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  • Mike Scott out Thursday vs Wizards
    Mike Scott (left knee) will miss Thursday's game against the Wizards.

    Advice: We'll consider Scott as day-to-day as he was unable to practice on Wednesday, but he shouldn't be owned in any fantasy leagues. 53 minutes ago
  • Jarell Eddie signs D-League contract
    Jarrell Eddie has signed a contract to play in the D-League.

    Advice: Eddie will join the Austin Spurs, but won't have any fantasy value in 2016-17. Today, 7:37 am
  • Tony Allen likely to miss a week
    Tony Allen (right knee) is likely to miss a week of regular season action.

    Advice: Allen was hoping to play against the Knicks on Saturday, but it looks like the Grizzlies won't get him back until sometime next week. Vince Carter and Troy Daniels will see some extra minutes while Allen is out, but neither has any fantasy value in standard leagues. Today, 7:28 am
  • Coach hoping Mike D'Antoni can double assists
    Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is hoping James Harden can double his assist total from last season.

    Advice: After averaging 7.5 assists per game in 2015-17, James Harden's coach thinks he can double that total in 2016-17. "Hopefully, he'll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year," D'Antoni said. "I hope he can average double that. He's one of the best passers I've been around." While D'Antoni's proclamation sounds a bit over the top, Harden dropped 17 dimes in the regular season opener on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of production from The Beard, but double-digit assist numbers aren't out of the question with him manning the point for the Rockets high-powered attack. Today, 6:49 am
  • Tarik Black was signed by LAK on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • J.J. Barea returned to action on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Wade Baldwin IV drops a 5x3 in NBA debut
    Wade Baldwin IV filled up the stat sheet in his NBA debut on Wednesday, scoring seven points with five rebounds, six assists, three steals, three blocks and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Baldwin became the first player since at least 1983-84 to post a 5x3 stat line in his NBA debut. He's also just the ninth player to do it in that span on opening night for a season. On top of that, he did it against the draft's top point guard, Kris Dunn. Baldwin only played two preseason minutes next to Mike Conley, but he played 10 minutes next to him tonight. It's obviously only one game, but Baldwin is someone to consider as the beneficiary of the Tony Allen (knee) injury. We can't call him a standard league pickup yet unless you have something to cut. Yesterday, 11:13 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 21 points
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 21 points with four rebounds, five assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes during a 102-98 loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is a highlight reel waiting to happen with his face-up game comparable to some of the best small forwards in the game. Towns made a lot of his money in the midrange last year, making an incredible 48 percent of his 410 attempts. He looks like he'll be adding more treys to his game as one of the most complete offensive weapons in the NBA. It's not too much to ask for KAT to score in the 25-30 point range with tons of stats to go with it. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Julius Randle makes 9-of-11 FGs, posts 18/7/6
    Julius Randle was a beast vs. Houston on Wednesday, sinking 9-of-11 shots to finish with 18 points, seven rebounds, six assists and one block in the Lakers' 120-114 home win.

    Advice: Randle's assists ticked upward late last season, including a triple-double in late March, and this is a stellar way to kick off the 2016-17 campaign. The primary complaints about his fantasy value are poor efficiency and limited supporting stats, both of which he provided tonight. We'll see how he fares vs. Utah's much stiffer defense on Friday. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Luol Deng quiet in 28 minutes in LAL debut
    Luol Deng made an unassuming debut for the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring seven points with five boards in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran shot 3-of-9 from the field while adding one 3-pointer and one steal, so it wasn't a total loss. His outlook will grow dimmer by the month with L.A. inevitably developing Brandon Ingram at his expense, so there's not a lot to like for fantasy purposes. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell scores 20 points w/ four 3s
    D'Angelo Russell finished Wednesday's season opener with 20 points, four 3-pointers, three assists, one steal and three turnovers in just 29 minutes.

    Advice: The Luke Walton era is upon us, and the early results are very promising -- Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle all had great nights, and the Lakers came away with a season-opening victory vs. a playoff contender. The offensive numbers are inflated because of the matchup, but it's still a strong start for Russell and company. Yesterday, 10:46 pm
  • James Harden opens w/ career-high 17 assists
    James Harden dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding 34 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Rockets' newly-minted point guard is on the verge of a ridiculous season, and he could vie with Russell Westbrook for the lead in both usage rate and MVP votes. He's PG-eligible in most leagues, which is a cherry on top of his already delicious fantasy outlook. The only bad news tonight is that he also committed seven turnovers, and his offensive theatrics couldn't compensate for the Rockets' porous defense. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Gorgui Dieng double-doubles vs. Memphis
    Gorgui Dieng scored 12 points with 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had the mid-range game working and did a fine job on defense. Dieng is locked and loaded for minutes in the 28-32 range most nights with one of the highest fantasy floors around. While Dieng is not going to get many center minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau looks like he will play him consistently at power forward. Yesterday, 10:24 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. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 36 minutes in opening victory
    Ty Lawson started at PG in the Kings' season-opener, notching nine points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in the road win.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes and should maintain a similar role until Darren Collison returns from his eight-game suspension. Once DC is back, however, it's hard to see how Lawson could earn enough minutes to be an asset in 12-team leagues. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points w/ two 3s
    Arron Afflalo started Wednesday's win vs. the Suns, posting eight points with three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Afflalo dealt with a glute injury recently but it didn't seem to impact him tonight. The starting SG job is Afflalo's to lose, whether or not the Kings end up keeping Ben McLemore (six points in 17 minutes), but his only fantasy value comes from scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentages. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Solomon Hill plays 27 minutes in home defeat
    Solomon Hill logged 27 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, but had only two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: New Orleans gave Hill a four-year, $52 million contract this summer, so he's obviously a big part of their plans. He's a steady defender whose role is safe with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf, but fantasy owners should view him skeptically unless his offense picks up significantly. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Tim Frazier racks up 15 & 11 w/ five rebounds
    Tim Frazier double-doubled in his first start for the Pelicans, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and just one turnover.

    Advice: It was only the sixth start of Frazier's young career, but he looked very confident and comfortable running the offense. He played 37 minutes tonight and should be owned in all leagues -- even when Jrue Holiday returns from his indefinite absence, Frazier will still be a great handcuff. Yesterday, 9:15 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes vs. Denver
    Terrence Jones posted six points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 18 minutes off the bench in New Orleans' season opener.

    Advice: It's a disappointing start for Jones, but he deserves a few weeks before making any sweeping judgments about his value with the Pelicans. Head coach Alvin Gentry has suggested that he could slide Anthony Davis to center in certain matchups, opening up a potential PF job for Jones, which is something to watch for vs. the Warriors on Friday. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler logs 30 minutes Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, contributing 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' road victory.

    Advice: The veteran hadn't played a regular-season game since Apr. 15, 2015, due to a long absence following hip surgery. The Nuggets' deep rotation makes it hard to get excited about Chandler's prospects, but his playing time is a good sign -- he could have had an even bigger line if he shot better than 5-of-15 from the field. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) a mixed bag in opener
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) posted 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal on Wednesday, making 2-of-8 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with six turnovers and five fouls in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay didn't have the preseason fantasy owners were hoping for, shooting just 30.2 percent from the field with a combined 1-of-13 mark from downtown. "It’s going to click. I’m not too worried," Mudiay said before the game. "The preseason is over with, so now it’s the real deal." Mike Malone praised Mudiay's shot selection and said he expects the efficiency to follow -- it wasn't there from the field tonight, though his mark at the line is encouraging. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets one minute
    Quincy Acy played one minute with one foul on Wednesday.

    Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation while the Mavs are healthy. Acy could get a spot start based on how coach Rick Carlisle handles his rotation with rest, but he's not a fantasy option right now. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starts, plays eight minutes
    Miles Plumlee was ineffective as a starter on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: Plumlee lasted less than four minutes in the third quarter and didn't get back on the court, so there are no guarantees that he'll get another start vs. Brooklyn on Saturday. Suffice to say, he's off the radar in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • J.J. Barea gets 39 minutes, scores 22 points
    J.J. Barea scored 22 points in 39 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was banged up with an elbow injury, but coach Rick Carlisle went small to combat the Pacers up-tempo style. Barea is one of Carlisle's guys and he does look like a fixture in the rotation. It is worth a mention Seth Curry was in foul trouble, so these minutes were inflated. If you're looking for some short-term value, Barea is worth a look. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay will play on Wednesday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) will play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He went through a full practice on Sunday and should be ready to go. Jamal Murray played almost half of his minutes at the point, so that should be interesting to see how it fits in the rotation with the starter back in action. Mudiay worked really hard on his shooting, so that is something to watch. He struggled in the preseason, though. Yesterday, 4:04 pm
  • Miles Plumlee starting on Wednesday
    Miles Plumlee is starting on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks used John Henson as a backup power forward at times, so the flexibility there makes Plulmee the starting option. Henson has better fantasy value for his blocks, though. Greg Monroe will still get big minutes off the bench and isn't affected too much with this move. Yesterday, 3:26 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play
    Quincy Acy (foot) is expected to play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Mavs are asking him to take some 3-pointers and help space the floor off the bench. He is likely to be behind Dwight Powell for backup power forward minutes tonight. Yesterday, 1:41 pm
  • Arron Afflalo listed as starter
    Arron Afflalo (glute) is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He's said he expected to play last week, so he'll be ready to go. The Kings have been playing Garrett Temple at mostly point guard, so they do have some depth issues at shooting guard. Still, Afflalo's ceiling isn't too promising. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov probable Wednesday
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are being listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Houston.

    Advice: Walton already said on Tuesday that both would be available on opening night, so the probable tag is just a formality. Feel free to get them active. Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Mike Scott (knee) doesn't practice Wednesday
    Mike Scott (left knee) did not participate during Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: With the Hawks at full strength, Scott's playing status is largely irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 10:52 am
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:41 am
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) out for season opener
    Tony Allen (right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: With Allen on the sidelines to begin the year, it will likely be Vince Carter or Troy Daniels sliding into the starting two-spot, but neither guy is a very attractive option on a busy 10-game night. Head coach David Fizdale said that Allen is "not far away" from being ready, so there's a decent chance we see him in uniform for either Saturday's game vs. the Knicks or Sunday's game against the Wizards. Yesterday, 9:24 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. Yesterday, 9:18 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. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Tuesday, 1:38 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Tuesday, 12:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Tuesday, 12:32 pm
  • 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. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Miles Plumlee likely to start opening night
    Miles Plumlee has been practicing with the starting unit, so it looks like he'll be Milwaukee's starting center for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: Through 14 games as a starter last season, Plumlee only managed to contribute averages of 6.6 points, 5.4 boards and 1.0 block, so he's a good example of how starting doesn't necessarily lead to fantasy value. Greg Monroe will come off the bench. Tuesday, 12:13 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. Tuesday, 11:43 am
  • Ty Lawson expects to play 30-40 mins a night
    Coach Dave Joerger told Ty Lawson he is expected to play 30-40 minutes in the first eight games of the year.

    Advice: The Kings waived Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins from the roster on Monday, indicating that they have plenty of faith in Lawson running the show until Collison returns from suspension. If you drafted Collison, you may want to scoop up Lawson off waivers where available. Lawson might also be an enticing play in daily leagues early in the season. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Monday, 12:34 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
  • 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
  • MIN exercises option on Karl-Anthony Towns
    The Timberwolves have exercised their third-year option on Karl-Anthony Towns.

    Advice: KAT's rookie year was pretty legendary, and he's all setup to have an incredible sophomore season under head coach Tom Thibodeau. He's going to cost you a top-5 pick if you want him. Sunday, 3:50 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) practices in full Sun
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He should be just fine for opening night, but remains a borderline late-round target in standard leagues due to his issues with turnovers and shooting percentages. He is, however, a much more attractive target in points settings. Sunday, 11:43 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Sunday, 11:14 am
  • 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
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Sunday, 7:41 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
  • Pelicans 'thrilled' with Terrence Jones
    The Pelicans have been "thrilled" with Terrence Jones in the preseason.

    Advice: In particular, New Orleans has been impressed by his ability to facilitate. After a slowish start, Jones really came on toward the end of the preseason and has firmly reestablished himself as a huge fantasy sleeper just ahead of the season. So long as he can stay healthy—and that's not a given whatsoever with this particular player—Jones should provide a very nice return on investment for owners willing to take the gamble. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • D'Angelo Russell puts up 17-7-6 line
    D'Angelo Russell made 5-of-14 from the field for 17 points on Friday, adding seven rebounds, six assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

    Advice: This is the kind of game to show the type of upside Russell has. Even when he doesn't shoot the ball well, he adds output in several other categories. He'll be running the offense for basically his entire time on the court and offers added upside with steals, treys, dimes and more. There will be some bumps in the road, but Russell is in the mix as an early-round pick. Friday, 10:28 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scores 15 in 15 minutes
    Karl-Anthony Towns scored 15 points in 15 minutes on Friday, adding nine rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He went nuclear in his last four games and made 9.0 free throws in that span. As for his other averages, KAT posted 20.0 points, 10.0 boards, 2.0 assists, 0.5 blocks and 0.5 treys in just 23.3 minutes. He's already the most unstoppable big man in the NBA and can score from anywhere in any set. Towns is a top-five fantasy pick and is in the mix for top three. Friday, 7:24 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
  • Wizards waive Jarell Eddie
    Wizards waive G/F Jarell Eddie, F Johnny O'Bryant and G Casper Ware.

    Advice: He had a partial guarantee and it looked like he was going to make the team, but it didn't happen. Eddie will likely be back in the NBA soon. Friday, 7:02 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Mudiay and Arthur out for Friday night
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), Gary Harris (groin) and Darrell Arthur (knee) will not play against the Mavs on Friday.

    Advice: He only had a small chance to play on Thursday, but he's still not in jeopardy of missing the opener. For tonight, we'll get a longer look at Jamal Murray, who has played well at the point in his last two. Mudiay is still only a late-round pick in standard leagues and a mid-round guy in points formats. Friday, 4:30 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
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Friday, 9:05 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
  • Tim Frazier posts 10-7-7 line vs. Magic
    Tim Frazier scored 10 points with seven rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: He was right on his preseason average of 7.0 assists and Frazier seems to have locked down the starting point guard job on opening night. Jrue Holiday (personal) will be with his wife for an undetermined amount of time, so Frazier could get big minutes for a sizable portion of the season. Frazier is a potential triple-double threat and could have an impact to start the season. Thursday, 7:25 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off again with 24 points
    Terrence Jones was phenomenal on Thursday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Hey now. This comes on the heels of a 18-point game on Tuesday and he averaged 15.0 points per game in the preseason even before this beauty. Jones essentially took a pay cut to put himself in the best spot, and he appears to have made the right choice. Coach Alvin Gentry can use him next to Anthony Davis and both can guard fives depending on the matchup. He's solidified himself as a very nice late-round pick in almost all leagues. Thursday, 7:18 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) has chance to play
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) has a small chance to play on Friday.

    Advice: He sprained his ankle on Oct. 14 and hasn't played since. Mudiay not being ruled out bodes well for his chances to play in the opener. If he's out, Jamal Murray will get another chance to prove he's capable of playing some point guard. Murray has been success in his last two, which bodes well for his value in keeper leagues. Thursday, 4:12 pm
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jahlil Okafor (knee) probable for opener?
    Jahlil Okafor said that "everything's looking good" with his surgically repaired right knee, and he expects to be ready for the 76ers' regular-season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: He's doubtful to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Heat, and while he's expecting to play on opening night, we wouldn't be so sure as players are often overly optimistic when projecting their return from an injury. Okafor also said that he's "fine" coming off the bench this season, which is a good indication that his minutes will be limited to begin the year as he fights for playing time in Philly's overcrowded frontcourt. He's more of a late-round pick in deep leagues at the moment. Thursday, 2:11 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

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

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

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

    Advice: Okafor still thinks he'll be able to play when the regular season begins, but Okafor continues to be listed as doubtful for Friday's preseason game agains the Heat. Okafor is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and is likely to see his minutes restricted to start the season, so he is only worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:47 am
  • Gorgui Dieng goes for 19 & 11 w/ four blocks
    Gorgui Dieng helped the Wolves cruise past the Grizzlies on Wednesday with 19 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, one steal and just one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: The 26-year-old big man sank 5-of-6 field goals and 9-of-10 free throws, a level of efficiency that buoys his rising fantasy stock. With the starting job all locked up, Dieng shouldn't fall past the middle rounds in any format. Wednesday, 8:03 pm
  • Karl-Anthony Towns has 31 pts w/ 17-of-17 FTs
    Karl-Anthony Towns lit up the Grizzlies for 31 points in a pristine performance on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 17-of-17 FTs with nine rebounds, two assists and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's only the preseason, but KAT's stellar rookie season was a taste of things to come and he's hands-down the best fantasy center in the league. If this were the regular season he'd be the 11th center since 1963 to make at least 17 free throws without a miss. He also limited Marc Gasol to just 2-of-10 shooting and coach Tom Thibodeau should ride him for huge minutes this year, with a usage rate to match. Buckle up. Wednesday, 8:02 pm
  • Wade Baldwin (knee) sits out Wednesday
    Wade Baldwin (knee) did not play vs. the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Baldwin is presumably just dealing with soreness in his left knee. His shot has been off this preseason but his playmaking has been steady, with an average of 4.0 assists over the past five games. He's not a fantasy option while Mike Conley is healthy. Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Miles Plumlee scores 10 pts w/ eight boards
    Miles Plumlee chipped in 10 points and eight boards in 19 minutes on Wednesday, going 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line.

    Advice: The points and rebounds were both preseason highs for Plumlee, which says plenty about his fantasy outlook. Even as the Bucks' presumptive starting center, he's only worth a glance in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:34 pm
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • Wade Baldwin (left knee) is questionable
    Wade Baldwin (left knee) is questionable to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 22 minutes on Saturday and it's been quiet on the injury front since, so it sounds like just soreness. Baldwin hasn't shot the ball well lately and even has a couple airballs. In the last four games, he's only made 19.0 percent from the field while he likely locked up the backup point guard spot. Wednesday, 11:48 am
  • Lawson scores five points on 1-of-6 shooting
    Ty Lawson scored five points on 1-of-6 shooting (a 3-pointer) vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, adding four assists, two rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings brought him off the bench behind Garrett Temple, so maybe he's not a lock to open the season as the starter -- Darren Collison is suspended for the first eight games. Lawson is already on thin ice with the Kings after missing a team flight on Friday, but the Kings aren't going to suspend him for now. A timeshare right out of the gate with Temple is possible, so this is a tricky situation for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 w/ two treys
    Terrence Jones (knee contusion) returned to action in style on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans were running their offense through him and he showed no signs of any injury after he missed the previous two games. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and it's great to see him attempt five 3-pointers on the night. He's loaded with upside and may have to step up early on with Anthony Davis bothered by an ankle issue. He should see minutes at the four and five and is a nice sleeper late in drafts, but just keep his injury history in mind. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Mudiay, Harris, Arthur, Chandler out Tuesday
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle), Gary Harris (groin), Darrell Arthur (knee) and Wilson Chandler (rest) have all been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason game against the Thunder.

    Advice: This will be Mudiay's second straight game on the shelf with the ankle injury, but he maintains that the injury is not serious, so this is probably just the Denver coaching staff exercising extreme caution with the regular season just a week away. Jamal Murray should get the bulk of the minutes tonight sans Harris and Mudiay, with Malik Beasley also seeing some increased opportunity. Tuesday, 3:52 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) available to play Tues
    Terrence Jones (knee) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed the past two games with a bruised knee, which is pretty typical for the oft-injured forward, but it sounds like he could be back on the court for limited action Tuesday night. Jones does offer a good amount of upside with his ability to swat shots and hit triples, but staying healthy has been a major issue for him through his four years in the league. Still, he's on the radar as a potential late-round target in standard settings. Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Frazier, Hield, Hill, Cunningham, Asik start
    Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Dante Cunningham and Omer Asik will start vs. the Hawks on Tuesday.

    Advice: Frazier and Hield should be busy tonight sans Anthony Davis (ankle), and both those guys are on the radar as potential late-round targets in standard leagues. Tuesday, 3:25 pm
  • Ty Lawson won't face suspension from Kings
    Ty Lawson won't face a suspension by the Kings, according to general manager Vlade Divac.

    Advice: Lawson met with Divac after missing a team flight on Friday, but Vlade said the team won't suspend Lawson. "We handle it inside [the] house," Divac said. "He got the message, and we move forward." Lawson is likely to start the first eight games of the season with Darren Collison suspended, but he'll ned to be on his best behavior going forward. Tuesday, 5:56 am
  • Greg Monroe scores 12 off the bench
    Greg Monroe scored 12 points off the bench with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: The biggest takeaway from tonight is that Monroe's usage rate could actually be a lot higher off the bench, as he attempted 19 shots from the field, connecting on six of them. Miles Plumlee is the favorite to start, but Monroe should soak up the majority of the center minutes, assuming the Bucks give up on trying to trade him. Monday, 7:19 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) questionable Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed two games in a row and was listed as doubtful in the previous outing, so this can be viewed as a step in the right direction. The Pelicans are banged up right now and don't want to take any chances, so we'd still be surprised to see Jones out there. The Pelicans signed Quincy Ford to a training camp deal to provide some additional depth for Tuesday. For now, Jones is still considered a sleeper in the later rounds. Monday, 2:46 pm
  • Ty Lawson still with the Kings
    Ty Lawson was at practice on Monday.

    Advice: So apparently the Kings didn't cut him. A video of Lawson, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein popped up of the three partying in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Lawson then missed the team flight on Friday, but his agent said the guard received permission -- McLemore and Cauley-Stein made the flight. Lawson will have to be on his best behavior going forward. Monday, 1:53 pm
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