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  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope plays 41 minutes
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played a team-high 41 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday during a 97-91 loss, making 5-of-13 from the field for 11 points six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made just 3-of-19 from the field on Wednesday and is off to a slow start. The good news is that he was more aggressive today and wasn't taking too many bad shots, so hopefully they start falling. Caldwell-Pope just needs his shots to fall and the opportunity for him is clearly there. His owners should try to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    49 minutes ago
  • D.J. Augustin scores 20 points in 33 minutes
    D.J. Augustin played 33 minutes against the Wolves on Thursday, making 6-of-18 from the field for 20 points with three rebounds, six assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings played the first 11 minutes of the game and just five minutes to start the third quarter, but the rest was all D.J. at the point. It would appear the plan for Augustin is to play 25-28 minutes per game as it stands right now, so he should have low-end value in standard leagues with that allotment. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:53 pm
  • Channing Frye scores two in return
    Channing Frye (knee) scored two points in his Magic debut on Thursday with two rebounds and two turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He didn't look very active and might not be at 100 percent. The Magic overpaid to bring him to the team, so he should be penciled in for minutes in the high 20s. He'll have a chance to make a couple treys per game and is worth owning for owners needing help in that area. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:04 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 5:44 pm
  • Surprise: Channing Frye expected to start
    Updating a previous item, Channing Frye (knee) is expected to start on Thursday.

    Advice: That escalated quickly. Frye was expected to be active, but wasn't even a lock to play. Now, he's in the starting lineup in place of Kyle O'Quinn (ankle). At this point, Frye will not only make his Magic debut, but could play a larger role than expected. Fantasy owners will want to monitor his performance and usage closely. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 3:08 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • Channing Frye will be active on Thursday
    Channing Frye (knee) will be active on Thursday.

    Advice: It's not clear if Frye will play, but it sounds like he's got a shot to do just that. He sprained his MCL in early October and was expected to miss anywhere between 1-2 months, so his being active is a positive sign in his recovery. Frye will wear a knee brace, but it's only expected to be temporary. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 2:21 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:17 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) will now miss 2-3 weeks
    Jose Calderon (calf) is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: An MRI confirmed the injury. Deemed ready to go just before the opening tip on Wednesday, Calderon was a last-minute scratch, and he'll now miss at least two weeks. Without Calderon, the Knicks will rely on Shane Larkin and Pablo Prigioni at point guard. Neither player is a real attractive option in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:11 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Quincy Pondexter struggles in reserve role
    Quincy Pondexter's struggles on opening night stemmed from Nick Calathes' absence, according to head coach Dave Joerger.

    Advice: After a rough showing from the Grizzlies' bench in Wednesday win over the Timberwolves, Joerger said he thinks Nick Calathes' 20-game suspension played a part. "Those guys will find their rhythm and identities," the head coach said. "It’s difficult for Jon [Leuer] and Q [Quincy Pondexter]. They’re used to playing with Nick Calathes and Nick plays a certain way." Pondexter only scored four points in 11 minutes on Wednesday and doesn't have much fantasy value going forward as Tony Allen's backup. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Channing Frye hopes to shed knee brace soon
    Channing Frye (knee) said his knee is sound and that he hopes to shed his knee brace soon.

    Advice: Frye also added that when he plays, there will be no concern about his knee. The 31-year-old remains without a return timetable and would seem to be doubtful for Thursday's game against the Wizards, so fantasy owners will likely have to hope for a Saturday return against the Raptors. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 8:27 am
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 off bench
    Chris Kaman had 12 points, six rebounds and a block in 22 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was effective, but as long as Robin Lopez is healthy, Kaman is going to struggle for big production. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:30 pm
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope takes 19 shots
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope attempted 19 shots from the field against the Nuggets on Wednesday, making three of them for seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 36 minutes.

    Advice: Yes, he stunk tonight, but the minutes and usage are really great signs. Caldwell-Pope is going to get plenty of leash this year while Jodie Meeks (back) is on the shelf and coach Stan Van Gundy will want him to take treys. If you were able to pick him up, you should still feel pretty good about it. Shooting guards are the most inconsistent players in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:29 pm
  • D.J. Augustin outplays Jennings
    D.J. Augustin led the point guard committee against the Nuggets on Wednesday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings was at just 20 minutes and the Pistons seem like they're going to get their money's worth after signing DJA in the offseason. Augustin had a career year from beyond the arc last season with the Bulls, so he'll get certainly get a chance for playing time if he can duplicate that production. If you need a point guard with 3-point upside, he could be your man. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins struggles in loss
    DeMarcus Cousins hit just 4-of-14 shots, but also made 12-of-18 free throws on his way to 20 points, 11 rebounds, one steal, zero blocks, six turnovers and five fouls.

    Advice: Cousins never got into the flow of the game tonight and let owners down with a lackluster performance. But if this is a bad game for Cousins, we can't wait to see the good ones, which are coming momentarily. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Nate Robinson gets just six minutes
    Nate Robinson played just six minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday with three points, one assist and no turnovers.

    Advice: He had his explosiveness in his brief time in the lineup, but the Nuggets will obviously be limiting his minutes. Robinson won't have fantasy value for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:57 pm
  • Andrew Bogut plays through flu
    Andrew Bogut played through an illness on Wednesday and had four points, five rebounds and four blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: Don't be surprised if the Dubs limit his minutes in an effort to keep him healthy this season, although tonight's low count is likely directly related to the fact he wasn't feeling well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Taj Gibson scores 22 points on 10-of-12 FGs
    Taj Gibson made 10-of-12 field goals in Wednesday's season opener vs. New York, finishing with 22 points, eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

    Advice: The Knicks' frontcourt is dismal, which makes Gibson's line less impressive, but it's still encouraging to see him thrive in a bench role behind Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol. He's a solid source of rebounds and blocks, but in general fantasy owners should view him as a late-round option at best. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Derrick Rose makes quiet season debut vs. NYK
    Derrick Rose had a quiet season debut on Wednesday, scoring 13 points with three rebounds, five assists, two steals and three turnovers in an easy win vs. New York.

    Advice: Rose averaged 28.5 points in Chicago's final two preseason games and his minutes should spike for Thursday's matchup with the Cavaliers. He was calm and collected after the game, saying, "It's still going to take some time ... I might have some bad games here and there. But that's not going to stop me from trying to be aggressive." Fantasy owners can't ask for more than a healthy Rose adopting an aggressive mindset, and his season debut should be considered an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter quiet off bench
    Quincy Pondexter came off the bench and played just 11 minutes for four points and a 3-pointer on 1-of-2 shooting.

    Advice: He was starting at SF in the preseason and playing well, but Tony Allen took back the job tonight and rained on his parade. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic quiet in start
    Nikola Pekovic hit just 2-of-9 shots for five points, eight rebounds, one assist and one block in 29 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: The minutes were there, but he never got it going against Marc Gasol, who had a big night. Gorgui Dieng is going to press Pekovic this season, but it's clear that the job still belongs to Pek. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Amir Johnson double-doubles, 4 blocks
    Amir Johnson started at PF and had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks on 7-of-15 shooting.

    Advice: That's a great start for Johnson, who has failed to meet expectations in fantasyland up to this point in his career. Maybe this is the season he puts it all together, but we're not expecting him to do this on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play
    Andrew Bogut (illness) will try to play against the Kings on Wednesday and is in the starting lineup.

    Advice: He reportedly looks awful and is nowhere near 100 percent. Bogut probably won't be much use out there, but the team just needs him because they're shorthanded. We wouldn't suggest starting him in most leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:01 pm
  • Andrew Bogut traveling, remains uncertain
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is traveling to Sleep Train Arena for Wednesday's game, but his status remains unclear.

    Advice: We'll be tracking this right until tip and he could sit due to food poisoning. The Warriors would be extremely thin with David Lee (hamstring) already out and they would likely start Ognjen Kuzmic should Bogut sit. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:38 pm
  • Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable
    Andrew Bogut (illness) is questionable to face the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is dealing with food poisoning and this is not related to his illness from earlier this month. If Bogut can't go, the Warriors will use a number of guys at center while Draymond Green will get all the minutes he can handle at the four. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Update: Jose Calderon now out on Wed.
    Jose Calderon (calf) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wow. The team just said he was good to go, so something must have just happened in warmups. Calderon will likely be ready for the second half of a back-to-back set and we'll be on the lookout for updates. Shane Larkin will start. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Jose Calderon is officially active for Knicks
    Jose Calderon (calf) will play against the Bulls on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been expected to play since earlier this week, but he might not be at 100 percent. Calderon isn't going to be the focal point of the offense and he'll be more of a shooting guard with many catch-and-shoot treys in the triangle offense. He'll have very solid fantasy value. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • D-Rose, Joakim Noah to average 30-34 minutes
    Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah are expected to average "30 to 34 minutes" per game for the foreseeable future.

    Advice: Rose's injury history goes without saying, and Noah's offseason knee surgery has the Bulls monitoring his activity early in the season. Minutes in the low-30s should be plenty for both players to produce, and fantasy owners should embrace any plan that keeps them healthy. Chicago opens their season vs. the Knicks on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) looking good for opener
    Jose Calderon (calf) is looking like a go for the Knicks' regular-season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "Jose looked really good today," Derek Fisher said after practice Tuesday. "[Monday] he did just about everything we did, even though we held him out of parts of yesterday’s practice towards the end. Today he was in for everything we did. Assuming that he responds well to everything that we did today, we expect him to be available." Calderon's minutes may be limited, but all signs are pointing towards him suiting up Wednesday night. Stay tuned for an official update. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:53 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Rose's minute expected to be around 32
    Coach Tom Thibodeau said he expects Derrick Rose's minutes to be near what they were at the end of the preseason.

    Advice: He played 32 minutes per game in the preseason finale, which is fairly close to his 31.1 minutes per game in his 10 games from 2013-14. Rose ended his preseason on a high note, making 30-of-53 from the field (56.6 percent) in his final three games. He epitomizes a risk/reward fantasy pick. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Fisher expects Jose Calderon to play Weds
    Derek Fisher said he expect Jose Calderon (calf) to be available for Wednesday's opener against the Bulls.

    Advice: Calderon owners aren't out of the woods just yet, but this sounds promising for Wednesday's opener. We'll be updating Calderon's status after Wednesday's shootaround, but either Shane Larkin or Pablo Prigioni would get the start against Chicago if Calderon can't go. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:48 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start Wednesday
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) will start at shooting guard for the Piston's season opener against Nuggets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This isn't unexpected with Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, but it's nice to see confirmation of what we've all been expecting. KCP's knee issues seem to be behind him and he should be owned in all standard leagues with the opportunity he has in front of him. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Channing Frye not expected for opening game
    Channing Frye (knee) is unlikely to play on Tuesday against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Reiterating an earlier report, Frye's not looking likely for the opener. His return date is up in the air at this point as he remains without a firm timetable to return. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:24 am
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to start for Pistons
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is in line to start at shooting guard for the Pistons.

    Advice: With Jodie Meeks (back) out indefinitely, KCP (knee) is healthy just in time to stake his claim on a starting spot. KCP has an opportunity to make an impression, but he's anything except a proven commodity. He's a solid late-round flier at the back end of your draft. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:56 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) question mark for opener
    Jose Calderon (calf) is not committing to being able to play in Wednesday's opener vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: "Wednesday's getting closer but I'm feeling better every day," he said. "There's been no setbacks. I hope everything goes well." Monday and Tuesday will be the test days for Calderon, and the Knicks should provide at least a couple of updates before the opening tip. If he can't go, either Pablo Prigioni or Shane Larkin would draw the start. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:30 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) goes through practice
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) practiced on Sunday.

    Advice: This is an encouraging sign for KCP being ready for opening night on Wednesday, and hopefully he'll be able to carry over his impressive play through Summer League into the regular season. He's not going to have much competition for minutes for the first couple months with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined, and given his upside, he belongs on a roster in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:13 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) hopeful for opener
    Derek Fisher said that Jose Calderon (right calf) is still limited, but he's hopeful Jose will be able to play opening night.

    Advice: Calderon's injury seems very minor, and we'd expect him to be ready for the Knicks' regular-season opener vs. the Bulls on Wednesday. Calderon averaged 11.4 points, 4.7 assists, 2.4 three-pointers, and 1.3 turnovers last season, and he should have no problem returning to those averages during his introductory season with the Knicks. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 9:06 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Derrick Rose feels he's better than top-30
    Derrick Rose stated during a recent interview that he feels he's still an elite talent in the league.

    Advice: "I know I’m not a top 30 player, I know I’m much higher," said Rose. "This is my seventh year... I feel like I can really control the entire game while I’m out there, and that’s what I’m working towards." Rose really started firing on all cylinders towards the end of the preseason, scoring 57 points during the final two games. He’s about as risky as they come, but if Rose can indeed make it through a full-NBA season, he's going to be a fun player to own. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 6:57 am
  • Derrick Rose is ready to go for season
    Derrick Rose said that he is in a "great place mentally, spiritually and emotionally."

    Advice: This isn't a surprise and most players will say stuff like this anyway, but Rose sounds ready for the season. He actually finished strong this preseason, but there is still a tremendous amount of doubt whether he'll be able to stay healthy this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo
    Chris Kaman just missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:14 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:31 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter rested for Friday's finale
    Quincy Pondexter got the night off on Friday, as the Grizzlies concluded their preseason with a 98-104 loss to the visiting Heat.

    Advice: Q-Pon scored 15 points as a starter on Wednesday, sinking two 3-pointers and filling up the stat sheet with five boards, three assists, two steals and one block. His 3-point shooting is a blessing for the Grizzlies' perimeter-starved offense, improving Pondexter's odds of beating Tony Allen for the starting SF job. He's definitely worth considering as a flier pick. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Derrick Rose's preseason ends w/ 27-pt game
    The Bulls lost their final preseason game to the Wolves, 112-113 despite Derrick Rose's team-high 27 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds and five assists in 32 minutes.

    Advice: D-Rose knocked down 12-of-23 FGs with three 3-pointers in just 32 minutes, and one of his triples brought Chicago within a basket in crunch time. Don't look now, but D-Rose averaged 28.5 points in the Bulls' final two exhibitions and looks primed for opening night. There have been no concerns about his surgically repaired knee so his preseason can be deemed an unqualified success. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:35 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Pistons add option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
    The Pistons exercised their third-year option on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee).

    Advice: The team has been quiet on his strained knee, but we're expecting him to suit up for the opener. He had a fantastic summer league and the new system of coach Stan Van Gundy needs some shooting, so he has alluring upside late in standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:03 pm
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Jose Calderon (calf) out Friday vs. Toronto
    Jose Calderon (right calf) has been ruled out of Friday's preseason finale vs. the Raptors.

    Advice: The injury is not considered serious, but Calderon has struggled with health throughout his career, so that needs to be taken into account. However, we're still expecting Jose to be a go for opening night, and if he can stay healthy, he'll be a solid source of assists and 3-pointers, while keeping his turnovers to a minimum (career-average of 1.7 turnover per game). Shane Larkin will draw the start in Calderon's place. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:52 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Caldwell-Pope (knee) feeling more comfortable
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (knee) is feeling more comfortable entering his second year in the league.

    Advice: "I’m very comfortable," Caldwell-Pope said. "My first year was just kind of up and down, which is what rookies go through, but I just feel more comfortable with my game now... I’m feeling more comfortable playing and shooting." KCP turned a lot of heads this summer, and averaged an impressive 19 points and 2.5 three-pointers through the first two-preseason games before going down with a knee strain, which caused him to miss the rest of preseason. However, KCP is expected to be ready for opening night, and with Jodie Meeks (back) sidelined for the first two months of the season, Caldwell-Pope will get plenty of time to shine. He makes for a solid late-round flier in standard leagues, and is a breakout candidate. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:12 am
  • D.J. Augustin double-doubles
    D.J. Augustin scored 11 points with 11 assists, one rebound, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes in the starting lineup against the 76ers on Thursday.

    Advice: Brandon Jennings (Achilles) didn't play tonight, but he's expected to be ready to start the season. Augustin will come off the bench and propel the second unit, but he's still not a great target late in standard drafts while Jennings is healthy. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:58 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. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Chris Kaman scores 12 vs. Lakers
    Chris Kaman played through a head injury on Wednesday and hit 5-of-7 shots for 12 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and two blocks in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He started for the Blazers, who rested all their regulars except for Damian Lillard, who played just 17 minutes. Kaman played fairly well against his former team and is having a good preseason, but will likely need an injury from LaMarcus Aldridge or Robin Lopez to make a difference in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Nikola Pekovic puts up big double-double
    Nikola Pekovic put up 15 points, 13 boards, one assist, one steal and one turnover in just 19 minutes against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Bucks can make a lot of guys look good and that was the case for Pek tonight. His minutes have been in the 15-20 range in all five preseason games and he's expected to be right at 27 this year. Considering his injury history, Pekovic is more of just a late-round flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:25 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter starts for MEM, scores 15
    Quincy Pondexter started at small forward and played 30 minutes on Wednesday, hitting 3-of-7 shots and two 3-pointers for 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block.

    Advice: He's battling with Tony Allen for the starting job and may have won it with this performance. Allen had five points and Vince Carter hit just 1-of-6 shots off the bench. If Pondexter is starting on opening night, he's going to be a popular deep-league pick up off the waiver wire. And if you're drafting this weekend, he is worth a look at the end of it. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Amir Johnson quiet in return to action
    Amir Johnson played through his sore foot/ankle on Wednesday but had just six points, three rebounds and a block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: He's scored in double figures in just two of his preseason games (10 & 13 points) and failed to score more than six in the other five. He also had five or fewer rebounds in six of those seven games and we've seen very little to get excited about. He seems to fail to meet expectations consistently, and this year isn't off to a great start, either. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Jose Calderon (calf) won't play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (right calf) will not play against the Wizards on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach Derek Fisher said he hopes to have Calderon out there on Friday and his calf strain is not considered serious. He's dealt with a slew of muscle pulls in his leg, so this injury shouldn't be completely dismissed. Still, he's a low-end No. 2 fantasy point guard. Shane Larkin will start and look to make an impact tonight. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Nate Robinson (ACL) still on 15-minute limit
    Nate Robinson started at PG in place of Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, but he finished with just four points and two assists in nine minutes.

    Advice: Denver's medical staff had Nate on a 15-minute limit, which should slowly increase during the first few weeks of the regular season. The 30-year-old is coming back from ACL surgery, and his backup role all but guarantees he won't help fantasy owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Andrew Bogut misses Tuesday with illness
    Andrew Bogut is not with the Warriors on Tuesday due to an illness.

    Advice: He's day-to-day and Ognjen Kuzmic will start in his place at center. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:16 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 5:04 pm
  • Nate Robinson starts again for Ty Lawson
    Nate Robinson will start at PG for the Nuggets on Tuesday, in place of injured Ty Lawson (hamstring).

    Advice: Robinson appears to be fully recovered from his knee surgery, while JaVale McGee is a game-time decision as he makes his way back from a leg injury. Along with Robinson, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • Jose Calderon hopes to play on Wednesday
    Jose Calderon (calf) said his injury is nothing to worry about and that he hopes to play in Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Calderon left Monday's exhibition against the Bucks with a strained calf, but this doesn't sound like anything fantasy owners should be worried about. While the 33-year-old isn't the most exciting fantasy option, he's a solid late-round selection considering starting point guards don't grow on trees. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
     
    Injured
    W, 95-90 @ Cle
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

    Advice: 18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
  • Cousins triple-doubles with turnovers vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) triple-doubled with turnovers in Monday's preseason loss to the Spurs, scoring 32 points on 12-of-14 shooting with 11 rebounds, four assists, two steals, one block and a whopping 10 turnovers.

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter puts up a scoring gem
    Quincy Pondexter had his third positive showing in a row on Monday with 18 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and three 3-pointers in 27 minutes.

    Advice: In his last three, he's averaged 15.7 points, 2.3 boards, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 2.3 triples. Pondexter looks to be very healthy and the Grizzlies might be inclined to start him considering how horrible Tayshaun Prince was last year. Vince Carter is still going to get his chances, so Q-Pon is only a deep-league target. It's worth mentioning he's shot just 42.7 percent from the field in his career. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:40 pm
  • James plays well; will sit out on Wed vs. MEM
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

    Advice: James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 8:06 pm
  • Rose explodes for 30 points in 24 minutes
    Derrick Rose looked explosive as he scored 30 points on 12-of-18 shooting (including four threes) with five rebounds and three assists in just 24 minutes against the Cavs on Monday.

    Advice: So much for Rose flying under the radar now. He did not have a steal or block and his non-scoring numbers weren't great, but the important part is that he had the same type of explosion we've seen in the past (including last preseason). With ADP around the turn between the second and third rounds, he's still a big time risk and it's uncertain what his ceiling will be playing on a team with strong complementary players. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 7:04 pm
  • Writer 'beyond shocked' if Frye plays opener
    Longtime beat writer Josh Robbins wrote that it "seems next to impossible" for Channing Frye (knee) to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Whereas teammate Victor Oladipo (knee) was on the court participating in practice, Frye watched all of Monday's one-hour practice from the sidelines. There was an initial report of 1-2 months when the injury occurred that supposedly got put to bed, but Robbins does the math in his article that a return at the seven-week mark would equate to 13 missed games. There's some guesswork involved with that, but owners should now consider the possibility that Frye isn't guaranteed a quick return and his late-round valuation is teetering on the next update. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 5:00 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
  • Channing Frye (knee) doesn't practice Monday
    Channing Frye (knee) was not a participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Frye's been seen getting up some jumpers before games, and is reportedly making progress with his injury, but still remains without an official return date. Frye's ability to offer 3-point shooting from the power forward position mixed in with some blocks makes him a nice asset to own, and he's worth a gamble in the later rounds of standard leagues, despite the knee injury. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 20, 4:15 pm
     
    Injured
    L, 105-98 vs Was
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