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  • Klay Klay: Thompson scores 35 points
    Klay Thompson scored 35 points against the Nuggets during a 119-112 win on Friday, making 13-of-26 from the field with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and four 3-pointers.

    Advice: Well, someone is playing like they want a max deal. The 3.5 triples per game over his last six games is not a shock, but he has a surprising 1.8 blocks per game in limited playing time over his last four. He did have a massive preseason last year, so fantasy owners shouldn't put too much stock into the past month. However, he's still a terrific guy to take in the fourth round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Harrison Barnes not playing well still
    Harrison Barnes didn't look great in 24 minutes against the Nuggets with four points, two rebounds and three fouls on Friday.

    Advice: He hasn't done anything noteworthy this month and he's likely just going to be a place holder as the starting small forward. Fantasy owners should go with Draymond Green in the later rounds and can leave Barnes on the wire in even 16-team leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:29 pm
  • Draymond shows his upside again
    Draymond Green scored eight points with five rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Nuggets on Friday.

    Advice: He almost always finds a way to put up stats and can really do it all except make free throws consistently. Green is one of our favorite late-round targets. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:27 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes
    Danilo Gallinari played 16 minutes against the Warriors on Friday with 10 points, three rebounds and one foul.

    Advice: The minutes aren't there yet, but everything else looks great. He's getting to the line, taking triples and posting a high usage rate. As long as you're OK with him starting off slow, Gallinari is a decent target in the last few rounds of standard drafts. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Jusuf Nurkic looks good again
    Jusuf Nurkic had another good game on Friday with 16 points, eight rebounds and one block in 15 minutes.

    Advice: His rebounding rate is off the charts and he kept his fouls down tonight. Nurkic probably won't be in the rotation to start the year, but the upside is there. Keep an eye on him in keeper leagues. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:19 pm
  • Chris Kaman gets the start next to Ro-Lo
    Chris Kaman just missed a double-double in Friday's 99-89 win over the Clippers with 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and three blocks.

    Advice: It's a good sign for his value to see coach Terry Stotts is willing to start him next to Robin Lopez. Kaman has been injury prone and has hasn't played big minutes in a while, so he can be ignored in most leagues. Also, LaMarcus Aldridge (groin) should be ready for the opener. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:14 pm
  • Damian Lillard has a nice game
    Damian Lillard scored 21 points with two rebounds, four assists and four 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Saturday.

    Advice: He hasn't been a second-round guy on a per-game basis in fantasy leagues, but the fact that he hasn't missed a game in two seasons is quite a selling point. He's a No. 1 fantasy point guard in standard leagues and his increased effectiveness at the rim shows there's even some room for improvement. Lillard is a fairly safe target in the middle of the second round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:12 pm
  • Meyers Leonard takes seven treys
    Meyers Leonard attempted seven triples and made two of them on his way to 14 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 24 minutes against the Clippers on Friday.

    Advice: Yes, this is the same Meyers Leonard who went 0-of-6 from beyond the arc last season, so that's cool. He also hit three triples on Wednesday and is hotter from beyond than arc than most sharpshooters. Hopefully you don't need us to tell you he's not going to be a savior for 3-pointers in your fantasy league. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • DeAndre plays 24 minutes
    DeAndre Jordan scored just two points with nine rebounds, two assists and two turnovers in 24 minutes on Friday against the Clippers.

    Advice: He had a quiet preseason and it is a minor concern to see Spencer Hawes have a decent month. Although, Jordan looked good in spots on defense, so he's not going to take a major hit. We wouldn't expect him to be in the top 10 for minutes again this season, but he'll still be an awesome asset except for free throw shooting. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Blake Griffin puts up 21 points in 25 minutes
    Blake Griffin scored 21 points in 25 minutes against the Blazers on Friday with three rebounds, one steal and one turnover.

    Advice: On the down side, he shot just 1-of-3 from the line, which has been a problem in his last four. Griffin did have an positive stretch after the break at the line, so maybe that was a fluke, or maybe not. Still, he's probably going to be the top scorer at power forward and add other stats, as well. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:07 pm
  • 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. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:50 pm
  • Julius Randle just misses double-double
    Julius Randle continued to get better on Friday with 12 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 30 minutes.

    Advice: He was awful earlier this month, but he's coming around. Randle looked like a superstar at summer league and there is going to be an adjustment period. He could be a nice asset in a couple months, but he's not a great target unless you have sage-like patience. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:47 pm
  • Who's the Boss? Ed Davis w/ big double-double
    Ed Davis was outstanding in the preseason finale with 15 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and no turnovers in 30 minutes against the Kings.

    Advice: He's had a couple bright spots and is going to be in the rotation to start the season. Davis probably won't be a big enough part of the offense on opening night, but any injury to a fellow Laker big man would make him an interesting option. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:45 pm
  • Carl Landry has a decent game in 23 mins.
    Carl Landry scored eight points with four rebounds, two assists and one turnover in 23 minutes.

    Advice: He hasn't been very productive this month and the Kings have a mess at power forward. Reggie Evans miss all six shots from the field with 16 rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Jason Thompson played 18 minutes in his start with two points and three rebounds, and two turnovers. Basically, this situation for most fantasy owners can be summed up in one word: Nope. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins looks terrific in finale
    DeMarcus Cousins had an awesome finish to his preseason on Friday with 21 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two turnovers in 26 minutes.

    Advice: While we're not sure he can stay under his goal of less than five technical fouls, we're positive he's going to be a beast in fantasy leagues. Cousins is a threat to be a 20-10 guy with plenty of defense and is worthy of a selection in the first round. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Dante Exum benched after struggling vs. Suns
    Dante Exum scored two points with one block and zero rebounds, assists or steals in 10 minutes off Utah's bench on Friday.

    Advice: Head coach Quin Snyder said he benched Exum because he was struggling with the physicality of the Suns' guards. That will be a theme for the rookie during the 2014-15 season, and it's one more reason to avoid him on draft day. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:11 pm
  • Gordon Hayward scores 24 pts on 8-of-12 FGs
    Gordon Hayward led Utah with 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and one steal in a losing effort vs. the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: A key for fantasy owners is his shooting percentages -- he made a woeful 41.3 percent from the field while adjusting to a bigger role last season, but has made 54.8 percent of his attempts in Utah's past five exhibitions. Hayward heads into the regular season on strong footing and is the unquestioned motor of the Jazz offense, giving him reliable early-round upside. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Rudy Gay leaves w/ jaw injury, X-rays coming
    Rudy Gay will not return to Friday's game after being elbowed in the jaw by Lakers rookie Julius Randle.

    Advice: Gay had a similar scare during the World Cup but avoided any fractures. He will have X-rays once he's back in Sacramento and we can only hope that they come back negative, as the Kings open their regular season at home vs. the Warriors this Wednesday. If Gay is forced to miss any time, Omri Casspi and Derrick Williams are the most likely candidates to absorb his playing time. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 8:32 pm
  • Trevor Booker starting in place of Favors
    Trevor Booker will start at power forward next to Enes Kanter.

    Advice: Derrick Favors (knee) is out for tonight and he should be available for the opener. Coach Quin Snyder starting Kanter at center does suggest he has some confidence at him at the five. Of course, this is preseason we're talking about here. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 4:36 pm
  • Danny Granger (flu) out Friday vs. Memphis
    Danny Granger (flu-like symptoms) did not travel with the team to Memphis, and will not play in Friday's preseason finale vs. the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Granger has been extremely injury prone for the past few years, and while we wouldn't expect this recent illness to withhold him from suiting up opening night, his lack of contributions to the stat sheet make him an unappealing fantasy asset. Owners can do better than Granger with their late-round selections. Rotoworld.com
    Yesterday, 10:04 am
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