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  • Jahlil Okafor gets 16 minutes vs. OKC
    Jahlil Okafor scored eight points in 16 minutes during a 103-97 loss to the Thunder on Wednesday, adding three rebounds and one block.

    Advice: He went past his 12-14 minutes limit tonight and looked healthy while he was out there. Okafor obviously didn't play next to Joel Embiid, which is unlikely to happen unless the matchup is a strange one -- it's unlikely to happen regardless. Okafor is going to come off the bench and won't have much value on the nights Embiid is active. 26 minutes ago
  • Hendo has a solid debut for Philly
    Gerald Henderson scored nine points with two rebounds and two 3-pointers in 25 minutes against the Thunder on Wednesday.

    Advice: He got off to a great start and even extended his shooting range with three attempts from deep. There won't be many scoring chances for Henderson to make a consistent impact in standard leagues. 31 minutes ago
  • Omer Asik starts, struggles in 17 minutes
    Omer Asik started on Wednesday but had only two points, one board and one assist in 17 minutes during a disappointing loss to the Nuggets.

    Advice: The oft-injured center has secured the starting gig, but may be subject to random benchings against smaller opponents. As tonight's line shows, even as a starter he doesn't have much appeal. 47 minutes ago
  • 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. 48 minutes ago
  • Buddy Hield shoots 2-of-8 in NBA debut
    Buddy Hield made his NBA debut on Wednesday with four points, three assists and one rebound in 17 minutes, going 2-of-8 from the field and 0-of-3 from downtown.

    Advice: The sharp-shooter out of Oklahoma could play a key role for a Pelicans team that's already missing Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans in the backcourt. He scored double-digit points in four of the Pelicans' final five preseason games and should see his minutes creep up in the coming weeks. Keep an eye on him. 48 minutes ago
  • Tim Frazier racks up 15 & 11 w/ five rebounds
    Tim Frazier double-doubled in his first start for the Pelicans, scoring 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with 11 assists, five rebounds, two steals, one 3-pointer and just one turnover.

    Advice: It was only the sixth start of Frazier's young career, but he looked very confident and comfortable running the offense. He played 37 minutes tonight and should be owned in all leagues -- even when Jrue Holiday returns from his indefinite absence, Frazier will still be a great handcuff. 50 minutes ago
  • Terrence Jones plays 18 minutes vs. Denver
    Terrence Jones posted six points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist in just 18 minutes off the bench in New Orleans' season opener.

    Advice: It's a disappointing start for Jones, but he deserves a few weeks before making any sweeping judgments about his value with the Pelicans. Head coach Alvin Gentry has suggested that he could slide Anthony Davis to center in certain matchups, opening up a potential PF job for Jones, which is something to watch for vs. the Warriors on Friday. 52 minutes ago
  • 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. 53 minutes ago
  • Jusuf Nurkic opens year w/ career-high 23 pts
    Jusuf Nurkic opened the 2016-17 season with a career-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, to go along with nine rebounds, three assists and one block.

    Advice: Nurkic also went 5-of-6 from the line with just one turnover in 26 minutes, an incredibly assured debut that solidifies his case as a breakout fantasy center. Efficiency has been a big issue for Nurkic in his brief NBA career, so it was great to see him feasting in the paint tonight -- none of his makes came from beyond six feet, however, so don't expect him to start drifting toward the perimeter. 54 minutes ago
  • Robert Covington off to a slow start
    Robert Covington scored 10 points with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: His ankle wasn't the problem and he just didn't have the shots tonight. Covington will be taking plenty of jumpers and racking up the steals, so he's a must-own player in standard leagues. 54 minutes ago
  • Will Barton scores 22 points as starting SG
    Will Barton started on Wednesday and had 22 points, five boards and two assists during a 107-102 win vs. the Pelicans, going 7-of-12 from the field and 6-of-6 from the line in 35 minutes.

    Advice: Barton will likely shift to the bench once Gary Harris (groin) returns, which could be as soon as Saturday's home opener. That doesn't mean his value will evaporate, of course, as he managed to post top-60 value in just 28.7 minutes per game last year. That might be unattainable with Wilson Chandler and Jamal Murray in the mix this season, but Barton remains a viable source of scoring, 3-pointers and FT percentage, with a trickle of across-the-board stats. 55 minutes ago
  • 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. Patience is warranted. 55 minutes ago
  • 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. 56 minutes ago
  • Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) a mixed bag in opener
    Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) posted 11 points, seven rebounds, three assists and one steal on Wednesday, making 2-of-8 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with six turnovers and five fouls in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay didn't have the preseason fantasy owners were hoping for, shooting just 30.2 percent from the field with a combined 1-of-13 mark from downtown. "It’s going to click. I’m not too worried," Mudiay said before the game. "The preseason is over with, so now it’s the real deal." Mike Malone praised Mudiay's shot selection and said he expects the efficiency to follow -- it wasn't there from the field tonight, though his mark at the line is encouraging. 56 minutes ago
  • Miles Plumlee starts, plays eight minutes
    Miles Plumlee was ineffective as a starter on Wednesday, finishing scoreless with one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in eight minutes.

    Advice: Plumlee lasted less than four minutes in the third quarter and didn't get back on the court, so there are no guarantees that he'll get another start vs. Brooklyn on Saturday. Suffice to say, he's off the radar in standard leagues. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Quincy Acy gets one minute
    Quincy Acy played one minute with one foul on Wednesday.

    Advice: He likely won't be in the rotation while the Mavs are healthy. Acy could get a spot start based on how coach Rick Carlisle handles his rotation with rest, but he's not a fantasy option right now. Today, 9:05 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. Today, 9:05 pm
  • Mirza Teletovic sent to bench after 1st half
    Mirza Teletovic started the first half during his Bucks' debut on Wednesday, but he finished with only six points on 3-of-12 shooting, three boards and one assist in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The four-year veteran is coming off a career-best season during which he averaged 12.2 points, 2.3 triples and 3.8 rebounds in just 21.3 minutes per game. He was benched after halftime and it's anyone's guess where he'll begin Saturday's game, but his per-minute upside as a perimeter shooter makes him a worthwhile specialist in most 12-team leagues. Today, 9:04 pm
  • Rashad Vaughn (ankle) plays just eight mins
    Rashad Vaughn (ankle) started the second half on Wednesday but finished Milwaukee's home loss with only two points on 1-of-3 shooting in eight minutes.

    Advice: Jason Kidd initially started Mirza Teletovic because he "just felt a little bit more comfortable going with a vet in the matchups," but he changed his mind at halftime. Vaughn shot just 30.5 percent last season and he was no better during the preseason, so most owners should take a wait-and-see approach here. Today, 9:04 pm
  • Michael Beasley shoots 1-of-5 in 19 minutes
    Michael Beasley finished Wednesday's game with two points on 1-of-5 shooting, two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 19 bench minutes.

    Advice: Beasley dealt with a minor elbow injury last week but it was never considered serious. The Bucks are hoping that he can replace some of the scoring they lost when Khris Middleton went down, but a handful of points are basically all he brings to the fantasy table. Today, 9:03 pm
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