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  • Thomas Robinson uncertain for Wednesday
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) said he's uncertain if he'll play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Robinson is hoping to be cleared before Wednesday's game, but it sounds like he's getting closer to returning to action. The 24-year-old has some rebounding upside, but he's not worth more than late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. 35 minutes ago
  • Terrence Ross dealing with ankle tweak
    Terrene Ross (left ankle) will not travel with the Raptors to Ottawa after tweaking his ankle.

    Advice: Ross tweaked the same ankle he had surgically-repaired during the offseason, so the he and the team are likely to be cautious with the injury. We'll keep an eye on his status, but Ross can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. 49 minutes ago
  • Aaron Gordon to play 12-15 minutes Tuesday
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said he intends to play Aaron Gordon (jaw) for 12-15 minutes on Tuesdayr.

    Advice: This is great news for Gordon's fantasy prospects as he's due to return four days in advance of his targeted October 17 return. As long as he can stay healthy during the preseason, Gordon is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he's due to see big minutes starting alongside Tobias Harris. Today, 10:23 am
  • Elfrid Payton will not play on Tuesday
    Elfrid Payton (hamstring) will not play on Tuesday, according to Magic head coach Scott Skiles.

    Advice: Payton's injury isn't thought to be serious, so it's good news for his fantasy prospects that the team is being cautious before the start of the regular season. Payton has his shooting limitations, but is still worth a mid-round pick in standard fantasy leagues as he'll see big minutes this season. Today, 10:20 am
  • Tobias Harris will not play on Tuesday
    Tobias Harris (knee) will not play on Tuesday, according to Magic head coach Scott Skiles.

    Advice: Skiles added the move is just precautionary, so fantasy owners shouldn't panic just yet. Harris has been a tantalizing (yet frustrating) fantasy asset for the last two seasons, but should be primed for a breakout as long as he can stay healthy. We'll keep an eye on his status, but he's a solid early-mid round target in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 10:18 am
  • Andrea Bargnani goes through full practice
    Andrea Bargnani (left hamstring) practiced in full on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is good news for Il Mago as he's been limited in practice thus far, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited as Bargnani isn't the poster child for staying healthy. The 29-year-old is worth a look for fantasy owners in deeper leagues, but he's better off left for someone else to worry about. Today, 10:07 am
  • Nerlens Noel expected to play Friday
    Nerlens Noel (left knee, back) is expected to play on Friday.

    Advice: Noel participated in practice on Tuesday and is expected to play on Friday unless he experiences any setbacks. We'll keep an eye on Noel's progress, but fantasy owners can continue drafting him in the early-mid rounds of fantasy drafts due to his high upside. Today, 9:55 am
  • Tyler Ennis cleared for contact but not games
    Tyler Ennis (shoulder) has been cleared for contact, but not for game action as of yet.

    Advice: Ennis is still recovering from shoulder surgery and isn't expected back until mid-November. His initial clearance for contact is a step in the right direction, but he's also buried on the Bucks depth chart and can be left undrafted in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:51 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo won't play Tuesday
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (rest) won't play Tuesday night agains the Cavs.

    Advice: Alphabet's absence on Tuesday is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as he's just getting a rest day, per head coach Jason Kidd. As long as he stays healthy, the 20-year-old is primed to continue his breakout trajectory and should be considered in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Today, 9:49 am
  • Jahlil Okafor says he's not injured
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) said he's not dealing with an "injury" and is just being precautious.

    Advice: While Okafor says he'd like to play right now, he is trying to keep the bigger picture in mind. 'It's not an injury," The rookie said. "All our coaches, trainers go overboard to make sure you're healthy." Okafor should be ready to go for the start of the season, but he's not worth more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues. Today, 9:38 am
  • Nik Stauskas back at Sixers practice
    Nik Stauskas (leg) was back at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Stauskas was seen shooting at practice on Tuesday, which bodes well for his right tibia stress reaction. Sauce is expected to be the Sixers starting shooting guard and is worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues if he's able to get healthy for the start of the regular season. Today, 9:24 am
  • Jahlil Okafor reminds coach of Stoudemire
    Sixers head coach Brett Brown said Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) reminds him of Amare Stoudemire.

    Advice: Okafor has been dealing with a sore right knee, but his head coach sees a Stoudemire comparison that doesn't have anything to do with knee injury. "At times he reminds me of Amar’e [Stoudemire] who was a big spin guy and Jahlil likes that move," Brown said. Okafor will have fantasy value this season, but he's limited to more of a late-round flier due to the inconsistency that is bound to come during his rookie season. Today, 8:18 am
  • Carmelo Anthony excited to play with Grant
    Carmelo Anthony said he's excited to play with rookie Jerian Grant.

    Advice: Melo said Grant "plays at his own pace" and he is excited for when the two are on the floor together. Anthony has been hot during the preseason and looks fully healthy headed into the 2015-16 regular season. As long as he can stay healthy, Mel should have no problem returning second round fantasy value. Today, 8:09 am
  • Dwight Howard not rushing things
    Dwight Howard (back) said he's not going to rush his return as he deals with back tightness.

    Advice: Howard said he is having no problems with either of his knees, but is dealing with back tightness. "The most important thing is the season," Howard said. "There is no need to rush. It [getting rid of the back tightness] is just getting back into everything, doing a lot of running, moving. The first game, I came out with a lot of energy, trying to block shots, rebound, run the floor. It takes time for your body to get adjusted to it." Howard is set to miss the regular season opener due to a suspension, but Clint Capela would be in line for more minutes if Howard is forced to miss any games due to his back. Today, 7:28 am
  • James Harden takes analytics w/ grain of salt
    James Harden (knee) said he believes in advanced stats, but thinks they can go overboard sometimes.

    Advice: Though he said he thinks there is value to advanced stats, Harden said he doesn't think about those numbers while he's playing. "That’s too much," he said. "I don’t need to be thinking about none of that. I just need to go out there and play my game and attack." Harden's knee injury isn't thought to be serious and he should be ready to provide top-5 fantasy value starting on opening night. Today, 7:22 am
  • Tyler Zeller still hoping for extension
    Tyler Zeller is still hoping he and the Celtics can agree to a contract extension.

    Advice: Zeller has until October 31 to sign an extension that will keep him from becoming a restricted free agent after the 2015-16 season, but isn't sweating the deadline. "I’ve heard that," said Zeller. "Look, it’s one of those things that, would it be great to get one? Yeah. But at the same time, you know, I’ve got one more year on my contract. I love playing, and I’m just going to try to do whatever I can to play as well as I can. Whether I’ve got one year left or six years left, I’m just going to keep playing hard." Zeller has some value in deeper fantasy leagues, but is stuck in a frontcourt logjam and will struggle to provide consistent value in standard leauges. Today, 6:29 am
  • Josh McRoberts not playing on Tuesday
    Josh McRoberts (knee) will not play on Tuesday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has general minor knee soreness and it is not serious. McRoberts also sat out on Monday, so the Heat want to be careful after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Jerian Grant could start in preseason?
    Jerian Grant could start in the preseason.

    Advice: It's just to take a look to see how he does with the starters. Coach Derek Fisher has said he wants to start Jose Calderon in the regular season, but maybe Grant gets a start next to him. He's only worth a late-round pick in deeper leagues. Also, he's been a lot of fun to watch. Yesterday, 10:17 pm
  • Dwayne Wade not playing on Tuesday
    Dwyane Wade (rest) will not play against the Magic on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's healthy and looked great on Monday. Wade could be a value pick in the middle rounds, but resting during the regular season will annoy his prospective fantasy owners. Plus, his knees are troublesome these days. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Austin Rivers back at practice
    Austin Rivers (mouth) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He missed Saturday due to losing five teeth. Rivers will come off the bench and won't have much value while the Clippers are healthy. Yesterday, 10:05 pm
  • Meyers Leonard scores 19 points in full line
    Meyers Leonard was terrific on Monday during an 88-81 win over the Jazz, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: This should definitely have the attention of all fantasy owners. Leonard looks like the No. 3 option in the offense and he's running a lot of pick-and-pop and stretching the floor around the arc. Leonard is also doing a good job on the glass and is blocking a few more shots. He's more than a last-round pick now and is worth a look near 100 in standard drafts. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire not traveling
    Amare Stoudemire (knee) will not play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Coach Erik Spoelstra said he expects Stoudemire to get out there later this week. Stoudemire being on the injury report for a knee injury is a little worrisome, but it shouldn't affect his status in the regular season. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Alec Burks gets aggressive, scores 19 points
    Alec Burks looked like he was totally back against the Blazers on Monday, scoring 19 points with eight rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is really attacking this month and a whopping 52.6 percent of his shots have come at the rim. He's also been terrific on his non-restricted twos and has 3.5 dimes per game. Burks could easily have an eye-catching season and is a nice late-round target. Yesterday, 9:28 pm
  • Derrick Favors has off offensive night
    Derrick Favors made just 2-of-11 from the field and 5-of-10 from the line for nine points with 10 rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 30 minutes against the Blazers on Monday.

    Advice: Those are some ugly shooting numbers, but he filled it up elsewhere. Favors has a little extra life in his legs and was very active on both ends. While lots of his teammates get more attention, don't be surprised to see Favors explode this year as a target in the fifth or sixth round. Yesterday, 9:23 pm
  • Rudy Gobert has a quiet game on Monday
    Rudy Gobert scored just three points with seven rebounds and one block in 19 minutes against the Blazers.

    Advice: His preseason numbers aren't good in his four outings, averaging 5.3 points, 6.5 boards, 0.8 blocks and 1.5 turnovers in 19.4 minutes. Gobert hasn't performed well around the basket and he's not being quite as aggressive on the shot blocking. There's no reason to be concerned and he remains a strong second round pick. Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 21 points in 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins made two 3-pointers on his way to 21 points against the Raptors on Monday, adding three rebounds, two assists and one turnover in just 19 minutes.

    Advice: He's 3-of-4 from downtown in the preseason, so that's nice to see after making just 31.0 percent last year. If Wiggins can consistently knock down treys, it would really help his fantasy value. Still, he's likely going to be overdrafted in re-draft leagues because people get caught up in scoring. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Terrence Ross hurts his ankle
    Terrence Ross has a sore ankle and will be reevaluated on Tuesday.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity or even which ankle it is yet. Ross had surgery on his left ankle, so hopefully it isn't related. His fantasy value is lower than ever with DeMarre Carroll around. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 16 points, makes two 3s
    Dwyane Wade scored 16 points agains the Spurs on Monday during a 97-94 win, adding three rebounds and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't have any 3-pointers in his first two games, so it's hard to draw any conclusions from that. Wade looks healthy right now and he should have a fast start this season. Of course, the problem is whether or not he can keep it going. Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 18 in 22 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony stayed hot on Monday against the 76ers during a 94-88 win, scoring 18 points with one rebound, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He's one of the best players of the preseason and is absolutely on fire on his mid-range shots. Anthony has a little more room to operate with some improved players around him, so he could have a big year. Plus, the Knicks are less likely to shut him down. He's worth a look at the end of the second round or even a little earlier. Yesterday, 7:51 pm
  • Nik Stauskas (leg) could be back next week
    Nik Stauskas (leg) could return next week.

    Advice: He has a tibia stress reaction, which hopefully doesn't linger. Sauce Castillo is expected to be the starter and coach Brett Brown has said he's expecting Sauce to get a lot of 3-point shots. He's worth a look late in drafts. Yesterday, 3:22 pm
  • James Harden (knee) says he feels 'real good'
    James Harden (knee) said he feels "real good" about his Sunday knee injury.

    Advice: He did some shooting drills and there is no reason to worry here at all. Harden should be ready to roll as soon as this weekend and fantasy owners shouldn't adjust his outlook. He's sitting at No. 3 in our Draft Guide rankings for standard leagues. Yesterday, 3:18 pm
  • Josh McRoberts out on Monday night
    Josh McRoberts (rest) will not play on Monday.

    Advice: The Heat get the Spurs tonight and the Magic tomorrow. McRoberts should be a go against one of his former teams. He may have some low-end value in deep leagues. Yesterday, 2:55 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire getting rest again
    Amare Stoudemire will not play on Monday due to rest.

    Advice: The Heat play again on Tuesday, so Stoudemire should be able to suit up for that one. His old pick-and-roll buddy Goran Dragic could help him on the offensive side, but STAT still isn't worth drafting. Yesterday, 2:51 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (jaw) likely to play Tuesday
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) put in a full-contact practice on Monday and is likely to play on Tuesday.

    Advice: Great news. Gordon's preseason debut is one of the most anticipated ones to not happen yet after he tore it up in Summer League. The Magic had better success with Tobias Harris and AG at the forward spots last year and hopefully that will be their starting lineup. Gordon is worth a look around 100. Yesterday, 2:25 pm
  • Tobias Harris (left knee) is fine, practicing
    Tobias Harris (knee) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: He banged knees on a corner 3-pointer and was able to return on Sunday. Harris will be fine going forward and hopefully we get to see more of him next to Aaron Gordon (jaw) soon. Harris could have a big season with his high upside, making him a strong target in the early middle rounds. Yesterday, 2:22 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (hamstring) did not practice
    Elfrid Payton (right hamstring) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: His hamstring strain doesn't sound serious and the team is likely just taking it easy on him to prevent this from lingering. After not really playing Victor Oladipo at the point earlier in the preseason, VO saw a lot of run there on Sunday. Payton is a so-so, mid-round value guy. Yesterday, 2:19 pm
  • Dwight Howard not practicing
    Dwight Howard (rest) did not practice on Monday.

    Advice: The Rockets are really managing his minutes in the preseason after his injury-plagued 2014-15. Howard should be healthy for the opener, but he's not a great target in standard leagues. If he needs to miss time at any point, the team would look to Clint Capela, who looked good on Sunday. Yesterday, 2:16 pm
  • James Harden (knee) not practicing Monday
    James Harden (knee) did not practice on Monday and is not expected to play against the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Sunday. Harden had knee-to-knee contact to the side of his knee, walked around for a minute, and went to the bench. There is no word of the team giving him further evaluation and it didn't look too bad, so this shouldn't affect his outlook during the season. Yesterday, 2:14 pm
  • Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) out on Wednesday
    Austin Rivers (mouth trauma) is unlikely to play in Wednesday's preseason game in China.

    Advice: Rivers had five teeth on the bottom row of his mouth knocked out in practice last Friday by an inadvertent elbow from Branden Dawson, so there was some serious dental work required. Rivers is expected to be reevaluated when the team returns to Los Angeles on October 15, so we'll have a better idea of his timetable at that point. Pablo Prigioni is next man up on the point guard ladder. Yesterday, 10:21 am
  • Tobias Harris bangs left knee Sunday night
    Tobias Harris banged his left knee in Sunday's win over the Rockets, but said afterward that he was okay.

    Advice: It's just something to watch for now, but Harris was limited to just 25 minutes after banging his knee against a Houston player. While players are typically more optimistic than they should be with injuries, it sounds like Harris dodged a bullet. Yesterday, 10:12 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) does half of practice
    Andrea Bargnani (left hamstring) went through half of Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's not clear what half of practice Bargnani participated in, but at least half of practice is better than no practice at all. After calling the injury minor over a week ago, Bargs still can't get back on the floor in full. Let someone else deal with this constant headache. Yesterday, 9:45 am
  • Robinson returns to non-contact practice
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) returned to non-contact practice on Monday.

    Advice: Robinson's wrist has been an issue for about a week, but it isn't expected to linger for much longer. When he does get back on the floor, Robinson should be a cheap source of rebounds in deeper fantasy formats. Yesterday, 9:43 am
  • Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) out Mon.
    Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) will not play on Monday vs. New York.

    Advice: Okafor struggled mightily in his most recent preseason game, and perhaps the knee played a role in that process. Although it's not expected to be a major concern, any time Okafor misses right now is valuable as he has a ton to learn about the NBA game. Richaun Holmes will start in place of Okafor on Monday. Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Noel, Okafor both out for Monday night's game
    Nerlens Noel (left knee, back) and Jahlil Okafor (right knee soreness) will both sit out of Monday's game against the Knicks.

    Advice: Noel was not expected to play due to his injuries, while Okafor's knee issue is a new concern. While neither is expected to be sidelined for an extended period of time, this is obviously not how the Sixers wanted to begin their preseason after already losing Nik Stauskas (stress reaction in tibia) previously. Jerami Grant will start in place of Noel, while Richaun Holmes draws the start for Okafor. Yesterday, 9:05 am
  • Carmelo Anthony in line for fewer minutes?
    Carmelo Anthony could be in line for fewer minutes this season.

    Advice: "I think so far Carmelo’s been a willing participant in the conversation and we’ll have it again as the season starts," Coach Derek Fisher said. Considering he's coming off of knee surgery and averaged nearly 36 minutes per game last season, Melo could be looking at right around 33-36 this season. It shouldn't be a significant enough decrease to impact his overall production. Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Aaron Gordon (jaw) targeting Oct. 17 return
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) is targeting an October 17 return.

    Advice: Gordon "appears to be on track to be cleared full full contact" when Orlando travels to Brazil in order to take on Flamengo in an international preseason contest. Considering he lit up the summer league before going down, prospective owners should be watching Gordon's role and production very closely upon returning. Yesterday, 7:16 am
  • Elfrid Payton uncertain about his hamstring
    Elfrid Payton admitted to being uncertain about the severity of his right hamstring injury.

    Advice: Initially starting to feel soreness at Saturday's practice, Payton wants to nip it in the bud before it balloons out to a real issue. "We'll figure out what, exactly, it is," Payton said. "I don't think it's nothing too, too, too serious, but I definitely don't want to make it worse before the real thing." The Magic will treat Payton with kid gloves to ensure he's ready for the regular season. Yesterday, 7:07 am
  • No update on James Harden's (knee) condition
    Kevin McHale did not have a new update on James Harden's right knee contusion following Sunday's preseason loss against the Magic.

    Advice: Nobody seemed overly concerned and Harden "did not seem to have difficulty walking," but that's not really a sign of anything tangible considering what The Beard has played through in the past. Although Harden said "it's not really that serious," we'll be awaiting medical updates to learn more about Harden's status. Expect the Rockets to exercise extreme caution with their franchise superstar. Yesterday, 6:58 am
  • Carmelo Anthony spent nearly five months off
    Carmelo Anthony (knee surgery) spent nearly five months off after his procedure.

    Advice: I wasn't even allowed to go near the court," Anthony said. "They had a no-Melo-on-the-court sign on the door. They had a picture of me with an X on there. I didn't pick up a basketball until the end of July."Considering how much time Melo had off, his preseason play becomes that much more impressive. Through two games, Anthony has shot 18-for-25 for 38 points over a 45 total minutes. Anthony and the Knicks still haven't discussed back-to-back sets or the plan for when New York plays three games in four nights, but all signs have been positive thus far. Yesterday, 6:31 am
  • Wade, Dragic working on how to play together
    Dwyane Wade said he's never played with an "attacking" point guard like Goran Dragic.

    Advice: "Sometimes I love to come back to the ball because I’m able to slow things down and get guys shots," Wade said. "But then I have to realize when Goran is in there sometimes I got to change it, and I got to go up the court." We're more worried about Wade's ability to stay on the floor than chemistry than Dragic, as he's missed 48 games over the last two seasons. It's also worth noting that Heat's starting five is the best it's been since LeBron James' time in Miami. Yesterday, 5:58 am
  • Tobias Harris scores 16 pts in win over HOU
    Tobias Harris scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting during a preseason win over the Rockets on Sunday, adding five rebounds, one assist, one block, one 3-pointer and two turnovers through 25 minutes of action.

    Advice: Harris signed a big-time, four-year, $64 million deal with the Magic this offseason, and he's going to be a major factor in everything they do this season. He'll look to build off last year's averages of 17.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.3 three-pointers per game, and if he can stay healthy, he should be in for a terrific year as he enters his fifth NBA season. Taking him towards the end of the middle-rounds makes sense. Sunday, 8:19 pm
  • Harden leaves game w/ right knee contusion
    James Harden went down with a right knee contusion during Sunday's preseason game vs. the Magic, and he will not return.

    Advice: The severity of the injury is not currently known, but with plenty of time to rest up before the regular season, we're not very concerned about what is essentially a bruised knee. To further lessen any concern, Harden dealt with a left knee contusion last season, but it didn't cause him to miss any game-time action. He was going bonkers before the injury, tallying 12 points, three 3-pointers, four assists, two steals, one rebound, one block and two turnovers in just 13 minutes of action, and he'll be a popular target with the No. 3 overall selection on draft day. Sunday, 6:19 pm
  • Elfrid Payton (sore hamstring) out Sunday
    Elfrid Payton (sore right hamstring) will not play vs. the Rockets on Sunday and Victor Oladipo will start in his place.

    Advice: Payton said he doesn't remember hurting his hamstring at practice on Saturday, so he is just dealing with some soreness and the Magic are just being cautious. Payton has reportedly improved his shooting this summer, so he could be a nice late-round selection if he can also cut down on his turnovers. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Bargnani, Robinson held out of practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring), Chris McCullough (knee) and Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: The Nets don't play again until Wednesday, so it's not a surprise to see them continue to be cautious with their players. Bargnani and Robinson are considered day-to-day, and both players will be competing for limited minutes off the bench behind Brook Lopez and Thaddeus Young. Sunday, 10:03 am
  • Dwight Howard (rest) will not play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (rest) will not play vs. the Magic on Sunday.

    Advice: There is no reason to be concerned as Howard is simply getting another night off. He was held out of practice on Friday because of his back, but the Rockets are probably just being cautious with the season less than a few weeks away. Howard does have some durability issues and his free throw percentage will severely limit his value in standard leagues, so he will be a risky pick in the middle rounds. Expect a reduced workload for Howard this season. Sunday, 9:03 am
  • Carmelo Anthony is in last stage of rehab
    Carmelo Anthony said that he is in the last stage of his rehab for his surgically-repaired left knee.

    Advice: Anthony said that he is now in the "power phase" which should be completed by the end of October. "You guys haven’t seen what I’ve been doing with this rehab," Anthony said. "I felt like the rhythm has come earlier than expected. I’m just applying that to basketball, getting back into being physical out on the court and in practice, trying to be as physical as possible. Getting that pop, pushing off the leg, at first I didn’t think I’d get it back this soon." Anthony's value is slowly trending up and he has looked terrific in the preseason so far. Sunday, 6:51 am
  • Noel (knee, back) uncertain for Monday
    Nerlens Noel's (knee, back) status for Monday's game vs. the Knicks is up in the air.

    Advice: Noel sat out of Saturday's game vs. the Nets because he is dealing with contusions on his back and left knee, but he did say that he was making progress. "I feel better today," Noel said on Saturday. "It’s just day-to-day. Hopefully I will be all right within the next two to three days. It’s preseason. So you know, we are not taking anything too fast." There is obviously no reason for prospective owners to be concerned and you can still feel good about targeting Noel in the early stages of the middle rounds. Sunday, 6:09 am
  • Jahlil Okafor has a rough game vs. Nets
    Jahlil Okafor looked like a rookie against the Nets on Saturday, making 1-of-6 from the field for two points with four rebounds, one assist, one block and four turnovers in 17 minutes.

    Advice: Ouch. His awful game today dropped his preseason averages to 8.7 points, 3.0 boards, 1.0 blocks and 2.7 turnovers in 18.1 minutes. He's been very busy on offense with a 30.3 usage rate, but his field goal percentage is just 39.3. It was pretty clear in Summer League he'll have some growing pains this year, so don't be too aggressive in grabbing him. Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (knee, back) out on Saturday
    Nerlens Noel, who is dealing with contusions on his left knee and back, will not play on Saturday vs. the Nets as expected, and Jerami Grant will start in his place.

    Advice: Noel took a hard fall in Thursday's game and didn't practice on Friday, but his injuries don't sound serious and the 76ers are probably just being cautious. Noel averaged 9.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, 1.9 blocks and 1.8 steals in 75 appearances last season, but those numbers should see a nice bump in his sophomore season and he will be a solid early mid-round pick. Saturday, 10:50 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) misses practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) was held out of Saturday's practice for the second straight day.

    Advice: If preseason is any indication, Stoudemire's role is going to be very limited in an effort to keep him fresh for the playoffs and he should get plenty of rest days as well. Stoudemire should be avoided in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 9:36 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Saturday
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play on Saturday vs. the 76ers.

    Advice: The revenge game will have to wait. Robinson could potentially be the first big off the bench for the Nets if he can outplay Andrea Bargnani, so he could be a nice source of boards in very deep leagues. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Saturday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play vs. the 76ers on Saturday.

    Advice: Bargnani has been sidelined for nearly a week and the Nets are obviously going to be cautious with him considering his lengthy injury history. Bargnani is way too unreliable to trust in fantasy leagues. Saturday, 8:38 am
  • Derrick Favors scores 13 points
    Derrick Favors (groin) scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: He was outplayed at times by Markieff Morris, but at least he looked healthy in his 26 minutes. Favors had a nice flow on the offensive side and figures to have more success in his age-23 season. Friday, 10:04 pm
  • Melo looks good with 10-of-15 FGs vs. Wizards
    Carmelo Anthony hit 10-of-15 shots (including a three) in Friday's preseason win over the Wizards, finishing with 21 points to go with four rebounds, four assists and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Anthony looked fairly sharp and though his explosion will consistently trend down for the rest of his career, he looked like a reasonable facsimile of past versions and that should alleviate some concerns that his injury would be a major setback. Yes, he will carry risk but every outing like this should nudge his stock up a little bit. Friday, 6:32 pm
  • Derrick Favors will play on Friday
    Derrick Favors (groin) will play on Friday night against the Suns.

    Advice: He went through shootaround and will get to go up against Markieff Morris in what should be a faster paced game. Favors is a solid target in the middle rounds. Friday, 5:40 pm
  • Aaron Gordon staying in shape
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) said he's in the best shape of his life despite not being cleared for contact.

    Advice: He is likely going to be cleared in the next week. The Magic were the worst team in the NBA at stopping small forwards, so Gordon figures to help out in that regard. After his awesome summer, he's worth a look in the later rounds of drafts. Friday, 5:00 pm
  • Derrick Favors goes through shootaround
    Derrick Favors (groin) went through shootaround on Friday and is questionable to play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: It's a good sign to see he's doing some on-court work from his sore right groin and he should be ready in the near future. Favors doesn't have a track record of groin injuries and there's no reason to think this will be a major lingering issue. Friday, 1:27 pm
  • Dwight Howard (back) missed practice
    Dwight Howard (back) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: There's no word on the severity of his back injury, but it shouldn't keep him out for long. Howard will not play in the opener due to a suspension and the number of injuries last season make him even riskier to take in fantasy drafts. Friday, 12:43 pm
  • Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation?
    Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

    Advice: He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted. Friday, 11:39 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice again on Friday.

    Advice: Bargnani is one of the most injury-prone players in the league and is expected to come off the bench in Brooklyn, so there is no reason to look his way in most fantasy formats. Bargnani has now been on the shelf for five straight days. Friday, 11:11 am
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not participate in practice on Friday.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Robinson took a hard fall in Monday's preseason game and hasn't played since. The injury is still said to be minor, but the Nets have every right to exercise caution during the preseason. With Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez set to soak up a ton of minutes in the frontcourt, Robinson isn't an option in standard leagues. Friday, 11:10 am
  • Amare Stoudemire (rest) sits out of practice
    Amare Stoudemire (rest) sat out of Friday's practice.

    Advice: The Heat will be very cautious with the veteran this season in order to keep him fresh for a playoff run, so expect him to have plenty of maintenance days. The 32-year-old veteran is not a reliable fantasy option. Friday, 10:21 am
  • Nerlens Noel has a knee and back contusion
    Nerlens Noel is dealing with a left knee contusion and a contusion on his lower back as well, and he is considered doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Nets.

    Advice: Noel had a hard fall in Thursday's preseason game and he obviously didn't practice on Friday, but his injuries don't sound serious. The 76ers tend to be cautious with injuries, so we would be shocked to see him play in a meaningless game on Saturday. Noel has looked like a beast in the preseason, and owners shouldn't shy away from him in the early stages of the middle rounds. Friday, 9:30 am
  • Zeller not stressing about contract talks
    Tyler Zeller told HoopsHype on Thursday that he isn't stressed about his contract situation.

    Advice: "No stress," Zeller said. "I got one more year in my contract. I know I'm going to be here anyway. It's not like the situation Tristan Thompson is going through in Cleveland. I'm just going to go out and play my game. It's great if I get [a contract extension] and it's great if I don't. Next summer I'm going to be a restricted free agent and it's kind of an open market and we'll see what happens." The two sides have until Oct. 31 to reach an agreement, so the talks will likely continue to drag on. The Celtics are loaded with frontcourt depth, so Zeller likely isn't going to be a reliable asset in standard leagues. Friday, 8:45 am
  • Howard reveals he had torn meniscus and MCL
    In an interview on SportsRadio 610, Dwight Howard revealed that he played through a torn meniscus and MCL in his right knee against the Warriors in the playoffs last season.

    Advice: The Rockets called it a sprain at the time, but you have to give him credit for fighting through the injury considering it occurred in Game 1 of the series. Howard has had some durability concerns over the past few years, and it doesn't help that he will be turning 30 years old this season. Howard will kill your free throw percentage and it's never fun to draft a player with knee issues, so he will be a very risky pick in the middle rounds. The good news is that he has appeared to be 100 percent in training camp, and the injuries weren't serious enough for him to have surgery. Friday, 6:48 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Friday, 6:26 am
  • Brown: 76ers must use Okafor in a lot of ways
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that the 76ers need to use Jahlil Okafor "in a bunch of ways."

    Advice: "I think that he needs to be used in a bunch of ways," Brown said of the rookie. "You can see how clever and skilled he can be at an elbow, where he comes up and plays with space. He turns and faces. He can make moves off of pull through or live ball. I think anything static doesn’t favor him." Okafor has looked pretty good during the preseason, but the 76ers are still figuring out how to utilize his skill set properly. He's averaging 12.0 points, 2.5 boards and 1.0 blocks in 18.5 minutes through the first two preseason games, but prospective owners need to keep in mind that he will be a huge liability at the free throw line. Friday, 6:17 am
  • Nerlens Noel has a fall, scores 10 points
    Nerlens Noel had a fall in the third quarter on Thursday and did return, finishing with 10 points, 15 rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: He really didn't brace himself and fell on his lower back or tailbone. Noel should be fine, but he might be sitting out a game due to soreness. Unless there is talk of an X-ray coming, there's no need to be concerned. Also, Noel was just 6-of-12 from the line tonight. Thursday, 7:11 pm
  • Tobias Harris looks great again
    Tobias Harris had a terrific game against the Pacers on Thursday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He got the start at power forward this time and won the battle against Paul George. Harris' role is likely going to expand this season, assuming coach Scott Skiles doesn't cut his playing time again like the last time they were together in Milwaukee. Of course, Harris has much more experience and should be set for a terrific season. Thursday, 6:46 pm
  • Harden worked on conditioning and preparation
    James Harden spent the offseason working on better conditioning and being better prepared.

    Advice: "It was so frustrating, because in that Game 5 I turned the ball over 12 times. I pride myself on creating opportunities to score for my team," Harden said. The only knock on The Beard's fantasy game is his inclination to turn the ball over—a result of his insanely high usage—and Harden will be looking to cut down on the career-high 4.0 he averaged last season. Thursday, 3:44 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) out Thursday vs. DET
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) will not play in Thursday's preseason game vs. Detroit.

    Advice: The wrist injury is believed to be minor, so we wouldn't read too much into his absence from an early preseason game. That being said, Robinson will be coming off the bench this season behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez, so it'll be tough for him to establish himself as a viable option in standard leagues. Thursday, 12:44 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Thursday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will miss Thursday's preseason game vs. the Pistons.

    Advice: It's hard to get excited about a guy that consistently misses major chunks of the regular-season. We wouldn't recommend drafting Bargnani in any league. Thursday, 12:35 pm
  • James Harden OK after offseason ankle sprain
    James Harden sprained his ankle "pretty badly" this summer, according to Kevin McHale, but he's healthy and showed no signs of injury while scoring 19 points on Wednesday.

    Advice: Harden made 6-of-13 FGs and 5-of-5 FTs in just 20 minutes, adding two 3-pointers, six rebounds, five assists and one steal in a thoroughly dominant performance vs. the Mavericks. His desire to find a rhythm after rehabbing his ankle this summer explains why he suited up for back-to-back exhibitions, and it's safe to say that the MVP candidate is in fine form. Wednesday, 8:56 pm
  • Dwyane Wade briefly exits w/ finger injury
    Dwyane Wade briefly exited Wednesday's game with a finger injury, but he returned to finish with nine points, six assists, one steal and one block in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Injuries are the pendulum swinging over Wade's season, as he's averaged 19.5 DNPs over the past four seasons. Given the near-certainty of more missed games this year, the 12-year veteran is best left on the board until the end of the middle rounds. Wednesday, 7:43 pm
  • Jerian Grant logs 28 minutes off NYK bench
    Knicks' rookie Jerian Grant came off the bench for eight points, two rebounds and four assists in 28 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The rebuilt Knicks will likely emphasize Grant's development sooner rather than later, and there are no guarantees that Jose Calderon (three points in 16 minutes) will keep the starting PG job all season. There's plenty of risk drafting a rookie PG who is currently coming off the bench, but fantasy GMs should keep him on their 'flier' radar. Wednesday, 7:21 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony drops 17 points in 20 minutes
    Carmelo Anthony looked terrific vs. Bauru Basket on Wednesday, scoring 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting with one 3-pointer, three rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Melo did his damage in only 20 minutes and the quality of the Bauru defense must be considered, but the bottom line is that he looked healthy and fluid all night. Injuries limited him to 40 games played last year, but he's healthy now and is just one year removed from a top-10 fantasy performance. Don't let him fall too far. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Dwyane Wade jams finger during exhibition
    Dwyane Wade jammed a finger during Wednesday's game but he has since returned.

    Advice: The fact that he returned to a meaningless exhibition proves that it wasn't a serious injury. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Howard, Lawson and Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard, Ty Lawson and Trevor Ariza are all healthy scratches for Wednesday's game vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Additonally, James Harden is still undecided if he will play. The Rockets just played a game on Tuesday, so it's not a surprise to see them hold out their key players in a back-to-back set. All signs point to Howard being 100 percent on opening night, but his durability concerns and terrible free throw shooting will make him a risky mid-round pick. Wednesday, 3:27 pm
  • Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee to start?
    Meyers Leonard and Mason Plumlee are expected to start for the Blazers this season according to the Oregonian.

    Advice: Leonard will provide plenty of floor spacing and Plumlee is a solid rim protector, so this makes a lot of sense for the Blazers. Leonard rolled his right ankle in Monday's preseason game, but he is expected to fine and finished with 14 points, eight boards, one 3-pointer and one block in 24 minutes. If Leonard is named the starter heading into the season, he has more than enough upside to warrant a late-round selection. If this report comes to fruition, Noah Vonleh and Ed Davis lose some appeal, but they should still have decent roles on the rebuilding Blazers. Wednesday, 1:47 pm
  • Thomas Robinson (wrist) misses practice Wed
    Thomas Robinson (wrist) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He took a hard fall during Monday's preseason game, but he's not concerned about the injury, and he will travel with the team to Detroit for Thursday's preseason game. He's not a great target in standard leagues playing behind Thaddeus Young and Brook Lopez. Wednesday, 10:59 am
  • Bargnani (hamstring) misses practice on Wed
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed his second consecutive day of practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the injury isn’t believed to be serious, this is just a reminder of how often Bargnani finds himself dealing with various ailments. We'd recommend letting another owner deal with the headache of owning Il Mago on draft day. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Alec Burks carries Jazz to preseason win
    Alec Burks played 37 minutes and hit 9-of-14 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, six dimes, three steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: He hit just 8-of-14 free throws, but was instrumental in the win. He won't play this much on most preseason nights, but is worth a late fantasy pick as the starting shooting guard for the Jazz. Wednesday, 12:27 am
  • Rudy Gobert sits after first quarter for Jazz
    Rudy Gobert played the entire first quarter and then sat for the Jazz on Tuesday night, finishing with five points and six rebounds on 2-of-4 shooting in just 12 minutes.

    Advice: We love Gobert this season and you need to keep in mind that he played just one quarter tonight. He should be an outstanding fantasy center to own this season. Wednesday, 12:25 am
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet in start
    Giannis Antetokounmpo started at forward for the Bucks on Tuesday's preseason game and had six points, seven rebounds, two steals and a great dunk in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: Kris Middleton was at the other forward spot with Jabari Parker out (knee surgery) and had 10 points, one rebound and two steals in 17 minutes. Middleton had the dunk of the night over Jimmy Butler, but once Parker is ready to go, the Bucks' rotation is going to become a bit discombobulated. As of now, both Middleton and Giannis are worth drafting in the middle rounds of all leagues. As a reminder, Antetokounmpo is suspended for Game 1 of the regular season. Tuesday, 8:51 pm
  • Jahlil Okafor looks very good in p/s debut
    Jahlil Okafor looked great in his preseason debut for the Sixers on Tuesday, hitting 6-of-10 shots for 12 points, two rebounds, a steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He also had three turnovers and four fouls, but made his first five shots of the game. Nerlens Noel chipped in with 13 points, five boards, three assists, a steal and a block, and these two should be a blast to watch for the Sixers this season. The team's still in pretty bad shape, but both of these players should make some serious fantasy noise this year. Tuesday, 8:10 pm
  • Meyers Leonard says right ankle is fine
    Meyers Leonard said that his right ankle is fine, and he was not at all limited during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Leonard briefly left Monday's preseason game vs. the Kings after landing awkwardly on DeMarcus Cousins' foot, but he played through it and finished the game with 14 points, eight rebounds, one 3-pointer and a block through 24 minutes of action. He'll be fine, and if he can win the starting power forward position in Portland, he'll make for a quality late-round target on draft day. Tuesday, 2:06 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore groin) out Tuesday
    Derrick Favors (sore right groin) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: It is the norm for teams to be extremely cautious with their starters during preseason action, and given that Favors doesn't have a history of dealing with groin injuries, we wouldn't read much into his absence from Tuesday night's game. Favors benefited from playing next to Rudy Gobert last season, compiling averages of 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.7 blocks per game after the All-Star break, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Tuesday, 1:35 pm
  • Fisher not opposed to starting two rookies
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher said that he would have no qualms with starting two rookies this season.

    Advice: Fisher was referring to Jerian Grant and Kristaps Porzingis when making this statement, so it sounds like both will have every opportunity to step into the starting lineup this season. Jose Calderon is currently penciled in as the Knicks starting point guard, but he's struggled to stay healthy over the years, so it's not unreasonable to think that the 34-year-old could lose his spot in the starting lineup to Grant. Porzingis also has little competition for the starting power forward slot, and given the opportunity in front of them, both rookies make for viable late-round targets. Tuesday, 12:19 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses Tuesday practice
    Andrea Bargnani (right left hamstring) missed Nets practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Bargnani's injury isn't thought to be serious, but it's never a good thing to see an injury-prone player dealing with injuries before the regular season even starts. While Bargnani should see decent minutes for the Nets, his risk outweighs his reward for owners in standard fantasy leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Aaron Gordon could return in 7-10 days
    Aaron Gordon (fractured jaw) could return in 7-10 days.

    Advice: Gordon is reportedly in great shape and there is a possibility that the 20-year-old may return earlier than expected. While Gordon doesn't have much of a track record, he makes for an interesting late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues as he should see plenty of minutes on a young Magic squad. Tuesday, 9:07 am
  • Meyers Leonard leaves game with ankle injury
    Meyers Leonard left Monday's preseason opener with a right ankle injury in the second quarter and returned in the second half.

    Advice: Leonard landed on DeMarcus Cousins' foot following a jumper and walked off the court under his own power. He finished with 14 points, eight boards and a block in a very sloppy game, so we need to see more before upping his outlook. Monday, 8:35 pm
  • Stauskas says he'll be ready for opener
    Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) said he'll be ready for the start of the regular season and "probably even the end of the preseason."

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that he loses a chance to get momentum before the games count and before fantasy drafts. With a fantasy stat set that's questionable, a lot of tape on the books from Sacramento that isn't great, and now this injury -- he's a flier pick in the late rounds at best. Monday, 8:21 pm
  • Bargnani says hamstring injury not serious
    Andrea Bargnani said his left hamstring tightness is not serious and that he'll be back "very soon" on Monday.

    Advice: Bargnani missed Monday's preseason opener and that sound you heard was the basketball world rolling its eyes. There isn't a scenario in which we'd remove the injury-risk tag from his profile. Monday, 8:16 pm
  • Robinson double-doubles with 12 and 16
    Thomas Robinson double-doubled in Monday's preseason opener, scoring 12 points on 6-of-11 shooting with 16 rebounds, two steals and two blocks over 26 minutes.

    Advice: If Robinson can just focus on rebounding and energy numbers he could carve himself a low-to-mid level role in the Nets' rotation. But nobody should overreact to a game against international competition, and even if Robinson does turn his career around his fantasy stat set isn't that great. Just keep an eye on him from afar for now. Monday, 8:09 pm
  • Thomas Robinson starts alongside Brook Lopez
    Thomas Robinson will start at PF for the Nets on Monday, as coach Lionel Hollins wants to see T-Rob play alongside Brook Lopez.

    Advice: Thaddeus Young is the undisputed starter and this is merely a preseason experiment with no long-term repercussions. T-Rob is still 24 years old and he's shown flashes of improved play in recent seasons, even averaging 8.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 0.7 steals in only 18.5 minutes for Philadelphia last year. He's on the radar in deep leagues, but that's about it. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • Alec Burks (shoulder) rebuilt shot in rehab
    Alec Burks said that he rebuilt his shot while rehabbing from a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

    Advice: "I had to learn how to shoot again," said Burks. "I feel like it's going to help me in the long run with a better shot." He went 0-of-5 from the field during Sunday's exhibition, but shrugged off the difficulties: "I ain't worried about offense. I can score on accident." Burks is a late-round target as long as he's battling for minutes with Rodney Hood. Monday, 12:08 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony will not ask for a trade now
    Carmelo Anthony offered an emphatic "hell no" when prompted if he would consider asking for a trade this season.

    Advice: "I already came this far," Anthony said. Melo added that he's bought into Phil Jackson's vision, but that won't stop the rumors from churning once the Knicks begin to struggle this season. The cycle of (NBA) life as a superstar. Oct 5, 10:37 am
  • Nerlens Noel (hip) expected to play Tuesday
    Nerlens Noel (hip) did not practice on Monday, but he is expected to play in Tuesday's preseason opener.

    Advice: Noel is dealing with a sore hip and is "scheduled" to play, but it wouldn't be surprising if the team treats him with kid gloves and holds him back as a precaution. Either way, there's no reason for alarm and Noel appears to be just fine. Noel is an early mid-round pick with a fast-rising ADP. Oct 5, 10:35 am
  • Okafor will start Sixers first preseason game
    Jahlil Okafor will start the 76ers first preseason game on Tuesday.

    Advice: Joining him will be Isaiah Canaan, Robert Covington, Nerlens Noel and JaKarr Sampson, though Hollis Thompson was initially going to get the nod ahead of Sampson. in what could very well be a preview of the opening night lineup. Okafor is going to get a ton of opportunities to contribute in his first season, but it's likely that another owner in your league reaches too high to grab him. He's a late round target in large part to his horrendous free throw shooting and questionable defense. Oct 5, 10:23 am
  • Stauskas diagnosed with tibia stress reaction
    Nik Stauskas has been diagnosed with a right tibia stress reaction, and he will miss at least two weeks.

    Advice: Sorry, 76ers fans. This is the same injury that has hampered both Bradley Beal and Jrue Holiday in the past, and those guys each dealt with its recurrence at least once in the recovery process. Coach Brett Brown said the Sixers will bring Stauskas along "slowly," meaning he'll almost certainly be limited to begin the year. Hollis Thompson and Jerami Grant could see more time with Stauskas sidelined. Oct 5, 10:16 am
  • Nik Stauskas (knee) still sidelined on Monday
    Nik Stauskas (knee) was still absent from practice on Monday.

    Advice: Stauskas, who sat out Saturday's scrimmage after Brett Brown revealed he had a knee issue, is not on the court to begin the new week. So long as his knee injury doesn't become a lingering concern, Stauskas offers excellent value toward the end of your draft for the role he's poised to enjoy in Philadelphia. After the All-Star break last season, Stauskas shot 42.1 percent from behind the 3-point line. Oct 5, 10:03 am
  • Andrea Bargnani will not play on Monday night
    Andrea Bargnani (tight left hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game.

    Advice: Lionel Hollins says he won't play until he's ready. Bargs' hamstring was so famous that it should have had its own name last season, but there is no indication this is anything more than precautionary. He's expected to play a sizable reserve role for the Nets, but Bargnani is not someone we're looking to draft in fantasy leagues. Oct 5, 7:57 am
  • Celtics, Zeller to continue extension talks
    Tyler Zeller and the Celtics are expected to continue talks about a possible contract extension.

    Advice: Although there is nothing imminent, both the Celtics and Zeller have expressed a desire to get an extension done. While a desire is nice, it won't much matter if Zeller's agent and the Celtics don't view the big man in the same light. Oct 5, 7:17 am
  • Fisher hints Melo, Calderon, Lopez will start
    Derek Fisher recently hinted that Carmelo Anthony, Jose Calderon and Robin Lopez will start.

    Advice: This was the expectation for many, and it leaves both the shooting guard and power forward spots wide open as the Knicks progress through the preseason. It won't surprise us when rookie Jerian Grant takes over for the aging Calderon, but it appears the Knicks will take a more traditional approach to begin Derek Fisher's second season at the helm. Oct 5, 6:11 am
  • Rudy Gobert flirts with double-double in win
    Rudy Gobert looked great during his 25 minutes of action on Sunday, scoring 10 points on 3-of-6 shooting (4-of-9 from the stripe) to go with eight rebounds, one assist, one block and one turnover in a win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Gobert controlled the paint throughout the contest, and he was a major reason why Los Angeles shot just 28.9 percent from the field. Once he was inserted into the starting lineup last season, Gobert compiled averages of 10.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. We're expecting those numbers to jump during his third NBA season, so taking him towards the turn of the first and second rounds makes sense. Oct 4, 10:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors scores 16 pts w/ nine boards
    Derrick Favors was solid during Utah's preseason win over Los Angeles on Sunday, scoring 16 points (7-of-15 FGs, 2-of-4 FTs) with nine boards, one steal and one block in just 24 minutes.

    Advice: Favors will again be one of the go-to-guys on offense for Utah this season, and at just 24 years old, there's no reason why he can't take another step in his development. Through 74 games last season Favors compiled averages of 16.0 points, 8.2 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 0.8 steals per game, and he'll make for a quality mid-round selection on draft day. Oct 4, 10:05 pm
  • Alec Burks fails to score in start for Utah
    Alec Burks started at shooting guard for the Jazz on Sunday, but missed all five of his shot attempts and finished with just four rebounds, three assists and one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was Burks' first game-time action since he went down with a shoulder injury in December last season, so some rust should be expected. He's currently in a battle with Rodney Hood for the starting shooting guard position in Utah, although Hood also failed to make much of an impact Sunday night, shooting just 1-of-9 from the field to go with two assists and a turnover. The Jazz take on the Lakers again on Wednesday, and it'll be interesting to see if head coach Quin Snyder gives Hood a shot at the starting lineup, or if he allows Burks to try and bounce-back after an uneventful evening. Oct 4, 9:46 pm
  • Dwyane Wade scores 12 points in loss to CHA
    Dwyane Wade scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting during Sunday's preseason loss to the Hornets, adding five rebounds, one steal and two turnovers through 23 minutes.

    Advice: Wade has spent a lot of time on the sidelines over the years due to issues with his troublesome knees, and through 62 games last season, Wade was only able to put up eighth-round value on a per-game basis in standard nine-cat leagues. Wade can be a headache to own, so we'd let someone else take a chance on the future Hall of Famer on draft day. Oct 4, 5:38 pm
  • Dwight Howard OK with preseason back-to-back
    Dwight Howard wouldn't mind playing in back-to-back preseason games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Advice: "Why wouldn’t I?," Howard said. "I’m healthy so I want to play. It’s a long season. We got to get our bodies back into condition of playing basketball." Kevin McHale said that he'll rest some players on Wednesday and it wouldn't be surprising if Dwight is among the DNP-CDs, but all signs point to him being 100 percent on opening night. Oct 4, 1:11 pm
  • Anthony says he has 4-5 good years left
    Carmelo Anthony said that he can play at a high level for another four or five years.

    Advice: "If I was a guy who kind of played above the rim and played at a fast pace and just running and jumping -- that was my game, very athletic -- then I’d probably be sitting here singing a different tune," Anthony said. "But the way that I play, the way that I know how to pace myself, the way I know how to pick my spots out on the basketball court, I’m not a guy who’s playing above the rim every play so it works in my favor." Anthony's knee has reportedly held up well during training camp, and he could increase his fantasy stock with some strong performances in the preseason. Oct 4, 6:43 am
  • Tobias Harris has a nice little start
    Tobias Harris made 4-of-5 from the field for nine points with five rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes against the Hornets on Saturday.

    Advice: He played the vast majority at small forward tonight a little under 75 percent at power forward last year. The Magic didn't have Nikola Vucevic or Aaron Gordon, so don't read too much into this year. Harris should still be terrific in his age-23 season. Oct 3, 8:49 pm
  • No Aaron Gordon for the opener
    Aaron Gordon (jaw) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He suffered a broken jaw this summer and is getting close to a return. Gordon tore it up in Summer League and perhaps the most important part is that he looked good as a small forward, too. He's a very interesting pick in the late rounds. Oct 3, 3:33 pm
  • Brown: Nik Stauskas has a minor knee issue
    Nik Stauskas didn't scrimmage on Saturday due to a minor knee issue.

    Advice: 76ers head coach Brett Brown said that there is nothing to worry about, so he is probably just dealing with some soreness. Stauskas has an excellent chance to succeed as the starting shooting guard in Philly, and he should fly under the radar because of his forgetful 2014-15 rookie season in Sacramento. We will post an update on his knee once we know more. Oct 3, 9:10 am
  • Terrence Ross says his ankle is doing well
    Terrence Ross implied that his ankle is doing much better now.

    Advice: "I used to have this weird clicking in my ankle. I don't have that any more," Ross said. "When I wake up, it doesn't hurt, it doesn't ache." Ross had surgery to remove some bone spurs and loose bodies from his ankle back in May, and head coach Dwane Casey cited that as one of the reasons why he struggled so much last season. Ross will look to bounce back this season, but his playing time is set to decline with DeMarre Carroll in town, meaning he should only be considered in deeper leagues. Oct 3, 7:34 am
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