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  • Jonas Valanciunas pulled for poor rebounding
    Raptors coach Dwane Casey was displeased with Jonas Valanciunas' rebounding in the first quarter of Friday's game, but JV finished the exhibition victory with 13 points, five rebounds and two blocks in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Samuel Dalembert grabbed three easy offensive boards and JV got a quick hook, which was a familiar sight to anyone who watched the Raptors last year. Casey isn't afraid to bench Valanciunas for poor play, but Toronto needs their big man on the court to take another step as a playoff threat. It's a given that JV will average more than the 28.2 minutes he averaged last season, and he's a solid bet for top-50 value. Rotoworld.com
    22 minutes ago
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    26 minutes ago
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:45 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles vs. Mavericks
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled with 10 points and 13 rebounds vs. the Mavs on Friday, making 5-of-10 FGs with two assists, one steal, one block and six turnovers.

    Advice: Vuc struggled to stay healthy last year, finishing with 25 DNPs, but he's healthy entering the season and belongs on the short-list of players who could fully break out this season. His blocks are up during the preseason and fantasy owners can expect him to build on last year's averages of 14.2 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 0.8 swats per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:44 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn posts another well-rounded line
    Kyle O'Quinn posted another well-rounded line in 29 minutes as a starter in Friday's exhibition, scoring 12 points with one 3-pointer, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: O'Quinn's line was marred by five turnovers, but he has expanded his game admirably this offseason. While most PF/Cs talk about developing a reliable 3-point shot, he's actually done it -- he's a combined 4-of-7 from downtown in the past five games. His playing time is inflated due to Channing Frye's sprained MCL, but with Frye doubtful for the season opener O'Quinn is at worst an interesting short-term option. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:38 pm
  • Chris Andersen, Udonis Haslem rested Friday
    Chris Andersen and Udonis Haslem will be rested for Miami's preseason finale on Friday.

    Advice: The Heat frontcourt is thin enough that they have extra incentive to rest their veterans in a meaningless exhibition. The Birdman and UD will both be active and ready to go off the bench for Miami's season opener on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:35 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 4:25 pm
  • NO picks up option on Anthony Davis
    The Pelicans exercised their fourth-year option on Anthony Davis.

    Advice: This might have been one of the easiest decisions to make in the history of the NBA's Collective Bargaining Agreement. Davis is an option as the top pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:10 pm
  • Kris Humphries gets the stitches out
    Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

    Advice: He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:37 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:17 pm
  • Pistons exercise option on Andre Drummond
    The Pistons exercised their fourth-year option on Andre Drummond.

    Advice: This was a no brainer and they'll probably have to max out Drummond when his contract is up after the fourth year. If you can punt free throw percentage properly, Drummond is seriously worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 1:00 pm
  • Larry Sanders has non-contact practice Friday
    Larry Sanders went through a non-contact practice on Friday.

    Advice: He said he "thinks" he'll be ready for the opener, which doesn't sound too encouraging. Sanders had an undisclosed minor surgery last week and the Bucks continue to keep secrets from the basketball world. He's worth a look late for his upside in blocks as long as you're not passing on better late-round prospects. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:49 pm
  • LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) out on Friday
    LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: He did downplay the injury at shootaround and expects to be ready for opening night. "I don't think it's that serious," Aldridge said." Just trying to be cautious right now. It's a little tender, just being safe." He had a groin injury last season and had two surgeries on his hip earlier in his career. This is also the third preseason in a row LMA entered the season with some injury concerns. He is a risky second-round target, but his owners should expect him to be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Justin Hamilton (heart) will be available Fri
    Justin Hamilton (heart) is set to make his preseason debut Friday vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Hamilton played in just eight games last season, and he's not going to have a large enough role with the Heat this season to warrant consideration in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:54 am
  • Knicks waive D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez
    The Knicks waived D.J. Mbenga and Orlando Sanchez on Friday.

    Advice: Neither player was expected to make the regular-season roster, and this news has no fantasy implications. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:34 am
  • Kenyon Martin a coaching candidate?
    The Rockets have met with Kenyon Martin about becoming a coach.

    Advice: Back in summer league, he was optimistic about his chances of playing, but it doesn't sound like it now. Martin might retire and make the Rockets the league leaders for tattoos in their coaching staff. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:31 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Brook Lopez could be ready for opening night?
    Lionel Hollins said that he thinks Brook Lopez (foot) will be ready for opening night, but it will ultimately be up to the doctors to clear him.

    Advice: Hollins added that he prefers Lopez be able to practice before the regular-season opener, but if he is healthy, he will play. This is an encouraging report, but given Lopez' extensive history with right foot injuries, he still remains an extremely risky top-50 selection. However, those willing to take the plunge could be rewarded handsomely as Lopez is set to be a focal point of the Nets offense. Lopez made it through just 17 games last season, but averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:03 am
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  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:30 am
  • Dwight Howard (laceration) out vs. Spurs
    Dwight Howard has a laceration in his forearm that required stitches, and he will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: The cut happened from something he did at home, but he is reportedly fine, and we'd expect him to be ready for opening night. Howard attempted the fourth-most free throws in the league last year, and only made 54.7 percent of them, so if you draft him know that the free throw category is a lost cause. However, he also put up averages of 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, so he is an attractive asset for owners punting free throws. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:28 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:18 am
  • Andre Bargnani (hamstring) out Friday vs. TOR
    Andre Bargnani (hamstring) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Bargnani has been rather tight-lipped with providing updates on his injury, and given his extensive history with being sidelined, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:58 am
  • Anthony Davis returns from wrist injury
    Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Henry Sims has some rebounding issues
    Henry Sims grabbed just one rebound in 33 minutes of action against the Pistons on Thursday, adding 17 points, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Andrea Bargnani is jealous of Sims' rebounding rate tonight. Anyway, he's still favored to start and should have some low-end fantasy value if he can keep Arnett Moultrie at bay. Moultrie might not even make the team, so Sims is worth a look late. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Al Jefferson blocks six shots against Indy
    Al Jefferson blocked six shots in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 15 points, seven rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He's shot the ball horribly this preseason, but who cares? Jefferson getting big minutes again is a huge positive and his ankle soreness shouldn't be a huge concern right now. However, he's had a lot of foot/ankle issues, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. In other words, he's more of a mid-second pick with some risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:28 pm
  • Jackson says Amare Stoudemire key to success
    Knicks president Phil Jackson thinks Amare Stoudemire will be the key to the team's success in 2014-15.

    Advice: "One of the keys to the season will be the play of Amar'e Stoudemire," Jackson said. "Although his tender knees will require his playing time and his practice time to be carefully monitored, we hope he'll be able to play four rotations of eight minutes per game." While it's nice to hear Jackson speak highly of Stoudemire, the 32-minute cap he referenced is even better news for fantasy owners as STAT averaged just 22.6 minutes in 2013-14. The 32-year-old's best days are behind him, but he can still be a serviceable late-round flier if his minutes stay above 30 per game this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:16 am
  • Blake Griffin accused of club altercation
    Blake Griffin has been accused by a man of attacking a man during an argument over a photo in a Las Vegas nightclub last weekend.

    Advice: Griffin has not been charged after a 39-year-old man filed a battery complaint with Las Vegas police saying that the Clippers' star slapped him after an argument surrounding a photo. We'll have to await more news on this situation, but it doesn't sound like anything that should preclude fantasy owners from taking Griffin in the late-first or early-second round of their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:45 am
  • Andrea Bargnani won't reveal results of MRI
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) divulged that he underwent an MRI, but would not reveal the results to reporters.

    Advice: Bargnani admitted to reporters that he's frustrated by the injury and that he doesn't know when he'll return. This news puts the big man's availability for the regular season opener highly in doubt as it sounds like his right hamstring isn't healing as quickly as he would have hoped. With the regular season on the horizon, the former No. 1 overall pick could be in danger of losing his spot in the Knicks' rotation and isn't worth drafting in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:32 am
  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire scores 13 with 8 boards
    Amare Stoudemire played 21 minutes against the Wizards on Wednesday with 13 points, eight rebounds, one assist and five turnovers.

    Advice: He is not going to have a minutes restriction, but will likely rest in some back-to-back sets. Fantasy owners probably shouldn't bother and find other late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:38 pm
  • Jonas Valanciunas quiet on Wednesday
    Jonas Valanciunas played just 12 minutes and had three points, two rebounds and a block on Wednesday.

    Advice: JV was quiet tonight, but is clearly the main option in the middle for the Raptors and could be primed for a breakout season. Don't be scared off by his inconsistent preseason. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:37 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic puts up nice stats on Wed.
    Nikola Vucevic got off to a fast start in 18 minutes against the Rockets during a 90-89 loss, finishing with 12 points on 6-of-7 from the field with six rebounds, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He's had three multi-block games in his last four and looks a lot better in that department. Vucevic only had 10 multi-block games in 57 outings last year, so this would be a huge development. Of course, it's hard to buy a complete transformation, so he's more of a guy to target at the turn of the third and fourth rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:58 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani can't give straight answer
    When asked if he was running, Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) wouldn't give a clear answer on Wednesday.

    Advice: He said he and his doctors are working on it, so that's basically a no. What's more, he doesn't sound happy and for all we know he might not even be in the rotation. Bargnani is not worth drafting in almost any league. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:29 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

    Advice: Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:41 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani criticized on defense, drives
    Knicks president Phil Jackson expects Andrea Bargnani to do well in the triangle offense, but he criticized his poor defense and predictable drives toward the hoop.

    Advice: "Because he only approaches the rim in straight lines, he needs to develop some kind of change-of-direction move with the ball," Jackson said. "Also, he's a finger-roller, not a dunker. Could he have small hands? Or does he just need to be more aggressive?" His defensive weaknesses go without saying, and the fact that he's missed the preseason with hamstring issues gives fantasy owners another reason to avoid him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:58 am
  • Justin Hamilton likely for Friday
    Justin Hamilton, who has been out for the Heat with a heart issue, is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to have a big role with the Heat, but he's been out for the preseason with the ailment. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:37 pm
  • Blazers to rest all starters but Lillard
    The Blazers are expected to rest all of their starters except for Damian Lillard during Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Terry Stotts is just giving his core players a break during a meaningless game, and this has zero impact on any player's fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:14 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • Magic extend Vucevic for four years, $53 M
    The Magic extended the contract of C Nikola Vucevic for four years and $53 million on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's quite a pay day for the big man, but he's earned it. He's a top fantasy center option agains this season and remains unchallenged for his job or minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:07 pm
  • Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
    Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 289-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Kris Humphries' stitches not yet removed
    The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

    Advice: Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Andrea Bargnani's status for opener unclear
    Andrea Bargnani's status for Wednesday's regular season opener is unclear due to his hamstring injury.

    Advice: The No.1 overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft has missed over two weeks with his hamstring injury and is now in danger of missing regular season games. The Knicks' frontcourt depth is thin enough that Bargnani could provide some deep league fantasy value when (if?) healthy, but owners in standard leagues would do best to look elsewhere for now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:59 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:25 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:20 am
  • Amare Stoudemire rediscovering basketball joy
    Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

    Advice: Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:15 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 23 minutes on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

    Advice: He just got some rest and he's been over his hip injury for over a week. Nowitzki isn't the sexiest pick you can make, but he is a very safe guy to grab at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:49 pm
  • Mason Plumlee flirts with 20-20 in win
    Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Henry Sims not having a great October
    Henry Sims scored 13 points in Monday's 99-88 loss to the Nets with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: His numbers haven't been great over his past four, making just 37.1 percent from the field with 0.5 blocks. Sims does have some decent point and board totals this preseason, but he certainly hasn't solidified his case for more minutes. Fantasy owners can look at him as a middle-class man's Zach Randolph for his output in points and boards, but there isn't a lot of upside. Plus, Arnett Moultrie isn't falling on his face either, which we thought he would. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Varejao starts, goes for 22 and eight vs. CHI
    Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

    Advice: The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:30 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. MIL
    Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: Stoudemire is likely to be rested in back-to-back sets this season, and with minimal contributions to the box score, he's just not worth drafting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:00 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:10 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • Anderson Varejao starting at C on Monday
    Anderson Varejao will start at center against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:38 am
  • Amare Stoudemire to get recover days
    Amare Stoudemire will not have a minutes limit but will have regular recovery days this season.

    Advice: Basically, he's not going to play in back-to-back sets here and there. Stoudemire had a minutes limit last year and it worked out very well for him, avoiding injury for much of the year. Still, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:40 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) looks good in 11 minutes
    Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starts and scores six points
    Mason Plumlee started during Sunday's historic 44-minute NBA game but only posted six points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and didn't look comfortable out there. Regardless, Plumlee has a chance to get some major minutes this season with Kevin Garnett fading away and Brook Lopez coming off a major foot injury. He is worth a look as a late-round flier if you are patient. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
  • Kris Humphries (hand) to be examined Monday
    Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

    Advice: He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: There's not much reason to suit up against the Bucks, but Bargnani hasn't exactly been a model of health throughout his career. In fact, the last time Bargnani made it through 80 games was in 2009, and while he'll likely be ready for opening night, his propensity for getting injured makes him a negligible asset in most leagues. Take a flier on him if you want, but be ready to hit the waiver wire at the first signs of trouble. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn looking to space the floor
    Kyle O'Quinn is hoping he can help space the floor better by consistently being able to knock down the 3-point shot.

    Advice: "Number one, me and Vooch [center Nik Vucevic] might see more minutes together," said O'Quinn regarding his 3-point shooting. "We won’t just clog the paint. He’s a better finisher in the paint, a better post-up player. So if we let him have the paint, it’s probably to our advantage. And it may give me a couple more minutes because I’m not sitting on top of him, crowding his space." O'Quinn is going to struggle finding enough minutes for standard league relevance while Channing Frye is healthy, and right now, he looks like more of a deep league option. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:16 am
  • Blake Griffin scores 27 points vs. Nuggets
    Blake Griffin scored 27 points with five rebounds, one steal and one block in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He was 9-of-13 from the line, which has been a bit of a problem in the preseason. Griffin was 3-of-9 on Friday, so hopefully he's just in a funk. His 74 percent from the line after the break might have been a bit of a fluke. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:36 pm
  • Andre Drummond flirts with preseason 20-20
    Andre Drummond continued to own the paint against the Hawks Saturday, grabbing 17 rebounds with two steals, three blocks and 19 points.

    Advice: On the downside, he did shoot just 1-of-7 from the line, so that's not good. Besides that, the stats are going to be coming in bunches and he'll probably have so many 20-20s this season that he'll be doing TV commercials for Lasik companies. If you're in a league that doesn't penalize for FT%, he's arguably the best player to draft. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:02 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn puts up a solid line
    Kyle O'Quinn looked good against the 76ers on Saturday during a 95-84 loss, scoring 14 points with 11 boards, four assists and three steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He's very underrated in fantasy, but the Magic have a logjam at forward. O'Quinn will likely get most of the backup minutes at center and he might actually turn in low-end fantasy value in that role. Although, most fantasy owners should shoot for a higher upside. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:28 pm
  • Chris Andersen (rest) is out for Saturday
    Chris Andersen (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition.

    Advice: He is getting some much needed rest as he is not getting any younger. The 36-year-old Birdman isn't expected to see over 20 minutes per game this year so he is not worth targeting in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 4:14 pm
  • Mavericks resting just about everyone vs. IND
    Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris are resting against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk is believed to be fine and he's over his hip injury from earlier this month. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday's preseason game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is simply being rested considering the Magic are on the second game of a back-to-back set. Vucevic has been a beast in preseason and has solidified himself as a No.1 fantasy center. He is an early-mid round target with a lot of upside on a young Magic team. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Kyle O'Quinn working on three-point shooting
    Kyle O'Quinn has been working hard on adding a three-point shot to his arsenal.

    Advice: He is the current starter for the Magic but that will probably change when Channing Frye returns. O'Quinn is solid when he gets the minutes and adding a three-point shot can't hurt. Keep an eye on him for now, as he may be a solid late-round pick if he holds on to his spot. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:59 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri smarter every day Bargnani is on the Knicks. Barganani's hamstring injury isn't likely going to keep him from playing in the regular season opener, but he might be coming off the bench. He has very little fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:26 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire doesn't practice Saturday
    Amare Stoudemire, Travis Outlaw, and Andrea Bargnani all did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It appears to be a rest situation for all three forwards. Bargnani, who is also nursing a hamstring injury, looks to have lost his shot at a starting job while Stoudemire just might not have the stamina to earn one either. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:30 am
  • Jason Smith could start for Knicks
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reiterated that there is still plenty of competition for the starting power forward job and that Jason Smith could be in the mix.

    Advice: Although Quincy Acy has started during all of the Knicks' preseason games Fisher said, "Jason Smith has played some good minutes for us the last couple games since he’s been back and there’s no reason why he couldn't maybe crack into that [starting lineup]." If Smith were to earn a starting job his fantasy value would increase by a good margin. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:57 am
  • Kyle O'Quinn impressive in start
    Kyle O'Quinn started on Friday night for Orlando and looked impressive, scoring 14 points to go along with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.

    Advice: O'Quinn added a pair of three-pointers to round out a nice fantasy line. He likely won't hold the starting spot as Channing Frye will start when he's healthy but O'Quinn is certainly someone to keep an eye on. He was quite serviceable over the final two months last season and could hold late round value if he gets the minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:24 am
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Magic clicking as they dispatch the Pistons
    Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in the Magic's 99-87 preseason win over the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The whole team clicked tonight with Vucevic and Tobias Harris (22 points, nine boards) leading the way. Ben Gordon scored 10 points with five rebounds, four assists and a block in just 18 minutes, and Kyle O'Quinn posted 14 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two threes in a Magic box score that was productive throughout. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Larry Sanders undergoes minor surgery
    Larry Sanders underwent a minor outpatient surgical procedure (undisclosed) on Friday, and will miss the Bucks' three final preseason games.

    Advice: He's expected to be ready to go for the Bucks' regular-season opener October 29, so at the moment this seems very minor. Sanders has been playing well throughout the preseason, averaging 10.7 points and 10 rebounds through three games, highlighted by a 15 rebound effort vs. Memphis. Sanders had a disastrous 2013-14 campaign, but his upside in shot blocking makes him worth a gamble in the mid-to-late rounds of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:55 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine
    Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine to help his body rejuvenate.

    Advice: "The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body." Interesting... however with Stoudemire's minutes likely to be limited this season, as well as the potential for him to be rested in back-to-back sets, he's not a very appealing fantasy option in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:05 pm
  • Olajuwon thinks Howard can have MVP-type year
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

    Advice: "I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) limited
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He looks to have lost his chance in the starting lineup to Quincy Acy. With Amare Stoudemire likely to soak up a lot of minutes off the bench and posting ugly numbers next to Bargnani last season, it's hard to imagine where Il Mago fits in. He can be ignored almost everywhere. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • King: Nets won't restrict Brook Lopez's mins.
    General manager Billy King said the Nets will no restrict Brook Lopez's (foot) minutes this season.

    Advice: The good news is that he's not even wearing a walking boot. He added that the Nets aren't going to build their offense around him, which isn't a surprise. Lopez is out for two weeks with his right foot sprain, but the team is optimistic because nothing is broken. We, on the other hand, are not and bumped him down a couple rounds in our standard-league rankings. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:35 am
    Injured
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Henry Sims bounces back on Thurs
    Henry Sims bounced back from a dud with an eight-point, 10-board game against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot 1-of-11 from the field on Tuesday and has looked pretty bad so far this preseason. Sims is still the favorite to start and could be a double-double threat, but the limited upside makes him a late-round lottery ticket. To be clear, he's still an option for owners needing a big man. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Brook Lopez (foot sprain) out 10-14 days
    Brook Lopez suffered a mild right midfoot sprain in a preseason game on Wednesday and will miss the next 10-14 days.

    Advice: Uh oh. Lopez has dealt with a slew of right foot injuries in his career, including one that ended his 2013-14 season. This is horrible news for his outlook for the upcoming season and will subsequently cause his fantasy draft stock to take a massive hit -- as it should. At this point, fantasy owners should be able to find better options in the top 50 picks. Mason Plumlee is also worth a look at the end of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:38 pm
    Injured
  • Dwight Howard (knee) hopes to play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Sanders (illness) not traveling with the team
    Larry Sanders (illness) will not be making the trip to Iowa and New York City.

    Advice: Sanders has been performing well so far this preseason, so hopefully his absence is just a precaution. He could be a mid-to-late round steal with his proficiency in shot blocking and grabbing boards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:55 am
  • Andrea Bargnani limited in practice on Thurs
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Bargnani has missed the Knicks last three preseason game with a nagging hamstring injury. Logging a limited practice session may mean he is close to returning, but his debilitating health has to be a concern. He should be off fantasy radars until he shows some promise in the Knicks' new look offense. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki favors shortened NBA season
    Dirk Nowitzki would like to see the NBA regular season schedule trimmed from 82 games.

    Advice: Piggybacking on comments by Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, Dirk said he thinks the regular season schedule should be cut to the "mid-60s." Nowitzki then added his biggest issue is back-to-backs, "Honestly, I never was a big fan of back-to-backs even when I was 20 years old. I think that you should never have to play at the highest level there is two consecutive nights and flying in between." While his suggestion would go a long way towards helping the 36-year-old, he's still worth a late-second, early-third round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:40 am
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Anderson Varejao sits out with sore knee
    Anderson Varejao sat out Wednesday's game with a sore knee.

    Advice: He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported inaccurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled on Wednesday with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks in only 25 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like the Achilles injury is behind him as he was simply fantastic tonight. He is easily a No. 1 fantasy center and this game only solidifies that. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Larry Sanders still out with the flu
    Larry Sanders (illness) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday due to this illness and should be back on the practice court soon. Sanders was actually playing well so far this season, so fantasy owners can grab him late to bolster their blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:46 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge planning to shoot more 3s
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll "definitely" take more 3-pointers this season, and that coach Terry Stotts has already implemented offensive sets to get him shots beyond the arc.

    Advice: "Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years," Aldridge said. "I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it." He also studied tape to improve his reactions to double-teams, and all signs are positive as he enters a contract year in Portland. Any 3-pointers should be considered a bonus, as he's currently 24-of-116 from downtown in his eight-year career. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Chris Andersen unlikely to top 20 minutes per
    Erik Spoelstra doesn't expect 36-year-old Chris Andersen to play many minutes in a reserve role this season, but he feels the Birdman is "in very good shape."

    Advice: "Is he able to play his 25 minutes? No. But I'm able to play him certainly probably more than I could last year at this time," Spoelstra said. The Birdman apparently lost some weight this summer, but he averaged under 20 minutes per game last year and his fantasy outlook is as bleak as ever. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:49 am
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points off bench
    Mason Plumlee came off Brooklyn's bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Plumlee added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, but he also turned the ball over four times without blocking any shots. Owners in need of a cheap big-man should keep an eye on Plumlee, who should only build on his numbers after the All-Star break -- 9.1 points on 68 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Andy Varejao tweaks right knee in win
    Anderson Varejao banged knees with another player, left the game and spent the rest of the night having his right knee looked at on the bench.

    Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and coach Blatt expects him to play tomorrow, although we're guessing he'll get the night off if he's dealing with any soreness on Wednesday afternoon. Varejao had six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes before exiting, and should be considered day-to-day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Henry Sims still looking for his shot
    Henry Sims hit just 1-of-11 shots, but also hit 8-of-8 free throws for 10 points, seven rebounds, a steal and no blocks in 34 minutes of Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: He looks to be locked into the starting lineup, and while he hit 6-of-11 shots for 17 points on Friday, he hasn't looked very good in his other preseason games. But when you need a starting center late in your draft, don't forget about Sims. He put up some very nice stat lines late last season, and should get it going again before the games start counting. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Jason Smith scores 14 off Knicks bench
    Jason Smith played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, five rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off knee surgery and made his season debut tonight. He played well and should eventually challenge Samuel Dalembert for the starting center job in New York. And if it happens, he'll be worth a late look in deep leagues by owners in need of a center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) out Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao will start again at center, though early signs point to Thompson earning the job on opening night. Thompson's double-double potential is intriguing but he doesn't offer enough assists, steals or blocks to be a viable option in most 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani out again w/ sore hamstring
    Andrea Bargnani's hamstring injury will sideline him again on Tuesday.

    Advice: His absence can be classified as 'precautionary' but we're still leery of him given his lengthy injury history. He's missed more than 25 percent of all available games since entering the NBA in 2006, and is coming off a dreadful 42-game campaign last season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) game-time Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Raptors exercise option on Jonas Valanciunas
    The Toronto Raptors have exercised their fourth-year option on Jonas Valanciunas.

    Advice: In what was a no-brainer move for the Raptors, JV's contract is now guaranteed through the 2015-16 season. The 22-year-old had a bit of an up-and-down sophomore season, but finished strong with April averages of 16.7 points, 11.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks. If Valanciunas can bring increased consistency to his game in 2014-15, he'll easily exceed his current mid-round ADP as one of the better centers in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:23 am
  • Griffin scores 31 points in loss to Jazz
    Blake Griffin scored 31 points on 14-of-22 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in Monday's preseason loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Griffin struggled vs. Portland on Sunday and the extended minutes were a bit of a surprise, but he was able to get back on track nonetheless. Especially with Kevin Durant dealing with a foot issue now, Griffin is going to be in the mix for MVP consideration and he's a top 20-30 guy in 8- and 9-cat leagues, respectively. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:29 pm
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