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  • Anthony Davis returns from wrist injury
    Anthony Davis returned from his wrist injury and played 21 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 13 points with six rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: He dodged a bullet from his sprained wrist on Monday, but he's good to go. In his last four, Davis averaged 20.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 0.8 steals in just 24.8 minutes per game. Yes, he can fill a stat sheet and is worth taking at the top spot of your fantasy draft, assuming you're OK with taking a risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:16 pm
  • Eric Gordon plays 28 minutes against Dallas
    Eric Gordon played a preseason-high 28 minutes against the Mavericks on Thursday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's been over 20 minutes in each of his last five games, averaging 11.4 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists, 0.4 steals and 1.4 triples on 34.6 percent from the field in that span. Gordon does have a chance to duplicate his 15.4 points per game and 1.6 triples from last year, but there is a lot of injury risk. We'd prefer other targets in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Jae Crowder scores 14 in starting lineup
    Jae Crowder scored 14 points against the Pelicans on Thursday with seven rebounds, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He shot just 6-of-15 from the field and will come off the bench for the Mavericks. He will need a lot of things to happen to have fantasy value this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:08 pm
  • Gal Mekel scores 17 in another nice line
    Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie makes pro debut vs. Philly
    Spencer Dinwiddie looked fantastic in his pro debut during a 109-103 win over the 76ers, making 2-of-4 from the field for eight points with six assists and two 3-pointers in 16 minutes.

    Advice: Not a bad way to start at all. Dinwiddie was a lottery talent last season, but his season was cut short at Colorado due to an ACL tear and it caused him to slide to the second round. He was coach Stan Van Gundy's first pick and chances are he could get minutes if the Pistons start losing a lot of games. To be clear, he's only an option in very deep leagues as a stash guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:02 pm
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:58 pm
  • Henry Sims has some rebounding issues
    Henry Sims grabbed just one rebound in 33 minutes of action against the Pistons on Thursday, adding 17 points, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Andrea Bargnani is jealous of Sims' rebounding rate tonight. Anyway, he's still favored to start and should have some low-end fantasy value if he can keep Arnett Moultrie at bay. Moultrie might not even make the team, so Sims is worth a look late. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:24 pm
  • Roy Hibbert takes 14 shots against CHA
    Roy Hibbert made just 5-of-14 from the field for 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist, one block and four turnovers against the Hornets.

    Advice: Yes, it's an ugly shooting line and the turnovers are bad, but that's a nice usage rate, which figures to climb this season. Al Jefferson blocked him four times tonight, so the ugly line wasn't him just missing easy shots. If you miss out on blocks and are OK with an inept offensive center, Hibbert is an OK target late in your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Chris Copeland plays 20 minutes, scores 11
    Chris Copeland turned in another efficient game with 11 points on five shots from the field to go with two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer against the Hornets on Thursday.

    Advice: That's four very good games in a row out of Optimus Cope and he's gained a lot of momentum as a late-round pick. If you need a big man who make a lot of treys in the last round of a standard league, he could be your guy. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:44 pm
  • Al Jefferson blocks six shots against Indy
    Al Jefferson blocked six shots in 35 minutes against the Pacers on Thursday with 15 points, seven rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: He's shot the ball horribly this preseason, but who cares? Jefferson getting big minutes again is a huge positive and his ankle soreness shouldn't be a huge concern right now. However, he's had a lot of foot/ankle issues, so prospective fantasy owners shouldn't be too aggressive in targeting him. In other words, he's more of a mid-second pick with some risk. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:40 pm
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist plays well Thursday
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored 13 points with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal against the Pacers on Thursday.

    Advice: He actually closed his preseason campaign out somewhat nicely over his last five, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 boards, 1.6 assists, 0.6 blocks and 1.4 triples on 44.7 percent from the field and 76.5 percent from the line. All that said, we still can't sign off on picking him up even with Gerald Henderson (hamstring) hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:35 pm
  • Gary Neal ejected after horrible game
    Gary Neal was ejected for two technical fouls against the Pacers on Thursday night.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-11 from the field for six points, three rebounds, six assists and two turnovers. Neal had a big start to his preseason, but he shot just 12-of-46 (26.1 percent) from the field in his last four. He'll be a low-upside guy off the bench this season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:07 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:30 pm
  • Kemba Walker (foot) out vs Pacers
    Kemba Walker (foot) will not play against the Pacers in the Hornets' preseason finale.

    Advice: Walker is still dealing with a sore left foot. As the regular season approaches, this is news fantasy owners do not want to hear. He has missed most of the preseason with both a knee contusion and this recent foot issues. Walker's status should be monitored throughout the early portion of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 2:58 pm
  • Raymond Felton progressing to hydro pool
    Raymond Felton (high ankle sprain) has progressed his rehab to the hydro pool, according to Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle.

    Advice: Felton is beyond his original timetable of 10 days and it's starting to look like he may not be available for the start of the regular season. With Jameer Nelson locked in as the Mavs' starting point guard, Felton's fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury to Nelson. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:54 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams eyes Nov 13 return
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is planning to return to action when the 76ers take on the Mavericks on November 13, according to sources.

    Advice: This news would have the reigning Rookie of the Year missing just over a week of the regular season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about him missing the start of the season. There is a chance that the Sixers will be cautious with MCW and hold him out beyond his targeted return date, so fantasy owners with an open spot would be wise to grab Tony Wroten as a short-term fill-in. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Julius Randle wants to be the next Kobe
    Julius Randle told reporters that he wants to be the next Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, the rookie has turned things around and is thinking big. "People used to tell me I’m going to be the next Shaq," said Randle. "I said, ‘I don’t want to be the next Shaq. I want to be the next Kobe.’ I always dribbled the ball everywhere I went." Randle's fantasy value is limited as he'll play behind Carlos Boozer to start the season, but he's a player to keep an eye on if he's able to able to leapfrog the veteran on the Lakers' depth chart. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:07 am
  • Kemba Walker dealing with foot issue
    Kemba Walker (foot) is questionable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Walker was already dealing with a knee contusion, but this injury sounds a bit more worrisome with the regular season on the horizon. Kemba started Wednesday's shoot around and then told the coaching staff "My foot is killing me," before heading to the trainer’s room. While Walker's questionable tag heading into Thursday's game is more promising than if he were already declared out, this will be something for fantasy owners to monitor heading into the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:55 am
  • Brandon Jennings out Thursday vs Sixers
    Brandon Jennings (sore achilles) will miss Thursday's preseason finale against the 76ers.

    Advice: With the start of the regular season a week away, this sound like a precautionary move to keep Jennings from injuring himself further. While Jennings has plenty of talent and will produce some stellar games, potential fantasy owners need to be aware of the poor field goal percentage baggage that comes with spending a later middle round pick on Jennings. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:36 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
    Yesterday, 6:22 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 13 before being tossed
    J.J. Redick hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 13 points, four rebounds and three assists before being ejected from Wednesday's preseason win over the Suns.

    Advice: Redick argued a foul call late and got a little too demonstrative for the official's liking. He was hit with a couple quick techs and sent to the locker room. Redick was well under control and shouldn't face any harsh punishment, so look for him to be ready to roll for the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:55 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe lights it up for 27 in loss
    Eric Bledsoe hit 6-of-12 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 27 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals on Wednesday.

    Advice: He also hit 12-of-14 free throws, and looked fantastic tonight. However, Goran Dragic stunk, finishing with four points on 2-of-8 shooting, and Isaiah Thomas played just 17 minutes off the bench. This three-headed guard in Phoenix isn't going away any time soon, and while all three players are going to be worth owning, they're also going to cause a different hot hand from night-to-night. It was Bledsoe's turn in this one, while Thomas was hot coming in. Goran, you're up. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:35 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson returns from calf injury
    Rookie Jordan Clarkson returned from his calf injury and had six points, two rebounds and a steal in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-5 shots and looked great at Summer League this year, but it's still doubtful he'll be worth owning in fantasy leagues this year. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays well...off bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Julius Randle racks up 17 & 8 vs. Blazers
    Julius Randle had 17 points, eight rebounds, one steal and no blocks in Wednesday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: The Blazers sat most of their starters and Randle looked good against their bench players. He'll come off the bench for the Lakers, but tonight was a good sign for his fantasy value. Consider him late in your draft, but chances are you can find more of a sure thing to draft. He'll be playing behind Carlos Boozer (who didn't look great tonight) until further notice. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Carlos Boozer quiet in win over 'Blazers'
    Carlos Boozer hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes against the Portland B-squad.

    Advice: As usual, Boozer didn't block a shot, and it would have been nice to see him play better against the Blazers' bench (Damian Lillard was the only starter to play). Boozer is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and two steals over his last five games, but it's possible those numbers take a positive jump once the season starts. Julius Randle played well tonight, and is the biggest threat to Boozer struggling this season, but he's still worth a late draft pick in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) will return on Wed.
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) will return to the lineup on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's likely going to play more minutes at shooting guard tonight, but he made it clear he's capable of being a combo guard. Clarkson has been one of the most impressive second-round picks of the 2014 draft and could have an impact with a couple injuries to the backcourt. He's only on the fantasy map in extremely deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:56 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) remains day-to-day after sitting out Tuesday's loss to Phoenix.

    Advice: The rookie isn't a particularly appealing fantasy option, but there should be some minutes available to him in L.A.'s backcourt. He'll look to carve out a niche during L.A.'s final two exhibitions on Wednesday and Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) will play Thursday
    Spencer Dinwiddie (ACL surgery) has officially been cleared to play 18-20 minutes in Thursday's exhibition.

    Advice: Dinwiddie is an intriguing talent as a 6'6" combo guard, but he has limited appeal in re-draft fantasy leagues due to the Pistons' backcourt depth. We'll get our first look at him in an NBA game on Thursday, which is followed six days later by the Pistons' season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:22 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • J.J. Redick scores 21 points in losing effort
    The Clippers fell to the Warriors on Tuesday despite J.J. Redick's preseason-high 21 points, three 3-pointers, three assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were both resting so Redick took on a heavier offensive load, sinking 6-of-15 FGs and 6-of-7 FTs, though he failed to grab any rebounds in 33 minutes. When healthy he's a decent late-round option in 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:26 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
  • Roy Hibbert plays well vs. Wolves
    Roy Hibbert hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, nine rebounds, two steals and three blocks in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Hibbert looked good tonight and actually made half his shots. The Pacers need him to play like this on a nightly basis, and it's possible he's setting up for a bounce-back campaign this season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Chris Copeland scores 17 with three more 3's
    Chris Copeland started on Tuesday and hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points, five rebounds and three more 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's really turning it on and has scored 17, 22 and 16 points in his last three games, draining 13 3-pointers and grabbing 14 rebounds. We're still not betting that he's replaced C.J. Miles at small forward just yet, but he's at least made his presence known. The Pacers need a scorer like Copeland, and it would not be all that surprising to see him eventually unseat Miles. If you're in a deep league and need threes late, give him a close look. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:30 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lin not starting on Tuesday
    Jeremy Lin, who has missed three straight games with a sprained ankle, said he will start on Tuesday, but it's not going to happen.

    Advice: Ronnie Price will start in his place, but Lin is expected to return from a three-game absence with a sprained ankle off the bench. The Lakers are running very thin at point guard and if Lin can stay healthy this season, he's going to get a ton of minutes and production. He looks like an enticing sleeper pick once the big names are gone. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankles) ready to go vs. Phoenix
    Jeremy Lin (sprained ankles) will return to action during Tuesday's exhibition vs. the visiting Suns.

    Advice: "Ankles are finally feeling better," Lin wrote. "Excited to get back on the court tonight!" Steve Nash's ongoing sciatica pain has him questionable for the start of the regular season, and the starting PG job should belong to Lin all season regardless of Nash's health. He has enough statistical versatility to return mid-round value, and his late-round ADP makes him a solid value in most fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:54 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
  • Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
    Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 289-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

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

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:06 am
  • 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
  • Gary Neal out of nowhere for 21-9-7 bomb
    Gary Neal came out of nowhere to put up 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in Monday's preseason game against the Hawks.

    Advice: Neal has had a solid preseason but this is ridiculous. He hit 7-of-17 shots (2-of-4 from deep and 5-of-6 from the line) in his 36 minutes, and if fantasy owners in deep leagues want to bump him up their cheat sheets they can go for it. But expecting Neal to be a standard league producer when Gerald Henderson returns is still a bit optimistic. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:54 pm
  • James plays well; will sit out on Wed vs. MEM
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

    Advice: James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:06 pm
  • Henry Sims not having a great October
    Henry Sims scored 13 points in Monday's 99-88 loss to the Nets with five rebounds, one assist, one steal and five fouls in 20 minutes.

    Advice: His numbers haven't been great over his past four, making just 37.1 percent from the field with 0.5 blocks. Sims does have some decent point and board totals this preseason, but he certainly hasn't solidified his case for more minutes. Fantasy owners can look at him as a middle-class man's Zach Randolph for his output in points and boards, but there isn't a lot of upside. Plus, Arnett Moultrie isn't falling on his face either, which we thought he would. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:00 pm
  • Eric Gordon returns, looks horrible
    Eric Gordon returned from his back injury and struggled against the Wizards on Monday, making 1-of-6 from the field for three points with two rebounds in 20 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't get to the line once and was a little bashful with the ball. Gordon had back spasms last week and returned to practice on Friday. There are just too many negatives to draft Gordon in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:26 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

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

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:10 pm
  • Julius Randle thrives in second-half surge
    Lakers rookie PF Julius Randle finished Sunday's game with a strong second half, on his way to eight points, five rebounds and two blocks in just 20 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: "[Randle] has a world of talent," coach Byron Scott said after the game. "It’s about [doing it consistently]." Consistency may be hard to come by for Randle, a rookie on a lottery-bound team who has barely played with the team's starting PGs. Although he's a sketchy draft-day value in most fantasy leagues, he's worth keeping an eye on as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:26 pm
  • Carlos Boozer ties career-high w/ six steals
    Carlos Boozer tied his career-high with six steals during Sunday's exhibition win, adding 19 points, nine rebounds and one block in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Boozer made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-7 FTs, taking full advantage of Enes Kanter's defensive limitations. He looks determined to hold off rookie Julius Randle for the starting PF job and shouldn't have much trouble early in the season. Just keep in mind that once the losses mount coach Byron Scott may cede to reality and unleash Randle to Boozer's detriment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:19 pm
  • Gary Neal cooling off as Hornets' reserve
    In 21 minutes off the Hornets bench on Sunday, Gary Neal scored six points with seven rebounds, three assists and four turnovers.

    Advice: Neal was red-hot in his first four preseason games but has since gone cold, and his reality as a fantasy option lies somewhere in between. As long as Charlotte's starting backcourt is healthy, there's no reason to give him any thought in typical formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:57 pm
  • Jeremy Lin sits out again w/ sprained ankle
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out Sunday's exhibition, as expected, allowing A.J. Price to start at PG.

    Advice: Lin is likely to start at PG even if Steve Nash's nerve damage subsides prior to opening night, which seems very doubtful. He averaged 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals on a 36-minute-per-game basis with Houston last year, which should set fantasy owners' expectations for 2014-15. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 4:59 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back) expected to play Monday
    Eric Gordon (back) is expected to return to the lineup on Monday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He is easily one of the most injury-prone players in the league but it is good to see that he is healthy enough to play in this preseason game. If you want to take a flier on him, he will more than likely be available in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:45 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) nearing a return
    Spencer Dinwiddie (knee) has been playing confidently and without hesitation during the Pistons' practices.

    Advice: "Physically, he looks fine and he's got great confidence. He doesn't seem to have hesitation on anything," said Stan Van Gundy. Perhaps Dinwiddie's impending return is the reason the Pistons felt comfortable shipping out backup point guard Will Bynum in their recent trade for Joel Anthony, and it's impressive that he's recovered so quickly from ACL surgery. However, Dinwiddie will enter a very crowded backcourt rotation in Detroit, and he should only be monitored in deeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:59 am
  • Jeremy Lin's end in HOU not how he envisioned
    Jeremy Lin's exit from Houston was not how he envisioned it, but he's not bitter towards the franchise that traded him for close to nothing.

    Advice: "When I first got [to Houston], I was supposed to be the guy and they were supposed to kind of hand the torch to me," said Lin. "And I ended up getting traded away basically for nothing. Actually, they had to give up a draft pick to convince someone else to take me. Pretty much given away for nothing. Definitely not how I envisioned it." Jeremy Lin is now in a much better situation in LA, and with Steve Nash unable to stay healthy, Lin will see heavy minutes in the Lakers' rotation. He makes for an excellent late-round selection with plenty of upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:28 am
  • Brandon Jennings drops 11 dimes vs. ATL
    Brandon Jennings had his best game of the preseason on Saturday, handing out 11 assists to go with 16 points, four rebounds, two steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did shoot 5-of-13 from the field, which is his best shooting line so far this month. Jennings came into tonight shooting just 8-of-32 (25.0 percent) from the field, so his transition into coach Stan Van Gundy's offense hasn't been a smooth one. Sure, he could turn it around and this game was nice, but Jennings' bandwagon has a lot of room on it. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:54 pm
  • Gal Mekel performs well in Saturday's game
    Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • Chris Copeland launches 14 3PAs, scores 22
    Chris Copeland got the green light in the starting lineup with 14 attempts from beyond the arc, making six of them on his way to 22 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from inside the arc and made all four at the line. During the Pacers' broadcast, Copeland said the transition to small forward has been "tough" and it showed up with some poor D tonight. However, the Pacers need offense in the worst way and his 3-point shooting and size fit in nicely. At this rate, he has a good chance for minutes in the 20s, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. He'd also get a nice bump in value with David West (ankle) hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • Jae Crowder to get a look at point guard
    Coach Rick Carlisle said Jae Crowder will get a look as the third-string point guard on Saturday.

    Advice: The Mavericks are resting their team, so Crowder is behind Gal Mekel and Doron Lamb. This probably isn't going to end well. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:34 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) unlikely for Sunday's game
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is unlikely to suit up for Sunday's exhibition against the Jazz.

    Advice: He was spotted getting up some jumpers at Saturday's practice which is a good indication that he is making progress from his recently sprained ankle. We expect him to be ready for the season opener and the Lakers are just being cautious at the moment. Lin projects as a solid late-round selection as he should see plenty of minutes in LA's backcourt this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 1:25 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson (calf) likely to play Tuesday
    Jordan Clarkson (calf) was deemed likely to play on Tuesday according to coach Byron Scott.

    Advice: Clarkson injured his calf in a preseason game against the Wizards a week ago and now looks ready to return. While he has looked strong in camp, there is simply not enough playing time for Clarkson to make a dent on fantasy rosters. He is off the radar in standard leagues for the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:22 am
  • Raymond Felton still not with Mavericks
    Raymond Felton will not suit up for Saturday's matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Felton has a high ankle sprain as is expected to miss at least a few more days after suffering the injury last week. Regardless, Jameer Nelson is locked in as the starting point guard and an injury would have to occur in order for Felton to have fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 5:47 am
  • Augustin scores 21 points off the bench
    D.J. Augustin scored 21 points off the bench on Friday, hitting 6-of-13 shots (3-of-5 from deep, 6-of-7 from the line) with six rebounds, three assists and three steals in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Augustin is coming off a solid year in Chicago that re-established him in the league and he was brought into Detroit to light a fire under Brandon Jennings. Stan Van Gundy has already said he's not going to use many, if any small two-guard lineups, but if Jennings (10 points, 1-of-6 FGs, three assists, one steal, 28 minutes) starts running his own program then the coach has a reliable player to tap. To be clear, Jennings is still the clear starter with a notable edge in projected minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubles against WAS
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist double-doubled in Friday's exhibition win over the Wizards, scoring 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with 11 rebounds, two assists, four steals and two blocks in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Owners should be wary of inflated defensive stats during the garbage-time environment of the preseason, but this is undoubtedly a signal to owners to continue paying attention to MKG as he tries to find consistency. All reasonable projections keep the former No. 2 pick in deep league territory, but if he can ever get his shooting on track chances are it's going to seem like it's coming out of left field. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:03 pm
  • Kemba active in return from knee contusion
    Kemba Walker returned from a knee contusion on Friday, scoring 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting with two threes, five boards and four assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: As expected, the injury was not serious and owners can continue targeting him as a low-end No. 1 point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:59 pm
  • Neal finally cools off in Friday's win
    Gary Neal finally cooled off with four points on just 2-of-12 shooting with three assists and six turnovers in a 31-minute start on Friday.

    Advice: Neal wasn't breaking down any doors with his preseason surge but in deeper formats he has been well worth watching. He started tonight, but will come off the bench when the games start to count. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:57 pm
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) returns to practice
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) returned to practice on Friday, but he remains questionable for Monday's preseason game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Coach Monty Williams said that Gordon's status for Monday's preseason game won't be determined until Sunday at the earliest after he goes through a full scrimmage. Gordon began to experience back spasms after logging 26 minutes in Tuesday's preseason game against the Rockets, saying: "I really started to spasm up a little bit after waking up [Wednesday]. It just got a little tight, nothing serious. I’ll be fine." Gordon is about as injury prone as they come, so he's not worth much more than a late-round selection come draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 4:04 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) hopeful to play Sunday
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) is hopeful that he'll be able to suit up for Sunday's preseason game vs. the Jazz.

    Advice: The Lakers could certainly use him back, as they've been running with Ronnie Price as their starting point guard with both Lin and Steve Nash (back) on the sidelines. While Lin may not enter the season as the team's starting point guard, he still makes for an intriguing late-round selection with some upside, as there's basically no way Nash makes it through a full season. Lin should be able to offer some assists, steals, and 3-pointers to a fantasy squad, while hitting free throws at an efficient rate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 12:54 pm
  • Kemba Walker (knee) upgraded to game-time
    Kemba Walker (knee) is a game-time decision to face the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: He was ruled out on Thursday and must be feeling close to 100 percent on Friday. Walker's knee injury shouldn't be a concern and he's been fairly healthy in his career with the exception of a bad ankle sprain last year -- an unavoidable injury. Walker is a solid No. 2 fantasy point guard with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:19 am
  • Mavs shopping Gal Mekel in a trade
    The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

    Advice: He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Carlos Boozer looks good on Thursday
    Carlos Boozer played 28 minutes against one of his former teams on Thursday during a 119-86 loss, scoring 17 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals and one block.

    Advice: He's posting some decent scoring lines in the preseason, but the Lakers look lost on defense. Boozer isn't going to be a highly-coveted guy in your draft, but he should put up some nice points and boards totals. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:14 pm
  • Julius Randle dealing with blisters
    Julius Randle was dealing with blisters on his heels in Thursday's game against the Jazz, finishing with four points, one rebound, one assist and one turnover in 11 minutes.

    Advice: Coach Byron Scott said Randle could have gone back in and mentioned the rookie has to play "harder for longer." Randle was impressive in summer league, but the transition to the NBA game isn't happening right away. He's not really a target in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:10 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe looks great vs. Spurs
    Eric Bledsoe made 7-of-10 from the field for 16 points with six assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday.

    Advice: He had five shots from at least 19 feet and he made three of them, so that counts for something. Bledsoe is working on his mid-range game it's been positive so far, but he's going to be awesome on offense no matter what he decides to do. He'll put up top-40 value as long as he's healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:58 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Henry Sims bounces back on Thurs
    Henry Sims bounced back from a dud with an eight-point, 10-board game against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot 1-of-11 from the field on Tuesday and has looked pretty bad so far this preseason. Sims is still the favorite to start and could be a double-double threat, but the limited upside makes him a late-round lottery ticket. To be clear, he's still an option for owners needing a big man. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:58 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (ankle) out Thursday vs Jazz
    Jeremy Lin (ankle) will sit out the Lakers' preseason game against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: Lin started some light running, and is targeting Sunday for a return to action on the court. Resting his ankle may become an even bigger priority for the Lakers now that Steve Nash's health is already a major concern. His fantasy value jumps dramatically if he indeed takes over starting duties. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 1:14 pm
  • Kemba Walker will not play on Friday
    Kemba Walker (knee) will not play on Friday night.

    Advice: He bumped knees with Elfrid Payton on Monday and there is nothing structurally wrong. Walker led the NBA in touches per game last year, but is unlikely to repeat with Lance Stephenson also running the offense. He's a No.2 fantasy point guard. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:58 am
  • Eric Gordon (back spasms) doubtful on Thurs.
    Eric Gordon (back spasms) is doubtful to play on Thursday against the Thunder due to his back tightening up after Tuesday's game.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but there really haven't been many minor Eric Gordon injuries. He's battled countless knee injuries and he's coming off a knee surgery over the summer, so this is just another reason to target someone else in fantasy drafts. Austin Rivers will get some more run tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:19 am
  • Marcus Smart plays well off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • LeBron James goes off against Pacers
    LeBron James hit 9-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the awful playoff schedule in head-to-head leagues, LeBron is still worthy of the No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant (broken toe) will sit for at least a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Chris Copeland scores 16 off Pacers bench
    Chris Copeland came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

    Advice: Given the Pacers lack of depth at either forward position, Copeland is officially a player to keep an eye on. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues, but he could be a teammate's injury away from becoming a full-time starter. And he's playing better than some of the guys in front of him, particularly Solomon Hill. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Roy Hibbert quiet in loss to Cavs
    Roy Hibbert started and played 21 minutes, but hit just 3-of-9 shots for eight points, five rebounds, one steal and zero blocks in Wednesday's loss to the Cavs.

    Advice: Hibbert hasn't exactly blown anyone's socks off the preseason, but he simply has to play well if the Pacers are going to compete. No, we don't fully trust Hibbert, but do think he'll be a good value pick at center, as the Pacers need him to return to form. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • D.J. Augustin picks up the pace in easy win
    D.J. Augustin looked good with 16 points, four boards and six assists off the bench on Wednesday, but he's not expected to play many minutes alongside Brandon Jennings or Will Bynum this season.

    Advice: Jennings is 6'1" and Bynum and Augustin are both 6'0", which may dissuade Stan Van Gundy from going small even with Jodie Meeks (back) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) on the sidelines. "It's possible but we'd probably be as small a backcourt as you can get, without pairing Muggsy Bogues and Spud Webb," Van Gundy said. Jennings is starting at PG and there won't be enough reserve minutes available for Bynum or Augustin to have reliable fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:32 am
  • Gary Neal scores team-high 20 pts off bench
    Gary Neal scored a team-high 20 points for the Hornets on Wednesday, hitting 5-of-9 FGs and 10-of-10 FTs in support of starters Brian Roberts and Lance Stephenson.

    Advice: Kemba Walker (knee) wasn't available and the Hornets' offense fell to pieces without him. They scored 84 points on just 34.1 percent shooting, including a paltry 3-of-22 mark from downtown. They'll look to bounce back during Friday's road game in Washington D.C. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:31 am
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper: Still Ugly
    Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's jumper abandoned him on Wednesday, as he shot 2-of-8 to finish with six points, seven rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Much has been made of MKG's year-long attempt to improve his shooting mechanics, but thus far he's shooting 35.5 percent in the preseason with zero 3-point attempts. He's on pace to start at SF this year but his fantasy upside is limited to rebounds, steals and blocks. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Kemba Walker (knee) out Wed. as precaution
    Kemba Walker (sore knee) will sit out Wednesday's game after bumping knees with Elfrid Payton on Monday.

    Advice: "Probably just a few days," Walker said. "It's nothing major. It's nothing big to worry about. Just a straight knee-on-knee hit. I'll be fine." Brian Roberts will start at PG in his place, but he'll likely return to the bench vs. the Wizards on Friday. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:51 am
  • LeBron James (back) healthy, should play Wed.
    LeBron James has "no physical problems at all," according to coach David Blatt, and he's expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: LeBron's minor back pain has subsided and he should be fine on opening night. "There's no reason he won't play [against Indiana]," Blatt said. "We're just trying to manage the preseason and [find] the best possible way to get him ready." With Kevin Durant (foot) expected to miss 6-8 weeks, LBJ and Anthony Davis are now vying to be the No. 1 pick in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:23 am
  • Eric Gordon looks good in another start
    Eric Gordon started at shooting guard and hit 4-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points, three rebounds, four assists and a block in 26 minutes Tuesday.

    Advice: With Tyreke Evans currently on the shelf, EJ looks like a sure bet to start on opening night. And if he can stay healthy and productive, he should keep the job all season. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Henry Sims still looking for his shot
    Henry Sims hit just 1-of-11 shots, but also hit 8-of-8 free throws for 10 points, seven rebounds, a steal and no blocks in 34 minutes of Tuesday's loss.

    Advice: He looks to be locked into the starting lineup, and while he hit 6-of-11 shots for 17 points on Friday, he hasn't looked very good in his other preseason games. But when you need a starting center late in your draft, don't forget about Sims. He put up some very nice stat lines late last season, and should get it going again before the games start counting. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:08 pm
  • Spencer Dinwiddie hoping to play in preseason
    Spencer Dindwiddie (knee) is aiming to play in Detroit's final preseason game on October 23.

    Advice: Dinwiddie played full-speed 5-on-5 for the first time on Tuesday and looks to be close to a return from ACL surgery. Despite Jodie Meeks' recent injury, Dinwiddie's fantasy value is still limited to deeper leagues as he'll have to fight for a spot in the Pistons' crowded backcourt rotation. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:50 am
  • 76ers tried to trade Michael Carter-Williams
    According to Zach Lowe of Grantland, the 76ers "tried hard" to trade Michael Carter Williams (shoulder) during the offseason.

    Advice: "They tried hard during the draft, but they couldn’t draw the trove they envisioned or guarantee that the player they wanted with an acquired pick would be there, per several league sources," Lowe wrote in his Grantland piece. "Expect Philly to repeat the exercise." Regardless of where he plays in 2014-15, Carter-Williams is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and is a risky pick before the middle-to-late rounds of fantasy drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:11 am
  • LeBron James will not play vs Bucks Tuesday
    LeBron James (rest) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Advice: King James had previously said he expected to rest for one of the Cavs' preseason games this week, so it looks like that mystery is solved. Now that Kevin Durant is set to miss at least six weeks with a broken foot, James is set to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts. While Anthony Davis offers a higher ceiling for owners who are throwing caution to the wind, LeBron represents a much safer option for risk-averse owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Jae Crowder looking to expand game in 2014-15
    Jae Crowder is looking to expand his game beyond being a defensive stopper in 2014-15.

    Advice: Crowder has made a reputation for himself as one of the better defensive players in the league, but would like to expand his portfolio this season. "I’m trying to make plays on the other end, not just be one-dimensional," Crowder said. "I’m a much better player than just a defensive player...I’m just trying to grow my game and expand my game as much as possible." With Crowder facing a bit of a logjam at small forward with Chandler Parsons, Richard Jefferson, and Al-Farouq Aminu, there isn't much fantasy upside for the 24-year-old. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:03 am
  • Kemba Walker fine after leaving game
    Kemba Walker (knee) said he'll be fine after leaving Monday's exhibition game with a bruised knee.

    Advice: Walker left during the third quarter of Monday's exhibition against the Magic after bumping knees with Elfrid Payton and did not return to the game. "I just bumped knees with Payton," Walker said after the game. "I'm all right, though. A little sore, but I'll be all right." Walker may miss Wednesday's game against the Pistons, but fantasy owners shouldn't be moving Walker down their draft boards based on this news. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:33 am
  • Redick scores 17 points in preseason loss
    J.J. Redick scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (including a three) with two rebounds and three assists in Monday's preseason loss.

    Advice: Redick has a solid role locked down and when he stays healthy he's usually good for only a handful of absences per year. Last year he battled "noodle leg," or a back/hip injury that shelved him until the end of the year, but he looks great so far this season. He's a safe late-round pick in standard formats despite last year's games missed. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:26 pm
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