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  • Mbah gets back on the floor for Sixers
    Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (back) played 25 minutes off the bench on Friday, scoring six points on 2-of-5 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute could see similar minutes going forward whenever he is healthy, and that will be an issue for him obviously. Owners can safely watch this action from the wire.
    59 minutes ago
  • Tristan Thompson pulls down 12 offensive RBs
    Tristan Thompson had a whopping 12 offensive boards against the Bulls on Friday, adding one defensive rebound, two assists, two blocks and 16 points.

    Advice: The offensive rebounds were a huge story here and Thompson was so great that he played power forward, unlike Thursday night. He still isn't going to do too much on defense, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to grab him while Anderson Varejao is healthy. From the fun stat department: The last player to have 12 offensive boards and one defensive board was Zydrunas Ilgauskas in 2005.
    Today, 8:27 pm
  • LeBron James drops 36 in overtime win at CHI
    LeBron James put the Bulls away in Friday's 114-108 overtime win, making 14-of-30 from the field for 36 points with eight rebounds, four assists, four steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: The shot volume was extremely high and coach Tom Thibodeau has been able to keep LeBron in check for much of his career. LeBron shot just 39.2 percent against the Bulls last season, which is by far his lowest against any team last season. Despite two somewhat sub-par offensive games, there is still zero reason to worry.
    Today, 8:18 pm
  • Pau Gasol sits in overtime
    Pau Gasol didn't play down the stretch in overtime agains the Cavs on Friday in favor of Taj Gibson, finishing with 15 points, nine rebounds, three assists and six blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's strange to see Pau get benched, but maybe he just hit his minute limit. Plus, Gibson played a ton down the stretch last season. Obviously, his fantasy owners couldn't care less after a massive line like this one. Gasol will crush his ADP as long as he is healthy.
    Today, 8:05 pm
  • Taj Gibson is fine after ankle tweak
    Taj Gibson played down the stretch against the Cavs on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He went to the locker room with an ankle tweak, but he did return. Gibson looks like he'll get his minutes in the mid 20s, so he'll be worthy of ownership in most leagues due to his per-minute output.
    Today, 8:00 pm
  • Joakim Noah fouls out on Friday
    Joakim Noah fouled out against the Cavs on Friday after posting eight points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 20 minutes in the blowout opener at MSG, so the minutes were there tonight. Noah is expected to be around 30-34 to start the year and he won't be as responsible on offense, so he'll be more of a top-40 player than the first-round guy he was last season.
    Today, 7:58 pm
  • Zach Randolph scores 22, grabs 13 rebounds
    Zach Randolph put up his second double-double in as many games with 22 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, three steals and one turnover in 33 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He looks terrific so far and has 15.0 shot attempts per game to go with his 25-13 line. Randolph is going to get his points and boards, but he won't do much else. Plan accordingly.
    Today, 7:16 pm
  • Tayshaun Prince starts the second half`
    Tayshaun Prince started the second half on Friday following the Courtney Lee (head) injury, finishing with six points, one rebound and one assist in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He has been one of the worst players from a stats standpoint and is not going to magically become productive. Prince can be left on the wire in all leagues even with the Lee injury.
    Today, 6:49 pm
  • Austin Daye starting for Boris Diaw
    Austin Daye is starting for Boris Diaw on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Pop is doing his thing early and it looks like he's preparing for a track meet to start the game. Daye is still nowhere near close to being a fantasy option and probably won't be seeing more than 20 minutes.
    Today, 6:24 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute could play on Friday
    Luc Mbah a Moute will see some playing time on Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He is not listed as a start and it'll be Chris Johnson again tonight. Mbah a Moute is still not a fantasy option.
    Today, 4:17 pm
  • Josh McRoberts is probable for Saturday
    Josh McRoberts (toe) is probable to face the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: He's been back at practice and should be good to go. McRoberts should act as a point-forward in the offense and may have a chance to duplicate his stats with the Bobcats last season. If you have Shawne Williams, you can let him loose.
    Today, 2:59 pm
  • Adreian Payne has plantar fasciitis
    Adreian Payne has plantar fasciitis and will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere and the severity of his injury is not known. Payne was inactive on Wednesday and the team did not provide any information prior to that game. Payne won't have fantasy value this year anyway.
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) questionable Saturday
    David Lee (hamstring) is questionable for Saturday's game against the Lakers and did not participate in the contact portion of Friday's practice.

    Advice: He was ruled out for Wednesday very early and he sounds a little closer to doubtful. Draymond Green double-doubled in the opener and the Warriors probably won't need Lee against the Lakers anyway, so Lee's owners will probably want to plan on him sitting. Draymond will be a must-start player.
    Today, 1:15 pm
  • Ryan Kelly hopes to practice on Monday
    Ryan Kelly (hamstring) is hoping to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He is not going to play for the first week of the season, but it would appear he'll have a chance to play next week. Kelly may find himself in the rotation because of the Julius Randle (leg) injury, but he's not even close to being worthy of a pickup, especially with how great Ed Davis has looked.
    Today, 12:13 pm
  • Tristan Thompson not likely to be extended
    Tristan Thompson and the Cavs are reportedly still far apart on a contract extension, and their unlikely to come to an agreement by Friday's deadline.

    Advice: That means that Thompson will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the season. While Anderson Varejao is healthy Thompson's fantasy value will be very limited, however, that will change if Varejao goes down at any point.
    Today, 11:32 am
  • Report: Tobias Harris set to become RFA
    Tobias Harris and the Magic are reportedly unlikely to come to an agreement on a contract extension by Friday's deadline.

    Advice: If the Magic fail to sign Harris to a contract extension by Friday's deadline, he will become a restricted free agent when the offseason hits. With Victor Oladipo (face) sidelined, Harris has been given more opportunity on offense, and he's a must-start guy moving forward.
    Today, 11:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee likely to start on Saturday
    Mason Plumlee is expected to start again on Saturday with Brook Lopez (foot) sidelined.

    Advice: Plumlee only played 11 minutes during his regular-season debut due to foul trouble, and put up just four points and four rebounds. He'll have a tough matchup on Saturday vs. Andre Drummond, so he could be in line for another so-so game.
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Report: Anderson Varejao to sign extension
    Anderson Varejao will reportedly sign a three-year, $30 million extension with the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: Varejao's constant hustle has garnered praise from teammate LeBron James, and James has said that Varejao is one the best teammates he's ever had. Health will always be a concern for the Brazilian big man, but his ability to gobble up the boards makes him well worth owning in standard leagues. If he goes down for an extended period of time at any point this season, Tristan Thompson will be a decent pickup off the waiver wire.
    Today, 10:23 am
  • Josh McRoberts (toe) practiced in full on Fri
    Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) was a full participant during Friday's practice.

    Advice: McBob is getting very close to making his regular-season debut with the Heat, and we'll be monitoring his status closely. The Heat play the 76ers on Saturday, so we'll list him as questionable for that one. His ability to offer 3-point shooting and assists with minimal turnovers from the power forward position make him a viable asset in standard leagues.
    Today, 9:47 am
  • David West (ankle) will not play Friday
    David West (ankle) will not play on Friday against the Grizzlies after missing morning shootaround.

    Advice: He is expected to miss three games and will be re-evaluated after the game on Nov. 1. With West out, it'll be Luis Scola as the starter and while Chris Copeland and Lavoy Allen also get some big-man minutes next to Roy Hibbert. Scola is more of a spot-start guy with a low ceiling in a sub-par matchup.
    Today, 9:23 am
    L, 97-89 vs Mem
  • Spencer Hawes plays 19 minutes
    Spencer Hawes played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He did get some minutes at power forward, but mostly backed up DeAndre Jordan. Hawes will have a lot of weak games, so his owners might want to shoot for a higher upside, especially considering how durable Blake and DJ are.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka made 7-of-13 from the field for 17 points during Thursday's 93-90 loss to the Clippers, adding nine rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, we're finally going to get to see what kind of offensive game he has. Ibaka had a career-high 12.1 shots per game last season, but much of that was as a catch-and-shoot guy, but now he might have to create his own shot. Regardless, he'll be a first-round asset in nine-cat leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Andre Roberson has a quiet game
    Andre Roberson scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is going to get shots because there is basically nobody else. Roberson is not even close to the caliber of waiver-wire pickup that Perry Jones is, but feel free to give him a look in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 21 points in 24 mins.
    Dirk Nowitzki was his usual efficient self against the Jazz on Thursday with 21 points on 9-of-13 from the field to go with three rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and two 3-poitners.

    Advice: He's just too good as an offensive weapon and shot over 63 percent in each of his first two games. Nowitzki will likely have first-round value on a per-game basis again this year.
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Waiver wire alert: Perry Jones III goes off
    Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points against the Clippers on Thursday with seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, three assists and one block in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sounds like Russell Westbrook (hand) is going to miss some time and Jones is clearly the best offensive option. He is definitely going to have some bad games mixed in, but he can add some defensive stats and should fill up the box score. Go get him.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Derrick Favors post another nice line
    Derrick Favors registered his first double-double of the season on Thursday at Dallas with 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 27 minutes on Wednesday, but that was due to foul trouble. Clearly, Favors is going to be a major factor on both ends of the court and all signs point to a breakout season.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets back in the starting lineup
    Quincy Acy started at power forward on Thursday against the Cavs and had six offensive rebounds during a win, adding eight points, four defensive rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's always been a guy with a high motor and no other stat tells that story like an offensive rebound. Acy made most of the starts at power forward in the preseason and he might stick in that role. However, he's really only an option in deeper leagues since he won't be receiving minutes higher than the mid-20s.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Jason Smith has a strong second half
    Jason Smith started the second half of Thursday's game against the Cavs and finished with 12 points, two rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He was a lot more valuable to the Knicks than this stat line suggests, so he'll likely be starting in the next couple games. However, coach Derek Fisher changes his starting lineup more than any coach right now, so you would have to be in an extremely deep league to give him a look.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Tristan Thompson comes off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench for 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 95-90 loss on Thursday, scoring six points with two rebounds.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-7 from the field and made it abundantly clear he's not going to have much value while Anderson Varejao is healthy. Fantasy owners can cut Thompson in most leagues due to a lack of per-minute production from a fantasy perspective.
    Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Anderson Varejao scores 10 with four boards
    Anderson Varejao started at center against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It's going to be a split at the center spot, but Varejao has been a solid player to own even with minutes in the mid 20s. He is worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy and should have better lines than this one.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Tobias Harris cools off in a loss on Thursday
    Tobias Harris slowed down after a big debut with 14 points, four rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer in 35 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot just 4-of-12 from the field, but couldn't get into a rhythm on offense. Harris has been used at both forward spots and he should be able to get consistent minutes even when the team is healthy. Although, Victor Oladipo (face) will certainly cut into his usage. He's a must-start guy right now.
    Yesterday, 6:56 pm
  • Jason Smith starts at center in second half
    Jason Smith started in place of Samuel Dalembert to begin the second half on Thursday.

    Advice: Dalembert isn't a great offensive presence, so maybe that is why coach Derek Fisher made the switch. He's now used three different lineups to start the four halves this season. This will be a trend.
    Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Quincy Acy starting for Knicks on Thursday
    Quincy Acy, and not Amare Stoudemire, will start at power forward for the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: It took exactly one game for Derek Fisher to change the Knicks starting lineup. Amare will serve as the backup center against the Cavs, while Acy is inserted into the starting lineup for his defense. Acy is one of those players who has more real-life value than actual fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs closing in on extension
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "nearing agreement" on a three-year, $30 million extension, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The two sides were reportedly close earlier in the week, and it sounds like there is a good chance a deal is done before very long at all. It will be very interesting to see how Varejao's new deal impacts the chances of the Cavs also giving Tristan Thompson an extension.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Tobias Harris, Magic still not close on deal
    Tobias Harris and the Orlando Magic are no closer to agreeing on an extension, according to Basketball Insiders.

    Advice: Harris and the Magic have exchanged figures as the team tries to beat the October 31 deadline that would keep the 22-year-old from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, but it's starting to look like Harris will be accepted offer sheets from other teams after the season is over. Harris had a strong opening night with 25 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one three-pointer, so regardless of his contract situation, fantasy owners on #TeamTobias have to be happy with what they say on Tuesday night.
    Yesterday, 10:59 am
  • Mason Plumlee working on avoiding fouls
    Mason Plumlee said he needs to work on staying out of foul trouble after struggling in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Plumlee was in the Nets' starting rotation, but only played 11 minutes after picking up two quick fouls at the start of each half. "I picked up a couple early ones and kept fouling," Plumlee said. "I can’t do that if I want to stay on the floor." The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but he's going to be tough to keep on fantasy rosters if he can't stay on the court.
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • 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.
    Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Cavs optimistic on Tristan Thompson extension
    The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

    Advice: With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury.
    Yesterday, 6:36 am
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds.
    Wednesday, 11:14 pm
  • Serge Ibaka goes for 10-8-4 in loss
    Serge Ibaka had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and also hit a 3-pointer.

    Advice: You drafted him for boards and blocks, and while he wasn't a monster tonight, he was effective. He should have a big year for the shorthanded Thunder.
    Wednesday, 11:12 pm
  • Joakim Noah held to 20 minutes in blowout
    Joakim Noah finished the Bulls' season opener with three points, six rebounds, two assists and three blocks in 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Bulls intend to limit Noah's minutes early in the season, but they're reportedly targeting the 30-34 minute range. Chicago blew this game open in the third quarter and they play a back-to-back vs. Cleveland on Thursday, so there's no reason to fret about Noah's meager playing time.
    Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Pau Gasol notches 21 & 11 in easy win vs. NYK
    Pau Gasol double-doubled in his Bulls debut with 21 points and 11 rebounds in 29 minutes, as Chicago cruised to an easy win vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: Gasol made 7-of-11 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs, but failed to record any assists, steals or blocks. He served a predictably big role in the Bulls' offense, attempting more shots than any other starter, which is a key for his fantasy value. Owners who snagged him in the middle rounds should feel great about the decision.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 22 points on 10-of-12 FGs
    Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best.
    Wednesday, 10:20 pm
  • Zach Randolph goes for 25 & 13 in win
    Zach Randolph torched the Wolves for 25 points, 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block on 12-of-16 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was a vintage Z-Bo line and it's possible he's going to flirt with another 20-10 season.
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops huge line against HOU
    Derrick Favors (knee) stuffed the stat sheet against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, as well. Favors had more plays drawn up for him in coach Quin Snyder's offense and all the pre-season hype seems to be for good reason. Excluding some free throw shooting issues, Favors is going to be awesome this season.
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Mason Plumlee gets in foul trouble
    Mason Plumlee picked up some early fouls and played just 11 minutes in his start against the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring just four points with four rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: If he's going to remain in the starting lineup, he'll have to cool it with the fouls. Plumlee may have been close to 30 minutes tonight based on his preseason and how he finished the regular season, so tonight was a major letdown. He should be better his next time out, but isn't a must-own player.
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Jason Smith to come off Knicks' bench Wed.
    Jason Smith will come off the bench for the Knicks in Wednesday's season opener, with Amare Stoudemire and Samuel Dalembert starting in the frontcourt.

    Advice: It's an open question whether Stoudemire's knees will hold up with a starter's minutes, so Smith should still see plenty of work as a backup PF/C, especially with Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) on the shelf. He's a nice real-world addition for New York, but his upside is too limited for use in most fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe) ruled out for Wednesday
    Josh McRoberts (toe) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been out for most of the preseason and it will likely be Shawne Williams in the starting lineup. McRoberts doesn't have a timetable to return and he should be benched in most fantasy leagues. He is still worth owning, of course.
    Wednesday, 2:56 pm
  • David Lee ruled out for Wednesday
    David Lee (hamstring) will not play against the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: Draymond Green is going to start "unless a miracle happens" and should be busy tonight. Lee does have his fair share of leg/hip injuries and the team will likely be patient with him. Fantasy owners will want to bench him for the week and make sure Draymond is all lineups.
    Wednesday, 1:53 pm
  • Derrick Favors is ready to go on Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (knee) went through shootaround on Wednesday and will play against the Rockets.

    Advice: He already announced he's 100 percent and will be ready to roll. The Rockets will actually have to deal with an interior presence tonight after taking care of business at Staples Center on Tuesday. Favors does get a matchup against Dwight Howard, so he might not start quite as fast as we hoped.
    Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Tobias Harris had a cramp on Tuesday
    Tobias Harris said he just had some cramps in his leg on Tuesday.

    Advice: He went down with what looked like an ankle injury and he did have ankle problems last season, but everything looks to be fine. Harris is going to be a huge part of the offense while Victor Oladipo (face) and Channing Frye are out.
    Wednesday, 11:13 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.
    Wednesday, 9:59 am
  • Cavaliers want to extend Tristan Thompson
    Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Wednesday that he wants to extend Tristan Thompson long term.

    Advice: The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly not close to a contract extension so this should be an interesting development that we will watch closely. He is going to come off the bench this season behind Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love, so Thompson won't have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues at the moment.
    Wednesday, 9:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee to start on Wednesday
    Mason Plumlee will start on Wednesday vs. Boston with Brook Lopez (foot) out.

    Advice: Plumlee has an excellent chance to rack up stats in as many minutes as he can handle Wednesday. He is definitely worth picking up considering the injury history of Brook Lopez, and the lack of depth in Brooklyn's frontcourt.
    Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Mason Plumlee expected to see big minutes
    Mason Plumlee is expected to see big minutes on Wednesday, even if Brook Lopez (foot) suits up against Boston.

    Advice: Lopez is still considered doubtful so Plumlee makes a lot of sense as an excellent fantasy option in the short-term. Considering the injury history of Lopez, and the declining Kevin Garnett, Plumlee has a great chance of receiving big minutes this season and is definitely worth an extended look.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Andre Roberson to start at SG for OKC
    Andre Roberson will start at shooting guard for the Thunder on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: He's a defensive specialist, and unless you're in a 20-30 team league, he doesn't offer a lot of fantasy value right now. He's been dealing with an ankle injury, but is good to go for the opener.
    Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 18 on 7-of-11 shooting
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, while adding six rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was very efficient tonight and it is a shame that he didn't get more looks. He still looks great for his age and will normally post better lines than this so his owners shouldn't be too worried. Expect Dirk to bounce back against Utah on Thursday.
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Tobias Harris leads Magic w/ 25 pts in defeat
    Tobias Harris led the Magic with 25 points on 9-of-18 FGs and 6-of-6 FTs in a losing effort on Tuesday, adding eight rebounds and one steal in 37 minutes.

    Advice: Harris even made a 3-pointer, and his four turnovers and zero assists were the only negatives in an otherwise stellar season-opening performance. His ADP in head-to-head Yahoo! leagues was 96.3, which is far below his fantasy ceiling -- the issue is whether or not he can stay healthy, after missing 24 games per season during his career, but when he's on the court he belongs in all fantasy lineups.
    Tuesday, 7:37 pm
  • Joakim Noah to play limited minutes
    Joakim Noah will be limited to "30 to 34 minutes for the foreseeable future" according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Advice: This shouldn't be surprising considering Noah has been dealing with some knee issues. He is still going to be solid when he is on the floor, but don't expect him to match last season's numbers. If anything, his owners may prefer him to play less minutes and have him healthy for the whole year, as opposed to risking his health early in the season.
    Tuesday, 5:58 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) doubtful for opener
    David Lee (hamstring) did not practice on Tuesday, and head coach Steve Kerr said he is doubtful for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Kings.

    Advice: If Lee is unable to go, Kerr said that Draymond Green would start in his place. Draymond has a lot of upside to his game as he can contribute to each category on the stat sheet, and owners will want to get him active if he does indeed draw the start. Stay tuned for an official update on Lee's status.
    Tuesday, 1:02 pm
  • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) likely out first week
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't expect Ryan Kelly (hamstring) to be available for the first week of the season.

    Advice: Scott said he'd like Kelly to be able to practice before returning to the court, something he has yet been able to do. However, penciled into a backup role behind Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, and Ed Davis, he's not going to see enough minutes to be considered in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
  • Derrick Favors practices, probable for Wed.
    Derrick Favors (knee) practiced on Tuesday and is probable to face the Rockets on Wednesday

    Advice: He's been out of action since Friday due to soreness, but it was never considered serious and he even said his knee feels 100 percent. Favors had three double-doubles in his last five preseason games with 1.2 blocks per game in just 24.0 minutes, so big things could be coming in his age-23 season. Get him in your lineup.
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Noah expected to play around 32 minutes per
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he's expecting Joakim Noah's minutes in the regular season to be similar to what they were at the end of the preseason.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes in the preseason finale, but was at just 25.6 in his last five. Obviously, Noah is not going to be near the 35.3 he posted last season and will likely see his usage and assist rates go down, so his owners should have lower expectations. Plus, he also has been dealing with some knee issues. Still, he's a must-start play this week.
    Tuesday, 11:58 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
  • Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice on Monday, but he remains probable for Utah's season opener vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just has some minor knee soreness, and we'd be shocked if he didn't suit up Wednesday. Favors is a breakout candidate, and will look to build on last season's averages of 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • David Lee (hamstring) questionable for opener
    David Lee (hamstring) did not practice on Monday, and is now questionable for opening night.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a hamstring injury, so we'll be monitoring his status closely heading into Wednesday nights' tip-off. If Lee is unable to go, Draymond Green would likely draw the start in his place.
    Monday, 2:05 pm
  • David West (ankle) out for first 3 games
    David West (ankle) will miss at least the first three games of the season.

    Advice: While West is out, Chris Copeland and Luis Scola will help fill the void, and they look like decent short-term options if you have a roster spot open. George Hill (knee) unfortunately is going to miss the first three weeks of the season, so when West returns to the court, he's going to have to do a lot for the offense.
    Monday, 11:22 am
    L, 97-89 vs Mem
  • Josh McRoberts not taking contact at all
    Josh McRoberts (toe) is doubtful for Wednesday's opener against the Wizards.

    Advice: McBob isn't even taking contact in practice yet. The Heat continue to call him day-to-day, but he's been day-to-day since the surgery during the offseason. There is no firm timetable for McRoberts' return, and Shawne Williams looks like Miami's starting power forward to open the 2014-15 season.
    Monday, 10:56 am
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy.
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs talking new contract
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "engaged" contract extension talks, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Despite Varejao's name popping up in trade rumors often in previous seasons, this is an unsurprising development. Varejao, 32, is a favorite of LeBron James, and has always expressed a desire to remain with the Cavs for the long haul. How this plays out could impact the future of Tristan Thompson in Cleveland.
    Monday, 6:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee encouraged to live in the paint
    Mason Plumlee said he's ready to take open jump shots from "15 feet and in," but coach Lionel Hollins would prefer to see him anchored in the paint.

    Advice: "I'd rather for him to never shoot a jump shot," Hollins said. "I want him to be more comfortable in the post making moves. He has good footwork, he's quick, jumps well and has a nice jump hook with his right and left hand." Plumlee took 96 percent of his shots within eight feet of the rim last season, so we're not expecting many mid-range jumpers.
    Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Bulls' 4Q rotation may change game by game
    Tom Thibodeau suggested that his frontcourt rotation in fourth quarters will be determined on a game-by-game basis between Joakim Noah, Pau Gasol and Taj Gibson.

    Advice: "We have three really good interior players [Thibodeau] feels comfortable can finish," said Gasol. "He said he's going to put the guys out there he feels more confident and comfortable to win that particular game." Thibs didn't comment to reporters, other than to say that he'll "always ... do what's best for the team." Fantasy owners can expect to see varied frontcourt pairings in the early part of the season, though it's unlikely Noah will be the odd-man out.
    Sunday, 5:14 pm
  • Ryan Kelly out Tuesday w/ strained hamstring
    Lakers F Ryan Kelly's strained hamstring will prevent him from playing in Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Kelly joins a pile of injured Lakers that includes Xavier Henry (knee), Nick Young (thumb), Wayne Ellington (concussion), and of course Steve Nash (nerves). Kelly's absence shouldn't impact most fantasy owners, however, as his role under coach Byron Scott is too limited to be worth owning in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) not practicing
    Derrick Favors (knee) is not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: He just has knee soreness and there's no reason to be concerned. He is shifting to center and has already seen his assists go up in the preseason, so there are a lot of things to like the former No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft. He is a good bet to break out this season at 23 years old.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • David West (ankle) doesn't practice on Sat.
    David West (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Beat writer Scott Agness said West's ankle is still swollen while coach Frank Vogel said the team will see how West feels in a couple of days. Basically, his chances of playing on Wednesday are not good, despite being one of the toughest players in the NBA. Chris Copeland and Luis Scola are both worth looks for short-term value.
    Saturday, 11:20 am
    L, 97-89 vs Mem
  • Andre Roberson doesn't practice
    Andre Roberson did not practice on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity, but we'd guess he'll be ready to start the season. Roberson is very likely to be the starting shooting guard for OKC, but he'll only have value in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 10:38 am
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season.
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Cavs not close to extension with Tristan
    The Cavs and Tristan Thompson are not close to coming to terms on an extension.

    Advice: It sounds like he will be a restricted free agent next summer. Thompson does have a big opportunity in front of him, but he will be coming off the bench. That said, he doesn't have a lot of presence in defensive stats and is inefficient, so we like other people later in drafts.
    Saturday, 7:56 am
  • Pau Gasol has seven TOs in preseason finale
    Pau Gasol had six points, eight rebounds, one assist and four blocks in Friday's loss to the Wolves, but he also had seven turnovers in 24 minutes of action.

    Advice: This sub-par game isn't a concern, and Gasol's basketball IQ is too high to worry about how he'll adjust to his new team. It's worth noting that he rode the bench during the final few minutes of a close game tonight, ceding the frontcourt to Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson, which could be a sign of things to come.
    Friday, 7:45 pm
  • Joakim Noah flirts w/ triple-double on Friday
    Joakim Noah logged a preseason-high 32 minutes on Friday, converting them into six points, 17 rebounds, nine assists and three turnovers in a loss to the Wolves.

    Advice: Offseason knee surgery and the arrival of Pau Gasol have clouded Noah's fantasy outlook somewhat, but this near triple-double is a reminder that he's still a top-50 fantasy value. His knees haven't been an issue during the preseason and coach Tom Thibodeau is never shy about giving his key players heavy minutes, making Noah a reasonable gamble as a No. 1 center.
    Friday, 7:38 pm
  • Quincy Acy (wrist) returns with 8 & 10 line
    Quincy Acy (sore wrist) returned to action on Friday with eight points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the Knicks' bench.

    Advice: New York was playing without Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Travis Outlaw (Achilles), which opened up a few more minutes for Acy in the frontcourt. Knicks president Phil Jackson recently praised Acy as a "terrific rebounder," and said the team relies on him to be "tough, quick-footed and energetic on defense at both the [SF and PF] positions." Unfortunately, his real-world value won't amount to a hill of beans in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:23 pm
  • Jason Smith scoreless in 17 minutes on Friday
    Knicks PF/C Jason Smith went scoreless in 17 minutes of action on Friday, grabbing three rebounds with one turnover and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Backup center Cole Aldrich (three points, three rebounds in 12 minutes) wasn't too much better in 12 minutes off the bench, and neither guy has staked a convincing claim for a major role this season. Smith is the guy to target if you're rooting around for low-end value, and he at least has some upside due to solid per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocks.
    Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki scores 16 points, hits four 3s
    Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points with four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in just 23 minutes on Friday, helping Dallas conclude their preseason with a road victory.

    Advice: Dirk enters the regular season healthy, which is the crux of his fantasy outlook. He may not match last year's first-round value now that Chandler Parsons is taking on some of the offensive load, but the 36-year-old Nowitzki only needs 32 minutes a game to post top-25 value.
    Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) out for Friday
    Derrick Favors will not play on Friday due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: He's only missed one game due to knee problems and that was back in 2012, so we're not concerned. Favors was a beast in his last five preseason games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 24.0 minutes. We still love him as a player to target in the late-early rounds.
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Jason Smith the starting power forward?
    Coach Derek Fisher hinted Jason Smith will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: He'd likely join Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. These guys haven't had any minutes together in the preseason and Quincy Acy could still get the nod. That said, there's no reason to add either guy in most fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 1:17 pm
  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez.
    Friday, 11:26 am
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center.
    Friday, 10:35 am
  • Anderson Varejao will be the starting center
    Cavs' head coach David Blatt stated that Anderson Varejao will be the teams starting center on opening night.

    Advice: This has been speculated for some time now, but Blatt officially confirmed it on Friday. This means that Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and Varejao makes for a solid late-round selection for his ability to gobble up the boards. Health will be an issue for Varejao, and if he goes down at any point this season, owners will want to immediately pick up Thompson.
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Jason Smith looks like starting PF for Knicks
    Jason Smith will draw another start at power forward for the Knicks on Friday, and head coach Derek Fisher indicated that he will remain there for opening night.

    Advice: Smith appears to have beat out Quincy Acy (wrist), Andre Bargnani (hamstring), and Amare Stoudemire for the starting power forward job. Fisher would like to use Amare in a sixth man role, and with Acy and Bargnani not fully healthy, Smith will get the nod with the starting unit. However, with career averages of 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks, Smith doesn't look like someone worth targeting in standard leagues, regardless of his role with the team.
    Friday, 9:18 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki likely out vs Pelicans Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki will likely sit out the Mavericks preseason game against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Dirk also acknowledged that the true dress rehearsal for the regular season will be the team's preseason game against the Magic on Friday. "This is my 17th year and usually the last game is the one you play almost regular minutes," he said. Dirk will be reliable fantasy option this upcoming season, but expectations should be tampered as the Mavs are hoping to implement a 'spread the wealth' approach.
    Thursday, 2:17 pm
  • Anderson Varejao to win starting center job
    Anderson Varejao is expected to win the starting center job for the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There was speculation that the team could use Tristan Thompson at center and bring Varejao off the bench, but his solid play this preseason may have all but sealed the starting spot. He continues to receive glowing endorsements from teammate Lebron James, "He’ll fight for every loose ball," James said."If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy." Health once again will be key if Varejao is to stay fantasy relevant this season.
    Thursday, 12:28 pm
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position.
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Spencer Hawes posts 8 & 10 in start for DJ
    Spencer Hawes started for DeAndre Jordan (rest) on Wednesday and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

    Advice: As long as Jordan is healthy, Hawes is going to struggle to see enough minutes to make much of a fantasy dent.
    Wednesday, 10:44 pm
  • Quincy Acy has a sore wrist
    Quincy Acy did not play on Wednesday due to a sore right wrist.

    Advice: He started the previous four games and coach Derek Fisher said before the game he wasn't starting because he wanted to experiment with Jason Smith. Acy is the favorite to start, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be posting value worth using in 14-team leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Zach Randolph fills stat sheet in win
    Zach Randolph had 11 points, five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block on 4-of-12 shooting Wednesday.

    Advice: Z-Bo is averaging just 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds over his last five games, but you have to think he's holding back until the games start counting. He's no longer an automatic 20-10 guy, but he should still be an effective power forward that you can get in the middle of your draft.
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center.
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Anderson Varejao falls back to earth Weds.
    Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense.
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Thunder exercise option on Andre Roberson
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Andre Roberson.

    Advice: He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Jason Smith starting at PF as experiment
    Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:55 pm
  • Joakim Noah to wear a brace all season
    Joakim Noah (knee) will wear a knee brace all season.

    Advice: The team admitted his rehab took longer than expected, but Noah did say this week that he's not dealing with swelling. That could change as the year goes along, so he might need some rest days, which won't be a huge problem for them considering their depth up front. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting Noah.
    Wednesday, 12:08 pm
  • Josh McRoberts not likely for finale
    Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in.
    Tuesday, 11:34 pm
  • Spencer Hawes starts, has a bit of everything
    Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds in a start at PF on Tuesday, with Blake Griffin resting as a precaution.

    Advice: Hawes chipped in two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes, highlighting his unique skill-set for a seven-footer. He was a top-50 player in just 31 minutes last season, and shouldn't see fewer than 25 per game backing up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so don't be afraid to grab him in the final rounds.
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him.
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in win
    Derrick Favors had 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks on 3-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-9 free throws and all signs are pointing to big things from Favors this season.
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Magic still in talks with Tobias Harris
    The Magic continue to work on an extension with F Tobias Harris, but the two sides aren't said to be close.

    Advice: Now that Nikola Vucevic has signed a new deal, it's possible talks pick up between Harris and the Magic.
    Tuesday, 4:38 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) still sidelined
    Josh McRoberts will sit out again on Tuesday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: The Heat have suggested that McRoberts' recovery will extend into the regular season, leaving a major gap at PF. Shawne Williams may start on opening night if McRoberts isn't ready to go, supported by Udonis Haslem, and both Luol Deng and Danny Granger have spent time as backup PFs during the preseason.
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki working on quicker release
    Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

    Advice: As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round.
    Tuesday, 9:20 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

    Advice: 18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured.
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
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