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  • Kris Humphries gets the stitches out
    Kris Humphries (hand) had the stitches removed on Friday and hasn't tested his hand yet.

    Advice: He sounds like he could be ready for the regular season and the Wizards will need him with Nene suspended for the opener. Humphries and Kevin Seraphin would get most of the minutes next to Marcin Gortat. Rotoworld.com
    50 minutes ago
  • Bradley Beal taking one-handed FTs
    Bradley Beal (wrist) was taking one-handed free throws at practice.

    Advice: He's expected to miss the first month of the season and nothing has changed about his prognosis. We'll keep an eye on him, but expect him to be back on the court around Thanksgiving. Otto Porter is likely the biggest winner for fantasy purposes. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:44 pm
    Injured
  • Steve Blake won't play on Friday
    Steve Blake will not play against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: His illness is not considered serious and he should be out there for the opener next week. Blake has very little appeal in most fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 12:42 pm
  • Marcus Smart (stomach bug) doesn't practice
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) did not practice on Friday.

    Advice: This is Smart's second consecutive absence from practice due to this stomach bug, but we're still considering him probable for the regular-season opener. However, with Rajon Rondo (hand) targeting a return for opening night, Smart's fantasy value is limited. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:42 am
  • Nets pickup team option on Mason Plumlee
    The Nets have picked up their team option on Mason Plumlee.

    Advice: Plumlee is a nice fantasy asset to own while Brook Lopez is on the sidelines. However, when Brook is healthy Plumlee will struggle to find consistent minutes. He's worth a late-round flier in standard leagues, but would probably be served best on the team that drafts Lopez. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:26 am
  • Stephenson (groin) hopeful to practice on Mon
    Lance Stephenson (groin) is hopeful he'll be able to return to practice by Monday.

    Advice: Stephenson's groin strain isn't considered serious, and he's likely just being rested so he can start the regular-season at 100 percent healthy. His ability to contribute to all areas of the box score makes him well worth a mid-round selection in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:19 am
  • Brook Lopez could be ready for opening night?
    Lionel Hollins said that he thinks Brook Lopez (foot) will be ready for opening night, but it will ultimately be up to the doctors to clear him.

    Advice: Hollins added that he prefers Lopez be able to practice before the regular-season opener, but if he is healthy, he will play. This is an encouraging report, but given Lopez' extensive history with right foot injuries, he still remains an extremely risky top-50 selection. However, those willing to take the plunge could be rewarded handsomely as Lopez is set to be a focal point of the Nets offense. Lopez made it through just 17 games last season, but averaged 20.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 11:03 am
    Injured
  • Tristan Thompson will come off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will begin the 2014-15 season coming off the bench for the Cavs.

    Advice: Destined for a reserve role, Thompson will enter the 2014-15 season as more of a deep league asset. However, current starting center Anderson Varejao is about as injury prone as they come, so if/when Varejao goes down with an injury, Thompson will gain standard league relevancy as the teams' starting center. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:35 am
  • Marcus Morris playing well through preseason
    Marcus Morris has been playing well through the preseason, and he's been the Suns' best 3-point shooter going 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.

    Advice: "It's good to see Marcus very confident when he gets an open 3," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "He's done a nice job rebounding. He obviously worked hard in the summer on things. We're going to need him." Morris will be the teams' starting small forward for the first three games of the season as P.J. Tucker will be serving a suspension, but depending on how he plays, he could end up supplanting Tucker in the starting lineup. Morris is deserving of a late-round flier for owners seeking some 3-point shooting, and he could be a steal if he nabs the starting job. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:20 am
  • Danny Granger (flu) out Friday vs. Memphis
    Danny Granger (flu-like symptoms) did not travel with the team to Memphis, and will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Granger has been extremely injury prone for the past few years, and while we wouldn't expect this recent illness to withhold him from suiting up opening night, his lack of contributions to the stat sheet make him an unappealing fantasy asset. Owners can do better than Granger with their late-round selections. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 10:04 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. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 9:57 am
  • Otto Porter looking for a bounce-back season
    Otto Porter is looking to put last year's injury plagued rookie season behind him, and is looking to bounce-back during his sophomore year.

    Advice: "I’m thankful to be playing at 100 percent and getting better," Porter said. "I’m trying to play hard each and every time I step onto the court and hopefully everything else will take care of itself." Porter could start off the year as the team's shooting guard with Bradley Beal on the shelf for the first month of the season. He's been practicing at the two-guard position during practices, and during the final five preseason games he averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. There's a lot of upside here, and Porter looks like someone worth taking a late-round flier on in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:39 am
  • Patrick Beverley worked on his offensive game
    Patrick Beverley worked hard this offseason to improve his offensive game.

    Advice: "I’m going to let the game come to me, but I worked extremely hard on my offensive game this summer. I’m very confident. I’m more confident in pick-and-roll. I’m stronger with my shot. My shot feels good." Beverley is set to become a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, and he is aware of the importance of his performance this year. He shot 45 percent from 3-point range through seven preseason games, which is an encouraging sign, but the offense in Houston still runs through James Harden. Beverley isn't going to rack of the assists, but he's good for some steals, some 3-pointers, and solid percentages. With the departure of Jeremy Lin, Beverley is going to get all the minutes he can handle, and in a contract year, we like Beverley as a late-round sleeper pick. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 7:02 am
  • Monta Ellis wants to finish his career in DAL
    Monta Ellis stated during a recent interview that he's hopeful he can finish his career as a Dallas Maverick.

    Advice: When Monta was asked about being able to opt out of his contract at the end of this season, Ellis responded: "It is a business, but at the same time, I’m going to look into everything with my family... But I’m with the Dallas Mavericks for the next two years and hopefully throughout the rest of my career." Ellis has been very good for the Mavericks during his time there, and averaged 19.0 points, 5.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals, 0.8 three-pointers, and 3.2 turnovers last season. The turnovers are a bit of a drag, but the fact that he's suited up for 82-games for the past two seasons makes him a bit more attractive. Ellis is primed for another big year with Dallas, and is deserving of an early round selection. Rotoworld.com
    Today, 6:33 am
  • Gal Mekel scores 17 in another nice line
    Gal Mekel looked great in his second start of the preseason on Thursday with 17 points, two rebounds, eight assists and one 3-pointer in 42 minutes.

    Advice: It sure would be fun to see Mekel on another team, but he's not likely to get minutes with the Mavericks. He can be ignored in most fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) out vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play in the Hornets' preseason finale against the Pacers.

    Advice: Stephenson (groin), Kemba Walker (foot), Noah Vonleh (hernia), and Gerald Henderson (hamstring) all will not suit up in the teams' preseason finale. Stephenson and Walker are the only two with significant fantasy value, so their health statuses should be monitored as the regular season approaches. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 3:08 pm
  • Marcus Smart misses practice with stomach bug
    Marcus Smart (stomach bug) missed Thursday's practice.

    Advice: This isn't major news as the Celtics' preseason schedule is over and Smart will now have a week to get himself healthy for the start of his first regular season in the NBA. Teammates have been speaking glowingly about the rookie's hard work and fantasy owners would be wise to take a flier on Smart just in case Rajon Rondo is traded. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:00 am
  • Lance Stephenson out for Thursday vs Pacers
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will miss Thursday's exhibition game against the Indiana Pacers.

    Advice: It's a shame that we won't see Lance against his former team, but the Hornets play the Pacers on Nov. 19 so we won't have to wait long. With the regular season less than a week away, the Hornets are likely playing it safe with their free agent acquisition, so fantasy owners shouldn't shy away from drafting Stephenson in the middle rounds of their drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:28 am
  • Marcus Morris plays well again for Suns
    Marcus Morris started at SF again and hit 4-of-9 shots and two 3-pointers for 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a block.

    Advice: He's been playing as well, if not better, than his brother and is in line to start at least the first three games of the season. P.J. Tucker is suspended for those games, and by the time he returns, it's possible Marcus could have the job full time. And if that happens, it's also not great news for Gerald Green. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:29 pm
  • Tristan Thompson quiet in 17 minutes
    Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:00 pm
  • Mason Plumlee double-doubles in loss
    Mason Plumlee started and had 15 points, 11 boards, two steals and two blocks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be a fine fantasy starter as long as Brook Lopez is out with his foot problem, but once Bro-Lo is back in action, Plumlee may struggle for consistency. Lopez should be ready to go around the start of the season, but if you draft him, taking Plumlee as insurance makes sense. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:17 pm
  • Marcus Smart scores 16 points in 16 minutes
    Marcus Smart played just 16 minutes on Wednesday, but had 16 points, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He hit 5-of-8 shots and coach Brad Stevens loves his aggressiveness on both ends of the floor. The potential early return of Rajon Rondo is a bit of a buzzkill, but Smart still deserves to be drafted in fantasy leagues. And if Rondo is traded for something other than a point guard midseason, Smart could have a big second half. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Otto-matic: Porter drops 22 points vs. Knicks
    Otto Porter kept his momentum going against the Knicks in his 31 minutes in the starting lineup on Wednesday, scoring 22 points on 9-of-15 from the field with two rebounds, one assist, three steals and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: He is absolutely rolling right now. Over his last five games, Porter averaged 14.8 points, 4.4 boards, 2.0 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.2 triples on 51.9 percent from the field. If he can consistently make triples, Porter could really be in for a fantastic sophomore season. He's on the radar in standard leagues and should start off strong while Bradley Beal (wrist) is on the shelf. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 7:06 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. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:38 pm
  • Bradley Beal (wrist) now without a cast
    Bradley Beal (wrist) said he is no longer wearing a cast on his broken wrist.

    Advice: He's still about a month away since being diagnosed back on Oct. 11. Beal has dealt with multiple fractures in his career, so he's becoming a bit fragile. Still, he's one of the best shooting guards in the NBA and fantasy owners shouldn't let him fall too far in their drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 1:00 pm
    Injured
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) sits out practice
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not practice on Wednesday, leaving him questionable for Thursday's preseason finale vs. the Pacers.

    Advice: He has a week to recover before Charlotte's regular-season opener, so for now we're assuming he won't miss any games with the injury. The possibility that he'll sit out Thursday's exhibition vs. his former team is unfortunate, but we'll get to see Lance and the Hornets take on the Pacers in their first regular-season meeting in Indiana on Nov. 19. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 10:16 am
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:40 pm
  • Patrick Beverley struggles on Tuesday
    Patrick Beverley started and hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, one rebound, three assists and four fouls on Tuesday.

    Advice: He still seems more interested in frustrating opposing point guards than getting his shots, but he still has a chance to be a solid point guard in fantasy. Especially with Jason Terry backing him up right now. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 8:11 pm
  • Morris twins starting for Suns
    Both Markieff and Marcus Morris are in the starting lineup for the Suns on Tuesday, along with Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Miles Plumlee.

    Advice: We could see this lineup for the first three games of the regular season with P.J. Tucker suspended. And if Marcus continues to play well alongside his brother, it could stick even after Tucker is ready. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 6:18 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 sore...at 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. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 4:05 pm
  • Kris Humphries' stitches not yet removed
    The stitches in Kris Humphries' right hand were not removed during his post-surgery checkup on Monday.

    Advice: Humphries gashed his hand on the rim during a preseason game, damaging a nerve in his right pinkie finger, and he was given a 3-4 week timetable on Oct. 10. He's very questionable to play in the Wizards' season opener, and Nene will be serving a suspension, so more minutes should be available for DeJuan Blair , Drew Gooden and Kevin Seraphin. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:52 am
  • Steve Blake (illness) won't play vs. Nuggets
    Steve Blake (upper respiratory illness) didn't travel with the Blazers for Tuesday's game vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Blake is day-to-day and his absence means more playing time for C.J. McCollum and Will Barton, who are vying for reserve PG/SG minutes. Mo Williams couldn't sustain reliable value as a backup in Portland last season, so Blake belongs on the waiver wire in all leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:16 am
  • Monta Ellis hits a couple treys on Monday
    Monta Ellis made two 3-pointers in Monday's 108-103 win over the Grizzlies, scoring a total of 14 points with four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Monta has been reliable for the past few seasons and the pick-and-roll game with Dirk Nowitzki should be in full effect again. Fantasy owners can target Ellis in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:56 pm
  • Mason Plumlee flirts with 20-20 in win
    Mason Plumlee had a field day against the 76ers on Monday with 20 points, 17 rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and five turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He shot 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-12 from the line in an Andre Drummond-like outing. Plumlee is obviously going to benefit in a big way from the Brook Lopez (injury), so fantasy owners missing out on a big man shouldn't be shy about grabbing him near pick No. 100 for the short term and perhaps more. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:12 pm
  • Thompson looks like he's coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson came off the bench in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Hopefully he can keep the blocks up but 0.4 per game last season is probably a better indicator. David Blatt said tonight's game would be run like a regular season game and that probably means Thompson is the swing big backing up both Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love. He has a hard time accumulating value as a big-minute starter, so needless to say this news moves him further into deep league territory. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:28 pm
  • Otto Porter going on a mid-range fest
    Otto Porter made 4-of-10 from the field on Monday for 12 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two turnovers in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He is living and dying by the mid-range jumper since Las Vegas, but the looks haven't been as clean as they were at Las Vegas Summer League. The Wizards are definitely going to use his length and they continue to play him a lot in the preseason. He's likely the beneficiary of the Brad Beal (wrist) injury, but he's more of a late-round pick in 14- and 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 7:07 pm
  • Stephenson (groin) will not play on Monday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) did not play in Monday's exhibition against the Hawks.

    Advice: Stephenson played on Sunday and the team is likely giving him precautionary time off in the back-to-back. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 4:23 pm
  • Tristan Thompson coming off the bench
    Tristan Thompson will come off the bench against the Bulls on Monday.

    Advice: He's actually been great so far this preseason, making 20-of-34 from the field and 15-of-19 from the line. Thompson isn't a great foul shooter and only somehow blocked just 0.4 shots per game last season, so fantasy owners shouldn't be too eager to pick him up. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 8:41 am
  • Andrew Wiggins having some shooting woes
    Andrew Wiggins made 2-of-7 from the field in Sunday's win over the Thunder for eight points with two rebounds, one assist and three steals.

    Advice: He didn't turn the ball over in 23 minutes and the steals were nice, so this game wasn't a lost cause. Wiggins went down hard after a collision, but there is no reason to be concerned. He's probably not going to start in his rookie season and will likely start slow, so that's just something to think about if you want to reach for him in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com
    Monday, 6:40 am
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) looks fine vs. Bulls
    Lance Stephenson's recent groin injury didn't prevent him from scoring 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Bulls on Sunday.

    Advice: Stephenson missed his only 3-point attempt, he didn't get to the free throw line, and he added just two assists and one steal with three turnovers. He also grabbed Joakim Noah's hand at one point, just to mess with him, which makes you question how much he's matured this offseason. Nevertheless, the reigning league-leader in triple-doubles has enough upside to justify a mid-round pick in typical fantasy formats. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 7:53 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play Sunday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) plans to play on Sunday vs. Chicago.

    Advice: He has been dealing with a right groin strain as well as a toe injury so it is good to see him suiting up for a preseason game. Stephenson is a solid late-mid round pick with upside. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 3:51 pm
  • Mason Plumlee starts and scores six points
    Mason Plumlee started during Sunday's historic 44-minute NBA game but only posted six points and four rebounds in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He had four turnovers and didn't look comfortable out there. Regardless, Plumlee has a chance to get some major minutes this season with Kevin Garnett fading away and Brook Lopez coming off a major foot injury. He is worth a look as a late-round flier if you are patient. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 2:43 pm
  • Kris Humphries (hand) to be examined Monday
    Kris Humphries (hand) will have his surgically-repaired hand examined on Monday.

    Advice: He is making good progress and we should know more after tomorrow's consultation. He is still expected to be out until late October at the earliest. He is not recommended for standard leagues at the moment. Rotoworld.com
    Sunday, 11:46 am
  • Gal Mekel performs well in Saturday's game
    Gal Mekel started at point guard for the Mavericks and he did not disappoint by scoring 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting, while adding nine assists, two steals, two rebounds, and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The starters had the night off so Mekel got an extended look. Barring a trade, Mekel will not be worth owning in standard leagues as there are simply too many PGs on the Dallas roster. Rotoworld.com
    Saturday, 6:45 pm
  • Thompson double-doubles in start
    Tristan Thompson double-doubled in another start on Friday, scoring 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting with 11 rebounds in 30 minutes.

    Advice: That's the good news. The bad news is that as usual he didn't do anything else in the box score and outside of points leagues those other categories count too. Kevin Love (neck) was held out tonight so Anderson Varejao (seven points, seven rebounds, three assists, four steals) also started and we did not get much clarity on who will be in the starting lineup on Opening Night. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:49 pm
  • Ellis shows no effects of knee injury on Fri
    Monta Ellis (knee) returned to action on Friday against the Cavs, scoring 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting (including two threes) with two steals and eight assists in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Ellis is one of the most durable players in the league and represents a solid mid-round selection in upcoming drafts. The knee issue is not a concern. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:41 pm
  • Porter comes off bench despite Rice injury
    Otto Porter came off the bench on Friday despite the absence of Glen Rice Jr., finishing with eight points on 4-of-9 shooting with three rebounds, two assists, three steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: It's possible that Randy Wittman will want to keep Porter in his bench role to maintain continuity as guys like Rice and Bradley Beal return. Wittman used Garrett Temple as the starting two-guard tonight, and he managed eight points with two threes, two steals, one block and one assist in 30 minutes. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 8:07 pm
  • King: Nets won't restrict Brook Lopez's mins.
    General manager Billy King said the Nets will no restrict Brook Lopez's (foot) minutes this season.

    Advice: The good news is that he's not even wearing a walking boot. He added that the Nets aren't going to build their offense around him, which isn't a surprise. Lopez is out for two weeks with his right foot sprain, but the team is optimistic because nothing is broken. We, on the other hand, are not and bumped him down a couple rounds in our standard-league rankings. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:35 am
    Injured
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) ruled out for Friday
    Lance Stephenson (groin) will not play against the Wizards on Friday.

    Advice: Born Ready is dealing with a right groin strain and has already had a toe injury. He had a breakout season last year with the Pacers, but we'd expect him to need an adjustment period with his new teammates and in a different system. Stephenson is a late-mid round target. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 9:22 am
  • The Wizards could start Otto Porter at SG
    There's a "strong chance" that the Wizards start Otto Porter at shooting guard, according to J. Michael of CSN Washington.

    Advice: Coach Randy Wittman said the team doesn't really have a two or a three, which makes sense with how Paul Pierce aligns himself on offense. Porter was a disaster in his rookie season due to injuries, but he was tremendous at Las Vegas Summer League, especially on offense. He's been red hot in his last four preseason games, making 59 percent of his shots for averages of 14.5 points, 5.3 boards, 1.3 steals, 0.5 blocks and 1.0 triples. He's creeping up into the standard-league conversation. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:38 am
  • Mavs shopping Gal Mekel in a trade
    The Mavs are looking to deal Gal Mekel in a trade.

    Advice: He's basically their fifth point guard, which is a little superfluous to say the least. Mekel is a solid pick-and-roll point guard and is a crafty passer, but he hasn't excelled at the NBA level yet. Rotoworld.com
    Friday, 7:08 am
  • Marcus Morris looks good as starting SF
    Marcus Morris scored 14 points with six rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday.

    Advice: He is expected to start at small forward on opening night and should have some nice value in the first three games. Fantasy owners can give him a look for short-term value in all leagues and he could provide enough value in 14-team formats. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 9:55 pm
  • Brook Lopez (foot sprain) out 10-14 days
    Brook Lopez suffered a mild right midfoot sprain in a preseason game on Wednesday and will miss the next 10-14 days.

    Advice: Uh oh. Lopez has dealt with a slew of right foot injuries in his career, including one that ended his 2013-14 season. This is horrible news for his outlook for the upcoming season and will subsequently cause his fantasy draft stock to take a massive hit -- as it should. At this point, fantasy owners should be able to find better options in the top 50 picks. Mason Plumlee is also worth a look at the end of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 6:38 pm
    Injured
  • Marcus Morris likely to start on opening nite
    Marcus Morris is expected to start at small forward on opening night.

    Advice: It will only be temporary with P.J. Tucker suspended for the first three games. Morris can play both forward positions and should get minutes in the low 20s even while the team is at 100 percent. He'll be an interesting plug-n-play option on opening night after owning the Lakers last season. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 4:01 pm
  • Lance Stephenson (groin) questionable for Fri
    Lance Stephenson is questionable to play against the Wizards on Friday due to a right groin strain.

    Advice: Considering he's questionable for a preseason game, it's probably a minor issue. Stephenson doesn't have a history of groin issues and there's no reason to bump him down your rankings. He should pick up some extra ball-handling responsibilities with his new team, but there might be an adjustment period. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 10:15 am
  • Otto Porter's play impressing teammates
    Otto Porter's preseason play is receiving rave reviews from his teammates.

    Advice: "He's night and day," Kevin Seraphin said of Porter's play. "I told him that yesterday. I'm proud of him. He's really stepped up right now. He's more confident in everything. I love his game." After an injury-plagued rookie season, Porter has an opportunity in front of him with Brad Beal sidelined. While he'll still have to battle Paul Pierce and Glen Rice Jr. for minutes, Porter is worth late round flier in deeper fantasy leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Thursday, 7:26 am
  • Marcus Smart plays well off bench
    Marcus Smart came off the bench for 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hit 3-of-8 shots and played 30 minutes, and should have some nice value early in the season while Rajon Rondo sits with a broken hand. We expect Smart to start at PG while Rondo is out for the first few weeks of the season. He took over tonight's game late in the fourth quarter, prompting coach Brad Stevens to say "His M.O. has been competitive will." Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:59 pm
  • Tristan Thompson over his shoulder injury
    Tristan Thompson returned to action from a sore shoulder on Wednesday and hit 3-of-6 shots for six points, nine rebounds and two assists in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's going to see a lot of minutes at power forward and especially center, if Anderson Varejao can't stay healthy. He's worth a late draft pick even if coming off the bench. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 9:29 pm
  • Otto Porter plays well in preseason win
    Otto Porter hit 7-of-13 shots and a 3-pointer on his way to 19 points, eight rebounds, four assists, four steals and a block in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He started in place of Paul Pierce, as the old man got the night off, and looked really good in doing so. He should get plenty of run on Thursday, as it appears Glen Rice won't play due to a sprained right ankle. Porter's still not a must-own player, but if he can earn a timeshare with Pierce, or start at SG while Brad Beal is out with his injury, Porter could end up being worth a late flier. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play Wed.
    Tristan Thompson (shoulder) will play on Wednesday night.

    Advice: He had a minor shoulder injury keep him out of the lineup on Tuesday. Thompson is expected to start at center this season, but he's one of the most inefficient players in the league and will really need to post some eye-popping stats to become a top-100 player. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 3:20 pm
  • Mason Plumlee scores 18 points off bench
    Mason Plumlee came off Brooklyn's bench to score 18 points in 25 minutes vs. the Kings on Wednesday, making 7-of-10 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs.

    Advice: Plumlee added five rebounds, one assist and one steal, but he also turned the ball over four times without blocking any shots. Owners in need of a cheap big-man should keep an eye on Plumlee, who should only build on his numbers after the All-Star break -- 9.1 points on 68 percent shooting, 6.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks in just 22 minutes per contest. Rotoworld.com
    Wednesday, 8:13 am
  • Patrick Beverley quiet in 21 minutes
    Patrick Beverley played 21 minutes but hit just 3-of-8 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, three assists and a steal on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's got a chip on his shoulder and seems primed to be a better player this season, and also remains unchallenged to start at point guard for the Rockets. He's yet to really go off in the preseason, but is still a guy you'll want to target as a sleeper when you need a point guard late. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:37 pm
  • Danny Granger starts at power forward
    Danny Granger started at power forward for the Heat on Tuesday and had 11 points, two rebounds, a steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-7 shooting in 19 minutes.

    Advice: If Granger can stay healthy and handle minutes, he's going to see run at SG, SF and PF this season. He might be worth a late flier in fantasy, but whether he can handle a full season of minutes is a pretty dicey proposition. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 9:22 pm
  • Danny Granger starts for short-handed Heat
    Danny Granger moved into Miami's starting lineup on Tuesday, as coach Erik Spoelstra went small with Norris Cole, Dwyane Wade, Granger, Luol Deng and Chris Bosh.

    Advice: Miami's personnel lends itself to a small-ball attack, and it will be interesting to see how often they use Deng or Granger to backup Josh McRoberts (toe) during the regular season. Spo is still experimenting with lineups and Granger is destined for a reserve role, so this doesn't impact his season outlook. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:56 pm
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) out Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will miss Tuesday's game as a precaution.

    Advice: Anderson Varejao will start again at center, though early signs point to Thompson earning the job on opening night. Thompson's double-double potential is intriguing but he doesn't offer enough assists, steals or blocks to be a viable option in most 8-cat and 9-cat leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 3:34 pm
  • Wizards pick up Otto Porter's $4.7M option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Otto Porter's $4.7 million team option for the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Porter's rookie year was a bust, and he never found his footing after coming into the year injured, but he's shown steady improvement this offseason and might crack the starting lineup with Bradley Beal (wrist) out of commission until late November. He has limited fantasy appeal but could be a cheap source of 3-pointers in deep leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:58 pm
  • Wizards pick up Bradley Beal's 4th-yr option
    The Wizards have officially picked up Bradley Beal's fourth-year contract option, keeping him in Washington through the 2015-16 season.

    Advice: Beal is targeting a return in late-November after fracturing a bone in his left wrist this week. His absence temporarily opens up more SG minutes for Glen Rice Jr., Otto Porter and even Garrett Temple, and forces fantasy owners to bump Beal back a round or two on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 2:50 pm
    Injured
  • Tristan Thompson (shoulder) game-time Tuesday
    Tristan Thompson (sore shoulder) will be a game-time decision on Tuesday.

    Advice: He sat out practice as a precaution but the injury is "nothing major" and he should be back on the court very soon, even if he does sit out vs. the Bucks. Anderson Varejao is likely to get another start at center if Thompson can't suit up. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:31 am
  • Bradley Beal to wear soft cast for 10 days
    Bradley Beal (wrist surgery) will wear a soft cast on his left wrist for 10 days before he can resume working out.

    Advice: Beal's original timetable of six weeks would have him returning to the court around Thanksgiving and this new does nothing to push that timetable back. While missing a month of the regular season won't help his fantasy value, Beal still has enough upside to warrant a middle-to-late round pick in drafts. Glen Rice Jr. should see a big uptick in minutes with Beal out and is worth a late-round pick in standard leagues after a strong Summer League performance. Rotoworld.com
    Tuesday, 11:00 am
    Injured
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