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  • Matt Barnes plays better in the opener
    Matt Barnes started off his season nicely with seven points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He shot a pathetic 3-of-36 in the preseason, so a 3-of-6 tonight is a nice turnaround. Barnes isn't going to light up the box score, but he'll add stats just about everywhere.
    19 minutes ago
  • GR Jr. makes his debut on Thursday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) returned to action on Thursday with 14 minutes five points, one rebound and one 3-pointer in his season debut.

    Advice: He backed up Garrett Temple, who played well tonight. Rice has too many holes on defense and issues with his shot selection, so he's not going to have fantasy value.
    39 minutes ago
  • Lance Thomas comes back to Earth
    Lance Thomas was quiet in 19 minutes on Thursday with four points, one rebound and two assists.

    Advice: His opener was a major fluke and he hasn't done much in his career. Thomas is not worth owning in most leagues unless you're desperate.
    50 minutes ago
  • Andre Roberson has a quiet game
    Andre Roberson scored nine points with six rebounds, three assists and two steals in 37 minutes in a loss to the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He is going to get shots because there is basically nobody else. Roberson is not even close to the caliber of waiver-wire pickup that Perry Jones is, but feel free to give him a look in deep leagues.
    58 minutes ago
  • Al-Farouq Aminu posts nice double-double
    Al-Farouq Aminu double-doubled in 20 minutes against the Jazz with 16 points, 10 boards, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer on Thursday.

    Advice: He did his damage in garbage time, so this line is a fluke after only logging five minutes on Tuesday. Aminu did get run at both forward spots in the preseason, but he doesn't have fantasy value right now.
    Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Chandler Parsons scores 21 in win
    Chandler Parsons bounced back from a stinker in the opener with a 21-point game against the Jazz on Thursday, adding seven rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He just couldn't get his shots to go down in the opener and was much better tonight, making 8-of-16. Parsons is going to be heavily involved in the offense, which figures to be among the league's best for points and overall fantasy output. We should see more of this CP than the Tuesday version.
    Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • Waiver wire alert: Perry Jones III goes off
    Perry Jones scored a career-high 32 points against the Clippers on Thursday with seven rebounds, three 3-pointers, three assists and one block in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sounds like Russell Westbrook (hand) is going to miss some time and Jones is clearly the best offensive option. He is definitely going to have some bad games mixed in, but he can add some defensive stats and should fill up the box score. Go get him.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Gordon Hayward shoots a little better
    Gordon Hayward made 4-of-9 from the field for 16 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 36 minutes against Dallas on Thursday.

    Advice: He improved from a 3-of-11 dud on Wednesday and looked a little more comfortable tonight. Hayward has 13 dimes in his two games and he's likely going to be among the league leaders for assists among the forwards.
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony scores 25 in shocking win
    Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points in a surprising 95-90 win over the Cavs on Thursday, adding two rebounds, six assists and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

    Advice: He looked awful with just 14 points on Wednesday, but he was aggressive with a nice presence in the post tonight. Anthony only has 30 shots in his two games so far, which is down from his league-high 21.3 from last season. He hasn't been in isolation as much, but he's still going to be among the league leaders in scoring. Anthony is a top-10 fantasy asset.
    Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scores 12 in starting lineup
    Iman Shumpert played 29 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists and one turnover.

    Advice: He handled the ball a little bit for the Knicks, but he wasn't running the point. Shumpert isn't going to be involved enough on offense to warrant a pickup in most fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:43 pm
  • J.R. Smith looks much better, scores 11
    J.R. Smith battled through a back injury against the Cavs on Thursday, finishing with 11 points, one rebound, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer on 5-of-10 from the field.

    Advice: He only had two games with seven or more assists last season, so the dimes are a big surprises. Smith has been dealing with a back issue for basically the past month and it's something he might have to endure throughout the season. He's a low-end fantasy option.
    Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • LeBron James has rough start in loss vs. NY
    LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

    Advice: He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine.
    Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Kevin Martin plays 20 minutes on Thurs.
    Kevin Martin played 20 minutes in his season debut against the Pistons on Thursday with 12 points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Coach Flip Saunders said Martin is healthy, so maybe he is going to bring him off the bench. Martin does make sense as a sixth man, but that would obviously hurt his fantasy value. There are a lot of negatives, so he's not exactly a must-own player right now.
    Yesterday, 8:47 pm
  • Caron Butler dials up 24 points on Thursday
    Caron Butler had his long-distance plan working on Thursday with 24 points, eight rebounds and four 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Wolves.

    Advice: He started out 0-of-3 in the first half, but was knocking down open looks throughout the second half. Butler is going to split time at small forward with Kyle Singler, so a big line like this one won't be a regular thing. He's still a decent low-end option in deeper leagues.
    Yesterday, 7:49 pm
  • Paul Pierce comes through in the clutch
    Paul Pierce started slow due to foul trouble and was still able to finish with 16 points, four rebounds, one assist, two steals and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Magic on Thursday.

    Advice: He hit two very clutch back-to-back fadeaway jumpers to help put the game away. Pierce's minutes have been higher than originally expected with 33 in the opener. He's looking like a bargain for those who grabbed him in the late rounds.
    Yesterday, 7:28 pm
  • J.R. Smith tweaks back, expects to return
    J.R. Smith tweaked his back against the Cavs and returned to the game

    Advice: He has dealt with back issues for much of the preseason and this might linger during the season. Smith is behind in learning the triangle offense, so his owners will have to be patient.
    Yesterday, 5:44 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) expected to play
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is expected to play against the Pistons on Thursday, but he is not listed as the starter.

    Advice: He missed the opener due to an ankle sprain in Tuesday's practice and did try to warm up for that game. Martin is hurt quite often and the Wolves may keep his minutes in check in his first game back, which may explain why he's not starting. If he starts, Corey Brewer is likely headed back to the bench. Martin and Brewer are not must-own players while Andrew Wiggins owners will be hoping for a better showing tonight.
    Yesterday, 4:11 pm
  • Iman Shumpert will play PG without Calderon
    Iman Shumpert will play some point guard with Jose Calderon (calf) out 2-3 weeks.

    Advice: That should be an interesting experiment considering Shumpert is not a point guard. The Knicks are already thin at the position with just Pablo Prigioni and an unproven Shane Larkin behind Calderon, so Shumpert will have to take some of the minutes at the position as well. Theoretically, this should also open up some minutes for JR Smith and Tim Hardaway at shooting guard.
    Yesterday, 3:46 pm
  • Terrence Jones gets contract option picked up
    Terrence Jones had his fourth-year contract option exercised by the Rockets, a source told the Houston Chronicle.

    Advice: A no-brainer, this was never going to be a difficult decision for the Rockets to make.
    Yesterday, 1:57 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) cleared to play Thursday
    Kevin Martin (ankle) has been cleared to play on Thursday.

    Advice: Martin missed the opener with a sore ankle, but he's good to go on Thursday. Either Andrew Wiggins or Corey Brewer will be bumped out of the starting lineup if Martin returns to his usual role, as expected.
    Yesterday, 1:44 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard officially cleared to play Fri.
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been officially cleared to play on Friday.

    Advice: This is just confirmation of what we already knew, and fantasy owners can plug Kawhi back into their starting lineups. Unless he signs a last-minute extension, Leonard enters his regular season with plenty of motivation after winning 2014 NBA Finals MVP. Marco Belinelli is expected to head back to the bench.
    Yesterday, 1:42 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Iman Shumpert suggests Knicks quit vs. CHI
    Iman Shumpert and JR Smith both suggested that the Knicks quit against the Bulls in Wednesday's 104-80 opening night loss.

    Advice: "We never recovered," Shumpert said. "We can't die like that. I think our energy died and we can't do that." Added Smith, "When we stopped competing the end of the third quarter, fourth quarter, we could all tell." It's an ominous admission from two players the Knicks need to be key pieces this season. In the first regular season game of the Phil Jackson-Derek Fisher era, the Knicks were a disaster.
    Yesterday, 11:37 am
  • LeBron James calls Cleveland opener huge
    LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

    Advice: For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it.
    Yesterday, 11:17 am
  • Kawhi Leonard will play Friday vs Suns
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) will play against the Suns on Friday, according to head coach Gregg Popovich.

    Advice: Leonard will travel with the team to Phoenix after practicing for the last several days, and Gregg Popovich gave the best news that Leonard's fantasy owners could hope for in saying, ""He's in for Friday." Leonard has been a popular breakout pick among the Rotoworld hoops staff and owners shouldn't think twice about putting him in their lineups for Friday night.
    Yesterday, 9:58 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Paul Pierce wants Wiz to establish identity
    Paul Pierce said he wants the Wizards to establish an identity after their season opening loss to the Heat.

    Advice: The Wizards were outrebounded 44-38 as they played without the suspended Nene and DeJuan Blair. "That fourth quarter, it was our worst defensive quarter," Pierce said. "We got to be better in that aspect. We got to do a better job of establishing our identity. This team is not known for their rebounding," Pierce said, "so there’s no way they should outrebound us." Pierce had a solid showing with 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, and two steals and he should have a big enough role in Washington's offense to be worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:48 am
  • Andrew Wiggins learning from first NBA game
    Adrew Wiggins had a lackluster NBA debut, but is committed to learning from his first regular season game.

    Advice: In his first 19 minutes of regular season actions, Wiggins only scored six points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one three-pointer during the Wolves' opening night loss to the Grizzlies. "It was good," Wiggins said. "It was exciting. I got into early foul trouble, so it’s hard to get in the groove." The rookie will have some growing pains ahead of him as he figures out how to stay on the court, so his fantasy owners will need to patient during the early stretch of the season.
    Yesterday, 8:03 am
  • Wes Johnson has another weak game
    Wesley Johnson scored nine points with one rebound, two assists, one steal and one block in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hasn't fared very well against his former team with only one positive outing in five tries. Johnson should get similar minutes with a decent allotment of shots until Nick Young (thumb) is out. Still, fantasy owners can part ways with him if they aren't enjoying all these blowouts and the lack of production.
    Yesterday, 12:18 am
  • Caron Butler puts up a goose egg
    Caron Butler missed all five shots from the field against the Nuggets on Wednesday with six rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He had a couple really ugly shots tonight and he didn't help himself. There was some talk of Butler starting, but that seems even less likely now. Fantasy owners can leave him on the wire in most leagues even though he could be better than this.
    Wednesday, 11:47 pm
  • Lance Thomas scores 14 points off bench
    Lance Thomas came off the bench and hit 7-of-10 shots for 14 points, three rebounds and two assists in a loss to the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Thomas played 31 minutes - the same number as starter Perry Jones - and could challenge Jones for the starting job while Kevin Durant is out. Don't pick him up, but keep an eye on this situation going forward. Most of his production came early in the game, but he had a much better night than Jones, who hit just 1-of-9 shots.
    Wednesday, 11:20 pm
  • Perry Jones struggles in start at SF
    Perry Jones started at small forward on Wednesday, but hit just 1-of-9 shots for three points and three rebounds in 31 minutes.

    Advice: The minutes and shots were there, but they weren't falling. If he keeps the starting gig for as long as Kevin Durant is out, he's going to have some nice games, as well as some duds.
    Wednesday, 11:14 pm
  • Omri Casspi returned to action on Wednesday October 29.
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
  • Joe Ingles was claimed off waivers by UTA on Wednesday October 29.
    Wednesday, 11:10 pm
  • Draymond Green double-doubles in start
    Draymond Green got the start for injured David Lee (hamstring) in Wednesday's opener and double-doubled with 12 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: He also had five turnovers in his 34 minutes, but owners who bought the Rotoworld hype on Green have to be pleased with tonight's line. Now we'll have to see what Green can do coming off the bench behind Lee, once he's healthy enough to play.
    Wednesday, 10:50 pm
  • J.R. Smith scores six points off Knicks bench
    J.R. Smith came off the Knicks' bench on Wednesday, scoring six points on 2-of-8 shooting with one rebound and three assists.

    Advice: Smith also posted a +/- rating of -22 in just 22 minutes. The former Sixth-Man of the Year has admitted that he feels lost in the Knicks' new triangle offense and that was evident tonight, but in fairness he was limited by back spasms throughout the preseason. With increased competition at SG this year, there's no reason to touch J.R. unless you're in dire need of scoring and 3-pointers.
    Wednesday, 10:49 pm
  • Carmelo Anthony checked by Bulls' defense
    Carmelo Anthony was blanketed by the Bulls on Wednesday, finishing his season debut with a mere 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, one 3-pointer, four rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: He played under 30 minutes because Chicago quickly took control of their game thanks in large part to their elite defense. "Their game plan was for me not to see daylight," Melo said after the game. The Knicks' triangle offense is a work in progress, to say the least, and Anthony made his living in isolation plays last year, but fantasy owners should remain patient during the Knicks' early-season growing pains.
    Wednesday, 10:39 pm
  • Iman Shumpert logs 20 minutes as starter
    Iman Shumpert scored five points on 2-of-9 shooting vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, hitting one 3-pointer with three rebounds and three steals in just 20 minutes of action.

    Advice: This pretty much sums up Shumpert's fantasy appeal, as he's only worth owning if you want 3s and steals. Tim Hardaway Jr. played 18 minutes tonight, and J.R. Smith played 22 minutes, which adds even more risk to Shumpert's near-term outlook.
    Wednesday, 10:38 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has an off night shooting
    Gordon Hayward made just 3-of-11 from the field for eight points with eight rebounds, seven assists, one steal and one turnover in 38 minutes against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: While the shooting line isn't pretty, the high assist total is sweet. Hayward is expected to be more efficient since he's added muscle and should be better around the basket, so he possesses top-25 upside in fantasy leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Mike Dunleavy goes scoreless in 31 minutes
    Mike Dunleavy logged 31 minutes in a start at SF on Wednesday, but he went scoreless on 0-of-5 field goals.

    Advice: The 'good' news is that Dunleavy chipped in three rebounds, four assists and one steal, and four of his shot attempts came from downtown. He'll be better most nights, but even with a starting job he's a negligible fantasy option in typical 12-team leagues.
    Wednesday, 10:22 pm
    5:00 pm vs Cle
  • Andrew Wiggins plays just 19 minutes
    Andrew Wiggins started for the Wolves on Wednesday, but played just 19 minutes to finish with six points, three rebounds, one assist, two steals, a 3-pointer and four fouls.

    Advice: It remains to be seen who starts between Wiggins and Corey Brewer once Kevin Martin is back from a left ankle injury, but the low minutes are a bit annoying. Flip Saunders managed his other young players the same way tonight, so it could be a long road for owners of younger players in Minnesota. Then again, it's opening night, so we're not going to panic, either.
    Wednesday, 10:09 pm
  • James Harden flirts with a triple-double
    James Harden ran the offense again on Wednesday during a win over the Jazz, scoring 18 points with seven rebounds, 10 assists, one block, six turnovers and one 3-pointer in 38 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't quite as great as his 32-point gem on Tuesday, but he didn't play the Lakers tonight. Harden will be putting up massive lines all season and his fantasy owners are going to love owning him all season.
    Wednesday, 10:02 pm
  • Tr3vor Ariza stays hot, scores 20 in win
    Trevor Ariza continued his catch-and-shoot ways against the Jazz on Wednesday, making four 3-pointers on his way to 20 points, five rebounds, one assist and two steals in 37 minutes.

    Advice: It's early, but he doesn't look to be missing John Wall at all. Ariza is going to be asked to bury a lot of triples and his perimeter defense will go a long way for Houston. He's shaping up to be a nice steal for savvy fantasy owners.
    Wednesday, 9:54 pm
  • Terrence Jones cools off on Wednesday
    Terrence Jones cooled off against the Jazz on Wednesday with nine points, three rebounds, one assist, two blocks and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He shot 4-of-5 from the field, so this was still a very solid game. Jones played just 26 minutes and was in foul trouble, but his primary competition, Donatas Motiejunas, played just nine minutes. He is locked in as a mid-round value guy and his owners should expect a bigger game on Saturday.
    Wednesday, 9:48 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. gets a DNP in opener
    Glen Rice didn't play in Wednesday's opener for the Wizards.

    Advice: He's got an ankle problem and while he was expected to play, he never got off the bench. He's worth keeping an eye on when healthy, as he could start at shooting guard until Bradley Beal is healthy again.
    Wednesday, 9:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce plays well in opener
    Paul Pierce looked a little strange in his Wizards uniform, but played well, hitting 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 17 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals in a loss to the Heat.

    Advice: Pierce looks like his old self early and he's going to hurt the development of Otto Porter if he continues to play this well.
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins, Corey Brewer both starting
    The Timberwolves will start both Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer on Wednesday.

    Advice: They'll be joined by Ricky Rubio, Thaddeus Young and Nikola Pekovic. We still don't know who won the starting small forward job because Kevin Martin is out tonight with an ankle injury, which allowed both Wiggins and Brewer to get the call.
    Wednesday, 4:47 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. expected to play Wednesday
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is expected to play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: Rice, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, is expected to get solid minutes and production with Bradley Beal out for the next few weeks.
    Wednesday, 4:41 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wed.
    Kevin Martin (ankle) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He suffered his injury yesterday and is going to start this year on the sidelines. Martin has been hurt a lot in his career, but he did warm up today and shouldn't be out for too long. Andrew Wiggins is expected to start next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 3:58 pm
  • Iman Shumpert starting at SG vs. Chicago
    Iman Shumpert will start at SG vs. the Bulls on Wednesday, as expected.

    Advice: Shumpert's defense seems to have given him the edge over Tim Hardaway Jr. and J.R. Smith, the latter of whom has been plagued by back spasms since training camp. Shump chips in enough 3-pointers and steals to be worth a look, but most fantasy owners can do better on the waiver wire.
    Wednesday, 3:24 pm
  • Kevin Martin (ankle) a game-time call vs. DET
    Kevin Martin (ankle) is a game-time call against the Pistons on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is closer to doubtful after suffering the injury at practice on Tuesday. Martin has dealt with a slew of injuries and he is just getting over a groin issue. His fantasy owners should probably bench him, or even consider cutting him. This also means Andrew Wiggins will likely be in the starting lineup next to Corey Brewer.
    Wednesday, 2:10 pm
  • Chandler Parsons: "I've got to be better"
    Chandler Parsons said that "I've got to be better" after a disappointing performance against the Spurs on Tuesday.

    Advice: It is going to take some time for him to gel with his new teammates so he deserves a pass on this one. Only four times during his three seasons with the Houston Rockets did Parsons make two or fewer field goals on 10 or more attempts, so Parsons should bounce back quickly. On a positive note, he didn't appear limited by his knee which is a great sign moving forward.
    Wednesday, 7:12 am
  • Draymond Green to start if David Lee sits.
    Coach Steve Kerr said on Tuesday that Draymond Green will start on Wednesday if David Lee (hamstring) sits.

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

    Advice: He's a defensive specialist, and unless you're in a 20-30 team league, he doesn't offer a lot of fantasy value right now. He's been dealing with an ankle injury, but is good to go for the opener.
    Tuesday, 11:25 pm
  • Perry Jones to start at SF for Thunder
    Perry Jones will start at small forward for the Thunder, according to Scott Brooks.

    Advice: With Kevin Durant out for the next two to three months with a broken foot, Jones is going to get some nice run, and qualifies as a fantasy sleeper until further notice.
    Tuesday, 11:24 pm
  • James Harden drops 32 points Tuesday
    James Harden scored 32 points in an easy win against the Lakers on Tuesday, while adding six assists, three 3-pointers, one rebound, and one steal in 31 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 7-of-17 from the field, but got to the free throw line sixteen times, which is just incredible. Harden is off to a great start, and his owners have to be feeling good about themselves right now.
    Tuesday, 11:11 pm
  • Wes Johnson struggles in start on Tuesday
    Wes Johnson struggled in a start against Houston on Tuesday in which he scored just seven points while adding two rebounds, and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He could not stay out of foul trouble and never got it going. He will look to bounce back against Phoenix Wednesday, but owners should be able to find better options, especially considering Nick Young (thumb) will be back in the near future.
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
  • Trevor Ariza impressive w/ five 3-pointers
    Trevor Ariza made his season debut on Tuesday for the Rockets, notching 16 points (5-of-8 from downtown), three rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Ariza made an impressive return with the Rockets, whom he played for during the 2009-10 season. He's coming off a career-best year, scoring 14.4 points with a gaudy 2.3 triples per game, but it remains to be seen how much of his success is attributable to John Wall. The early returns are encouraging and he's playing uncontested minutes at SF in an up-tempo offense, which bodes well for owners who drafted him in the early-middle rounds.
    Tuesday, 10:46 pm
  • Terrence Jones double-doubles w/ full line
    Terrence Jones was aggressive throughout Tuesday's road win in L.A., notching 16 points, 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: T-Jones also turned the ball over just twice in 31 minutes. Kevin McHale emphasized all preseason that he needs Jones and Donatas Motiejunas to defend and rebound better than they did last season, and Jones seems to have heard the message loud and clear. He had 18 double-doubles last year and that number is sure to rise along with his playing time, justifying his owners' decision to pluck him out of the middle rounds.
    Tuesday, 10:39 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday
    Coach Gregg Popovich said on Tuesday that Kawhi Leonard (eye) may return on Friday.

    Advice: This would be excellent news for Leonard owners as he has dealt with this eye infection for a few weeks now. He was actually cleared for Tuesday's game but coach Pop was probably just playing it safe. Leonard is poised for a big season amidst upcoming contract talks so owners shouldn't hesitate to get him back in their lineups.
    Tuesday, 8:57 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Al-Farouq Aminu scoreless in five minutes
    Al-Farouq Aminu barely played in Tuesday's season-opening road loss, going scoreless with two minutes in just five minutes off the bench.

    Advice: AFA is expected to earn minutes at both SF and PF this year, but thus far he doesn't seem to have earned coach Rick Carlisle's trust. Both Jae Crowder (11 minutes) and Richard Jefferson (13 minutes) saw more action with the second unit, which is an ill omen for Aminu's season outlook.
    Tuesday, 8:12 pm
  • Chandler Parsons struggles in Dallas debut
    Chandler Parsons struggled in his Dallas debut against the Spurs by managing to score only five points on 2-of-10 shooting, while adding four rebounds, two steals, one block, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: It was a rough night for Parsons as he simply couldn't get anything going. He didn't have the ball in his hands a lot tonight and failed to register a single assist. The only positive his owners can take from this game is that he did not appear to be limited by his knee Tuesday, and he will look to bounce back on Thursday vs. Utah.
    Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) expected back Nov. 5th
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) expects to be back for the Spurs' third game of the season vs. the Hawks on November 5th.

    Advice: He had a nasty eye infection throughout most of the preseason so it's good to see him finally turning the corner. We are expecting big things from Kawhi this year and we won't have to wait long to see if coach Popovich turns him loose this season.
    Tuesday, 4:30 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) cleared to practice/play
    Kawhi Leonard (eye) has been cleared to start practicing and playing, however, he will not suit up for Tuesday's regular-season opener vs. Dallas.

    Advice: Leonard is very close to making a return, and while it won't be on Tuesday, he can be considered probable for Friday's game vs. the Suns. We'll be monitoring his status closely, so watch for an update as we draw closer to Friday's tip.
    Tuesday, 3:31 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Flip won't say if Andrew Wiggins will start
    Flip Saunders won't say who will start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: The decision is between Andrew Wiggins and Corey Brewer, and Saunders has been quiet on the issue all offseason. Wiggins could be brought along slowly, but with the limited options the Wolves have on offense, it seems like it would only be a matter of time until the No. 1 overall pick finds himself in a starting role. Stay tuned, but don't panic if he's not starting on opening night.
    Tuesday, 12:08 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr will be available for Wednesday
    Glenn Rice Jr. (ankle) will be available for Wednesday's opener barring a setback, according to Wizards head coach Randy Wittman.

    Advice: Rice should see plenty of run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined, but Otto Porter will likely absorb most of Rice's value as the starting shooting guard. We'll update Rice's availability after Wednesday's shootaround, but he's not worth starting in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:26 am
  • Kawhi Leonard practices for 2nd straight day
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) practiced with teammates for the second straight day on Tuesday.

    Advice: Leonard had already been ruled out for Tuesday's opener, so it's currently unclear whether this news changes anything. We'll update Leonard's availability for Tuesday as more news becomes available, but the fact that Leonard isn't contagious anymore is at the very least a good sign for Friday's game against the Suns.
    Tuesday, 9:34 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Kawhi Leonard (eyes) ruled out for Tuesday
    Kawhi Leonard (eyes) will not play against the Mavericks on Tuesday.

    Advice: This is one of the weirdest stories of training camp. Leonard had been out with an eye infection since Oct. 11, so he's likely going to need three weeks to recover from something that usually takes 3-5 days. He's expected to see a bigger role in the offense after breaking out after the break last season, and winning Finals MVP. Leonard owners shouldn't panic, but they might want to bench him this week.
    Monday, 4:12 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Parsons (knee) goes through full practice
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through a full practice on Monday without any issues.

    Advice: Parsons is fully expected to suit up for the regular-season opener, and he's going to be a big part of Dallas' offense. He's coming off a season in which he averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.8 three-pointers, and 1.2 steals, and he should have no problem returning to those numbers during his first season with the Mavs.
    Monday, 3:39 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) hopeful for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) went through a full practice on Monday and is hopeful he'll be ready to suit up for opening night.

    Advice: Rice will see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season. However, it appears that Otto Porter has won the starting shooting guard job, which will make it difficult for Rice to sustain any sort of value.
    Monday, 3:19 pm
  • Jazz claim Joe Ingles off waivers
    The Jazz have claimed Joe Ingles off waivers.

    Advice: Ingles will serve as emergency depth for the Jazz, but he's not going to have any fantasy value.
    Monday, 3:00 pm
  • Update: Glen Rice Jr. ready for the opener
    Updating a previous item, Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) is ready to go for opening night.

    Advice: It's good news for the Wizards as a team dangerously thin at shooting guard right now. Rice could see some extra run with Bradley Beal (wrist) and Martell Webster (back) sidelined to start the season.
    Monday, 10:19 am
  • Paul Pierce spends time at power forward
    Paul Pierce spent time practicing at power forward on Monday.

    Advice: Pierce could see time as a small-ball power forward in certain lineups, but we wouldn't expect him to spend significant time at the position. Regardless, it's clear the Wizards are looking for ways to keep Pierce on the floor, and he should have a solid role in the offense while Bradley Beal (wrist) is sidelined.
    Monday, 10:09 am
  • Blatt looking to cut down on LeBron's minutes
    David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

    Advice: "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy.
    Monday, 8:55 am
  • Glen Rice Jr. remains questionable for opener
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) remains questionable for the start of the season.

    Advice: Rice's ankle injury has dogged him for about two weeks now, and the updates on his progress have been rather scant. We're not considering him likely for the opener, but it doesn't sound like he should be out too long, either. Even with Bradley Beal (wrist) out, Rice isn't on the fantasy radar.
    Monday, 8:47 am
  • Report: No extension talks for Iman Shumpert
    There has been "no conversation" between the Knicks and Iman Shumpert about a contract extension, sources told ESPN New York.

    Advice: With five days until the deadline to get a deal done, we'd call it unlikely to happen. Shumpert has been in trade rumors for two straight seasons, and his future with the Knicks is uncertain at best. ESPN NY calls it "unlikely" the Knicks will match any "significant offers" in an effort to retain cap space to pursue additional stars.
    Monday, 7:32 am
  • Carmelo Anthony: No problem playing w/ Kobe
    Carmelo Anthony told ESPN that he would have no issues playing alongside Kobe Bryant.

    Advice: "Hell no. Of course not," Anthony said. He then added "I'm here now but I would always love to play with Kobe." It's yet another retort to ESPN report that there is extreme opposition among prominent NBA stars toward playing with Kobe Bryant. Melo is expected to carry the load again for the Knicks in the first season of the "Phish" (Derek Fisher+Phil Jackson) era in New York.
    Monday, 6:13 am
  • Report: No progress between Leonard, Spurs
    There has been no progress in contract extension talks between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs, sources tell Yahoo! Sports.

    Advice: Woj reports that the Spurs and Leonard's agent have held "several discussions in recent weeks, but no progress has been made." There is some concern that Leonard could seek an offer sheet like Chandler Parsons did this offseason, so there's still a few ways this could play out. Leonard is seeking a max extension and all indications point to Leonard remaining in San Antonio long-term.
    Monday, 5:50 am
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) ready for Wolves opener
    Andrew Wiggins (back) practiced on Sunday and coach Flip Saunders declared him fully healthy.

    Advice: The Wolves' prized rookie wouldn't have practiced if there was any risk of a setback, and he'll be ready to go for Wednesday's opener vs. the Grizzlies. Fantasy owners should target him toward the latter half of the middle rounds, in the 70-90 range, with the understanding that most rookies are a crapshoot.
    Sunday, 8:13 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard (eye) doesn't practice Sunday
    Kawhi Leonard (eye infection) did not practice on Sunday and his stats for the Spurs' season opener remains in doubt.

    Advice: The Spurs' beat writers sound pessimistic about Kawhi suiting up, but that could change after his re-evaluation on Monday. Fantasy owners may have to get by without their top-20 pick for a game or two but the good news is that his condition has improved and he should return to action before long.
    Sunday, 12:52 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • Chandler Parsons (sore knee) practices Sunday
    Chandler Parsons (sore knee) went through most of Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Parsons banged knees with Luke Ridnour during Friday's exhibition but he should be fine for the Mavs' season opener. He's coming off a stellar performance, scoring 24 points in 25 minutes, giving him momentum as he enters the 2014-15 season a big part of the Dallas offense.
    Sunday, 11:13 am
  • J.R. Smith doesn't know when to shoot
    J.R. Smith said that he doesn't know when to shoot in the triangle offense.

    Advice: "[I'm] Thinking too much," Smith said. "It’s just not [being] really sure where my shots come at. I don’t want to take it early, but I’m getting good looks early. Just got to keep running the offense and trust the offense. Hopefully it will come." Smith ended his forgettable preseason by going 1-of-11 from the field, and he has made numerous comments about struggling to adjust his game to the triangle offense. He'll likely eventually get things turned around, but there will be many poor showings to start off the year.
    Sunday, 8:22 am
  • Clippers waive Joe Ingles
    Clippers waive F Joe Ingles.

    Advice: Despite being crossed over so badly that he wound up in the stands, Jared Cunningham is going to make the team. Ingles is probable D-League bound.
    Saturday, 12:25 pm
  • Andre Roberson doesn't practice
    Andre Roberson did not practice on Saturday due to an ankle injury.

    Advice: There is no word on the severity, but we'd guess he'll be ready to start the season. Roberson is very likely to be the starting shooting guard for OKC, but he'll only have value in deeper leagues.
    Saturday, 10:38 am
  • Perry Jones, Andre Roberson don't practice
    Perry Jones III (knee) and Andre Roberson (ankle) did not practice on Saturday.

    Advice: This is getting ridiculous. While Jones is probably getting a day off, it's still hard to believe how many OKC wings are missing time. Assuming everything is OK, Jones will have some late-round upside in deeper leagues with Anthony Morrow (knee) out to start the season.
    Saturday, 10:33 am
  • 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.
    Saturday, 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.
    Friday, 10:27 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside.
    Friday, 9:01 pm
  • James Harden ends preseason on a high note
    James Harden was his usual self against the Spurs on Friday during a 96-87 win, scoring 25 points with four rebounds, two assists, one steal and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was the top player in all of fantasy basketball after the break last season and the Rockets lost two of their highest usage-rate guys last season. The Beard is going to dominate again this year and is fantastic top pick in the early first round.
    Friday, 7:47 pm
  • TJ looks good vs. Spurs
    Terrence Jones pulled down 13 rebounds against the Spurs on Friday with 11 points and two blocks in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He's had a hot streak here to end the preseason, which is nice after a letdown earlier in the month. Jones was a top-50 guy after the break last season and should see an increased role. He's a fine target in the middle rounds.
    Friday, 7:41 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.
    Friday, 7:21 pm
  • Iman Shumpert scoreless in 15 minutes vs. TOR
    Iman Shumpert missed all six of his field goal attempts and failed to grab any rebounds in 15 scoreless minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He had two assists and two steals but that's small recompense for fantasy owners. Shumpert has the inside track to start at SG but he shot just 37.8 percent last season and is only worth a look if you're in need of 3-pointers and steals.
    Friday, 7:18 pm
  • J.R. Smith (back spasms) shoots just 1-of-11
    J.R. Smith's back spasms visibly bothered him during Friday's preseason finale, and he missed 10 of his 11 shot attempts to finish with two points and four rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: Smith seems destined for a bench role under coach Derek Fisher, who has thus far favored Iman Shumpert at SG ahead of Smith and Tim Hardaway Jr. Smith won the Sixth-Man of the Year award in 2013 and can still return late-round fantasy value in a reserve role, though he said before the season that he wanted to be a starter. With an uncertain role and a back injury nagging at him to start the season, Smith isn't the most desirable fantasy option.
    Friday, 7:15 pm
  • Chandler Parsons gets 24 points in 15 minutes
    Chandler Parsons blew up for 24 points, two 3-pointers, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in just 25 minutes vs. the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He scored 15 points in an explosive third quarter and would have had a bigger night if the Mavs didn't have a convincing lead in the exhibition. Head coach Rick Carlisle criticized Parsons for being a few pounds above his ideal weight earlier in the preseason, but he's fit and ready for a big season in a featured offensive role with the Mavs.
    Friday, 6:46 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) out for Friday night
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: It would have been nice to see Wiggins get another game in before the season, but he should be ready to go. It's not clear if he's going to start, but the Wolves really need him to create. He should be an option in the middle rounds due to his upside, but fantasy owners won't want to reach too much.
    Friday, 3:52 pm
  • Iman Shumpert likely to start at SG
    Iman Shumpert is expected to start at shooting guard this season.

    Advice: It makes sense because the Knicks need all the help they can get on the wing on defense. He's still a major project on offense, so fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited about this news.
    Friday, 1:19 pm
  • Glen Rice Jr. does some things
    Glen Rice Jr. (ankle) did "a few more things" at practice on Friday.

    Advice: It does not sound like he'll be ready to start the season, so we'll get a chance to find out if Otto Porter's terrific summer league and preseason translate to regular season ball. Porter is worth a look in standard leagues. Rice can be left on the wire.
    Friday, 12:03 pm
  • James Harden feels he's in mid-season form
    James Harden feels he's entering the 2014-15 season in mid-season.

    Advice: "I feel like I'm mid-season right now and it's still preseason," Harden said. "Basketball-wise, knowledge wise, everything, this summer really helped me out. Being around great players for two months and a great coaching staff, you learn. You learn a lot. Learning from USA Basketball and those coaches helped me a lot." Harden's ability to fill up the stat sheet makes him well worth a top-5 selection in standard leagues, and he's going to come out the gates sprinting. Don't hesitate to grab the best shooting guard in fantasy hoops.
    Friday, 12:01 pm
  • J.R. Smith struggling with triangle offense
    J.R. Smith admitted during a recent interview that he's been struggling with adjusting his game to the triangle offense.

    Advice: "I mean, believe it or not, being the type of player I’ve been, it’s a struggle. I’m not going to lie," said Smith of adjusting his game to the triangle offense. "Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before." Smith didn't really have any good games throughout the preseason, and with Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert nipping at his heels for playing time, he's not worth much more than a late-round flier in standard leagues for owners seeking some 3-point shooting.
    Friday, 11:13 am
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) questionable for Friday
    Andrew Wiggins (lower back contusion) is being listed as questionable for Friday's preseason finale vs. the Bulls.

    Advice: Wiggins' injury is not considered serious, and he should be ready for opening night. There's a lot of hype surrounding his name, so if you want him, it's likely going to cost you a mid-round selection.
    Friday, 9:57 am
  • Caron Butler scores 18 points against Philly
    Caron Butler scored 18 points with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He's a possible starter on opening night for the Pistons and coach Stan Van Gundy seems to like Butler for his range. Of course, he won't get many minutes given he's 34 and hurt a lot, so he's only a target in deeper leagues.
    Thursday, 8:49 pm
  • Mavericks sitting everyone on Thursday
    Dirk Nowitzki, Chandler Parsons, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson and Brandan Wright are all sitting out against the Pelicans on Thursday.

    Advice: Hopefully, Pelicans owner Tom Benson doesn't grab the microphone and apologize to fans while wearing a chicken suit.
    Thursday, 5:49 pm
  • Kawhi Leonard sees eye doctor on Thursday
    Kawhi Leonard visited the eye doctor on Thursday and showed signs of improvement.

    Advice: He will also be re-evaluated on Monday. Considering the Spurs open the regular season against the Mavericks on Tuesday, his status is very much up in the air. Coming off his Finals MVP performance, fantasy owners were hoping Leonard would continue his progression as an all-around performer. Unfortunately due to this eye issue, we may have to wait a bit longer to see him take the court.
    Thursday, 2:32 pm
    7:00 pm @ Pho
  • LeBron James decides who has a big game
    An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

    Advice: "He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position.
    Thursday, 6:22 am
  • Struggling Matt Barnes goes 0-for-5
    Matt Barnes disastrous preseason continued on Wednesday when he missed all five of his shots to finish with two points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal.

    Advice: He was 0-for-4 from downtown and has now hit just 3-of-36 shots in the preseason and exactly one 3-pointer. The good news is that he's (hopefully) getting all of this poor shooting out of his system when the games don't count. The bad news is that his confidence simply has to be taking a hit. As long as he's starting at SF for the Clippers, he'll retain his sleeper status. But if he doesn't fix his shot soon, Chris Douglas-Roberts could start to threaten his hold on the job. CDR wasn't great tonight, scoring just three points in 24 minutes.
    Wednesday, 10:50 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.
    Wednesday, 7:26 pm
  • Terrence Jones goes off before neck issue
    Terrence Jones went to the locker room on Wednesday due to an apparent neck issue and did not return.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious, but we'll keep an eye on it. Jones went off before leaving the game, scoring nine points with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals, four blocks and one 3-pointer. He'll be a key part of the frontcourt rotation and last year's post-break run makes him a terrific target in the middle rounds.
    Wednesday, 6:24 pm
  • Thunder exercise option on Andre Roberson
    The Thunder exercised their third-year option on Andre Roberson.

    Advice: He's going to have a chance to start at shooting guard, but the Thunder won't draw up many plays for him. Unless he gets red hot from 3, fantasy owners can ignore Roberson in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:15 pm
  • Perry Jones gets his extension
    The Thunder exercised their fourth-year option on Perry Jones III.

    Advice: It's an obvious move and he'll have his best chance to put up numbers this season. Jones could start at small forward with Kevin Durant (foot) out, which makes sense because he can play the stretch four -- like KD does. He's on the radar in deep leagues.
    Wednesday, 5:11 pm
  • Kevin Martin getting rest on Wednesday
    Kevin Martin will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting some rest and looks to be over his groin injury. It's probably just a matter of time before something else bothers Martin, so fantasy owners might want to look elsewhere in the later rounds.
    Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play on Wed.
    Andrew Wiggins (back) will not play against the Bucks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has a lower back contusion and he should be ready to start the season. Wiggins' exact role is unclear, but considering how few playmakers the Wolves have on offense, you'd think he gets his chances to score. If you want him, you can probably look to grab him around pick 70, but there are some more proven studs at that ADP.
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Paul Pierce (knee) won't play on Wednesday
    Paul Pierce (knee) will not play against the Knicks on Wednesday.

    Advice: It's just a knee bruise for Pierce and he's fully expected to be ready to go next week. Pierce's minutes and usage rate will be headed south this year, so he's more of a late-round target in standard leagues.
    Wednesday, 3:16 pm
  • Omri Casspi (back) returns to practice
    Omri Casspi (back) returned to practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed Monday's preseason game with his back issue, which hasn't been an issue since 2011. Casspi will back up Rudy Gay and won't have much fantasy value.
    Wednesday, 3:11 pm
  • Trevor Ariza not playing on Wednesday night
    Trevor Ariza will not play against the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's just getting a night off and has played fairly well in the preseason. Ariza has an effective field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in five of the six preseason contests. He won't be quite as good as last year, but he's still a nice target in the middle rounds.
    Wednesday, 2:44 pm
  • Shumpert one of Phil Jackson's 'favorites'
    Iman Shumpert is one of Phil Jackson's "favorites" on the Knicks' roster, and Jackson called him "simply our best on-ball defender" against SGs and bigger PGs.

    Advice: Jackson criticized Shumpert's "very inconsistent" shooting mechanics, but he's confident that Shump will bounce back offensively after averaging just 6.7 points on 37.8 percent shooting last season. The starting SG job is Shumpert's to lose and his ability to chip in consistent 3-pointers and steals makes him a late-round option in deeper leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:48 am
  • Wolves may take fewer 3-pointers this season
    Wolves coach Flip Saunders said that Minnesota took "way too many" 3-pointers last season, even though they ranked 16th in attempts per game.

    Advice: The Wolves finished 26th in 3-point percentage last year, and with Kevin Love gone Saunders is just acknowledging that he doesn't have the personnel to rely on 3-pointers. Kevin Martin should have a green light from beyond the arc, as will Robbie Hummel and Chase Budinger, and fantasy owners can hope for a slight uptick from Ricky Rubio after he averaged only 0.5 per game last year.
    Wednesday, 9:02 am
  • Matt Barnes shooting 3-of-31 this preseason
    Matt Barnes' preseason doldrums continued on Tuesday, as he scored three points on 1-of-7 shooting with four assists, three steals and one block.

    Advice: The defensive stats are nice but his shooting slump is out of control. He's now a combined 3-of-31 from the field this preseason, including 1-of-18 from downtown. Chris Douglas-Roberts is a looming threat to Barnes' playing time at SF, but he's still worth a flier pick for his sneaky across-the-board contributions.
    Tuesday, 10:32 pm
  • Wes Johnson stuffs stat sheet in Lakers' loss
    Wes Johnson finished Tuesday's loss with 15 points, three 3-pointers, eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and three blocks, but he also committed eight turnovers and missed a critical pair of free throws.

    Advice: Xavier Henry (knee) and Nick Young (thumb) are both out of commission, which helps Johnson's cause, but he may hold onto a starting job even when L.A. is at full strength. This was his first double-digit scoring game of the preseason but has unique fantasy appeal after averaging 1.3 triples, 1.1 steals and 1.0 blocks for the depleted Lakers last season. Give him a look if you need a swingman in the final round.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins unlikely to play Wednesday
    Andrew Wiggins is unlikely to play on Wednesday due to swelling after a hard fall in Sunday's exhibition.

    Advice: Wiggins' backside swelled up overnight but it doesn't sound serious and he should be considered day-to-day. Whether or not he's in the starting lineup on opening night, Wiggins should work his way into a fantasy-worthy role before long.
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 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.
    Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday
    Andrew Wiggins will not play on Tuesday after taking a hard fall on his backside in his last game.

    Advice: "He's this point he's probably 50-50," Flip Saunders said. Corey Brewer will start in his place, while Wiggins should be considered day-to-day.
    Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • 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.
    Tuesday, 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.
    Tuesday, 12:44 pm
  • J.R. Smith leaves practice with back spasms
    J.R. Smith (back) experienced back spasms during Tuesday's practice and may miss Wednesday's exhibition game against the Wizards.

    Advice: Smith was sidelined by back spasms during last week's exhibition game against the 76ers, so this isn't a new injury. While the back spasms are a concern with the regular season a week away, Smith's role on the Knicks is the more worrisome issue. While the 29-year-old can still be a solid source of three-pointers in a bench role, the presence of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Iman Shumpert will keep Smith from being more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues.
    Tuesday, 10:49 am
  • James Harden committed to playing better D
    James Harden said he's committed to being a better defensive player this season.

    Advice: With Harden's defense (or lack thereof) a common topic in NBA circles, the 25-year-old is committed to silencing his critics this season. "It's not a matter of whether I can or can't play defense," Harden said. "It's just a matter of me focusing for 48 minutes throughout a game and making sure that I'm always alert on both ends of the floor. It's up to me to go out there and show my leadership, to show that I can play both ends of the floor at a high level and just do it." Harden's defense shouldn't be of much to concern to fantasy owners as his 2013-14 averages of 25.4 points, 4.7 rebounds. 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers make him an easy selection in the middle of the first round.
    Tuesday, 9:58 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.
    Tuesday, 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.
    Tuesday, 6:57 am
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