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  • Jakob Poeltl scores two points in 18 minutes
    Jakob Poeltl scored two points with five rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Advice: He's the backup to Jonas Valanciunas, who suddenly has a fire under him right now. Poeltl probably won't see many minutes next to JV because of how the Raptors want to space the floor, so he's more of a handcuff for now. Although, maybe JV goes back to his inconsistent ways. Rotoworld.com 32 minutes ago
  • Denzel Valentine score 12 with four treys
    Denzel Valentine scored 12 points with two rebounds and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: He checked in for Paul Zipser in the first quarter and he played next to Zip in the fourth, so Valentine is going to be used at multiple positions. He's easily the best shooter in the second unit and it's not outlandish to say he's a better passer than anyone else in that unit, as well. While he may not start, Valentine has enough per-minute upside to be owned in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:06 pm
  • Quincy Pondexter makes his NBA return
    Quincy Pondexter scored eight points with two rebounds and two steals in 12 minutes against the Raptors on Thursday.

    Advice: It took over two years, but Pondexter is finally back. The Bulls only have one healthy power forward on their roster, so Pondexter was the backup to Lauri Markkanen in this game. He may not play much once Bobby Portis' suspension is up, but staying healthy would be a great start for QP. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:05 pm
  • Patrick Patterson ready to roll on Thursday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) is good to go for Thursday against the Knicks.

    Advice: After going through contact in practice on Wednesday, Patterson will be all set without restrictions. The Thunder are likely going to try to stagger their forwards, which likely means there won't be many minutes available for Patterson. Rotoworld.com Today, 3:24 pm
  • Jamal Murray won job for fit with starters
    Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray won the starting job because of how he fits with the starters.

    Advice: "It wasn't so much that Jamal blew everybody out of the water," Malone added. It was a quiet night for Murray with just eight points, two boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes, and perhaps the worse part is how much Gary Harris handled the ball. In fact. Malone used a backcourt combo with Harris and Will Barton for a whopping 11 minutes, so that's something to watch. This game was against the Jazz and Murray fits this potent offense very well, so his fantasy owners should give him a fairly long leash. Rotoworld.com Today, 2:05 pm
  • SVG didn't have a game plan regarding Boban
    Coach Stan Van Gundy said he didn't go into Wednesday's game with a plan on using Eric Moreland over Boban Marjanovic.

    Advice: In case you missed it, Boban was a DNP-CD against the Hornets while Moreland logged 12 minutes. Maybe it was because Dwight Howard played well against Boban in the preseason or maybe it's because SVG was scared to use him in pick-and-roll sets. For what it's worth, Kemba Walker leads all NBA players in pick-and-roll possessions including passes (Synergy), so clearly the Hornets were leaning on that play. Whatever the case, this is a big blow to Boban supporters and he'll be dropped all over the place with another DNP-CD on Friday. It's against the Knicks, so that would be even worse. Rotoworld.com Today, 1:36 pm
  • Gordon Hayward has successful surgery
    Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) underwent successful bony and ligamentous stabilization surgery on his left ankle.

    Advice: The team says no timetable has been set for Hayward to return, but he is expected to make a full recovery. Last night, his agent revealed that Hayward is likely going to miss the season, so we're all pulling for him to be ready for the start of the 2018 season. The Celtics will be bringing along their young talent faster than expected with Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier all expected to pick up minutes on a nightly basis. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:45 pm
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  • Markieff Morris (hernia) nearing a return
    Markieff Morris (hernia) participated in Thursday's non-contact practice.

    Advice: Coach Scott Brooks said Morris is close to returning to full-contact practice and it sounds like he has a real shot to beat his original timetable that had him returning in mid-November. Once Morris is cleared to play, that would likely dampen the fantasy appeal of Kelly Oubre. Jason Smith (shoulder) would also lose minutes. Rotoworld.com Today, 10:50 am
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  • Kris Dunn could be cleared in 4-5 days?
    Kris Dunn (finger) had his stitches removed and could be cleared for live contact in 4-5 days according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg.

    Advice: His initial timetable had him returning to the court in early November, so he has a chance to beat that. The Bulls probably want him to get in a couple practices before returning to game action, so Jerian Grant still has a chance to run away with the starting job. Rotoworld.com Today, 9:19 am
  • Woj: Jeremy Lin (knee) ruled out for season
    Jeremy Lin (knee) suffered a patellar tendon rupture on Wednesday and will miss the rest of season according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

    Advice: The Nets confirmed this reports just a few minutes after. This is a huge loss for Brooklyn and it robs NBA fans of the chance to see their dynamic backcourt pairing of Lin and D'Angelo Russell. Lin has a player option for $12.5 million next season, so it's going to be hard for him to turn that down. He should make a full recovery and will hopefully be ready to roll in 2018-19. With Lin out, Russell will take on most of the ball-handling responsibilities, while Caris LeVert and Spencer Dinwiddie will get a bump as well. Isaiah Whitehead could also get a chance to earn a rotation spot. Get well soon, Lin. Rotoworld.com Today, 7:38 am
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  • Buddy Hield posts 19/5/4 line as starting SG
    Buddy Hield looked good in 33 minutes as a starter on Wednesday, hitting 8-of-17 shots with three 3-pointers for 19 points, five rebounds and four assists.

    Advice: The second-year SG added one steal with two turnovers in 33 minutes. This could give him a leg up on injured Bogdan Bogdanovic (ankle) for the starting job, if nothing else, and it's a solid start to the 2017-18 season for everyone who gambled on him in the late rounds. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:34 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu scores five with 12 boards
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored five points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite how the Blazers had to replace minutes Allen Crabbe and C.J. McCollum on the wing, Aminu did not play any small forward tonight. That suggests he'll be playing straight power forward for the second consecutive season. Still, Aminu could post value as a late-round guy, so give him a look if you need a guard in a good offense. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:15 am
  • Evan Turner scores 12 in full line
    Evan Turner started for C.J. McCollum (suspension) against the Suns on Wednesday, scoring 12 points with four rebounds, three assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: His critics are always quick to point out his plus-minus, but today he was a +43 in this easy win. Turner is going to move back to the bench against the Pacers on Friday, but he actually could play more in that game. His upside isn't high enough to hold in 10-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Today, 12:00 am
  • Danny Green scores 17 points in 33 minutes
    Danny Green played 33 minutes on Wednesday, finishing the Spurs' season-opening victory with 17 points, four rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks.

    Advice: Green made 7-of-16 shots, including three 3-pointers, and his level of offensive engagement was eye-opening. Kawhi Leonard (quad) was out tonight, of course, and the Spurs are taking it easy with Rudy Gay (24 minutes), but this is still a great sign for all of Green's owners. He's built for 9-cat. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 15 points
    Eric Bledsoe scored 15 points with four rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 29 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was -41 in his 29 minutes and coach Earl Watson's experimenting with the lineups made it look even worse. For whatever reason, he used a three-man combo of Bledsoe, Tyler Ulis and Troy Daniels for seven minutes tonight. As you might expect, they had a 152.3 defensive rating. Basically, we have to just throw this one out and hopefully Bledsoe rebounds against the Lakers on Friday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:25 pm
  • Alec Burks drops 16 points in 15 minutes
    Alec Burks thrived in 15 minutes off the bench vs. Denver, scoring 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting with two 3-pointers, one rebound and one steal.

    Advice: Burks was impressive this preseason and his path to reliable minutes is clearer now that Dante Exum (shoulder) could be done for the season. That said, the six-year veteran hasn't appeared in more than 42 games since 2013-14, which is reason enough to leave him on the wire. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Derrick Favors looks good in 28 minutes Wed
    Derrick Favors got off to a good start on Wednesday with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Favors made 7-of-14 shots without any free throws. He missed his only 3-point attempt, which is something to monitor -- power forwards are expected to have range in today's NBA, whereas Favors is a combined 4-of-26 from deep in his seven-year career. The key is that he's healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Jamal Murray starts, plays just 20 minutes
    Jamal Murray was quiet despite starting Wednesday's game, going 2-of-6 from the field to finish with eight points, two rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

    Advice: Murray hit two 3-pointers but this isn't what we wanted to see from the nominal starting PG. Gary Harris and Will Barton wound up doing most of the heavy lifting, and Denver rolled without a true PG for stretches, but there's no need to overreact after one game. Murray already showed what he's capable of last year, despite playing through core-muscle injuries, and it's a matter of time before he erupts. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:04 pm
  • Dragan Bender gets dominated inside
    Dragan Bender missed all five shots from the field and made both free throws for two points with seven rebounds, one steal and one block in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: There were some positives with how he protected the paint, but Bender had a handful of bad possessions on both ends. He has not been able to flip the switch and his ankle injury last year likely slowed down his progress. He's only a stash in very deep leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:59 pm
  • Marquese Chriss has brutal game vs. Blazers
    Marquese Chriss came off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday, scoring two points with one rebound and one block in only 12 minutes.

    Advice: It was a nightmare night for Chriss and he also had five fouls. He checked in during the first quarter and it didn't look like his head was in the game due to some silly mistakes in his first three-minute stint. After the game, coach Earl Watson really talked about a lack of effort overall from his team and how strategically this plan didn't work -- they were getting doubled up on the glass until late in the fourth. Perhaps Chriss getting sent to the bench after earning a starting role last year messed with him, so maybe Watson realizes this plan didn't work and puts Chriss back in the starting lineup. Regardless, his fantasy owners have to give him a longer leash and keep him owned. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins blocks career-high 7 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins blocked a career-high seven shots during Wednesday's season-opening loss, adding 28 points, 10 rebounds, three 3-pointers and a pair of assists.

    Advice: Alvin Gentry emphasized that he wants to deploy Cousins and Anthony Davis together as often as possible this season, despite the league's shift toward smaller lineups. For fantasy purposes, they've already proven that they can co-exist as elite options, and Boogie's owners can't have asked for more than a career-high in blocks on opening night. He's healthy and ready to roll. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:48 pm
  • Taurean Prince double-doubles
    Taurean Prince scored 10 points with 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 26 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was aggressive with his shooting and led the Hawks in rebounds, including a huge offensive board to help earn this road win. Prince getting 10 shots from the field is a positive after he scored just 8.4 points per game after the break last year. He was very good in the defensive stats last year and should be owned in all standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:34 pm
  • Gordon Hayward (leg) likely out for season
    Gordon Hayward (left leg surgery) is unlikely to return this season, according to his agent.

    Advice: Hayward had surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated and fractured left tibia. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. It's a sad turn of events and we wish Hayward a speedy recovery. In his absence, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart while relying more on a slew of players including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Swingman Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016, was actually the Celts' first man off the bench on Wednesday. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:25 pm
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  • Jonathon Simmons scores 12 pts off bench
    Jonathon Simmons opened up the season with 12 points and two boards in 28 minutes off Orlando's bench, making 5-of-10 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs.

    Advice: Simmons was an unheralded acquisition by the Magic this summer, but he opened some eyes with a terrific preseason -- he even posted 20 points and 10 assists vs. his former team on Oct. 10. The fact that he played 28 minutes tonight is great, and the sixth-man role looks like it's his to lose, but he's more of a deep-league option while Terrence Ross, Evan Fournier and Aaron Gordon are all healthy. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic has 19 & 13 w/ defensive stats
    Nikola Vucevic started his 2017-18 season with 19 points, 13 rebounds, two steals and two blocks in 32 minutes vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Vuc made 6-of-12 FGs and 7-of-8 FTs with just one turnover tonight. He also attempted three 3-pointers, which is encouraging even though he didn't make any of them. After making 30.7 percent of his 75 attempts last season, it looks like Vuc could make a real impact beyond the arc. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Wesley Matthews makes five 3-pointers
    Wesley Matthews scored 15 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Due to injuries and really being in an offense that didn't suit him well, Matthews has been a disappointment. Well, both of those things may have changed with Matthews looking good and also the Mavs launching a whopping 45 treys tonight. In fact, the Mavs topped 45 treys just once in his previous two seasons with the team. He should be owned in standard leagues after this one. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • Boban Marjanovic gets DNP-CD in opener
    Boban Marjanovic was a DNP-CD vs. the Hornets on Wednesday.

    Advice: This is even more disappointing since Andre Drummond was in foul trouble. Jon Leuer got backup-center minutes and coach Stan Van Gundy opted for smaller lineups to counter Charlotte -- the Pistons won the game, which doesn't help Marjanovic's case. He's a per-minute monster but SVG said the backup job will be "by-committee," which will cause owners migraines. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside's 26 & 22 not enough vs. ORL
    Hassan Whiteside piled up 26 points and 22 rebounds vs. Orlando on Wednesday, making 11-of-18 FGs and 3-of-3 FTs with one 3-pointer, one assist and one block.

    Advice: Quite a way to kick things off. Whiteside became the first player since Kevin Garnett in 2007 to have a 20/20 game on opening night, and the preseason buzz about him was accurate. He looks more comfortable as a go-to offensive option this year, and could even flirt with first-round value in most formats. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:01 pm
  • Woj: Tremendous concern on Jeremy Lin (knee)
    Jeremy Lin (knee) will be evaluated on Thursday, but there is "tremendous concern" about his injury, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:54 pm
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  • Dame, Turner, Moe, Aminu & Nurkic will start
    Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic will start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: We're in Game 1 of 82 and already we're going right up until tip before we get the lineup from coach Terry Stotts. With C.J. McCollum set to come back after the one-game suspension, hopefully we'll be back on track. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:52 pm
  • Jeremy Lin (leg) goes to the locker room
    Jeremy Lin (leg) was helped to the locker room on Wednesday.

    Advice: It did not look good. Lin went up for a layup and landed awkwardly under the basket. He looked over to the bench for a few seconds, but then was in agonizing pain for a minute before being helped to the locker room. Hopefully we get an update soon, but Lin may have to miss time. Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert would gain run while Isaiah Whitehead would likely be back in the rotation. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 6:24 pm
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  • Josh Jackson starting, Chriss off bench
    Marquese Chriss will come off the bench against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: It'll be Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson and Tyson Chandler in the first unit. The Suns do not have Alex Len (ankle) tonight, so they'll slide Chriss over to the five for most of his minutes. He has been effective as a center and not going up against Jusuf Nurkic is a plus, so Chriss doesn't lose value with this news. He should be starting in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:34 pm
  • Jamal Murray starting against the Jazz
    Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic will start against the Jazz on Wednesday.

    Advice: Despite a point guard "competition" this month, it would have been a major surprise for Murray to lose his job. The Nuggets first unit after the break was one of the best groups in the NBA, so expect him to get minutes around 30. Fantasy owners probably got the Blue Arrow at a good value, so fire him up in all leagues. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Gordon Hayward set to undergo ankle surgery
    Gordon Hayward has officially been diagnosed with a dislocated and fractured left tibia and he will have surgery on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Brad Stevens wouldn't speculate if this will be a season-ending injury for Hayward, but we should have an official timetable once he goes under the knife. Marcus Smart will move into the starting five with Hayward on the sidelines, and there will be more minutes for guys like Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris, Terry Rozier and even Abdel Nader, while Kyrie Irving will be tasked with the heavy lifting on offense. Hayward is a cut candidate in leagues without an IR-spot. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 3:07 pm
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  • Turner wearing starters jersey at shootaround
    Based on the jerseys worn at shootaround, Damian Lillard, Evan Turner, Moe Harkless, Al-Farouq Aminu and Jusuf Nurkic could start against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: OK, let's be clear here and warn you that overreacting to anything the Blazers suggest about a starting lineup is not a good move. We've seen them change probable starters multiple times, but starting Turner does make some sense with C.J. McCollum suspended for one game. Turner will benefit regardless tonight while Moe Harkless, Shabazz Napier, Pat Connaughton, Al-Farouq Aminu and Caleb Swanigan could also help out. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 12:24 pm
  • Patrick Patterson goes through practice
    Patrick Patterson (knee) did contact portions at practice on Wednesday.

    Advice: He is still up in the air to play on Thursday night against the Knicks. The Thunder may not need him to play too much now that they have some options at the four, so he's not worth owning in fantasy, Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 11:56 am
  • Quincy Pondexter (hamstring) probable vs. TOR
    Quincy Pondexter (hamstring) is expected to play in Thursday's season opener against the Raptors.

    Advice: Pondexter injured his hamstring early on at training camp, which forced him to miss the preseason. He hasn't played professional basketball since 2015 due to various knee surgeries, so he'll likely be brought along slowly in Chicago, making him an unappealing option in fantasy hoops. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 10:29 am
  • Gentry to give big minutes to Cousins & Davis
    Alvin Gentry said he wants to have both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis on the floor as much as possible this season.

    Advice: "We want to utilize [Davis and Cousins] and have them on the floor as much as we can," Gentry said. "Our two best players [are] big guys and we've got to figure out how we can play with them on the floor when we play teams that are going to play small lineups." Both Cousins and Davis worked out well sharing the floor last year, with Cousins posting top-20 value and Davis top-3 in 9-cat leagues, so both these guys should remain elite options in fantasy hoops this season. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 9:02 am
  • Gordon Hayward (ankle) evaluating options
    Gordon Hayward (ankle) will evaluate a course of action for surgical scenarios after undergoing an MRI and CT scan in Boston on Wednesday.

    Advice: While surgery is likely, it hasn't officially been decided if that's the course that Hayward will take, but we'll continue to monitor this situation closely. For what it's worth, Hayward's gruesome leg injury was reportedly a "clean break," but still, this is the sort of thing that could very well end his season. Jaylen Brown, Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris all figure to see an uptick in minutes while Hayward is on the sidelines, while Kyrie Irving will be operating with a hefty usage rate. Rotoworld.com Yesterday, 7:36 am
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  • Gordon Hayward suffers fractured left ankle
    Gordon Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia.

    Advice: This is all we know at this point and he's still being evaluated, but he'll likely need surgery. We haven't heard anything in regards to a timetable, but there's a very good chance that his season is over. His fantasy owners should sit tight until we have more clarity. Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown are looking at heavy minutes on the wings moving forward, while Terry Rozier and rookie Semi Ojeleye should be more involved as well. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:57 pm
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  • Gordon Hayward (leg) leaves game on stretcher
    Gordon Hayward suffered a horrific left ankle injury in Tuesday's season opener vs. the Cavaliers and left the game on a stretcher.

    Advice: He came down awkwardly on his left leg just six minutes into the game and his left ankle appeared to twist completely around. It was a scary moment and it left the players and crowd in shock. We'll have an update momentarily, but it's safe to assume he's going to be out for a very long time. We wish him a speedy recovery. Marcus Smart checked into the game in Hayward's place and we can expect to see more of Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier moving forward. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 5:20 pm
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  • Patrick Patterson (knee) takes contact Tues
    Patrick Patterson (knee) went through the contact portions of Tuesday's practice.

    Advice: This it the first time Patterson has gone through contact work at practice, so maybe he'll be able to get out there for Thursday's season opener against New York. However, as long as Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are healthy, Patterson won't be receiving many minutes in OKC's rotation. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 12:33 pm
  • Taurean Prince will start in season opener
    Mike Budenholzer confirmed that Taurean Prince will be in the starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Mavericks.

    Advice: Joining Prince in the starting five will be Dennis Schroder, Kent Bazemore, Ersan Ilyasova and Dwayne Dedmon. Prince looked great through the preseason, and he's all set up for a career-year as the unquestioned starting small forward in Atlanta. Don't hesitate to get him active for Week 1. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 11:25 am
  • DET will take committee approach in backup C
    Stan Van Gundy said the backup center position in Detroit will be a "by-committee thing" this season.

    Advice: It doesn't sound like Boban Marjanovic will be an active part of the rotation every night in Detroit, and Rod Beard of The Detroit News is suggesting that Marjanovic's minutes will likely be in the 10-12 minute range when he does play. Boban needs closer to 20 minutes a night to make a meaningful impact in 12-team leagues, so this "by-committee thing" isn't great news for his fantasy outlook. Rotoworld.com Monday, 3:14 pm
  • Markieff Morris (hernia) limited at practice
    Markieff Morris (hernia) was limited to getting up some set shots and doing light sprints during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Morris still has about a month to go before he's fully up to speed, so he's not really worth stashing in leagues without an IR-spot. With Morris set to begin the year on the sidelines, there will be more minutes for guys like Jason Smith, Kelly Oubre and Ian Mahinmi, but none of these guys are expected to make a difference in 12-team leagues. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:33 am
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  • DeMarcus Cousins (leg) will play Wednesday
    DeMarcus Cousins (leg) is expected to play his normal minutes in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: Head coach Alvin Gentry said that Cousins had a minor ankle tweak, but this isn't going to be something that limits him at all on opening night, so owners can feel free to fire him up for Week 1. Cousins and Anthony Davis have shown that they can work well together, so while he may sacrifice some touches, he should still be operating with an elite usage rate while posting early-round value. Rotoworld.com Monday, 11:21 am
  • Denzel Valentine unlikely to play backup PG
    Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said the team prefers Denzel Valentine "coming off actions as opposed to initiating the offense."

    Advice: That means Valentine's preseason dalliance with the backup PG job isn't likely to carry into the regular season, so Ryan Arcidiacono projects as Jerian Grant's primary backup while Kris Dunn (finger) is out of commission. This takes a bit of the shine off Valentine as a sleeper pick, but he's still worth considering given the lack of healthy playmakers in Chicago. Rotoworld.com Sunday, 9:34 am
  • Dragan Bender scores 16 points
    Dragan Bender scored 16 points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Brisbane Bullets on Friday.

    Advice: In the spirit of the MLB playoffs, Bender has the early feel of a Quadruple-A player for how he owns lower-level competition, but can't get it done against the big boys. With Alex Len playing so well, Bender may have a tough time getting minutes. He was the youngest player in the 2016 draft, so it may click later this year. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside gets into Twitter beef
    Hassan Whiteside scored seven points with three rebounds, one steal and two blocks in 11 minutes against the 76ers on Friday.

    Advice: He got into some foul trouble and Joel Embiid called to the bench to take him out. Because of that, we have our first NBA Twitter beef. Some videos popped up of the play with Embiid and Whiteside replied with his side of the story. Embiid also replied to Whiteside with a comment and #softy. Both Whiteside and The Process are going to have big seasons if healthy with Whiteside as the better fantasy pick for his durability. Rotoworld.com Friday, 9:14 pm
  • Jakob Poeltl scores four in 18 minutes
    Jakob Poeltl scored four points with five rebounds, one assist and two blocks in 18 minutes against the Bulls on Friday.

    Advice: Despite a really strong summer league and another good preseason, Poeltl's role is a tad unclear. The Raptors are using Ibaka more at the four than usual, so maybe the second-year Utah product can soak up most of the backup center minutes. Rotoworld.com Friday, 8:06 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons looks great in 1st unit
    Jonathon Simmons started for Terrence Ross (illness) on Friday with 12 points, three rebounds, four assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes.

    Advice: He had a really strong week and he continues to show he meshes nicely with the first unit. He can play with pace, break down defenses, and coach Frank Vogel has to like his perimeter defense. Simmons is very likely to come off the bench, but it's possible he can unseat Ross for the starting job. Rotoworld.com Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons starting for Ross on Friday
    Jonathon Simmons is starting for Terrence Ross (illness) on Friday night.

    Advice: This should be very interesting to see how Juice fits in with the other starters Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, Aaron Gordon and Nikola Vucevic. Simmons has been outstanding in the preseason and it's not a wild idea to think he could eventually take the starting job from Ross. Rotoworld.com Friday, 2:27 pm
  • Taurean Prince scores 11 points in 23 minutes
    Taurean Prince scored 11 points with four rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Mavs on Thursday.

    Advice: It's becoming clear that Prince is going to be a key part of the offense. In his previous four preseason games, he had a 23.4 usage rate, which crushes his 17.1 from his rookie year. He's still got some work to do on finishing around the basket, but he's been able to get good shots and he'll be taking a bunch of treys. He's a great target in the middle rounds. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Patterson getting closer to playing
    Patrick Patterson (knee) went through some non-contact work on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Billy Donovan said Patterson is getting closer to playing every day. His knee scope likely makes him questionable to play in the opener, but the Thunder won't need him while Carmelo Anthony and Paul George are healthy. Rotoworld.com Thursday, 12:46 pm
  • Hassan Whiteside not starting
    Hassan Whiteside is not starting on Wednesday against the Wizards.

    Advice: It's fair to assume he's not going to play with Kelly Olynyk getting the start. Whiteside has looked very good this month and really has no reason to play in the preseason anymore. He's locked and loaded as a second-round pick in standard leagues. Rotoworld.com Wednesday, 3:59 pm
  • Jamal Murray scores five in start at PG
    Jamal Murray started at point guard vs. the Thunder on Tuesday, but scored just five points on 2-of-8 shooting.

    Advice: He added four rebounds, four assists, one triple and one turnover in 30 minutes. Murray isn't going to be playing against the reigning MVP every night and it's a really good sign that he started tonight in what looked like a regular-season dress rehearsal. If that's the case, then Jameer Nelson (five points, four assists) may have won the backup job and Emmanuel Mudiay (zero points in five minutes) may be outside of the rotation. We should know for sure in a few days, but Murray is the only PG in Denver worth drafting in most leagues. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons stays hot in win
    Jonathon Simmons hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 20 points, 10 assists, a rebound, two steals and a block in Tuesday's preseason win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Wow. He had 19 points on Monday and is rounding into form for his new team. This may have been a revenge game against the Spurs, but Simmons is rolling right now and the Magic seem to love him. He's still more of a late-round flier type player, as he's still behind Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross on the depth chart. But that could be changing before our eyes. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Denzel Valentine scores 14 off bench
    Denzel Valentine played 27 minutes off the bench and finished Tuesday's preseason game with 14 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals, a block and two 3-pointers on 6-of-14 shooting.

    Advice: Justin Holiday was the man tonight, but Valentine still has a shot at starting at shooting guard and should also be on the fantasy radar. But after tonight's performance, Holiday may have passed him on the depth chart, and looks like the better late-round flier right now. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:22 pm
  • Nikola Vucevic resting on Tuesday
    Nikola Vucevic will take the night off on Tuesday vs. San Antonio.

    Advice: He's the only starter that hasn't rested so far in the preseason, so he was due for a night off. Vucevic has expanded his range over the offseason and hit three 3-pointers in four games, so there's no reason why he can't improve on his top-50 finish in 9-cat leagues. Marreese Speights and D.J. Augustin will also take the night off. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 4:09 pm
  • Hoiberg confirms 2-4 week timetable for Dunn
    Fred Hoiberg confirmed on Tuesday that Kris Dunn's (finger) timetable has been set at 2-4 weeks.

    Advice: This will put Dunn back on the court by early-November at the latest, and essentially guarantees that Jerian Grant will open the year as the starting point guard in Chicago. Dunn should eventually challenge Grant for that starting spot once he's fully up to speed, but this has the potential to devolve into a timeshare situation, thus making both these guys rather unattractive draft day targets. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 3:41 pm
  • Patterson (knee) will not play Tuesday
    Patrick Patterson (knee) will not play Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Encouragingly, it sounds like Patterson is making progress in practice. Per the report: "Patterson was moving well as he did lateral slide drills and defensive closeouts to the perimeter. He also did some post-practice banging in the post with assistant coach Mark Bryant." Patterson will get minutes off the Thunder bench once healthy, but his very limited fantasy value playing behind Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 10:01 am
  • Taurean Prince tallies 12 points and 5 boards
    Taurean Prince scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in 27 minutes in Monday's win over Memphis.

    Advice: He also added one 3-pointer, two assists a game-high three steals. Prince leads the team in total minutes played over Atlanta's four preseason contests, and should continue to log heavy minutes during the regular season. He's one of our favorite sleepers in the mid-to-late rounds. Rotoworld.com Tuesday, 7:34 am
  • Marquese Chriss scores 13 on Monday night
    Marquese Chriss played 25 minutes and hit 3-of-6 shots, a 3-pointer and 6-of-7 free throws for 13 points, three rebounds, a steal and four turnovers in Monday's exhibition loss to the Jazz.

    Advice: Perhaps the best news here is that he only committed one foul, as foul trouble appears to be his Achilles heel. Chriss is gaining momentum in draft circles and is consistently being taken in the middle rounds of most drafts. And if he can stay out of foul trouble, he's got a real chance at breaking out this season. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:45 pm
  • Buddy Hield held to seven points
    Buddy Hield was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shots in Monday's loss to the Blazers.

    Advice: George Hill, Vince Carter, Kosta Koufos, Zach Randolph, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Garrett Temple were all rested, so this was a huge letdown for Hield. He added five rebounds with two assists and one 3-pointer in 25 minutes. It sounds like the Kings will roll with the veteran Garrett Temple at shooting guard to start the year, but Hield's role should increase as the season progresses with the Kings expected to tank. Rotoworld.com Monday, 9:42 pm
  • Jonathon Simmons scores 19 in loss
    Jonathon Simmons had his best game of the preseason vs. Dallas on Monday with 19 points in 28 minutes.

    Advice: Aaron Gordon was rested and Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) got the night off with minor injuries, so Simmons started at SF and hit 6-of-14 shots and 5-of-7 from the line with four rebounds, one assist and two steals in 28 minutes. His minutes and production has gone up in four straight games and it's clear that he's going to be a big part of Orlando's rotation this season. He's still more of a deep-league guy as long as he's behind Fournier and Ross. Rotoworld.com Monday, 8:50 pm
  • Boban Marjanovic scores 14 in 21 minutes
    Boban Marjanovic had a productive evening vs. the Pacers on Monday with 14 points in 21 minutes.

    Advice: The per-minute monster strikes again. Andre Drummond was out with an illness, so Boban got the start and finished 6-of-8 from the field and 2-of-3 from the line with five rebounds. Just like we've seen so many times, If he catches the ball in the paint, his opponent doesn't have a prayer. He'll carve out a nice role as Drummond's backup this season and will be worth owning if he flirts with about 20 minutes. Rotoworld.com Oct 9, 6:29 pm
  • Boban Marjanovic starting Monday vs. Indiana
    Boban Marjanovic will be in the starting lineup for Monday's preseason matchup with the Pacers.

    Advice: Marjanovic should get some decent run with Andre Drummond (pink eye) taking the night off, and he'll be joined by Reggie Jackson, Luke Kennard, Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson in the starting unit. Unleash the Boban. Rotoworld.com Oct 9, 2:31 pm
  • Celtics resting Irving, Hayward and Horford
    The Celtics are resting Kyrie Irving, Gordon Hayward, Al Horford and Marcus Morris on Monday vs. Philly.

    Advice: There are no injuries to report and the Celtics are just trying to keep them fresh for the regular season. Hayward averaged just 7.0 points in his first two preseason games, so it's going to take him some time to adjust to his new role in Boston. Rotoworld.com Oct 9, 9:55 am
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