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  • Evan Fournier chips in across the board Wed
    Evan Fournier shot just 7-of-19 from the field on Wednesday, finishing a home loss with 20 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one turnover in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Despite the inefficient shooting, Fournier's owners can take solace in the high-volume attempts-- he led five Magic players (all starters) with double-digit shot attempts. The supporting stats are also a terrific sight -- last season he posted at least four boards, four dimes, two steals and two triples in exactly one game. 42 minutes ago
  • Jeff Green logs 25 minutes in Magic debut
    Jeff Green debuted for the Magic on Wednesday with seven points, three rebounds and one assist in 25 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: The veteran was a curious addition to Orlando's lineup this offseason, but he filled a substantial role in small lineups with Bismack Biyombo (suspension) out tonight. His role as a glue-guy off the bench leaves him very little upside as a fantasy option. 43 minutes ago
  • Goran Dragic posts 16/6/6 in 29 minutes
    Goran Dragic played only 29 minutes in Miami's season opener, but he still racked up 16 points, six rebounds and six assists.

    Advice: Dragic made 7-of-15 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs and we're not reading too much into his playing time. Erik Spoelstra has said he wants to limit Goran's workload to the low-30s, which is enough for him to return steady mid-round value. 46 minutes ago
  • Tyler Johnson looks good in 27 mins off bench
    Tyler Johnson played well in 27 bench minutes vs. the Magic, posting 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six boards, three assists, two steals and only one turnover.

    Advice: Johnson's bench role is likely the result of his superior playmaking compared to Dion Waiters, and his minutes could stick in the mid-20s even when Josh Richardson (knee) returns. Miami matched a four-year, $50 million deal to retain him this offseason, so they obviously have a bright view of his future. 46 minutes ago
  • Wayne Ellington (right quad) inactive Wed
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was inactive for Wednesday's season opener.

    Advice: Ellington is nothing but insurance depth for the Heat this season. We'll let you know if he earns any fantasy attention. 50 minutes ago
  • Rodney McGruder plays 24 minutes in opener
    Rodney McGruder (finger) played 24 minutes for Miami on Wednesday, finishing with six points (1-of-3 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), three rebounds, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: The SG out of Kansas State had a few nice moments in the preseason, and he's earned a solid spot in the rotation due to Josh Richardson's knee injury. Despite his promising play tonight, you'd have to be in a very deep fantasy league to consider picking him up. 50 minutes ago
  • Nick Young starting for the Lakers
    Nick Young will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: From being on the roster bubble to getting an opening night start at home. A truly Swaggy way to start off his season. Young still doesn't have fantasy value just yet. The other starters are D'Angelo Russell, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and TImofey Mozgov. Today, 7:05 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn starts second half
    Rashad Vaughn started the second half against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started for Mirza Teletovic because the first half defense was a problem for the Bucks. Fantasy owners can keep Vaughn on the wire in most leagues. Today, 6:38 pm
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Today, 4:59 pm
  • Report: R.J. Hunter signs deal with Bulls
    Free agent R.J. Hunter has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Bulls.

    Advice: The Celtics waived Hunter this week and he's a logical pickup for Chicago, a team that needs more perimeter firepower. He's not guaranteed a spot in the rotation, and this only impacts owners looking for 3-pointers in the deepest leagues. Today, 4:26 pm
  • Bojan Bogdanovic getting the start
    The Nets will start Jeremy Lin, Bojan Bogdanovic, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez on Wednesday.

    Advice: He surprisingly didn't get any starts in the preseason, but the Nets will go with their most reliable wing scorer. His minutes were kept in check during the preseason, but he should be good to go. Today, 4:03 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn available to play
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) is available to play on Wednesday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He's been passed on the depth chart due to some sub-par play. Vaughn could get action tonight, but that might change once Tony Snell (ankle) is good to go . Today, 3:49 pm
  • Jeff Green to get extra run at backup PF
    Jeff Green will play extra minutes as the backup power forward on Wednesday against the Heat.

    Advice: This is because of Bismack Biyombo not playing due to a suspension. Serge Ibaka is going to play a big amount of minutes as the starting power forward and as the backup center in a tight frontcourt rotation. The other starters are Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Green doesn't have big enough upside to grab in most leagues. Today, 2:31 pm
  • Arron Afflalo listed as starter
    Arron Afflalo (glute) is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He's said he expected to play last week, so he'll be ready to go. The Kings have been playing Garrett Temple at mostly point guard, so they do have some depth issues at shooting guard. Still, Afflalo's ceiling isn't too promising. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard wanted to get to the line
    Kawhi Leonard studied film this offseason on how to get to the line.

    Advice: It obviously showed on Tuesday with the MVP candidate setting a career-high 15 makes. "I’m just starting to feel it and get a rhythm," Leonard said. "As it keeps going, I am getting better at it." Manu Ginobili said Kawhi's new additions are "Harden-like" and the refs seemed to agreed on Tuesday. Leonard is going to be a fantasy monster, but you knew that. Today, 12:52 pm
  • Nick Young to be in the rotation?
    Nick Young is expected to get minutes at small forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to slide Brandon Ingram around to open up some run for Uncle P. While he did play shooting guard in most of his career, he played 100 of his 128 minutes at small forward in the preseason. Young is still not someone worth trusting in most leagues. Today, 11:46 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) not close to a return
    Head coach Erik Spoelstra implied on Wednesday that Wayne Ellington (right quad) is not close to getting back on the court.

    Advice: "Wayne hasn't been out on the court doing a whole lot other than stationary shooting and free throws," said Spoelstra. Ellington won't play on opening night, and it sounds like he'll be doubtful for Friday's game against Charlotte as well. Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters will split minutes at the two-spot while both Ellington and Josh Richardson (knee) recover from their injuries. Today, 10:45 am
  • Zach LaVine, Dieng will start on Wednesday
    Zach LaVine and Gorgui Deing will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: There was some concern that Tom Thibodeau may have wanted to bring LaVine off the bench due to his deficiencies on the defensive end, but it looks like the starting two-spot in Minnesota is LaVine's to lose. Both he and Dieng look primed for a big year under Thibs. Today, 10:37 am
  • Popovich says Leonard 'more hungry to score'
    Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard is "more confident, more aggressive, [and] more hungry to score than in the past."

    Advice: "He basically tells me what he wants to do now," Popovich said of Leonard. "He’ll take the ball. He’ll send the screener away. He’ll decide if he wants to go one-on-one with no screen, no pick. He is much more demonstrative, looks for his shots more. He knows he has a green light." This was made painfully evident when Leonard torched the Warriors' for a career-high 35 points in his regular-season debut on Tuesday, and he looks all setup for another fantastic season as the face of the Spurs franchise. Today, 10:23 am
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Today, 10:00 am
  • Alex Abrines (hip) available to play vs. PHI
    Alex Abrines (hip) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: He could get out there for some garbage time minutes, but Abrines isn't going to be on the floor enough to matter in any setting. Today, 9:48 am
  • Gary Harris, Arthur ruled out for opener
    Gary Harris (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans.

    Advice: "It’s not because I don’t feel good, just being on the safe side," said Harris when describing why he'll sit out the opener. "Another few days won’t hurt to keep getting better." Will Barton and Wilson Chandler will pick up the slack in Harris' absence, with Jamal Murray having the opportunity for some increased minutes. Barton will likely start and offers the most upside out of that group. For now, we'll be considering Harris questionable for Denver's home opener against Portland on Saturday. Today, 9:43 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) on track to play Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (elbow) is on track to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pacers.

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

    Advice: It would be surprising if Atkinson elected to go with Harris over Bogdanovic, but even if Bogdanovic doesn't start, he's sure to see plenty of minutes with Foye on the sidelines. Go ahead and get him active if you're looking for some points and triples. Today, 8:55 am
  • Bazemore shooting for All-Defensive honors
    Kent Bazemore said his personal goal for this season is to make the All-Defensive team.

    Advice: "I want to be on an All-Defensive team," Bazemore said. "I think, for me, if I do that then the team will be in a great spot." It's a realistic goal for Bazemore, who is an elite defender, and he'll be looking to take another step forward in his development during his age-27 season. At the very least, Bazemore should be able to meet last year's averages of 11.6 points, 5.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples per game, which was good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. Today, 8:42 am
  • Shumpert going through concussion protocol
    Iman Shumpert is currently going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and there's a chance he could miss Cleveland's next two games.

    Advice: The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Orlando, but Shumpert will need to pass a series of tests and deemed symptom free if he wants to play this weekend. If he's out, DeAndre Liggins will see some increased minutes as Kyrie Irving's primary backup. Today, 8:11 am
  • Klay Thompson struggles with shot in loss
    Klay Thompson hit just 5-of-13 shots and only hit one 3-pointer on his way to 11 points, one rebound, two assists, zero steals and zero blocks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Ouch. His shot wasn't falling early and it's important to note that he took 13 or fewer shots 18 times last season. There's no reason to panic, but it does make sense that he sees fewer looks this season with Kevin Durant on board. Had he started off a little hotter from the field, his line would have looked better, but this line is a good example of why we were a little down on Klay coming into this season. If it makes you feel better, he started last season off hitting 3-of-8, 4-of-10 and 6-of-12 shots in his first three games. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 26 in blowout loss
    Stephen Curry scored 26 points on 9-of-18 shooting (3-of-10 from downtown) and finished with 26 points, but added just three rebounds, four assists and zero steals in an ugly, blowout 129-100 loss to at home to the Spurs.

    Advice: The Warriors lost their first home game on April 17 last season, so obviously things have changed in Oakland and at Oracle. Curry got his points, but the rest of his line was fairly pedestrian. This team just needs some time to get the wrinkles worked out, but the good news is that Curry, KD and Dray Green all got theirs. Be patient with your Warriors, and keep in mind they played one of the league's best defensive teams tonight. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • George Hill scores 19 points Tuesday
    George Hill looked great vs. the Blazers on Tuesday, scoring 19 points (7-of-18 FGs, 4-of-4 FTs) with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and one trey in 39 minutes.

    Advice: He has a really nice floor in fantasy and it’s even better while Gordon Hayward (finger) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) are out. Prior to the season the Jazz were expecting Hill to play around 28 minutes per game with Dante Exum back in the mix, but Exum played just eight minutes (mostly off the ball) and Shelvin Mack played 15. Hill could be a nice sell-high candidate if his strong play continues over the next few weeks. Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Rodney Hood tweaks ankle, scores 26
    Rodney Hood scored 26 points with two rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and three treys vs. the Blazers, but he appeared to roll his left ankle.

    Advice: Hood stayed in the game and didn't receive any medical attention, but he hasn't been very durable in the past and we will put him on the injury report to be safe. With Gordon Hayward (finger), Derrick Favors (knee) and Alec Burks (knee, ankle) all out, Hood was the focal point of the offense in the first half, while seven-time All Star Joe Johnson took over in the third quarter. Hood averaged 14.5 points and 2.0 treys per game last season, so the talent is there for the 24-year-old SG. His value will inevitably take a hit when Hayward is back, but ride Hood while he’s hot. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 35
    Kawhi Leonard hit 10-of-21 shots and 15-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's surprising blowout 129-100 win over the Warriors.

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

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
  • C.J. McCollum scores 25 in win over Jazz
    C.J. McCollum scored 25 points vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, shooting 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: Damian Lillard grabbed the headlines with a 39-point effort, but McCollum looked phenomenal as well. He hit both of his 3-pointers, 7-of-7 from the line and added three assists, two rebounds and one steal. He certainly wasn't cheap in fantasy drafts this season, but if tonight was any indication, it looks like he was worth it. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Curry, Klay, Durant, Green, Pachulia starting
    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia will start vs. the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: On a typical night, the Warriors are expected to run a 10-man rotation with Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, David West, Ian Clark and Patrick McCaw coming off the bench. Yesterday, 6:49 pm
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Yesterday, 6:31 pm
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. Yesterday, 6:22 pm
  • Spo wants to keep Dragic's mins in low-30s
    Erik Spoelstra said he'd like to keep Goran Dragic's minutes in the low-30s this season due to Miami's new uptempo pace and style.

    Advice: Dragic was in the low-30s after the All-Star break last year and still managed to produce sixth-round value in standard 9-cat leagues behind averages of 17.3 points, 6.7 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.8 turnovers per game on 48.5 percent shooting, so owners shouldn't be too concerned with this quote. Plus, the improved pace should help Dragic do more in less time. He's in for a big year sans Chris Bosh (blood clots) and Dwyane Wade. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Hill, Hood, Johnson, Diaw, Gobert starting
    George Hill, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: With Gordon Hayward (finger) and Derrick Favors (knee) on the sidelines, it'll be Hill, Hood and Johnson doing the heavy lifting on offense, with Trey Lyles having some increased opportunity for minutes and likely to serve as the spark plug off the bench. Lyles is someone to consider as a low-budget DFS target. Yesterday, 1:52 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) practices in full Tuesday
    Alex Abrines (hip) went through a full practice on Tuesday and Billy Donovan expects to have him available for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the 76ers.

    Advice: He'll likely be available to play, but that doesn't mean he'll actually step foot on the court. Abrines can safely remain on the waiver wire in all leagues. Yesterday, 1:24 pm
  • Barea, Acy questionable for season opener
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Both guys should be available, but neither one will be making a difference in most leagues while the team is healthy. Yesterday, 12:31 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) goes through 5-on-5 work
    Gary Harris (groin) went through some full contact 5-on-5 work during Tuesday's practice, but remains questionable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Harris has yet to go through a full practice with the team, so he feels a little closer to doubtful than questionable for opening night. However, going through 5-on-5 full contact work is certainly a step in the right direction, so it doesn't seem like his absence should extend too far into the regular season. If he's out, Will Barton or Wilson Chandler could slide into the starting five, with rookie Jamal Murray logging some extended minutes. Yesterday, 12:25 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) ruled out for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) did not practice on Tuesday and will not play on opening night.

    Advice: He's not going to be a major part of the rotation anyway, so there aren't any major fantasy implications here. Dion Waiters and Tyler Johnson could be on the floor a bit more with Miami's backcourt banged up. Yesterday, 11:40 am
  • Gary Harris (groin) remains questionable.
    Gary Harris (groin) remains questionable for Wednesday's season opener, coach Michael Malone said.

    Advice: Harris was initially expected to miss 4-6 weeks after partially tearing his groin back in the first week of October. He had been making encouraging progress of late, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if he ended up missing the first game(s) of the season. Monday, 12:48 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) limited at practice
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was limited during Monday's practice and is looking doubtful for Miami's regular-season opener against the Magic on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens on opening night, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in almost any format. Monday, 9:33 am
  • Report: Celtics waive R.J. Hunter
    The Celtics have reportedly waived R.J. Hunter.

    Advice: Boston decided to go with James Young instead, but the No. 28 pick from the 2015 NBA draft should be able to find another team willing to invest in his development. Monday, 9:11 am
  • MIN picks up team option on Zach LaVine
    The Timberwolves have exercised their fourth-year team option on Zach LaVine.

    Advice: Andrew Wiggins' fourth year option was also picked up, so the Bounce Bros get at least one more year together. LaVine was impressive after the All-Star break last season, compiling averages of 16.4 points, 2.8 assists, 2.4 triples and 1.2 steals per contest on 48.0 percent shooting, so he makes sense as a mid-round target on draft day. Sunday, 3:42 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) questionable for opener
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited during Sunday's practice and Billy Donovan would not commit to him being ready for opening night.

    Advice: While Abrines is making progress in his recovery, he's still not able to take contact, and with the regular-season just three days away, we're going to consider him doubtful for opening night. That being said, Abrines probably won't be in the rotation all that often this season, so whether he plays or not will have no bearing in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 12:35 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) doesn't practice Sunday
    Gary Harris (groin) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Harris is still hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for opening night, but acknowledged that if he's still not able to practice by Monday, then he'll begin the year on the sidelines. The worst-case scenario for Harris would be him returning by early-November, so it's not like he's dealing with a significant injury. He offers mid-round upside, but can easily be had towards the later rounds due to this injury. Sunday, 11:43 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Sunday, 11:14 am
  • Spoelstra praises Rodney McGruder's play
    Erik Spoelstra praised Rodney McGruder, who just made Miami's final roster, for his ability to make "winning plays."

    Advice: "Rodney reminds me, not necessarily the way he plays but his impact doing the little things that help you win, similar to Justise [Winslow]," Spoelstra said. "You don’t necessarily see his impact from the box score. He does a lot of little things and those little things add up and they become winning plays." McGruder could be in the rotation initially as Miami deals with some injuries in the backcourt, but he's highly unlikely to make a fantasy impact in any setting. Saturday, 3:12 pm
  • Stephen Curry admits Warriors still adjusting
    Stephen Curry admitted that the Warriors are still adjusting to playing with Kevin Durant.

    Advice: "We’re continuing to build chemistry and flow of where shots are going to come from and everybody [is learning] the little nuances of our offense," Curry said. "Like when to cut, when to come off the dribble and when to screen for somebody, just based on where you are on the court. Those aren’t set play calls; it’s just organized chaos." Despite Golden State still working out the kinks, we're confident this group will be ready to roll when the regular season begins this week. Saturday, 3:02 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) uncertain for opener
    Wayne Ellington (right quad contusion) is questionable for opening night.

    Advice: It's a wait-and-see approach with the veteran shooting guard, who just needs to see how the injury responds before assessing it further. If he's unable to get out there for the opener, Rodney McGruder would likely be in the rotation with Goran Dragic, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters. Saturday, 2:56 pm
  • Rodney McGruder makes Miami's final roster
    Rodney McGruder has made Miami's final roster.

    Advice: McGruder beat out Briante Weber and Beno Udrih for the spot. While the Heat believe McGruder could contribute immediately, it would be a major surprise to see him in the rotation right out of the gate. Saturday, 12:08 pm
  • ESPN confirms MIA not looking to trade Dragic
    Marc Stein of ESPN confirmed that the Heat aren't looking to trade Goran Dragic, but did hint that their stance could change.

    Advice: If the Heat get off to a rough start with Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade no longer around, they may be willing to listen to offers for Dragic if they want to start rebuilding. For now, coach Erik Spoelstra has informed Dragic that he's in Miami's plans moving forward and his status as a mid-round pick in standard leagues was solidified by a strong preseason. Saturday, 9:17 am
  • Spoelstra praises the play of Tyler Johnson
    Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the game is "slowing down" for Tyler Johnson.

    Advice: "The game is slowing down for him because he is so quick, so aggressive, gets into gaps — but he’s doing it with more thought now," Spoelstra said. "He’s seeing the defense. He’s seeing what he can attack and let the game come to him while he’s still being himself." Johnson said he likes coming off the bench as a combo guard and wants to be utilized the same way that Manu Ginobili is in San Antonio. It doesn't sound like the Heat will trade Goran Dragic just yet, but Johnson will serve as The Dragon's backup while also spending time at shooting guard. That means he could still see minutes in the mid-20s which puts him on the standard-league radar. Saturday, 8:13 am
  • Steph Curry scores 35 points in 28 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 35 points in 28 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists and eight 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yeah, we get it. The Warriors are just too good. Curry's preseason scoring rate wasn't hurt too much this preseason, averaging 19.7 points, 4.0 boards, 3.9 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.4 treys in just 24.2 minutes. He's still a decent bet to be fantasy's top player. Friday, 10:40 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Tyler Johnson locks up backup PG job
    Tyler Johnson scored eight points with two rebounds, one block and two turnovers in 19 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Most signs point to Beno Udrih and Briante Weber not making the team, which means Johnson will take on the backup point guard minutes. He was also groomed as a shooting guard at times, so he could wind up getting minutes in the mid-20s. Johnson played well enough and offers enough upside to be a last-round flier in standard leagues. Friday, 8:26 pm
  • Goran Dragic finishes up a strong preseason
    Goran Dragic scored 17 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two blocks and three turnovers on on Friday.

    Advice: It was a strong preseason for Dragic, averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 boards, 6.5 assists, 0.8 steals and 0.8 treys on 55.2 percent from the field in 25.6 minutes. There are a lot of shots to go around with high-usage Dwyane Wade in Chicago, so Dragic has upside as a top-50 pick. Friday, 8:20 pm
  • Zach LaVine scores 15 points vs. CHA
    Zach LaVine scored 15 points against the Hornets on Friday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was hobbling around in both halves, but didn't ask out and didn't appear to be in pain. For now, we'll assume LaVine was just fine because there was no reason to play him in the preseason. He's going to be the trigger man for the Wolves and could flirt with 20 points per game. Friday, 7:35 pm
  • Rodney McGruder jams finger on Friday
    Rodney McGruder (jammed left middle finger) will not return to Friday's game against the Sixers.

    Advice: Hopefully he's OK because it looks like he's earned the last roster spot. Beno Udrih and Briante Weber were not playing while Tyler Johnson was playing straight PG. Friday, 6:24 pm
  • Wayne Ellington suffers quad contusion
    Wayne Ellington suffered a right quad contusion on Friday.

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

    Advice: Dragic got the night off on Thursday to get some rest. The Heat have most of their guys back for this game, but coach Erik Spoelsta did say the Heat key guys will play "a few minutes." Friday, 3:27 pm
  • Gary Harris could play in the season opener?
    According to coach Michael Malone, Gary Harris (groin) could play in the season opener.

    Advice: Wow. Malone said that Harris is way ahead of schedule which contradicts a report by the Denver Post on Thursday. Malone added that he has a "real chance" to play in the opener, so this should improve his draft stock. Harris has mid-round upside and will be the starter at SG when healthy, so take advantage of his discounted price while you still can. Friday, 10:15 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • Nuggets pick up Gary Harris' option
    The Nuggets have picked up their team option on Gary Harris.

    Advice: A report by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post on Thursday indicated the Harris is still "a ways away" from playing, but his current timetable has him returning the court in early November. Once healthy, Harris will be the starting SG and he has mid-round upside for his treys and steals, so he's definitely worth taking in the late rounds. Friday, 6:54 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic continues to come off bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic came off the bench yet again on Thursday, finishing with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists and three 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

    Advice: One of the big surprises this month is Bogdanovic did not make a single start in the preseason. While coach Kenny Atkinson did say he wanted to take it easy on him because of the Olympics, so many new pieces on this team makes it hard to believe he would take it to this extreme. Bogey looked like a lock to start, but maybe he launches off the bench. He should still score a ton in the second unit. Thursday, 8:05 pm
  • Evan Fournier scores 24 points vs. Pelicans
    Evan Fournier scored 24 points against the Pelicans on Thursday, adding three rebounds, one assist, four steals and four 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

    Advice: He's scored at least 20 points in three of his last four preseason games, so it's become very clear he'll be carrying the scoring burden for the Magic. Fournier already hit 2.0 treys per game last year on his way to 15.4 points, so it's fair to expect increases in both departments. He's a strong target in the early middle rounds. Thursday, 7:46 pm
  • Rodney McGruder locking up spot?
    Rodney McGruder was terrific off the bench on Thursday, scoring a game-high 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He is fighting for the 15th roster spot and he probably earned it with this game. McGruder was a D-League scoring dynamo and can play multiple positions for coach Erik Spoelstra. Even if he makes the team, he likely won't be in the rotation. Thursday, 6:33 pm
  • Gary Harris still a ways away
    Gary Harris (groin) is still "a ways away" from playing, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: It's been mostly positives on Harris lately with the third-year guard doing some shooting pre-game. There isn't a formal timetable on Harris, but the window based on a handful or reports seems to be at some point in early November. Despite the Nuggets taking two shooting guards in the first round, Harris should still get plenty of run. His injury caused him to slide to become a solid pick in the last two rounds. Thursday, 4:31 pm
  • Arron Afflalo expects to be ready for opener
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) said that he expects to play in Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Suns.

    Advice: Afflalo sat out Sacramento's previous preseason game, but he described the strained glute as a minor injury, so it doesn't sound like this is an issue that will linger into the regular season. Afflalo was in an ideal situation to produce in New York last year, but only managed to put up 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He has some more competition for minutes in Sacramento, so he's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Goran Dragic (rest) out Thursday vs. Hornets
    Goran Dragic (rest) will sit out Thursday's preseason game against the Hornets.

    Advice: It's the first game of a back-to-back set, so it's not surprising at all to see Erik Spoelstra dish out a rest day to the 30-year-old veteran. With Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh (blood clots) no longer in Miami, Dragic should easily be able to put up top-60 value as one of Miami's primary offensive weapons. Thursday, 2:37 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) limited to shooting Thurs
    Alex Abrines (hip) was limited to some light shooting during Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Abrines' hip injury doesn't sound all that serious, so he should be good to go once the regular season tips. However, he's not going to have a large enough role in the rotation to command fantasy value in any setting. Thursday, 12:18 pm
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Nick Young drops 19 points w/ five 3-pointers
    Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers' starting SF on Wednesday, making 7-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Young's effort on both ends of the court has been impressive this preseason, and coach Luke Walton has taken note. "[Young] was messing with Kevin Durant tonight," Walton said. "That's not easy." The veteran swingman seems committed to earning a substantial role despite L.A.'s youth movement, but fantasy owners should view him in context -- Young has yet to crack the top-100 (8-cat or 9-cat) in his nine-year career. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Steph Curry pours in 32 points w/ full line
    The Warriors beat the Lakers 123-112 on Wednesday, led by Steph Curry's 32 points on 11-of-19 shooting with six 3-pointers, five assists, five rebounds, three steals and one turnover.

    Advice: Steph shot 11-of-19 from the field and 4-of-4 from the FT line in a prime example of the Warriors' stat-happy attack -- Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all filled up the boxscore despite playing no more than 32 minutes. Sure, this came against a Lakers team which ranked dead-last in defensive efficiency last year, but it doesn't negate the fact that Steph is a truly elite fantasy option in any format. Wednesday, 10:01 pm
  • Rodney Hood (sprained hand) shoots 2-of-8
    Rodney Hood (sprained hand) started on Wednesday but had only five points on 2-of-8 shooting during Utah's 88-84 loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: Gordon Hayward's fractured finger opens up more playing time for Hood to begin the season, with Joe Johnson also soaking up extra minutes. Hood was a top-75 value on a cumulative basis last season, and is still a worthy mid-late round target even if his minutes dip from last year's 32.2 per game. Wednesday, 8:37 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn (ankle) out again Wednesday
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) did not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vaughn also missed Saturday's game but he thinks he'll be ready for the season opener. His stock has tanked due to a lousy preseason, the presence of Malcolm Brogdon, and the Bucks' acquisition of Tony Snell. Most fantasy owners can ignore him. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • R.J. Hunter battling James Young on roster
    R.J. Hunter pitched in 12 points, four rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes vs. the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: James Young had eight points and seven boards in 26 minutes, and one of these swingmen will likely be cut in the coming days. Hunter could have a slight edge, but the position battle has scant fantasy impact while guys like Jae Crowder, Avery Bradley and Gerald Green are healthy. Wednesday, 7:29 pm
  • Nick Young will start on Wednesday
    Nick Young will start on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's actually having a pretty nice preseason and even coach Luke Walton praised Uncle P's defense. Young isn't a complete lock for the rotation, but he is helping his case this month. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) starting Wednesday's game
    Rodney Hood (hand) will start Wednesday's game alongside George Hill, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: Hood was a full participant in shootaround and the injury is a non-factor. Wednesday, 5:17 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Rodney Hood (hand) expected to play Wednesday
    Rodney Hood (hand) was a full participant during shootaround and is on track to play in Wednesday's preseason game against Portland.

    Advice: Hood has been on the sidelines for the last few games with a minor hand injury, but it looks like he'll be back out there tonight. With Gordon Hayward (finger) not expected to make his regular-season debut until mid-November, Hood should have more shots falling his way to begin the year. He's worth a late-round look on draft day. Wednesday, 9:43 am
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Goran Dragic scores 17 in return
    Goran Dragic returned from a day of rest on Tuesday to hit 8-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and a block.

    Advice: He's locked and loaded as the Heat's No. 1 point guard and is now also one of their better offensive weapons. He should be poised for a big season as long as he can stay healthy. Tuesday, 7:25 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores seven Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore's quiet preseason continued on Tuesday vs. New Orleans, as he scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The money stats were nice, but Bazemore has only scored in double digits one time through four preseason games. He will have a similar role this season after averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in 2015-16, but he tends to fall in drafts and should be available towards the end of the middle rounds. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Ty Johnson scores 15 off Heat bench
    Tyler Johnson came off the Miami bench to hit 6-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in Tuesday's win.

    Advice: Johnson was the Heat's best player on Friday, got the day off on Saturday, and then looked very good again tonight. He's locked in as Goran Dragic's backup at point guard, but if Dragic goes down, TJ could become a hot pickup in fantasy. He'll also play some shooting guard alongside Dragic at times this season. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Evan Fournier quiet in return for Magic
    Evan Fournier returned from a day of rest on Tuesday and hit just 3-of-10 shots for 10 points and one assist in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: He didn't hit a 3-pointer or record any other stats, but then again, it was just a preseason game. Fournier should be poised for a nice season in Orlando and is going in the middle rounds of most drafts. Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Report: MIA not interested in trading Dragic
    The Heat are reportedly uninterested in trading away Goran Dragic.

    Advice: An earlier report indicated that the Kings and Heat had discussed a potential trade that would send Dragic to Sacramento in exchange for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison, but sources of the Miami Herald say that Pat Riley wants to get a sense of what he has and how Dragic can work with the new-look Heat before considering any trade scenarios. If anything does happen on the trade front in Miami, it's unlikely we see any movement until December. Tuesday, 2:40 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip) out Tuesday vs. Denver
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: With Abrines on the sidelines Tuesday night, Semaj Christon should be able to pick up some extra minutes, although neither of these guys will have any fantasy value when the regular season begins. Tuesday, 11:56 am
  • Bojan Bogdanovic scores 12 off the bench
    Bojan Bogdanovic scored 12 points off the bench with two rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes vs. the Celtics on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Atkinson hasn't committed to a starting lineup for opening night, but he said he's expecting a "big year" from the 27-year-old wing. "I think he’s ready, doing well in practice, shooting the ball well. We’re pushing him to defend better and rebound better." Atkinson added that the reason Bogdanovic's workload has been so limited is because he had a long summer with the Croatian national team. He's still worth a look late if you need points and treys. Oct 17, 7:43 pm
  • Alex Abrines (hip flexor)
    Alex Abrines (hip flexor) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday, but it doesn't sound serious. Abrines has shown some solid defense to go with his shooting touch, so he could get in the rotation at times. Oct 17, 11:04 am
  • Rodney Hood (hand) ruled out for Monday
    Rodney Hood (hand) missed the morning shootaround and will not play on Monday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful and the Jazz will continue to be cautious. For what it's worth, Hood is day-to-day and is expected to be ready for the opener, and he even got some shots up on the side. We should get a long look at Dante Exum tonight. Oct 17, 10:07 am
  • Alex Abrines exits Sunday w/ bruised hip
    Thunder SG Alex Abrines didn't return to Sunday's game after bruising his right hip.

    Advice: Abrines has impressed coach Billy Donovan this preseason, but he has an uphill battle to earn a spot in the rotation. Consider him day-to-day. Oct 16, 6:40 pm
  • Rubio, LaVine, Wiggins, Dieng, Towns resting
    Ricky Rubio, Zach LaVine, Andrew Wiggins, Gorgui Dieng and Karl-Anthony Towns will all be rested for Sunday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: It's the second night of a back-to-back set during the preseason, meaning there was no way any of these guys were going to take the floor tonight, not even for Tom Thibodeau. Kris Dunn is going to be very busy. Oct 16, 3:55 pm
  • Hood, Favors doubtful for Monday vs. LAC
    Rodney Hood (hand) and Derrick Favors (knee) both sat out Sunday's practice, and head coach Quin Snyder called them doubtful for Monday's exhibition game against the Clippers.

    Advice: Snyder added that he would not rule either out for the remainder of the preseason, but with just two more games to go, they're running out of opportunities to get out there. For what it's worth, Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune speculated that there's a 95 percent chance that Hood would be ready for opening night, although he could not make the same declaration regarding Favors. Oct 16, 11:48 am
  • Atkinson hasn't decided on starting lineup
    Kenny Atkinson said he's still unsure if Bojan Bogdanovic will be a starter this season.

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