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  • Allen Crabbe scores 10 in 32 minutes
    Allen Crabbe hit 3-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Crabbe had 18 points in Tuesday's opener and the minutes were there tonight. If you're holding a guy like Evan Turner and want to drop him for Crabbe, it makes a ton of sense right now. Crabbe wasn't great tonight, but the minutes are there, his confidence is on the rise, and he's going to be a key cog in the Blazers' rotation all season long. 32 minutes ago
  • Kawhi becoming offensive superstar, scores 30
    Kawhi Leonard put on yet another offensive scoring clinic in a 102-94 win over the Kings on Thursday, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, five assists, five steals, one turnover and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He scored a career-high 35 points in the opener and to turn in his first back-to-back 30-point games. Leonard is basically the point guard with a ton of high on-ball screens coming to him and plenty of isolation plays like last year. His playing time could be on the rise from his 33.1 per game last year in his age-25 season and he's a lock to break his career-high 2.6 dimes per game. He is right at the top of the list for MVP candidates. 34 minutes ago
  • Evan Turner scores four points in loss
    Evan Turner hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, six rebounds and one assist in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting Tuesday and is one of the most droppable players in fantasy hoops right now. If he were starting, we wouldn't be so fast to kick him to the curb. But he's not starting, can't find his shot right now, and there are a ton of more valuable players on the waiver wire. He may get it going at some point, but it's time to turn the page and move on if you can get a hot free agent. 34 minutes ago
  • C.J. McCollum scores 16 in 38 minutes
    C.J. McCollum hit 5-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: This is becoming quite a rivalry and the Clippers did a good job of keeping CJM in check tonight. He led the team in minutes and is going to be a mini-stud all season long. He should do more offensively in the next one. 39 minutes ago
  • Matt Barnes gets 27 minutes vs. SA
    Matt Barnes played 27 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with three points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did look to be dealing with his rib injury from the preseason based on his facial expressions. Barnes is not going to get a ton of shots in this offense, but he's shown he can post some steals, boards and treys. He'll have some low-end value in standard leagues. Today, 10:25 pm
  • Dwyane Wade makes four treys, scores 22
    Dwyane Wade looked like a spot-up specialist in a 105-99 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Wade made a grand total of seven 3-pointers last year, so clearly all that work in the offseason is paying some early dividends. He caught guys like Avery Bradley by surprise and was wide open for most of his six attempts. The league will probably make an adjustment here, but he looks like he'll have 3-pointers worked into his arsenal. Today, 9:06 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 16 with five assists
    Avery Bradley scored 16 points with six rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back games with five assists for the former college point guard. Bradley matched his career-high 2.1 dimes per game last year, but there is little doubt he should shatter it this year. He's worked on his ball-handling and is using his crossover a lot more this year. Bradley could make a leap to becoming an early-round asset this season. Today, 8:16 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha plays well off Hawks bench
    Thabo Sefolosha had a spectacular reverse dunk and hit 6-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, seven rebounds, five assists and five steals in 22 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: Sefolosha and Tim Hardaway Jr. both easily outshined starter Kyle Korver tonight. Three-headed monsters are not fun to deal with in fantasy and it wouldn't be surprising to see a different character from this trio step up from night to night. On Thursday, it was Sefolosha and THJ's turn to shine. Today, 7:52 pm
  • Kent Bazemore struggles on 1-of-7 FG
    Kent Bazemore hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) to finish with seven points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and four turnovers in Thursday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Not good. He also committed his final turnover just seconds before he was pulled with the game locked up for the Hawks. Baze is part of the glue that holds the Hawks together and while tonight's line is pretty devastating for his owners, odds are good that he bounces back in the next one. Today, 7:36 pm
  • Brian Roberts (hamstring) questionable Friday
    Brian Roberts (hamstring) is questionable to play against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: He's probably not going to be in the rotation anyway. Roberts can remain in the wire in almost all leagues. Today, 2:54 pm
  • Randy Foye (hamstring) is day-to-day
    Randy Foye (hamstring) is day-to-day with his hamstring injury.

    Advice: He strained his hamstring in practice and missed the opener. Foye started four of this six preseason games and may have actually started the season at shooting guard. He still was awful in the preseason with only a 28.0 field goal percentage and likely wouldn't play more than minutes in the teens. Once he's back, that will add more risk to guys like Joe Harris and Bojan Bogdanovic. Today, 1:38 pm
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) out for Friday
    Wayne Ellington (quad) is listed as out for Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He missed the opener due to this injury, which allowed Rodney McGruder to get some run in the second unit. Ellington is only day-to-day, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now. Today, 12:40 pm
  • Dwyane Wade expects to play 30-32 mins Thurs
    Dwyane Wade said he expects to play 30-32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade and head coach have both previously spoken about managing the 34-year-old's workload, so 30-32 minutes sounds about right. While Wade is worth a start in standard fantasy leagues, owners shouldn't expect production that resembles that of an in-his-prime D-Wade. Today, 9:28 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
  • J.J. Barea returned to action on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Nick Young starts, plays 27 mins vs. Rockets
    Nick Young finished Wednesday's upset win vs. the Rockets with eight points, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one block and five personal fouls in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Uncle P shot just 3-of-12 from the field, which would normally spell disaster, but he stayed on the court thanks to much improved effort defensively. It remains to be seen whether he can hold off Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams long-term, however, and even as a starter he's better suited to deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • 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
  • Eric Gordon scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Eric Gordon made his Rockets' debut on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five boards, two 3-pointers, and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gordon has emerged as a starter due to Pat Beverley's leg injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least three weeks. Gordon has had his own injury problems, to say the least, but when healthy he'll be an excellent source of scoring and 3-pointers in the Rockets' system. It's worth mentioning that James Harden's total ball-dominance prevented Gordon from recording a single assist. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) scoreless in return
    P.J. Tucker (back) played six minutes during Wednesday's opener, going scoreless with one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was an expected minute-limit as the Suns ease the veteran forward back into action. Tucker could return low-end value once he's up to speed physically, but his role is expected to dwindle as the Suns' develop guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender late in the season. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Brandon Knight hits 1-of-8 FGs on Wednesday
    Brandon Knight struggled in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, chipping in seven points (1-of-8 FGs, 5-of-6 FTs) with five assists and one rebound.

    Advice: Earl Watson has been touting Knight as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate and fantasy owners shouldn't read into tonight's dud. Inefficiency is common for Knight, a career 41.6 percent shooter, but he should have plenty of offensive explosions with a high usage rate leading the second unit. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) scores 14 pts w/ extras
    Matt Barnes (ribs) looked great in his Kings debut, coming off the bench for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran also had a minor knee injury recently, but his status for the opener was never truly in doubt. Based on the evidence from opening night, Barnes will serve as the Kings' sixth-man this season -- as long as he's playing 25+ minutes per night, he's worth a long look in most fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Victor Oladipo struggles in his OKC debut
    Victor Oladipo had a rough start in a Thunder uniform on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was wide open for most of his five attempts from deep, but he couldn't knock them down. Oladipo brought the ball up even when Russell Westbrook was on the court and eventually got it going late after a 2-of-12 start. There's no reason to panic for one of the best post-break guards last year. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Hendo has a solid debut for Philly
    Gerald Henderson scored nine points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got off to a great start and even extended his shooting range with three attempts from deep. There won't be many scoring chances for Henderson to make a consistent impact in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:34 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
  • Lance Stephenson plays well in 26 minutes
    Lance Stephenson came off the bench for eight points, three boards, three assists and one steal in his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 shots in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: "With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP. Yesterday, 9:17 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
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31 points not enough
    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season. 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
  • Avery Bradley racks up 17/9/5 & three triples
    Avery Bradley racked up 17 points, three 3-pointers, nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's season-opening victory.

    Advice: Expectations are high for Bradley this season, and through one game he has delivered. He once again looked comfortable as a playmaker and it showed -- he exceeded five assists in just one game last season. He'll try to keep it going vs. Dwyane Wade and the Bulls on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:26 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He is good to go, according to coach Dave Joerger. Barnes played some four minutes and that should happen quite a bit in this matchup. He's still not a great fantasy option, but he's gone on terrific runs before and Joerger likes him. Yesterday, 6:01 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
  • Tucker limited to 10-12 minutes.
    P.J. Tucker (back) will be limited to about 10-12 minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: He had back surgery in September, but that's not the reason why he's coming off the bench. Tucker was used at both forward spots last year and was used more in a defensive role. With more depth at the four and Devin Booker expected to play more small forward, there aren't many minutes available for Tucker. Yesterday, 2:06 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard wanted to get to the line
    Kawhi Leonard studied film this offseason on how to get to the line.

    Advice: It obviously showed on Tuesday with the MVP candidate setting a career-high 15 makes. "I’m just starting to feel it and get a rhythm," Leonard said. "As it keeps going, I am getting better at it." Manu Ginobili said Kawhi's new additions are "Harden-like" and the refs seemed to agreed on Tuesday. Leonard is going to be a fantasy monster, but you knew that. Yesterday, 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. Yesterday, 11:46 am
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:45 am
  • Popovich says Leonard 'more hungry to score'
    Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard is "more confident, more aggressive, [and] more hungry to score than in the past."

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

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Brian Roberts (hamstring) out Wednesday
    Brian Roberts (left hamstring) won't play Wednesday vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: Roberts suffered the hamstring injury during the preseason and will be brought along slowly. The third-string point guard has no fantasy value, and his absence will go largely unnoticed in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 9:13 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. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 18 points off the bench
    Allen Crabbe scored 18 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. Utah, hitting 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: He had the hot hand tonight and the Blazers rolled with him down the stretch. Crabbe added three rebounds and three assists, and he also saw more minutes (29) than starting small forward Moe Harkless (22) and Evan Turner (26). He's going to be hard to trust with so many mouths to feed on Portland's deep roster, but Crabbe has some serious talent and is worth putting on your radar. Tuesday, 9:44 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. Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) cleared for opening night
    P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

    Advice: Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 1:44 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
  • 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. Tuesday, 11:40 am
  • Randy Foye (hamstring) out vs. Boston
    Randy Foye strained his hamstring in practice and won't play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Foye has only a mild hamstring strain, but it will prevent him from suiting up on opening night. Coach Kenny Atkinson stated he had not yet decided who would start at shooting guard on Wednesday. Tuesday, 10:40 am
  • Wayne Ellington (quad) limited at practice
    Wayne Ellington (right quad) was limited during Monday's practice and is looking doubtful for Miami's regular-season opener against the Magic on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens on opening night, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in almost any format. Monday, 9:33 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Monday, 7:51 am
  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. Monday, 6:25 am
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • 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
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • 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
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:39 am
  • 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
  • Brandon Knight gets 27 minutes
    Brandon Knight played 27 minutes on Friday with 14 points, two rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: This was a dress rehearsal for the Suns, so the 27 minutes seem like a fair expectation for Knight. Coach Earl Watson looks like he wants to get Leandro Barbosa in the mix and gave him 16 minutes tonight, so that would eliminate a three-guard rotation. While Knight's value should still be solid in the second unit, his upside is capped. That said, he makes sense in the 75-100 window of a standard draft. Friday, 10:05 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
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 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
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dealing with illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with an illness on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to attend the pizza event in Milwaukee because of the illness. He has a few days to get well before the opener and should be ready to go. Antetokounmpo isn't going to be the "point guard" on the roster, but he'll be running the offense. His upside is massive. Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • 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
  • Lin, Foye, RHJ, Booker, Lopez starting Thurs
    Jeremy Lin, Randy Foye, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez will start in Thursday's preseason finale against the Knicks.

    Advice: It looks like Foye may have earned the starting two-spot in Brooklyn over Bojan Bogdanovic, but Bogdanovic remains the preferable late-round target. Thursday, 2:56 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
  • 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
  • Gerald Henderson targeting 18-20 mins Fri
    Gerald Henderson (hip) is expected to play 18-20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson has been brought along slowly from his hip injury and he is targeting 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday. Henderson will see plenty of minutes for the 76ers to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:38 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
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 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
    Player Note
    Nick Young LAL - SG,SF
  • Brian Roberts (left hamstring) out Thursday
    Brian Roberts (left hamstring) won't play in the rest of the preseason.

    Advice: Steve Clifford has described Roberts' absence an "ultra-careful" move by the Hornets, so we're considering him questionable for opening night. He's not a lock to be in the rotation while Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions are healthy. Wednesday, 4:19 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
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 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
  • Vic Oladipo quiet in Tuesday win
    Victor Oladipo played 20 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: We're expecting huge things from Dipo this season and while tonight's line is a little concerning, there's nothing to stop him from getting big minutes and usage for the Thunder this season. Stay the course with him. Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores seven Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore's quiet preseason continued on Tuesday vs. New Orleans, as he scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The money stats were nice, but Bazemore has only scored in double digits one time through four preseason games. He will have a similar role this season after averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in 2015-16, but he tends to fall in drafts and should be available towards the end of the middle rounds. Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) ruled out Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's likely just a minor tweak, so the Kings will hold him out as a precaution. The Kings are shopping Rudy Gay, so Barnes could have some sneaky fantasy value this season. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 21 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues. Oct 17, 7:16 pm
  • Delly, Giannis, Parker, Mirza, Miles to start
    Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic and Miles Plumlee are the expected starters vs. the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Malcolm Brogdon was the listed starter, but Teletovic was running with the starters during warmups. The Bucks really need Teletovic's floor spacing this season, so he's a sneaky late-round pick for his upside in treys. Giannis should be busy tonight and could see an uptick in assists with Teletovic on the floor. Oct 17, 4:04 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Oct 17, 1:04 pm
  • Brian Roberts (hamstring) ruled out Monday
    Brian Roberts (hamstring) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Hornets coach Steve Clifford said last week that the team is just being "ultra-careful," so he probably has a decent chance to be ready for the season opener. The third-string PG has no fantasy value. Oct 17, 6:15 am
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