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  • Blake Griffin scores 23 points, fouls out
    Blake Griffin fouled out in 38 minutes against the Thunder on Thursday, scoring 23 points with seven rebounds, three assists, one steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-18 from the field and 7-of-10 from the line tonight. Griffin is creating his shot a lot more these days, which should give him a higher usage and possibly lower efficiency. Regardless, he's going to be an elite guy even if his foul shooting doesn't continue to trend up. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Matt Barnes plays better in the opener
    Matt Barnes started off his season nicely with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot a pathetic 3-of-36 in the preseason, so a 3-of-6 tonight is a nice turnaround. Barnes isn't going to light up the box score, but he'll add stats just about everywhere. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:53 pm
  • Spencer Hawes plays 19 minutes
    Spencer Hawes played 19 minutes off the bench on Thursday with four points, four rebounds, one assist and one block.

    Advice: He did get some minutes at power forward, but mostly backed up DeAndre Jordan. Hawes will have a lot of weak games, so his owners might want to shoot for a higher upside, especially considering how durable Blake and DJ are. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes, five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:33 pm
  • Lance Thomas comes back to Earth
    Lance Thomas was quiet in 19 minutes on Thursday with four points, one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: His opener was a major fluke and he hasn't done much in his career. Thomas is not worth owning in most leagues unless you're desperate. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:22 pm
  • Wright puts a nice line in 20 minutes
    Brandan Wright scored 14 points in 20 minutes on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He almost doesn't miss from the field and garbage time wasn't a huge factor with none of his field goals coming in the last six minutes of the game. Wright will have low-end fantasy value because he will likely see time in the high teens most nights. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu posts nice double-double
    Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled in 20 minutes against the Jazz with 16 points, 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He did his damage in garbage time, so this line is a fluke after only logging five minutes on Tuesday. Aminu did get run at both forward spots in the preseason, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 21 in win
    Chandler Parsons bounced back from a stinker in the opener with a 21-point game against the Jazz on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He just couldn't get his shots to go down in the opener and was much better tonight, making 8-of-16. Parsons is going to be heavily involved in the offense, which figures to be among the league's best for points and overall fantasy output. We should see more of this CP than the Tuesday version. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Derrick Favors post another nice line
    Derrick Favors registered his first double-double of the season on Thursday at Dallas with 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 27 minutes on Wednesday, but that was due to foul trouble. Clearly, Favors is going to be a major factor on both ends of the court and all signs point to a breakout season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward shoots a little better
    Gordon Hayward made 4-of-9 from the field for 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: He improved from a 3-of-11 dud on Wednesday and looked a little more comfortable tonight. Hayward has 13 dimes in his two games and he's likely going to be among the league leaders for assists among the forwards. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 25 in shocking win
    Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in a surprising 95-90 win over the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He looked awful with just 14 points on Wednesday, but he was aggressive with a nice presence in the post tonight. Anthony only has 30 shots in his two games so far, which is down from his league-high 21.3 from last season. He hasn't been in isolation as much, but he's still going to be among the league leaders in scoring. Anthony is a top-10 fantasy asset. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets back in the starting lineup
    Quincy Acy started at power forward on Thursday against the Cavs and had six offensive rebounds during a win, adding eight points, four defensive rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's always been a guy with a high motor and no other stat tells that story like an offensive rebound. Acy made most of the starts at power forward in the preseason and he might stick in that role. However, he's really only an option in deeper leagues since he won't be receiving minutes higher than the mid-20s. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith looks much better, scores 11
    J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Quincy Acy starting for Knicks on Thursday
    Quincy Acy, and not Amare Stoudemire, will start at power forward for the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: It took exactly one game for Derek Fisher to change the Knicks starting lineup. Amare will serve as the backup center against the Cavs, while Acy is inserted into the starting lineup for his defense. Acy is one of those players who has more real-life value than actual fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Lance Thomas scores 14 points off bench
    Lance Thomas came off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thomas played 31 minutes - the same number as starter Perry Jones - and could challenge Jones for the starting job while Kevin Durant is out. Don't pick him up, but keep an eye on this situation going forward. Most of his production came early in the game, but he had a much better night than Jones, who hit just 1-of-9 shots. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:20 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony checked by Bulls' defense
    Carmelo Anthony was blanketed by the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing his season debut with a mere 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played under 30 minutes because Chicago quickly took control of their game thanks in large part to their elite defense. "Their game plan was for me not to see daylight," Melo said after the game. The Knicks' triangle offense is a work in progress, to say the least, and Anthony made his living in isolation plays last year, but fantasy owners should remain patient during the Knicks' early-season growing pains. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has an off night shooting
    Gordon Hayward made just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the shooting line isn't pretty, the high assist total is sweet. Hayward is expected to be more efficient since he's added muscle and should be better around the basket, so he possesses top-25 upside in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops huge line against HOU
    Derrick Favors (knee) stuffed the stat sheet against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, as well. Favors had more plays drawn up for him in coach Quin Snyder's offense and all the pre-season hype seems to be for good reason. Excluding some free throw shooting issues, Favors is going to be awesome this season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

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

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

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

    Advice: He already announced he's 100 percent and will be ready to roll. The Rockets will actually have to deal with an interior presence tonight after taking care of business at Staples Center on Tuesday. Favors does get a matchup against Dwight Howard, so he might not start quite as fast as we hoped. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Chandler Parsons: "I've got to be better"
    Chandler Parsons said that "I've got to be better" after a disappointing performance against the Spurs on Tuesday.

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

    Advice: AFA is expected to earn minutes at both SF and PF this year, but thus far he doesn't seem to have earned coach Rick Carlisle's trust. Both Jae Crowder (11 minutes) and Richard Jefferson (13 minutes) saw more action with the second unit, which is an ill omen for Aminu's season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Brandan Wright solid in 18 minutes in opener
    Brandan Wright opened the 2014-15 season with six points, five rebounds and one block in 18 minutes, as the Mavs lost by one point to the Spurs in San Antonio.

    Advice: Injuries caused B-Wright to miss 24 games last year so it's great to see him healthy on opening night. His per-minute stats reveal nice fantasy upside, but he's unlikely to crack the top-100 while Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki are both healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:09 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in Dallas debut
    Chandler Parsons struggled in his Dallas debut against the Spurs by managing to score only five points on 2-of-10 shooting, while adding four rebounds, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.

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

    Advice: He's been out of action since Friday due to soreness, but it was never considered serious and he even said his knee feels 100 percent. Favors had three double-doubles in his last five preseason games with 1.2 blocks per game in just 24.0 minutes, so big things could be coming in his age-23 season. Get him in your lineup. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

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

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

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice on Monday, but he remains probable for Utah's season opener vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just has some minor knee soreness, and we'd be shocked if he didn't suit up Wednesday. Favors is a breakout candidate, and will look to build on last season's averages of 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:19 am
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

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

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Carmelo Anthony: No problem playing w/ Kobe
    Carmelo Anthony told ESPN that he would have no issues playing alongside Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Hell no. Of course not," Anthony said. He then added "I'm here now but I would always love to play with Kobe." It's yet another retort to ESPN report that there is extreme opposition among prominent NBA stars toward playing with Kobe Bryant. Melo is expected to carry the load again for the Knicks in the first season of the "Phish" (Derek Fisher+Phil Jackson) era in New York. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Chandler Parsons (sore knee) practices Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through most of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons banged knees with Luke Ridnour during Friday's exhibition but he should be fine for the Mavs' season opener. He's coming off a stellar performance, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes, giving him momentum as he enters the 2014-15 season a big part of the Dallas offense. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:13 am
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) not practicing
    Derrick Favors (knee) is not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: He just has knee soreness and there's no reason to be concerned. He is shifting to center and has already seen his assists go up in the preseason, so there are a lot of things to like the former No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft. He is a good bet to break out this season at 23 years old. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Carmelo says Knicks will struggle w/ triangle
    Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

    Advice: Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:50 am
  • Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have a positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:07 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • Quincy Acy (wrist) returns with 8 & 10 line
    Quincy Acy (sore wrist) returned to action on Friday with eight points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the Knicks' bench.

    Advice: New York was playing without Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Travis Outlaw (Achilles), which opened up a few more minutes for Acy in the frontcourt. Knicks president Phil Jackson recently praised Acy as a "terrific rebounder," and said the team relies on him to be "tough, quick-footed and energetic on defense at both the [SF and PF] positions." Unfortunately, his real-world value won't amount to a hill of beans in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:23 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony ends preseason w/ 24-point gm
    Carmelo Anthony's preseason ended with a 24-point performance vs. the Raptors, as he made 8-of-17 FGs, 3-of-8 three-pointers, and 5-of-5 FTs in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: He didn't do much elsewhere tonight, adding one rebound, zero assists, one steal and three turnovers, but Melo finished the preseason strong with 26.0 points in 31.0 minutes over the Knicks' last three exhibitions. There will be growing pains as the Knicks' flawed roster adapts to the triangle offense, but Melo's fantasy value is about as bullet-proof as it comes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Chandler Parsons gets 24 points in 15 minutes
    Chandler Parsons blew up for 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 25 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in an explosive third quarter and would have had a bigger night if the Mavs didn't have a convincing lead in the exhibition. Head coach Rick Carlisle criticized Parsons for being a few pounds above his ideal weight earlier in the preseason, but he's fit and ready for a big season in a featured offensive role with the Mavs. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) out for Friday
    Derrick Favors will not play on Friday due to left knee soreness.

    Advice: He's only missed one game due to knee problems and that was back in 2012, so we're not concerned. Favors was a beast in his last five preseason games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 24.0 minutes. We still love him as a player to target in the late-early rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

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

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:03 pm
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Mavericks sitting everyone on Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Blake Griffin accused of club altercation
    Blake Griffin has been accused by a man of attacking a man during an argument over a photo in a Las Vegas nightclub last weekend.

    Advice: Griffin has not been charged after a 39-year-old man filed a battery complaint with Las Vegas police saying that the Clippers' star slapped him after an argument surrounding a photo. We'll have to await more news on this situation, but it doesn't sound like anything that should preclude fantasy owners from taking Griffin in the late-first or early-second round of their fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:45 am
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
    Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • Blake Griffin returns for 35 points
    Blake Griffin came off a day of rest and racked up 35 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no blocks on 14-of-26 shooting on Wednesday.

    Advice: Griffin looked great tonight, but didn't block a shot (as usual), and struggled from the line at 7-of-13. His free throw shooting really took a positive jump last season, and while this line doesn't put us in panic mode, it does give us pause. Griffin is going to be a solid late-first, or early-second round pick in all formats. Owners just have to hope tonight's free throw shooting isn't indicative of what's to come. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:46 pm
  • Spencer Hawes posts 8 & 10 in start for DJ
    Spencer Hawes started for DeAndre Jordan (rest) on Wednesday and had eight points, 10 rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes.

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

    Advice: He started the previous four games and coach Derek Fisher said before the game he wasn't starting because he wanted to experiment with Jason Smith. Acy is the favorite to start, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be posting value worth using in 14-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony hits game winner, scores 30
    Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning jumper and got the foul in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Wizards, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six shots from the field. Only two of his shots came from within 13 feet and the mid-rangers were dropping. Anthony's shot totals were down, but he's attempted 20.5 per game in his last two. Even if his style does change, he still should fill up the stat sheet enough to warrant a selection at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

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

    Advice: The defensive stats are nice but his shooting slump is out of control. He's now a combined 3-of-31 from the field this preseason, including 1-of-18 from downtown. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a looming threat to Barnes' playing time at SF, but he's still worth a flier pick for his sneaky across-the-board contributions. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Spencer Hawes starts, has a bit of everything
    Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds in a start at PF on Tuesday, with Blake Griffin resting as a precaution.

    Advice: Hawes chipped in two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes, highlighting his unique skill-set for a seven-footer. He was a top-50 player in just 31 minutes last season, and shouldn't see fewer than 25 per game backing up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so don't be afraid to grab him in the final rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:29 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in win
    Derrick Favors had 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks on 3-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-9 free throws and all signs are pointing to big things from Favors this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:52 pm
  • Blake Griffin, CP3 get the night off
    Blake Griffin and Chris Paul will both be rested on Tuesday night.

    Advice: Nothing to see here, folks. It's simply a preseason day off. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:10 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

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