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  • Wade Baldwin IV (left knee) questionable Sat
    Wade Baldwin IV (left knee) is questionable to play against the Knicks on Saturday.

    Advice: He was terrific in his 25 minutes for his debut with a shocking 5x3 line. Perhaps Baldwin is just dealing with some soreness because he didn't seem to suffer any injury in the opener and was on the injury report back on Oct. 19 for a preseason game. With Mike Conley to be limited this weekend, we might get even more Baldwin. If he's out, that'll be more burn for Andrew Harrison and Vince Carter. 53 minutes ago
  • Aaron Brooks out for Friday
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will not play against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: He is behind Joe Young for the backup minutes anyway, so Brooks has no fantasy value right now. Today, 3:33 pm
  • Anthony Morrow will be important
    Coach Billy Donovan said Anthony Morrow will be important to the Thunder.

    Advice: As we power up our coach speak translator, it says this means Morrow is not in the rotation. It looks like Alex Abrines will be ahead of him for now. Today, 3:31 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. in the mix at point guard?
    Tim Hardaway Jr. could see more minutes at point guard in the future.

    Advice: The Hawks ran a guard combo of Hardaway Jr. and Kent Bazemore in Thursday's game while Malcolm Delaney and Dennis Schroder were on the bench. "I’m very happy with how Malcolm is playing," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "When I first did it, I thought it might be for one or two possessions but they were doing OK so we went ahead and did it for the rest of the half." Hardaway is already a possible pickup and another strong game on Saturday would help his case even more. Today, 2:45 pm
  • Evan Turner won't be defined by shots
    Coach Terry Stotts said there is an adjustment period for Evan Turner and he won't be defined by how many shots he'll make.

    Advice: He's just 3-of-15 from the field in his two games as a Blazer. Turner also has gone to the line just once in his 49 total minutes, so the scoring isn't there. His minutes will be fine in the lower 20s, but there just isn't enough upside to own him in most leagues. Today, 2:31 pm
  • Gary Harris (groin) questionable for Saturday
    Gary Harris (groin) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Blazers.

    Advice: Coach Mike Malone said he wants to see Harris go through a full practice, so that likely needs to happen tomorrow for Harris to play. He went through most of Friday's practice and has been going through 5-on-5 since Oct. 25. Harris was originally expected to have a target date in mid-November, but the estimated date has been all over the place for two weeks now. It does sound like he'll be back in the next week, though. If he's out, there will be more run for Will Barton at shooting guard, which will open up a few minutes at small forward, as well. Today, 12:06 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) likely to play on Saturday
    Tony Snell (ankle) had a good practice on Friday and is expected to play on Saturday against the Nets.

    Advice: He hasn't played for the Bucks yet due to a preseason ankle sprain. The Bucks cannot figure out who to play next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Snell appears to be the favorite to start. The Bucks will limit his minutes in his first game with his new team. He's not going to offer a high enough upside for most leagues. Today, 11:49 am
  • Mike Conley to have a minutes cap?
    Coach David Fizdale said Mike Conley could have a soft minutes cap in the back-to-back set on Saturday and Sunday.

    Advice: With a minutes limit on Mike Conley, Wade Baldwin IV is becoming more and more interesting to watch. The rookie was the first player to debut with a 5x3 in at least 25 years -- he also played next to Conley on Wednesday. Conley only played 30 minutes in the opener during a close game, so that suggests he'll be in that neighborhood again. The Grizzlies should be in a more favorable system with more pace, so Conley is still a great fantasy option for season long. Today, 11:22 am
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) out on Friday
    Alec Burks (knee, ankle) will not play Friday vs. Houston.

    Advice: We haven't been given an updated timetable on when to expect Burks back, as he is still rehabbing from knee and ankle surgeries. It is safe to leave him on the waiver wire for now. Today, 11:19 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) targeting December return
    Tyreke Evans, via his Snapchat, states he plans to return by the end of November, or by December 15th "for sure."

    Advice: Evans posted a video of himself lifting weights on his Snapchat account and indicated he working out in hopes of getting back on the court by the end of next month. This timetable jives with what GM Demps told reporters earlier this week. Today, 11:03 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doubtful for Friday
    Jose Calderon (calf) is doubtful for Friday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Calderon is improving and did practice on Friday, so he is headed in the right direction. However, he won't suit up on Friday. Even when fully healthy, Calderon will have a tough time cracking the Lakers rotation. Today, 10:40 am
  • Jordan Clarkson to come off bench Friday
    The Lakers will stick with the same starting five, including Nick Young at SG, on Friday vs. Utah

    Advice: It appears Jordan Clarkson will continue coming off the bench as the Lakers sixth man for the foreseeable future. Young scored eight points in 27 minutes on Wednesday. Clarkson caught fire in the second half and fished with 25 total points in 25 minutes. Despite remaining a reserve, Clarkson still possesses considerable fantasy value, as evidenced by his impressive showing in L.A.'s season opener. Today, 10:32 am
  • Ron Baker (ankle) likely inactive on Saturday
    Ron Baker (ankle) will likely be listed as inactive for Saturday's game vs. Memphis.

    Advice: Baker, the Knicks third-string point guard, only played seven minutes in the Knicks season opener, so this has very little fantasy relevance. New York Post's Marc Berman speculates that Maurice Ndour or Marshall Plumlee will likely dress in Baker's place. Today, 9:52 am
  • Iman Shumpert (concussion) will play Friday
    Iman Shumpert has been cleared from the concussion protocol and will play Friday vs. Toronto.

    Advice: Shumpert banged his head into Kristaps Porzingis' hip on Tuesday and had to be helped to the locker room. However, Shumpert has been cleared by the medical staff is all set for Friday night's action. "He's ready to play," Lue said before shootaround. "That's a good thing for us." Today, 9:23 am
  • Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) out on Friday
    Caris LeVert (left foot rehab) will not play Friday vs. Pacers

    Advice: No surprise here, as LeVert said on Thursday that he was still a couple of weeks away from suiting up. Even when 100 percent healthy, LeVert will have very little fantasy value. Today, 7:53 am
  • Randy Foye (hamstring) out Friday vs. Indiana
    Randy Foye (hamstring) will not play Friday vs. Indiana

    Advice: Foye strained his hamstring in practice earlier this week. It was initially termed only a "mild hamstring strain" but has now cost Foye the first two games of the season. Bojan Bogdanovic started at shooting guard for the Nets on Wednesday and scored 21 points and grabbed five rebounds in 23 minutes. Joe Harris also saw increased opportunities with Foye sidelined. Harris played 25 minutes and scored 16 points. Both Bogdanovic and Harris could be considered as sneaky daily fantasy options on Friday night. Today, 7:36 am
  • Kawhi Leonard sets two-game steal record.
    Kawhi Leonard is the first player with at least 30 points and five steals in each of his first two games of a season.

    Advice: Per the Elias Sports Bureau: Over the last 25 years, only two other players had back-to-back games with at least 30 points and five steals at any point in any season: Allen Iverson in February 2002 and Eddie Jones in December 2002. Leonard has been absolutely unstoppable on both ends of the floor to start the season. Today, 6:49 am
  • Sixers exercise team option on Nik Stauskas
    The Sixers have exercised their 2017-18 team option on Nik Stauskus.

    Advice: Stauskas, who was picked eighth in the 2014 draft by the Sacramento Kings, will make $3.8 million next season. Stauskus has been a bit of a disappointment over his first two years in the league, and there were even some rumors circulating that the Sixers were considering waiving him this summer. However, that has been put to rest now and Stauskas will be a part of Sixers rotation going forward. He played well on opening night, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds. Today, 6:21 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 26 minutes off bench
    Austin Rivers played 26 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal off the Clippers' bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-3 from downtown, but the minutes were encouraging. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues right now, but if Chris Paul suffers and injury, he could become a hot waiver-wire pickup. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • J.J. Redick struggles in start for Clippers
    J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-5 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds and one assist in Thursday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He was quiet all night, made a little noise in the fourth quarter, and then missed a free throw that probably cost DFS owners some money. He's a career 89 percent free throw shooter, so the miss was a little surprising. Jamal Crawford is clearly his back up at this point, so expect Redick to be better next time out. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • 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. Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Damian Lillard double-doubles in 36 minutes
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-24 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers before fouling out of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Lillard was his usual great self but didn't have enough for Chris Paul and the Clippers. There's not much more to say, other than that he should be in your lineup every time he's on the court. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets 36 minutes
    Ty Lawson played 36 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: That's two games with 36 minutes for Lawson to start his season. Lawson looks much quicker than he did last year and he does have some good rapport with DeMarcus Cousins. He's still going to have to continue his strong play to keep consistent minutes once Darren Collison comes back. Lawson should still get a lot of run in the next six games. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rajon Rondo struggles with his shot
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-9 from the field for four points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He probably shouldn't even shoot the ball nine times with the other scorers around him. Rondo should be able to flirt with double-digit dimes, he could be top-10 in steals, and he'll be a plus rebounder for a guard, but that's about it. He'll also hurt you in percentages and turnovers. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Tim Hardaway catches fire late for Hawks
    Tim Hardaway Jr. went off for 12 points in the fourth quarter of Thursday's win over the Wizards, putting the game away for Atlanta.

    Advice: He finished with 21 points and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting, had two rebounds and a steal, and didn't commit a single turnover. He looked extremely confident in his shot in the second half and can hopefully build on this game in hopes of breaking out. If your waiver wire is bare and you have a player you want to cut, Hardaway deserves consideration, but keep in mind that this was just one game. Yesterday, 7:54 pm
  • Caris LeVert (foot) could be back in 2 weeks
    Caris LeVert (foot) said he's probably going to be able to play "within the next couple weeks."

    Advice: "We're right there right now," LeVert said. He had three foot fractures earlier in his playing career, which explains why he slid out of the lottery. The Nets have said they will consider playing him at three positions and seem to be high on him. Considering how the Nets treated their rotation in the preseason, it's even possible Randy Foye (hamstring) has just been a placeholder for LeVert. He's only a stash in very deep leagues. Yesterday, 2:48 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. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) practices
    Jose Calderon (calf) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: He is still listed as doubtful in the game notes. With Calderon out on Wednesday, the Lakers gave Brandon Ingram some run at the point against the Rockets. Calderon turned 35 last month and has missed an average of 25 games per year over his last two. Based on the Lakers' plans, Calderon isn't a lock for the rotation all year. Yesterday, 1:11 pm
  • Iman Shumpert may play against Raptors Friday
    Iman Shumpert (concussion) has a good chance to play agains the Raptors on Friday, according to head coach Ty Lue.

    Advice: Shumpert is still in the concussion protocol, but Lue said there is a "great" chance he'll play against the Raptors. We'll keep an eye on Shumpert's status after shootaround on Friday, but his eventual return will lead to a decrease in minutes for DeAndre Liggins. Yesterday, 10:19 am
  • Mike Conley scores 24 in win vs. Wolves
    Mike Conley scored 24 points during a 102-98 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding one rebound, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have been in the bottom five for pace in each of the last four seasons, but all signs point to them getting out of that group this year under coach David Fizdale. Conley is getting plenty of treys in the new system and should have no problem beating his 1.4 per game from last year. The added pace should also help him turn around his declining steal rate. Conley has a good shot to be a top-10 point guard again, but he has to avoid the injury bug. Wednesday, 11:56 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 11:13 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson catches fire late, scores 25
    Jordan Clarkson caught fire in the second half of Wednesday's game, finishing with 25 points (8-of-12 FGs, 7-of-7 FTs), three rebounds, three steals and two 3-pointers in just 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Luke Walton relied heavily on his bench tonight, with no starter playing more than 29 minutes, and the payoff was a win vs. the visiting Rockets. Clarkson was everywhere down the stretch, scoring with ease and forcing turnovers at the defensive end, and this should alleviate concerns about his bench role -- the 25 minutes he played tonight should be his floor. Wednesday, 10:45 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. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Nik Stauaskas sighting
    Nik Stauskas scores 13 points with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'd say he was inconsistent last year, but that's even a stretch for a guy who couldn't string two games together. The 76ers do have some minutes up for grabs at shooting guard, but we'd really have to see Stauskas run hot for a week before suggesting him as a pickup. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Aaron Brooks gets a DNP-CD
    Aaron Brooks was a DNP-CD on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is currently behind Joe Young for the backup point guard spot. Brooks has no fantasy value right now. Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) will not play Wednesday
    Tony Snell (ankle) will not play against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks traded for him with the idea of him starting, but an injury will put that plan on hold. He's actually in a decent spot with the Bucks having some depth issues on the wing. He's only a pickup in deep leagues. Wednesday, 3:31 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. Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 10:23 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. Wednesday, 9:43 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. Wednesday, 8:11 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
  • Lillard drops 39 w/ six dimes, four treys
    Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard. Tuesday, 9:30 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. Tuesday, 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. Tuesday, 6:22 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) ruled out for opener
    Updating a previous report, Jose Calderon (left calf) has been ruled out for opening night.

    Advice: There's not a league out there where Calderon's playing status matters. Tuesday, 1:34 pm
  • Caris LeVert (foot) ruled out for opener
    Caris LeVert (foot) has been ruled out for Brooklyn's regular-season opener against Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeVert is going to be brought along very slowly in Brooklyn, and it'll take a few injuries to the guys in front of him for him to have any shot at fantasy value. For now, he can safely remain on the waiver wire almost everywhere. Tuesday, 1:27 pm
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) returns to on-court work
    Tyreke Evans (right knee surgery) has returned to on-court work and is targeting a late-November, early-December return.

    Advice: "Tyreke began on-court activities this week, which is great," Demps said. "His timetable will be determined really in the next two weeks, depending on how rehab goes. But he’s on the court, he’s shooting, his body looks great." We'll be monitoring this situation very closely, but Evans remains a dubious asset in leagues that don't offer an IR-spot after only suiting up for a mere 25 games last season. Expect him to be brought along very slowly in New Orleans. Solomon Hill and Lance Stephenson will pick up the slack in his absence, but neither of those guys offer standard league appeal. Tuesday, 1:14 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doubtful for opener
    Jose Calderon (left calf) is doubtful to suit up for the Lakers' regular-season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: The 35-year-old is the third-string point guard in Los Angeles, and painfully irrelevant in all leagues. Tuesday, 12:50 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. Tuesday, 12:25 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) questionable for opener
    Tony Snell (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and is questionable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against Charlotte.

    Advice: If Snell can't suit up for Wednesday's game, there's a chance we could see rookie Malcom Brogdon start in his first career game with Jason Terry logging extended minutes off the bench. Check back for another update on Snell following Wednesday morning's shootaround. Tuesday, 11:54 am
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) available to play vs. DAL
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nate McMillan said he will only play Brooks in limited stints, which will likely be a trend that holds true throughout that year assuming the guys in front of him are healthy. Brooks isn't a fantasy option in any setting. Tuesday, 11:49 am
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) out Tuesday vs. POR
    Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is out for the regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely and obviously never had a shot of suiting up for tonight's game. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 11:22 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Brooks has been practicing in full
    Aaron Brooks (knee) has been practicing in full over the past two days, but he remains "a ways away" from where he'd like to be.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be used sparingly behind Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis this season, so there's no reason to pay him any mind in any scenario. Monday, 10:58 am
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Sunday, 2:02 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
  • Jose Calderon (calf) still not practicing yet
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) sat out of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: Calderon is not a lock for opening night and appears to now be third on the PG depth chart behind Marcelo Huertas. Even if the veteran is ready for the start of the regular season, he will not be worth drafting in any fantasy format. Saturday, 2:13 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) still not practicing
    Alec Burks (knee and ankle surgeries) is still not practicing with the team.

    Advice: Burks is out indefinitely and not much of a fantasy consideration given all of Utah's depth. It's not yet clear when he may be able to return to the court. Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Bucks could extend Tony Snell?
    According to Marc Stein of ESPN, it's possible that the Bucks could extend Tony Snell's contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: He hasn't even played a game for his new club yet, but this is interesting because we've already heard reports that the Bucks want Snell to start on the wings this season. He was very disappointing in Chicago last season and we're not sure what the Bucks see in him, so fantasy owners in deeper leagues should use a wait-and-see approach here. Snell averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting in 33 starts last season. Saturday, 9:23 am
  • Hawks may extend Hardaway Jr.'s contract
    The Hawks are looking to extend Tim Hardaway Jr.'s contract prior to the Oct. 31 deadline.

    Advice: Hawks GM Wes Wilcox confirmed that the team has held talks with THJ's representatives. The Hawks will also have to pay Paul Millsap and Dennis Schroder next summer, so it will be interesting to see how much they're willing to give to THJ. He's been solid in the preseason with a couple of really nice performances, so he should be in the rotation behind an aging Kyle Korver. Saturday, 7:28 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) questionable for opener
    Aaron Brooks (knee) did not practice on Friday and could miss the opener.

    Advice: He's been out since Oct. 14 due to this knee issue. Brooks should be getting the backup minutes behind Jeff Teague, but he's not going to play next to Teague. If he's out, Joe Young would get in the rotation. Friday, 1:47 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
  • 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
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Rondo was rested during Chicago's last game, but he'll be back in action tonight. For what it's worth, Fred Hoiberg said he still has not decided on the official starting lineup, but he'll be making a decision after an inter-squad scrimmage that will take place on Sunday or Monday. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • 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
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Phoenix
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) has been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Calderon is perpetually injured and not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 12:51 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (personal) practices Thursday
    Anthony Morrow (personal) returned to practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Morrow missed Tuesday's preseason game to be with his newborn baby twins, but he's back at practice and there's no indication that he won't be ready for the regular season opener. However, Morrow has almost zero fantasy value. Thursday, 11:06 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) likely to sit out Friday
    Jose Calderon (strained left calf) didn't play on Wednesday and doesn't expect to return before the Lakers' season opener.

    Advice: The veteran said it's "more practical" for him to sit out Friday's preseason finale, which makes perfect sense. His primary role will be mentoring young guards D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson this season, which removes him from the conversation in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 10:18 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson starts, plays 22 minutes
    Jordan Clarkson started at SG on Wednesday and had 11 points on 3-of-9 shooting with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Luke Walton hasn't quite settled on a starting lineup, but it's worth noting that Clarkson recently embraced the notion of being a sixth-man. "It’s cool, I like playing with the second unit," he said. "Try to bring energy into the game, I feel like it’s good for me." No matter where he begins games, Clarkson will be a great source of scoring, 3-pointers and steals, at a minimum. Wednesday, 10:17 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 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
  • 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
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful heading into this one, so it's not surprising at all to see him opt-out of Wednesday's meaningless game. Brooks isn't going to have any fantasy value this season while the Pacers are at full strength. Wednesday, 10:32 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
  • Jordan Clarkson likes playing w/ second unit
    Jordan Clarkson said that he likes playing with the Lakers' second unit.

    Advice: "It’s cool, I like playing with the second unit," Clarkson said. "Just having the opportunity to come off the bench, try to bring energy into the game, I feel like it’s good for me." Luke Walton still hasn't committed to an official starting lineup, but Clarkson has come off the bench in most of L.A.'s preseason games. Regardless of how he enters the game, Clarkson is sure to be on the floor for around 30 minutes a night, and he should be able to see another jump in production during Year-3. Wednesday, 6:31 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
  • J.J. Redick scores 18 points vs. Kings
    J.J. Redick scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Kings on Tuesday

    Advice: He was also 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and added four assists and one rebound. This is a contract year for the 32-year-old sharpshooter, so he's a nice source of 3-pointers in the middle rounds after he averaged 16.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and a career-best 2.7 3-pointers last season. Expect a small dip in production with Blake Griffin back, though. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Tim Hardaway Jr. scores 16 off the bench
    Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 16 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. the Pelicans, adding one steal and two treys in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: THJ's got our attention now after scoring 19 points with four assists, three rebounds and one block in his previous outing. A lot of things have to fall the right away for THJ to make an impact in fantasy while Kyle Korver and Kent Bazemore are healthy, but he's made a strong case to be a consistent part of the rotation unlike last season. Tuesday, 7:18 pm
  • Anthony Morrow (personal) out Tuesday vs. DEN
    Anthony Morrow (personal) will not suit up for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Morrow recently became a proud father of twins, so he'll skip Tuesday's meaningless game to spend time with his family. This obviously will not impact Morrow's status for opening night, but he's not going to have much fantasy value this season playing in a reserve role for the Thunder. Tuesday, 3:42 pm
  • Tony Snell (ankle) out Wednesday vs. Indiana
    Tony Snell (left ankle) did not practice on Tuesday and will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Snell still has a week to get himself ready for opening night, so he should be fine. It's worth noting that Jason Kidd implied that Snell will be Milwaukee's starting two-guard on opening night, which makes sense given the lack of options. Still, through 33 starts last season Snell only managed to compile averages of 5.2 points and 3.6 boards on 33.5 percent shooting, so he's remains an unattractive target in most settings. Tuesday, 1:46 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) doesn't practice Tuesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Luke Walton hinted that Calderon would remain on the sidelines for Wednesday's preseason matchup with the Warriors, saying that he's in no rush to get him back on the court. The oft-injured 35-year-old is not worth drafting in any setting. Tuesday, 1:09 pm
  • Aaron Brooks doubtful for Weds vs Bucks
    Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Brooks had been battling a hip injury throughout the preseason, but his knee injury is relatively new. While Brooks may be ready for the regular season opener, he doesn't have any fantasy value at this point. Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • 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
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