Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball

in partnership with

Ballarz (ID# 89360)
  • Austin Rivers plays 26 minutes off bench
    Austin Rivers played 26 minutes and hit 4-of-8 shots for eight points, four rebounds, one assist and a steal off the Clippers' bench on Thursday.

    Advice: He was 0-for-3 from downtown, but the minutes were encouraging. He's not worth owning in fantasy leagues right now, but if Chris Paul suffers and injury, he could become a hot waiver-wire pickup. Yesterday, 11:27 pm
  • J.J. Redick struggles in start for Clippers
    J.J. Redick hit just 3-of-8 shots and 1-of-5 3-pointers for eight points, three rebounds and one assist in Thursday's win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He was quiet all night, made a little noise in the fourth quarter, and then missed a free throw that probably cost DFS owners some money. He's a career 89 percent free throw shooter, so the miss was a little surprising. Jamal Crawford is clearly his back up at this point, so expect Redick to be better next time out. Yesterday, 11:20 pm
  • Chris Paul plays well against Damian Lillard
    Chris Paul hit 9-of-19 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-7 free throws on his way to 27 points, five rebounds, five assists and a steal in Thursday's tough win over the Blazers.

    Advice: He also only had one turnover, which was impressive given how much he had the ball in his hands. CP3 got the best of the Damian Lillard tonight and there's a reason you drafted him in Round 1 of your fantasy draft. He looked very good tonight. Yesterday, 11:18 pm
  • DeAndre Jordan scores 6, misses 8 FTs
    DeAndre Jordan hit just 2-of-7 shots and 2-of-10 free throws on his way to six points, 12 rebounds, a block and five fouls in Thursday's win over the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: Hmmm. It was hack-a-Jordan time late in the game and he got benched because of it. And his scoring, rebounds and blocks were not very inspiring. However, if you watched the game, he was extremely active and looked much better than his stat line. He's going to flirt with the league lead in field goal percentage, rebounds and blocks, so don't read too much into this line. Nor the fact that he was basically outplayed and dominated by Mason Plumlee. Yesterday, 11:16 pm
  • Blake Griffin lights up PDX for 27 & 13
    Blake Griffin looked fantastic on Thursday, hitting 9-of-22 shots and finishing with a 3-pointer, 27 points, 13 rebounds, two assists, three steals and a block, and also hit 8-of-9 free throws in 37 minutes.

    Advice: He had a quad issue coming into the season but it's clearly behind him. He was also extremely active and the one block he had was an impressive one. Much respect to Griffin for getting his early struggles at the free throw line corrected, and the vibe he's giving off is that he's setting up for one of the best seasons of his career. Yesterday, 11:11 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute invisible starter for Clips
    Luc Mbah a Moute started at SF for the Clippers on Thursday and missed both his shots, scored one point and played just 17 minutes.

    Advice: He was awful as a starter last season and we've seen nothing that would suggest that will change this year. Ignore him until further notice. Yesterday, 11:08 pm
  • Evan Turner scores four points in loss
    Evan Turner hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points, six rebounds and one assist in Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He scored just three points on 1-of-7 shooting Tuesday and is one of the most droppable players in fantasy hoops right now. If he were starting, we wouldn't be so fast to kick him to the curb. But he's not starting, can't find his shot right now, and there are a ton of more valuable players on the waiver wire. He may get it going at some point, but it's time to turn the page and move on if you can get a hot free agent. Yesterday, 11:02 pm
  • Damian Lillard double-doubles in 36 minutes
    Damian Lillard hit 11-of-24 shots and two 3-pointers for 29 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and four turnovers before fouling out of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: Lillard was his usual great self but didn't have enough for Chris Paul and the Clippers. There's not much more to say, other than that he should be in your lineup every time he's on the court. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Moe Harkless bounces back with 23 & 8
    Moe Harkless bounced back from Tuesday's scoreless game with 23 points, eight rebounds and a 3-pointer on 10-of-15 shooting on Thursday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He's going to be pushed hard for his starting job by Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner, but after this performance, Harkless' job should be safe for now. And if you were planning on benching him next week, you might want to think again. Yesterday, 10:51 pm
  • Mason Plumlee holds own vs. DeAndre Jordan
    Mason Plumlee hit 7-of-9 shots and finished with 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three blocks in 31 minutes of Thursday's loss to the Clippers.

    Advice: He only hit 3-of-6 free throws, but played very well tonight. The assists were especially impressive and it's becoming clear he's one of the best passing big men in the league. He played just 15 minutes on Tuesday against the Jazz, finishing with two points and one rebound, but we're hoping you didn't give up on him too quickly after tonight's bounce back. Yesterday, 10:43 pm
  • Dewayne Dedmon comes alive in 24 minutes
    Dewayne Dedmon was terrific against the Kings in 24 minutes on Thursday, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and four blocks.

    Advice: He was awesome on defense and pulled down four important offensive boards. This game comes after a 17-minute, two-block game in the opener, so it's not too high on the fluke scale. Coach Gregg Popovich is the king of situational roles and he may have found his defensive center. Pau Gasol was torched throughout this game and played just 21 minutes. There will be games in which Dedmon falls off, but he should have a game like this one every three or four outings. If you need a big with boards in a 14-team league, give him a look. A DFS takeaway here is that Dedmon may be a sneaky play against elite scoring big men. Yesterday, 10:36 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins drops 37-16 line vs. SA
    DeMarcus Cousins was a busy man during a 102-94 loss to the Spurs on Thursday, scoring 37 points with 16 boards, two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

    Advice: It was the first game at Golden 1 Center and fittingly Boogie scored the first bucket. Cousins put his entire offensive repertoire on display, making 10-of-22 from the field and 14-of-16 from the line. Last season's usage rate leader will have a tough time repeating due to some of his competition having larger roles this year, but Boogie will be among the league leaders in points, boards, minutes and overall usage. He did also tweak his left ankle and get hit in the nose, but he only missed one possession combined from these issues. Yesterday, 10:31 pm
  • Matt Barnes gets 27 minutes vs. SA
    Matt Barnes played 27 minutes against the Spurs on Thursday with three points, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: He did look to be dealing with his rib injury from the preseason based on his facial expressions. Barnes is not going to get a ton of shots in this offense, but he's shown he can post some steals, boards and treys. He'll have some low-end value in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • Dwyane Wade makes four treys, scores 22
    Dwyane Wade looked like a spot-up specialist in a 105-99 win over the Celtics on Thursday, scoring 22 points with six rebounds, five assists, one block and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Wade made a grand total of seven 3-pointers last year, so clearly all that work in the offseason is paying some early dividends. He caught guys like Avery Bradley by surprise and was wide open for most of his six attempts. The league will probably make an adjustment here, but he looks like he'll have 3-pointers worked into his arsenal. Yesterday, 9:06 pm
  • Rajon Rondo struggles with his shot
    Rajon Rondo made 1-of-9 from the field for four points with six rebounds, nine assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 33 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: He probably shouldn't even shoot the ball nine times with the other scorers around him. Rondo should be able to flirt with double-digit dimes, he could be top-10 in steals, and he'll be a plus rebounder for a guard, but that's about it. He'll also hurt you in percentages and turnovers. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute listed as starter
    Luc Mbah a Moute is listed as the starter for the Clippers against the Blazers on Thursday.

    Advice: He wasn't locked in as the starter, but he was the favorite to get the job. Mbah a Moute is usually in the bottom five for usage rate among starters, which should be the case again. He doesn't have much value. Expect to see a host of Clippers to see minutes at the three. Yesterday, 7:22 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. Yesterday, 11:19 am
  • Dwyane Wade expects to play 30-32 mins Thurs
    Dwyane Wade said he expects to play 30-32 minutes against the Celtics on Thursday.

    Advice: Wade and head coach have both previously spoken about managing the 34-year-old's workload, so 30-32 minutes sounds about right. While Wade is worth a start in standard fantasy leagues, owners shouldn't expect production that resembles that of an in-his-prime D-Wade. Yesterday, 9:28 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 9:50 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) scores 14 pts w/ extras
    Matt Barnes (ribs) looked great in his Kings debut, coming off the bench for 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 28 minutes.

    Advice: The veteran also had a minor knee injury recently, but his status for the opener was never truly in doubt. Based on the evidence from opening night, Barnes will serve as the Kings' sixth-man this season -- as long as he's playing 25+ minutes per night, he's worth a long look in most fantasy leagues. Wednesday, 9:47 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will play on Wednesday against the Suns.

    Advice: He is good to go, according to coach Dave Joerger. Barnes played some four minutes and that should happen quite a bit in this matchup. He's still not a great fantasy option, but he's gone on terrific runs before and Joerger likes him. Wednesday, 6:01 pm
  • 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. Wednesday, 6:35 am
  • Evan Turner struggles in debut Tuesday
    Evan Turner struggled in his Blazers debut vs. the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring three points on 1-of-7 shooting.

    Advice: To his credit, his only make from the field was a crucial jumper late in the fourth quarter, and he did save his stat line with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block. Turner saw 26 minutes off the bench compared to 29 for Allen Crabbe, while starting SF Moe Harkless was very quiet in 22 minutes. The depth of the Blazers limits Turner's upside, but he should do enough to hold low-end value in standard leagues. Tuesday, 9:51 pm
  • Moe Harkless goes scoreless in 22 minutes
    Moe Harkless was held without a point in Tuesday's game vs. the Jazz, finishing with one rebound, one assist and two steals in 22 minutes.

    Advice: He’s not going to lose his starting role with one bad game, but that doesn’t mean his minutes are safe — the Blazers signed both Allen Crabbe and Evan Turner to lucrative long-term deals over the summer and they’re going to find minutes. Harkless is in there for his defense, rebounding and the occasional 3-pointer, but leave him on the wire in standard leagues until further notice. Tuesday, 9:46 pm
  • Mason Plumlee plays just 15 minutes
    Mason Plumlee played just 15 minutes on Tuesday vs. the Jazz, finishing with two points, one rebound and one assist.

    Advice: He looked like a stud in the preseason and he’s locked down the starting job, but he struggled with foul trouble against Rudy Gobert. Plumlee is a nice source of rebounds and is usually good for a few assists, but it’s going to be interesting to see what happens when the Blazers add another center to mix in Festus Ezeli (knee). Give Plumlee another chance. Tuesday, 9:38 pm
  • Lillard drops 39 w/ six dimes, four treys
    Damian Lillard led the Blazers to a 113-104 win over the Jazz on Tuesday, scoring 39 points with nine rebounds, six assists and four treys in 35 minutes.

    Advice: He said that his personal goal for the season is to take home the MVP trophy, so clearly he means business. Lillard's efficiency is expected to rise this season with a stronger supporting cast around him, and while he did have four turnovers, he shot an impressive 13-of-20 from the field and 9-of-9 from the line. You can sleep easy if you ended up spending a first-round pick on Lillard. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • Damian, C.J., Harkless, Aminu, Mason starting
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Mason Plumlee are starting vs. the Jazz on Tuesday.

    Advice: Festus Ezeli (knee) is inactive. Harkless earned the starting SF role with a strong finish to the 2015-16 season and he was able to carry that momentum over to the offseason. With that said, Evan Turner and Allen Crabbe will still see significant minutes off the bench. Tuesday, 7:12 pm
  • Damian Lillard wants to be the 2017 MVP
    Damian Lillard said that his personal goal for the 2016-17 season is to take home the MVP trophy.

    Advice: It could be tough for Lillard to take that award this season with the type of year we're expecting from James Harden and Russell Westbrook, but he has seen across-the-board statistical improvement each year he's been in the league, so at the very least he should be in the discussion. Thrillard makes for a fine late-first, early-second round target in any setting. Sunday, 2:02 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) practices Saturday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) returned to practice on Saturday.

    Advice: The veteran expects to be available for the season opener. Even though he's likely to start at small forward, there is absolutely no fantasy value in any format to be seen here. Saturday, 1:52 pm
  • Stotts confirms Harkless will start at SF
    Coach Terry Stotts confirmed Moe Harkless will start on opening night.

    Advice: It seemed obvious with the cohesion of the first unit in the preseason and how it performed last year. Plus, Evan Turner makes more sense off the bench and the same can be said for Allen Crabbe. Still, Harkless is only a flier in 14-team leagues for now. Friday, 10:52 pm
  • Evan Turner misses all eight FGAs
    Evan Turner missed all eight shots from the field and made 1-of-2 from the line for one point on Friday, adding two rebounds, three assists and one steal.

    Advice: The Warriors dared him to shoot jumpers and it obviously didn't work for Turner. ET's positional flexibility makes him an ideal bench guy to play three or even four positions for coach Terry Stotts. He's really just a three-category guy, so standard league owners should be looking elsewhere. Friday, 10:35 pm
  • Moe Harkless the favorite to start?
    Moe Harkless scored five points with four rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer in 20 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: Even though he didn't play well, it looks like Harkless is the heavy favorite to start at small forward. That usually sounds promising, but coach Terry Stotts plays the matchups like nobody else and Harkless won't be heavily involved in the offense. He's not quite worthy of taking in standard drafts. Friday, 10:30 pm
  • Luc Mbah a Moute limited in practice
    Luc Mbah a Moute (knee) was limited in practice on Friday.

    Advice: He has a right knee contusion, but he's fully expected to be ready to start the season. Mbah a Mouse could start for the Clippers, but he's coming off a tiny 9.3 usage rate last year. There is not enough upside to draft him almost anywhere. Friday, 11:18 am
  • Rondo, Wade, Butler, Gibson, Lopez starting
    Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Robin Lopez will start vs. the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: Rondo was rested during Chicago's last game, but he'll be back in action tonight. For what it's worth, Fred Hoiberg said he still has not decided on the official starting lineup, but he'll be making a decision after an inter-squad scrimmage that will take place on Sunday or Monday. Thursday, 3:37 pm
  • Mbah a Moute (knee) doesn't practice Thursday
    Luc Mbah a Moute (right knee contusion) sat out Thursday's practice.

    Advice: Mbah a Moute is simply dealing with a bruised knee, and head coach Doc Rivers expects him to be fully recovered in the next day or so. Mbah a Moute will likely shuffle in and out of the starting five this season based on matchups, but his fantasy value will remain non-existent regardless of how he enters the game. Thursday, 11:45 am
  • Mason Plumlee racks up 10/8/7 in 24 minutes
    Mason Plumlee notched eight points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and one steal in just 24 minutes vs. the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Plumlee had an assist rate of 21.6 last season, which ranked third among PF/Cs who played at least 25 minutes per game -- only Draymond Green and Tim Duncan were ahead of him. He hasn't missed a game in the past two seasons and only needs 25 minutes to be a low-end fantasy option, yet he can routinely be taken with a flier pick on draft day. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points in 28 minutes
    Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 27 points in 28 minutes on Wednesday, finishing 11-of-16 from the field with four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Lillard added four boards, two assists and one block with just one turnover, and his offensive fireworks were a nice sight after Sunday's 1-of-10 shooting. He's a popular target at the turn of the first and second rounds in standard leagues. Wednesday, 8:36 pm
  • Evan Turner still adjusting to Stotts' system
    Evan Turner is still adjusting to his new teammates and the style of play in Portland.

    Advice: "He had a good rhythm," coach Terry Stotts said. "He missed some shots, but Evan is getting more comfortable every game. And we’re getting a little better at figuring out how to put him in better spots. It’s going to be about learning his teammates, getting comfortable with our style of play, all those things." Turner has shot just 33.3 percent from the field through the preseason, but efficiency has never really been one of his strong points. He'll likely come off the bench in Portland, so he's more of a late-round target in deep leagues. Wednesday, 7:44 am
  • 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
  • Chris Paul hands out eight assists in return
    Chris Paul (thumb) returned to action on Tuesday vs. the Kings and looked solid, scoring eight points with eight assists, four rebounds, three steals, one 3-pointer and three turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He was 2-of-6 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the line, and his sprained left thumb didn't appear to be an issue tonight. Paul's numbers could dip slightly this season with a healthy Blake Griffin in the lineup, but he's still a safe first-round pick in most formats. Tuesday, 9:31 pm
  • J.J. Redick scores 18 points vs. Kings
    J.J. Redick scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting vs. the Kings on Tuesday

    Advice: He was also 3-of-6 from beyond the arc and added four assists and one rebound. This is a contract year for the 32-year-old sharpshooter, so he's a nice source of 3-pointers in the middle rounds after he averaged 16.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and a career-best 2.7 3-pointers last season. Expect a small dip in production with Blake Griffin back, though. Tuesday, 9:30 pm
  • CP3, Redick, LMAM, Blake and Jordan starting
    Chris Paul (thumb), J.J. Redick, Luc Mbah a Moute, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan will start vs. the Kings on Tuesday.

    Advice: CP3 has a sprained left thumb, but the fact that he is playing tonight is a very good sign. The injury was never considered serious and we'll let you know how he looks after the game. Tuesday, 6:06 pm
  • Matt Barnes (ribs) ruled out Tuesday
    Matt Barnes (ribs) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Clippers.

    Advice: It's likely just a minor tweak, so the Kings will hold him out as a precaution. The Kings are shopping Rudy Gay, so Barnes could have some sneaky fantasy value this season. Tuesday, 5:23 pm
Internet Explorer 8 is no longer supported by Yahoo Fantasy. Please download a supported browser.