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  • Andrea Bargnani's status for opener unclear
    Andrea Bargnani's status for Wednesday's regular season opener is unclear due to his hamstring injury.

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

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

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick.
    Today, 10:06 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki working on quicker release
    Dirk Nowitzki said that he is working on adding a quicker release to his shot.

    Advice: As Nowitski enters his 17th NBA season, he'll need to make adjustments to keep playing at a high level and adjusting his shot served as low-hanging fruit. "It wasn't going to be running quicker or jumping higher," Nowitzki said. "So I figured I'd work on something that I can control." While the 36-year-old has consistently returned first-round fantasy value, he's a much safer pick towards the end of the second round or beginning of the third round.
    Today, 9:20 am
  • Greg Stiemsma fighting for final roster spot
    Greg Stiemsma is still battling for the Raptors' final roster spot.

    Advice: In the Raptors' version of Thunderdome, three men will enter and only one will be left standing. Only one of Stiemsma, Jordan Hamilton, and Will Cherry will make the Raptors' final roster cut on Monday and head coach Dwayne Casey said the decision will be "a good debate with the coaching staff and management." Even if Stiemsma hooks on with the Raptors, he won't provide much fantasy value as a a reserve player.
    Today, 8:15 am
  • Amare Stoudemire rediscovering basketball joy
    Amare Stoudemire said he has rediscovered his love of basketball.

    Advice: Stoudemire has dealt with injuries for the better part of three seasons, but the 32-year-old feels like he's turned a corner. "My joy is there. My love of the game is there," said Stoudemire. "I feel like I’m 19 again as far as how much I love to play the game of basketball. I feel youthful. To have that type of feeling again as I had my rookie year, to want to play and just want to be out there and get better as a player is pretty encouraging." STAT should have a better season than the 11.9 points and 4.9 rebounds that he averaged in 2013-14, but his fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues at the moment.
    Today, 7:15 am
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern.
    Yesterday, 9:19 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value.
    Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
    Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki plays 23 minutes on Monday
    Dirk Nowitzki returned from a one-game absence with 10 points, five rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer on Monday.

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

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

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

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

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin plays well late on Monday
    Kevin Seraphin turned in a solid game on Monday with 14 points, five rebounds and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: It's been a roller coaster for Seraphin in the preseason. In his last five games, he's averaged 11.6 points, 7.6 boards, 1.2 assists, 1.0 blocks and 4.0 fouls in 22.6 minutes. With the Wizards missing Nene for the opener due to a suspension, this is a realistic line for the 24-year-old big man.
    Yesterday, 7:13 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

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

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned.
    Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Writer 'beyond shocked' if Frye plays opener
    Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update.
    Yesterday, 5:00 pm
  • Jason Thompson the starting PF in Sacto
    Jason Thompson will be the starting power forward to start the year in Sacramento.

    Advice: The team's power forward situation is dreary and the interesting thing is if this means Ryan Hollins will join an already crowded rotation as the backup center. Of course, Thompson could stagger his minutes and back up DeMarcus Cousins, too. Unless Carl Landry is hurt and we don't know it, the PF position is going to include Landry, Reggie Evans, Eric Moreland and Derrick Williams competing for minutes.
    Yesterday, 4:32 pm
  • Tiago Splitter out on Monday night
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not play on Monday and is doubtful for Wednesday.

    Advice: He could miss the season opener and it appears his calf strain is not close to being healed. Splitter isn't worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:22 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury.
    Yesterday, 4:15 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. MIL
    Amare Stoudemire will start at center vs. the Bucks on Monday.

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

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day.
    Yesterday, 3:10 pm
  • Timberwolves waive C Kyrylo Fesenko
    Timberwolves waive C Kyrylo Fesenko.

    Advice: He wasn't likely to make the roster, and this move has no fantasy implications. The Timberwolves roster now stands at 17 players.
    Yesterday, 2:08 pm
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  • Alex Len (finger) goes through full scrimmage
    Alex Len (finger) scrimmaged with the Suns for the first time since breaking his right pinky finger on Monday, and he's hoping to be able to play in 1-2 preseason games.

    Advice: Len may suit up for Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Lakers, but it's more likely that he'll return either Wednesday vs. the Clippers or Friday vs. the Jazz. He's going to be entering the 2014-15 season in a reserve role, and has really struggled with staying healthy as he was only able to suit up for 42 games last season. Len isn’t someone worth targeting in standard leagues.
    Yesterday, 1:22 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) questionable for Tues.
    Nick Collison (ankle) could make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Collison doesn't offer enough to the box score to be considered a viable fantasy asset in almost any format, ignore him on draft day.
    Yesterday, 12:02 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia out with a hammy injury
    Zaza Pachulia (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Monday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury on Friday and has been one of the slowest healers in the NBA over the past couple season. Pachulia is not worth drafting in almost any league.
    Yesterday, 9:03 am
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

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

    Advice: Tristan Thompson is coming off the bench tonight. Over the weekend, coach David Blatt said he was going to treat this game like a regular season contest, so this is a telling development if what he said was true. Varejao is hurt quite a bit, but he does offer higher upside than Thompson.
    Yesterday, 8:38 am
  • Darrell Arthur (knee) playing pain-free
    Darrell Arthur said that he's playing pain-free basketball.

    Advice: "The trainers are doing a great job of stretching me out, keeping my hips loose and just maintaining my knee, just watching over it," Arthur said. He's still buried on the depth chart and the Nuggets obviously won't play him big minutes to keep him fresh. He can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Yesterday, 7:51 am
  • Amare Stoudemire to get recover days
    Amare Stoudemire will not have a minutes limit but will have regular recovery days this season.

    Advice: Basically, he's not going to play in back-to-back sets here and there. Stoudemire had a minutes limit last year and it worked out very well for him, avoiding injury for much of the year. Still, he's not going to be worth drafting in most leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:40 am
  • Luis Scola expected to start on Tuesday
    Luis Scola is expected to start against the Wolves on Tuesday.

    Advice: As it stands right now, he could be the starter on opening night with David West dealing with an ankle injury. Scola has rarely turned in top-100 value because he's only a two-category player, so fantasy owners shouldn't be overly excited about picking him up.
    Yesterday, 7:30 am
  • Rudy Gobert plays 26 minutes on Sunday
    Rudy Gobert played a preseason-high 26 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and his minutes are starting to rise. Gobert played more than 22 minutes just twice last season and he'll have a shot to play more than 20 per game this year. If he keeps blocking shots at the rate he's been on in the preseason, he could be a specialist in fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 6:20 am
  • Enes Kanter struggles in another start at PF
    Enes Kanter scored 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist vs. the Lakers on Sunday, before fouling out in 38 minutes.

    Advice: Kanter made 7-of-15 field goals while going 0-of-3 from downtown and failing to attempt a single free throw. He added zero steals but did block one shot for his second defensive stat of the preseason, while allowing Carlos Boozer to explode for 19 points, nine boards and a career-high-tying six steals. The Kanter-as-PF experiment is still in a testing phase.
    Sunday, 9:21 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starts and scores six points
    Mason Plumlee started during Sunday's historic 44-minute NBA game but only posted six points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and didn't look comfortable out there. Regardless, Plumlee has a chance to get some major minutes this season with Kevin Garnett fading away and Brook Lopez coming off a major foot injury. He is worth a look as a late-round flier if you are patient.
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) has been ruled out of Monday's preseason game vs. the Bucks.

    Advice: There's not much reason to suit up against the Bucks, but Bargnani hasn't exactly been a model of health throughout his career. In fact, the last time Bargnani made it through 80 games was in 2009, and while he'll likely be ready for opening night, his propensity for getting injured makes him a negligible asset in most leagues. Take a flier on him if you want, but be ready to hit the waiver wire at the first signs of trouble.
    Sunday, 10:08 am
  • Snyder wants improvement from Enes Kanter
    Head coach Quin Snyder wants Enes Kanter to focus on the details this season, and become a better defensive player.

    Advice: "I want him to get better and commit to improving on both sides of the floor in every facet of the game," Snyder said. "If defense doesn’t come easily, then he has to focus on it. Enes has to make the minor details important, even things like getting into a stance. But he’s [22] years old, and we’re evaluating him against the best players in the world at a young age." Kanter's lack of defensive stats has been the greatest impediment to his fantasy value, and through five preseason games this season, Kanter has recorded just one steal and zero blocks. Currently, Kanter is locked into the starting power forward position with Utah, but if he continues to be useless defensively, he could lose playing time to emerging defensive stud Rudy Gobert.
    Sunday, 6:49 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round.
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens.
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) will sit on Saturday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will sit during Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He wasn't expected to play at all tonight and he doesn't have a timetable to return. Until we get a concrete report on his status, it will be hard to target him in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 4:06 pm
  • Mavericks resting just about everyone vs. IND
    Dirk Nowitzki, Monta Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Chandler Parsons, Jameer Nelson and Devin Harris are resting against the Pacers.

    Advice: Dirk is believed to be fine and he's over his hip injury from earlier this month. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Saturday, 3:28 pm
  • Channing Frye (knee) out again on Saturday
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Saturday's game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is still nursing a knee injury, but he was taking jumpers before the game started and is coming along nicely. He is reportedly making progress and the fact that the Magic is giving updates bodes well for his status. While the knee injury may scare some fantasy owners away, he may be worth a gamble in the later rounds for his outstanding three-point shooting.
    Saturday, 3:15 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani misses practice
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) missed practice on Saturday.

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

    Advice: It appears to be a rest situation for all three forwards. Bargnani, who is also nursing a hamstring injury, looks to have lost his shot at a starting job while Stoudemire just might not have the stamina to earn one either.
    Saturday, 10:30 am
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night.
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Pachulia leaves game with hamstring issue
    Zaza Pachulia left Friday's exhibition against the Wolves with a hamstring issue and did not return.

    Advice: Pachulia logged 13 minutes with eight points, one assist and one steal before checking out. We'll update you as soon as know the severity of the injury.
    Friday, 7:37 pm
  • Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine
    Amare Stoudemire bathes in red wine to help his body rejuvenate.

    Advice: "The red wine bath is very important to me because it allows me to create more circulation in my red blood cells," Stoudemire said after completing a three-hour practice with the Knicks on Thursday. "Plus, it's very hot, so it's like a hot tub. But it's also the red wine ... just kind of soothes the body." Interesting... however with Stoudemire's minutes likely to be limited this season, as well as the potential for him to be rested in back-to-back sets, he's not a very appealing fantasy option in standard leagues.
    Friday, 2:05 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues.
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value.
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) limited
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He looks to have lost his chance in the starting lineup to Quincy Acy. With Amare Stoudemire likely to soak up a lot of minutes off the bench and posting ugly numbers next to Bargnani last season, it's hard to imagine where Il Mago fits in. He can be ignored almost everywhere.
    Friday, 10:51 am
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league.
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

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

    Advice: He shot 1-of-11 from the field on Tuesday and has looked pretty bad so far this preseason. Sims is still the favorite to start and could be a double-double threat, but the limited upside makes him a late-round lottery ticket. To be clear, he's still an option for owners needing a big man.
    Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Kyrylo Fesenko (illness) out on Friday
    Kyrylo Fesenko (illness) is not traveling with the team for their preseason game with the Bucks on Friday.

    Advice: Fesenko is simply hoping to make the team's final roster, which will be difficult to do with established centers Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng already in place. His absence is only detrimental to his chances of making an NBA roster.
    Thursday, 12:17 pm
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  • Andrea Bargnani limited in practice on Thurs
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited at practice on Thursday.

    Advice: Bargnani has missed the Knicks last three preseason game with a nagging hamstring injury. Logging a limited practice session may mean he is close to returning, but his debilitating health has to be a concern. He should be off fantasy radars until he shows some promise in the Knicks' new look offense.
    Thursday, 11:28 am
  • Alex Len (finger) will not play on Thursday
    Alex Len (finger) will not play in the Suns' preseason game against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: Suns coach Jeff Hornacek did say that he was cleared to start working out, so there is a bit of optimism for the second-year big man. Len's inability to stay healthy is well documented and will keep him off fantasy radars for the time being.
    Thursday, 11:23 am
  • Alex Len going through shootaround
    Alex Len (finger) was back on the practice court on Thursday.

    Advice: He had his right pinkie taped and is not likely at 100 percent yet. Len hasn't been able to stay healthy in two summer leagues, two training camps and missed time last year in his rookie season. He's too risky to draft in almost any league despite some optimistic comments from the team.
    Thursday, 10:56 am
  • Channing Frye will not play Friday vs Pistons
    Channing Frye (knee) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against Detroit.

    Advice: Frye had previously said he didn't have a timetable for a return, but an update from the Magic on an individual exhibition game could mean that he's getting closer. Frye can be a valuable source of three-pointers towards the end of fantasy drafts, so owners shouldn't shy away from the 31-year-old due to his preseason recovery from knee injury.
    Thursday, 8:39 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki favors shortened NBA season
    Dirk Nowitzki would like to see the NBA regular season schedule trimmed from 82 games.

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

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

    Advice: He's OK, but the Cavaliers are going to be cautious with their fragile big man. He should be ready for the start of the season, assuming his knee problem isn't being reported inaccurately. If he does miss time, Tristan Thompson and Brendan Haywood will fill in for him.
    Wednesday, 9:21 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin double-doubles in win
    Kevin Seraphin started and hit 6-of-12 shots for 18 points and 12 rebounds on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was quite a game for Seraphin and if Nene goes down at some point, he could get some serious run. But for now, he's still not someone you want to target in standard leagues. However, if you want to use him as a cheap option in Fanduel leagues on opening Wednesday, he should be a great play with the Wizards bigs thinned out by suspensions, including Nene.
    Wednesday, 8:20 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player.
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range.
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points off bench
    Mason Plumlee came off Brooklyn's bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

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

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk.
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Andy Varejao tweaks right knee in win
    Anderson Varejao banged knees with another player, left the game and spent the rest of the night having his right knee looked at on the bench.

    Advice: He didn't go to the locker room and coach Blatt expects him to play tomorrow, although we're guessing he'll get the night off if he's dealing with any soreness on Wednesday afternoon. Varejao had six points and four rebounds in 23 minutes before exiting, and should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 8:20 pm
  • Zaza Pachulia scores 12 in start for Bucks
    Zaza Pachulia started at center on Tuesday and had 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: Larry Sanders, who's dealing with the flu, got the night off, as each regular for the Bucks does in the preseason, so Pachulia got a chance to shine. He's proven he can play and is having a good preseason, but it would likely take an injury or two for him to become relevant in standard leagues.
    Tuesday, 7:49 pm
  • Henry Sims still looking for his shot
    Henry Sims hit just 1-of-11 shots, but also hit 8-of-8 free throws for 10 points, seven rebounds, a steal and no blocks in 34 minutes of Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: He looks to be locked into the starting lineup, and while he hit 6-of-11 shots for 17 points on Friday, he hasn't looked very good in his other preseason games. But when you need a starting center late in your draft, don't forget about Sims. He put up some very nice stat lines late last season, and should get it going again before the games start counting.
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) out Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

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

    Advice: His absence can be classified as 'precautionary' but we're still leery of him given his lengthy injury history. He's missed more than 25 percent of all available games since entering the NBA in 2006, and is coming off a dreadful 42-game campaign last season.
    Tuesday, 3:02 pm
  • Rudy Gobert's minutes affected by consistency
    Jazz coach Quin Snyder said that Rudy Gobert's playing time will be affected by his "consistency" this season.

    Advice: "There's no entitlement because you have a good game," Snyder said, one day after Gobert posted 11 points and 20 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench. He has untold upside as a source of boards and blocks, but he'll begin the season as a reserve center behind a starting frontcourt of Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter. Given his strong play over the summer and during preseason, Gobert is creeping onto the radar as a flier pick.
    Tuesday, 2:42 pm
  • Kyrylo Fesenko out Tuesday due to illness
    Kyrylo Fesenko sat out the Wolves' practice on Tuesday due to illness.

    Advice: Fesenko is just hoping to make the Wolves' roster, and he's not a fantasy option with Nikola Pekovic and Gorgui Dieng ably manning the C spot for coach Flip Saunders.
    Tuesday, 12:06 pm
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  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) game-time Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up.
    Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year.
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • Channing Frye feeling better every day
    Channing Frye (knee) said that he still doesn't have a timetable for his return, but his knee is feeling better every day.

    Advice: In addition to saying that he is swimming "like a fish", Frye said, "It feels better every day. I was kind of a freak thing and since I've never had this type of injury, it's tough to assess what's going on." Frye traveled with the team to Charlotte and was seen shooting three-pointers before the Magic's exhibition game on Monday, so fantasy owners who take a late-round risk on the 31-year-old could soon be rewarded.
    Tuesday, 7:25 am
  • Gobert grabs 20 rebounds against the Clips
    Rudy Gobert grabbed 20 rebounds against the Clippers on Monday, adding 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting to go with two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Yowza. Gobert has been impressive all summer long and the elephant in the room is Enes Kanter and his struggles, and also that the Jazz have three larger big men that don't match up well together. Gobert has the athleticism to fit better than Kanter does next to Derrick Favors, but as of right now Kanter is the favorite to start at 'power forward' as he does right now. Kanter hit 2-of-9 shots for five points and as usual, did not have a steal or block.
    Monday, 10:40 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) out Monday
    Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) will not play in Monday's preseason game vs. Toronto.

    Advice: He's being called questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the 76ers, so we'll be keeping an eye on his status. Bargnani only managed to make it through 42 games last season, so we'd recommend spending your late-round selection on someone with more upside that is actually capable of playing through a full NBA season.
    Monday, 2:57 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons.
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Tiago Splitter (calf) out for Thursday
    Tiago Splitter (calf) will not travel for Thursday's game against the Suns.

    Advice: He has a strained soleus muscle and doesn't have a timetable to return. Splitter has dealt with a ton of calf issues and the Spurs are probably going to hold him out for a while. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues.
    Oct 13, 10:28 am
  • Channing Frye (knee) shooting, increases work
    Channing Frye (knee) has been shooting 3-pointers and has been increasing his workload at practice.

    Advice: He said his knee feels structurally sound, so the report from last week saying he could miss up to two months can probably be put to bed. Frye doesn't have any significant tearing in his sprained MCL and has a decent chance to be ready for the season opener. He's a solid late-round pick and can probably come a little cheaper with this news.
    Oct 13, 9:35 am
  • Dirk says he wouldn't have missed a reg. game
    Dirk Nowitzki said he wouldn't have missed any regular season action due to his hip injury.

    Advice: He missed Tuesday and Friday, but returned on Sunday and looked great. Nowitzki said he felt fine on Sunday and should be good to go the rest of the way. Fantasy owners can target him at the turn of the second and third rounds.
    Oct 13, 7:22 am
  • Dirk Nowitzki's hip not an issue vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki's bruised hip didn't prevent him from scoring 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Pacers on Sunday, adding five rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He sank two 3-pointers in just 19 minutes before sitting out the second half as a precaution, and he heads toward the regular season in great health. His minutes and shot attempts may take a minor dip this season with Chandler Parsons in the lineup, but Dirk remains a solid pick in the 20-30 range of all 8-cat and 9-cat leagues.
    Oct 12, 7:05 pm
  • Channing Frye (MCL) will not play vs. Hornets
    Channing Frye (sprained left MCL) will not play vs. the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: Frye has done some light shooting but isn't yet practicing, and the team has declined to provide a specific timetable for his return. His absence opens up more playing time for Tobias Harris, Andrew Nicholson and Aaron Gordon at the PF spot.
    Oct 12, 3:12 pm
  • Kevin Seraphin looks good again
    Kevin Seraphin came off Washington's bench for 14 points, eight rebounds and one block in 22 minutes, making 6-of-10 FGs along the way.

    Advice: Seraphin has been very foul-prone in four preseason games, but he also looks healthy and fit as he prepares for a contract year. He scored double-digit points eight times during the entire 2013-14 season, and won't be a reliable fantasy option in a busy rotation featuring Marcin Gortat, Nene, Kris Humphries and DeJuan Blair. Owners looking ahead to daily-league formats should keep him in mind on opening night, however, as suspensions will thin out the Wizards' frontcourt.
    Oct 12, 1:07 pm
  • Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. Pacers
    Dirk Nowitzki will play Sunday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: Nowitzki was dealing with a hip contusion, but his return for a preseason game tells us that it will be a non-issue moving forward. Nowitzki will have his minutes limited this season, and the offseason acquisition of Chandler Parsons will help ease the burden for Dirk on offense. We're expecting a minor dip in Dirk's production this year, but he still profiles as a solid late-second, early-third round selection in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 10:23 am
  • Greg Stiemsma (concussion) cleared to play
    Greg Stiemsma passed the league's concussion test, and has been cleared to return to the court.

    Advice: Stiemsma will play in a very limited reserve role for the Raptors, and he's not going to be worth drafting in any format.
    Oct 12, 10:16 am
  • Calderon expects big things from Bargnani
    Jose Calderon stated during a recent interview that he envisions Andrea Bargnani having a career year playing in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "If you're talented, know how to play basketball, I think this system will find the right spots for [Bargnani]," Calderon said. "He'll be able to be more comfortable and able to play hopefully the best basketball of his career." While Jose may be expecting big things from Bargnani, we're not so confident. Bargnani has been devastated by injuries for the past four seasons, and statistically he hasn't been able to offer much. Through 42 games with the Knicks last season Bargnani averaged 13.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and 0.7 three-pointers per game. Injury risk and inconsistency make Bargnani an unattractive asset in standard leagues.
    Oct 12, 7:48 am
  • Zaza Pachulla plays well off Bucks bench
    Zaza Pachulia had 12 points, 11 rebounds and a block in just 19 minutes on Saturday.

    Advice: He looked very good, but as long as guys like Larry Sanders and John Henson are healthy, Pachulia should be nothing more than a role player.
    Oct 11, 9:02 pm
  • Tristan Thompson shines off of Cavs bench
    Tristan Thompson nearly double-doubled off the bench against the Heat with 18 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He had a double-double last game against Macabi Tel Aviv and has shown a lot of improvement early on. Anderson Varejao got the start tonight, but given his injury history, Thompson will get plenty of minutes this season. This position battle is worth keeping an eye on for now as the season-opener draws near.
    Oct 11, 6:17 pm
  • Anderson Varejao plays well in return home
    Anderson Varejao played well in his native country of Brazil, scoring 14 points on 7-of-10 shooting in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He also only added three rebounds with no defensive stats, which is a little discouraging. However, he did draw the start and could be a huge factor for the Cavs down the stretch if he stays healthy. Varejao is worth a late-round pick due to his rebounding prowess.
    Oct 11, 5:50 pm
  • Andrea Bargnani has a mild hamstring strain
    Andrea Bargnani has a mild hamstring strain and will not dress for Saturday's game.

    Advice: He is going to be held out as a precaution and he should be fine with a few days of rest. Derek Fisher has said good things about Bargnani, but given his injury history and inconsistency, we wouldn't recommend drafting him in standard formats for all the headaches that he causes owners.
    Oct 11, 2:51 pm
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