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  • Tomas Satoransky to play 3 positions w/ WAS
    Tomas Satoransky is expected to spend time at the one, two and three for the Wizards this season.

    Advice: "I think that’s going to be his strength in this league, it’s being able to guard multiple players and play different spots on offense," Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. "I think he has the ability to be a jack-of-all trades and he’s going to be able to play all three spots." Satoransky has impressed the Wizards with his versatility and athleticism during camp, and it sounds like he's a dark horse to crack the rotation on opening night. For now, he's just on the radar in deeper leagues. Today, 8:30 am
  • Gerald Green (hip) is feeling better
    Gerald Green said that his hip flexor injury has improved.

    Advice: "It’s feeling better," Green said. "Having a second day off of practice and today, just doing a lot of treatment right after practice and coming back this evening and doing treatment, so kind of just almost like precautionary thing, making sure it doesn’t get worse." He's expected to return to practice early next week, which is good because he's fighting to keep his roster spot in Boston. Green is not a fantasy target. Today, 8:18 am
  • Mike Dunleavy says his back is feeling good
    Mike Dunleavy said that his back injury is in the rearview mirror.

    Advice: "I feel good. Last year at this time was not so good. But I got that behind me," Dunleavy said. "I feel great, a whole lot better than I did last year. Looking forward to a healthy season." He missed the first 49 games of the 2015-16 season because of the back issue, and it's worth noting that it still requires some maintenance. Dunleavy should have a role with the Cavs because of his versatility and 3-point shooting, but won't be a fantasy factor unless the Cavs can't agree to a deal with J.R. Smith. Today, 7:22 am
  • Khris Middleton undergoes successful surgery
    The Bucks announced that Khris Middleton underwent successful surgery on his left hamstring.

    Advice: According to the Bucks, Middleton is expected to miss around six months. It's possible Middleton could be held out for the entire season, especially since this timetable has him returning around late march to early April. Rashad Vaughn is expected to start in his place, but Malcolm Brogdon is a huge threat to his workload and the Bucks could also bring in some additonal help on the wings. Expect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker to benefit the most. Today, 7:16 am
  • Manu Ginobili isn't thinking about retirement
    Manu Ginobili said that he isn't thinking about retirement just yet.

    Advice: "As long as I’m happy and enjoying [basketball] on a daily basis," Ginobili said of delaying his retirement. "That’s [been] my goal in the last two or three years." Entering his 15th NBA season, the 39-year-old SG will likely have a limited role behind Danny Green, especially since he averaged just 19.6 minutes per game in 2015-16. Fantasy owners can do better. Today, 6:57 am
  • Schroder will be re-evaluated in a few days
    Dennis Schroder (ankle) will be re-evaluated in a few days.

    Advice: He tweaked his ankle on Thursday and the Hawks held him out of practice. Teams are usually overly cautious during the preseason, so there's no reason to be concerned just yet. Schroder is poised for a career year as the full-time starting PG in Atlanta. Today, 6:28 am
  • Jarrett Jack continues to be limited at camp
    Jarrett Jack has been limited at training camp and his workload has been reduced the past couple days.

    Advice: He's been doing mostly non-contact drills in camp and the Hawks are staying true to their word that Jack will be brought along very slowly. If he's not ready to go for opening night, Malcolm Delaney should win the backup job behind Dennis Schroder. Today, 6:18 am
  • Nicolas Batum doesn't feel much pressure
    Nicolas Batum said that he doesn't feel any new pressure after signing a five-year, $120 million deal over the summer.

    Advice: "I’ll try to be aggressive, but I understand why I got this contract. I don’t think my teammates or coaches want me to change," Batum said. "They want me to keep being a playmaker." Batum put up averages of 14.9 points with 6.1 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.0 3-pointers on 43 percent shooting last season, returning fifth-round value in standard leagues. Despite a quiet showing at the Rio Olympics for France, Batum should take on some extra responsibility in Charlotte with Al Jefferson and Jeremy Lin in new cities, making him an excellent mid-round pick with early-round upside. Today, 6:09 am
  • Iguodala: Patrick McCaw is going to play
    Andre Iguodala said Patrick McCaw is "gonna play" this season.

    Advice: "You can tell with him. He's a smart player," Iguodala added. The Warriors were comfortable losing their depth this summer and some of it might have to do with McCaw. He was a steal at No. 38 due to some off-court concerns, and he is an excellent fit on the Warriors. On the nights coach Steve Kerr rests his guys, McCaw might be a sneaky DFS guy. Yesterday, 6:42 pm
  • Devin Harris expected to practice on Friday
    Devin Harris (foot) is expected to practice on Friday.

    Advice: He had three surgeries this summer with his left big toe surgery as the most significant one. Harris said his oft-injured foot was feeling good up until he suffered turf toe, and then everything went south. He said he expects to be 100 percent for the opener on Oct. 26, but he's not worthy of a fantasy draft pick almost anywhere. Yesterday, 6:36 pm
  • Kyle Lowry unlikely to pick up player option
    Kyle Lowry is expected to opt out of his contract at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season.

    Advice: As an 11-year veteran, Lowry could potentially haul in a five-year, $196 million contract, so him opting out makes perfect sense. He's coming off a career-year in which he put up first-round value behind averages of 21.2 points, 4.7 boards, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals, 2.8 triples and 2.9 turnovers per game on 42.7 percent shooting, and he should be able to return to those numbers entering a contract year. Look his way towards the end of Round 1. Yesterday, 4:19 pm
  • McDermott expects Butler's FTAs to increase
    Doug McDermott said that he expects Jimmy Butler to be more aggressive drawing fouls this season.

    Advice: "I think he’s shot like 15 free throws in each scrimmage," said McDermott of Butler. With Derrick Rose now in New York, the team in Chicago officially belongs to Jimmy Buckets, and he's been embracing that leadership role throughout camp. Yes, he'll face some competition for touches with Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo, but he's the clear-cut No. 1 guy in that offense, and should have little trouble returning second-round value. Yesterday, 3:33 pm
  • Alan Anderson (ankle) withheld from practice
    Alan Anderson (ankle, rest) did not participate during Thursday's practice as a precautionary measure.

    Advice: Anderson struggled to stay on the court last season after being forced to undergo two surgeries on his left ankle, and it is a bit concerning that this is still an issue at all considering that his last procedure was on October 13 of 2015. He's likely locked into a three-way timeshare with Wes Johnson and Luc Mbah a Moute, so there's no reason to burn a draft pick on Anderson in any setting. Yesterday, 3:11 pm
  • Ty Lawson hurt by how he's perceived in NBA
    Ty Lawson said that he's been hurt by the perception that he's not a good locker room guy.

    Advice: "It’s been pretty hurtful, I guess," Lawson said. "Everybody thinks, ‘Ty’s a locker room wrecker,’ I don’t even say stuff in the locker room. I’m quiet, I’m chill. I feel like no one knows who I am." Once viewed as one of the premier point guards in the league, Lawson now finds himself on a minimum level deal in Sacramento trying to prove that he still belongs in the league. He could have some value early on while Darren Collison serves his suspension, but Lawson's long-term outlook isn't all that promising. Yesterday, 1:23 pm
  • Deron Williams being limited at training camp
    Deron Williams is being limited during the early goings of training camp as he tries to get his conditioning up to par after spending a majority of the offseason rehabbing from surgery to correct a sports hernia.

    Advice: Williams is reportedly healthy, and him being limited is just a precautionary endeavor by the Mavs medical staff, but there's no denying that this guy is one of the more injury prone players in the league. Through 68 games last season, Williams compiled averages of 13.0 points, 6.6 assists, 1.3 triples and 2.3 turnovers per game on 38.7 percent shooting which was only good enough for ninth-round value in standard leagues. There are higher upside guys to take late. Yesterday, 11:28 am
  • Derrick Rose: triangle offense is complicated
    Derrick Rose said the triangle offense is complicated.

    Advice: While the Knicks aren't expected to primarily run the triangle exclusively, Rose expressed his thoughts after the Knicks worked on it on Thursday. While saying there are "like 40 or 50 options", he added that "it's a little bit complicated right now." Rose may have some growing pains as he adjusts to his new team and system, and isn't worth anything more than a late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues. Yesterday, 11:01 am
  • Marcus Thornton sits out Thursday practice
    Marcus Thornton (thumb) sat out of Thursday's practice

    Advice: Thornton is dealing with a jammed thumb, and was held out as a precaution. This doesn't sound like it will be a long-term injury, but Thornton won't have much fantasy value in standard leagues as long as Bradley Beal is healthy. Yesterday, 10:57 am
  • Jerryd Bayless dealing with wrist soreness
    Jerryd Bayless (wrist) didn't practice on Thursday due to soreness in his wrist.

    Advice: Bayless is dealing with soreness in his left wrist, but his injury isn't thought to be anything serious. He's likely to head into the season as the 76ers starting point guard, but his fantasy value is limited to the later rounds as Philadelphia will primarily run their offense through Ben Simmons. Yesterday, 10:04 am
  • Evan Turner confident at multiple positions
    Evan Turner is confident that he can contribute at multiple positions for the Trail Blazers.

    Advice: "I came out of [Ohio State] a point guard, and the experts said I was a wing,’’ Turner said. "I never shot a spot-up shot in my life. I am what I am. I grew up playing with the rock. I knew how to play all the positions, and I think if I get minutes on the court, I can make a lot happen.’’ Turner is a better real life player than fantasy player, but he's worth a late-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues due to his ability to do a little bit of everything (other than hit threes). Yesterday, 6:24 am
    Player Note
    Evan Turner Por - SG,SF
  • Jeremy Lamb looking to show consistency
    Jeremy Lamb is looking to show more consistency in 2016-17.

    Advice: Lamb faded after a strong start to 2015-16 and is focused on sustaining consistency in 2016-17. "When you change your mindset, it doesn’t happen overnight. I’ve been working on it all summer. In training camp, you’ve got to build on that," Lamb said. "If you’re missing shots, you’ve got to keep shooting. If you don’t get a stop, believe you’ll get a stop next time. Help your teammates. Do all the little things that keep you positive." Lamb has potential, but he he isn't worth much more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues until he can show some consistency in his production. Yesterday, 6:03 am
    Player Note
    Jeremy Lamb Cha - SG,SF
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