply too much for the Suns' frontcourt to handle. DMC attempted 10 or fewer shots just four times last season, and it's not something we expect to see very often with coach Dave Joerger determined to run the offense through him. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Kosta Koufos starts, plays only 13 minutes
    Kosta Koufos started Wednesday's game but didn't do much in the boxscore, finishing with two points, four boards and one assist in 13 minutes.

    Advice: Koufos impacted the game more than his drab stat-line suggests, and we expect him to continue starting alongside DeMarcus Cousins until further notice. Even as a starter, Koufos should be unowned outside of deep leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets 16 minutes vs. OKC
    Jahlil Okafor scored eight points in 16 minutes during a 103-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday, adding three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He went past his 12-14 minutes limit tonight and looked healthy while he was out there. Okafor obviously didn't play next to Joel Embiid, which is unlikely to happen unless the matchup is a strange one -- it's unlikely to happen regardless. Okafor is going to come off the bench and won't have much value on the nights Embiid is active. Wednesday, 9:39 pm
  • Omer Asik starts, struggles in 17 minutes
    Omer Asik started on Wednesday but had only two points, one board and one assist in 17 minutes during a disappointing loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: The oft-injured center has secured the starting gig, but may be subject to random benchings against smaller opponents. As tonight's line shows, even as a starter he doesn't have much appeal. Wednesday, 9:18 pm
  • Greg Monroe notches 14 & 10 in bench role
    Greg Monroe picked up 14 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three assists, two blocks and one steal in just 29 minutes vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miles Plumlee started but didn't fare well, playing just eight minutes, while John Henson added four points and four boards in 10 minutes off the bench. It's a messy situation for fantasy purposes, but at least Monroe carved out a double-double with some goodies tonight. Wednesday, 9:05 pm
  • The Process Begins: Embiid scores 20 in debut
    Joel Embiid made his NBA debut against the Thunder on Wednesday, scoring 20 points with seven rebounds, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: After an eye-popping 37.8 usage rate in the preseason, Embiid was responsible for ending almost half the possessions while he was out there tonight with a ludicrous 47.8 usage rate. His touch is already elite and his post moves are reminiscent of the NBA big men of yesteryear. We'll see how the 76ers handle Embiid, but he did exceed his 20-minute limit tonight. The 76ers certainly trust The Process, but they may be trusting it too much. He should be really fun to own while he's active. Wednesday, 8:48 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki continues his ageless run
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points during an overtime 130-121 loss to the Pacers on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, two blocks and four 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

    Advice: He played 16 minutes at center tonight with the Mavs going small a lot in this up-tempo fest. Nowitzki likely won't be seeing this type of playing time, especially in a back-to-back set. He continues to prove his naysayers wrong with one of the best old-man games in NBA history. It feels like he can play forever. Wednesday, 8:38 pm
  • Al Horford dominant in his Boston debut
    Al Horford was a dominant force in his Celtics debut on Wednesday, posting 11 points, six assists, five rebounds and four blocks in just 27 minutes.

    Advice: Horford looks like a seamless fit for the Celtics, as evidenced by his line tonight -- he was 5-of-8 from the field and even knocked down a 3-pointer, which is a great sign. It's just one game, but owners who spent a second-round pick on Horford have to be pleased. Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Tyler Zeller leads impressive bench effort
    Tyler Zeller led an impressive bench effort on Wednesday with 13 points, four rebounds, three assists, two blocks and just one turnover in 16 minutes.

    Advice: If you exclude Jonas Jerebko (1-of-8 from the field), the Celtics' bench scored a combined 36 points on 15-of-23 shooting. Zeller benefited from Kelly Olynyk's continued absence, and should continue to see 14-18 minutes until Olynyk returns. Wednesday, 7:58 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (foot) sits out season opener
    Josh McRoberts (foot) did not play in Miami's season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: The veteran was listed as questionable and he was reportedly in good spirits after pre-game warmups, but the Heat opted to hold him out again. When he does return, he'll be in the middle of a crowded rotation that includes Luke Babbitt, James Johnson, Derrick Williams and Willie Reed. Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Kosta Koufos confirmed as starter
    Kosta Koufos will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was fully expected to see the start next to DeMarcus Cousins with over half of his minutes next to him in the preseason. Koufos is still only a deep-league option. Wednesday, 6:51 pm
  • Omer Asik will start for Pelicans in opener
    Omer Asik will start for the Pelicans in the season opener.

    Advice: Asik played well in the preseason for the Pelicans, averaging a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game. Alexis Ajinca will backup Asik and the two may end up splitting minutes fairly evenly. Tim Frazier, E'Twaun Moore, Solomon Hill and Anthony Davis will round out the New Orleans starting five. Wednesday, 4:34 pm
  • Lucas Nogueira (ankle) is out for opener.
    Lucas Nogueira (left ankle sprain) is out for the season opener vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Nogueira sprained his ankle in Toronto's preseason finale and is not yet fully healed. The Raptors will have to lean heavily on Jonas Valanciunas tonight, as it will be difficult to "go small" against the Pistons imposing front line. Patrick Patterson and Pascal Siakam might see their playing time increased as well. Wednesday, 2:57 pm
  • Kosta Koufos listed as starter
    Kosta Koufos is listed as a projected starter with Willie Cauley-Stein coming off the bench against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's not surprising with Cauley-Stein only playing 38 of his 124 preseason minutes next to DeMarcus Cousins. Koufos has slimmed down this summer and has shown a better ability to close out on jumpers against him. He likely won't be too involved in the offense, so there isn't much fantasy upside. Wednesday, 1:06 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor will be on 12-minute limit Weds
    Jahlil Okafor (knee rehab) will be on a 12-minute limit for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Joel Embiid's minutes will be capped at 20, so it's possible we see Brett Brown roll out some small ball lineups with Dario Saric at the five-spot and Jerami Grant spending time at the four. Richaun Holmes could also be in the rotation tonight, but Saric is the guy you want to target in fantasy hoops. Until the minutes limit is lifted, Okafor won't really be worth deploying in standard leagues. Wednesday, 10:41 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee) won't play Wednesday vs. New Orleans.

    Advice: Arthur is still recovering from knee surgery, and he recently experienced some swelling after going through a full practice on Monday, so he could miss a few more games. Once cleared, he'll likely be brought along slowly, so there's no reason to own him anywhere. Wednesday, 9:46 am
  • Nogueira (ankle) not expected to play Weds
    Updating a previous report, Lucas Nogueira (left ankle) is not expected to play Wednesday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: While he hasn't officially been ruled out, it seems very likely that Nogueira will spend opening night on the sidelines. Pascal Siakam figures to benefit most sans Nogueira, but he's can't be considered a viable target in standard settings. Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • Lucas Nogueira (ankle) questionable Wednesday
    Lucas Nogueria (left ankle) is questionable to play Wednesday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: Nogueria suffered a sprained ankle during Toronto's final preseason game, and it looks like he could be headed for a game-time decision tonight. If he's out, Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl will have some increased opportunity for minutes. Wednesday, 8:24 am
  • Embiid excited to make regular-season debut
    Joel Embiid is excited to make his regular-season debut, Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: "Yeah, it's special," said Embiid of playing in his first regular-season game. "I have been waiting for a long time and I haven't played in two years, and I was a high pick and [Sixers fans] have been waiting for a long time. So it's going to be special for the city, for myself, for the coaches, my teammates, and my family." Embiid will be on a strict 20-minute limit on Wednesday, so there should be better options out there to throw in your lineups on a busy 10-game night. Wednesday, 7:14 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. Wednesday, 7:04 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. Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Pau Gasol plays just 18 minutes vs. GSW
    Pau Gasol played just 18 minutes and finished with two points, four rebounds and one assist on 1-of-4 shooting in Tuesday's easy win over the Warriors.

    Advice: The Warriors didn't really use center Zaza Pachulia much and the Spurs were quite dominant without Gasol on the floor. He'll be better than this on most nights, so don't do anything crazy with Pau. Tuesday, 10:35 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) gets in intense workout
    Derrick Favors (left knee) was spotted going through an "intense" full court workout following Tuesday morning's shootaround.

    Advice: He's already been ruled out for Tuesday's game vs. the Blazers, but he was able to some full court sprints on Tuesday in addition to working in some halfcourt, pick-and-roll sets, so he's definitely progressing in a positive direction. The Jazz will return to Utah for a home game against the Lakers on Friday, so for now, we'll be considering Favors questionable for that one. Boris Diaw will be the starter sans Favors, but Trey Lyles should be the primary beneficiary with Rodney Hood taking on a more active role in the offense. Tuesday, 2:03 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) practices in full
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll more than likely be available for Chicago's regular-season opener against Boston, but whether he actually takes the court is another issue entirely. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for opener
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) is questionable to play in Denver's regular-season opener against New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: He still hasn't gone through a full practice, so chances are he'll spend Wednesday's game on the sidelines. Arthur is a non-factor in all leagues while the Nuggets are healthy. Tuesday, 12:27 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) will not play in opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) will not play in season opener vs. Portland.

    Advice: Favors hasn't seen game action since the preseason opener, which was a month ago. There was hope that he would be ready to play by the time the regular season rolled around, but that hope has been extinguished. We still don't have a clear timetable as to when Favors will return to the floor. Trey Lyles will likely see an uptick in minutes with Favors sidelined and makes for an intriguing Daily Fantasy play on Tuesday night. Tuesday, 10:51 am
  • Joel Embiid on 20-minute restriction
    Joel Embiid (foot) will on a 20-minute restriction on opening night.

    Advice: Embiid had been playing between 18 and 20 minutes a night in the preseason and showed no ill effects. The Sixers plan on playing Embiid for five 4-minute increments each game early on this season. Embiid in incredibly skilled and would post terrific numbers if he stays healthy enough to play 30-plus minutes. Embiid is one of the most intriguing players in the entire league this season. The downside is obvious, but the potential reward is also great. Tuesday, 10:23 am
  • Marc Gasol to be on a minutes restriction
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) will be on a "relative minutes restriction" as the season starts.

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

    Advice: Okafor is on track to suit up for Philly's regular-season opener against OKC on Wednesday, but he'll be coming off the bench behind Joel Embiid, and will more than likely be brought along slowly with a strict minutes limit. He's not all that attractive of a standard league target, although his value is a bit better in points settings. Monday, 11:35 am
  • 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
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) doesn't practice Sun
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He's still dealing with some swelling in his throat, but it would be surprising if he weren't able to go by opening night. Felicio will have a very limited role behind Robin Lopez this season, so you'd have to be in an insanely deep league to look his way. Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) was a limited participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Michael Malone is hopeful that Arthur will be able to ramp of his activities during Monday and Tuesday's practice, but he remains questionable for Denver's regular-season opener against the Pelicans on Wednesday. Arthur won't be on the court enough while the team is at full strength to justify a roster spot in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) limited at practice Sun
    Derrick Favors (left knee) participated in portions of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: This is the first time that Favors has gone through any sort of practice since going down with the knee injury, and while this is a positive development, we're still going to consider him questionable for Utah's regular-season opener against Portland until we get some more information. Knee issues for big men are always concerning, so Favors remains a bit of a risky early-round target. Trey Lyles will benefit most if Favors' misses any time during the regular season. Sunday, 11:31 am
  • Jahlil Okafor limited in practice Sunday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee soreness) was limited at Sunday's practice, but he's optimistic about playing Wednesday vs. the Thunder.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said he looked "OK" and gave him a B-minus. He only played eight total minutes in the preseason and it sounds like his role will be very limited right out of the gate -- Okafor expects to see more than eight minutes, but not too much more. With Nerlens Noel (knee) on the shelf, this means that Richaun Holmes could be in the rotation on opening night. Joel Embiid is the center you want to own in Philly. Sunday, 10:22 am
  • Raptors pick up Nogueira's option
    The Raptors have picked up their fourth-year option on Lucas Nogueira.

    Advice: He had a decent preseason and it looks like he has the edge over Jakob Poeltl for the backup center role. He won't be a fantasy asset while Jonas Valanciunas is active. He is dealing with a tweaked left ankle, but said he expects to be ready for the opener. Sunday, 8:35 am
  • Report: Greg Monroe could opt-in next year
    The Bucks are "preparing for the possibility" that Greg Monroe opts into his deal for the 2017-18 season, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: You could literally "prepare for the possibility" of anything, so we're not reading too far into this one. Besides, Monroe could be traded before we even reach that juncture. Saturday, 3:08 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) gets a DNP Saturday
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The big man was elbowed in his throat last game, so the Bulls decided to give him a rest. It doesn't sound serious and there are no indications that he's in danger of missing more time moving forward. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Derrick Favors (L knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee, IT band syndrome) did not practice again on Saturday.

    Advice: The Jazz and fantasy owners can continue to hold out hope that he'll be ready for the regular season opener, but the reality is as follows: Favors hasn't been on the floor in nearly three weeks, we've gotten very little real information when it comes to his progression and nobody seems to know exactly what the problem is. At this point, we have no choice but to bump him down our draft boards while moving up Trey Lyles a few ticks in the process. Favors should be considered questionable at best for opening night and the potential exists for him to miss multiple regular season contests. Saturday, 11:44 am
  • Joel Embiid scores 18 points in 18 minutes
    Joel Embiid scored 18 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: It was a busy process for him this month. Embiid finished his first NBA preseason with a 37.8 usage rate -- DeMarcus Cousins led the NBA last year at 35.2. On the regular stats, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.0 boards, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 turnovers in just 14.7 minutes per game. There's a ton of risk here and you know the 76ers will be careful because of all their bad luck lately, but feel free to pull the trigger on Embiid in the later rounds to see what happens. Friday, 8:53 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor gets eight minutes, scores four
    Jahlil Okafor scored four points in his preseason debut on Friday, adding one rebound, one assist, one turnover and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice face-up spin move for his field goal make and looked fine in his two mini stints. With Nerlens Noel (knee, groin) set to miss time, Okafor should be able to get minutes around 24 once he's 100 percent. It's still unclear how long Noel will be out, so it's probably best to avoid both Okafor and Noel. Friday, 7:11 pm
  • Bebe sprains his left ankle
    Lucas Nogueira (left ankle sprain) will not return on Friday.

    Advice: He was in some pain due to the first half injury. Nogueira was the first big man off the bench and looked like he would be in the rotation. If he's not ready, that opens up a chance for Pascal Siakam and Jakob Poeltl. Friday, 5:36 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
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) to see 6-8 minutes Fri
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 6-8 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That likely means he's only getting one stint tonight. Joel Embiid and Richaun Holmes will take on most of the center minutes tonight. Okafor's health concerns and unclear role make him a fairly undesirable fantasy target. Friday, 3:06 pm
  • Kings pick up option on WCS
    The Kings picked up their option on Willie Cauley-Stein.

    Advice: While he hasn't lived up to the billing just yet, Cauley-Stein has been solid. Coach Dave Joerger seems to be playing the Kentucky away from fellow UK product DeMarcus Cousins. He's more of a watch-list guy while the Kings are healthy up front. Friday, 3:01 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) still not practicing
    Derrick Favors (left knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: Since his preseason debut back on Oct. 4, Favors has been on the injury report due to knee soreness. He had right knee soreness back in April and also missed one game due to left knee soreness in 2012. In other words, Favors' 25-year-old knees aren't in terrible shape. That said, he should be bumped down a round or two with this concern. Trey Lyles has added value. Friday, 12:14 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) ruled out Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) will not play on Friday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: There was some hope that Arthur could go after he took some contact in Thursday's practice, but the Nuggets aren't going to take any chances. The Nuggets going with a big lineup of Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic hurts Arthur's outlook, especially since he's behind Kenneth Faried on the depth chart. Arthur can be considered questionable for the opener. Friday, 10:06 am
  • Jahlil Okafor will play 8-10 minutes Friday
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) will play 8-10 minutes on Friday vs. the Heat.

    Advice: He was originally listed as doubtful, so this is a nice surprise. Okafor made it through the morning shootaround and this confirms that he should also be ready for opening night. He's coming off knee surgery and had a minor setback during training camp, so expectations should be tempered in the early going. With the emergence of Joel Embiid in the preseason, Okafor will come off the bench this season and is just a late-round pick. Friday, 8:07 am
  • Stevens says Horford is a perfect fit
    Celtics coach Brad Stevens said that Al Horford looks like the perfect fit for Boston.

    Advice: "The ability to quickly move the ball and make the right decision — the ball never sticks with him," Stevens said. "We told him when he first got here that we just wanted him to be the best version of himself. He knows what he is good at and he is a great model for our younger players." Horford has looked great in limited action during the preseason, shooting 63.6 percent from the field and a combined 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He's an excellent pick in the second round of standard leagues. Friday, 6:33 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) doubtful Friday vs. MIA
    Jahlil Okafor (knee) is doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat.

    Advice: Okafor will be traveling with the team to Miami, and said that he's expecting to be available for opening night, but it sounds like he'll again be on the sidelines for Friday's meaningless game. Okafor isn't in a great situation coming off knee surgery and fighting for minutes in Philly's frontcourt, so he's not a great target in standard fantasy leagues. Thursday, 4:11 pm
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) questionable for Friday
    Darrell Arthur (knee surgery) took some contact during Thursday's practice, and there's a chance he can suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Friday will mark Day-10 of Arthur's initial 10-14 day timetable, so if he wakes up feeling fine after going through Thursday's practice, he could certainly be on the floor Friday night. That being said, he's not going to have any value in fantasy hoops this season while the team is healthy. Thursday, 4:09 pm
  • Joel Embiid targeting 18-20 minutes on Friday
    Joel Embiid will play 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid did individual work at practice on Friday and will again target 20 minutes on Friday. Embiid will have his minutes restricted to open the season, but he's worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his upside. Thursday, 9:36 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 Favors (knee) questionable for opener
    Derrick Favors (left knee) is questionable for Utah's season opener on Oct. 25, according to Jazz beat writer Tony Jones.

    Advice: Jones wrote that he's "hearing [Favors] will be back for opener," but he also warned, "won't know his status until close to Tuesday ... he needs to practice first." There are obviously no guarantees that Favors won't begin the season with a DNP, but this is at least an optimistic tidbit for worried fantasy owners. Wednesday, 9:22 pm
  • Derrick Favors (left knee) sits out yet again
    Derrick Favors (left knee) didn't play in Wednesday's preseason finale, as expected.

    Advice: Favors hasn't practiced since Utah's preseason opener, which doesn't bode well for his opening-night status. He's dealing with IT band syndrome, which is related to overuse and causes pain during lateral movement, and rest is the primary prescription. There's enough risk here to bump him down a round or two on draft day. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) plays 20 minutes
    Marc Gasol (ankle, foot) played 20 minutes vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, turning in six points on 2-of-10 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and one steal.

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

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

    Advice: It's just a rest day for the veteran. Montrezl Harrell and Chinanu Onuaku should pick up some extended minutes in his absence tonight, but none of these guys can be considered standard league targets. Wednesday, 11:02 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
  • Jason Smith (oblique) out Tuesday vs. CLE
    Jason Smith (oblique) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Smith is going to be backing up Marcin Gortat this season, meaning he's not going to be a realistic option in almost any setting. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Joel Embiid feels 200 percent healthy
    Joel Embiid said he feels 200 percent healthy, but it still getting into game shape.

    Advice: Embiid's highly-anticipated NBA debut is now in sight and his health finally won't prevent that from happening. "Health-wise, I'm 200 percent," Embiid said. "Game shape-wise, I'm not 100 percent." The 22-year-old will have his minutes limited to begin the season, but he's still worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy drafts due to his upside. Tuesday, 10:29 am
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