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  • Aaron Brooks (knee) available to play vs. DAL
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. the Mavericks.

    Advice: Nate McMillan said he will only play Brooks in limited stints, which will likely be a trend that holds true throughout that year assuming the guys in front of him are healthy. Brooks isn't a fantasy option in any setting. 33 minutes ago
  • Miles, Brooks available for season opener
    C.J. Miles (knee) and Aaron Brooks (knee) will be available to play Wednesday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Nate McMillan said he will use both guys sparingly, so neither one can be considered a viable fantasy target in any setting. 34 minutes ago
  • Tony Allen (knee) questionable for Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) has been downgraded to questionable for Wednesday's season opener against the Timberwolves.

    Advice: He's getting close to a return, but may be forced to sit out the first game of the season. Allen is little more than a steals specialist in deep leagues. 39 minutes ago
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) probable for opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) went through a full practice on Tuesday and is probable to play in Wednesday's season opener against the Magic.

    Advice: It's going to be tough for Valentine to see much floor time at all while the team is at full strength. Leave him on the wire. 40 minutes ago
  • Sergio Rodriguez expects to start in opener
    Sergio Rodriguez said that he expects to start on opening night with Jerryd Bayless (wrist) sidelined.

    Advice: Rodriguez has more talent and experience than T.J. McConnell, and he started the last few preseason games for the 76ers, but Brett Brown really seems to like McConnell and hasn't yet officially divulged his starting five. We expect Rodriguez to get the start, and he's on the radar in deep leagues for those seeking some triples with a trickle of assists. 55 minutes ago
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) out for season opener
    Gordon Hayward (finger) will not play in Utah's regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: He's hoping to get back on the court sometime in mid-to-late November, but this is just a reminder to get him out of your lineups for the first game of the year. Rodney Hood and Joe Johnson will pick up the slack in his absence. 58 minutes ago
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) out Tuesday vs. POR
    Alec Burks (knee, ankle) is out for the regular-season opener against Portland.

    Advice: He's out indefinitely and obviously never had a shot of suiting up for tonight's game. Leave him on the wire. Today, 11:22 am
  • Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.
    Boris Diaw will start at PF on opening night.

    Advice: Diaw will start in place of the injured Derrick Favors (knee). Even though he is starting it would be surprising if Diaw played more than 25 minutes on opening night. He will likely split time with Trey Lyles. Despite coming off the bench, Lyles is the more appealing Daily Fantasy play. Today, 11:07 am
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) out at least one week.
    Marcus Smart (ankle) will not play in the season opener vs. Brooklyn on Wednesday.

    Advice: Smart rolled his left ankle back on October 19th and has been rehabbing since. He was unable to practice on Tuesday, so playing on Wednesday is not an option. Smart said he estimates he will be able to return to the court in "about one week." Terry Rozier will likely see most of Smart's minutes. Today, 10:57 am
  • Randy Foye (hamstring) out vs. Boston
    Randy Foye strained his hamstring in practice and won't play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Foye has only a mild hamstring strain, but it will prevent him from suiting up on opening night. Coach Kenny Atkinson stated he had not yet decided who would start at shooting guard on Wednesday. Today, 10:40 am
  • Joel Embiid on 20-minute restriction
    Joel Embiid (foot) will on a 20-minute restriction on opening night.

    Advice: Embiid had been playing between 18 and 20 minutes a night in the preseason and showed no ill effects. The Sixers plan on playing Embiid for five 4-minute increments each game early on this season. Embiid in incredibly skilled and would post terrific numbers if he stays healthy enough to play 30-plus minutes. Embiid is one of the most intriguing players in the entire league this season. The downside is obvious, but the potential reward is also great. Today, 10:23 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) will play in opener.
    Terrence Ross (knee) will play in the season opener on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Ross has been dealing with a nagging knee injury during the preseason but appears ready to roll on Opening Night. However, Ross will have a limited fantasy impact this season, even when fully healthy, as he is stuck behind DeMar DeRozan and DeMarre Carroll in the Raptors rotation. Today, 9:57 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) expected to be available
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) will be available for the season opener, barring a setback.

    Advice: It sounds like Zeller is making progress and appears to be on track to play; however, it is unknown if he will be on a minutes restriction. Today, 9:09 am
  • Bobby Brown has made the Rockets final roster
    Bobby Brown has made the Rockets opening day roster.

    Advice: Brown played well in the preseason, averaging 9.6 points per game, despite playing just 14 minutes a night. However, Brown has very little fantasy value heading into the regular season, as he will likely see limited playing time. Today, 8:04 am
  • F Kyle Wiltjer has made Rockets final roster.
    Kyle Wiltjer has made the Rockets opening day roster.

    Advice: Wiltjer was a long shot to make the team, but the undrafted sharpshooter out of Gonzaga played well enough to earn one of the last spots on the final 15-man roster. He played just under 15 minutes a night in the preseason, averaging 8.3 points while shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 41.7 percent from 3-point territory. Wiltjer is a 3-point specialist, but his fantasy value is limited due to the fact he'll likely be buried on the Houston bench early on this season. Today, 7:57 am
  • Tony Allen expected to play opener.
    Tony Allen (knee) is expected to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Allen missed all six of the Grizzlies preseason games due to knee soreness, but it's is obviously an encouraging sign that he is ready to roll for the season opener on Wednesday night. Yesterday, 12:34 pm
  • Stevens says Marcus Smart (ankle) improving
    Coach Brad Stevens said Marcus Smart (ankle) is improving.

    Advice: While Smart is improving, Stevens has yet to commit to a firm timetable for his return, so he remains very questionable for the regular-season opener against the Nets on Wednesday. If he's out, Terry Rozier will have the opportunity for some extended minutes. Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • C.J. Miles (knee) goes through full practice
    C.J. Miles (knee) has been a full participant during Indiana's past two practices.

    Advice: He scrimmaged with the team on Sunday, so there's a chance he's available for Indiana's regular-season opener on Wednesday vs. the Mavericks. However, as Paul George's backup, Miles offers very little fantasy value. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Aaron Brooks has been practicing in full
    Aaron Brooks (knee) has been practicing in full over the past two days, but he remains "a ways away" from where he'd like to be.

    Advice: Brooks is going to be used sparingly behind Jeff Teague and Monta Ellis this season, so there's no reason to pay him any mind in any scenario. Yesterday, 10:58 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) practices fully Sunday
    Cody Zeller (bruised right knee) was a full participant in Sunday's practice.

    Advice: He's questionable for opening night, but coach Steve Clifford has already conceded that Zeller will be very limited upon his return due to a lack of conditioning. Roy Hibbert will almost certainly start on opening night, but there are no guarantees he can keep the job once Zeller gets up to speed. Sunday, 5:13 pm
  • C.J. Miles (knee) scrimmages on Sunday
    C.J. Miles (left knee) scrimmaged on Sunday.

    Advice: It looks like Miles will be good to go for the regular season opener against the Mavericks on Wednesday, but he won't have much value at all this year as Paul George's backup. Sunday, 12:40 pm
  • Hoiberg hopeful Valentine can play in opener
    Fred Hoiberg said that Denzel Valentine (ankle) should be able to go through a full practice on Monday, and he's hopeful that Valentine will be ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: Valentine was again limited to non-contact work during Sunday's practice, but it sounds like he's making some solid progress, so opening night could be a possibility. Still, he's going to struggle to find meaningful minutes while the Bulls are at full strength, meaning he's not worth drafting in almost any format. Sunday, 12:28 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) practices in full on Sunday
    Boris Diaw (right leg) was a full participant during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Diaw sat out Saturday's practice with a leg bruise, but he should be just fine for opening night. Still, he won't have a large enough role in Utah to justify a draft pick in almost any format. Sunday, 11:36 am
  • Brett Brown won't reveal his starting PG
    76ers coach Brett Brown has not decided on a starting point guard for the season opener.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will be out for at least a couple weeks, so the decision will come down to Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Neither player really separated themselves during the preseason, but Rodriguez has more upside and is the better flier late in drafts. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Terrence Ross limited at practice Sunday
    Terrence Ross took a knee to his thigh during Sunday's practice, but it's not believed to be serious.

    Advice: Ross has already been dealing with a knee issue, but he did play in the preseason finale. There will be an update on Monday, but Ross should be fine for the season opener. He's not a reliable option in standard leagues while the Raptors are healthy. Sunday, 10:09 am
  • Fizdale says Allen has made progress
    Memphis coach David Fizdale said that Tony Allen's knee has made progress.

    Advice: "He looked good, and I think he’s getting close," Fizdale said. "I don’t want to say there’s guarantees, but he went through the whole practice today and all of yesterday. We don’t go for continuous long stretches of time, but he’s looking better, and I’m hoping we get him back soon." Allen returned to practice this week after missing all six preseason games due to knee soreness, but he's hopeful to play in the season opener. Fizdale confirmed that he will start at SG this season and the Grizzlies even let him run the point in training camp, so the minutes should be there. If you need steals, Allen's worth a look. Sunday, 7:41 am
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) will not need surgery
    C.J. Miles (left knee) will not require surgery.

    Advice: That's the good news. Here's the bad: Miles is dealing with swollen tissue just beneath his kneecap, and it's not clear when he might be able to return to the court. Although the veteran is optimistic he will be ready for the season opener, we're more pessimistic given it's a recurring issue coupled with the fact that there is no clear treatment plan in place. Miles is shooting jumpers and "occasionally" running on a treadmill, but you have to do a lot more than that to be an effective NBA player. Miles hopes the next step involves contact drills, but the Pacers will reevaluate him at every turn along the way. An MRI has ruled out any structural damage, but nobody seems to have a clear vision of what the timeline could be. "I'm definitely not going to get in a game without a chance to be in practice," Miles said. Glen Robinson III is the favorite to take Miles' minutes assuming he's out to begin the year. Saturday, 3:30 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) won't practice on Monday
    Marcus Smart (left ankle sprain) will not practice on Monday.

    Advice: Smart is out of his boot and looking a lot better, but Brad Stevens won't commit to him being ready for the season opener. If he has to miss a a game or a handful of contests, Terry Rozier would be in line for more minutes. Saturday, 2:15 pm
  • Tony Allen (knee) hopeful for season opener
    Tony Allen (knee) returned to a full practice on Saturday and is hopeful to play in the season opener.

    Advice: Allen did admit that he does need to do a better job of listening to his body, but he's got a well-established reputation for playing through anything and everything he can. We don't expect that to change anytime soon, so if he can play on opening night, we expect him to be out there. The Grizzlies will determine his status based on the amount of residual swelling he has, so expect multiple updates prior to Wednesday. If he can't go, Memphis is going to have to get creative with its starting lineup given Chandler Parsons (knee surgery) remains a major question mark. Saturday, 1:47 pm
  • Denzel Valentine does non-contact practice
    Denzel Valentine (left ankle sprain) was able to participate in the non-contact portions of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: In other words, Valentine went through dummy drills. It remains unclear if he'll be ready for opening night, but the Bulls recently acquired Michael Carter-Williams who should play ahead of Valentine regardless. Saturday, 12:23 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg contusion) DNP on Saturday
    Boris Diaw (right leg contusion) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: It was previously reported that Diaw had a left leg contusion, but either way it does not sound serious and the veteran should be ready to roll for opening night. He could be looking at a bigger role out of the gate given Derrick Favors (left knee) faces an uncertain timetable to return. Saturday, 12:17 pm
  • Alec Burks (knee, ankle) still not practicing
    Alec Burks (knee and ankle surgeries) is still not practicing with the team.

    Advice: Burks is out indefinitely and not much of a fantasy consideration given all of Utah's depth. It's not yet clear when he may be able to return to the court. Saturday, 12:14 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (finger) not practicing yet
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is not yet practicing with the team.

    Advice: We are just providing this update in order to make it clear that Hayward is still in the early stages of his recovery. The star swingman is targeting a return in mid-to-late November. Saturday, 12:13 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) sheds his walking boot
    Marcus Smart (ankle) is out of his walking boot.

    Advice: Coach Brad Stevens said that Smart was able to lift weights on Saturday and refused to rule him out for the season opener. There will be another update after the weekend, but Smart should still be considered a little closer to doubtful. Terry Rozier has the most to gain if Smart misses time. Saturday, 10:35 am
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Joel Embiid scores 18 points in 18 minutes
    Joel Embiid scored 18 points with nine rebounds and two turnovers in 18 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: It was a busy process for him this month. Embiid finished his first NBA preseason with a 37.8 usage rate -- DeMarcus Cousins led the NBA last year at 35.2. On the regular stats, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.0 boards, 0.9 blocks and 2.6 turnovers in just 14.7 minutes per game. There's a ton of risk here and you know the 76ers will be careful because of all their bad luck lately, but feel free to pull the trigger on Embiid in the later rounds to see what happens. Friday, 8:53 pm
  • Update: Terrence Ross in, Cory Joseph out
    Terrence Ross will dress and Cory Joseph is out with flu-like symptoms for Friday.

    Advice: The Raptors have said Ross is in, then out, and now he's in again today. Friday, 4:07 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Update: Terrence Ross will not play
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It was reported earlier Ross was going to play, but the Raptors will keep him out. He still should be able to suit up for the opener as the first wing off the bench. He and Norman Powell negate each other in the second unit. Friday, 2:53 pm
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) questionable for opener
    Aaron Brooks (knee) did not practice on Friday and could miss the opener.

    Advice: He's been out since Oct. 14 due to this knee issue. Brooks should be getting the backup minutes behind Jeff Teague, but he's not going to play next to Teague. If he's out, Joe Young would get in the rotation. Friday, 1:47 pm
  • C.J. Miles up in the air for opener
    C.J. Miles (knee) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: With Miles down, the Pacers have seen Glenn Robinson III have a wonderful preseason. Miles is expected to play more stretch four in the second unit, but his minutes could be in jeopardy if GR3 keeps playing well. Friday, 1:44 pm
  • Boris Diaw (leg) on the injury report
    Boris Diaw (left leg contusion) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is a new injury for Diaw. There was no indication of an injury before this, so it's likely just a light bruise. For now, expect Diaw to be available for the opener. Friday, 12:16 pm
  • Marcus Smart's MRI comes back clean
    An MRI on Marcus Smart's sprained left ankle came back clean.

    Advice: This is good news, but there is no update to Smart's timetable and his return will depend on how well his ankle responds to treatment. We'll consider him questionable for the season opener, while preseason star Terry Rozier would be in line for a significant bump in minutes if Smart can't go. Friday, 8:37 am
  • Terrence Ross will play, Cory Joseph will not
    Terrence Ross (knee) will play on Friday vs. the Wizards, while Cory Joseph (illness) has been ruled out.

    Advice: Ross was able to get up some shots on Wednesday and this confirms that he will be ready for opening night, barring a setback. The Raptors have been talking him up a ton, but he's not a lock to be the first wing off the bench with Norman Powell around. Ross is only on the radar in deeper formats. Friday, 8:24 am
  • Lin, Foye, RHJ, Booker, Lopez starting Thurs
    Jeremy Lin, Randy Foye, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Trevor Booker and Brook Lopez will start in Thursday's preseason finale against the Knicks.

    Advice: It looks like Foye may have earned the starting two-spot in Brooklyn over Bojan Bogdanovic, but Bogdanovic remains the preferable late-round target. Thursday, 2:56 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) questionable for opener
    Danny Ainge said that it's unclear if Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) will be ready for Boston's regular season opener against the Nets on October 26.

    Advice: "Obviously we’ll be very careful with him," Ainge said. "The next few days we’ll have a better indication on Marcus’ ankle and how much it swells. It didn’t seem to be a terrible one, and yet he was in some pain so it is a little bit concerning." Smart was spotted leaving the TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and Boston beat reporters have speculated that he's looking at a two-week absence, so it seems unlikely that he'll be ready by opening night. Terry Rozier will benefit most in Smart's absence, while Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas will log extended minutes. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) targeting opener
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) is hopeful he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: "That’s the plan," Valentine said when asked if he'll be ready for the regular-season opener. "But if not, then just have to keep going with how I feel. Hopefully, I'm back soon." With the arrival of Michael Carter-Williams, it's going to be really tough for Valentine to see meaningful minutes his rookie season. Thursday, 11:16 am
  • Joel Embiid targeting 18-20 minutes on Friday
    Joel Embiid will play 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday.

    Advice: Embiid did individual work at practice on Friday and will again target 20 minutes on Friday. Embiid will have his minutes restricted to open the season, but he's worth a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his upside. Thursday, 9:36 am
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) to be reevaluated Thurs
    Marcus Smart (sprained left ankle) exited TD Garden on crutches after Wednesday's game, and he will be reevaluated on Thursday.

    Advice: "Early indications are that it looks like it will hopefully [be] not too long term," said coach Brad Stevens. Multiple beat writers have suggested a loose two-week timetable for Smart's return, which is good news for fantasy owners -- he turned the ankle badly, but seems to have avoided a high-ankle sprain. Terry Rozier would be the biggest winner if Smart misses any games, with Avery Bradley also stepping into some extra playing time. Wednesday, 8:08 pm
  • Report: Marcus Smart (ankle) likely out 2 wks
    Marcus Smart's left ankle sprain is expected to sideline him for "a couple weeks," according to beat writer A. Sherrod Blakely.

    Advice: Smart rolled his ankle after stepping on someone's foot and he left the court without putting weight on his left leg, so this is an optimistic update. He's injured the same ankle before but this time "it doesn’t appear to be as bad," so presumably it's not a dreaded high-ankle sprain. A return in exactly two weeks would cost Smart the first three games of the Celtics' regular season, but we should have a more definitive timetable in the coming days. Avery Bradley and Terry Rozier stand to gain the most in his absence. Wednesday, 6:55 pm
  • Marcus Smart (ankle) limps to the locker room
    Marcus Smart rolled his left ankle and will not return on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. Smart stepped on Justin Holiday's foot and his ankle rolled badly. He could not put any weight on his left leg and needed help to the locker room. He's obviously done for tonight and is likely getting X-rays. If he's out, Terry Rozier would be a hot pickup in most leagues. Wednesday, 5:46 pm
  • Cody Zeller (knee) iffy for season opener
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford conceded that Cody Zeller (bruised knee) might not be able to play much early in the regular season.

    Advice: "Bottom line is he’s not going to be ready. He hasn’t done enough," Clifford said. "You couldn’t, with any realistic expectation, think that he could possibly play much, if at all. He’s had no preseason, so there’s no way he could be ready to play." Zeller's lingering bone bruise leaves Roy Hibbert as the opening night starter, with Spencer Hawes and Frank Kaminsky as backups. Wednesday, 4:51 pm
  • Cody Zeller (right knee) ruled out Thursday
    Cody Zeller (right knee) has been ruled out for Thursday's game vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Zeller recently returned to practice without any setbacks, but the team is wisely being cautious with an injury that has lingered throughout the offseason. Considering Zeller's lack of on-court time this preseason, Roy Hibbert is poised to open the season as Charlotte's starting center. Wednesday, 4:17 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • C.J. Miles (sore knee) held out of contact
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) did spot-up shooting on Wednesday but he didn't participate in contact drills.

    Advice: Miles won't play on Wednesday, obviously, and it's unclear when he'll be cleared to return -- the injury doesn't sound too serious but Indiana might play it safe with the veteran marksman. If he does miss time, expect Glenn Robinson III to pick up most of his minutes. Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) will not play on Thursday night.

    Advice: He is going through some contact in practice and has a good chance to be ready on opening night. Valentine should be in the rotation with around 20 minutes per game, but he loses some value with the Michael Carter-Williams deal. Wednesday, 11:11 am
  • Aaron Brooks (knee) out Wednesday vs. MIL
    Aaron Brooks (knee) will remain sidelined for Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: He was listed as doubtful heading into this one, so it's not surprising at all to see him opt-out of Wednesday's meaningless game. Brooks isn't going to have any fantasy value this season while the Pacers are at full strength. Wednesday, 10:32 am
  • Miles (knee), Brooks (knee) out Wednesday
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) and Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) have been ruled out for Wednesday's preseason game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but it always seems to be something with Miles. Neither Miles nor Brooks will be worth drafting in most leagues this season. Wednesday, 10:29 am
  • Terrence Ross (knee) out Wednesday vs. DET
    Terrence Ross (knee) will not suit up for Wednesday's preseason game against the Pistons.

    Advice: Ross was able to get on the court for some light shooting during Wednesday morning's shootaround, so he is making progress, although it seems unlikely that he'll be able to suit up for Toronto's final two preseason games. He should be good to go by opening night, but Ross won't be a fantasy hoops factor this season stuck in a reserve role fighting for minutes with Norman Powell. Wednesday, 9:39 am
  • Tony Allen (knee) ruled out Wednesday
    Tony Allen (knee) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: It's the preseason finale, so the Grizzlies will continue resting him with the regular season just a week away. He's expected to start at SG, but he should be considered questionable for the season opener. Tuesday, 4:10 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (ankle) limited at practice
    Denzel Valentine (ankle) was limited to conditioning work during Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: Valentine should be considered questionable for Thursday's exhibition game against the Hawks, and if he's out, it'll be Isaiah Canaan earning some extended minutes. Valentine is likely going to struggle to get meaningful minutes his rookie season, so he's not a great target in most settings. Tuesday, 11:51 am
  • Aaron Brooks doubtful for Weds vs Bucks
    Aaron Brooks (sore right knee) is doubtful for Wednesday's game against the Bucks.

    Advice: Brooks had been battling a hip injury throughout the preseason, but his knee injury is relatively new. While Brooks may be ready for the regular season opener, he doesn't have any fantasy value at this point. Tuesday, 10:34 am
  • C.J. Miles takes some practice shots on Tues
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) didn't practice, but was able to take some shots on Tuesday.

    Advice: Miles will travel with the team to Milwaukee and is expected to participate in shootaround on Wednesday. While Miles looks to be on track for the regular season opener, he doesn't have much fantasy value outside of deeper leagues. Tuesday, 10:31 am
  • Joel Embiid feels 200 percent healthy
    Joel Embiid said he feels 200 percent healthy, but it still getting into game shape.

    Advice: Embiid's highly-anticipated NBA debut is now in sight and his health finally won't prevent that from happening. "Health-wise, I'm 200 percent," Embiid said. "Game shape-wise, I'm not 100 percent." The 22-year-old will have his minutes limited to begin the season, but he's still worth a late-round flier in standard fantasy drafts due to his upside. Tuesday, 10:29 am
  • Jazz confident in Gordon Hayward re-signing
    The Jazz are confident they'll be able to re-sign Gordon Hayward (finger) when he becomes a free agent after the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: Hayward is out four-to-six weeks with a broken left right finger, but the Jazz are confident they'll be able to keep him in Utah when he hits free agency next summer. "But fundamentally, if we do the right things here," said general manager Dennis Lindsey. "Let's just be honest, we have an advantage by having his Bird rights. There's a lot of money associated with the fifth year and higher raises." Hayward is targeting a mid-to-late November return and is still worth a pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Tuesday, 6:01 am
  • Marcus Smart goes scoreless in 13 minutes
    Marcus Smart was scoreless in 13 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday, missing a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: He did add four assists, three rebounds, one steal, one block and two turnovers, but his 3-point shooting continues to be a glaring concern -- he shot 25.3 percent from deep last season and is just 3-of-19 (15.7percent) through six preseason games. He's still a nice source of steals, dimes and treys, but his shooting percentages could really limit his upside. Monday, 7:29 pm
  • Hill, Exum, Johnson, Diaw and Gobert starting
    George Hill, Dante Exum, Joe Johnson, Boris Diaw and Rudy Gobert will start vs. the Clippers on Monday.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) and Rodney Hood (hand) have both been ruled out in addition to Alec Burks (knee, ankle) and Gordon Hayward (finger). We should see plenty of late-round sleeper Trey Lyles on Monday as well. Monday, 5:15 pm
  • Terrence Ross (knee) targeting opening night
    Terrence Ross (knee) did not practice on Monday but the Raptors are expecting him back next week.

    Advice: Additionally, the Raptors believe he will be ready for opening night. Ross has been hyped quite a bit by the Raptors this summer, but his fantasy outlook is still pretty bleak -- he's going to be fighting for minutes off the bench with impressive second-year player Norman Powell. Ross is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Oct 17, 10:59 am
  • C.J. Miles (sore left knee) misses practice
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) missed practice again on Monday.

    Advice: Coach Nate McMilan said that Miles is day-to-day, but he's not a lock to be ready for opening night either. If he can't go, Glenn Robinson III could be in the rotation behind Paul George after a solid preseason. Miles isn't worth monitoring outside of deeper leagues. Oct 17, 10:41 am
  • Cody Zeller (knee) ruled out for Monday
    Cody Zeller (knee) will not play vs. the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared for contact last week and returned to practice on Thursday, but the Hornets aren't ready to throw him out there yet. Zeller is likely looking at a timeshare with Roy Hibbert, so we're not excited about his outlook. Oct 17, 6:12 am
  • Burks (knee, ankle) goes through agility work
    Alec Burks (knee and ankle surgeries) "went hard" during an after practice agility work session on Sunday, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Burks still hasn't been able to practice with the team, or take any contact, so his status for opening night is very much in jeopardy. Utah has a ton of depth at the guard positions this year, so it's going to be tough for Burks to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Oct 16, 12:16 pm
  • Brown: Sergio tried to run too many plays
    Brett Brown said that Sergio Rodriguez was running too many plays vs. the Pistons on Saturday instead of just going out there and playing.

    Advice: "He's elusive in open court," Brown said. "He's got a feel. He's slippery with his handle and his vision. So I want him to play more like he's always played." Rodriguez got the start at PG, but struggled with three points on 1-for-5 shooting with seven dimes, one rebound, one steal, and three turnovers. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) could be looking at an extended absence, so Rodriguez could be sneaky pickup in deeper leagues for owners targeting assists. Oct 16, 10:13 am
  • Arduous Process: Embiid goes to work vs. DET
    Joel Embiid was very busy in his 20 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, making 5-of-8 from the field and 5-of-7 from the line for 15 points with five rebounds and seven turnovers.

    Advice: That's a ton of usage for a guy who already had a 37.1 usage rate in his previous five preseason games, and he put on some slick post moves against Andre Drummond and Boban Marjanovic. Embiid went over his previous limit of 18 minutes per game and the 76ers are now open to dropping his back-to-back restriction at some point. As a quick side note, he was grabbing his surgically-repaired right foot, but he was fine. His upside is beginning to outweigh his risk as a pick in the late rounds of a standard draft. In other words, it might be time to Trust The Process. Oct 15, 6:34 pm
  • Sixers previewing opening night lineup?
    The Sixers will start Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid on Saturday vs. Detroit.

    Advice: This could very well be the opening night lineup for Philadelphia, so keep that in mind when watching this one. Embiid will have his minutes limit increased to 18-20 for this one, and he should be excited to go head-to-head vs. Andre Drummond. Interestingly, Brown also said that the Sixers could begin to consider the possibility of playing Embiid on back-to-back nights, though there is nothing close to definitive on that front just yet. Get your popcorn ready. Oct 15, 2:23 pm
  • C.J. Miles (left knee) not a lock for opener
    C.J. Miles (sore left knee) is not a lock to be ready by opening night.

    Advice: Although he's labeled as day-to-day, nobody seems to really know when Miles will be able to get back onto the court. "He's being reevaluated as far as where he's at and being able to get on the floor," said head coach Nate McMillan. As a result, Glen Robinson III has been given a new opportunity and could be in line to begin the year in the rotation. When discussing Miles, McMillan confirmed that "Glenn has taken that spot." Oct 15, 2:10 pm
  • Report: Hayward (finger) is without timetable
    Gordon Hayward (left ring finger) is without a timetable to return, according to Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    Advice: Hayward was given a four-to-six week prognosis prior, and it's likely that the Jazz just don't want to announce anything publicly in order to avoid unnecessary questions and/or speculation leading up to his return. For now, we're still expecting Hayward to target a return around mid-to-late November, so anyone who drafts him should be prepared to spend at least the first three-to-four weeks without an important part of their fantasy team. Oct 15, 11:28 am
  • Jazz not expected to add any depth at SG/SF
    The Jazz are not expected to add any depth to fill the void left by Gordon Hayward.

    Advice: Hayward's broken left finger will not require surgery and the Jazz are hopeful that he can make a "faster-than-expected recovery." His current timetable has him returning in late November, so he's still worth a pick in the middle rounds. Joe Johnson should start in his absence and Rodney Hood will have more responsibility. Oct 15, 7:35 am
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