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  • Tyler Zeller gets option picked up by Celtics
    Celtics exercised the contract option of C Tyler Zeller.

    Advice: Zeller had his option exercised along with Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger. This is expected and standard procedure for all players involved as Boston continues its rebuild.
    Today, 1:51 pm
  • Kemba Walker still dealing with foot issues
    Kemba Walker (foot) is still dealing with some discomfort.

    Advice: Walker had a foot injury during the preseason, and it's apparently still an issue. Walker dealt with double-leg cramps while playing hero in the Hornets comeback win, and he also had a "cramp" in his foot when the score was tied. Walker was spotted hobbling out of the shower and soaked his foot in a bucket of ice after the game, so he's clearly not 100 percent just yet.
    Today, 12:55 pm
  • Norris Cole calls Heat PG 'total team effort'
    Norris Cole called the Heat's point guard situation a "total team effort."

    Advice: We like to say we come in waves. Rio, he's a vet. He knows what it takes. Shabazz has picked up information very fast. He's a sponge. We go to war every day in practice to make each other better," Cole said. Cole also has no interest in continuing with the LeBron James questions. "We're over that. We don't think about that. We don't do things just because LeBron is gone." Chris Bosh praised Cole following his 23-point performance in the Heat's first win of the season, and Cole should be owned in all standard fantasy formats.
    Today, 12:23 pm
  • Sully, Olynyk becoming good team defenders
    Brad Stevens praised Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk for "becoming good team defenders."

    Advice: Stevens praised the intelligence of both players while noting that they're smart enough to overcome disadvantages. This is pretty typical coach-speak, but it's nice to see some positive development from Boston's starting frontline to begin the year.
    Today, 12:18 pm
  • Dion Waiters happy to be learning from LeBron
    Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

    Advice: "It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well.
    Today, 12:04 pm
  • Hornets make Kemba Walker extension official
    Hornets sign G Kemba Walker to a 4-year, $48 million extension.

    Advice: It was announced earlier in the week, and now it is official. "Today is a great day for the Charlotte Hornets," GM Rich Cho said. "To be able to retain such an important piece of the core we are building here in Charlotte is exciting. Kemba is an integral part of the culture we’re trying to create within our organization and we are excited that he will continue to be a part of our team for years to come." Walker added that "it's rewarding to continue my career with the team that drafted me."
    Today, 11:50 am
  • 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.
    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.
    Today, 11:11 am
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    Today, 9:55 am
  • Andrew Wiggins learning from first NBA game
    Adrew Wiggins had a lackluster NBA debut, but is committed to learning from his first regular season game.

    Advice: In his first 19 minutes of regular season actions, Wiggins only scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one three-pointer during the Wolves' opening night loss to the Grizzlies. "It was good," Wiggins said. "It was exciting. I got into early foul trouble, so it’s hard to get in the groove." The rookie will have some growing pains ahead of him as he figures out how to stay on the court, so his fantasy owners will need to patient during the early stretch of the season.
    Today, 8:03 am
  • Norris Cole excels in new role during Weds W
    Norris Cole scored a career-high 23 points in his first game as the Heat's starting point guard during Wednesday's win against Washington.

    Advice: Cole had a big opening night as played 27 minutes in his new role and impressed head coach Erik Spoelstra. "I wasn’t even expecting that. I just wanted him to quarterback our team and make decisions and get us organized," Spoelstra said. "He came out super aggressive at the beginning, almost frantic, and then settled in from there." The 26-year-old emergence has relegated Mario Chalmers to second unit duties and makes Cole a must-add in standard fantasy leagues.
    Today, 7:48 am
  • Jordan Hill has another sub-par game
    Jordan Hill played 25 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, 11 boards, two assists and four fouls.

    Advice: He probably would have seen a few more minutes, but the Lakers were down 25 in the third quarter. Hill isn't going to be facing stiff competition from anyone, so he should get some opportunity. At the very worst, he should be able to post nice boards with some blocks here and there.
    Today, 12:14 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds.
    Yesterday, 11:14 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.
    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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in start
    Draymond Green got the start for injured David Lee (hamstring) in Wednesday's opener and double-doubled with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers in his 34 minutes, but owners who bought the Rotoworld hype on Green have to be pleased with tonight's line. Now we'll have to see what Green can do coming off the bench behind Lee, once he's healthy enough to play.
    Yesterday, 10:50 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.
    Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • Kenneth Faried doesn't skip a beat w/ 22 & 17
    Kenneth Faried kept his momentum from the summer going in the regular season with 22 points, 17 rebounds, four assists and three turnovers in 28 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: The assists were a nice touch based on how he hasn't averaged more than 1.6 assists per game in any month of his career. Faried's shots are also going up and it's pretty clear he's the focal point of the frontcourt attack. His bandwagon is going to fill up pretty quickly at this rate.
    Yesterday, 10:39 pm
  • Samuel Dalembert blocks three shots vs. Bulls
    Samuel Dalembert made his Knicks' debut on Wednesday with six points, four rebounds, two assists, three blocks and one turnover in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Dalembert has minimal upside in New York but he's capable of top-120 value in just 20-25 minutes per game. It's hard to imagine him losing the starting C job to Jason Smith, Amare Stoudemire, Andrea Bargnani or Cole Aldrich, so owners in need of rebounds, blocks and FG percentage shouldn't be afraid to pluck him off the waiver wire.
    Yesterday, 10:32 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.
    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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins plays just 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins started for the Wolves on Wednesday, but played just 19 minutes to finish with six points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals, a 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: It remains to be seen who starts between Wiggins and Corey Brewer once Kevin Martin is back from a left ankle injury, but the low minutes are a bit annoying. Flip Saunders managed his other young players the same way tonight, so it could be a long road for owners of younger players in Minnesota. Then again, it's opening night, so we're not going to panic, either.
    Yesterday, 10:09 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.
    Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Norris Cole scores 23 in opener
    Norris Cole started at point guard and hit 9-of-15 shots and three 3-pointers on his way to 23 points, three rebounds and two assists on Wednesday.

    Advice: More assists would have been nice, but there's not much to complain about here. He was available in the later rounds in drafts and looks to have solidified his job as the team's starting point guard. Makes sure he's not available in your league.
    Yesterday, 9:46 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.
    Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Jared Sullinger gets busy early vs. Nets
    The Celtics announced they picked up Jared Sullinger's team option on Wednesday, following his line of 13 points, four rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: His line would have been a lot bigger, but garbage time was a factor. Sullinger was one of the stars of the preseason and he's really fine-tuned his offensive game based on what we've seen in the past month. He's a must-start player right now.
    Yesterday, 8:25 pm
  • Kemba Walker hits game-winner
    Kemba Walker hit a 3-pointer to send Wednesday's wild game to overtime and finished with 26 points, six rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block, three 3-pointers and zero turnovers as the Hornets overcame a 24-point deficit in the third quarter for a huge win in OT.

    Advice: Walker's foot injury was a hot topic just a few days ago, but he was fantastic tonight. Well, if you discount the fact he hit just 9-of-26 shots and 5-of-11 free throws. The zero TOs were nice and while he'll have plenty of bad shooting nights, he can make up for them by racking up numbers like these.
    Yesterday, 7:41 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.
    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.
    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.
    Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer both starting
    The Timberwolves will start both Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer on Wednesday.

    Advice: They'll be joined by Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic. We still don't know who won the starting small forward job because Kevin Martin is out tonight with an ankle injury, which allowed both Wiggins and Brewer to get the call.
    Yesterday, 4:47 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.
    Yesterday, 4:03 pm
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    Yesterday, 3:24 pm
    5:00 pm @ Cle
  • Draymond Green to start if David Lee sits.
    Coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that Draymond Green will start on Wednesday if David Lee (hamstring) sits.

    Advice: This is a big opportunity for Green as we all know what he can do if he gets minutes. For example, in the playoffs last season, Green averaged 11.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.9 assists, 1.7 blocks, 1.7 steals and 1.1 triples on 46.7 percent shooting from the field. If he is on your waiver wire and you want to take a flier on him, go for it.
    Yesterday, 6:50 am
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • Jordan Hill grabs 10 boards on Tuesday
    Jordan Hill scored seven points to go with 10 rebounds, one block, and one assist in 23 minutes on Tuesday against Houston.

    Advice: He reportedly showed up late to the game, but it doesn't appear that he will get into any kind of trouble at the moment. The minutes were low tonight, but it was mainly due to the fact that the Rockets were running away with the game. Hill will be better on most nights so owners should not be concerned and should feel comfortable plugging him into their lineups.
    Tuesday, 10:58 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 5:53 pm
  • Kemba Walker lands 4-year, $48M extension
    The Hornets and Kemba Walker have agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract extension.

    Advice: That's the exact same amount Kyle Lowry earned over four years earlier this summer, and Michael Jordan did well to lock up his 24-year-old PG without letting him hit the open market. Walker's FG percentage plummeted to 39.3 percent last year, but he still averaged an impressive 17.7 points, 1.5 threes, 4.2 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
    Tuesday, 4:29 pm
  • Norris Cole remains humble with starting job
    Norris Cole looks to be the Heat's starting point guard on opening night, but he's not letting that distinction go to his head.

    Advice: "All it is, is hard work. It’s nothing special for me. It’s hard work," said Cole regarding being a full-time starter for the first time in his career. While the lineups haven't officially been announced, Cole was the Heat's starting point guard throughout the preseason, and it looks like he's earned the job. It'll be interesting to see how the minutes are distributed in Miami, but Mario Chalmers' value could take a hit with a potential timeshare on the horizon. Owners in standard leagues can use a wait-and-see approach with regards to Cole.
    Tuesday, 3:10 pm
  • CHA hopeful to sign Kemba Walker to extension
    Michael Jordan is hopeful that the Hornets will be able to sign Kemba Walker to an extension before Friday's deadline.

    Advice: "I'd much rather get Kemba done before the season starts," Jordan said. "Ultimately that's what I intend to accomplish. We're in real conversations. I'm hopeful. Really hopeful." If the Hornets are unable to get a deal done with Kemba, he will become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season. He was a little disappointing last season as he shot just 39.3 percent from the field, but perhaps he can get that up a bit with Lance Stephenson in town, taking some attention away from Walker.
    Tuesday, 2:14 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.
    Tuesday, 12:53 pm
    5:00 pm @ Cle
  • Flip won't say if Andrew Wiggins will start
    Flip Saunders won't say who will start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: The decision is between Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer, and Saunders has been quiet on the issue all offseason. Wiggins could be brought along slowly, but with the limited options the Wolves have on offense, it seems like it would only be a matter of time until the No. 1 overall pick finds himself in a starting role. Stay tuned, but don't panic if he's not starting on opening night.
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 10:48 am
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    Tuesday, 10:41 am
  • Jared Sullinger has changed his mindset now
    Jared Sullinger has changed his mindset after a disappointing 2013-14 season.

    Advice: Sullinger, a Rotoworld favorite this season, is ready for a breakout season. Sullinger absolutely beasted through the preseason, and he credits that to a change he made before the games got started. "It was stuff I was doing on the court. Antics I don’t normally do, I was doing last year," Sullinger said. "To get away from that I had to change my mindset and play better. Yeah I was surprised, because there were times when I was just out of line. Not out of line in the sense of acting crazy, but out of line because I was not myself. The more and more I watched film, the more I realized I can do better." Sullinger credits his older brothers for the attitude turnaround, and fantasy owners should be thanking them before too long as well.
    Monday, 9:19 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.
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • 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.
    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.
    Monday, 6:30 am
    5:00 pm @ Cle
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) ready for Wolves opener
    Andrew Wiggins (back) practiced on Sunday and coach Flip Saunders declared him fully healthy.

    Advice: The Wolves' prized rookie wouldn't have practiced if there was any risk of a setback, and he'll be ready to go for Wednesday's opener vs. the Grizzlies. Fantasy owners should target him toward the latter half of the middle rounds, in the 70-90 range, with the understanding that most rookies are a crapshoot.
    Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Sunday, 9:06 am
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    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.
    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.
    Saturday, 3:16 pm
  • Cavs pick up option on Waiters
    The Cavs have picked up the fourth-year option on Dion Waiters.

    Advice: To be clear, this is not for a front-office role, because Waiters has made numerous comments about other players in the league. He's still just a scorer and is a late-round target at best in most fantasy leagues.
    Saturday, 1:33 pm
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season.
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • Norris Cole starts, plays well on Friday
    Norris Cole started against the Grizzlies on Friday, scoring 14 points with two rebounds, seven assists and one 3-pointer in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He needed a strong couple games and came through. Shabazz Napier was pushing Cole for minutes, but he should be in the rotation. He might actually start, but Mario Chalmers is still the better option in most leagues as a sixth man.
    Saturday, 9:38 am
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets.
    Friday, 10:27 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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) out for Friday night
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It would have been nice to see Wiggins get another game in before the season, but he should be ready to go. It's not clear if he's going to start, but the Wolves really need him to create. He should be an option in the middle rounds due to his upside, but fantasy owners won't want to reach too much.
    Friday, 3:52 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.
    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.
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) questionable for Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back contusion) is being listed as questionable for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Wiggins' injury is not considered serious, and he should be ready for opening night. There's a lot of hype surrounding his name, so if you want him, it's likely going to cost you a mid-round selection.
    Friday, 9:57 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.
    Friday, 8:52 am
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    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.
    Thursday, 8:58 pm
  • Kemba Walker (foot) out vs Pacers
    Kemba Walker (foot) will not play against the Pacers in the Hornets' preseason finale.

    Advice: Walker is still dealing with a sore left foot. As the regular season approaches, this is news fantasy owners do not want to hear. He has missed most of the preseason with both a knee contusion and this recent foot issues. Walker's status should be monitored throughout the early portion of the regular season.
    Thursday, 2:58 pm
  • Norris Cole nearing deadline for extension
    Norris Cole and the Heat are closing in on the October 31st deadline for a contract extension.

    Advice: "I only can control what I can control," said Cole. "That's being professional and making sure my play on the court is the best it can be, and everything else I'm sure will take care of itself." Cole has taken over starting point guard duties in Miami, and is hoping to ink a new multi-year deal. He could be a steal in later rounds of standard drafts.
    Thursday, 12:43 pm
  • Kemba Walker dealing with foot issue
    Kemba Walker (foot) is questionable for Thursday's preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Walker was already dealing with a knee contusion, but this injury sounds a bit more worrisome with the regular season on the horizon. Kemba started Wednesday's shoot around and then told the coaching staff "My foot is killing me," before heading to the trainer’s room. While Walker's questionable tag heading into Thursday's game is more promising than if he were already declared out, this will be something for fantasy owners to monitor heading into the regular season.
    Thursday, 8:55 am
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position.
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Wednesday, 8:10 pm
  • Dion Waiters scores 15 with three treys
    Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
    Wednesday, 7:58 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.
    Wednesday, 7:32 pm
  • Tyler Zeller plays well in 23 minutes
    Tyler Zeller nearly double-doubled with 11 points and nine rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's been the "surprise" of Celtics camp and is averaging 9.4 points, nearly six rebounds and nearly a block over his last five preseason games. Kelly Olynyk is the center you want to own in Boston, but Zeller is someone owners in deep, two-center leagues should think about in the late round of drafts.
    Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Jared Sullinger bonkers again w/ 15 & 17
    Jared Sullinger was at it again on Wednesday, knocking down 7-of-10 shots and another 3-pointer for 15 points, 17 rebounds, two steals and a block against the Nets.

    Advice: In his last five games, which include a four-point dud last Wednesday, he's averaging 15.2 points, 12.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.2 3-pointers on 57 percent shooting. He's the starting PF in Boston and while his preseason has been dreamy, owners should set realistic expectations. He'll have games like these, probably often, but it's hard to see him playing this well throughout the season. With all the late hype, he was taken with the 89th pick in one of Dr. A's drafts on Tuesday night. That seems a little high, but if you really want him, beware that readers of Rotoworld are likely going to be ready to pounce around the 80th pick or so.
    Wednesday, 7:07 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Jordan Hill (neck) could miss preseason games
    Jordan Hill is dealing with a strained neck and could miss some preseason action.

    Advice: He might sit on Wednesday and/or on Friday. Hill's injury is not considered serious and we'd expect him to be ready for the opener on Tuesday. He's a fine late-round sleeper.
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play on Wed.
    Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a lower back contusion and he should be ready to start the season. Wiggins' exact role is unclear, but considering how few playmakers the Wolves have on offense, you'd think he gets his chances to score. If you want him, you can probably look to grab him around pick 70, but there are some more proven studs at that ADP.
    Wednesday, 3:38 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.
    Wednesday, 2:52 pm
    5:00 pm @ Cle
  • Hill wouldn't have come back with D'Antoni
    Jordan Hill said he wouldn't have been back with the Lakers if they retained coach Mike D'Antoni.

    Advice: "If Mike was here, I wouldn't be back," Hill said. "That's the way it was. No disrespect to Mike, but apparently I didn't fit his system. Why would I come back?" Hill was shuffled in and out of the lineup for D'Antoni, so this isn't a surprise. He is locked in as the starting center and is a great target in the later rounds. If he stays healthy, he could be a terrific asset.
    Wednesday, 12:53 pm
  • Dalembert likely to average around 26 minutes
    Samuel Dalembert is likely to play around 26 minutes per game this season, according to Phil Jackson, largely because of his tendency to rack up fouls.

    Advice: Sammy has averaged 4.3 fouls per 36 minutes in his career, so that particular argument for limited minutes may be slightly overblown. In any case, he's the favorite to start at center and Jackson said the Knicks want him Dalembert to be "a 10-and-10 guy." If you throw a block or two into the mix, it's reasonable to think he'll flirt with late-round value this year.
    Wednesday, 10:04 am
  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head."
    Wednesday, 6:14 am
  • Jordan Hill scores preseason-high 14 points
    Jordan Hill scored a preseason-high 14 points on 7-of-12 shooting vs. Phoenix on Tuesday, adding seven rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Hill hasn't earned much hype this offseason but he's an excellent late-round fantasy option. As a taste of his upside, consider his stats after the All-Star-break last year: 12.8 points on 56.3 percent shooting, 8.6 boards, 0.7 steals and 1.3 blocks in just 24 minutes per game.
    Tuesday, 10:03 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins unlikely to play Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins is unlikely to play on Wednesday due to swelling after a hard fall in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Wiggins' backside swelled up overnight but it doesn't sound serious and he should be considered day-to-day. Whether or not he's in the starting lineup on opening night, Wiggins should work his way into a fantasy-worthy role before long.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Nuggets offense listless without Ty Lawson
    The Nuggets' offense was listless without Ty Lawson (hamstring) on Tuesday, with Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov leading all starters with six points each.

    Advice: Denver shot 32.6 percent from the field and Lawson's absence was painfully evident, especially with fill-in PG Nate Robinson (knee) on a minute-limit. Denver will look to recover from this drubbing in their preseason finale vs. the Warriors on Friday.
    Tuesday, 9:36 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 9:28 pm
  • Norris Cole starts again at point guard
    Norris Cole started again at point guard on Tuesday, while Mario Chalmers came off the bench at shooting guard.

    Advice: It looks like Cole has won the PG job in Miami, and while he had just seven points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on 3-of-4 shooting tonight, he played just 14 minutes. He's a nice, cheap option at point guard in the later rounds of your draft. Especially if Chalmers is playing shooting guard, and Shabazz Napier is struggling (0-for-7 tonight).
    Tuesday, 8:27 pm
  • Perry Jones scores 20 off OKC bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 6-of-13 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, four rebounds and an assist.

    Advice: He's still battling for the starting SF job in the absence of Kevin Durant (broken foot), but it's also possible that Anthony Morrow has won the job. Either way, Jones should get a lot of run off the bench and is worth a late look in most fantasy leagues, along with Morrow. Jones hit just 6-of-11 free throws tonight, which is something to keep an eye on if you're thinking about drafting him.
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 4:42 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday
    Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday after taking a hard fall on his backside in his last game.

    Advice: "He's this point he's probably 50-50," Flip Saunders said. Corey Brewer will start in his place, while Wiggins should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Norris Cole playing through back tightness
    Norris Cole is expected to start on Tuesday despite dealing with tightness in his back.

    Advice: Cole may start at PG for Miami on opening night, but he faces competition for minutes from both Mario Chalmers and rookie Shabazz Napier. Given the uncertainty surrounding his role and playing time, fantasy owners are better off leaving him undrafted in typical leagues.
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • 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.
    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.
    Tuesday, 10:15 am
    5:00 pm @ 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.
    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.
    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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 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.
    Monday, 7:04 pm
  • Norris Cole could lose some minutes
    Norris Cole could be in jeopardy of losing regular minutes with they way rookie Shabazz Napier has played this month.

    Advice: This may seem obvious, but a lot has to do with how the Heat use Mario Chalmers. He's been playing a lot of minutes at shooting guard because the Heat have some depth issues there. Meanwhile, Napier has been one of the best rookies in the preseason. If Chalmers does start at point guard, the minutes for Cole are going to be very tough to come by.
    Oct 20, 6:49 am
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