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  • Luc Mbah a Moute rejoins Sixers
    Luc Mbah a Moute has returned from Cameroon and is back with the 76ers.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute had been in Cameroon to attend Joel Embiid's brother's funeral, but is back with the team after spending 17 hours on flights. "Dealing with Joel and that situation in Africa and long flights, knowing he had a back problem, [it would not be smart to] play him," coach Brett Brown said. Mbah a Moute should be available when Sixers play the Bucks on Friday, but he's not someone who fantasy owners should be starting.
    46 minutes ago
  • Alex Len gets 19 minutes against the Lakers
    Alex Len played 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with three points, five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Not bad. Len looked good tonight and seemed to have a good grasp of the offense. That said, we'll need to see him stay healthy before even considering suggesting him as an add.
    Today, 12:44 am
  • Marcus Morris drops 21 points with five treys
    Marcus Morris caught fire against the Lakers on Wednesday with 21 points, one rebound, one assist, one steal and five 3-pointers as the starting small forward.

    Advice: He owned the Lakers last season and got it going tonight in the blowout. In the post-game interview, Morris said he was practicing 200-300 attempts from beyond the arc per night, so it paid some immediate dividends. P.J. Tucker is still out for two more games, so fantasy owners should consider Marcus a near must-start option until further notice.
    Today, 12:31 am
  • Kyle Singler scores eight points as starter
    Kyle Singler played 30 minutes in the starting lineup against the Nuggets on Wednesday with eight points, two rebounds, one assist and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He should get some run in the starting lineup and should have another chance for a decent usage with Greg Monroe sidelined for another game. Singler is more of a low-upside, safe guy to use in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Steven Adams quiet in start for OKC
    Steven Adams started and played 27 minutes, but finished with just eight points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 3-of-4 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: Kendrick Perkins played 21 minutes and had four points, eight rebounds, a steal and a block off the bench, but Adams is still the guy you want to own here. He should be better than this on most nights, at least in theory.
    Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins grabs 8 boards off bench
    Kendrick Perkins returned from a quad injury and had four points, eight rebounds, one steal and one block off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 21 minutes and will likely split time with Steven Adams, but Adams is the guy you want to own here, despite his quiet evening.
    Yesterday, 11:10 pm
  • Shaun Livingston plays four minutes
    Shaun Livingston played four minutes on Wednesday, despite being listed as doubtful due to a toe injury.

    Advice: He didn't score and will have a tough time making much noise playing behind studs like Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. But he could break loose on nights when the Warriors are up big.
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Kirk Hinrich scores 12 pts as fill-in starter
    Kirk Hinrich scored 12 points with three 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal in 24 minutes on Wednesday, while filling in at SG in place of Jimmy Butler (thumb).

    Advice: Hinrich hit 4-of-10 field goals and his temporary starting gig doesn't do much for his fantasy value. As a starter in 61 games last year without Derrick Rose, for instance, he averaged a thoroughly mediocre 9.4 points on 39.2 percent shooting, 1.2 threes, 2.7 boards, 3.9 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rudy Gobert plays 20 minutes in season debut
    Rudy Gobert played 20 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday with one point, three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: He didn't look too lost out there and set up shop around the rim. Gobert is going to have a lot of quiet nights like this one to start the season, so he's more of a stash player than someone fantasy owners should be counting on right now.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Courtney Lee scores 14 w/ 2 threes
    Courtney Lee hit 5-of-11 shots and two 3-pointers for 14 points, three assists, two steals and a block in a start in Wednesday's opener.

    Advice: Lee is a sneaky fantasy option if you need 3-pointers and he should be unchallenged for the starting SG job as long as he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Mo Williams scores 18 off MIN bench
    Mo Williams hit 6-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 18 points, four assists and a steal in Wednesday's loss.

    Advice: He's backing up Ricky Rubio and played very well tonight. He also looked good in the preseason, and could be someone owners in deep leagues, and in need of a point guard, should think about adding.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Anthony Bennett plays just 14 minutes
    Anthony Bennett played just 14 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for nine points, three rebounds and one assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Rookie Andrew Wiggins and Gorgui Dieng both played just 19 minutes, and it's possible Flip Saunders is going to cage the kids on his team. Then again, the Wolves had a chance to win this game, so we'll have to keep a close eye on how the minutes look in the next one.
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan could get some more run
    Isaiah Canaan played just eight minutes against the Jazz during a 104-93 win on Wednesday with three points, one rebound and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Patrick Beverley (hamstring) could miss time, so Canaan could be in line for more minutes. He still won't be very busy with the ball because James Harden is in complete control of the offense. Canaan is only a speculative add in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Shawne Williams struggles in start
    Shawne Williams started at power forward and played 32 minutes, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-6 from downtown, but if he continues to start at PF for the Heat, he's worth keeping a close eye on in fantasy leagues, at least until Josh McRoberts is back in action.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Drew Gooden great in spot start
    Drew Gooden started in place of Nene (suspended) and hit 8-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 18 points, five rebounds and an assist on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gooden was great and you should pat yourself on the back if you gave him a spot start tonight. Kevin Seraphin played well in the preseason, but did nothing in limited minutes. Nene will be back for the next one, so Gooden shouldn't be nearly this good next time out.
    Yesterday, 9:21 pm
  • Shaun Livingston targeting Saturday return
    Shaun Livingston is expected to return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 against the Lakers after missing the start of the season with a toe injury.

    Advice: Livingston will see minutes backing up both guard spots for the Dubs this season, but would likely need for one of them to get injured in order to be worth owning in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 5:21 pm
  • Drew Gooden starting in place of Nene
    Drew Gooden will start in place of Nene (suspended) on Wednesday.

    Advice: With both Nene and DeJuan Blair suspended for this one, and Kris Humphries (finger) a game-time decision, Gooden and Kevin Seraphin should both play a bit role in tonight's game.
    Yesterday, 3:52 pm
  • Shaun Livingston still doubtful for Wed.
    Shaun Livingston (toe) is not expected to play on Wednesday.

    Advice: This echoes the Tuesday news, but Livingston is getting close to his GSW debut and has been practicing. Leandro Barbosa will play behind Stephen Curry tonight.
    Yesterday, 11:38 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (back) out on Wednesday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (back) is out for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

    Advice: He has been struggling with a back issue for about two weeks know but coach Brett Brown expects him back for their home opener on Saturday. Mbah a Moute can be safely ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Hollis Thompson will draw the start at small forward on Wednesday.
    Yesterday, 9:59 am
  • Isaiah Canaan plays seven minutes on Tuesday
    Isaiah Canaan played just 7 minutes in a win against the Lakers on Tuesday, and ended up with two points and one rebound.

    Advice: The Rockets just recently waived Ish Smith so we were expecting Canaan to get more minutes than this. Patrick Beverly is still injury-prone and if he does go down with an injury, Canaan would be worth a flier especially in deeper leagues. Canaan is off the fantasy radar at the moment.
    Yesterday, 6:15 am
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) remains doubtful
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) scrimmaged on Tuesday, but he remains doubtful for Wednesday's season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: Livingston is making progress, but his backup role and lack of a 3-point shot really limits his fantasy value. He's likely going to have his minimal minutes limited as head coach Steve Kerr eases him back into things, and the waiver wire seems like a suitable place for the 10-year veteran.
    Tuesday, 2:37 pm
  • Funaki Time: Steven Adams wins starting C job
    Steven Adams has officially won the starting center job.

    Advice: He'll start next to Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones III and Serge Ibaka. Adams is a project on offense, but he did make 60.0 percent of his 8.0 shots per game in his last five preseason games. Plus, he'll be grabbing plenty of boards and add some blocks. Basically, he'll be a cheaper version of Andre Drummond, which means he's worth owning in most leagues, especially considering how thin OKC is right now.
    Tuesday, 10:35 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute ruled out for Weds opener
    Luc Mbah a Moute (back) will miss Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he is unsure of who will start in Mbah a Moute's place, but K.J. McDaniels would seem like the logical choice to step into the Sixers' small forward spot. While Mbah a Moute shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters outside of deep leagues, this could accelerate McDaniels' progression as a breakout player.
    Tuesday, 10:12 am
  • Suns pick up option Alex Len
    The Suns picked up their third-year option on Alex Len.

    Advice: He's been a bust so far since being selected in the 2013 draft due to a litany of injuries. Coach Jeff Hornacek has said he's been impressed with Len, but he really needs to stay healthy.
    Monday, 4:47 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) doubtful for opener
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) was limited during Monday's practice, and he remains doubtful for the Warriors season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: Livingston is a guy that offers much more to his actual team, than he does to a fantasy squad, and he's not on the radar in standard leagues. We're not expecting him to suit up for opening night, as Kerr has stated he'd like to get Livingston's conditioning in check before he sees time on the court.
    Monday, 2:15 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins not concerned with starting
    Kendrick Perkins said that he hasn't been told whether or not he'll start on opening night, but to him, it doesn't really matter.

    Advice: "I started last year and a lot of games I was unhappy because I didn’t play in the fourth quarter, probably because I didn’t deserve it," he said. "So I want to give [Scott Brooks] a reason to have me out there in the fourth." No, Perkins certainly did not deserve the opportunity to finish games last season after averaging just 3.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Steven Adams looks to have usurped Perkins for the starting role, and after an impressive preseason, Adams is the center to own in OKC.
    Monday, 1:06 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (toe) returns to practice
    Shaun Livingston (toe surgery) practiced on Sunday but he remains doubtful for the Warriors' season opener.

    Advice: Golden State is playing it safe with Livingston, whom they'll rely on for playmaking with the second unit. He's a better real-world fit with the Warriors than he is in fantasy leagues, where his lack of 3-point shooting and injury history keeps him off the standard-league radar.
    Sunday, 12:29 pm
  • Kyle Singler will enter season as starting SF
    Kyle Singler will enter the 2014-15 season as the Pistons' starting small forward.

    Advice: Singler will start, but he's not likely to get very many touches on offense, and doesn't look like someone worth owning in standard leagues. With Singler starting at small forward, Josh Smith will likely slide over to the four-spot, and Greg Monroe will head to the bench.
    Sunday, 10:26 am
  • Jazz pick up option for Gobert
    The Jazz exercised their third-year option on Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: He was the talk of summer league and it's carried over into the preseason. Gobert will be in the mix for leaders in blocks and rebounds per 48 minutes, and is certainly on the radar for any owner seeking help in those areas.
    Saturday, 9:21 am
  • Isaiah Canaan drops 18 points
    Isaiah Canaan scored 18 points against the Spurs on Friday with five boards, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: Coach Kevin McHale said he'd give Canaan more run tonight, so only getting 20 minutes is kind of a bad sign. He won't have fantasy value while Patrick Beverley is healthy.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Marcus Morris playing well through preseason
    Marcus Morris has been playing well through the preseason, and he's been the Suns' best 3-point shooter going 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: "It's good to see Marcus very confident when he gets an open 3," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He's done a nice job rebounding. He obviously worked hard in the summer on things. We're going to need him." Morris will be the teams' starting small forward for the first three games of the season as P.J. Tucker will be serving a suspension, but depending on how he plays, he could end up supplanting Tucker in the starting lineup. Morris is deserving of a late-round flier for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, and he could be a steal if he nabs the starting job.
    Friday, 10:20 am
  • Kyle Singler drops an efficient 19 points
    Kyle Singler scored a game-high 19 points against the Sixers on Thursday with three rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Yes, this line comes with a grain of salt when "against the Sixers" is in the opening sentence, but Singler has made it clear he deserves minutes. If Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) isn't healthy, the Duke product should be a factor in fantasy leagues. He's still not a terrific target in standard leagues at this time.
    Thursday, 8:54 pm
  • Kendrick Perkins (quad) practices on Thursday
    Kendrick Perkins (quad) practiced on Thursday.

    Advice: Perk has missed training camp and the entire preseason for the Thunder due to his ailing quad. The injury has led the way for Steven Adams to assume starting center duties and it's hard to envision Perkins reclaiming that role. He should be off fantasy radars in any format.
    Thursday, 12:16 pm
  • Marcus Morris plays well again for Suns
    Marcus Morris started at SF again and hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He's been playing as well, if not better, than his brother and is in line to start at least the first three games of the season. P.J. Tucker is suspended for those games, and by the time he returns, it's possible Marcus could have the job full time. And if that happens, it's also not great news for Gerald Green.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Isaiah Canaan leads a big comeback
    Isaiah Canaan led a huge comeback during a 90-89 win over the Magic on Friday with 14 points, two assists and one 3-pointer in 14 minutes.

    Advice: He's likely going to be the third point guard behind Ish Smith, so fantasy owners can leave Canaan on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 6:43 pm
  • Thunder extend Steven Adams
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Steven Adams.

    Advice: For the second preseason in a row, Adams has been one of the best young big men in the league. This time around, he should get a chance to start over Kendrick Perkins (quad). He's on the radar as a late-round target.
    Wednesday, 5:14 pm
  • Mo Williams getting some rest on Wed.
    Mo Williams will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely just getting rest and we'll let you know if anything comes up on the injury front. Williams might actually have some low-end fantasy value and compare to Jamal Crawford, but fantasy owners in standard leagues might want to swing for the fences instead.
    Wednesday, 3:56 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Courtney Lee (ankle) out on Wednesday night
    Courtney Lee (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Monday and did not return. Lee is fully expected to start the season for the Grizzlies, but it probably won't be on the radar in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:33 pm
  • Alex Len (finger) expects to return Wednesday
    Alex Len (finger) practiced on Tuesday and expects to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He fractured his pinkie in a fluke accident during training camp and will wear a protective brace, but it'll be great to see him on the court prior to the regular season. Len slots in as a backup C for the time being, and he's not yet part of the equation for standard-league owners.
    Wednesday, 6:23 am
  • Shawne Williams looks like starting PF
    Shawne Williams looks like the starting power forward for the Heat, at least until Josh McRoberts is ready to go.

    Advice: Williams hasn't blown anyone's doors off this preseason and had seven points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and a 3-pointer on Tuesday. He did score 19 last Friday, but has scored eight or fewer points in five of his last six preseason games. But if you're in a deep league and need a starter late, it looks like Williams will be there until McBob is back from his toe surgery.
    Tuesday, 8:25 pm
  • Steven Adams goes for 9-8-2 in start
    Steven Adams made another start on Tuesday and had nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks in a loss to Utah.

    Advice: Adams has had a nice preseason and looks like the starting center for the Thunder. Don't jump on him too early, but he's worth a late pick in all formats given his potential for minutes and his strong preseason play.
    Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Mo Williams nearly double-doubles in win
    Mo Williams nearly double-doubled off the bench on Tuesday with 13 points, nine assists, two steals and a 3-pointer on 5-of-9 shooting Tuesday.

    Advice: This is a reminder that Williams can still play. He's going to have trouble getting a lot of run behind Ricky Rubio, but could be a source of instant offense off the Wolves bench. If you're desperate at point guard late in your draft, he might be worth a look.
    Tuesday, 7:42 pm
    5:00 pm vs Det
  • Anthony Bennett scores 17 points in 17 min.
    Anthony Bennett got hot and hit 7-of-9 shots for 17 points, five rebound and a steal in just 17 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bennett looked very good tonight, but Andrew Wiggins wasn't playing and Thaddeus Young had a quiet game. Bennett is worth keeping a close eye on going forward, and showed no signs of a knee injury that's been bothering him lately.
    Tuesday, 7:39 pm
  • Morris twins starting for Suns
    Both Markieff and Marcus Morris are in the starting lineup for the Suns on Tuesday, along with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee.

    Advice: We could see this lineup for the first three games of the regular season with P.J. Tucker suspended. And if Marcus continues to play well alongside his brother, it could stick even after Tucker is ready.
    Tuesday, 6:18 pm
  • Shaun Livingston not expected for opener
    Coach Steve Kerr says it's "highly doubtful" that Shaun Livingston (toe) will play in the opener on Oct. 29.

    Advice: Livingston keeps saying he hopes to be ready, but it doesn't sound likely to happen. He'll help back up both guard spots occupied by the league's most exciting backcourt duo - Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.
    Tuesday, 5:55 pm
  • Williams, Cole starting for Heat Tuesday
    Shawne Williams is starting at PF and Norris Cole is starting at SG for the Heat on Tuesday.

    Advice: It's thought that this is a dress rehearsal for opening night, and if so, Williams and Cole will be joined by Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh as starters. Cole has started every game since the preseason opener (over Mario Chalmers) and Williams has been starting over injured Josh McRoberts. Both potential starters have some fantasy intrigue for now.
    Tuesday, 4:14 pm
  • Anthony Bennett (knee) expects to play Tue.
    Anthony Bennett (sore knee) expects to play vs. the Pacers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (Achilles) is also returning to action, leaving Minnesota with a blank injury report for the first time this preseason. Bennett's backup role makes him someone to avoid in 12-team fantasy leagues, but he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses.
    Tuesday, 12:30 pm
  • Courtney Lee to open season as Grizz starter
    Courtney Lee will open the season in the Grizzlies' starting lineup, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: With Nick Calathes out for the first 20 games of the season due to a suspension, Lee and Tony Allen will serve as the starting SG and SF for the Grizzlies. Lee averaged 11.0 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.0 three-pointers with the Grizzlies last season and is now a solid late-round flier in deeper fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 9:01 am
  • Courtney Lee leaves game with injured ankle
    Courtney Lee turned his left ankle in Monday's exhibition and did not return.

    Advice: Lee has had sporadic issues with this ankle for many years now but this is being called a "mild ankle sprain." Chances are he won't miss any time, but if he were to miss time then Beno Udrih and Tony Allen would work to fill in the gaps while Nick Calathes finishes out his suspension.
    Monday, 7:16 pm
  • Alex Len (finger) goes through full scrimmage
    Alex Len (finger) scrimmaged with the Suns for the first time since breaking his right pinky finger on Monday, and he's hoping to be able to play in 1-2 preseason games.

    Advice: Len may suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it's more likely that he'll return either Wednesday vs. the Clippers or Friday vs. the Jazz. He's going to be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, and has really struggled with staying healthy as he was only able to suit up for 42 games last season. Len isn’t someone worth targeting in standard leagues.
    Monday, 1:22 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute a game-time decision
    Luc Mbah a Moute is a game-time decision on Monday due to a lower back injury.

    Advice: He's been hurt a lot and already had an ankle injury limit him earlier in the preseason. The team probably views him as more of a Joel Embiid (foot) mentor than an asset on the court. He can be ignored in almost all fantasy leagues.
    Oct 20, 9:25 am
  • Rudy Gobert plays 26 minutes on Sunday
    Rudy Gobert played a preseason-high 26 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and his minutes are starting to rise. Gobert played more than 22 minutes just twice last season and he'll have a shot to play more than 20 per game this year. If he keeps blocking shots at the rate he's been on in the preseason, he could be a specialist in fantasy leagues.
    Oct 20, 6:20 am
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