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  • Brandon Ingram shoots 4-of-6 in NBA debut
    Brandon Ingram finished his first NBA game with nine points and three rebounds, shooting 4-of-6 from the field with one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

    Advice: The No. 2 pick in this year's draft will be eased slowly into the mix, as L.A. doesn't want to put the weight of a franchise on the shoulders of a 19-year-old with a slim build. Luol Deng is essentially a place-holder starter, but it's anyone's guess when or if Ingram will ascend to the starting SF spot as a rookie. For re-draft purposes, it's wise to let Ingram marinate on the waiver wire. Today, 10:48 pm
  • Luol Deng quiet in 28 minutes in LAL debut
    Luol Deng made an unassuming debut for the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring seven points with five boards in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran shot 3-of-9 from the field while adding one 3-pointer and one steal, so it wasn't a total loss. His outlook will grow dimmer by the month with L.A. inevitably developing Brandon Ingram at his expense, so there's not a lot to like for fantasy purposes. Today, 10:47 pm
  • Nick Young starts, plays 27 mins vs. Rockets
    Nick Young finished Wednesday's upset win vs. the Rockets with eight points, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one block and five personal fouls in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Uncle P shot just 3-of-12 from the field, which would normally spell disaster, but he stayed on the court thanks to much improved effort defensively. It remains to be seen whether he can hold off Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams long-term, however, and even as a starter he's better suited to deep leagues. Today, 10:47 pm
  • K.J. McDaniels hits 5-of-5 FGs for 11 points
    K.J. McDaniels didn't miss from the field on Wednesday, going 5-of-5 with a 3-pointer to score 11 points in 12 minutes of action.

    Advice: McDaniels and Corey Brewer (four points, two assists in 15 minutes) have both secured spots in the rotation, but their upside is severely limited while James Harden, Eric Gordon and Trevor Ariza are dominating the wing positions. Today, 10:44 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins scores 25 points vs. Memphis
    Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 25 points against the Grizzlies on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, one block and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He was 7-of-14 from the field and 10-of-14 from the line. Wiggins only attempted one shot from beyond the arc, which is just a shade below his preseason average of 1.3 per game. There was talk of Wiggins working in more treys to his game, but it doesn't look to be in the cards. Still, he should be scoring a ton and hopefully he can add some defensive stats. Today, 10:44 pm
  • James Harden opens w/ career-high 17 assists
    James Harden dished out a career-high 17 assists vs. the Lakers on Wednesday, adding 34 points (9-of-19 FGs, 15-of-16 FTs) with eight rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: The Rockets' newly-minted point guard is on the verge of a ridiculous season, and he could vie with Russell Westbrook for the lead in both usage rate and MVP votes. He's PG-eligible in most leagues, which is a cherry on top of his already delicious fantasy outlook. The only bad news tonight is that he also committed seven turnovers, and his offensive theatrics couldn't compensate for the Rockets' paltry defense. Today, 10:43 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores one point
    Andre Roberson scored one point with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The offseason puff pieces about Roberson's improved offense were nice, but it's all about the defense for the starting small forward. He won't get enough shots to matter in DFS while the Thunder are healthy. Today, 9:54 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) scoreless in return
    P.J. Tucker (back) played only six minutes during Wednesday's opener, going scoreless with only one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was an expected minute-limit as the Suns ease the veteran forward back into action. Tucker could return low-end value once he's up to speed physically, but his role is expected to dwindle as the Suns' develop guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender late in the season. Today, 9:52 pm
  • T.J. Warren scores 14 points on 14 shots
    T.J. Warren shot 5-of-14 from the field to finish Wednesday's road win with 14 points, five rebounds, one assist and five fouls in 30 minutes of action.

    Advice: It was Warren's first regular-season appearance since season-ending foot surgery last January, and he may have suffered from some opening-night jitters. The good news for fantasy owners is that Warren added two steals to diversify his line, and his 14 shot attempts were a team-high for Phoenix. Today, 9:52 pm
  • Rudy Gay scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Rudy Gay racked up 22 points in 33 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 9-of-15 from the field with four blocks, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Trade rumors have swirled around Gay this offseason, due partly to his declaration that he'll opt out of his contract next summer. Those distractions didn't affect him tonight, though, and more importantly his Achilles injury seems to be in the rearview. So far, so good. Today, 9:50 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points w/ two 3s
    Arron Afflalo started Wednesday's win vs. the Suns, posting eight points with three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Afflalo dealt with a glute injury recently but it didn't seem to impact him tonight. The starting SG is Afflalo's to lose, whether or not the Kings end up keeping Ben McLemore (six points in 17 minutes), but his only fantasy value comes from scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentages. Today, 9:48 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) scores 14 pts w/ extras
    Matt Barnes (ribs) looked great in his Kings debut, coming off the bench for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran also had a minor knee injury recently, but his status for the opener was never truly in doubt. Based on the evidence from opening night, Barnes will serve as the Kings' sixth-man this season -- as long as he's playing 25+ minutes per night, he's worth a long look in most fantasy leagues. Today, 9:47 pm
  • Hendo has a solid debut for Philly
    Gerald Henderson scored nine points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

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

    Advice: New Orleans gave Hill a four-year, $52 million contract this summer, so he's obviously a big part of their plans. He's a steady defender whose role is safe with Tyreke Evans (knee) on the shelf, but fantasy owners should view him skeptically unless his offense picks up significantly. Today, 9:18 pm
  • Lance Stephenson plays well in 26 minutes
    Lance Stephenson came off the bench for eight points, three boards, three assists and one steal in his Pelicans' debut on Wednesday, making 4-of-7 shots in 26 minutes of action.

    Advice: "With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP. Today, 9:17 pm
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes vs. Denver
    Terrence Jones posted six points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 18 minutes off the bench in New Orleans' season opener.

    Advice: It's a disappointing start for Jones, but he deserves a few weeks before making any sweeping judgments about his value with the Pelicans. Head coach Alvin Gentry has suggested that he could slide Anthony Davis to center in certain matchups, opening up a potential PF job for Jones, which is something to watch for vs. the Warriors on Friday. Today, 9:13 pm
  • Robert Covington off to a slow start
    Robert Covington scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His ankle wasn't the problem and he just didn't have the shots tonight. Covington will be taking plenty of jumpers and racking up the steals, so he's a must-own player in standard leagues. Today, 9:11 pm
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. Today, 9:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler logs 30 minutes Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, contributing 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' road victory.

    Advice: The veteran hadn't played a regular-season game since Apr. 15, 2015, due to a long absence following hip surgery. The Nuggets' deep rotation makes it hard to get excited about Chandler's prospects, but his playing time is a good sign -- he could have had an even bigger line if he shot better than 5-of-15 from the field. Today, 9:09 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31 points not enough
    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets one minute
    Quincy Acy played one minute with one foul on Wednesday.

    Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation while the Mavs are healthy. Acy could get a spot start based on how coach Rick Carlisle handles his rotation with rest, but he's not a fantasy option right now. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic sent to bench after 1st half
    Mirza Teletovic started the first half during his Bucks' debut on Wednesday, but he finished with only six points on 3-of-12 shooting, three boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The four-year veteran is coming off a career-best season during which he averaged 12.2 points, 2.3 triples and 3.8 rebounds in just 21.3 minutes per game. He was benched after halftime and it's anyone's guess where he'll begin Saturday's game, but his per-minute upside as a perimeter shooter makes him a worthwhile specialist in most 12-team leagues. Today, 9:04 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn (ankle) plays just eight mins
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) started the second half on Wednesday but finished Milwaukee's home loss with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting in eight minutes.

    Advice: Jason Kidd initially started Mirza Teletovic because he "just felt a little bit more comfortable going with a vet in the matchups," but he changed his mind at halftime. Vaughn shot just 30.5 percent last season and he was no better during the preseason, so most owners should take a wait-and-see approach here. Today, 9:04 pm
  • Michael Beasley shoots 1-of-5 in 19 minutes
    Michael Beasley finished Wednesday's game with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 19 bench minutes.

    Advice: Beasley dealt with a minor elbow injury last week but it was never considered serious. The Bucks are hoping that he can replace some of the scoring they lost when Khris Middleton went down, but a handful of points are basically all he brings to the fantasy table. Today, 9:03 pm
  • Nick Young starting for the Lakers
    Nick Young will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: From being on the roster bubble to getting an opening night start at home. A truly Swaggy way to start off his season. Young still doesn't have fantasy value just yet. The other starters are D'Angelo Russell, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and TImofey Mozgov. Today, 7:05 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn starts second half
    Rashad Vaughn started the second half against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: He started for Mirza Teletovic because the first half defense was a problem for the Bucks. Fantasy owners can keep Vaughn on the wire in most leagues. Today, 6:38 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He is good to go, according to coach Dave Joerger. Barnes played some four minutes and that should happen quite a bit in this matchup. He's still not a great fantasy option, but he's gone on terrific runs before and Joerger likes him. Today, 6:01 pm
  • Will Barton starting opener vs. Pelicans
    Will Barton will start vs. the Pelicans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Barton was always expected to start with Gary Harris (groin) absence, and this simply confirms it. Check back after the game to see how he fared. Today, 4:59 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn available to play
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) is available to play on Wednesday against the Hornets.

    Advice: He's been passed on the depth chart due to some sub-par play. Vaughn could get action tonight, but that might change once Tony Snell (ankle) is good to go . Today, 3:49 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic, Miles Plumlee to start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee against the Hornets.

    Advice: The Bucks do not have Tony Snell (ankle) for this game, so they'll start the power forward Teletovic. He did get some starts in the preseason and the Bucks will need him to space the floor. If he has a strong run to start the year, he could stick. If you need treys, give Teletovic a look. Today, 3:23 pm
  • Tucker limited to 10-12 minutes.
    P.J. Tucker (back) will be limited to about 10-12 minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.

    Advice: He had back surgery in September, but that's not the reason why he's coming off the bench. Tucker was used at both forward spots last year and was used more in a defensive role. With more depth at the four and Devin Booker expected to play more small forward, there aren't many minutes available for Tucker. Today, 2:06 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play
    Quincy Acy (foot) is expected to play on Wednesday against the Pacers.

    Advice: The Mavs are asking him to take some 3-pointers and help space the floor off the bench. He is likely to be behind Dwight Powell for backup power forward minutes tonight. Today, 1:41 pm
  • Arron Afflalo listed as starter
    Arron Afflalo (glute) is listed as the starter for Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He's said he expected to play last week, so he'll be ready to go. The Kings have been playing Garrett Temple at mostly point guard, so they do have some depth issues at shooting guard. Still, Afflalo's ceiling isn't too promising. Today, 1:19 pm
  • Nick Young to be in the rotation?
    Nick Young is expected to get minutes at small forward on Wednesday.

    Advice: The Lakers are going to slide Brandon Ingram around to open up some run for Uncle P. While he did play shooting guard in most of his career, he played 100 of his 128 minutes at small forward in the preseason. Young is still not someone worth trusting in most leagues. Today, 11:46 am
  • Brandon Ingram will get some PG run?
    Brandon Ingram will play some point guard on Wednesday.

    Advice: Move over PG Giannis? Jose Calderon (calf) is out, so the Lakers are really thin at the one. This isn't too surprising to hear with Ingram getting point guard run at Summer League and in the preseason. He still has a lot to learn in running an offense and he'll likely see other perimeter guys. He might start slow, but obviously the Lakers are going to give him plenty of opportunity. Today, 11:39 am
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov probable Wednesday
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are being listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Houston.

    Advice: Walton already said on Tuesday that both would be available on opening night, so the probable tag is just a formality. Feel free to get them active. Today, 10:54 am
  • Will Barton expected to start sans Harris
    Will Barton will likely start at shooting guard for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pelicans, according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.

    Advice: Dempsey is a highly reliable source, and he speculates the starting five for Wednesday's game will be Emmanuel Mudiay, Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Nikola Jokic and Jusuf Nurkic. Assuming Barton starts, he'll draw a favorable matchup against New Orleans, so he's on the radar as a potential low-budget DFS play. Wilson Chandler should also be able to see some increased minutes with Harris on the sidelines. Today, 10:00 am
  • Jonathan Simmons impresses in opener
    Jonathan Simmons came off the Spurs' bench and went off for a career-high 20 points, four rebounds, three assists, a block and three 3-pointers on 8-of-13 shooting in 28 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: Wow. We have our first real surprise of the young season and Simmons will be a hot pickup in fantasy. "He was the spark that gave us that lead," Manu Ginobili said of Simmons. "He was outstanding." The 3-pointers were also a career high and he was terrific at moving the help defense to open things up. If you don't think the guy you'll cut will be a top pickup, go get Simmons and hope that this wasn't a fluke. Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) cleared for opening night
    P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

    Advice: Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov will play in opener
    Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year. Yesterday, 1:38 pm
  • Deng, Mozgov probable for season opener
    Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

    Advice: Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers. Yesterday, 12:53 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) questionable for opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot) has been downgraded to questionable for opening night.

    Advice: Even if he's cleared to play, there are no guarantees he actually steps foot on the court. Yesterday, 12:32 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons (calf) will play Tuesday
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) is good to go for San Antonio's regular-season opener against the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: He'll help fill the void with Danny Green (thigh) on the sidelines, but Kyle Anderson will be picking up most of the two-guard minutes. Simmons can't be relied upon in standard leagues. Yesterday, 12:16 pm
  • Covington (ankle) confirms he'll play vs. OKC
    Robert Covington (right ankle) confirmed on Monday that he'll be ready to play in the 76ers' season opener against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: "I'm feeling pretty good [with the ankle]," said Covington. "I did a lot of stuff to stay on top of it, so I'll be ready for opening night." Covington's ankle injury was never believed to be serious, and Brett Brown also said he's expecting to have his starting small forward available when the regular-season tips. He'll be a nice source of triples and steals this season. Monday, 11:24 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Monday, 7:51 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in opener
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will play in Minnesota's regular-season opener against Memphis on Wednesday.

    Advice: Wiggins experienced an allergic reaction in his eyes and said that his face swelled up so bad that he felt like Will Smith in Hitch. He's fine now, though, and there's nothing suggesting that he won't take the court Wednesday night. Additionally, the Wolves have exercised their fourth year option on Wiggins. Sunday, 3:26 pm
  • Quincy Acy (foot) expected to play in opener
    Quincy Acy (right foot strain) is expected to be ready for Dallas' regular season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Acy was able to go through half of Sunday's practice, so he should be good to go by Wednesday. That being said, it's unlikely that he'll be in the rotation while the team is healthy, so there's no reason to waste a draft pick on Acy in any setting. Sunday, 11:16 am
  • Robert Covington expected to play Wednesday
    Robert Covington (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday according to coach Brett Brown even though he sat out of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: RoCo tweaked his right ankle during Friday's preseason game and didn't return, but the 76ers were just being cautious. He had a really rough preseason, but he's looking at heavy minutes on a banged up 76ers' roster. He will be a nice source of 3-pointers and steals and is worth targeting towards the end of the middle rounds. Sunday, 10:01 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Pelicans 'thrilled' with Terrence Jones
    The Pelicans have been "thrilled" with Terrence Jones in the preseason.

    Advice: In particular, New Orleans has been impressed by his ability to facilitate. After a slowish start, Jones really came on toward the end of the preseason and has firmly reestablished himself as a huge fantasy sleeper just ahead of the season. So long as he can stay healthy—and that's not a given whatsoever with this particular player—Jones should provide a very nice return on investment for owners willing to take the gamble. Saturday, 2:44 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:39 am
  • T.J. Warren will start the season opener
    T.J. Warren will start at small forward for the season opener vs. the Kings on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's a chance that P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready, but the Suns will bring him along slowly. Warren will play some SF and PF this season and averaged 11.0 points, 3.1 boards, 0.8 steals and 0.6 3-pointers in 22.8 minutes per game during the preseason, but he's more of a low-end player to own in standard leagues for now. Saturday, 8:36 am
  • Jonathon Simmons will be ready for opener
    Jonathon Simmons (calf) promised that he would be ready for the season opener on Tuesday vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: Danny Green (quad) is expected to miss a few weeks of action, so Simmons could also be in the rotation. Coach Gregg Popovich previously said that Simmons could miss "days" with his injury, but it sounds relatively minor. The Spurs will use a committee approach to replace Green's minutes, so guys like Manu Ginobili, Kyle Anderson and Patty Milles could get a slight bump. For now, Simmons doesn't belong on most fantasy rosters. Saturday, 6:40 am
  • Robert Covington suffers ankle sprain
    Robert Covington suffered a right ankle sprain and did not return on Friday.

    Advice: He was originally getting re-taped to come back in the game, but the team wisely changed its mind. There's been no word on RoCo missing time going forward and we would consider him probable for the opener right now. With Ben Simmons (foot) out, expect Covington to be a stud for steals and treys. He's a solid pick in the late middle rounds. Friday, 8:56 pm
  • Luol Deng out for Friday night
    Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season. Friday, 5:43 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins out, Shabazz Muhammad in
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) will not play while Shabazz Muhammad (hip) will on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau said he wants to use his starters into the fourth, so we'll see a bunch of the other four first-unit guys. Wiggins should be OK for the opener next week. Friday, 4:19 pm
  • Simmons could miss 'days' with injury
    Coach Gregg Popovich said Jonathon Simmons (calf) could miss "days" with his injury.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he could be ready to start the season. If he can make it back before Danny Green (thigh), Simmons could be in the rotation. Friday, 4:06 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo dealing with illness
    Giannis Antetokounmpo is dealing with an illness on Friday.

    Advice: He's not going to attend the pizza event in Milwaukee because of the illness. He has a few days to get well before the opener and should be ready to go. Antetokounmpo isn't going to be the "point guard" on the roster, but he'll be running the offense. His upside is massive. Friday, 2:01 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (illness) questionable Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) is questionable for Friday's game vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Shabazz Muhammad (hip) is also questionable. Wiggins returned to practice on Thursday, but if he is ultimately held out, it will likely just be a precaution. He will be fine for the regular season. Friday, 9:57 am
  • Harden, Ariza, Capela, Gordon out Friday
    James Harden, Trevor Ariza, Eric Gordon and Clint Capela will all be rested on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: They have been playing heavy minutes in the preseason and deserve a night off, and they are not even traveling with the team. Harden has been borderline ridiculous during the preseason with averages of 29.0 points, 7.5 assists, 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.9 treys, making a strong case to be the top pick in fantasy this season. Tyler Ennis and Bobby Brown will get a look at point guard tonight. Friday, 9:05 am
  • Terrence Jones goes off again with 24 points
    Terrence Jones was phenomenal on Thursday, scoring 24 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, two blocks and two 3-pointers in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Hey now. This comes on the heels of a 18-point game on Tuesday and he averaged 15.0 points per game in the preseason even before this beauty. Jones essentially took a pay cut to put himself in the best spot, and he appears to have made the right choice. Coach Alvin Gentry can use him next to Anthony Davis and both can guard fives depending on the matchup. He's solidified himself as a very nice late-round pick in almost all leagues. Thursday, 7:18 pm
  • Arron Afflalo expects to be ready for opener
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) said that he expects to play in Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Suns.

    Advice: Afflalo sat out Sacramento's previous preseason game, but he described the strained glute as a minor injury, so it doesn't sound like this is an issue that will linger into the regular season. Afflalo was in an ideal situation to produce in New York last year, but only managed to put up 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He has some more competition for minutes in Sacramento, so he's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • Wiggins, Muhammad practice on Thursday
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (hip) went through a full practice on Thursday and will be re-evaluated on Friday.

    Advice: We're going to consider both guys questionable for the preseason finale against Charlotte on Friday, but neither guy is dealing with anything that should linger into the regular season. Wiggins should be able to take another step forward under Tom Thibodeau, so he's a decent guy to gamble on during the middle rounds. Thursday, 12:53 pm
  • OKC, SAC seriously discussed Gay-Payne swap
    The Kings and Thunder reportedly were in serious discussions regarding a Rudy Gay, Cameron Payne (foot) deal, but talks fell apart when Payne broke his foot in September.

    Advice: It seems like only a matter of time until Gay is wearing a different jersey, but the uncertainty of his next destination makes him a risky mid-round target. For what it's worth, the Kings have consistently expressed interest in Ricky Rubio, but it's unclear if they could put together the assets to make that deal appealing for the Timberwolves. Depending on what the Kings get back, Matt Barnes could see a nice boost in value with the departure of Gay. Thursday, 11:54 am
  • Quincy Acy (foot) ruled out for Friday
    Quincy Acy (right foot sprain) will not suit up for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Acy is just going to be an emergency depth guy in Dallas, meaning he's not worth drafting in any setting. Thursday, 11:20 am
  • Gerald Henderson targeting 18-20 mins Fri
    Gerald Henderson (hip) is expected to play 18-20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Henderson has been brought along slowly from his hip injury and he is targeting 18-20 minutes against the Heat on Friday. Henderson will see plenty of minutes for the 76ers to begin the season, but his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues at this point. Thursday, 9:38 am
  • Rudy Gay trying to ignore trade rumors
    Rudy Gay said he is trying to ignore trade rumors and focus on the regular season.

    Advice: Gay has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate, but the 30-year-old said he's trying to ignore rumors as best as he can. "I'm with the Sacramento Kings," Gay said. "I prepare as if I'm going to be with the Sacramento Kings. I have no choice but to work for the Sacramento Kings." Gay is already a risky mid-round fantasy pick and a potential trade makes him even more risky as he could see his value go down in a new location. Thursday, 7:31 am
  • Nick Young drops 19 points w/ five 3-pointers
    Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers' starting SF on Wednesday, making 7-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Young's effort on both ends of the court has been impressive this preseason, and coach Luke Walton has taken note. "[Young] was messing with Kevin Durant tonight," Walton said. "That's not easy." The veteran swingman seems committed to earning a substantial role despite L.A.'s youth movement, but fantasy owners should view him in context -- Young has yet to crack the top-100 (8-cat or 9-cat) in his nine-year career. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores 14 points as starter
    Mirza Teletovic started on Wednesday and had 14 points on 4-of-12 shooting with three 3-pointers, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The Bucks badly need Teletovic's perimeter shooting, and his prospects are even brighter with the possibility of minutes at both SF and PF. He's worth a look in the final rounds if you need some 3-pointers and scoring with solid FT shooting. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn (ankle) out again Wednesday
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) did not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: Vaughn also missed Saturday's game but he thinks he'll be ready for the season opener. His stock has tanked due to a lousy preseason, the presence of Malcolm Brogdon, and the Bucks' acquisition of Tony Snell. Most fantasy owners can ignore him. Wednesday, 7:33 pm
  • Luol Deng rested Wednesday vs. Warriors
    Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

    Advice: There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Nick Young will start on Wednesday
    Nick Young will start on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's actually having a pretty nice preseason and even coach Luke Walton praised Uncle P's defense. Young isn't a complete lock for the rotation, but he is helping his case this month. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic getting the start
    Mirza Teletovic will start next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Matthew Dellavedova, Jabari Parker and Miles Plumlee on Wednesday.

    Advice: Tony Snell (ankle) still isn't ready to go, so the Bucks will give Mirza a longer look tonight. Teletovic should be getting minutes in the mid 20s in the second unit this season. Wednesday, 3:48 pm
  • Michael Beasley (elbow) out for Wednesday
    Michael Beasley (elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's unclear what's going on with Beasley's elbow, but there's no indication of it being serious. With him out, we'll get a longer look at Mirza Teletovic along with the other forwards. Wednesday, 3:46 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Shabazz Muhammad out vs. MEM
    Andrew Wiggins (illness) and Shabazz Muhammad (right hip soreness) will miss Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Coach Tom Thibodeau is going to miss his top two small forward tonight. Brandon Rush has played mostly at shooting guard, but he should have no problem sliding over. We'll also see if Thibs wants to roll with more three-guard lineups. Wiggins should be good to go for the season. Wednesday, 3:32 pm
  • Rudy Gay held to six points Tuesday
    Rudy Gay was held to six points on 3-of-10 shooting vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Maybe the rumors are starting to get to him. Gay had a nightmare showing, turning the ball over six times with four boards, three assists and three steals. He's going to be the starting SF this season, but the Kings can't wait to trade him -- Gay already informed the Kings that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season. He's a risky mid-round pick this season and a trade might not help his value. Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Will Barton back in action on Tuesday
    Will Barton started at shooting guard on Tuesday and could be at that spot on opening night. He hit just 3-of-11 shots and finished with nine points, seven rebounds, four assists, a steal, a block and three turnovers.

    Advice: With Gary Harris currently nursing a groin injury, Barton could be the early-season starter, although Harris could easily reclaim the job when he's healthy. Barton had a pleasantly surprising season last year, but Denver's depth could make it tough for him to pull off a repeat performance. But there's enough upside that he's worth a shot in the later rounds of most leagues. Tuesday, 7:55 pm
  • Terrence Jones scores 18 w/ two treys
    Terrence Jones (knee contusion) returned to action in style on Tuesday vs. the Hawks, scoring 18 points with four rebounds, two 3-pointers and one block in just 20 minutes.

    Advice: The Pelicans were running their offense through him and he showed no signs of any injury after he missed the previous two games. He finished 6-of-15 from the field and it's great to see him attempt five 3-pointers on the night. He's loaded with upside and may have to step up early on with Anthony Davis bothered by an ankle issue. He should see minutes at the four and five and is a nice sleeper late in drafts, but just keep his injury history in mind. Tuesday, 7:00 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) ruled out Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's likely just a minor tweak, so the Kings will hold him out as a precaution. The Kings are shopping Rudy Gay, so Barnes could have some sneaky fantasy value this season. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) available to play Tues
    Terrence Jones (knee) will be available to play Tuesday vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed the past two games with a bruised knee, which is pretty typical for the oft-injured forward, but it sounds like he could be back on the court for limited action Tuesday night. Jones does offer a good amount of upside with his ability to swat shots and hit triples, but staying healthy has been a major issue for him through his four years in the league. Still, he's on the radar as a potential late-round target in standard settings. Tuesday, 3:28 pm
  • Report: SAC has discussed Gay deal with Miami
    The Kings have reportedly had discussions with the Heat involving a trade that would send Rudy Gay and Darren Collison to Miami in exchange for Goran Dragic.

    Advice: Gay is tired of dealing with the disfunction of the Sacramento franchise, and has already informed the club that he will not pick up his player option for the 2017-18 season, so the Kings would be wise to trade him rather than let him walk away for nothing as a free agent next summer. This isn't the first time that Miami has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Gay, so this report does have some merit. In terms of fantasy hoops, Gay could see a slight boost operating as one of the main guys in Miami, while Dragic's value would likely hold steady as he'd remain a starter in Sacramento. Collison's value, however, would likely take a hit in Miami. To be clear, nothing is imminent. Tuesday, 12:17 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 21 in loss
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a preseason high 21 points vs. the Pistons on Monday, adding six boards, four assists, one trey and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: After a slow start to the preseason, Giannis finally looks like he's worth all the hype. He finished 7-of-11 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line, and added his second 3-pointer through five games. He needs to reel in the turnovers, but Giannis is still locked and loaded as a mid-first round pick in standard leagues. Oct 17, 7:16 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic scores nine in start Monday
    Mirza Teletovic scored nine points in a start at power forward on Monday, adding three boards, two steals and two treys in 27 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-5 from the field and hit all three of his free throws. Starting Teletovic would make sense for the Bucks because of their struggles from deep least season, and he gives point forward Giannis Antetokounmpo some more driving lanes with his floor spacing. Regardless of whether or not he starts, Teletovic will have a significant role and is a nice late-round pick for owners in need of treys. The Bucks gave him $30 million for a reason. Oct 17, 7:10 pm
  • Delly, Giannis, Parker, Mirza, Miles to start
    Matthew Dellavedova, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jabari Parker, Mirza Teletovic and Miles Plumlee are the expected starters vs. the Pistons on Tuesday.

    Advice: Interesting. Malcolm Brogdon was the listed starter, but Teletovic was running with the starters during warmups. The Bucks really need Teletovic's floor spacing this season, so he's a sneaky late-round pick for his upside in treys. Giannis should be busy tonight and could see an uptick in assists with Teletovic on the floor. Oct 17, 4:04 pm
  • Terrence Jones (knee) questionable Tuesday
    Terrence Jones (knee) has been upgraded to questionable for Tuesday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Jones has missed two games in a row and was listed as doubtful in the previous outing, so this can be viewed as a step in the right direction. The Pelicans are banged up right now and don't want to take any chances, so we'd still be surprised to see Jones out there. The Pelicans signed Quincy Ford to a training camp deal to provide some additional depth for Tuesday. For now, Jones is still considered a sleeper in the later rounds. Oct 17, 2:46 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Oct 17, 1:04 pm
  • Robert Covington (migraine) misses practice
    Robert Covington missed practice on Monday due to a migraine.

    Advice: The 76ers have one more preseason game on Friday vs. the Heat, so Covington should be considered questionable. Hollis Thompson missed practice with an illness, so Jerami Grant could be looking at a heavy workload Friday. Oct 17, 9:49 am
  • Andre Roberson (knee) plays 27 minutes Sunday
    Andre Roberson (sore left knee) logged 27 minutes on Sunday, posting four rebounds, three steals, two turnovers, and just one point on 0-of-5 FGs and 1-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Roberson sat out the previous two exhibitions but his injury was never serious. He had a ridiculously low usage rate of 9.2 percent last year and should see more opportunities with Kevin Durant out of town, but he's little more than a defensive specialist with deep-league appeal. Oct 16, 6:39 pm
  • Quincy Acy could miss rest of preseason
    Quincy Acy (right ankle) is out of his walking boot, but could be rested for the remainder of the preseason.

    Advice: The Mavs don't want to rush him back and it sounds like he could be ready for the season opener. Dwight Powell had a really strong offseason, so Acy may not be in the rotation. Oct 16, 10:55 am
  • Andre Roberson (knee) available Sunday
    Andre Roberson (left knee soreness) is available for Sunday's game vs. the Wolves.

    Advice: He's missed the last two preseason games as a precaution, but returned to full practice on Saturday. Roberson is a candidate to start at small forward this season and could hold some low-end value in deeper leagues after a promising showing in the playoffs last season. His upside is pretty low, though. Oct 16, 10:37 am
  • James Harden just misses a triple-double
    James Harden almost dropped a preseason triple-double on Saturday with 14 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists, one steal and seven turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: There really is nothing left to say on Harden. He's going to have numerous monster lines in a breakneck-pace offense as the team's "point guard" this season and should be among the league leaders in points, assists, threes and steals. He makes an extremely strong case as the top pick in almost any fantasy format. Oct 15, 9:11 pm
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