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  • Ersan Ilyasova back in action on Wednesday
    Ersan Ilyasova (knee) will play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with his knee injury since at least Oct. 15 and missed some preseason action. Ilyasova is coming off a nightmare 2013-14 season and he's 8-of-30 from the field in two preseason games. Not good. Feel free to give him a look late if you're hoping for a bounce-back campaign. Obviously, there are probably better bets to make late in your draft.
    50 minutes ago
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
    Today, 3:16 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.
    Today, 2:55 pm
  • Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza out Wednesday
    Dwight Howard and Trevor Ariza will not play on Wednesday night against the Magic.

    Advice: Dwight won't get to face his old team in the last road game of the preseason and there has been no word of his knee injury being a factor in this decision. He should be ready to go to start the season and will look to bounce back from a mildly disappointing 2013-14.
    Today, 2:41 pm
  • Cody Zeller (hand) skips contact at practice
    Cody Zeller (hand) sat out contact portions of Wednesday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear what exactly is wrong with Zeller, and for now we're leaving him off the injury report. Coach Steve Clifford said recently that Zeller needs to limit his fouls to maximize his playing time this season, and he's not worth owning while Marvin Williams is starting at PF.
    Today, 10:19 am
  • Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark
    Grizzlies waive PF Earl Clark.

    Advice: Clark didn't make a big impression during training camp and his journeyman path through the NBA will have to continue in another city than Memphis. In five NBA season, he's played for the Suns, Magic, Lakers, Cavaliers and Knicks.
    Today, 9:37 am
  • Shawn Marion expected to start at SF on Wed.
    Shawn Marion is expected to start at SF on Wednesday, with LeBron James getting a scheduled day of rest.

    Advice: The 15-year veteran produced to the tune of 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last year with Dallas, but he also averaged 32 minutes per game. His minutes will take a major hit behind LeBron James in Cleveland, dooming him to irrelevance in standard fantasy leagues. Just make a note that he'll likely start at SF if anything happens to LeBron.
    Today, 8:52 am
  • Nick Collison (ankle) back in action Tuesday
    Nick Collison (sprained ankle) was back in action vs. Utah on Tuesday, notching eight points in 11 minutes while making both of his 3-point attempts.

    Advice: The 10-year veteran has five made 3-pointers in his entire career. He has a nice jumper and the Thunder may ask him to hedge toward the arc more this season, but we're not expecting a late-career renaissance as a stretch-PF. With a 15-minute role as a blue-collar defender, screen-setter and rebounder, there's not much to like about Collison's fantasy outlook.
    Today, 7:19 am
  • Nuggets waive F Marcus Williams
    Nuggets waive F Marcus Williams.

    Advice: He was given a training-camp invite with no real expectation that he'd make the squad, and the 2007 second-round pick will have to look elsewhere for guaranteed money.
    Today, 7:03 am
  • Nuggets waive F Jerrell Benimon
    Nuggets waive F Jerrell Benimon.

    Advice: The 6'8" forward went undrafted out of Towson this summer, despite averaging 19.0 points, 11.1 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 blocks as a senior. He's likely to spend the 2014-15 season either overseas or in the D-League, putting him outside of the fantasy framework.
    Today, 7:01 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."
    Today, 6:14 am
  • J.J. Hickson (knee) plays 15 minutes Tuesday
    J.J. Hickson (knee) returned to action on Tuesday, scoring four points with two rebounds in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He took a seat after reaching his medical limit for playing time, and it's uncertain how long he'll face restrictions. The six-year veteran averaged 11.8 points, 9.2 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.7 blocks in favorable circumstances last year, and nobody needs to worry about him in standard leagues.
    Today, 6:07 am
  • Josh McRoberts not likely for finale
    Josh McRoberts is not likely to play in the Heat's preseason finale on Friday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: While McBob is out, Shawne Williams is starting at PF for the Heat, but you have to think that will end once McRoberts is healthy and gets a few practices in.
    Yesterday, 11:34 pm
  • Ekpe Udoh (ankle) struggles in 12 minutes
    Ekpe Udoh (ankle) came off the bench for one point and four rebounds in the Warriors' next-to-last preseason game on Tuesday.

    Advice: He also picked up five personal fouls in just 12 minutes of action, and L.A. has enough frontcourt depth that he's off the radar in all fantasy formats.
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Nuggets offense listless without Ty Lawson
    The Nuggets' offense was listless without Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, with Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov leading all starters with six points each.

    Advice: Denver shot 32.6 percent from the field and Lawson's absence was painfully evident, especially with fill-in PG Nate Robinson (knee) on a minute-limit. Denver will look to recover from this drubbing in their preseason finale vs. the Warriors on Friday.
    Yesterday, 9:36 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.
    Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Cody Zeller limited by tendency for fouls
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

    Advice: Zeller averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes last year and he's been even more foul-prone during the preseason. He scored 18 points in 30 minutes of action on Monday but won't get that much run very often, and he's not an option in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 4:00 pm
  • Josh McRoberts (toe surgery) still sidelined
    Josh McRoberts will sit out again on Tuesday as he recovers from toe surgery.

    Advice: The Heat have suggested that McRoberts' recovery will extend into the regular season, leaving a major gap at PF. Shawne Williams may start on opening night if McRoberts isn't ready to go, supported by Udonis Haslem, and both Luol Deng and Danny Granger have spent time as backup PFs during the preseason.
    Yesterday, 3:28 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) traveling w/ Wizards
    Paul Pierce (bruised knee) is traveling with the Wizards for Wednesday's game in New York.

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds.
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes.
    Monday, 9:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet.
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) questionable for Tues.
    Nick Collison (ankle) could make his preseason debut Tuesday vs. Utah.

    Advice: Collison doesn't offer enough to the box score to be considered a viable fantasy asset in almost any format, ignore him on draft day.
    Monday, 12:02 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) looks good in 11 minutes
    Dwight Howard (knee) shook off a slow start to finish Sunday's exhibition with 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal and two blocks in just 17 minutes vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: This was Dwight's first exhibition action since Oct. 7 but he showed minimal rust, and should be ready to go for the Rockets' season opener. Owners willing to accept his awful FT shooting should benefit from stats right around his 2013-14 averages -- 18.3 points on 59.1 percent shooting, 12.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.
    Sunday, 7:56 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) out on Sunday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will sit out on Sunday Vs. the Timberwolves.

    Advice: His ankle isn't serious and the Thunder are just going to be cautious with him considering this is just preseason. Regardless, ignore him on draft day.
    Sunday, 3:22 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds.
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • Kenneth Faried puts up 19 points vs. Clips
    Kenneth Faried scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line, so the usage rate in this game is interesting. Faried is all set for a breakout season with his strong second half and awesome FIBA outing, so don't be afraid to reach for him in the middle rounds.
    Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Jason Smith could start for Knicks
    Knicks head coach Derek Fisher reiterated that there is still plenty of competition for the starting power forward job and that Jason Smith could be in the mix.

    Advice: Although Quincy Acy has started during all of the Knicks' preseason games Fisher said, "Jason Smith has played some good minutes for us the last couple games since he’s been back and there’s no reason why he couldn't maybe crack into that [starting lineup]." If Smith were to earn a starting job his fantasy value would increase by a good margin.
    Saturday, 9:57 am
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

    Advice: Per the TV broadcast, Pierce parlayed the situation into an early shower and a head start on Friday night's activities. If you ever see him writhing around in pain, chances are he's going to emerge from the locker room and lay the hammer down.
    Friday, 6:03 pm
  • Paul Pierce will play on Friday vs. Hornets
    Paul Pierce will suit up for Friday's preseason game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts.
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • Olajuwon thinks Howard can have MVP-type year
    Hakeem Olajuwon thinks Dwight Howard is ready to have an MVP-type season.

    Advice: "I could see last year when I worked with him in camp that there were some things that he could not do. Or they were things that he did not think he could do," said Olajuwon. "The difference now is that he is fit and those doubts are gone... He should have a season that makes everyone vote for him as MVP." Howard can be a great addition to a fantasy squad that is tanking the free throw category, with solid contributions to points, rebounds, blocks, and field goal percentage.
    Friday, 12:21 pm
  • Nick Collison (ankle) will not play Friday
    Nick Collison (ankle) will not play in Friday's exhibition game vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: Collison's injury isn't serious, but he's also not a viable fantasy option in any fantasy leagues. Feel free to ignore the 10-year veteran come draft day.
    Friday, 11:58 am
  • Shawn Marion getting rest vs. the Mavs
    Shawn Marion will not play against the Mavericks on Friday.

    Advice: It's just a rest day and it's a little interesting he doesn't play against his former team. Marion is only worth a look in extremely deep leagues.
    Friday, 8:38 am
  • Dwight Howard (knee) hopes to play Sunday
    Dwight Howard (knee) is hoping to play Sunday against the Golden State Warriors.

    Advice: Howard has been dealing with a sore knee for the past week, and has missed multiple preseason games as a result. Injuries have limited Howard from the dominant force he once was, but he still carries a ton of fantasy value. He can score, grab rebounds, and block shots at an above average clip, however potential owners must be willing to sacrifice free three percentage if they draft him.
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (knee) not traveling with team
    Ersan Ilyasova (knee) is not traveling with the Bucks to Cedar Rapids and New York City.

    Advice: This could just be a precautionary measure by head coach Jason Kidd, as it was reported earlier that Ilyasova was simply dealing with soreness. His 2013-2014 campaign was littered with various injuries so potential fantasy owners may want to hold off in drafting him until his health status becomes a bit more clear.
    Thursday, 11:47 am
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active.
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova (knee) misses practice on Wed.
    Ersan Ilyasova (knee) did not practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He played 27 minutes on Tuesday and it sounds like he's just dealing with soreness. Ilyasova was a a disaster last season and a good preseason would have really helped his confidence. He had a minor knee injury back in 2013 and doesn't have any recurring issues, so he should be OK. Fantasy owners can consider him a late-round option in hopes he can return to 2012-13 form.
    Wednesday, 11:42 am
  • Shawn Marion starts in place of LeBron
    Shawn Marion started in place of the resting LeBron James on Tuesday and had 11 points, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Marion's fantasy value is going to take a big hit playing behind LeBron all season, so don't target him unless you're in a really deep draft.
    Tuesday, 8:18 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova looks better on Tuesday
    Ersan Ilyasova, now over a bout with the flu, hit 4-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 10 points and nine rebounds in 27 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's off to a rocky start again this season, but was fine tonight. We get the feeling you're going to see a different guy lead the Bucks on most nights, but Ilyasova is still an interesting late flier due to how dominant he can be when he is actually healthy and on a scoring roll.
    Tuesday, 7:27 pm
  • Jason Smith scores 14 off Knicks bench
    Jason Smith played 24 minutes and hit 5-of-10 shots for 14 points, five rebounds and one assist on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's coming off knee surgery and made his season debut tonight. He played well and should eventually challenge Samuel Dalembert for the starting center job in New York. And if it happens, he'll be worth a late look in deep leagues by owners in need of a center.
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out Tuesday vs. Pelicans
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play in Tuesday's preseason game vs. the Pelicans.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, and he'd likely be playing if this were the regular season. If you're okay with never winning the free throw category, Dwight is a solid player to own as he averaged 18.3 points, 12.2 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks on 59.1 percent shooting from the field with the Rockets last season.
    Oct 13, 12:45 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) out on Monday night
    Dwight Howard (knee) will not play on Monday against the Suns.

    Advice: It's just a sore knee and this injury shouldn't linger into the preseason. Howard has said he's returned from injury too soon earlier in his career, so he'll be erring on the side of caution this time around. Tarik Black was outstanding on Thursday and will get another chance to shine. Joey Dorsey will also get more run.
    Oct 13, 9:47 am
  • Ekpe Udoh out Sunday with sprained ankle
    Ekpe Udoh isn't available for Sunday's exhibition after spraining his ankle during pre-game warmups.

    Advice: Udoh earned a one-year, $1 million deal from the Clippers this season, but he isn't a fantasy option in a frontcourt dominated by Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes.
    Oct 12, 6:08 pm
  • Dwight Howard (knee) doubtful to play Monday
    Dwight Howard (sore knee) is doubtful to play on Monday and he may also sit out Tuesday's exhibition.

    Advice: Howard skipped Sunday's practice but his continued absence is just a precaution. The eight-time All-Star won't risk aggravating a minor injury during meaningless games but he should be ready to go on opening night. His fantasy appeal hinges on owners' willingness to punt FTs, and even then he's a less appealing option than Andre Drummond.
    Oct 12, 1:30 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) looks fine on Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) practiced without limitations on Sunday.

    Advice: His injury was never considered serious and he'll be ready to go vs. the Bulls on Monday. He just signed a four-year, $50 million extension and he'll be a major part of the Nuggets' attack this season, giving him a great chance to exceed last season's 13.7 points, 8.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocks per game. Fantasy owners will have to spend a fourth- or fifth-round pick to acquire him this season.
    Oct 12, 1:21 pm
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