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  • Matt Barnes plays better in the opener
    Matt Barnes started off his season nicely with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot a pathetic 3-of-36 in the preseason, so a 3-of-6 tonight is a nice turnaround. Barnes isn't going to light up the box score, but he'll add stats just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:53 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan has solid game
    DeAndre Jordan scored eight points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 35 minutes on Thursday.

    Advice: His minutes look like they're safe at this point and the Clippers are going to need him on defense. Jordan didn't have a block tonight, but they'll be coming in short order. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:48 pm
  • J.J. Redick has an awful shooting game
    J.J. Redick made just one of his 10 attempts from the field against the Thunder on Thursday with five points and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Yuck. Redick just couldn't get his shot to go down and wasn't really forcing anything. He'll be better his next time out against the weak Lakers defense on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 pm
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • J.J. Barea plays 19 minutes on Tuesday
    J.J. Barea made his season debut on Thursday with four points, four boards and three assists in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He is way too far down the depth chart to be picked up in most fantasy leagues. Barea did get a nice ovation in his return to Dallas. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:01 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu posts nice double-double
    Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled in 20 minutes against the Jazz with 16 points, 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He did his damage in garbage time, so this line is a fluke after only logging five minutes on Tuesday. Aminu did get run at both forward spots in the preseason, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Tyson Chandler scores 13 on perfect FGs
    Tyson Chandler made all five attempts from the field for 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 25 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Garbage time was a factor tonight and he did have some foul trouble in the opener, so he should be above his 26.5 minutes per game. Chandler is more of a three-category guy in fantasy for boards, blocks and field goal percentage. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 21 in win
    Chandler Parsons bounced back from a stinker in the opener with a 21-point game against the Jazz on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He just couldn't get his shots to go down in the opener and was much better tonight, making 8-of-16. Parsons is going to be heavily involved in the offense, which figures to be among the league's best for points and overall fantasy output. We should see more of this CP than the Tuesday version. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 16 points
    Trey Burke scored 16 points in a blowout 120-102 loss to the Mavericks on Thursday to go with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: If not for a 6-of-15 shooting line, this would have been a great output. Burke is likely going to be among the worst in field goal percentage, but he should be useful in the other point guard categories. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Enes Kanter had another awful game
    Enes Kanter made 4-of-10 from the field for 11 points with four rebounds and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He is now without a block, steal or assist to go with his nine boards on the season. Kanter played just 22 minutes on Wednesday and his fantasy owners might want to become his former fantasy owners, assuming there is anything promising on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Alec Burks hits three treys in loss
    Alec Burks made three 3-pointers on his way to 15 points against the Mavericks on Thursday, adding one rebound, two assists and two steals in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's now sitting at 2.0 triples and 1.5 steals per game, which will be huge for his value if he can even flirt with those averages. Burks shot 37.5 percent from deep in his 12 starts last year, so he could be trending up as a shooter. On top of that, he's 7-of-8 from the line on the year. While the sample size is tiny, Burks looks like a legitimate fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert gets benched
    Samuel Dalembert was benched in the second half of Thursday's game against the Cavs, finishing with two rebounds in six minutes.

    Advice: He didn't register any other stats and missed his only shot. Dalembert has been in the doghouse for about a half-dozen coaches, so this is not a surprise. His fantasy owners can probably start looking elsewhere in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:34 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Matt Barnes calls Jordan key to championship
    Matt Barnes called DeAndre Jordan "the key to our championship."

    Advice: On a team with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, Barnes actually has a point. "Teams have offensive threats, but when you have a 7-footer that can run the floor, rebound, block shots and change shots, he’s going to be the key." Entering a contract season and coming off a breakout one, Jordan will be at the center of what the Clippers are hoping to achieve. Doc Rivers wants to see more consistency from the big man this season, as do his fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:12 pm
  • J.J. Barea says he wishes he never left Mavs
    J.J. Barea said he wished he never left the Mavericks.

    Advice: "I wish I would have never left, but things happen," he said. Barea said he missed Dallas, but as ESPN Dallas points out, his bank account is better off for having signed with the Timberwolves on a 4-year, $18 million contract when he did. Barea is not expected to make an immediate impact, but should be able to carve out a small role in familiar surroundings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:06 pm
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • DeAndre Jordan wants to play like Spurs
    DeAndre Jordan said he wants the Clippers to play more like the Spurs.

    Advice: As the Clippers prepare to open their season against the Thunder on Thursday night, Jordan used the Spurs as an example of how good the Clips can be. "It's encouraging seeing that team, that coach, and how everybody buys into that system," Jordan said. "Things haven't really changed for them. They do the same thing. You know what play they're going to run, you just can't stop them. We're trying to be a team like that," Jordan said. The 26-year old can be a drain on fantasy owners' free throw percentage, but he's still one of the better big man options in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 am
  • Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea
    Mavericks sign G J.J. Barea.

    Advice: After clearing waivers on Wednesday, Barea has signed a veteran's minimum deal to rejoin the Dallas Mavericks. "We could not be more excited to have J.J. back in a Mavericks uniform," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "He was a key contributor in bringing a championship to Dallas. A player with his experience and leadership will be a great addition to our team." Barea brings more real value to the Mavericks than he does fantasy value to fantasy owners as he'll be part of a crowded backcourt rotation alongside Jameer Nelson, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, and Devin Harris. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:13 am
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert blocks three shots vs. Bulls
    Samuel Dalembert made his Knicks' debut on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dalembert has minimal upside in New York but he's capable of top-120 value in just 20-25 minutes per game. It's hard to imagine him losing the starting C job to Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or Cole Aldrich, so owners in need of rebounds, blocks and FG percentage shouldn't be afraid to pluck him off the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 pm
  • Alec Burks puts up 18 points on Wednesday
    Alec Burks scored a team-high 18 points against the Rockets during a 104-93 loss with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-6 from the line. Burks' fantasy value will hinge on his effectiveness at the line, but everything else seems to be on its way up. He's stealing a little more, making triples and adding some dimes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 15 points on Wednesday
    Trey Burke scored 15 points with one rebound, four assists and two turnovers on 6-of-16 from the field against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He had the Pat Beverley treatment early, but finished strong. Burke missed all of his four attempts from deep tonight and this shouldn't be viewed as a major negative. If you drafted him, his outlook hasn't changed and he will be able to keep Dante Exum at bay this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:15 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

    Advice: He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Rice, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, is expected to get solid minutes and production with Bradley Beal out for the next few weeks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Trey Burke confirms he's good to go Wednesday
    Trey Burke (knee) confirmed he's ready for the season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: There was just some knee tendinitis and it caused him to miss practice on Tuesday. He'll get Patrick Beverley, so he might be starting off his season slowly. Burke should improve from his rookie season, but his owners have some their expectations somewhat low. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:45 am
  • Enes Kanter to enter restricted free agency
    Enes Kanter plans to enter restricted free agency after the Jazz could not strike a deal to extend him.

    Advice: "We have mutually agreed with Utah to concentrate on the season and look at our options again in the summer," agent Max Ergul said. It will be interesting to see what kind of offers Kanter would receive in free agency, but the Jazz will take comfort in the fact that if he does leave, they have an intriguing replacement in Rudy Gobert. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:12 am
  • Chandler Parsons: "I've got to be better"
    Chandler Parsons said that "I've got to be better" after a disappointing performance against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: It is going to take some time for him to gel with his new teammates so he deserves a pass on this one. Only four times during his three seasons with the Houston Rockets did Parsons make two or fewer field goals on 10 or more attempts, so Parsons should bounce back quickly. On a positive note, he didn't appear limited by his knee which is a great sign moving forward. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:13 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu scoreless in five minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu barely played in Tuesday's season-opening road loss, going scoreless with two minutes in just five minutes off the bench.

    Advice: AFA is expected to earn minutes at both SF and PF this year, but thus far he doesn't seem to have earned coach Rick Carlisle's trust. Both Jae Crowder (11 minutes) and Richard Jefferson (13 minutes) saw more action with the second unit, which is an ill omen for Aminu's season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Tyson Chandler has big impact on Dallas
    Tyson Chandler played fantastic in a loss against the Spurs on Tuesday, scoring eight points on 4-of-8 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He did suffer a lower back injury and briefly left the game, but did return and appeared fine. Chandler was very active tonight and was a huge factor for Dallas on the boards. He struggled with foul trouble, which explains the low minutes, so he should be able to improve upon these numbers as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:08 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in Dallas debut
    Chandler Parsons struggled in his Dallas debut against the Spurs by managing to score only five points on 2-of-10 shooting, while adding four rebounds, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was a rough night for Parsons as he simply couldn't get anything going. He didn't have the ball in his hands a lot tonight and failed to register a single assist. The only positive his owners can take from this game is that he did not appear to be limited by his knee Tuesday, and he will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. Utah. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Trey Burke misses practice, probable for Wed.
    Trey Burke (knee) missed practice on Tuesday due to left patella tendinitis.

    Advice: He hasn't had any knee issues in his pro career and the injury doesn't sound serious. Burke had a fantastic preseason after a disappointing rookie campaign, and he even couldn't get it going in summer league either. Considering the changed offensive scheme, perhaps Burke turns it around in his sophomore season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:07 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Parsons (knee) goes through full practice
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through a full practice on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Parsons is fully expected to suit up for the regular-season opener, and he's going to be a big part of Dallas' offense. He's coming off a season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals, and he should have no problem returning to those numbers during his first season with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Report: Mavericks will sign J.J. Barea
    The Mavericks will reportedly cut Gal Mekel in order to make room for signing J.J. Barea.

    Advice: J.J. Barea was part of the Mavericks 2011 title team, and it looks like he'll be rejoining the organization at the expense of Mekel. Barea is going to be entering a very crowded rotation in Dallas, and it'll take a handful of injuries for him to gain any sort of standard league relevance. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:20 pm
  • Timberwolves waive J.J. Barea
    Timberwolves waive J.J. Barea.

    Advice: The move was expected, and it's extremely unlikely anyone claims his $4.5 million salary off waivers. Barea has said that he'd like to join the Mavericks, but with Dallas loaded at the point guard position, this seems like an unlikely scenario. Barea will have to land on a very bad team to have any sort of fantasy value. He shot just 38.7 percent from the field last season, yuck. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 11:59 am
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:19 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

    Advice: Rice's ankle injury has dogged him for about two weeks now, and the updates on his progress have been rather scant. We're not considering him likely for the opener, but it doesn't sound like he should be out too long, either. Even with Bradley Beal (wrist) out, Rice isn't on the fantasy radar. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:47 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • J.J. Barea to be waived by Timberwolves
    The Wolves are expected to waive J.J. Barea before Monday's 5pm deadline, after which he hopes to sign with the Mavericks.

    Advice: No team will claim his $4.5 million salary off waivers, so the only hurdle to Barea joining the Mavs is the fact that they'll need to clear a roster spot for him. The eight-year veteran shot just 38.7 percent last season and he's been even worse in the preseason. The Mavs have too much backcourt depth to give Barea a second thought in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 1:56 pm
  • Chandler Parsons (sore knee) practices Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through most of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons banged knees with Luke Ridnour during Friday's exhibition but he should be fine for the Mavs' season opener. He's coming off a stellar performance, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes, giving him momentum as he enters the 2014-15 season a big part of the Dallas offense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:13 am
  • Jazz pick up option on Trey Burke
    The Jazz picked up the third-year option on Trey Burke.

    Advice: Despite a letdown in 2013-14, this was an easy call to bring Burke back on his rookie scale deal. He had a nice October and could be worthy of a pick later in fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 9:19 am
  • Trey Burke still plays OK, cools off a bit
    Trey Burke made 5-of-14 from the field for 12 points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was coming in scorching hot from deep, making 16-of-30 (53.3 percent) in his previous seven games. Burke was much better this month and only shot below 30 percent from the field in one game, something he did more than any other player last season. He is one of a handful of players to show major improvement this month and is worth a look later in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:02 am
  • Enes Kanter has itchy trigger finger
    Enes Kanter made 4-of-14 from the field in 33 minutes as the starting center against the Suns on Friday, scoring 10 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Amazingly, Kanter now has a block in his last three preseason games, which he failed to do in his first five games this month. He did add a 3-point shot to his arsenal, but ended up shooting just 3-of-15 (20 percent) on those. Kanter could improve and staying in shape is nice, but other players in the later rounds may have more upside. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:58 am
  • DeAndre plays 24 minutes
    DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:09 pm
  • Alec Burks scores 20 points in Jazz defeat
    Alec Burks was in attack-mode offensively on Friday, notching 20 points vs. the Suns on 5-of-10 FGs, 2-of-3 three-pointers, and 8-of-11 FTs.

    Advice: Burks is a clever and quick ball-handler who attacks the paint with abandon, which is part of the reason he attempted 4.8 free throws in just 28 minutes per game last year. His 74.8 percent FT shooting leaves room for improvement, but he's a great target toward the end of fantasy drafts thanks to steady across-the-board contributions and a growing role in the offense. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:47 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • Chandler Parsons gets 24 points in 15 minutes
    Chandler Parsons blew up for 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 25 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in an explosive third quarter and would have had a bigger night if the Mavs didn't have a convincing lead in the exhibition. Head coach Rick Carlisle criticized Parsons for being a few pounds above his ideal weight earlier in the preseason, but he's fit and ready for a big season in a featured offensive role with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 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. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:45 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:03 pm
  • Mavericks sitting everyone on Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:49 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
    Thursday, 2:17 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
    Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokoumpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:49 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford resting
    DeAndre Jordan and Jamal Crawford got the night off on Wednesday.

    Advice: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul sat out on Tuesday, so this is just a day off for two of the Clippers better players. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:41 pm
  • Dalembert likely to average around 26 minutes
    Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

    Advice: Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Matt Barnes shooting 3-of-31 this preseason
    Matt Barnes' preseason doldrums continued on Tuesday, as he scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The defensive stats are nice but his shooting slump is out of control. He's now a combined 3-of-31 from the field this preseason, including 1-of-18 from downtown. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a looming threat to Barnes' playing time at SF, but he's still worth a flier pick for his sneaky across-the-board contributions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan picking up where he left off
    DeAndre Jordan had 13 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and one block in a losing effort on Tuesday, while making 5-of-8 FGs and 3-of-6 FTs.

    Advice: He's picking up right where he left off last season, shooting 76 percent over the past five games while racking up copious rebounds, steals and blocks. His FT shooting is worse than ever (37 percent in the preseason), so roto owners must be wary of his ability to tank a category single-handedly. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:24 pm
  • Trey Burke scores 23 with three more 3's
    Trey Burke hit 9-of-16 shots and three more 3-pointers for 23 points, three rebounds, five assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's now hit 16-of-30 3-pointers in the preseason, and has made Dante Exum an afterthought. Once the big-named point guards are off the board, Burke looks like he's primed and ready to go this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:00 pm
  • Alec Burks struggles with shot on Tuesday
    Alec Burks hit 2-of-9 shots, 11-of-13 free throws and missed all four of his 3-point attempts in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

    Advice: He finished with 15 points, six rebounds and three steals, and despite the poor shooting, he's going to get a lot of minutes and should be a valuable fantasy shooting guard to own. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:56 pm
  • Enes Kanter blows up for 27 in win over OKC
    Enes Kanter hit 12-of-17 shots and two 3-pointers for 27 points, seven rebounds and a block in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kanter is starting to play well and the talk of him shooting threes this season may not be a joke. Yes, Rudy Gobert is on his tail, but Kanter looks like a lock to be the starting power forward on opening night and beyond for the Jazz. Gobert played 21 minutes and had five points, six rebounds and three blocks off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:55 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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
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