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  • Boozer goes for nine and seven in loss
    Carlos Boozer scored nine points on 3-of-9 shooting with seven rebounds, three assists and one block in Friday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Boozer played a healthy 29 minutes and he needs to pick it up or find himself dropped in standard leagues. Already a low upside player, owners can't invest roster space in a guy that disappears like he has to start the year.
    Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Johnson quiet again on Friday against LAC
    Wes Johnson hit just 2-of-8 shots for five points, five rebounds, one steal and one three over 30 minutes in Friday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Johnson hasn't done anything so far this season and it's possible he won't as a bit player now that Kobe Bryant is calling the shots. He might get it going at some point, but for now owners can move on for a hot free agent.
    Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Jeremy Lin gets on the board with 17-4-9 line
    Jeremy Lin finally got on the board with fantasy owners on Friday against the Clippers, scoring 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting (including three treys) with four rebounds, nine assists and one steal in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Lin even waved Kobe off at one point and drew praise from the Mamba after the game for it. There are going to be ups and downs playing for a bad team, but Lin's mid-round upside is right there for the taking and he should be worth owning and/or starting as long as he's healthy.
    Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • Markieff Morris goes for 20 and 11 vs. Spurs
    Markieff Morris scored 20 points on 7-of-16 shooting (no threes) with 11 rebounds, three assists and one block in the Suns' 94-89 win over the Spurs on Friday.

    Advice: That's more like it. Morris is primed for a breakout season, though consistency will likely be an issue from night to night. To be clear, this is not a sell-high moment.
    Yesterday, 10:35 pm
  • Len double-doubles in 32-minute outing
    Alex Len double-doubled off the bench on Friday against the Spurs, scoring 10 points on 4-of-6 shooting with 11 rebounds and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Miles Plumlee got into serious foul trouble and Len might have opened up a position battle tonight. Owners should wait to see more out of Len before making an add outside of deeper leagues, but be ready to act if he makes a move on the starting job.
    Yesterday, 10:30 pm
  • Daye plays 19 minutes in start at center
    Austin Daye started at center in Friday's loss to the Suns, and he managed six points on 2-of-7 shooting with two rebounds, two assists, two steals and two threes in 19 minutes.

    Advice: You read that right, center. Pop could get away with that against a smaller Suns squad and Daye will need to do this and more many times before we pay any attention.
    Yesterday, 10:22 pm
  • Green quiet in Friday's loss to the Suns
    Danny Green hit just 1-of-5 shots in Friday's game against the Suns, finishing with three points, four rebounds, two blocks and one trey in 21 minutes.

    Advice: As a streaky player Green isn't a guy that you usually measure game by game, but if he goes cold for an extended period of time owners should certainly feel free to move along.
    Yesterday, 10:20 pm
  • Ginobili shoots blanks in 25 minutes
    Manu Ginobili missed all five of his shots in 25 minutes of action on Friday.

    Advice: Ginobili finished with two points, two rebounds and two assists, and these are the breaks for an aging, streaky player that's on a strict minutes limit. He might be able to accumulate late-round value when he's on the floor, but owners should be willing to look elsewhere should the opportunity present itself.
    Yesterday, 10:18 pm
  • Middleton scores 12 points with two threes
    Khris Middleton started and scored 12 points in the Bucks' 93-81 win over the Sixers on Friday, hitting 5-of-16 shots with two threes, four rebounds and one assist.

    Advice: Middleton has shown flashes of productivity in the past but nothing to justify a major investment. If he can keep his starting job and play within reasonable expectations he can be a late-round value, but if you have higher upside options on your wire you may want to consider a switch.
    Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Sanders blocks four with two steals, 15 rebs
    Larry Sanders started again and scored eight points on 4-of-12 shooting with 15 rebounds, two steals and four blocks in Friday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Sanders logged 27 minutes and only had four fouls, but the big thing to keep in mind is that the opponent was Philly. The Show has had a nice start to the year and he should be in all lineups until that changes.
    Yesterday, 10:01 pm
  • Knight keeps his foot on the gas pedal
    Brandon Knight kept his foot on the gas pedal with 13 points, seven rebounds, eight assists and two steals in Friday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Knight hit just 2-of-8 shots from the field but did knock in 8-of-10 shots from the line while chipping in a three. Don't just attach this to the Sixers Bump, as he dropped a 22-8-13 line on the Bobcats on Wednesday. Knight could very well start and play above expectations all year long, but owners should at least entertain the idea of selling high while the going is very good.
    Yesterday, 9:59 pm
  • Ilyasova plays five minutes on Friday
    Ersan Ilyasova played just five minutes in Friday's win over the Sixers.

    Advice: Ilyasova played 12 minutes on Wednesday and whether this is due to injury or not he can't be held in fantasy leagues while he has no specified role.
    Yesterday, 9:56 pm
  • Henson blocks six shots in 21 minutes
    John Henson blocked six shots in Friday's win, and also added six points on 3-of-7 shooting with seven rebounds and two steals in 21 minutes off the bench.

    Advice: Henson did this against the Sixers so owners need to file that as a footnote, but this is the reason we like him to be owned in all formats right now. As a young, growing player with a history of productive outbursts, he has a serviceable floor and plenty of upside.
    Yesterday, 9:55 pm
  • Antetokounmpo quiet in Friday's win
    Giannis Antetokounmpo scored eight points off the bench on Friday, hitting 4-of-8 shots to go with six rebounds, two assists, one block and four turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Antetokounmpo has all sorts of upside but it's anybody's guess if that will manifest into value this year or not. On a team with so many parts, and parts in O.J. Mayo that didn't make themselves known until very late in the draft season, it's possible he doesn't get breathing room to break out. He's still a stash candidate, but he's not a must-own player given the overall lack of production in his short career.
    Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • Sims has another slow night for Philly
    Henry Sims had another slow night with just seven points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes on Friday against the Bucks.

    Advice: Sims hit 3-of-8 shots and he has been underwhelming in every outing so far this year. Regardless, he's unchallenged for the starting job right now and he has shown some ability to produce in the past. Unless you have other options, benching him is probably the way to go in anything but shallow leagues.
    Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Austin Daye starting for Boris Diaw
    Austin Daye is starting for Boris Diaw on Friday against the Suns.

    Advice: Pop is doing his thing early and it looks like he's preparing for a track meet to start the game. Daye is still nowhere near close to being a fantasy option and probably won't be seeing more than 20 minutes.
    Yesterday, 6:24 pm
  • Khris Middleton is starting again
    The Bucks are using the same starting lineup on Friday as they did on Wednesday.

    Advice: Believe it. Well, maybe not since there is still some time for coach Jason Kidd to change his minutes. The Sixers have been one of the worst defenses in recent memory, so Khris Middleton might have some success tonight.
    Yesterday, 4:13 pm
  • Report: Brandon Knight will be an RFA
    Brandon Knight and the Bucks have ended their contract extension talks.

    Advice: He'll be in a contract year before he becomes a restricted free agent. Knight looked like a point guard in the opener with 13 dimes against the Hornets, so maybe he can have a career year under Jason Kidd.
    Yesterday, 12:26 pm
  • Kobe wants Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive
    Kobe Bryant wants Jeremy Lin to be more aggressive in initiating the offense.

    Advice: That would be an understatement. Lin has been a deer in the headlights for much of the time he's been on the court with Kobe so far this season, and it's got to change for the Lakers to even think about having success this season. "He’s used having to look over his shoulder all the time and playing with players who like controlling the ball a lot," said Bryant, "I told him that’s a big urban legend of me. I want to score. That means coming off of picks, catching and shooting. You handle the ball and you run the show." Byron Scott added that Lin "has to go out and play his game." Lin can't be much worse than he has been in his first two games with the Lakers.
    Thursday, 2:45 pm
  • Alex Len gets 19 minutes against the Lakers
    Alex Len played 19 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with three points, five rebounds and one block.

    Advice: Not bad. Len looked good tonight and seemed to have a good grasp of the offense. That said, we'll need to see him stay healthy before even considering suggesting him as an add.
    Thursday, 12:44 am
  • Markieff Morris is outshined by his bro
    Markieff Morris played 26 minutes against the Lakers on Wednesday with 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He was a bit quiet tonight, but still made 5-of-10 from the field and didn't turn the ball over. Morris looked great in transition and filled the lane nicely and he also helped space the floor. He'll have bigger lines ahead of him and looks poised for a breakout season.
    Thursday, 12:35 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.
    Thursday, 12:18 am
  • Jeremy Lin has another dud on Wednesday
    Jeremy Lin had another quiet game against the Suns on Wednesday with six points, two rebounds, one assist and two turnovers in 21 minutes.

    Advice: All these blowouts have really hurt Lin and he's starting awfully slow. The Suns guards were also remarkably efficient against him, but it's not like Ronnie Price is going to unseat Lin. The Lakers need so much help that it's worth sticking it out for a couple more games to see if Lin can turn it around.
    Thursday, 12:11 am
  • Carlos Boozer has eight turnovers in loss
    Carlos Boozer had eight turnovers against the Suns on Wednesday with four points, four boards, one assist and one steal on 2-of-6 from the field.

    Advice: Why did they pick him up again? Obviously the turnovers jump out, but the terrible shots and woeful defense make this arguably the worst game from any NBA player tonight. He'll be better for fantasy and his owners shouldn't panic. The Lakers need him to play consistent minutes.
    Thursday, 12:07 am
  • Henry Sims struggles in opener
    Henry Sims hit 4-of-9 shots for 10 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was also torched by Roy Hibbert tonight, and didn't look great in the preseason, either. The Sixers are hurting for big men and Sims went on a late season tear last year, so we're not giving up on him just yet. However, he probably doesn't deserve to be in your starting lineup on busy nights at this point, either.
    Wednesday, 7:53 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo quiet off bench
    Giannis Antetokounmpo came off the bench for 10 points, five rebounds, one assist, a block and a 3-pointer on 3-of-6 shooting in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He still has a shot at starting at shooting guard, especially after Jared Dudley's poor game tonight. And even if he comes off the bench, it's much too early in the season to think about giving up on the Freak.
    Wednesday, 7:28 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova plays just 12 minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova came off the bench for just 12 minutes on Wednesday, but hit all three of his shots for six points, two steals and a block in an overtime loss to Charlotte.

    Advice: Ilyasova didn't play poorly tonight, but he also didn't get enough minutes. Given the poor play of starting SG Jared Dudley, Ilyasova may have an opportunity for more minutes going forward. Hanging onto him for a couple more games is advisable, but he's also a candidate to be dropped in smaller leagues for a hot free agent.
    Wednesday, 7:24 pm
  • Brandon Knight posts big double-double
    Brandon Knight hit just 5-of-17 shots, but also made 10-of-10 free throws and two 3-pointers on his way to 22 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and a block in Wednesday's OT loss to the Hornets.

    Advice: Knight, who played 39 minutes, was fantastic tonight and Kendall Marshall didn't even get off the bench. Knight has the starting job locked down after this one, and if he somehow isn't owned in your league, try to get him.
    Wednesday, 7:19 pm
  • Larry Sanders in foul trouble
    Larry Sanders hit 5-of-8 shots for 10 points, five rebounds, two steals, a block and five fouls in 26 minutes.

    Advice: The good news is that he played and started tonight's game after having some undisclosed surgery recently. He wasn't great, but he wasn't terrible, either. Just hang onto him until further notice.
    Wednesday, 7:14 pm
  • Khris Middleton scores 17 in start for MIL
    Khris Middleton started at small forward on Wednesday and had 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a block on 7-of-15 shooting in 36 minutes.

    Advice: It was a little surprising to see Middleton start, but he played well and got a lot of run. If he can hold onto the job and continue to play well, he'll be worth a pick up at some point. But the Bucks rotation will likely be a mess for some time, and consistency will be an issue for many of their players.
    Wednesday, 7:08 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo coming off the bench
    Giannis Antetokounmpo will come off the bench against the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: It makes sense. His turnover rate has been sky-high, so putting him against inferior second-unit players might cut down his carelessness. Antetokounmpo is going to have his ups and downs, so hopefully you didn't draft him for consistency. He is still worth owning in all leagues for his upside.
    Wednesday, 2:49 pm
  • Khris Middleton to start at SG for Milwaukee
    Khris Middleton will start at SG for the Bucks in Wednesday's opener vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Whether he'll keep the job is anyone's guess, as guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo and O.J. Mayo are threats to his playing time, and coach Jason Kidd's rotations have been opaque since he took the reins in Milwaukee. Middleton is worth a look as a late-round option, especially if you need 3-pointers or steals, but don't cut a reliable player to get him.
    Wednesday, 2:43 pm
  • Jeremy Lin fails to shine against the Rockets
    Jeremy Lin failed to impress in his debut for the Lakers on Tuesday by scoring just seven points on 1-of-5 shooting, while adding six assists, and two rebounds in 29 minutes.

    Advice: He was scoreless in the first half, but to his credit, he looked like a completely different player after the break. Lin had Patrick Beverly all over him the entire night, which is a daunting task for any PG. We expect Lin to bounce back, so his owners shouldn't be worried after tonight's game considering he doesn't have much competition for minutes.
    Tuesday, 10:52 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
  • Carlos Boozer scores 17 on Tuesday
    Carlos Boozer scored 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting, while adding seven rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He played pretty well and looked aggressive on the offensive end. Unlike last year in Chicago, Boozer should get all the minutes he can handle as long as the Lakers stay somewhat competitive in the West. Rookie Julius Randle, Boozer's biggest competition for minutes, went down tonight with what appears to be a broken leg so Boozer should be locked in as the starting power forward for the foreseeable future.
    Tuesday, 10:33 pm
  • Manu Ginobili survives knee injury, scores 20
    Manu Ginobili survived a knee-on-knee collision to finish Tuesday's home opener with 20 points, two 3-pointers, two rebounds, six assists and two steals in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Any injury scare is magnified when it involves Manu, who recovered from a slight stress fracture in his leg during the offseason. He didn't play internationally this summer, which should keep him fresh, and he's capable of returning late-round value in just 20-25 minutes per game, which is where the Spurs will keep him.
    Tuesday, 8:23 pm
  • Manu Ginobili fine after banging knee
    Manu Ginobili limped off the court on Tuesday after banging knees with Devin Harris, but he quickly returned after a timeout.

    Advice: The two players had a knee-on-knee collision but Manu seemed to get the worst of it. Given that he immediately returned, it seems like a minor bruise that won't cost him any time.
    Tuesday, 7:01 pm
  • Not Kidding: MIL still undecided on starters
    Coach Jason Kidd said he still isn't sure on his starting lineup for the opener.

    Advice: And we thought Larry Drew was bad. The main issue is whether or not the Bucks want to start Giannis Antetokounmpo at small forward, which would most likely bump Jabari Parker to power forward. The Greek Freak was one of the most talked about players in the NBA over the summer and is a complete wild card. He's going to have some horrible games mixed in there, so hopeful his owners have some patience.
    Tuesday, 12:16 pm
  • Larry Sanders will play Wednesday vs. CHA
    Larry Sanders went through all contact portions of Tuesday's practice, and said that he will play in Wednesday's season opener vs. the Hornets.

    Advice: Sanders is entering the 2014-15 season healthy, and will look to bounce-back after a disastrous campaign last year. Jason Kidd has stated that he wants Sanders to be the teams' defensive anchor, and he is a guy that can really rack up the blocks. Get him in your lineups.
    Tuesday, 11:57 am
  • Markieff Morris counting on post-ups
    Markieff Morris said he's more confident in his post-up game.

    Advice: As he's said all along, he added he'll be "shooting more 3s this year just to give the guards more driving space in the starting unit." It's clear Morris is going to be the primary forward option in the offense. He could build off a terrific post-break run as an elite fantasy big man.
    Tuesday, 11:53 am
  • Suns pick up option Alex Len
    The Suns picked up their third-year option on Alex Len.

    Advice: He's been a bust so far since being selected in the 2013 draft due to a litany of injuries. Coach Jeff Hornacek has said he's been impressed with Len, but he really needs to stay healthy.
    Monday, 4:47 pm
  • Larry Sanders says he'll be ready for opener
    Larry Sanders said he feels he'll be ready for opening night.

    Advice: All signs are pointing towards Sanders being ready for Wednesday's regular-season opener vs. the Hornets, and he'll look to bounce-back after a disastrous 2013-14 campaign. Sanders had some mysterious surgery earlier in the month, but that looks to be a non-issue going forward. We'll be monitoring his status for opening night closely, so stay tuned for an official update.
    Monday, 12:25 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova says he feels '110 percent'
    Ersan Ilyasova stated that he feels "110 percent" healthy, and he's ready for the season to begin.

    Advice: Ilyasova was a disaster last year, but he used this offseason to get healthy, and did not participate during the FIBA World Cup. He looks like the starting power forward to begin the year, however, Jason Kidd has not yet officially decided on his starting lineup. Obviously Ilyasova is hoping for a bounce-back season, but after such a poor showing last year, we'd recommend letting someone else deal with him.
    Monday, 12:12 pm
  • Jeremy Lin to start at PG in Lakers' opener
    Jeremy Lin will start at PG for the Lakers during Tuesday's season opener.

    Advice: Steve Nash (nerve damage) is done for the season and Ronnie Price (knee) is banged up, but we expect Lin to keep the starting job once Price is fully recovered. His per-36-minute averages from last season set an encouraging expectation for fantasy owners -- 15.6 points, 1.4 threes, 3.3 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals.
    Sunday, 12:49 pm
  • Larry Sanders takes part in contact practice
    Larry Sanders took part in a portion of contact practice on Saturday and is building towards playing in the opener.

    Advice: This is a great sign for his status on Wednesday, and we will continue to monitor this situation closely. Sanders is a candidate to redeem himself after a disastrous campaign last season. He should fall nicely in drafts and you shouldn't hesitate to grab him in the early-late rounds.
    Saturday, 2:15 pm
  • Larry Sanders hopes to be ready for opener
    Larry Sanders said he hopes to play in the season opener.

    Advice: He had a surgery earlier this month and has been going through some non-contact practice. In some of the videos of practice, Sanders worked up a good sweat, so he's a little closer to probable. Like most Bucks stories, this is a guessing game and we still don't even know what his surgery was for. He's worth the risk later in drafts and he should be able to fall to you near 100.
    Saturday, 7:43 am
  • Markieff Morris puts up a nice game in finale
    Markieff Morris finished his preseason on a high note with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes against the Jazz on Friday.

    Advice: He shot 5-of-8 from the field and 7-of-8 from the line, which was nice to see after a mildly disappointing preseason. Obviously, we're not concerned and are expecting him to grow from his top-50 numbers after the break last season. He's a player you'll want to reach for.
    Saturday, 6:53 am
  • Sleeper alert: Jeremy Lin drops 19 w/ 7 dimes
    Jeremy Lin looked great off the bench against the Kings during a 93-92 win with 19 points, one rebound, seven assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He's going to be a huge factor for the Lakers this season and should get his chance to produce no matter where coach Byron Scott uses him. Fantasy owners should be very aggressive in targeting Lin and he's a nice No. 2 fantasy point guard.
    Friday, 9:50 pm
  • Danny Green plays well in finale
    Danny Green played well in the preseason finale on Friday with 14 points, three rebounds, one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had a nice preseason and should be in a similar role as last season. Green was a mid-round value in 2012-13, but the ups and downs in 2013-14 hurt his ADP. Nobody will care that you take him in the last round, but he'll outperform his ADP.
    Friday, 7:31 pm
  • Larry Sanders has non-contact practice Friday
    Larry Sanders went through a non-contact practice on Friday.

    Advice: He said he "thinks" he'll be ready for the opener, which doesn't sound too encouraging. Sanders had an undisclosed minor surgery last week and the Bucks continue to keep secrets from the basketball world. He's worth a look late for his upside in blocks as long as you're not passing on better late-round prospects.
    Friday, 12:49 pm
  • Henry Sims has some rebounding issues
    Henry Sims grabbed just one rebound in 33 minutes of action against the Pistons on Thursday, adding 17 points, one assist, one steal and four turnovers.

    Advice: Andrea Bargnani is jealous of Sims' rebounding rate tonight. Anyway, he's still favored to start and should have some low-end fantasy value if he can keep Arnett Moultrie at bay. Moultrie might not even make the team, so Sims is worth a look late.
    Thursday, 8:24 pm
  • Jeremy Lin locked in for fantasy value
    Jeremy Lin is expected to see heavy minutes for the Lakers at point guard.

    Advice: With Nash out last year, Kendall Marshall ranked third among all NBA players in assists per game, so Lin is going to have a massive opportunity -- he's also more talented as a scorer. There was never a doubt that Lin was going to get minutes in the 20s and he was already a steal around 100 in drafts, but now owners can look to grab him in the late-middle rounds.
    Thursday, 5:30 pm
  • Manu Ginobili admits to frustrating preseason
    Manu Ginobili acknowledged that he has struggled this preseason.

    Advice: "I need probably 17 more games of preseason to start feeling more confident and get where I want to be," Manu said. "As you can tell, I'm not quite there yet." He has gone 6-30 from the field, with only 2 three-pointers made this preseason. His statistical ceiling is limited due to his reserve role, thus removing him from fantasy radars.
    Thursday, 3:35 pm
  • Markieff Morris struggles again in loss
    Markieff Morris hit just 3-of-9 shots and no 3-pointers for 12 points, five rebounds, three assists and a steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: His preseason hasn't gone quite as we had planned, but we're still on board with Morris. Anthony Tolliver didn't do much tonight and any talk of Morris coming off the bench has been quelled.
    Wednesday, 10:27 pm
  • Jeremy Lin plays bench again
    Jeremy Lin came off the bench again on Wednesday and had 13 points, three rebounds, five assists and a block on 5-of-9 shooting in 25 minutes.

    Advice: We still don't know if Lin or Ronnie Price will start on opening night, but we're still listing Lin at No. 1 on the depth chart. Even if he comes off the bench, he should get the majority of minutes and is still the guy you'll want to target on draft night. We're hoping he's coming off the bench as a precaution for his tender ankle, but it sounds like Byron Scott is considering using Lin with the reserves. Stay tuned.
    Wednesday, 9:40 pm
  • Carlos Boozer quiet in win over 'Blazers'
    Carlos Boozer hit 3-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in 24 minutes against the Portland B-squad.

    Advice: As usual, Boozer didn't block a shot, and it would have been nice to see him play better against the Blazers' bench (Damian Lillard was the only starter to play). Boozer is averaging 13.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and two steals over his last five games, but it's possible those numbers take a positive jump once the season starts. Julius Randle played well tonight, and is the biggest threat to Boozer struggling this season, but he's still worth a late draft pick in most leagues.
    Wednesday, 9:32 pm
  • Danny Green hits 2-of-10 shots in loss
    Danny Green hit just 2-of-10 shots and one 3-pointer for five points, two rebounds and one steal on Wednesday.

    Advice: Green can get hot at any time and will bury a ton of threes when it happens, but he's been very inconsistent over the last couple seasons, and was generally viewed as a bust last season. He can't play much worse, but he doesn't appear to have the breakout appeal he once had. Target him late and hope he can get his shot to fall more consistently this season.
    Wednesday, 8:50 pm
  • Brandon Knight misses all eight shots
    Brandon Knight missed all eight shots from the field against the Wolves on Wednesday with one points, five rebounds, six assists and one block in 32 minutes.

    Advice: He turned it over four times and was torched by Ricky Rubio. Knight returned from a groin injury and he should be considered as the favorite as the starter at point guard. He's more of a lower-upside player to grab around pick 100.
    Wednesday, 8:01 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova scores 11 in 18 minutes
    Ersan Ilyasova (knee) scored 11 points in 18 minutes on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: Not bad for Ersan in his best game of the preseason. Ilyasova attempted a ridiculous 15 shots per game in his previous preseason action, so it was nice to see him holster the lazy jumpers. If you're a believer, he's a late round option, but you might be able to do better.
    Wednesday, 7:59 pm
  • Uh oh Antetokounmpo: Giannis shoots 0-of-7
    Giannis Antetokounmpo missed all seven shots from the field in an otherwise stat-stuffing Wednesday game, adding one point at the line, five rebounds, three assists, four steals, three blocks and eight turnovers in 25 minutes.

    Advice: The eight turnovers are brutal, but he really filled it up tonight. This is basically a microcosm of Antetokounmpo's outlook: Giannis can't shoot very well, is careless when handling the ball, but he has a serious shot to be a 1.5 triple, steal and block guy. If you want him, it'll probably cost you a pick in the 80-100 range.
    Wednesday, 7:55 pm
  • Ersan Ilyasova back in action on Wednesday
    Ersan Ilyasova (knee) will play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He has been dealing with his knee injury since at least Oct. 15 and missed some preseason action. Ilyasova is coming off a nightmare 2013-14 season and he's 8-of-30 from the field in two preseason games. Not good. Feel free to give him a look late if you're hoping for a bounce-back campaign. Obviously, there are probably better bets to make late in your draft.
    Wednesday, 3:26 pm
  • Brandon Knight, Ersan Ilyasova available Wed.
    Brandon Knight (groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (knee) are both available to play against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: He missed over one week with his groin injury and it's unclear if he'll be limited tonight. Nobody stepped up while Knight was on the shelf, so he is expected to start at point guard. Fantasy owners can target him in the later rounds of drafts.
    Wednesday, 3:22 pm
  • Alex Len (finger) expects to return Wednesday
    Alex Len (finger) practiced on Tuesday and expects to return for Wednesday's game vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: He fractured his pinkie in a fluke accident during training camp and will wear a protective brace, but it'll be great to see him on the court prior to the regular season. Len slots in as a backup C for the time being, and he's not yet part of the equation for standard-league owners.
    Wednesday, 6:23 am
  • 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
  • Markieff Morris shoots 3-of-10 for seven pts
    Markieff Morris struggled in 27 minutes vs. the Lakers, shooting 3-of-10 from the field for seven points, four rebounds and two assists.

    Advice: He chipped in one 3-pointer and one steal, and he has plenty of upside thanks to his statistical versatility and a guaranteed starting job. Don't let a few quiet preseason games fool you -- Kieff is poised for a big season.
    Tuesday, 10:01 pm
  • Jeremy Lin has 15 pts w/ five dimes off bench
    Jeremy Lin returned from two sprained ankles on Tuesday, notching 15 points (including 8-of-10 FTs), four rebounds, five dimes and two steals off the Lakers' bench.

    Advice: Ronnie Price started at PG and coach Byron Scott said he likes how Lin has played with the second unit. Lin was returning from injury and we still expect him to get the nod on opening night. He'll hold solid value even if he does begin the season the focal point of the second unit's offense, and the return of Nick Young could also bump him back into the starting five. If you drafted Lin, or plan to, there's no need to panic.
    Tuesday, 9:57 pm
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