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  • Ian Mahinmi does some shooting
    Ian Mahinmi (knee) did some light shooting on Thursday.

    Advice: Based on the video below, he wasn't moving around much. Mahinmi is still out for another 2-4 weeks, and his injury history suggests the Wizards will take it easy on him. Jason Smith will back up Marcin Gortat while the Wizards may go smaller, too. Today, 4:20 pm
  • Jason Smith good to go
    Jason Smith is available to play on Thursday against the Hawks.

    Advice: He saw some starts at power forward while Markieff Morris was out, but he'll slide over to center with Ian Mahinmi (knee) out. Smith won't have much value. Today, 4:13 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins likes Dave Joerger
    DeMarcus Cousins said coach Dave Joerger has "been great."

    Advice: "I like him and he likes me," Cousins said. "I think what he brought to the team is what this team needed. It fits our identity more than how we played in the past. Not to knock any of the previous situations but I think this situation fits this team the best." Cousins had a fantastic preseason and kicked off his 2016-17 campaign with a 24-point game on just 10 FGAs against the Suns on Wednesday. He looks like he'll have a step forward this year. Today, 11:19 am
  • Iman Shumpert may play against Raptors Friday
    Iman Shumpert (concussion) has a good chance to play agains the Raptors on Friday, according to head coach Ty Lue.

    Advice: Shumpert is still in the concussion protocol, but Lue said there is a "great" chance he'll play against the Raptors. We'll keep an eye on Shumpert's status after shootaround on Friday, but his eventual return will lead to a decrease in minutes for DeAndre Liggins. Today, 10:19 am
  • Dragan Bender will join Suns rotation
    Suns head coach Earl Watson said Dragan Bender will be a part of the Suns rotation going forward.

    Advice: Bender scored 10 points in his NBA debut on Wednesday and will see increased opportunities going forward as he and Tyler Ulis will replace P.J. Tucker and Leandro Barbosa on the Suns second unit. "We need that energy," Watson said. "We need those steals, deflections and we need that purpose. So those guys kind of earned minutes now." While Bender won't have huge fantasy value to start the season, he's worth a stash for owners in deeper leagues. Today, 8:55 am
  • Spencer Dinwiddie set to play in the D-League
    Spencer Dinwiddie has signed a deal to play with the Bulls affiliate in the D-League.

    Advice: Dinwiddie will play with the WC Bulls after being waived by the Chicago Bulls and won't have any fantasy value for the 2016-17 season. Today, 7:39 am
  • J.J. Barea returned to action on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Marcelo Huertas was signed by LAK on Wednesday October 26. Today, 12:06 am
  • Mike Conley scores 24 in win vs. Wolves
    Mike Conley scored 24 points during a 102-98 win over the Wolves on Wednesday, adding one rebound, four assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: The Grizzlies have been in the bottom five for pace in each of the last four seasons, but all signs point to them getting out of that group this year under coach David Fizdale. Conley is getting plenty of treys in the new system and should have no problem beating his 1.4 per game from last year. The added pace should also help him turn around his declining steal rate. Conley has a good shot to be a top-10 point guard again, but he has to avoid the injury bug. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Nick Young starts, plays 27 mins vs. Rockets
    Nick Young finished Wednesday's upset win vs. the Rockets with eight points, three rebounds, two 3-pointers, one assist, one block and five personal fouls in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Uncle P shot just 3-of-12 from the field, which would normally spell disaster, but he stayed on the court thanks to much improved effort defensively. It remains to be seen whether he can hold off Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams long-term, however, and even as a starter he's better suited to deep leagues. Yesterday, 10:47 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov scores 12 points in LAL debut
    Timofey Mozgov finished Wednesday's 120-114 victory with 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in just 22 minutes.

    Advice: Mozgov scored 12 points early but he faded into the background late, as both teams opted for smaller lineups. His playing time will fluctuate based on matchups, as much as anything, but overall this is a strong start for owners who snagged Mozzy with a flier pick. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Clint Capela scores 16 points on 8-of-11 FGs
    Clint Capela finished Wednesday's disappointing loss in L.A. with 16 points on 8-of-11 shooting, nine rebounds, one block and one turnover in 26 minutes.

    Advice: This is an ideal start to the year for Capela's fantasy outlook -- he nearly double-doubled and managed to avoid killing owners from the FT line (0-of-1 at the stripe). He also committed just two fouls during his 26 minutes on the court, another encouraging sign from the typically foul-prone big man. Yesterday, 10:44 pm
  • Montrezl Harrell gets DNP-CD in opener
    Montrezl Harrell did not play in Houston's season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: He recently dealt with a personal issue but that no longer seems to be an issue. Mike D'Antoni has mentioned Harrell as being in the mix for backup center minutes, but he has no clear path to value with Nene and Clint Capela standing in the way. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 17 with 12 boards
    Enes Kanter scored 17 points off the bench against the 76ers on Wednesday, adding 12 rebounds, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

    Advice: He's Exhibit A for the "starting is overrated" talk. Kanter played 11.5 minutes next to Steven Adams and 11.9 minutes next to Russell Westbrook, so getting about half of his run without those guys should really help his per-minute averages. He should come close to double-double averages with a lot of efficiency along the way. Yesterday, 10:03 pm
  • Andre Roberson scores one point
    Andre Roberson scored one point with seven rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and no turnovers in 32 minutes against the 76ers on Wednesday.

    Advice: The offseason puff pieces about Roberson's improved offense were nice, but it's all about the defense for the starting small forward. He won't get enough shots to matter in DFS while the Thunder are healthy. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Dragan Bender garbage time
    Dragan Bender took advantage of garbage time on Wednesday to score 10 points in his NBA debut, going 4-of-5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers.

    Advice: Bender also snared two rebounds and one steal, rounding out a very assured debut in front of the home fans. He didn't appear in the first half and may not have played if Sacramento hadn't led by 20+ points in the second half, so tonight's efficient line is no cause for excitement. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Devin Booker scores 18 points in 25 minutes
    Devin Booker finished the Suns' home opener with 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, three assists, two rebounds and four turnovers in just 25 foul-plagued minutes.

    Advice: Booker's offensive skills are evident every time he takes the court, and he would have scored more tonight if it weren't for uncharacteristically poor shooting from deep (0-of-3) and the FT line (2-of-5). The key for his fantasy development will be contributing in other categories -- in 35.4 minutes after the break last year, he averaged 3.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.5 blocks. He draws what should be an electric matchup vs. Victor Oladipo and the Thunder on Friday. Yesterday, 9:53 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) scoreless in return
    P.J. Tucker (back) played six minutes during Wednesday's opener, going scoreless with one turnover to his credit.

    Advice: This was an expected minute-limit as the Suns ease the veteran forward back into action. Tucker could return low-end value once he's up to speed physically, but his role is expected to dwindle as the Suns' develop guys like Marquese Chriss and Dragan Bender late in the season. Yesterday, 9:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins scores 24 pts in 25 minutes
    DeMarcus Cousins led the Kings to a road win on Wednesday with a team-high 24 points on 6-of-10 FGs and 12-of-16 FTs, to go along with six boards, two assists and one steal.

    Advice: Cousins did his damage in just 25 minutes tonight, and his interior play was simply too much for the Suns' frontcourt to handle. DMC attempted 10 or fewer shots just four times last season, and it's not something we expect to see very often with coach Dave Joerger determined to run the offense through him. Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Arron Afflalo scores eight points w/ two 3s
    Arron Afflalo started Wednesday's win vs. the Suns, posting eight points with three rebounds, one steal and a pair of 3-pointers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: Afflalo dealt with a glute injury recently but it didn't seem to impact him tonight. The starting SG job is Afflalo's to lose, whether or not the Kings end up keeping Ben McLemore (six points in 17 minutes), but his only fantasy value comes from scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentages. Yesterday, 9:48 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez scores 12 with 9 dimes
    Sergio Rodriguez made his 76ers debut against the Thunder on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, nine assists and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was in complete control with no turnovers. Rodriguez did have a tough time on the defensive end, but everyone knew that would be a problem from the start. The 76ers offense has been fantasy friendly for point guards since Brett Brown took over due to the tempo and space, so Rodriguez could have a lot of value. Even Randy Watson would say Spanish Chocolate is the best chocolate right now as a strong grab for any owner needing a point guard. Yesterday, 9:26 pm
  • Solomon Hill plays 27 minutes in home defeat
    Solomon Hill logged 27 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, but had only two points, one rebound, one assist and one steal.

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

    Advice: "With the injuries to Tyreke and Jrue not being with the team, we felt we needed a little more playmaking," said GM Dell Demps. "[Lance] can go out and create and make plays for others." The Pelicans can assuredly use any help they can get for Anthony Davis, as they lost to the Nuggets tonight despite a ridiculous 50-point performance from their resident MVP. Yesterday, 9:17 pm
  • Kenneth Faried grabs 14 boards off DEN bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench on Wednesday for nine points, 14 rebounds, two steals, one assist and three turnovers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The Manimal can still be productive in a bench role, but his fantasy stock has dropped like a rock over the past year. Denver is committed to the Nurkic/Jokic frontcourt, and Darrell Arthur (knee) is day-to-day, so Faried's fantasy owners should probably be rooting for a trade. Yesterday, 9:12 pm
  • Nikola Jokic plays just 21 minutes in opener
    Nikola Jokic had a disappointing season opener on Wednesday, finishing with just five points, seven rebounds, two assists and four turnovers in 21 minutes of action.

    Advice: The Nuggets went smaller for stretches tonight, hurting Jokic's minutes, but in an era of small-ball lineups Denver is embracing a super-sized frontcourt. "The great thing about Nikola is that he can space the floor," coach Mike Malone said before the game. Jokic did go 1-of-2 from downtown tonight and his playing time should increase vs. the Blazers on Saturday. Jusuf Nurkic's presence at center may be stifling Jokic somewhat, but patience is warranted. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • Wilson Chandler logs 30 minutes Wednesday
    Wilson Chandler played 30 minutes off the bench on Wednesday, contributing 12 points, seven boards, one assist and one 3-pointer during the Nuggets' road victory.

    Advice: The veteran hadn't played a regular-season game since Apr. 15, 2015, due to a long absence following hip surgery. The Nuggets' deep rotation makes it hard to get excited about Chandler's prospects, but his playing time is a good sign -- he could have had an even bigger line if he shot better than 5-of-15 from the field. Yesterday, 9:09 pm
  • Greg Monroe notches 14 & 10 in bench role
    Greg Monroe picked up 14 points, 10 rebounds (five offensive), three assists, two blocks and one steal in just 29 minutes vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: Miles Plumlee started but didn't fare well, playing just eight minutes, while John Henson added four points and four boards in 10 minutes off the bench. It's a messy situation for fantasy purposes, but at least Monroe carved out a double-double with some goodies tonight. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • J.J. Barea gets 39 minutes, scores 22 points
    J.J. Barea scored 22 points in 39 minutes against the Pacers on Wednesday, adding two rebounds, six assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

    Advice: He was banged up with an elbow injury, but coach Rick Carlisle went small to combat the Pacers up-tempo style. Barea is one of Carlisle's guys and he does look like a fixture in the rotation. It is worth a mention Seth Curry was in foul trouble, so these minutes were inflated. If you're looking for some short-term value, Barea is worth a look. Yesterday, 8:26 pm
  • Nick Young starting for the Lakers
    Nick Young will start against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: From being on the roster bubble to getting an opening night start at home. A truly Swaggy way to start off his season. Young still doesn't have fantasy value just yet. The other starters are D'Angelo Russell, Luol Deng, Julius Randle and TImofey Mozgov. Yesterday, 7:05 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez to start season opener
    Sergio Rodriguez will start at PG for the Sixers in their season opener.

    Advice: It was unknown whether Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell would draw the start, but Coach Brett Brown opted to go with the Spanish League veteran. It will be interesting Brown decides to divvy up the minutes at PG. Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric, and Joel Embiid round out the rest of the Sixers starting five. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Tucker limited to 10-12 minutes.
    P.J. Tucker (back) will be limited to about 10-12 minutes on Wednesday against the Kings.

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

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

    Advice: The Lakers are going to slide Brandon Ingram around to open up some run for Uncle P. While he did play shooting guard in most of his career, he played 100 of his 128 minutes at small forward in the preseason. Young is still not someone worth trusting in most leagues. Yesterday, 11:46 am
  • Montrezl Harrell (personal) available to play
    Montrezl Harrell (personal) will be available for Wednesday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: He was at a funeral earlier this week and will be with the team. Coach Mike D'Antoni has leaned on the 6'8" big man as a smaller center throughout the preseason. D'Antoni did go with Harrell over Clint Capela at times, but Capela seems to be out in front. Plus, both of those guys along with Nene only saw minutes at the five. Yesterday, 11:13 am
  • Rockets exercise fourth-year option on Capela
    The Rockets have exercised their fourth-year team option on Clint Capela.

    Advice: Houston management is high on Capela, so he could be in for a solid season as Mike D'Antoni's starting center. Just know that he's a career 35.9 percent shooter from the stripe. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) on track to play Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (elbow) is on track to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Pacers.

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in most leagues. Yesterday, 9:18 am
  • Shumpert going through concussion protocol
    Iman Shumpert is currently going through the league mandated concussion protocol testing, and there's a chance he could miss Cleveland's next two games.

    Advice: The Cavs have a back-to-back set coming up Friday vs. Toronto and Saturday vs. Orlando, but Shumpert will need to pass a series of tests and deemed symptom free if he wants to play this weekend. If he's out, DeAndre Liggins will see some increased minutes as Kyrie Irving's primary backup. Yesterday, 8:11 am
  • DeMarcus Cousins says playoffs are the goal
    DeMarcus Cousins said that his only goal this season is to get the Kings into the playoffs.

    Advice: "I have one goal, that’s playoffs," Cousins told media members on Tuesday before the team boarded a plane for Phoenix. "That’s success for me right now." Through six years of NBA experience, DMC has yet to sniff the playoffs, and it would be surprising to see this Kings team break that trend. Cousins is sure to have another stat stuffing season, but cutting down on the turnovers will be key to improving his value in 9-cat leagues. Yesterday, 6:35 am
  • Shumpert (concussion symptoms) won't return
    Iman Shumpert (concussion symptoms) will not return to Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks.

    Advice: The Cavaliers are still evaluating him in the locker room, so there could be another update after the game. He finished with two points, two rebounds, three assists and one block in 14 minutes. With Kay Felder (concussion) on the shelf, DeAndre Liggins will take Shumpert's place in the rotation for the remainder of the game. Tuesday, 6:31 pm
  • Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room
    Iman Shumpert (undisclosed) left Tuesday's game vs. the Knicks and went back to the locker room.

    Advice: He collided with Kristaps Porzingis and it seemed like he was having a tough time standing up on his own. The Cavs may check him for a concussion, but we'll have an update momentarily. Tuesday, 6:22 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) cleared for opening night
    P.J. Tucker (back surgery) has been cleared to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Kings.

    Advice: Tucker will come off the bench behind T.J. Warren, and he'll be brought along slowly. Devin Booker is also expected to spend some time at the three-spot this year, so it's going to take an injury to one of the guys ahead of him for Tucker to make a difference in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 1:44 pm
  • Barea, Acy questionable for season opener
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) are questionable to play Wednesday vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Both guys should be available, but neither one will be making a difference in most leagues while the team is healthy. Tuesday, 12:31 pm
  • Sergio Rodriguez expects to start in opener
    Sergio Rodriguez said that he expects to start on opening night with Jerryd Bayless (wrist) sidelined.

    Advice: Rodriguez has more talent and experience than T.J. McConnell, and he started the last few preseason games for the 76ers, but Brett Brown really seems to like McConnell and hasn't yet officially divulged his starting five. We expect Rodriguez to get the start, and he's on the radar in deep leagues for those seeking some triples with a trickle of assists. Tuesday, 11:27 am
  • Montrezl Harrell (personal) doesn't practice
    Montrezl Harrell (personal) was not present during Monday's practice.

    Advice: It's unclear exactly what Harrell is dealing with, but he figures to split minutes with Nene as Clint Capela's backup this season, so there's no need to pay him any mind in standard leagues. Monday, 11:13 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) probable for season opener
    Rick Carlisle said that J.J. Barea (left elbow) will likely play on opening night vs. Indiana.

    Advice: Barea should see his minutes in the high-teens on opening night, but he won't be on the floor enough to matter in almost any format. Monday, 9:33 am
  • Lance Stephenson makes Pelicans' 15-man squad
    Lance Stephenson has made the Pelicans' final 15-man roster for opening night.

    Advice: Stephenson's playmaking abilities provides a need for New Orleans with both Jrue Holiday (personal) and Tyreke Evans (knee) set to begin the year on the sidelines, although it's unlikely he'll earn enough minutes to matter in standard leagues. Monday, 7:51 am
  • HOU wanted Capela to play more mins last year
    Houston management reportedly pushed for Clint Capela to get more minutes, at the expense of Dwight Howard last season.

    Advice: Rockets' GM Daryl Morey and owner Leslie Alexander were the ones arguing to get more minutes to Capela, as they believed his development was crucial with Howard likely to leave via free agency, and that decision was reportedly "heavily influenced" by James Harden. The takeaway here is that Howard is now in Atlanta, so management (and Harden) should get their wish, with Capela potentially looking at a 30-plus-minute role this season. He's a decent late-round flier if you're punting free throws. Monday, 6:42 am
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) targeting opening night
    J.J. Barea (left elbow) participated in some non-contact work during Sunday's practice, and he's hopeful that he'll be good to go by opening night.

    Advice: The Mavs are currently listing Barea as day-to-day, so for now we'll be considering him questionable for opening night. Barea has had a tough time staying on the court over the years, so he's not worth drafting almost anywhere. As a side note, Rick Carlisle said that if Barea can't give it a go on Wednesday, Seth Curry will be Dallas' backup point guard. Sunday, 11:14 am
  • Brett Brown won't reveal his starting PG
    76ers coach Brett Brown has not decided on a starting point guard for the season opener.

    Advice: Jerryd Bayless (wrist) will be out for at least a couple weeks, so the decision will come down to Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell. Neither player really separated themselves during the preseason, but Rodriguez has more upside and is the better flier late in drafts. Sunday, 10:14 am
  • Stephenson battling Gee for 15th roster spot
    Lance Stephenson is competing with Alonzo Gee for the final roster spot in New Orleans.

    Advice: If the preseason is any indication, Stephenson has the edge right now. The Pelicans need another ball-handler with Jrue Holiday (personal) away from the team and Tyreke Evans out with a knee injury, so that also helps Stephenson's case. "I think he did a good job for us," coach Alvin Gentry said. "He was kind of locked in and tried to do the things we asked him to do." Even if he makes the team, Stephenson won't be an option in standard formats right out of the gate. Sunday, 6:29 am
  • Report: Greg Monroe could opt-in next year
    The Bucks are "preparing for the possibility" that Greg Monroe opts into his deal for the 2017-18 season, sources told ESPN's Zach Lowe.

    Advice: You could literally "prepare for the possibility" of anything, so we're not reading too far into this one. Besides, Monroe could be traded before we even reach that juncture. Saturday, 3:08 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov returns to practice Saturday
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: Mozgov was already declared ready for the season opener, but it's nice to see him back on the practice floor before the year begins. Saturday, 2:10 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready for opener
    P.J. Tucker (back) could be ready in time for the season opener on Wednesday.

    Advice: "We build up his minutes slowly," coach Earl Watson said. "He has to work his way in." Tucker will be cleared for Wednesday if he has no issues with his first five-on-five scrimmaging Monday and Tuesday, but his workload will be very limited right out of the gate. T.J. Warren has already been named the starter and could hold onto the job based on his preseason play, so Tucker is only on the radar in deeper leagues. Saturday, 8:39 am
  • Devin Booker scores 19.6 points per game
    Devin Booker made 5-of-17 from the field for 12 points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: The shots will be there for Booker, but he had some major issues from the field after the break last year. Booker had a monster 34-point game to buoy his preseason five-game run to 19.6 points per game and help him get to 45.5 percent from the field. He appears to be penciled in to minutes in the 30-34 range and his assists should jump up to the 3-4 range. The upside is massive for the game's best teenager right now, but he will cost you a ton to leave little equity on top. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Nikola Jokic will be the starting PF
    Nikola Jokic be the starting power forward for the regular season.

    Advice: His minutes were safe regardless. Jokic still struggles on closing out on pick-and-pop plays, but he has shown some improvement. Coach Mike Malone must also feel confident in Jokic's perimeter D or else he wouldn't make this move. He's a per-minute monster and deserves a selection in the early rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 10:00 pm
  • Kenneth Faried to come off the bench
    Kenneth Faried will come off the bench this regular season.

    Advice: He had a good game on Friday, scoring 10 points with nine rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes. With Nikola Jokic set to play minutes at both big spots and coach Mike Malone loving to go small, Faried's playing time may only be hanging in the low 20s. He's also a trade candidate given Denver's depth -- that might be a good thing. If you draft Faried late, make sure your expectations are somewhat low. Friday, 9:56 pm
  • Spanish Chocolate starts, scores 13
    Sergio Rodriguez scored 13 points with three rebounds, four assists and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes during his start on Friday.

    Advice: T.J. McConnell started the second half, so this position battle is still unclear. Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is going to miss the start of the season and it's still possible he needs surgery. Both Rodriguez and McConnell should be looking at a split of the minutes. Spanish Chocolate has the higher upside, so he's the better pick in deep leagues. Friday, 9:10 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov will be available for opener
    Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be available for the season opener.

    Advice: The Lakers will hold him out tonight after an injury scare on Wednesday. Mozgov has too many durability concerns to be counted on in fantasy leagues. Friday, 5:26 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid will start on Friday.

    Advice: This seems like a tune up for the 76ers and maybe it means Rodriguez starts the opener. For what it's worth, this group was together in their scrimmage on Thursday. There still isn't enough upside to draft Rodriguez in most leagues. Friday, 3:17 pm
  • Bulls waive Dinwiddie on Friday
    Bulls waive G Spencer Dinwiddie.

    Advice: The writing was on the wall on Thursday with Dinwiddie getting bumped from the rotation due to the Michael Carter-Williams deal. The former Piston looked good at times this month and even dropped a 19-pointer, so expect him to sign on somewhere else. Friday, 11:49 am
  • Clint Capela resting on Friday
    Clint Capela is resting on Friday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: After a sluggish start to the preseason, Capela had his best game on Wednesday with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers. He will be a nice source of rebounds and blocks late, but his brutal free throw shooting will keep his value in check. Nene and Chinanu Onuaku will fill the void Friday. Friday, 9:22 am
  • ESPN: Wolves interested in Iman Shumpert
    According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Wolves are among "several teams" who are interested in acquiring Iman Shumpert from the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Shumpert hasn't lived up to expectations after signing a four-year, $40 million deal prior to last season, as he shot just 37.4 percent from the field and 29.5 percent from deep in 2015-16. The report adds that the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert for nothing, though they could significantly improve their tax situation if they find a suitor for the SG. His upside isn't great, so there's no need to stash him. On a side note, Zach LaVine's owners have nothing to worry about. Friday, 7:17 am
  • Arron Afflalo expects to be ready for opener
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) said that he expects to play in Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Suns.

    Advice: Afflalo sat out Sacramento's previous preseason game, but he described the strained glute as a minor injury, so it doesn't sound like this is an issue that will linger into the regular season. Afflalo was in an ideal situation to produce in New York last year, but only managed to put up 15th-round value in standard 9-cat leagues. He has some more competition for minutes in Sacramento, so he's not worth drafting in standard leagues. Thursday, 4:00 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) questionable for opener
    Rick Carlisle would not commit to J.J. Barea (left elbow) being ready for the regular-season opener.

    Advice: "I don’t know that he’s definitely going to be ready for Indiana," said Carilsle. "Just because he’s doing well doesn’t mean anything is set in terms of him being available at a certain time." If Barea begins the year on the sidelines, that will open up some more minutes for Seth Curry. Barea isn't worth drafting almost anywhere, but Curry is a very attractive late-round target with the injury prone guys ahead of him. Thursday, 1:10 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) questionable Friday
    Timofey Mozgov (bruised tailbone) did not practice on Thursday and is questionable to play in Friday's preseason finale against the Suns.

    Advice: Mozgov still has a full six days to recover before the regular season opener, and he was reportedly feeling better on Thursday, so he should be fine for opening night. However, if his absence extends into the regular season, it'll be Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black picking up most of his minutes. Thursday, 12:49 pm
  • Barea (elbow), Acy (foot) out Friday vs. DEN
    J.J. Barea (elbow) and Quincy Acy (foot) have been ruled out for Friday's preseason finale against the Nuggets.

    Advice: Neither player is dealing with a significant injury, but there's no reason to risk a setback during a meaningless game. Barea will be in the rotation, but he's not going to get enough minutes to matter in most settings this season. Acy is a complete non-factor in fantasy hoops. Thursday, 11:18 am
  • Nick Young drops 19 points w/ five 3-pointers
    Nick Young scored 19 points as the Lakers' starting SF on Wednesday, making 7-of-13 shots with five 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and zero turnovers in 30 minutes.

    Advice: Young's effort on both ends of the court has been impressive this preseason, and coach Luke Walton has taken note. "[Young] was messing with Kevin Durant tonight," Walton said. "That's not easy." The veteran swingman seems committed to earning a substantial role despite L.A.'s youth movement, but fantasy owners should view him in context -- Young has yet to crack the top-100 (8-cat or 9-cat) in his nine-year career. Wednesday, 10:56 pm
  • Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) doesn't return
    Timofey Mozgov didn't return to Wednesday's game after leaving with a bruised tailbone.

    Advice: Mozgov took a nasty fall but he walked off under his own power, albeit with a slight limp, and he'll be reevaluated on Thursday. We're listing him as day-to-day until the Lakers' update his status, but deep-league owners should keep an eye on Ivaca Zubac and Tarik Black in case Mozzy ends up missing significant time. Wednesday, 10:12 pm
  • Harrell scores seven in 21 minutes
    Montrezl Harrell scored seven points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was quickly gaining ground on Clint Capela, but he lost a bit during this game. Harrell is more of a power forward due to his shorter size at 6'8", but coach Mike D'Antoni is using him at the five. Just keep an eye on him. Wednesday, 8:23 pm
  • Clint Capela bounces back on Wednesday
    Clint Capela got the start on Wednesday against the Mavs, finishing with 12 points, 13 rebounds, one assist and two turnovers.

    Advice: With Nene resting, Capela needed to impress coach Mike D'Antoni. Luckily, he arguably had his best game of the month and did a fine job on the defensive end. His starting job isn't 100 percent locked up, so his awful foul shooting makes it tough to draft him unless you're punting free throw percentage. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Nick Young will start on Wednesday
    Nick Young will start on Wednesday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He's actually having a pretty nice preseason and even coach Luke Walton praised Uncle P's defense. Young isn't a complete lock for the rotation, but he is helping his case this month. Wednesday, 5:27 pm
  • Sergio, Hendo, Cov, Saric & Process starting?
    Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid were playing together on a scrimmage.

    Advice: It's a toss up for Rodriguez or T.J. McConnell to start in the opener. It looks like Jerryd Bayless (wrist) is not going to be ready for the opener, which means there should be a lot of minutes available. Wednesday, 4:07 pm
  • J.J. Barea (elbow) will not play on Wednesday
    J.J. Barea (hyperextended elbow) will not play on Wednesday.

    Advice: With the Mavs going with a dress rehearsal tonight, there should be a nice amount of minutes for Seth Curry off the bench. Barea will be in the rotation and should get minutes in the teens while the Mavs are healthy. Wednesday, 4:03 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 23 points Tuesday
    DeMarcus Cousins dropped 23 points against the Clippers on Tuesday in just 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 10-of-17 from the field with eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and three turnovers. His usage rate should be borderline insane just like it was last season, especially since his supporting cast isn't very inspiring. Things could get ugly in a hurry in Sacramento this season and he's going to turn the ball over a ton, so he's more of a second-round target in standard leagues. He's going to post some monster numbers, though. Tuesday, 9:42 pm
  • Enes Kanter scores 15 with 8 boards
    Enes Kanter had 15 points, eight rebounds, a steal and a 3-pointer on 7-of-11 shooting on Tuesday.

    Advice: Kanter is likely to come off the bench to back up Domantas Sabonis at PF and Steven Adams at C, but the minutes should still be there and he's been a popular big-man pick after the middle rounds of fantasy drafts this year. Tuesday, 8:26 pm
  • Kenneth Faried appears headed for bench
    Kenneth Faried came off the bench again on Tuesday and hit 4-of-7 shots for nine points, two rebounds and a block in 16 minutes.

    Advice: It looks like Jusuf Nurkic will start at center and Nikola Jokic will get the nod at power forward, pushing Faried to the bench. He's been disappointing nearly every season he's been in the league and having to battle with Jokic for minutes and production could be a rough road for the Manimal. He's nothing more than a late-round fantasy flier right now. Tuesday, 8:07 pm
  • Nikola Jokic scores 11 Tuesday
    Nikola Jokic hit 5-of-9 shots for 11 points, six rebounds, one assist, one steal and zero blocks in 26 minutes on Tuesday.

    Advice: He's going to start at power forward, with Jusuf Nurkic at center, assuming nothing changes between now and the start of the season. Jokic's preseason has been a bit disappointing, but the talent is there and we're still expecting a pretty big year from him. However, the sudden rise of Nurkic hasn't done him any favors thus far, and may negatively impact him for the foreseeable future. Tuesday, 8:04 pm
  • Arron Afflalo, Matt Barnes out Tuesday
    Arron Afflalo (strained glute) and Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play vs. the Clippers on Tuesday.

    Advice: Afflalo has nothing to prove in the preseason and will be the starter at SG on opening night, assuming this injury is as minor as it sounds. However, his upside is low after averaging 12.8 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 assists, 1.3 treys and 0.4 steals in 33.4 minutes per game for the Knicks last season. Garrett Temple, Ben McLemore and Malachi Richardson will see more run Tuesday. Tuesday, 5:22 pm
  • Jason Smith (oblique) out Tuesday vs. CLE
    Jason Smith (oblique) will not suit up for Tuesday's preseason game against the Cavs.

    Advice: Smith is going to be backing up Marcin Gortat this season, meaning he's not going to be a realistic option in almost any setting. Tuesday, 12:01 pm
  • Greg Monroe scores 12 off the bench
    Greg Monroe scored 12 points off the bench with eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 23 minutes vs. the Pistons on Monday.

    Advice: The biggest takeaway from tonight is that Monroe's usage rate could actually be a lot higher off the bench, as he attempted 19 shots from the field, connecting on six of them. Miles Plumlee is the favorite to start, but Monroe should soak up the majority of the center minutes, assuming the Bucks give up on trying to trade him. Oct 17, 7:19 pm
  • P.J. Tucker (back) does some 3-on-3
    P.J. Tucker (back) did some 3-on-3 work on Monday.

    Advice: He was cleared to start running last week, so he's progressing nicely. Tucker is going to move to a bench role on the Suns with T.J. Warren moving into the starting lineup. Oct 17, 1:04 pm
  • Devin Booker (ankle) back at practice
    Devin Booker (ankle) went through Monday's scrimmage.

    Advice: His ankle injury was never really a concern. Booker is still leading the NBA in scoring per game and it looks like the Suns will play him over 30 minutes as the starting shooting guard. He's also likely to get a handful of minutes at small forward due to his added post game and interior passing. Booker is a breakout pick, but he is going to cost you. Oct 17, 12:54 pm
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