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  • DeMarre Carroll says he's almost 100 percent
    DeMarre Carroll (knee surgery) said he thinks he'll back back to full health soon.

    Advice: Carroll said he's playing at about 80 or 90 percent after offseason knee surgery, but expects to be back at 100 percent shortly. Carroll played 29 minutes in the regular season opener on Wednesday and is worth holding onto in standard fantasy leagues as he approaches full health. Today, 10:47 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
  • Coach happy with Harrison Barnes' debut
    Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle was happy with Harrison Barnes Mavericks debut.

    Advice: Barnes scored 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting to go along with nine rebounds and three treys on Wednesday and Carlisle liked what he say. "He's a champion," Carlisle said. "He's a big-time player. I knew he was going to play well, and he did. And I'm not surprised." While Barnes won't keep up this shooting percentage, he's worth owning (and starting) in all leagues as he'll be one of the focal points of the Mavs offense. Today, 10:08 am
  • Tony Allen likely to miss a week
    Tony Allen (right knee) is likely to miss a week of regular season action.

    Advice: Allen was hoping to play against the Knicks on Saturday, but it looks like the Grizzlies won't get him back until sometime next week. Vince Carter and Troy Daniels will see some extra minutes while Allen is out, but neither has any fantasy value in standard leagues. Today, 7:28 am
  • Coach hoping Mike D'Antoni can double assists
    Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni is hoping James Harden can double his assist total from last season.

    Advice: After averaging 7.5 assists per game in 2015-17, James Harden's coach thinks he can double that total in 2016-17. "Hopefully, he'll double his number of assists, and he had seven or eight [7.5] last year," D'Antoni said. "I hope he can average double that. He's one of the best passers I've been around." While D'Antoni's proclamation sounds a bit over the top, Harden dropped 17 dimes in the regular season opener on Wednesday. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect that type of production from The Beard, but double-digit assist numbers aren't out of the question with him manning the point for the Rockets high-powered attack. Today, 6:49 am
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  • Vince Carter gets 28 minutes
    Vince Carter scored three points with seven rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and no turnovers in 28 minutes against the Wolves on Wednesday.

    Advice: Coach David Fizdale said he'd use Carter as a stretch four and he did so tonight against one of the bigger frontline in the NBA. Carter should play a few extra minutes while Tony Allen (knee) is out, but he's not a great fantasy target. Yesterday, 11:42 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rudy Gay scores 22 points on 9-of-15 FGs
    Rudy Gay racked up 22 points in 33 minutes vs. the Suns on Wednesday, going 9-of-15 from the field with four blocks, three boards, two assists and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: Trade rumors have swirled around Gay this offseason, due partly to his declaration that he'll opt out of his contract next summer. Those distractions didn't affect him tonight, though, and more importantly his Achilles injury seems to be in the rearview. So far, so good. 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:34 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • 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. 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
  • 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. Yesterday, 9:05 pm
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo's 31 points not enough
    Giannis Antetokounmpo posted 31 points, nine rebounds, five assists, one steal and one block during Wednesday's home-opening loss, going 13-of-21 from the field and 4-of-6 from the line.

    Advice: Owners who spent a first-round pick on Antetokounmpo were hoping for some fireworks, and he didn't disappoint. He even made a 3-pointer while turning the ball over just once in 39 minutes of action, melding efficiency with elite versatility. His owners should have a lot of fun this season. Yesterday, 9:05 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. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
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