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  • Eric Bledsoe getting some rest on Friday
    Eric Bledsoe will rest on Friday night against the Jazz.

    Advice: He had a nice game on Wednesday against the Kings, scoring 13 points with four assists, four steals and one 3-pointer in just 16 minutes. Bledsoe could take a big step forward in his age-25 season. Today, 5:20 pm
  • Kyle Singler (knee) out Friday
    Kyle Singler (knee) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He banged knees in practice and the injury is not considered serious. Singler signed a five-year, $25 million deal this summer. Today, 3:56 pm
  • Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play
    Garrett Temple (hamstring) will not play against the Knicks on Friday.

    Advice: He has a number of hamstring issues in his career and the team will hold him out. Temple has no fantasy value. Today, 2:39 pm
  • Joe Ingles getting some rest on Friday
    Joe Ingles (rest) will not play against the Suns on Friday.

    Advice: Without Ingles, there should be more minutes to go to Rodney Hood, Alec Burks and Elijah Millsap. Ingles doesn't have fantasy value while Hood and Burks are healthy. Today, 12:33 pm
  • Wiggins to get more scoring in isolation?
    Coach Sam Mitchell said he wants to see Andrew Wiggins score more without the team running plays for him.

    Advice: He was somewhat effective as an isolation scorer last year, posting a 0.85 points per play last year (60th percentile). The big thing his fantasy owners will be hoping for is more production from 3-point range. Wiggins is a mid-round target and tends to be over-drafted. Today, 11:39 am
  • Andre Miller won't play Saturday
    Andre Miller had an excused absence from practice on Friday and will not play vs. the Bulls on Saturday.

    Advice: With Ricky Rubio (quad) also ruled out, rookie Tyus Jones should see all the minutes he can handle. Miller is strictly a backup point guard in Minnesota, and he isn't worth drafting in fantasy leagues. Today, 11:22 am
  • Bogdanovic (sore right ankle) misses practice
    Bojan Bogdanovic (sore right ankle) missed practice again on Friday.

    Advice: Bogdanovic has been on the shelf since Wednesday, but the Nets are likely just being cautious with him. Bogdanovic is the favorite to start at shooting guard this season, but he is still nothing more than a late-round flier. Today, 11:05 am
  • Alonzo Gee (personal) to play Friday
    Alonzo Gee (personal) will play in Friday's game vs. the Hawks.

    Advice: Gee's role off the bench is going to be very limited while the Pelicans are at full strength, so he isn't worth drafting in almost any league. Today, 10:11 am
  • Tyreke Evans (knee) will play on Friday
    Tyreke Evans (knee contusion) will play vs. the Hawks on Friday as expected.

    Advice: Evans returned to practice on Monday and is simply dealing with a bruise, so there is no reason to be concerned. Evans will run the point a ton in the Pelicans up-tempo offense since Jrue Holiday will be on a minutes limit, so he is poised for a big season. Today, 10:07 am
  • C.J. McCollum will handle backup PG duties
    In addition to the minutes C.J. McCollum will receive at shooting guard, Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said that he will run the point when Damian Lillard sits as well.

    Advice: We like this move a lot and it's clear that the Blazers have big plans for McCollum this season. The Blazers outscored the Warriors 25-7 on Thursday when McCollum was running the point, and he finished the game with 19 points, one rebound, five assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes. "It's a comfortable role for me, and one that I can thrive in, I just have to take some time to get more reps at it at the NBA level,'' McCollum said. He has the potential to be a stud this season, so don't hesitate to draft him. Today, 9:18 am
  • Skiles praises Victor Oladipo's defense
    Magic head coach Scott Skiles said that Victor Oladipo "can be an All-Defensive Team-type player."

    Advice: "He's a good player," Skiles said. "He can be an All-Defensive Team-type player on that side of the ball. And I was going to say, 'If he wants to,' but I don't even need to finish the sentence about it. He's a very eager defender. He's a really good learner, and he's got a lot of enthusiasm for the game." Skiles emphasizes defense more than anything, so Oladipo will play a prominent role this season and is a solid option in the early rounds. Today, 8:58 am
  • Arron Afflalo (hamstring) out for Friday
    Arron Afflalo (hamstring) will not play in Friday's game vs. the Wizards.

    Advice: Afflalo has been on the sidelines for a week and the Knicks are going to continue to bring him along slowly. Despite some reports that the starting shooting guard spot is wide open, we still expect Afflalo to open the season as the starter over players like Sasha Vujacic and Langston Galloway. For now, Afflalo is simply a late-round option. Today, 7:58 am
  • Thabo Sefolosha found not guilty
    Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of all three charges on Friday.

    Advice: This is great news for Sefolosha and the Hawks in general, but it sounds like he will now open a lawsuit against the NYPD. Sefolosha is the favorite to start at small forward this season once he is healthy after recovering from right ankle surgery, but his game doesn't translate to fantasy very well and owners outside of deeper leagues can ignore him. Sefolosha will not join up with the Hawks in time for Friday's game vs. the Pelicans. Today, 7:21 am
  • Kevin Martin will accept his role off bench
    Kevin Martin implied that he will accept his role off the bench behind Zach LaVine.

    Advice: "At the end of the day, I’m a low-maintenance kind of guy, so they know what they’re getting in me," Martin said. "I came off the bench for a 60-win team and I started 10 years in this league, so whatever it is they know they’re going to get a pretty damn good basketball player. That’s where it is right now." The Wolves are clearly prioritizing the development of their young studs, so it's not too surprising to see LaVine get the nod in the first unit. Martin should still have a solid role off the bench, but there is no reason to target him before the later rounds. Today, 6:58 am
  • Jared Cunningham impresses David Blatt
    Cavaliers head coach David Blatt was impressed by Jared Cunningham on Thursday.

    Advice: "I thought without question Jared sort of separated himself tonight,"Blatt said on Thursday. "He was exceptional. That's what the opportunities are for, you know. You get a chance, you grab it and he made good use of it." Cunningham went off against the 76ers with 31 points, four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, and it's possible that he could earn the final roster spot for the Cavaliers if he keeps it up. To be clear, Cunningham still isn't on the fantasy radar. Today, 6:33 am
  • Stauskas (tibia) could be out two more weeks
    76ers head coach Brett Brown said that Nik Stauskas (right tibia stress reaction) could be out for another two weeks.

    Advice: Stauskas was hoping to participate in a preseason game, but this report doesn't bode well for his chances. This timetable would mean that Stauskas could be ready in time for the season opener, but don't expect the 76ers to play him if he is less than 100 percent. This certainly hurts his momentum leading up to fantasy drafts, so he is basically just a late-round flier for now. Today, 6:26 am
  • Allen Crabbe explodes for 25 points
    Allen Crabbe was hot on Thursday against the Warriors, scoring 25 points with one rebound, four assists, two steals and five 3-pointers.

    Advice: He made his first five shots and finished making 9-of-12 from the field. Crabbe was outstanding at Summer League before suffering an ugly ankle injury and he has the inside track to make the team. He could get even more minutes if Gerald Henderson (hip) is not ready. Yesterday, 10:11 pm
  • Stephen Curry scores 30 points in 26 minutes
    Stephen Curry scored 30 points in just 26 minutes on Thursday, adding two rebounds, seven assists, one steal, one block and six 3-pointers on 6-of-14 from the field.

    Advice: He was 12-of-15 from the line to give him a usage rate of 36.1 usage rate. Obviously Curry is going to rack up the scoring numbers again this year and is the consensus No. 2 pick in standard leagues. Yesterday, 10:09 pm
  • Jordan Clarkson starts at point guard
    Jordan Clarkson got the start at point guard on Thursday, scoring 11 points with four rebounds, six assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

    Advice: The team gave D'Angelo Russell (glute) the night off to give Clarkson more minutes at the one. Even though he won't have the ball in his hands as much as he did after the break last year, he's still worth a flier in the later rounds of drafts. Yesterday, 10:02 pm
  • Kawhi scores 16 points vs. Kings
    Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 16 points against the Kings on Thursday, adding five rebounds, three steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes.

    Advice: He looked great, especially in the isolation game on offense. Leonard figures to be highly involved in the offense even with their new additions. He's a strong target in the middle of the first round after he turned in No. 4 value after the break last year. Yesterday, 9:51 pm
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