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  • Kawhi Leonard sets two-game steal record.
    Kawhi Leonard is the first player with at least 30 points and five steals in each of his first two games of a season.

    Advice: Per the Elias Sports Bureau: Over the last 25 years, only two other players had back-to-back games with at least 30 points and five steals at any point in any season: Allen Iverson in February 2002 and Eddie Jones in December 2002. Leonard has been absolutely unstoppable on both ends of the floor to start the season. 35 minutes ago
  • Sixers exercise team option on Nik Stauskas
    The Sixers have exercised their 2017-18 team option on Nik Stauskus.

    Advice: Stauskas, who was picked eighth in the 2014 draft by the Sacramento Kings, will make $3.8 million next season. Stauskus has been a bit of a disappointment over his first two years in the league, and there were even some rumors circulating that the Sixers were considering waiving him this summer. However, that has been put to rest now and Stauskas will be a part of Sixers rotation going forward. He played well on opening night, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds. Today, 6:21 am
  • Jason Smith returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Cristiano Felicio returned to action on Thursday October 27. Today, 12:40 am
  • Austin Rivers plays 26 minutes off bench
    Austin Rivers played 26 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal off the Clippers' bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-3 from downtown, but the minutes were encouraging. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues right now, but if Chris Paul suffers and injury, he could become a hot waiver-wire pickup. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • J.J. Redick struggles in start for Clippers
    J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-5 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds and one assist in Thursday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He was quiet all night, made a little noise in the fourth quarter, and then missed a free throw that probably cost DFS owners some money. He's a career 89 percent free throw shooter, so the miss was a little surprising. Jamal Crawford is clearly his back up at this point, so expect Redick to be better next time out. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Chris Paul plays well against Damian Lillard
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-19 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Thursday's tough win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He also only had one turnover, which was impressive given how much he had the ball in his hands. CP3 got the best of the Damian Lillard tonight and there's a reason you drafted him in Round 1 of your fantasy draft. He looked very good tonight. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 6, misses 8 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-10 free throws on his way to six points, 12 rebounds, a block and five fouls in Thursday's win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Hmmm. It was hack-a-Jordan time late in the game and he got benched because of it. And his scoring, rebounds and blocks were not very inspiring. However, if you watched the game, he was extremely active and looked much better than his stat line. He's going to flirt with the league lead in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks, so don't read too much into this line. Nor the fact that he was basically outplayed and dominated by Mason Plumlee. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Blake Griffin lights up PDX for 27 & 13
    Blake Griffin looked fantastic on Thursday, hitting 9-of-22 shots and finishing with a 3-pointer, 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He had a quad issue coming into the season but it's clearly behind him. He was also extremely active and the one block he had was an impressive one. Much respect to Griffin for getting his early struggles at the free throw line corrected, and the vibe he's giving off is that he's setting up for one of the best seasons of his career. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute invisible starter for Clips
    Luc Mbah a Moute started at SF for the Clippers on Thursday and missed both his shots, scored one point and played just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He was awful as a starter last season and we've seen nothing that would suggest that will change this year. Ignore him until further notice. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 10 in 32 minutes
    Allen Crabbe hit 3-of-7 shots and finished with 10 points and four rebounds in 32 minutes in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Crabbe had 18 points in Tuesday's opener and the minutes were there tonight. If you're holding a guy like Evan Turner and want to drop him for Crabbe, it makes a ton of sense right now. Crabbe wasn't great tonight, but the minutes are there, his confidence is on the rise, and he's going to be a key cog in the Blazers' rotation all season long. Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Evan Turner scores four points in loss
    Evan Turner hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, six rebounds and one assist in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting Tuesday and is one of the most droppable players in fantasy hoops right now. If he were starting, we wouldn't be so fast to kick him to the curb. But he's not starting, can't find his shot right now, and there are a ton of more valuable players on the waiver wire. He may get it going at some point, but it's time to turn the page and move on if you can get a hot free agent. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Kawhi becoming offensive superstar, scores 30
    Kawhi Leonard put on yet another offensive scoring clinic in a 102-94 win over the Kings on Thursday, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, five assists, five steals, one turnover and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He scored a career-high 35 points in the opener and to turn in his first back-to-back 30-point games. Leonard is basically the point guard with a ton of high on-ball screens coming to him and plenty of isolation plays like last year. His playing time could be on the rise from his 33.1 per game last year in his age-25 season and he's a lock to break his career-high 2.6 dimes per game. He is right at the top of the list for MVP candidates. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Noah Vonleh comes back to earth Thursday
    Noah Vonleh, who had 11 points, a block and a 3-pointer on Tuesday, played just 10 minutes and finished with six points, a turnover, and nothing else in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He was a hot pickup in 30-team leagues after Tuesday's performance, but Thursday brought us all back to reality. if the production isn't enough of a reason to be concerned, the 10 minutes should seal the deal. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Damian Lillard double-doubles in 36 minutes
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-24 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers before fouling out of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Lillard was his usual great self but didn't have enough for Chris Paul and the Clippers. There's not much more to say, other than that he should be in your lineup every time he's on the court. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Moe Harkless bounces back with 23 & 8
    Moe Harkless bounced back from Tuesday's scoreless game with 23 points, eight rebounds and a 3-pointer on 10-of-15 shooting on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He's going to be pushed hard for his starting job by Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner, but after this performance, Harkless' job should be safe for now. And if you were planning on benching him next week, you might want to think again. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Al-Farouq Aminu goes 0-for-6 shooting
    Al-Farouq Aminu missed all six of his shots and finished Thursday's loss with just one point, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He had nine points and four boards in Tuesday's opener and played 25 minutes on Thursday. Moe Harkless bounced back for a pretty big game after fizzling on Tuesday, which had a negative impact on Aminu's night. He's a borderline deep-league player to own right now. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons gets just 18 minutes
    Jonathon Simmons played 18 minutes against the Kings on Thursday with five points, two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers.

    Advice: Well, coach Gregg Popovich was up to his old tricks. Pop went with smaller lineups against the Warriors and bigger lineups against the Kings. Simmons still was very impressive and has clearly added a lot to his game, but being the fifth man off the bench in this game is a tough pill to swallow. There will be big games mixed in, but his new fantasy owners can consider unloading him when an irresistible free agent pops up. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Mason Plumlee holds own vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but played very well tonight. The assists were especially impressive and it's becoming clear he's one of the best passing big men in the league. He played just 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Jazz, finishing with two points and one rebound, but we're hoping you didn't give up on him too quickly after tonight's bounce back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon comes alive in 24 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon was terrific against the Kings in 24 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was awesome on defense and pulled down four important offensive boards. This game comes after a 17-minute, two-block game in the opener, so it's not too high on the fluke scale. Coach Gregg Popovich is the king of situational roles and he may have found his defensive center. Pau Gasol was torched throughout this game and played just 21 minutes. There will be games in which Dedmon falls off, but he should have a game like this one every three or four outings. If you need a big with boards in a 14-team league, give him a look. A DFS takeaway here is that Dedmon may be a sneaky play against elite scoring big men. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 37-16 line vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins was a busy man during a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 37 points with 16 boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was the first game at Golden 1 Center and fittingly Boogie scored the first bucket. Cousins put his entire offensive repertoire on display, making 10-of-22 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. Last season's usage rate leader will have a tough time repeating due to some of his competition having larger roles this year, but Boogie will be among the league leaders in points, boards, minutes and overall usage. He did also tweak his left ankle and get hit in the nose, but he only missed one possession combined from these issues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Matt Barnes gets 27 minutes vs. SA
    Matt Barnes played 27 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with three points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did look to be dealing with his rib injury from the preseason based on his facial expressions. Barnes is not going to get a ton of shots in this offense, but he's shown he can post some steals, boards and treys. He'll have some low-end value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Ty Lawson gets 36 minutes
    Ty Lawson played 36 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with seven points, four rebounds, nine assists, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: That's two games with 36 minutes for Lawson to start his season. Lawson looks much quicker than he did last year and he does have some good rapport with DeMarcus Cousins. He's still going to have to continue his strong play to keep consistent minutes once Darren Collison comes back. Lawson should still get a lot of run in the next six games. Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 17 points in loss
    Rudy Gay made 3-of-10 from the field and 10-of-12 from the line for 17 points against the Spurs on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a little wild tonight and forced a lot of shots. Gay had an embrace with coach Dave Joerger after he checked out and walked to the bench in the third quarter. The rumors will surround Gay for his entire time in Sacramento, but the Kings should play him a lot to help keep his trade value higher. For what it's worth, he was in the intro video for the new arena. Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Dwyane Wade makes four treys, scores 22
    Dwyane Wade looked like a spot-up specialist in a 105-99 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Wade made a grand total of seven 3-pointers last year, so clearly all that work in the offseason is paying some early dividends. He caught guys like Avery Bradley by surprise and was wide open for most of his six attempts. The league will probably make an adjustment here, but he looks like he'll have 3-pointers worked into his arsenal. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo struggles with his shot
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-9 from the field for four points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He probably shouldn't even shoot the ball nine times with the other scorers around him. Rondo should be able to flirt with double-digit dimes, he could be top-10 in steals, and he'll be a plus rebounder for a guard, but that's about it. He'll also hurt you in percentages and turnovers. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute listed as starter
    Luc Mbah a Moute is listed as the starter for the Clippers against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He wasn't locked in as the starter, but he was the favorite to get the job. Mbah a Moute is usually in the bottom five for usage rate among starters, which should be the case again. He doesn't have much value. Expect to see a host of Clippers to see minutes at the three. Yesterday, 7:22 pm
  • Jason Smith good to go
    Jason Smith is available to play on Thursday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He saw some starts at power forward while Markieff Morris was out, but he'll slide over to center with Ian Mahinmi (knee) out. Smith won't have much value. Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins likes Dave Joerger
    DeMarcus Cousins said coach Dave Joerger has "been great."

    Advice: "I like him and he likes me," Cousins said. "I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best." Cousins had a fantastic preseason and kicked off his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-point game on just 10 FGAs against the Suns on Wednesday. He looks like he'll have a step forward this year. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Dwyane Wade expects to play 30-32 mins Thurs
    Dwyane Wade said he expects to play 30-32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade and head coach have both previously spoken about managing the 34-year-old's workload, so 30-32 minutes sounds about right. While Wade is worth a start in standard fantasy leagues, owners shouldn't expect production that resembles that of an in-his-prime D-Wade. Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • Rudy Gay scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Rudy Gay racked up 22 points in 33 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 9-of-15 from the field with four blocks, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Trade rumors have swirled around Gay this offseason, due partly to his declaration that he'll opt out of his contract next summer. Those distractions didn't affect him tonight, though, and more importantly his Achilles injury seems to be in the rearview. So far, so good. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 pts in 25 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 12-of-16 FTs, to go along with six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Cousins did his damage in just 25 minutes tonight, and his interior play was simply too much for the Suns' frontcourt to handle. DMC attempted 10 or fewer shots just four times last season, and it's not something we expect to see very often with coach Dave Joerger determined to run the offense through him. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Ty Lawson plays 36 minutes in opening victory
    Ty Lawson started at PG in the Kings' season-opener, notching nine points, seven assists, six rebounds, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in the road win.

    Advice: He played 36 minutes and should maintain a similar role until Darren Collison returns from his eight-game suspension. Once DC is back, however, it's hard to see how Lawson could earn enough minutes to be an asset in 12-team leagues. Wednesday, 9:49 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) scores 14 pts w/ extras
    Matt Barnes (ribs) looked great in his Kings debut, coming off the bench for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran also had a minor knee injury recently, but his status for the opener was never truly in doubt. Based on the evidence from opening night, Barnes will serve as the Kings' sixth-man this season -- as long as he's playing 25+ minutes per night, he's worth a long look in most fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Nik Stauaskas sighting
    Nik Stauskas scores 13 points with four rebounds, one assist and no turnovers in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: We'd say he was inconsistent last year, but that's even a stretch for a guy who couldn't string two games together. The 76ers do have some minutes up for grabs at shooting guard, but we'd really have to see Stauskas run hot for a week before suggesting him as a pickup. Wednesday, 8:57 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He is good to go, according to coach Dave Joerger. Barnes played some four minutes and that should happen quite a bit in this matchup. He's still not a great fantasy option, but he's gone on terrific runs before and Joerger likes him. Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard wanted to get to the line
    Kawhi Leonard studied film this offseason on how to get to the line.

    Advice: It obviously showed on Tuesday with the MVP candidate setting a career-high 15 makes. "I’m just starting to feel it and get a rhythm," Leonard said. "As it keeps going, I am getting better at it." Manu Ginobili said Kawhi's new additions are "Harden-like" and the refs seemed to agreed on Tuesday. Leonard is going to be a fantasy monster, but you knew that. Wednesday, 12:52 pm
  • Popovich says Leonard 'more hungry to score'
    Gregg Popovich said that Kawhi Leonard is "more confident, more aggressive, [and] more hungry to score than in the past."

    Advice: "He basically tells me what he wants to do now," Popovich said of Leonard. "He’ll take the ball. He’ll send the screener away. He’ll decide if he wants to go one-on-one with no screen, no pick. He is much more demonstrative, looks for his shots more. He knows he has a green light." This was made painfully evident when Leonard torched the Warriors' for a career-high 35 points in his regular-season debut on Tuesday, and he looks all setup for another fantastic season as the face of the Spurs franchise. Wednesday, 10:23 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says playoffs are the goal
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his only goal this season is to get the Kings into the playoffs.

    Advice: "I have one goal, that’s playoffs," Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. "That’s success for me right now." Through six years of NBA experience, DMC has yet to sniff the playoffs, and it would be surprising to see this Kings team break that trend. Cousins is sure to have another stat stuffing season, but cutting down on the turnovers will be key to improving his value in 9-cat leagues. Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Jonathan Simmons impresses in opener
    Jonathan Simmons came off the Spurs' bench and went off for a career-high 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wow. We have our first real surprise of the young season and Simmons will be a hot pickup in fantasy. "He was the spark that gave us that lead," Manu Ginobili said of Simmons. "He was outstanding." The 3-pointers were also a career high and he was terrific at moving the help defense to open things up. If you don't think the guy you'll cut will be a top pickup, go get Simmons and hope that this wasn't a fluke. Tuesday, 10:48 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard scores career-high 35
    Kawhi Leonard hit 10-of-21 shots and 15-of-15 free throws on his way to a career-high 35 points, five rebounds, three assists and five steals in Tuesday's surprising blowout 129-100 win over the Warriors.

    Advice: Leonard is a freak and had the ball in his hands on nearly every possession tonight. If you had the No. 7 pick in your draft and ended up with Kawhi, things are sure looking up right now. But just keep in mind that he plays for Gregg Popovich, who may not turn him loose like this on a nightly basis. And now might also be a good time to remind everyone that the Pacers traded Leonard as a rookie - for George Hill. Tuesday, 9:59 pm
  • Evan Turner struggles in debut Tuesday
    Evan Turner struggled in his Blazers debut vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • Allen Crabbe scores 18 points off the bench
    Allen Crabbe scored 18 points off the bench on Tuesday vs. Utah, hitting 6-of-10 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: He had the hot hand tonight and the Blazers rolled with him down the stretch. Crabbe added three rebounds and three assists, and he also saw more minutes (29) than starting small forward Moe Harkless (22) and Evan Turner (26). He's going to be hard to trust with so many mouths to feed on Portland's deep roster, but Crabbe has some serious talent and is worth putting on your radar. Tuesday, 9:44 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Noah Vonleh scores 11, hits 5-of-5 shots
    Noah Vonleh hit all five of his shots vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, one block and one triple in 16 minutes.

    Advice: He wasn’t expected to be in the rotation a few weeks ago, but he earned a role with a very strong preseason. Vonleh showed a smooth touch on his jumpers tonight and he made a strong case for more minutes. The Portland frontcourt is very crowded, so deep-league owners can simply just keep an eye on him. We'll let you know if his role grows. Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • Lillard drops 39 w/ six dimes, four treys
    Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) practices in full
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) went through a full practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll more than likely be available for Chicago's regular-season opener against Boston, but whether he actually takes the court is another issue entirely. Leave him on the wire. Tuesday, 12:29 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons (calf) will play Tuesday
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) is good to go for San Antonio's regular-season opener against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll help fill the void with Danny Green (thigh) on the sidelines, but Kyle Anderson will be picking up most of the two-guard minutes. Simmons can't be relied upon in standard leagues. Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Ty Lawson expects to play 30-40 mins a night
    Coach Dave Joerger told Ty Lawson he is expected to play 30-40 minutes in the first eight games of the year.

    Advice: The Kings waived Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins from the roster on Monday, indicating that they have plenty of faith in Lawson running the show until Collison returns from suspension. If you drafted Collison, you may want to scoop up Lawson off waivers where available. Lawson might also be an enticing play in daily leagues early in the season. Monday, 3:44 pm
  • POR picks up options on Vonleh and Napier
    Portland has exercised their fourth-year team options on Noah Vonleh and Shabazz Napier.

    Advice: Neither guy is expected to make an impact in standard fantasy leagues this season. Monday, 9:18 am
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) doesn't practice Sun
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He's still dealing with some swelling in his throat, but it would be surprising if he weren't able to go by opening night. Felicio will have a very limited role behind Robin Lopez this season, so you'd have to be in an insanely deep league to look his way. Sunday, 12:24 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) practices Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran expects to be available for the season opener. Even though he's likely to start at small forward, there is absolutely no fantasy value in any format to be seen here. Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Cristiano Felicio (neck) gets a DNP Saturday
    Cristiano Felicio (neck) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The big man was elbowed in his throat last game, so the Bulls decided to give him a rest. It doesn't sound serious and there are no indications that he's in danger of missing more time moving forward. Saturday, 12:24 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons will be ready for opener
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) promised that he would be ready for the season opener on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Danny Green (quad) is expected to miss a few weeks of action, so Simmons could also be in the rotation. Coach Gregg Popovich previously said that Simmons could miss "days" with his injury, but it sounds relatively minor. The Spurs will use a committee approach to replace Green's minutes, so guys like Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Patty Milles could get a slight bump. For now, Simmons doesn't belong on most fantasy rosters. Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard has another strong preseason
    Kawhi Leonard scored 15 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: That's a wrap for his preseason and he obviously dominated. In his five games, Leonard averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 boards, 2.2 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.6 treys in just 22.2 minutes per game. He's an elite option and should be coming off the board in the same neighborhood as Karl-Anthony Towns. Friday, 9:44 pm
  • Simmons could miss 'days' with injury
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Jonathon Simmons (calf) could miss "days" with his injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he could be ready to start the season. If he can make it back before Danny Green (thigh), Simmons could be in the rotation. Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute limited in practice
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He has a right knee contusion, but he's fully expected to be ready to start the season. Mbah a Mouse could start for the Clippers, but he's coming off a tiny 9.3 usage rate last year. There is not enough upside to draft him almost anywhere. Friday, 11:18 am
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Rondo was rested during Chicago's last game, but he'll be back in action tonight. For what it's worth, Fred Hoiberg said he still has not decided on the official starting lineup, but he'll be making a decision after an inter-squad scrimmage that will take place on Sunday or Monday. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • OKC, SAC seriously discussed Gay-Payne swap
    The Kings and Thunder reportedly were in serious discussions regarding a Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne (foot) deal, but talks fell apart when Payne broke his foot in September.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time until Gay is wearing a different jersey, but the uncertainty of his next destination makes him a risky mid-round target. For what it's worth, the Kings have consistently expressed interest in Ricky Rubio, but it's unclear if they could put together the assets to make that deal appealing for the Timberwolves. Depending on what the Kings get back, Matt Barnes could see a nice boost in value with the departure of Gay. Thursday, 11:54 am
  • Mbah a Moute (knee) doesn't practice Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) sat out Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute is simply dealing with a bruised knee, and head coach Doc Rivers expects him to be fully recovered in the next day or so. Mbah a Moute will likely shuffle in and out of the starting five this season based on matchups, but his fantasy value will remain non-existent regardless of how he enters the game. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Rudy Gay trying to ignore trade rumors
    Rudy Gay said he is trying to ignore trade rumors and focus on the regular season.

    Advice: Gay has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, but the 30-year-old said he's trying to ignore rumors as best as he can. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings," Gay said. "I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Gay is already a risky mid-round fantasy pick and a potential trade makes him even more risky as he could see his value go down in a new location. Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • Lawson scores five points on 1-of-6 shooting
    Ty Lawson scored five points on 1-of-6 shooting (a 3-pointer) vs. the Clippers on Tuesday, adding four assists, two rebounds, three steals and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The Kings brought him off the bench behind Garrett Temple, so maybe he's not a lock to open the season as the starter -- Darren Collison is suspended for the first eight games. Lawson is already on thin ice with the Kings after missing a team flight on Friday, but the Kings aren't going to suspend him for now. A timeshare right out of the gate with Temple is possible, so this is a tricky situation for fantasy owners. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Rudy Gay held to six points Tuesday
    Rudy Gay was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rumors are starting to get to him. Gay had a nightmare showing, turning the ball over six times with four boards, three assists and three steals. He's going to be the starting SF this season, but the Kings can't wait to trade him -- Gay already informed the Kings that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season. He's a risky mid-round pick this season and a trade might not help his value. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Chris Paul hands out eight assists in return
    Chris Paul (thumb) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Kings and looked solid, scoring eight points with eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-6 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line, and his sprained left thumb didn't appear to be an issue tonight. Paul's numbers could dip slightly this season with a healthy Blake Griffin in the lineup, but he's still a safe first-round pick in most formats. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 18 points vs. Kings
    J.J. Redick scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Kings on Tuesday

    Advice: He was also 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and added four assists and one rebound. This is a contract year for the 32-year-old sharpshooter, so he's a nice source of 3-pointers in the middle rounds after he averaged 16.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and a career-best 2.7 3-pointers last season. Expect a small dip in production with Blake Griffin back, though. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • CP3, Redick, LMAM, Blake and Jordan starting
    Chris Paul (thumb), J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will start vs. the Kings on Tuesday.

    Advice: CP3 has a sprained left thumb, but the fact that he is playing tonight is a very good sign. The injury was never considered serious and we'll let you know how he looks after the game. Tuesday, 6:06 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) ruled out Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's likely just a minor tweak, so the Kings will hold him out as a precaution. The Kings are shopping Rudy Gay, so Barnes could have some sneaky fantasy value this season. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Report: SAC has discussed Gay deal with Miami
    The Kings have reportedly had discussions with the Heat involving a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Gay is tired of dealing with the disfunction of the Sacramento franchise, and has already informed the club that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season, so the Kings would be wise to trade him rather than let him walk away for nothing as a free agent next summer. This isn't the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Gay, so this report does have some merit. In terms of fantasy hoops, Gay could see a slight boost operating as one of the main guys in Miami, while Dragic's value would likely hold steady as he'd remain a starter in Sacramento. Collison's value, however, would likely take a hit in Miami. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Jason Smith (oblique) out Tuesday vs. CLE
    Jason Smith (oblique) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Smith is going to be backing up Marcin Gortat this season, meaning he's not going to be a realistic option in almost any setting. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Ty Lawson won't face suspension from Kings
    Ty Lawson won't face a suspension by the Kings, according to general manager Vlade Divac.

    Advice: Lawson met with Divac after missing a team flight on Friday, but Vlade said the team won't suspend Lawson. "We handle it inside [the] house," Divac said. "He got the message, and we move forward." Lawson is likely to start the first eight games of the season with Darren Collison suspended, but he'll ned to be on his best behavior going forward. Tuesday, 5:56 am
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