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  • Luc Mbah a Moute could play on Friday
    Luc Mbah a Moute will see some playing time on Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: He is not listed as a start and it'll be Chris Johnson again tonight. Mbah a Moute is still not a fantasy option.
    38 minutes ago
  • Khris Middleton is starting again
    The Bucks are using the same starting lineup on Friday as they did on Wednesday.

    Advice: Believe it. Well, maybe not since there is still some time for coach Jason Kidd to change his minutes. The Sixers have been one of the worst defenses in recent memory, so Khris Middleton might have some success tonight.
    42 minutes ago
  • Adreian Payne has plantar fasciitis
    Adreian Payne has plantar fasciitis and will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: This comes out of nowhere and the severity of his injury is not known. Payne was inactive on Wednesday and the team did not provide any information prior to that game. Payne won't have fantasy value this year anyway.
    Today, 2:01 pm
  • Ryan Kelly hopes to practice on Monday
    Ryan Kelly (hamstring) is hoping to practice on Monday.

    Advice: He is not going to play for the first week of the season, but it would appear he'll have a chance to play next week. Kelly may find himself in the rotation because of the Julius Randle (leg) injury, but he's not even close to being worthy of a pickup, especially with how great Ed Davis has looked.
    Today, 12:13 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Mason Plumlee likely to start on Saturday
    Mason Plumlee is expected to start again on Saturday with Brook Lopez (foot) sidelined.

    Advice: Plumlee only played 11 minutes during his regular-season debut due to foul trouble, and put up just four points and four rebounds. He'll have a tough matchup on Saturday vs. Andre Drummond, so he could be in line for another so-so game.
    Today, 10:33 am
  • Report: Anderson Varejao to sign extension
    Anderson Varejao will reportedly sign a three-year, $30 million extension with the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: Varejao's constant hustle has garnered praise from teammate LeBron James, and James has said that Varejao is one the best teammates he's ever had. Health will always be a concern for the Brazilian big man, but his ability to gobble up the boards makes him well worth owning in standard leagues. If he goes down for an extended period of time at any point this season, Tristan Thompson will be a decent pickup off the waiver wire.
    Today, 10:23 am
  • Rick Carlisle likes Chandler Parsons' game
    Rick Carlisle heaped praise on Chandler Parsons following the Mavs' lopsided victory over Utah on Thursday.

    Advice: "I like everything about Parsons," head coach Rick Carlisle said. "He plays hard; he is decisive with what he is doing... By the time All-Star break rolls around, people are going to look at him and say this is one of the best young players in the league." Parsons bounced-back from a disappointing season-opener, scoring 21 points to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, and one 3-pointer. He's going to be a primary component of the Mavs' offense, and will have plenty more games like this one going forward.
    Today, 7:50 am
  • Serge Ibaka scores 17 points in loss
    Serge Ibaka made 7-of-13 from the field for 17 points during Thursday's 93-90 loss to the Clippers, adding nine rebounds, two assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, we're finally going to get to see what kind of offensive game he has. Ibaka had a career-high 12.1 shots per game last season, but much of that was as a catch-and-shoot guy, but now he might have to create his own shot. Regardless, he'll be a first-round asset in nine-cat leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:26 pm
  • Andre Roberson has a quiet game
    Andre Roberson scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is going to get shots because there is basically nobody else. Roberson is not even close to the caliber of waiver-wire pickup that Perry Jones is, but feel free to give him a look in deep leagues.
    Yesterday, 11:14 pm
  • Wright puts a nice line in 20 minutes
    Brandan Wright scored 14 points in 20 minutes on Thursday with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two blocks.

    Advice: He almost doesn't miss from the field and garbage time wasn't a huge factor with none of his field goals coming in the last six minutes of the game. Wright will have low-end fantasy value because he will likely see time in the high teens most nights.
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 21 in win
    Chandler Parsons bounced back from a stinker in the opener with a 21-point game against the Jazz on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He just couldn't get his shots to go down in the opener and was much better tonight, making 8-of-16. Parsons is going to be heavily involved in the offense, which figures to be among the league's best for points and overall fantasy output. We should see more of this CP than the Tuesday version.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Waiver wire alert: Perry Jones III goes off
    Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points against the Clippers on Thursday with seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, three assists and one block in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sounds like Russell Westbrook (hand) is going to miss some time and Jones is clearly the best offensive option. He is definitely going to have some bad games mixed in, but he can add some defensive stats and should fill up the box score. Go get him.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Derrick Favors post another nice line
    Derrick Favors registered his first double-double of the season on Thursday at Dallas with 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He played just 27 minutes on Wednesday, but that was due to foul trouble. Clearly, Favors is going to be a major factor on both ends of the court and all signs point to a breakout season.
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets back in the starting lineup
    Quincy Acy started at power forward on Thursday against the Cavs and had six offensive rebounds during a win, adding eight points, four defensive rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers.

    Advice: He's always been a guy with a high motor and no other stat tells that story like an offensive rebound. Acy made most of the starts at power forward in the preseason and he might stick in that role. However, he's really only an option in deeper leagues since he won't be receiving minutes higher than the mid-20s.
    Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Jason Smith has a strong second half
    Jason Smith started the second half of Thursday's game against the Cavs and finished with 12 points, two rebounds and one turnover in 19 minutes.

    Advice: He was a lot more valuable to the Knicks than this stat line suggests, so he'll likely be starting in the next couple games. However, coach Derek Fisher changes his starting lineup more than any coach right now, so you would have to be in an extremely deep league to give him a look.
    Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Anderson Varejao scores 10 with four boards
    Anderson Varejao started at center against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It's going to be a split at the center spot, but Varejao has been a solid player to own even with minutes in the mid 20s. He is worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy and should have better lines than this one.
    Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Jason Smith starts at center in second half
    Jason Smith started in place of Samuel Dalembert to begin the second half on Thursday.

    Advice: Dalembert isn't a great offensive presence, so maybe that is why coach Derek Fisher made the switch. He's now used three different lineups to start the four halves this season. This will be a trend.
    Yesterday, 6:29 pm
  • Quincy Acy starting for Knicks on Thursday
    Quincy Acy, and not Amare Stoudemire, will start at power forward for the Knicks on Thursday.

    Advice: It took exactly one game for Derek Fisher to change the Knicks starting lineup. Amare will serve as the backup center against the Cavs, while Acy is inserted into the starting lineup for his defense. Acy is one of those players who has more real-life value than actual fantasy value.
    Yesterday, 3:40 pm
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs closing in on extension
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "nearing agreement" on a three-year, $30 million extension, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

    Advice: The two sides were reportedly close earlier in the week, and it sounds like there is a good chance a deal is done before very long at all. It will be very interesting to see how Varejao's new deal impacts the chances of the Cavs also giving Tristan Thompson an extension.
    Yesterday, 1:55 pm
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Mason Plumlee working on avoiding fouls
    Mason Plumlee said he needs to work on staying out of foul trouble after struggling in Wednesday's loss to the Celtics.

    Advice: Plumlee was in the Nets' starting rotation, but only played 11 minutes after picking up two quick fouls at the start of each half. "I picked up a couple early ones and kept fouling," Plumlee said. "I can’t do that if I want to stay on the floor." The 24-year-old has plenty of potential, but he's going to be tough to keep on fantasy rosters if he can't stay on the court.
    Yesterday, 10:42 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute rejoins Sixers
    Luc Mbah a Moute has returned from Cameroon and is back with the 76ers.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute had been in Cameroon to attend Joel Embiid's brother's funeral, but is back with the team after spending 17 hours on flights. "Dealing with Joel and that situation in Africa and long flights, knowing he had a back problem, [it would not be smart to] play him," coach Brett Brown said. Mbah a Moute should be available when Sixers play the Bucks on Friday, but he's not someone who fantasy owners should be starting.
    Yesterday, 8:56 am
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds.
    Wednesday, 11:14 pm
  • Serge Ibaka goes for 10-8-4 in loss
    Serge Ibaka had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks on 4-of-11 shooting Wednesday, and also hit a 3-pointer.

    Advice: You drafted him for boards and blocks, and while he wasn't a monster tonight, he was effective. He should have a big year for the shorthanded Thunder.
    Wednesday, 11:12 pm
  • Derrick Favors drops huge line against HOU
    Derrick Favors (knee) stuffed the stat sheet against the Rockets on Wednesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and four blocks in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-10 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line, as well. Favors had more plays drawn up for him in coach Quin Snyder's offense and all the pre-season hype seems to be for good reason. Excluding some free throw shooting issues, Favors is going to be awesome this season.
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • Mason Plumlee gets in foul trouble
    Mason Plumlee picked up some early fouls and played just 11 minutes in his start against the Celtics on Wednesday, scoring just four points with four rebounds and two blocks.

    Advice: If he's going to remain in the starting lineup, he'll have to cool it with the fouls. Plumlee may have been close to 30 minutes tonight based on his preseason and how he finished the regular season, so tonight was a major letdown. He should be better his next time out, but isn't a must-own player.
    Wednesday, 7:25 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 17 in start for MIL
    Khris Middleton started at small forward on Wednesday and had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block on 7-of-15 shooting in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It was a little surprising to see Middleton start, but he played well and got a lot of run. If he can hold onto the job and continue to play well, he'll be worth a pick up at some point. But the Bucks rotation will likely be a mess for some time, and consistency will be an issue for many of their players.
    Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Jason Smith to come off Knicks' bench Wed.
    Jason Smith will come off the bench for the Knicks in Wednesday's season opener, with Amare Stoudemire and Samuel Dalembert starting in the frontcourt.

    Advice: It's an open question whether Stoudemire's knees will hold up with a starter's minutes, so Smith should still see plenty of work as a backup PF/C, especially with Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) on the shelf. He's a nice real-world addition for New York, but his upside is too limited for use in most fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Khris Middleton to start at SG for Milwaukee
    Khris Middleton will start at SG for the Bucks in Wednesday's opener vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Whether he'll keep the job is anyone's guess, as guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo and O.J. Mayo are threats to his playing time, and coach Jason Kidd's rotations have been opaque since he took the reins in Milwaukee. Middleton is worth a look as a late-round option, especially if you need 3-pointers or steals, but don't cut a reliable player to get him.
    Wednesday, 2:43 pm
  • Derrick Favors is ready to go on Wednesday
    Derrick Favors (knee) went through shootaround on Wednesday and will play against the Rockets.

    Advice: He already announced he's 100 percent and will be ready to roll. The Rockets will actually have to deal with an interior presence tonight after taking care of business at Staples Center on Tuesday. Favors does get a matchup against Dwight Howard, so he might not start quite as fast as we hoped.
    Wednesday, 11:56 am
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (back) out on Wednesday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (back) is out for Wednesday's game against Indiana.

    Advice: He has been struggling with a back issue for about two weeks know but coach Brett Brown expects him back for their home opener on Saturday. Mbah a Moute can be safely ignored in almost all fantasy leagues. Hollis Thompson will draw the start at small forward on Wednesday.
    Wednesday, 9:59 am
  • Mason Plumlee to start on Wednesday
    Mason Plumlee will start on Wednesday vs. Boston with Brook Lopez (foot) out.

    Advice: Plumlee has an excellent chance to rack up stats in as many minutes as he can handle Wednesday. He is definitely worth picking up considering the injury history of Brook Lopez, and the lack of depth in Brooklyn's frontcourt.
    Wednesday, 7:55 am
  • Chandler Parsons: "I've got to be better"
    Chandler Parsons said that "I've got to be better" after a disappointing performance against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: It is going to take some time for him to gel with his new teammates so he deserves a pass on this one. Only four times during his three seasons with the Houston Rockets did Parsons make two or fewer field goals on 10 or more attempts, so Parsons should bounce back quickly. On a positive note, he didn't appear limited by his knee which is a great sign moving forward.
    Wednesday, 7:12 am
  • Mason Plumlee expected to see big minutes
    Mason Plumlee is expected to see big minutes on Wednesday, even if Brook Lopez (foot) suits up against Boston.

    Advice: Lopez is still considered doubtful so Plumlee makes a lot of sense as an excellent fantasy option in the short-term. Considering the injury history of Lopez, and the declining Kevin Garnett, Plumlee has a great chance of receiving big minutes this season and is definitely worth an extended look.
    Wednesday, 6:31 am
  • Andre Roberson to start at SG for OKC
    Andre Roberson will start at shooting guard for the Thunder on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: He's a defensive specialist, and unless you're in a 20-30 team league, he doesn't offer a lot of fantasy value right now. He's been dealing with an ankle injury, but is good to go for the opener.
    Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Brandan Wright solid in 18 minutes in opener
    Brandan Wright opened the 2014-15 season with six points, five rebounds and one block in 18 minutes, as the Mavs lost by one point to the Spurs in San Antonio.

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

    Advice: It was a rough night for Parsons as he simply couldn't get anything going. He didn't have the ball in his hands a lot tonight and failed to register a single assist. The only positive his owners can take from this game is that he did not appear to be limited by his knee Tuesday, and he will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. Utah.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Ryan Kelly (hamstring) likely out first week
    Byron Scott said that he doesn't expect Ryan Kelly (hamstring) to be available for the first week of the season.

    Advice: Scott said he'd like Kelly to be able to practice before returning to the court, something he has yet been able to do. However, penciled into a backup role behind Carlos Boozer, Julius Randle, Jordan Hill, and Ed Davis, he's not going to see enough minutes to be considered in most leagues.
    Tuesday, 12:46 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Derrick Favors practices, probable for Wed.
    Derrick Favors (knee) practiced on Tuesday and is probable to face the Rockets on Wednesday

    Advice: He's been out of action since Friday due to soreness, but it was never considered serious and he even said his knee feels 100 percent. Favors had three double-doubles in his last five preseason games with 1.2 blocks per game in just 24.0 minutes, so big things could be coming in his age-23 season. Get him in your lineup.
    Tuesday, 12:03 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute ruled out for Weds opener
    Luc Mbah a Moute (back) will miss Wednesday's season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Sixers head coach Brett Brown said he is unsure of who will start in Mbah a Moute's place, but K.J. McDaniels would seem like the logical choice to step into the Sixers' small forward spot. While Mbah a Moute shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters outside of deep leagues, this could accelerate McDaniels' progression as a breakout player.
    Tuesday, 10:12 am
  • Parsons (knee) goes through full practice
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through a full practice on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Parsons is fully expected to suit up for the regular-season opener, and he's going to be a big part of Dallas' offense. He's coming off a season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals, and he should have no problem returning to those numbers during his first season with the Mavs.
    Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice Monday
    Derrick Favors (knee) did not practice on Monday, but he remains probable for Utah's season opener vs. the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He just has some minor knee soreness, and we'd be shocked if he didn't suit up Wednesday. Favors is a breakout candidate, and will look to build on last season's averages of 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.
    Monday, 3:08 pm
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy.
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Report: Varejao, Cavs talking new contract
    The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "engaged" contract extension talks, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Despite Varejao's name popping up in trade rumors often in previous seasons, this is an unsurprising development. Varejao, 32, is a favorite of LeBron James, and has always expressed a desire to remain with the Cavs for the long haul. How this plays out could impact the future of Tristan Thompson in Cleveland.
    Monday, 6:03 am
  • Mason Plumlee encouraged to live in the paint
    Mason Plumlee said he's ready to take open jump shots from "15 feet and in," but coach Lionel Hollins would prefer to see him anchored in the paint.

    Advice: "I'd rather for him to never shoot a jump shot," Hollins said. "I want him to be more comfortable in the post making moves. He has good footwork, he's quick, jumps well and has a nice jump hook with his right and left hand." Plumlee took 96 percent of his shots within eight feet of the rim last season, so we're not expecting many mid-range jumpers.
    Sunday, 5:18 pm
  • Ryan Kelly out Tuesday w/ strained hamstring
    Lakers F Ryan Kelly's strained hamstring will prevent him from playing in Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Kelly joins a pile of injured Lakers that includes Xavier Henry (knee), Nick Young (thumb), Wayne Ellington (concussion), and of course Steve Nash (nerves). Kelly's absence shouldn't impact most fantasy owners, however, as his role under coach Byron Scott is too limited to be worth owning in standard leagues.
    Sunday, 1:12 pm
    7:30 pm vs LAC
  • Chandler Parsons (sore knee) practices Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through most of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons banged knees with Luke Ridnour during Friday's exhibition but he should be fine for the Mavs' season opener. He's coming off a stellar performance, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes, giving him momentum as he enters the 2014-15 season a big part of the Dallas offense.
    Sunday, 11:13 am
  • Derrick Favors (sore knee) not practicing
    Derrick Favors (knee) is not practicing on Saturday.

    Advice: He just has knee soreness and there's no reason to be concerned. He is shifting to center and has already seen his assists go up in the preseason, so there are a lot of things to like the former No. 3 pick of the 2010 draft. He is a good bet to break out this season at 23 years old.
    Saturday, 12:38 pm
  • Andre Roberson doesn't practice
    Andre Roberson did not practice on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity, but we'd guess he'll be ready to start the season. Roberson is very likely to be the starting shooting guard for OKC, but he'll only have value in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 10:38 am
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season.
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Quincy Acy (wrist) returns with 8 & 10 line
    Quincy Acy (sore wrist) returned to action on Friday with eight points and 10 rebounds in 27 minutes off the Knicks' bench.

    Advice: New York was playing without Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) and Travis Outlaw (Achilles), which opened up a few more minutes for Acy in the frontcourt. Knicks president Phil Jackson recently praised Acy as a "terrific rebounder," and said the team relies on him to be "tough, quick-footed and energetic on defense at both the [SF and PF] positions." Unfortunately, his real-world value won't amount to a hill of beans in fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 7:23 pm
  • Jason Smith scoreless in 17 minutes on Friday
    Knicks PF/C Jason Smith went scoreless in 17 minutes of action on Friday, grabbing three rebounds with one turnover and no other stats to his credit.

    Advice: Backup center Cole Aldrich (three points, three rebounds in 12 minutes) wasn't too much better in 12 minutes off the bench, and neither guy has staked a convincing claim for a major role this season. Smith is the guy to target if you're rooting around for low-end value, and he at least has some upside due to solid per-minute scoring, rebounding and blocks.
    Friday, 7:22 pm
  • Chandler Parsons gets 24 points in 15 minutes
    Chandler Parsons blew up for 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 25 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday.

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

    Advice: He's only missed one game due to knee problems and that was back in 2012, so we're not concerned. Favors was a beast in his last five preseason games, averaging 13.0 points, 8.4 boards, 1.6 assists, 1.2 blocks and 0.6 steals in just 24.0 minutes. We still love him as a player to target in the late-early rounds.
    Friday, 4:25 pm
  • Jason Smith the starting power forward?
    Coach Derek Fisher hinted Jason Smith will start at power forward on opening night.

    Advice: He'd likely join Jose Calderon, Iman Shumpert, Carmelo Anthony and Samuel Dalembert. These guys haven't had any minutes together in the preseason and Quincy Acy could still get the nod. That said, there's no reason to add either guy in most fantasy leagues.
    Friday, 1:17 pm
  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez.
    Friday, 11:26 am
  • Anderson Varejao will be the starting center
    Cavs' head coach David Blatt stated that Anderson Varejao will be the teams starting center on opening night.

    Advice: This has been speculated for some time now, but Blatt officially confirmed it on Friday. This means that Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and Varejao makes for a solid late-round selection for his ability to gobble up the boards. Health will be an issue for Varejao, and if he goes down at any point this season, owners will want to immediately pick up Thompson.
    Friday, 10:30 am
  • Jason Smith looks like starting PF for Knicks
    Jason Smith will draw another start at power forward for the Knicks on Friday, and head coach Derek Fisher indicated that he will remain there for opening night.

    Advice: Smith appears to have beat out Quincy Acy (wrist), Andre Bargnani (hamstring), and Amare Stoudemire for the starting power forward job. Fisher would like to use Amare in a sixth man role, and with Acy and Bargnani not fully healthy, Smith will get the nod with the starting unit. However, with career averages of 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 0.7 blocks, Smith doesn't look like someone worth targeting in standard leagues, regardless of his role with the team.
    Friday, 9:18 am
  • Mavericks sitting everyone on Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit.
    Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Anderson Varejao to win starting center job
    Anderson Varejao is expected to win the starting center job for the Cavaliers.

    Advice: There was speculation that the team could use Tristan Thompson at center and bring Varejao off the bench, but his solid play this preseason may have all but sealed the starting spot. He continues to receive glowing endorsements from teammate Lebron James, "He’ll fight for every loose ball," James said."If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy." Health once again will be key if Varejao is to stay fantasy relevant this season.
    Thursday, 12:28 pm
  • 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.
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Quincy Acy has a sore wrist
    Quincy Acy did not play on Wednesday due to a sore right wrist.

    Advice: He started the previous four games and coach Derek Fisher said before the game he wasn't starting because he wanted to experiment with Jason Smith. Acy is the favorite to start, but it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be posting value worth using in 14-team leagues.
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Anderson Varejao falls back to earth Weds.
    Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury.
    Wednesday, 7:54 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense.
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Thunder exercise option on Andre Roberson
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Andre Roberson.

    Advice: He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Jason Smith starting at PF as experiment
    Jason Smith will start at power forward against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just an experiment after Quincy Acy started the previous four games. Smith should still get some minutes at center in the rotation, but he's not a fantasy option in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 2:55 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him.
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Derrick Favors double-doubles in win
    Derrick Favors had 12 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks on 3-of-7 shooting in 29 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He hit 6-of-9 free throws and all signs are pointing to big things from Favors this season.
    Tuesday, 7:52 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.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
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