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  • Chris Kaman bitten, tested for concussion
    Chris Kaman received three stitches on his head after being accidentally bitten by Nuggets C Timofey Mozgov.

    Advice: Kaman said he felt "pretty good" after the game, but the Blazers tested him for a concussion and he's uncertain to play on Wednesday. He isn't holding the bizarre incident against Mozgov, either. "I went back pretty hard and I must've hit him in the chest," Kaman said. "He kind of folded over and his teeth went down on my head." Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • J.J. Hickson (knee) plays 15 minutes Tuesday
    J.J. Hickson (knee) returned to action on Tuesday, scoring four points with two rebounds in 15 minutes.

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

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

    Advice: He also picked up five personal fouls in just 12 minutes of action, and L.A. has enough frontcourt depth that he's off the radar in all fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Spencer Hawes starts, has a bit of everything
    Spencer Hawes had 14 points and seven rebounds in a start at PF on Tuesday, with Blake Griffin resting as a precaution.

    Advice: Hawes chipped in two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in just 28 minutes, highlighting his unique skill-set for a seven-footer. He was a top-50 player in just 31 minutes last season, and shouldn't see fewer than 25 per game backing up Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, so don't be afraid to grab him in the final rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Blazers to rest all starters but Lillard
    The Blazers are expected to rest all of their starters except for Damian Lillard during Wednesday's exhibition vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: Terry Stotts is just giving his core players a break during a meaningless game, and this has zero impact on any player's fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Markieff Morris shoots 3-of-10 for seven pts
    Markieff Morris struggled in 27 minutes vs. the Lakers, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He chipped in one 3-pointer and one steal, and he has plenty of upside thanks to his statistical versatility and a guaranteed starting job. Don't let a few quiet preseason games fool you -- Kieff is poised for a big season. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Ed Davis impressive off bench vs. Phoenix
    Lakers PF Ed Davis came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, two steals and three blocks in 23 spirited minutes vs. the Suns on Tuesday.

    Advice: Davis has quickly emerged as coach Byron Scott's preferred backup big man, reducing Robert Sacre to an afterthought. He's worth a flier pick in deep leagues, as he has the potential to average 5+ rebounds and 1+ blocks with low-volume, high-percentage points. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:36 pm
  • Terrence Jones struggles again in start
    Terrence Jones hit just 2-of-9 shots for seven points, eight rebounds, two steals and zero blocks in 28 minutes and a start on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's been highly disappointing this preseason, but at least he started and got the minutes tonight. We still think the starting job is his on opening night, but we have cooled a bit on him. He's struggled thus far and Kevin McHale seems to like Donatas Motiejunas a little too much. But for now, Jones still looks like the starter, and could immediately start playing better once the games count. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:10 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:07 pm
  • Chris Copeland scores 17 with three more 3's
    Chris Copeland started on Tuesday and hit 7-of-12 shots for 17 points, five rebounds and three more 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's really turning it on and has scored 17, 22 and 16 points in his last three games, draining 13 3-pointers and grabbing 14 rebounds. We're still not betting that he's replaced C.J. Miles at small forward just yet, but he's at least made his presence known. The Pacers need a scorer like Copeland, and it would not be all that surprising to see him eventually unseat Miles. If you're in a deep league and need threes late, give him a close look. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:30 pm
  • Chris Kaman playing well off Blazers bench
    Chris Kaman is averaging 10.5 points and 8.0 rebounds in his four games off the bench for Portland this preseason.

    Advice: If you're in a deep league that requires you starting two centers, Kaman may be worth a look at the end of your draft. And if Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge go down at some point, he'll become a must-own player. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:04 pm
  • Magic still in talks with Tobias Harris
    The Magic continue to work on an extension with F Tobias Harris, but the two sides aren't said to be close.

    Advice: Now that Nikola Vucevic has signed a new deal, it's possible talks pick up between Harris and the Magic. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:38 pm
  • Magic extend Vucevic for four years, $53 M
    The Magic extended the contract of C Nikola Vucevic for four years and $53 million on Tuesday.

    Advice: That's quite a pay day for the big man, but he's earned it. He's a top fantasy center option agains this season and remains unchallenged for his job or minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:07 pm
  • Cody Zeller limited by tendency for fouls
    Hornets coach Steve Clifford said that for Cody Zeller to reach his potential, "the fouling has to come down."

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

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

    Advice: Whether he plays is another question, but the injury doesn't seem serious enough to jeopardize his availability on opening night. He'll have a healthy role in the Wizards' offense, especially while Bradley Beal is out, and he's a safe target in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:48 pm
  • LeBron James will rest Wed. vs. Grizzlies
    Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • Al Jefferson rests w/ left ankle soreness
    Al Jefferson rested on Monday in part due to left ankle soreness.

    Advice: Although this doesn't sound serious, it's an ominous report considering the early months of his 2013-14 season were plagued by a sprained right ankle. Jefferson's health is essential for the Hornets' chances of building on last year's playoff run and they'll be extra cautious with their 265-pound center, but at the moment there are zero indications that he's in danger of missing the season opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (illness) back at practice Tues.
    Nerlens Noel (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday and he will be available for Thursday's preseason finale.

    Advice: Noel battled an upper respiratory infection for nearly a week but seems to have recovered, and he said he didn't lose any weight due to the illness. His durability is a question mark, given his lanky frame and high-flying style, but he has tantalizing upside as a rebounder and defensive menace. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 12:05 pm
  • Kris Humphries' stitches not yet removed
    The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

    Advice: Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 11:52 am
  • Steve Clifford says Al Jefferson is locked in
    Hornets head coach Steve Clifford said that Al Jefferson is locked in and excited to start the 2014-15 season.

    Advice: Clifford also added that, in his opinion, the most important thing to motivate players in the NBA is how good they think the team can be. After making the playoffs last season, things are looking up for Big Al and the former Bobcats with the addition of Lance Stephenson, Marvin Williams, and Brian Roberts to their roster. Jefferson had a breakout season in 2013-14 as he averaged 25.4 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the All-Star break and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall past the top-20 on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:25 am
  • Anthony Davis practicing on Tuesday
    Anthony Davis (wrist) was participated in Tuesday's practice with his right wrist wrapped.

    Advice: The sound you hear is fantasy owners breathing a sigh of relief as the fact that Davis is practicing the day after injuring his wrist is promising news. Davis has been a consensus top-3 pick in fantasy drafts this year and owners who like to draft high-upside players should have no issue with taking the 21-year-old with the No. 1 overall pick. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:06 am
  • Terrence Jones putting in extra work
    Terrence Jones is putting in extra work after practice with Donatas Motiejunas.

    Advice: Jones and Motiejunas have assigned themselves a post-practice routine that they hope will take their games to another level this season. "We just put in extra work trying to get better," Jones. "We know the four position is a big role for this team. We're just trying to make sure we're prepared for the end of the season by putting in the extra work. It's something we're going to get used to, being the last ones out." While Jones and Motiejunas are battling for the Rockets starting PF job, both should see enough minutes to warrant a late-round fantasy selection. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:41 am
  • LeBron James is NBA's most popular player
    LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

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

    Advice: Five of those turnovers were offensive fouls in a quintessential Boogie game tonight. The Spurs rested Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter (calf) was out, so they had nobody that could even remotely control him. He's going to be a thrill ride this season. His Achilles' injury is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:19 pm
  • Landry (knee) returns to action on Monday
    Carl Landry (knee) returned to action on Monday, scoring 15 points on 5-of-6 shooting (5-of-5 FTs) with seven rebounds and no steals or blocks in 18 minutes.

    Advice: This is a Landry line if we've seen one. He'll need to have a bunch more before we recommend to owners that they deal with his fantasy deficient stat-set in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:14 pm
  • Horford up to 24 minutes in Monday's game
    Al Horford played 24 minutes in the Hawks' 117-114 overtime win in Monday's exhibition against the Hornets, scoring 10 points on 4-of-10 shooting with six rebounds and one steal.

    Advice: Horford continues to slowly ramp up his minutes and if all goes well he'll be able to show he's 100 percent healthy at some point this week. Expecting him to roll right into his top-end productivity levels is a bit optimistic, but he should settle in eventually and secure early round value. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:09 pm
  • Zeller goes for 18 and eight in start
    Cody Zeller started for Marvin Williams (rest) in Monday's exhibition game against the Hawks, scoring 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting with eight rebounds and five assists before fouling out in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Zeller will have a larger role in the rotation this year but he's not breaking out anytime soon, at least not on the strength of this one meaningless preseason game. If this becomes a habit this week we'll let you know, but he's hands off in standard leagues until further notice. Bismack Biyombo falls in the same boat with his 10 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:03 pm
  • James plays well; will sit out on Wed vs. MEM
    LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

    Advice: James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:06 pm
  • All Clear: Anthony Davis says wrist is 'fine'
    Anthony Davis said his sprained right wrist is "fine" and that he wanted to return to the Monday's exhibition game.

    Advice: All clear, as expected. Davis wanted to return but Monty Williams held him out, and as writers said at the time he never appeared to be in pain. Owners can continue drafting him anywhere between No. 1 and 3 with visions of untold fantasy greatness. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis suffers sprained right wrist
    Anthony Davis suffered a sprained right wrist in Monday's preseason game and will not return.

    Advice: That's probably doubtful and let's say right off the bat that the beat writers are saying he doesn't appear to be in any pain. We'll update you as soon as we get a handle on this and owners should keep the needle still until we hear of a legitimate reason to be concerned. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:01 pm
  • Paul Pierce (rest/knee) out Monday vs. NO
    Paul Pierce (rest/knee) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition against the Pelicans.

    Advice: Pierce had a hard fall during Friday's preseason game, and he did not participate in Sunday's practice, but the injury is not considered serious. Pierce should be ready to go for opening night, and he's shaping up to be a great value pick in the later rounds of standard leagues for his ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:55 pm
  • Al Jefferson (rest) out Monday vs. Atlanta
    Al Jefferson (rest) will not suit up for Monday's exhibition game vs. Atlanta.

    Advice: Big Al is one of the best centers in the league, and he averaged 24.5 points, 11.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and 0.9 blocks after the break last season while shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from the charity stripe. He's the Hornets' No. 1 option on offense, and is worthy of a top-20 selection on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 3:10 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (illness) out on Monday night
    Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play against the Nets on Monday night.

    Advice: Coach Brett Brown said that he's not concerned about Noel missing time because the rookie has been practicing. Noel has been out since Oct. 15 and has missed three games, but he should be ready for the season opener. Fantasy owners can target him in the middle rounds. Arnett Moultrie has stepped it up while Noel has been out. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 9:08 am
  • Perry Jones leads OKC w/ 21 points off bench
    Perry Jones came off the bench on Sunday but still led the Thunder with 21 points on 7-of-15 FGs and 5-of-8 FTs, eight rebounds and one block in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He also sank a pair of 3-pointers and is the favorite to start at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is sidelined. Fantasy owners should view him as a low-end, short-term option capable of contributing a trickle of across-the-board stats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:14 pm
  • Kris Humphries (hand) to be examined Monday
    Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

    Advice: He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Paul Pierce (knee bruise) held out Sunday
    Paul Pierce (knee bruise) was held out of practice on Sunday.

    Advice: He suffered the injury during Friday's game and was eventually cleared to return. He's not expected to play in Monday's exhibition but should be ready to go for the season opener, and his 3-point shooting alone makes him a solid pick in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:40 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins turns it over nine times
    DeMarcus Cousins turned the ball over nine times in 26 minutes on Saturday with 19 points, 12 boards, two blocks and one steal.

    Advice: The turnovers were a bit much and he did have 4.0 turnovers per game in limited action before tonight. Cousins is still going to be a monster for fantasy owners and is worth a look at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:57 pm
  • Kenneth Faried puts up 19 points vs. Clips
    Kenneth Faried scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals and one turnover.

    Advice: He was 7-of-13 from the field and 5-of-9 from the line, so the usage rate in this game is interesting. Faried is all set for a breakout season with his strong second half and awesome FIBA outing, so don't be afraid to reach for him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:08 pm
  • Al Horford plays 21 minutes vs. Detroit
    Al Horford played 21 minutes against the Pistons on Saturday, scoring 12 points with six boards, four assists, two steals and one block.

    Advice: His minutes are steadily rising and he should be close to 100 percent for the regular season. If Horford stays healthy, he could be a first-round asset. He shouldn't go past 30 in your draft and there's nothing wrong with taking him in the teens. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 8:29 pm
  • Chris Copeland launches 14 3PAs, scores 22
    Chris Copeland got the green light in the starting lineup with 14 attempts from beyond the arc, making six of them on his way to 22 points with five rebounds, one assist, two steals and no turnovers.

    Advice: He only attempted one shot from inside the arc and made all four at the line. During the Pacers' broadcast, Copeland said the transition to small forward has been "tough" and it showed up with some poor D tonight. However, the Pacers need offense in the worst way and his 3-point shooting and size fit in nicely. At this rate, he has a good chance for minutes in the 20s, which puts him on the radar in standard leagues. He'd also get a nice bump in value with David West (ankle) hurt. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:37 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday
    Nikola Vucevic (rest) is out for Saturday's preseason game against the 76ers.

    Advice: He is simply being rested considering the Magic are on the second game of a back-to-back set. Vucevic has been a beast in preseason and has solidified himself as a No.1 fantasy center. He is an early-mid round target with a lot of upside on a young Magic team. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:21 pm
  • Tobias Harris will rest on Saturday
    Tobias Harris (rest) will not play on Saturday.

    Advice: He took an ugly fall on Wednesday, but he's fine. Harris' role is a little unclear, but he has fantastic upside. While he's probably not worth reaching too high for, he's a great pick around 80-100. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:20 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (illness) out on Saturday
    Nerlens Noel (illness) is out again on Saturday against the Magic.

    Advice: He has been battling an upper respiratory infection and could not recover in time for Saturday's game. The 76er's are not going to risk the health of their young stud, so the writing was on the wall for this one. Noel has had a strong preseason so far and it doesn't appear that his knee has limited him at all. If you are willing to take a gamble on him in the middle-rounds, he could be an awesome value pick as the season progresses. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:00 pm
  • Hawes scores 24 points in 23 minutes
    Spencer Hawes scored 24 points in 23 minutes in Friday's exhibition win, hitting 9-of-15 shots (including three treys) with six rebounds, one steal and one block.

    Advice: DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin combined to play 70 minutes and this illustrates how Hawes has a legit chance to help fantasy squads this year. Hawes will be held back by lower field goal percentage because of all those 3-point attempts, and his defensive stats are nothing to write home about, but all told he's a safe and solid pick in the late rounds of a standard draft. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 11:31 pm
  • Magic clicking as they dispatch the Pistons
    Nikola Vucevic scored 18 points on 8-of-19 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in the Magic's 99-87 preseason win over the Pistons on Friday.

    Advice: The whole team clicked tonight with Vucevic and Tobias Harris (22 points, nine boards) leading the way. Ben Gordon scored 10 points with five rebounds, four assists and a block in just 18 minutes, and Kyle O'Quinn posted 14 points with seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and two threes in a Magic box score that was productive throughout. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:36 pm
  • Pierce calls it an early night after scare
    Paul Pierce hit the ground hard just before halftime of Friday's exhibition and started clutching his knee, but after being assisted to the locker room he was cleared to return to the game.

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

    Advice: Pierce was rested during Wednesday's exhibition, but he'll make a return to the lineup on Friday. Pierce's ability to contribute to all areas of the stat sheet make him a viable option, and he figures to be a value pick late in drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 3:26 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins will play on Saturday
    DeMarcus Cousins has been dealing with some Achilles tendinitis, but he will play in Saturday's preseason game.

    Advice: The fact that DeMarcus will be playing in a meaningless preseason game tells us this Achilles tendinitis will be a non-issue moving forward. Boogie was superb last season with the Kings, averaging career-highs across the board in points (22.7), rebounds (11.7), assists (2.9), and blocks (1.3). With zero competition for minutes, and him again set to be the focal point of the Kings' offense, Cousins makes for an excellent selection towards the end of the first round in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:43 pm
  • Al Horford getting his confidence back
    Al Horford is feeling more confident on the court after two preseason games.

    Advice: "The second game I definitely had a breakthrough against the Bulls," Horford said Friday. "Mentally, I was in a much better place because I was more comfortable. The first game I was more tentative." The plan for Horford is to continue to play the remainder of the preseason in order to increase his game conditioning. It may take some time for Horford to dust off some of the rust, after spending most of last season on the sidelines, but his upside is first-round value. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 1:06 pm
  • Jordan Hill posts a 12-14 double-double
    Jordan Hill scored 12 points with 14 boards and two blocks in 28 minutes against the Jazz on Thursday.

    Advice: If he can play 28 minutes every night, Hill would put up massive fantasy value. The problem is that the wheels have fallen off a handful of times, so he's going to be a risky pick. Fantasy owners should certainly consider him late and just cross the injury bridge when they get to it. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:12 pm
  • Markieff Morris looks great off the bench
    Markieff Morris came off the bench and played 23 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday, making 7-of-10 from the field for 17 points, seven rebounds, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He hasn't been completely unleashed in the preseason, but the stats have been there in limited playing time. All the pieces are in place for a Markieff breakout after being the 38th-best player in nine-category leagues after the break last season. Plus, that was with Channing Frye around. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:04 pm
  • Al Horford plays 16 minutes
    Al Horford played 16 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday with four points, six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played 11 minutes in his debut on Tuesday and his minutes will likely rise leading up to start the season. Horford was putting up first-round value before his injury last season, so he's worth a look late in the second round if you're feeling saucy. He shouldn't slip out of the third round in any league. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:00 pm
  • Anthony Davis looks amazing again
    Anthony Davis looked dominant against the Thunder on Thursday, making 10-of-15 from the field for 28 points with eight rebounds, two assists and one block.

    Advice: He's good at basketball. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:55 pm
  • Perry Jones III takes 14 shots
    Perry Jones made 4-of-14 from the field for nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He started at power forward and is the heavy favorite to start at small forward on opening night. Jones' ability to play the four is a big reason why he might take on most of Kevin Durant's (foot) minutes. Fantasy owners can consider him in deep leagues, but he's not on the radar in standards. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:37 pm
  • Nerlens Noel will not play Thursday vs Boston
    Nerlens Noel (illness) will not play in Thursday's exhibition game against Boston due to an upper respiratory infection.

    Advice: Noel missed the latter half of Wednesday's practice with flu-like symptoms and will take Thursday off to recuperate. The illness is nothing for fantasy owners to worry about as Noel has looked solid during the preseason and is a high-risk, high-reward pick in the mid-rounds of standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 8:22 am
  • LeBron James goes off against Pacers
    LeBron James hit 9-of-12 shots, two 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite the awful playoff schedule in head-to-head leagues, LeBron is still worthy of the No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant (broken toe) will sit for at least a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:40 pm
  • Chris Copeland scores 16 off Pacers bench
    Chris Copeland came off the bench to hit 6-of-10 shots and four 3-pointers on his way to 16 points, four rebounds, three assists and a block.

    Advice: Given the Pacers lack of depth at either forward position, Copeland is officially a player to keep an eye on. He's not a must-own player in standard leagues, but he could be a teammate's injury away from becoming a full-time starter. And he's playing better than some of the guys in front of him, particularly Solomon Hill. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:33 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic double-doubles Wednesday
    Nikola Vucevic double-doubled on Wednesday with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, while adding 11 rebounds and three blocks in only 25 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like the Achilles injury is behind him as he was simply fantastic tonight. He is easily a No. 1 fantasy center and this game only solidifies that. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:04 pm
  • Tobias Harris scores 14 on Wednesday
    Tobias Harris scored 14 points and added five boards in just 25 minutes during Wednesday's exhibition against Flamengo.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-9 from the field, and added a three on the night. He also managed to swipe two steals and looked really strong tonight. Harris will get his minutes this year and looks like a safe pick in the later rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Paul Pierce getting some rest on Wed.
    Paul Pierce will be rested against Maccabi Haifa on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is not injured and tonight will allow the younger guys to get more minutes. Pierce will see minutes in the mid-20s this year, but he could still put up mid-round value while he's active. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 2:37 pm
  • Nerlens Noel (flu) expects to play Thursday
    Nerlens Noel expects to play on Thursday despite missing Wednesday's practice due to illness.

    Advice: Noel played through a fever on Tuesday but you couldn't tell by watching him play, as he racked up 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and one block in 34 minutes. He's likely to start at power forward, which may spare him some physical abuse from the league's centers, and he has impressive fantasy upside with an undercurrent of injury risk. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:58 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins rested w/ Achilles soreness
    DeMarcus Cousins sat out Wednesday's game due to "bilateral Achilles soreness," but the injury is not considered serious.

    Advice: This was really just a maintenance day for Cousins before the Kings' long flight home from Beijing, where they played the Nets in a preseason exhibition. Achilles injuries are typically a red flag but unless another report emerges this shouldn't impact DMC's season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:44 am
  • LaMarcus Aldridge planning to shoot more 3s
    LaMarcus Aldridge said that he'll "definitely" take more 3-pointers this season, and that coach Terry Stotts has already implemented offensive sets to get him shots beyond the arc.

    Advice: "Coach has been trying to get me to shoot them for the last two years," Aldridge said. "I definitely worked on it this summer and I feel more comfortable with it." He also studied tape to improve his reactions to double-teams, and all signs are positive as he enters a contract year in Portland. Any 3-pointers should be considered a bonus, as he's currently 24-of-116 from downtown in his eight-year career. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:14 am
  • Al Horford (chest) feels fine after debut
    Al Horford said that he was "not sore at all" after making his preseason debut on Tuesday, scoring two points in 11 minutes of action.

    Advice: "It's going to take a little bit of time to get back into that rhythm," Horford said after the game. "My whole focus is to keep improving each game." Horford hasn't played an NBA game last late December and he'll be scraping the rust off his game for weeks to come, but that shouldn't dissuade owners from drafting him in the 25-30 range. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:51 am
  • Tobias Harris stronger, fitter, ready for PF
    Magic coach Jacque Vaughn praised Tobias Harris' fitness and improved strength, which will allow him to play more minutes at PF.

    Advice: Harris has tantalizing fantasy appeal but he's been unable to stay healthy during his three-year career, missing an average of 24.0 games per season. He's earned nothing but positive reviews this offseason, and should easily get 30+ minutes as a combo forward, so he's worth the risk in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:30 am
  • Carl Landry (knee) barely plays vs. Brooklyn
    Carl Landry started Wednesday's exhibition in Beijing but only played five minutes in the Kings' overtime loss to the Nets.

    Advice: Landry isn't big enough to defend Brook Lopez in the paint and he's not mobile enough to chase Mirza Teletovic off the 3-point line, so this was a dreadful matchup for him. That will be the case on plenty of nights this season, and his likely backup role is one of many reasons to avoid him. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:14 am
  • LeBron James (back) healthy, should play Wed.
    LeBron James has "no physical problems at all," according to coach David Blatt, and he's expected to play Wednesday vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: LeBron's minor back pain has subsided and he should be fine on opening night. "There's no reason he won't play [against Indiana]," Blatt said. "We're just trying to manage the preseason and [find] the best possible way to get him ready." With Kevin Durant (foot) expected to miss 6-8 weeks, LBJ and Anthony Davis are now vying to be the No. 1 pick in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:23 am
  • Perry Jones could start for Kevin Durant
    Perry Jones started for the Thunder on Tuesday and hit 5-of-6 shots and a 3-pointer for 12 points, two rebounds and one assist in 19 minutes.

    Advice: We're guessing he gets the start at small forward for Kevin Durant, who will miss a couple months with a broken foot, but it's also possible that Jeremy Lamb or Anthony Morrow could get the job. If Perry wins it, he's going to be worth a late draft pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 10:11 pm
  • Anthony Davis in midseason form in win
    Anthony Davis hit 9-of-11 shots and 8-of-10 free throws for 26 points, eight rebounds, a steal and four blocks in Tuesday's win over the Rockets.

    Advice: Dwight Howard and James Harden were out for the Rockets, but Davis is going to be dominant any time he's on the court this season. If you want to take him No. 1 overall with Kevin Durant down and out (foot), do it. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Terrence Jones quiet again, bangs elbow
    Terrence Jones struggled again on Tuesday, going for five points, two rebounds and a steal on 2-of-6 shooting in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He also suffered a right elbow injury after a collision with Ish Smith, but played through it with a wrap on his elbow. He's been highly disappointing thus far, but did have 18 points on Monday. He's still not a lock to win the starting PF job in Houston, but we are still leaning that way. Donatas Motiejunas appears to be his main competition for the job and had nine points, one rebound and a 3-pointer on 2-of-8 shooting. Stay tuned. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:34 pm
  • Al Horford plays 11 min. in preseason debut
    Al Horford made his season debut on Tuesday after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in December of last year.

    Advice: He was very quiet, with just two points, one rebound and two assists in 11 minutes, but the news here is that he was healthy enough to play in an NBA game. That means he should be out there on opening night, barring a setback, but it could take him until Thanksgiving, or even Christmas, to get back to his old form. He's still a top fantasy center option, but he'll also come along with plenty of risk. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:06 pm
  • Nerlens Noel double-doubles in loss
    Nerlens Noel hit 3-of-5 shots for 12 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, four steals and a block in 34 minutes of Tuesday's start.

    Advice: He was playing through a sore thigh and that's a very solid line. The Sixers are going to struggle all season, and Noel will have some off nights, but he's already looking like a reliable big man in fantasy. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 7:06 pm
  • Andre Roberson, Perry Jones start at SG, SF
    The Thunder's starting lineup for Tuesday features Russell Westbrook, Andre Roberson, Perry Jones, Lance Thomas and Steven Adams.

    Advice: Roberson's defense makes him a likely starter for coach Scott Brooks, and Perry Jones could also fill in at SF while Kevin Durant (foot) is on the sidelines. Thomas and Adams may lose their starting jobs once Serge Ibaka (ankle) and Kendrick Perkins (quad) return to action, and at the moment there are more questions than answers in OKC. Brooks could also slide Roberson to SF with Anthony Morrow, Reggie Jackson or Jeremy Lamb at SG, so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the Thunder as the preseason winds down. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Al Horford in starting lineup vs Heat Tuesday
    Al Horford (pectoral) is in the Hawks' starting lineup for Tuesday's exhibition game against the Heat.

    Advice: This is the news that fantasy owners have been waiting for since the big man went down with a torn pectoral muscle on December 26, 2013. While the Hawks will likely ease Horford back into the action, he should be all systems go for the start of the regular season and is a solid late-second, early-third round pick in fantasy drafts after averaging 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 0.9 steals, and 1.5 blocks before getting hurt last year. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:52 am
  • LeBron James will not play vs Bucks Tuesday
    LeBron James (rest) will not play in Tuesday's exhibition against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    Advice: King James had previously said he expected to rest for one of the Cavs' preseason games this week, so it looks like that mystery is solved. Now that Kevin Durant is set to miss at least six weeks with a broken foot, James is set to reclaim his spot as the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts. While Anthony Davis offers a higher ceiling for owners who are throwing caution to the wind, LeBron represents a much safer option for risk-averse owners. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:36 am
  • Jones leads Rockets with 18 points
    Terrence Jones scored 18 points in the Rockets' 95-92 preseason win over the Suns on Monday, hitting 8-of-15 shots with seven rebounds, three steals and one block in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Granted, James Harden and Dwight Howard took the night off, but this is one of the reasons we love Jones as a middle round target. Yes, there's been talk about an open competition at power forward between he and Donatas Motiejunas (nine points, five boards, one steal, 20 minutes), but as long as Jones doesn't faceplant he has late-early round upside in a starting role. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 10:14 pm
  • Noel (thigh) plans to play on Tuesday
    Nerlens Noel (thigh) has been practicing for the past two days and coach Brett Brown plans to play him in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: The Sixers are going to take every precaution with Noel but this injury is clearly a non-issue from a drafting standpoint. Noel has been getting picked up as a low-end No. 1 center in drafts and is a bit of a risk-reward guy in his first NBA season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:01 pm
  • Al Horford (pectoral) close to making debut
    Al Horford (pectoral) is targeting a return for one of the Hawks three upcoming preseason games.

    Advice: "I'll keep working," Horford said. "I'm pretty much in everything [in practice]. My whole thing is keep practicing, keep getting more comfortable with the guys and to be back playing period." Horford participated in most of the Hawks 5-on-5 scrimmage Monday, and it looks like he's targeting a return for either Tuesday vs. the Heat, Thursday vs. the Bulls, or Saturday vs. the Pistons. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 1:24 pm
  • LeBron James will take one game off this week
    LeBron James said he expects to rest for one of the upcoming preseason games this week.

    Advice: Presumably it will be one of the games of the upcoming back-to-back set, so either Tuesday vs. Milwaukee, or Wednesday vs. Indiana. With news of the Kevin Durant (foot) injury, LeBron James looks like a solid No. 1 overall selection in fantasy leagues. Just beware that the Cavs have a very unfavorable fantasy playoff schedule, and depending on the Cavs record, James could take some time off during the final stretch of the regular season. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 12:30 pm
  • Spencer Hawes plays well again
    Spencer Hawes played 23 minutes off the bench against the Blazers on Sunday with 15 points, six rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: He looks to be penciled in for minutes in the mid 20s with his new team, which should allow him to produce some decent fantasy stats due to his contributions in treys and blocks. Hawes may get some added run in the fourth quarter because DeAndre Jordan can't make free throws. Although, DJ's best quarter for free throws last season was the fourth. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 6:30 am
  • Ed Davis to get bulk of backup C minutes
    Ed Davis is expected to get the bulk of the backup minutes at center on Thursday.

    Advice: Robert Sacre played more on Sunday, scoring 12 points with five rebounds, two assists and one block in 27 minutes. Davis received a DNP-CD because coach Byron Scott wanted to get a long look at Sacre. The former Raptor and Grizzly has been terrific at camp thus far and is on the radar in deep leagues, especially considering how tough it's been for Jordan Hill to play big minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 13, 6:16 am
  • Chris Copeland starts at SF, scores six pts
    Chris Copeland started at SF and made two 3-pointers to finish Sunday's defeat with six points, three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes.

    Advice: Copeland will play exclusively at SF this season, according to coach Frank Vogel, as the Pacers try to fill the void created by Paul George's leg injury. Solomon Hill and C.J. Miles are strong candidates to start ahead of Copeland, and even rookie Damjan Rudez is in the conversation, which eliminates any appeal Copeland might have for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 7:00 pm
  • Ekpe Udoh out Sunday with sprained ankle
    Ekpe Udoh isn't available for Sunday's exhibition after spraining his ankle during pre-game warmups.

    Advice: Udoh earned a one-year, $1 million deal from the Clippers this season, but he isn't a fantasy option in a frontcourt dominated by Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Spencer Hawes. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 6:08 pm
  • Nerlens Noel day-to-day w/ bruised thigh
    Nerlens Noel said he's taking it "day by day" as he recovers from a thigh bruise he suffered on Monday.

    Advice: Noel played on Wednesday but was rested for Friday's exhibition as a precaution, even though he would "most likely" have played if it had been a regular-season game. The Sixers are particularly concerned about his ability to stay healthy given his lean 6'11", 216-pound frame. "We are on point with his chef," said coach Brett Brown. "We are on point with his weight. We are on point every day with weighing him in and weighing him out, and hydration is a big part of that." His thigh injury isn't a serious concern but this is a reminder that Philly will treat their prized big man with the utmost caution. Rotoworld.com
    Oct 12, 3:31 pm
  • Kenneth Faried (ankle) looks fine on Sunday
    Kenneth Faried (ankle) practiced without limitations on Sunday.

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