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  • C.J. McCollum scores 16 in 38 minutes
    C.J. McCollum hit 5-of-12 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, four rebounds, two assists and three steals in Thursday's 114-106 loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: This is becoming quite a rivalry and the Clippers did a good job of keeping CJM in check tonight. He led the team in minutes and is going to be a mini-stud all season long. He should do more offensively in the next one. 36 minutes ago
  • 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. 39 minutes ago
  • 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. Today, 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. Today, 10:20 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. Today, 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. Today, 9:00 pm
  • Jimmy Butler scores 24 points in 37 minutes
    Jimmy Butler scored a team-high 24 points against the Celtics on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

    Advice: If you were concerned about his usage rate with the new talent next to him, don't be. He had a a usage monster in Derrick Rose next to him last year, had 24.0 usage rate in the preseason, and kicked this season off with a 25.0 in his massive playing time. On top of that, the triples are a nice surprise. Butler should be a rock-solid, top-25 player in standard leagues with first-round upside. Today, 8:55 pm
  • MCW makes his Chicago debut
    Michael Carter-Williams scored five points with six rebounds, three assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer in 17 minutes in his Chicago debut on Thursday.

    Advice: He made his only attempt deep, so maybe he can turn it around as a shooter? Kidding aside, Carter-Williams is in a good spot in the second unit with some shooters around him and the length to guard multiple spots. Still, he is not worth owning in most leagues. Today, 8:34 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 25 points in loss to CHI
    Isaiah Thomas scored a game-high 25 points in a 105-99 loss to the Bulls on Thursday, adding three rebounds, four assists, two steals and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He went 2-of-6 from the line, which may have cost his team due to two big misses in the fourth. Thomas' role looks so be close to identical to what it was last year, averaging 22.2 points, 3.0 boards, 6.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.0 treys in 32.2 minutes. If he plays 82 games again, his fantasy owners should be pleased. Today, 8:24 pm
  • Avery Bradley scores 16 with five assists
    Avery Bradley scored 16 points with six rebounds, five assists and one 3-pointer in 41 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: That's back-to-back games with five assists for the former college point guard. Bradley matched his career-high 2.1 dimes per game last year, but there is little doubt he should shatter it this year. He's worked on his ball-handling and is using his crossover a lot more this year. Bradley could make a leap to becoming an early-round asset this season. Today, 8:16 pm
  • Kent Bazemore struggles on 1-of-7 FG
    Kent Bazemore hit just 1-of-7 shots (a 3-pointer) to finish with seven points, three rebounds, an assist, a steal and four turnovers in Thursday's win over the Wizards.

    Advice: Not good. He also committed his final turnover just seconds before he was pulled with the game locked up for the Hawks. Baze is part of the glue that holds the Hawks together and while tonight's line is pretty devastating for his owners, odds are good that he bounces back in the next one. Today, 7:36 pm
  • Bradley Beal held in check on Thursday
    Bradley Beal was in some foul trouble and finished Thursday's loss to the Hawks with 13 points and four assists on 6-of-12 shooting.

    Advice: He only played 24 minutes due to four early fouls and didn't hit a three, record a steal or a rebound in what can simply be called an off night. Look for him to bounce back on Sunday in Memphis. The good news is that his legs looked fine in this one, even though his game was off. Today, 7:24 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) does weight training
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) did some weight training on Thursday.

    Advice: He is still out for close to a month and it didn't help his chances for playing time with Sergio Rodriguez looking good in the opener. The 76ers won't be in a rush to bring Bayless back and it's still possible he has surgery. Rodriguez is worth owning in 12-team leagues while stashing Bayless only makes sense in deeper leagues or those with an I.R. spot. Today, 11:24 am
  • Iman Shumpert may play against Raptors Friday
    Iman Shumpert (concussion) has a good chance to play agains the Raptors on Friday, according to head coach Ty Lue.

    Advice: Shumpert is still in the concussion protocol, but Lue said there is a "great" chance he'll play against the Raptors. We'll keep an eye on Shumpert's status after shootaround on Friday, but his eventual return will lead to a decrease in minutes for DeAndre Liggins. Today, 10:19 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. Today, 9:28 am
  • Coach hoping Mike D'Antoni can double assists
    Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is hoping James Harden can double his assist total from last season.

    Advice: After averaging 7.5 assists per game in 2015-17, James Harden's coach thinks he can double that total in 2016-17. "Hopefully, he'll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year," D'Antoni said. "I hope he can average double that. He's one of the best passers I've been around." While D'Antoni's proclamation sounds a bit over the top, Harden dropped 17 dimes in the regular season opener on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of production from The Beard, but double-digit assist numbers aren't out of the question with him manning the point for the Rockets high-powered attack. Today, 6:49 am
  • Vince Carter gets 28 minutes
    Vince Carter scored three points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale said he'd use Carter as a stretch four and he did so tonight against one of the bigger frontline in the NBA. Carter should play a few extra minutes while Tony Allen (knee) is out, but he's not a great fantasy target. Yesterday, 11:42 pm
  • James Harden opens w/ career-high 17 assists
    James Harden dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding 34 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The Rockets' newly-minted point guard is on the verge of a ridiculous season, and he could vie with Russell Westbrook for the lead in both usage rate and MVP votes. He's PG-eligible in most leagues, which is a cherry on top of his already delicious fantasy outlook. The only bad news tonight is that he also committed seven turnovers, and his offensive theatrics couldn't compensate for the Rockets' porous defense. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Eric Gordon scores 19 points in 34 minutes
    Eric Gordon made his Rockets' debut on Wednesday with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting, five boards, two 3-pointers, and one steal in 34 minutes of action.

    Advice: Gordon has emerged as a starter due to Pat Beverley's leg injury, which is expected to sideline him for at least three weeks. Gordon has had his own injury problems, to say the least, but when healthy he'll be an excellent source of scoring and 3-pointers in the Rockets' system. It's worth mentioning that James Harden's total ball-dominance prevented Gordon from recording a single assist. Yesterday, 10:41 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores four in 33 minutes
    Ricky Rubio made 1-of-5 from the field for four points with four rebounds, eight assists and two turnovers in 34 minutes against the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's easy to pick on Rubio for his struggles with his jumper, but does it really matter with offensive forces in Andrew Wiggins, Zach LaVine and superhuman Karl-Anthony Towns next to him? Rubio is going to have to keep Kris Dunn at bay, but as long as he takes care of the ball and defends, he'll keep his minutes in the low 30s. Expect him to be a solid fantasy starter. Yesterday, 10:40 pm
  • Westbrook drops 32-12-9 to start post KD era
    Russell Westbrook just missed a triple-double in 36 minutes during a 103-97 win against the 76ers on Wednesday, scoring 32 points with 12 rebounds, nine assists and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Surprisingly, he only had a 31.8 usage rate, but he was a complete beast on the glass with a 29.7 defensive rebounding rate. Westbrook's usage rate without Kevin Durant has been around 40 in the past two seasons, so expect him to lead the NBA in that department to go with a slew of triple-doubles. Yesterday, 10:07 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. Yesterday, 9:49 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points w/ two 3s
    Arron Afflalo started Wednesday's win vs. the Suns, posting eight points with three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Afflalo dealt with a glute injury recently but it didn't seem to impact him tonight. The starting SG job is Afflalo's to lose, whether or not the Kings end up keeping Ben McLemore (six points in 17 minutes), but his only fantasy value comes from scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentages. Yesterday, 9:48 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. Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Victor Oladipo struggles in his OKC debut
    Victor Oladipo had a rough start in a Thunder uniform on Wednesday, scoring 10 points with five rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was wide open for most of his five attempts from deep, but he couldn't knock them down. Oladipo brought the ball up even when Russell Westbrook was on the court and eventually got it going late after a 2-of-12 start. There's no reason to panic for one of the best post-break guards last year. Yesterday, 9:44 pm
  • Hendo has a solid debut for Philly
    Gerald Henderson scored nine points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got off to a great start and even extended his shooting range with three attempts from deep. There won't be many scoring chances for Henderson to make a consistent impact in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:34 pm
  • Solomon Hill plays 27 minutes in home defeat
    Solomon Hill logged 27 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, but had only two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: New Orleans gave Hill a four-year, $52 million contract this summer, so he's obviously a big part of their plans. He's a steady defender whose role is safe with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf, but fantasy owners should view him skeptically unless his offense picks up significantly. Yesterday, 9:18 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31 points not enough
    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Avery Bradley racks up 17/9/5 & three triples
    Avery Bradley racked up 17 points, three 3-pointers, nine rebounds, five assists and one steal in 34 minutes during Wednesday's season-opening victory.

    Advice: Expectations are high for Bradley this season, and through one game he has delivered. He once again looked comfortable as a playmaker and it showed -- he exceeded five assists in just one game last season. He'll try to keep it going vs. Dwyane Wade and the Bulls on Thursday. Yesterday, 8:02 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. Yesterday, 6:01 pm
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Yesterday, 4:59 pm
  • Arron Afflalo listed as starter
    Arron Afflalo (glute) is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He's said he expected to play last week, so he'll be ready to go. The Kings have been playing Garrett Temple at mostly point guard, so they do have some depth issues at shooting guard. Still, Afflalo's ceiling isn't too promising. Yesterday, 1:19 pm
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Bazemore shooting for All-Defensive honors
    Kent Bazemore said his personal goal for this season is to make the All-Defensive team.

    Advice: "I want to be on an All-Defensive team," Bazemore said. "I think, for me, if I do that then the team will be in a great spot." It's a realistic goal for Bazemore, who is an elite defender, and he'll be looking to take another step forward in his development during his age-27 season. At the very least, Bazemore should be able to meet last year's averages of 11.6 points, 5.1 boards, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 triples per game, which was good enough for seventh-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 8:42 am
  • Shumpert going through concussion protocol
    Iman Shumpert is currently going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and there's a chance he could miss Cleveland's next two games.

    Advice: The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Orlando, but Shumpert will need to pass a series of tests and deemed symptom free if he wants to play this weekend. If he's out, DeAndre Liggins will see some increased minutes as Kyrie Irving's primary backup. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • C.J. McCollum scores 25 in win over Jazz
    C.J. McCollum scored 25 points vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, shooting 8-of-16 from the field.

    Advice: Damian Lillard grabbed the headlines with a 39-point effort, but McCollum looked phenomenal as well. He hit both of his 3-pointers, 7-of-7 from the line and added three assists, two rebounds and one steal. He certainly wasn't cheap in fantasy drafts this season, but if tonight was any indication, it looks like he was worth it. Tuesday, 9:34 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
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. Tuesday, 6:22 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
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) to miss a month.
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) is likely to miss the first month of the season.

    Advice: The team announced last week that Bayless will not have surgery on his torn wrist ligament, but did not put a timetable on the injury. ESPN's Jeff Goodman is reporting that Bayless will be sidelined for the first month of the season. With Bayless on the shelf, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will split time at point guard. McConnell is expected to be named starter, but they will both likely split minutes fairly evenly. Monday, 2:42 pm
  • Eric Gordon will start at SG on opening night
    Eric Gordon will officially be Houston's starting two-guard on opening night with Patrick Beverley (knee surgery) unavailable.

    Advice: "With me starting, I’m going to have to guard mostly the top perimeter guy and that’s fine," Gordon said. "They will have to guard me also." Beverley is going to miss at least the first 20 games of the season, and he'll likely be brought along slowly once healthy, so it looks like the starting two-spot in Houston is Gordon's to lose. While his injury history certainly is concerning, there's essentially no risk involved in targeting him as you can swoop him up during the final few rounds on draft day. Monday, 6:25 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
  • Eric Gordon scrimmages with starters Sunday
    Eric Gordon ran with the starting unit during Sunday's scrimmage.

    Advice: With Patrick Beverley (knee) set to spend the first 4-6 weeks of the year on the sidelines, Gordon looks locked and loaded as Houston's starting two-guard. While he does seem to always suffer a long-term injury at some point, he still makes for a fine late-round selection as a guy with mid-round upside. Sunday, 1:28 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) hoping to duck surgery
    Jerryd Bayless (left wrist) is hoping to avoid surgery.

    Advice: Bayless will be reevaluated in two weeks, but surgery is not off the table at this time. While the Sixers and the veteran PG are hopeful that rest and rehab will do the trick, it sounds like the possibility for him to be out for an extended period of time is very real. Philadelphia is likely going to expedite its cause to find a third-string point guard behind Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Saturday, 2:24 pm
  • MDA wants Gordon or Harden on court
    Coach Mike D'Antoni wants James Harden or Eric Gordon on the floor at all times while Patrick Beverley (knee) is out.

    Advice: We haven't seen Gordon play on the ball with great regularity since his Clippers days, but desperate times call for desperate measures. Following the Rockets game, Gordon was actually first in offensive rating this preseason and the Rockets offense has been a monster this month. Gordon has risk, but he has big upside too. Friday, 9:30 pm
  • Bradley Beal hands out 9 dimes, scores 19
    Bradley Beal ended his preseason on a high note on Friday, scoring 19 points with two rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He's never even had nine assists in any regular season game. The Wizards ran a ton of stuff through Beal for this game and he even attempted 16 shots in his 28 minutes. He's looked more comfortable as a play-maker this month and could certainly make a nice leap with talk of him taking 20 shots per game. Beal does have risk due to his bad leg, but he's still worth a pick in the later middle rounds for big upside. Friday, 6:49 pm
  • Jerryd Bayless (wrist) out at least 2 weeks
    Jerryd Bayless (sore left wrist) will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

    Advice: That officially rules him out to start the season. Bayless will not need surgery at this time and hopefully he can be cleared in two weeks. He has been a bit of a slow healer, so it's possible he misses more time. Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell will handle the PG minutes. Friday, 3:39 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dealing with illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with an illness on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to attend the pizza event in Milwaukee because of the illness. He has a few days to get well before the opener and should be ready to go. Antetokounmpo isn't going to be the "point guard" on the roster, but he'll be running the offense. His upside is massive. Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Eric Gordon resting on Friday
    Eric Gordon will rest vs. the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: He should open the season as the starter at SG, especially with Patrick Beverley possibly needing knee surgery. Gordon is averaging 15.2 points and 2.5 treys per game during the preseason and looks like a nice value pick late. K.J. McDaniels and Corey Brewer will be busy Friday. Friday, 9:16 am
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Friday, 9:05 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • MCW makes his Bulls debut
    Michael Carter-Williams scored four points in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday, adding one rebound, three assists and one block.

    Advice: He did make just 1-of-5 from the field. Carter-Williams is going to back up Rajon Rondo and should have plenty of shooters around him in the second unit. MCW is still not worth drafting in most leagues. Thursday, 9:01 pm
  • Arron Afflalo expects to be ready for opener
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) said that he expects to play in Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Suns.

    Advice: Afflalo sat out Sacramento's previous preseason game, but he described the strained glute as a minor injury, so it doesn't sound like this is an issue that will linger into the regular season. Afflalo was in an ideal situation to produce in New York last year, but only managed to put up 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He has some more competition for minutes in Sacramento, so he's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • 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
  • Gerald Henderson targeting 18-20 mins Fri
    Gerald Henderson (hip) is expected to play 18-20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson has been brought along slowly from his hip injury and he is targeting 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday. Henderson will see plenty of minutes for the 76ers to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:38 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
  • Eric Gordon scores 13 points as starter
    Eric Gordon scored 13 points with one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Rockets were launching treys in this game with 39 attempts, making just 12. Gordon attempted seven of them and figures to be chucking plenty more as the favorite to start. His downside is there due to a slew of injuries, but he's a big beneficiary of Pat Beverley (knee) not being healthy. Wednesday, 8:28 pm
  • Report: Wolves resist Ricky Rubio trade talk
    The Timberwolves are "still resisting trade overtures for Ricky Rubio," according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

    Advice: The Kings have been "the most determined of several teams" pursuing a deal for Rubio, but Tom Thibodeau is reportedly reluctant to deal his PG unless Kris Dunn proves he can handle being a full-time starter. Any team dealing for Rubio would most likely intend to start him, so even if he's traded it shouldn't spoil his fantasy appeal. Wednesday, 4:02 pm
  • Celtics expected to rest starters except Amir
    The Celtics are expected to rest Isaiah Thomas, Avery Bradley, Jae Crowder and Al Horford on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Celtics will start Terry Rozier, Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jonas Jerebko and Amir Johnson. The Celtics have looked awesome this month, leading the Eastern Conference in net rating -- Al Horford has an absurd +38.4 net rating. Thomas is a solid point guard to pick up in the early rounds. Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Vince Carter ruled out on Wednesday
    Vince Carter (left knee) will not play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Grizzlies continue to push the pace with Carter logging minutes at three positions. Carter will miss his second game, but this knee injury isn't serious. Wednesday, 11:52 am
  • Eric Gordon will start on Wednesday night
    Eric Gordon will start next to James Harden on Wednesday night.

    Advice: The Harden PG era looks like it'll be underway tonight. Gordon should also benefit greatly as a key 3-pointers specialist for coach Mike D'Antoni. While Gordon is injury prone, he's coming off a 2.5 treys per game season and could flirt with 3.0 this year. He's a nice target in the late rounds. Wednesday, 11:26 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams will play Thursday
    Michael Carter-Williams went through a full practice on Wednesday and will make his Bulls' debut Thursday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: MCW is going to play limited minutes behind Rajon Rondo this season, so there's no reason to draft him in most settings. Wednesday, 11:08 am
  • No decision made on treatment for Bayless
    The 76ers are still consulting with medical specialist regarding Jerryd Bayless' left wrist injury.

    Advice: Bayless remains without an official timetable to return, and all we really know at this point is that the results of last week's MRI were not positive, according to Bayless. T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez will continue to split minutes at the point guard slot while Bayless is sidelined, and it's looking like McConnell could be Philly's starting point guard on opening night. With no definitive timetable on Bayless, he's a bit too risky to draft in standard settings. Wednesday, 7:52 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
  • Vic Oladipo quiet in Tuesday win
    Victor Oladipo played 20 minutes and hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, four assists, a steal and three turnovers.

    Advice: We're expecting huge things from Dipo this season and while tonight's line is a little concerning, there's nothing to stop him from getting big minutes and usage for the Thunder this season. Stay the course with him. Tuesday, 8:16 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Kent Bazemore scores seven Tuesday
    Kent Bazemore's quiet preseason continued on Tuesday vs. New Orleans, as he scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, one block and one triple in 22 minutes.

    Advice: The money stats were nice, but Bazemore has only scored in double digits one time through four preseason games. He will have a similar role this season after averaging 11.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.5 3-pointers in 2015-16, but he tends to fall in drafts and should be available towards the end of the middle rounds. Tuesday, 7:22 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
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Westy, Dipo, Andre, Sabonis, Adams starting
    Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, Andre Roberson, Domantas Sabonis and Steven Adams will start vs. the Nuggets on Tuesday.

    Advice: This should be the starting lineup for the Thunder on opening night, so maybe they will treat tonight's game like a dress rehearsal. Tuesday, 4:56 pm
  • Vince Carter (knee) questionable Wednesday
    Vince Carter (knee) is questionable for Wednesday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He's likely going to be rested for the preseason finale. Carter will only be on the radar in deeper leagues if Tony Allen (knee) isn't ready for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:19 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams doesn't practice Tues
    Michael Carter-Williams did not practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still needs to go through his physical, but he should be cleared in time for Thursday's preseason game against the Hawks. That being said, the former Rookie of the Year winner is going to struggle to get meaningful minutes this season operating as Rajon Rondo's backup, so he's not a very attractive target in most setting. Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • 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
  • Jimmy Butler fares well after a few rest days
    Jimmy Butler returned to action on Monday with 15 points (5-of-11 FGs, 4-of-5 FTs), two rebounds, two assists, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He sat out the Bulls' previous two games as a precaution, but tonight was likely a preview of the regular-season lineup, with Butler joined in the starting unit by Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez. Rondo's ball-dominance and Wade's high usage have dinged Butler's upside, but he's still a lock for early-round value. Oct 17, 8:07 pm
  • Isaiah Thomas scores 19, shoots 6-of-6
    Isaiah Thomas hit all six of his shots vs. the Nets on Monday, finishing with 19 points, one steal and one 3-pointer in just 15 minutes.

    Advice: He was a combined 5-of-17 from the field in his previous two games, but got back on track in a big way tonight. Thomas did have an injury scare earlier in the preseason when he tweaked his left wrist, but he appears to be 100 percent and is still a nice pick in the early rounds. Oct 17, 7:36 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 21 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues. Oct 17, 7:16 pm
  • Delly, Giannis, Parker, Mirza, Miles to start
    Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic and Miles Plumlee are the expected starters vs. the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Malcolm Brogdon was the listed starter, but Teletovic was running with the starters during warmups. The Bucks really need Teletovic's floor spacing this season, so he's a sneaky late-round pick for his upside in treys. Giannis should be busy tonight and could see an uptick in assists with Teletovic on the floor. Oct 17, 4:04 pm
  • Ty Lawson still with the Kings
    Ty Lawson was at practice on Monday.

    Advice: So apparently the Kings didn't cut him. A video of Lawson, Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein popped up of the three partying in Las Vegas on Thursday night. Lawson then missed the team flight on Friday, but his agent said the guard received permission -- McLemore and Cauley-Stein made the flight. Lawson will have to be on his best behavior going forward. Oct 17, 1:53 pm
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Taj, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez are starting vs. the Hornets on Monday.

    Advice: This has the look of a dress rehearsal for the regular season, but it's worth noting that Michael Carter-Williams hasn't joined the team yet. The big takeaway here is that Gibson is starting at the four once again and this will likely be the lineup on opening night. As for Butler, he rested for the past two games due to some general soreness, but he's obviously fine now. Oct 17, 9:35 am
  • Bulls officially acquire MCW for Tony Snell
    The Bulls have officially acquired Michael Carter-Williams in exchange for Tony Snell.

    Advice: MCW is a questionable fit on a roster that lacks perimeter shooting, but he is arguably an upgrade over Jerian Grant. Rajon Rondo is locked in as the starter, so the move to Chicago doesn't really improve MCW's fantasy outlook. Unless you're in a points league, let someone else take a flier on him. Oct 17, 7:55 am
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