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  • Michael Carter-Williams to scrimmage on 11/6
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is expected to scrimmage on Nov. 6.

    Advice: He is targeting a return of Nov. 13 for game action, but coach Brett Brown didn't seem very optimistic. "I don't think it'll take a month for [Carter-Williams] to come back [after starting to scrimmage]," Brown said. Carter-Williams hasn't been very positive about his shoulder injury and it's still possible he doesn't hit his target date. He's not a great target in fantasy drafts while Tony Wroten should start off hot. Rotoworld.com
    44 minutes ago
  • Jason Richardson in a walking boot
    Jason Richardson (knee, right foot) was in a walking boot on Saturday.

    Advice: Weird. He's been recovering from knee surgery, so the walking boot on his foot is something new. Richardson's story just keeps getting weirder and he probably won't be seeing action for a while. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:00 am
  • Spurs waive some guys on Saturday
    The Spurs waived JaMychal Green, Fuquan Edwin and Robert Vaden on Saturday.

    Advice: Edwin and Vaden didn't even play, but Green had some run. These players aren't likely to be picked up and should clear waivers. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:51 am
  • Jazz pick up option for Gobert
    The Jazz exercised their third-year option on Rudy Gobert.

    Advice: He was the talk of summer league and it's carried over into the preseason. Gobert will be in the mix for leaders in blocks and rebounds per 48 minutes, and is certainly on the radar for any owner seeking help in those areas. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:21 am
  • Evan Fournier puts up a nice line
    Evan Fournier played well off the bench against the Mavericks on Friday with 12 points, one rebound, two assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's on the fantasy radar as a deep-league pickup while Victor Oladipo (face) is on the mend. Fournier will handle the ball a lot and should be have some nice short-term value. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:49 am
  • Jameer Nelson returns from ankle tweak
    Jameer Nelson returned from a minor ankle tweak on Friday, finishing with four points, four rebounds and seven assists in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He just needed to be re-taped and everything is fine. Nelson had a productive preseason thanks to Raymond Felton going down, so fantasy owners missing out on point guards shouldn't hesitate to grab Jameer with their last couple picks. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:47 am
  • Markieff Morris puts up a nice game in finale
    Markieff Morris finished his preseason on a high note with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, which was nice to see after a mildly disappointing preseason. Obviously, we're not concerned and are expecting him to grow from his top-50 numbers after the break last season. He's a player you'll want to reach for. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:53 am
  • Carmelo says Knicks will struggle w/ triangle
    Carmelo Anthony said on Friday the Knicks are"never going to have [the triangle offense] all the way down pat."

    Advice: Teammate J.R. Smith has been saying similar things and it seems obvious that the Knicks are going to start slow. Anthony is still going to get his and his slimmed-down frame should help his case for minutes. He's a first round pick in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:50 am
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds and one foul.

    Advice: The minutes aren't there yet, but everything else looks great. He's getting to the line, taking triples and posting a high usage rate. As long as you're OK with him starting off slow, Gallinari is a decent target in the last few rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Meyers Leonard takes seven treys
    Meyers Leonard attempted seven triples and made two of them on his way to 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, this is the same Meyers Leonard who went 0-of-6 from beyond the arc last season, so that's cool. He also hit three triples on Wednesday and is hotter from beyond than arc than most sharpshooters. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not going to be a savior for 3-pointers in your fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Who's the Boss? Ed Davis w/ big double-double
    Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.

    Advice: He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Carl Landry has a decent game in 23 mins.
    Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns
    Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

    Advice: Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony ends preseason w/ 24-point gm
    Carmelo Anthony's preseason ended with a 24-point performance vs. the Raptors, as he made 8-of-17 FGs, 3-of-8 three-pointers, and 5-of-5 FTs in just 28 minutes of action.

    Advice: He didn't do much elsewhere tonight, adding one rebound, zero assists, one steal and three turnovers, but Melo finished the preseason strong with 26.0 points in 31.0 minutes over the Knicks' last three exhibitions. There will be growing pains as the Knicks' flawed roster adapts to the triangle offense, but Melo's fantasy value is about as bullet-proof as it comes. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 7:21 pm
  • Jameer Nelson suffers ankle injury
    Jameer Nelson suffered an apparent ankle injury against the Magic on Friday and went to the locker room.

    Advice: He had a warm ovation from the Magic fans, but he's likely done for the night. Nelson's ankle injury looked minor, so he is probably not going to miss much time. Stay tuned for an update after the game. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 5:08 pm
  • Jason Richardson may not play this season
    76ers head coach Brett Brown stated during a recent interview that he feels "it will be a challenge" for Jason Richardson (knee) to suit up this season.

    Advice: Richardson wasn't able to suit up all of last season, and only made it through 33 games the previous year, so if he were to play there would definitely be some serious rust to shake off. Richardson is in the final years of his career, and it really doesn't make sense for the veteran to play any games for a tanking (rebuilding?) 76er squad. Whether he plays or not, he's certainly not worth wasting a draft pick on in almost any format. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 6:42 am
  • Michael Carter-Williams eyes Nov 13 return
    Michael Carter-Williams (shoulder) is planning to return to action when the 76ers take on the Mavericks on November 13, according to sources.

    Advice: This news would have the reigning Rookie of the Year missing just over a week of the regular season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too concerned about him missing the start of the season. There is a chance that the Sixers will be cautious with MCW and hold him out beyond his targeted return date, so fantasy owners with an open spot would be wise to grab Tony Wroten as a short-term fill-in. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:31 am
  • Markieff Morris struggles again in loss
    Markieff Morris hit just 3-of-9 shots and no 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: His preseason hasn't gone quite as we had planned, but we're still on board with Morris. Anthony Tolliver didn't do much tonight and any talk of Morris coming off the bench has been quelled. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony hits game winner, scores 30
    Carmelo Anthony hit the game-winning jumper and got the foul in Wednesday's 103-100 win over the Wizards, scoring 30 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He made 11-of-19 from the field and all six shots from the field. Only two of his shots came from within 13 feet and the mid-rangers were dropping. Anthony's shot totals were down, but he's attempted 20.5 per game in his last two. Even if his style does change, he still should fill up the stat sheet enough to warrant a selection at the end of the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Michael Carter-Williams does non-contact work
    Michael Carter-Williams (right shoulder) went through non-contact portions of Tuesday's practice, but there's still no timetable for his return.

    Advice: "It was good watching [Carter-Williams] direct an offense and take part in some non-physical drills," Brown said. "He's engaged. He's with the team. He is just not doing anything physical." MCW's high turnovers and low percentages are already a challenge in category-based leagues, and his nebulous timetable after shoulder surgery makes him a shaky option with so many healthy PGs available on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 6:45 am
  • 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
    Tuesday, 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
    Tuesday, 10:00 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (knee) on 15-minute limit
    Danilo Gallinari (knee surgery) was one of four Nuggets players on a strict minute-limit vs. Portland on Tuesday, finishing with four points, two rebounds and one assist in 14 minutes.

    Advice: There will be some rough patches for Gallo early in the season, as he looks to regain his pre-surgery form, so his fantasy owners will have to stay patient. He's had a few preseason scoring outbursts, and his 3-point shooting is unaffected, but he's yet to play more than 15 minutes in a game. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • 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
  • Carmelo takes 22 shots after Triange comments
    Carmelo Anthony took 22 shots after saying he might shoot less in the Triangle Offense, hitting seven of them for 24 points in the Knicks' 120-107 preseason loss to the Bucks on Monday.

    Advice: While it's reasonable that Anthony is compelled to make the extra pass with Derek Fisher and Phil Jackson calling the shots, we'll wait for further proof that he's going to take less shots before adjusting our projections by anything more than a smidge. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:48 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari (cold) doesn't practice Mon.
    Danilo Gallinari (cold) did not practice on Monday, and is now questionable for Tuesday's preseason game vs. Portland.

    Advice: He's just sick, and this is highly unlikely to impact his status for the regular season opener. Danilo has looked great throughout the preseason so far, and he's well worth a late-round selection for his ability to drain 3-pointers and bolster the free throw percentage category. He is an injury risk, but there's some decent upside here. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 2:04 pm
  • Rudy Gobert plays 26 minutes on Sunday
    Rudy Gobert played a preseason-high 26 minutes against the Lakers on Sunday with eight points, 10 rebounds, one assist and four blocks.

    Advice: He played 25 minutes on Friday and his minutes are starting to rise. Gobert played more than 22 minutes just twice last season and he'll have a shot to play more than 20 per game this year. If he keeps blocking shots at the rate he's been on in the preseason, he could be a specialist in fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:20 am
  • Dante Exum quiet in start at PG w/ Burke out
    Dante Exum started at PG on Sunday and finished with five points, four rebounds, five assists, one steal and four turnovers in 28 minutes vs. the Lakers.

    Advice: He made 2-of-7 field goals (0-of-4 from deep) and only started because Trey Burke was given the night off. As a 19-year-old with minimal professional experience and a backup role, fantasy owners are right to be skeptical of his value as a rookie. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 10:31 pm
  • 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
  • Danilo Gallinari plays 15 minutes on Sat.
    Danilo Gallinari played 15 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday with 12 points, one rebound, one assist and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He is only getting minutes in the teens and will likely have his minutes in check to start the year. Gallinari looks great so far and could be a start-worthy player in all leagues when the calendar turns to 2015, but he'll start slow. Plan accordingly. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 10:13 pm
  • Evan Fournier puts up a dud vs. Philly
    Evan Fournier made 1-of-6 from the field against the 76ers on Saturday for two points, one rebound, one assist and two steals in 27 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't a great game for him after being rested on Wednesday. Fournier is going to come off the bench and spell Victor Oladipo (knee), but he'll have some ball-handling opportunities. Fantasy owners can give him a look late in 16-team drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 7:17 pm
  • Jameer Nelson (rest) out for Saturday's game
    Jameer Nelson (rest) is out for Saturday's exhibition game.

    Advice: He has looked like the leading candidate to start at PG for the Mavs early on and has looked strong in the preseason. He is slowly making his way up draft boards and may be worth a look late in drafts, even with Raymond Felton and Devin Harris in town. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 3:39 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony expecting fewer shots
    Carmelo Anthony said on Saturday that he is expecting to take fewer shots in the triangle offense this season.

    Advice: While this may be slightly discouraging to hear, it is too early to buy what Carmelo is saying. He is arguably the most dominant scorer in the game today and we can't see his scoring going down too much on a Knicks team that lacks talent. If anything, we expect his assists to take a slight bump with the emphasis of moving the ball around more. He is easily a first-round target this season. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 11:38 am
  • Leonard (neck) gets back on the floor
    Meyers Leonard (neck) returned to action on Friday, playing nine minutes off the bench with six points, five rebounds and three assists.

    Advice: Leonard is a man without a role for the Blazers these days. With Chris Kaman set to get backup center minutes he's trying to morph into a stretch four but that's going to be a heavy lift. Fantasy owners can safely ignore him until he shows us something. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 10:47 pm
  • Nelson getting comfortable as Mavs starter
    Jameer Nelson scored 19 points on 7-of-9 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds and three assists over 29 minutes in Friday's exhibition win over the Cavs.

    Advice: Raymond Felton is out with a high ankle sprain and he'll be serving a suspension to start the year, but even when he returns Nelson is a cut above Felton and may be able to sustain this type of workload. If you had previously written off the Dallas backcourt due to it being a three-headed monster, and you're desperate for a low-end point guard, Nelson is worth a look. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:45 pm
  • Iggy wants to help Draymond Green get paid
    Andre Iguodala wants to help Draymond Green get paid by making an effort to give him some extra looks while they're on the floor together.

    Advice: "Draymond Green’s in a contract year," said Iguodala. "So I’m going to be looking to give him a couple extra [passes]. He’s going to fill up the basket a little bit more with me on the court with him as well." Draymond's ability to contribute to every category on the stat sheet is fantasy gold, and he was fantastic during the playoffs last year, averaging 11.9 points, 1.1 three-pointers, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.7 blocks per game. Green offers a lot of upside as a late-round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 2:20 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
  • Meyers Leonard will play on Friday night
    Meyers Leonard (neck) will play against Maccabi Haifa on Friday.

    Advice: He suffered a neck injury last week and returned to practice on Wednesday. With Chris Kaman helping off the bench, Leonard is going to have a tough time getting minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 6:50 am
  • Dante Exum has his best line as a pro
    Dante Exum had his best game as a pro on Thursday against the Lakers, making 3-of-6 from the field for 13 points, one rebound, six assists, no turnovers and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He made all six attempts from the line and was a huge plus off the bench. The Lakers have been lost on defense, so this terrific game does come with a grain of salt. He's going to start the season slow, but maybe he'll be on the radar in a couple months. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:39 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
  • Danilo Gallinari won't play on Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari (rest) will not play against the Warriors on Thursday.

    Advice: He has been up and down in his preseason action, but there has been no soreness in his surgically-repaired knee. It's going to take Gallinari a while before he can play consistent minutes in the 20s, but he could have a strong finish in 2014-15. Fantasy owners can give him a look late if they want to gamble. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:47 am
  • Less champagne: Evan Fournier resting
    Evan Fournier is getting rest on Wednesday and will not play.

    Advice: He's fine and is just getting rest. Coach Jacque Vaughn has been impressed with Fournier and he's going to be a key cog in the second unit. He's worth a look in 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 4:52 pm
  • Meyers Leonard back at practice
    Meyers Leonard (neck) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was able to take on contact in his first action of the week. Leonard hasn't quite lived up to being a first-round pick and will need a few things to happen to get regular playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:02 pm
  • 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
  • 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
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