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  • X-rays negative on Michael Beasley (ankle)
    X-rays were negative on Michael Beasley (ankle) and he will not return on Thursday.

    Advice: He needed some help to the locker room after he landed on Russell Westbrook's foot. Based on how he couldn't put weight on his foot, he could miss time going forward. We'll see some more Doug McDermott, Courtney Lee, Kyle O'Quinn and maybe Lance Thomas tonight. There isn't really an add to make here for fantasy owners. 25 minutes ago
  • Michael Beasley limps to the locker room
    Michael Beasley (left ankle) was helped to the locker room in the first quarter on Thursday.

    Advice: He landed on Russell Westbrook's foot as he came down for a jumper. Beasley hopped around for a couple possessions before he had help getting to the locker room. The Knicks could go smaller at the four with Lance Thomas and Doug McDermott while they probably wouldn't play Kristaps Porzingis at the five. 44 minutes ago
  • Alexis Ajinca out for Friday
    Alexis Ajinca (knee) will not play against the Warriors on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Alvin Gentry really couldn't use him anyway. Somewhat surprisingly, Cheick Diallo only played one minute with the Pelicans staggering their bigs and going smaller. Today, 5:04 pm
  • Sessions, THJ, Lee, KP & Kanter will start
    Ramon Sessions, Tim Hardaway Jr., Courtney Lee, Kristaps Porzingis and Enes Kanter will start against the Thunder on Thursday.

    Advice: Coach Jeff Hornacek said he liked Lee at the three and he'll start him off against Carmelo Anthony and Paul George. Lee is usually a high-floor guy in fantasy, so he could be worth owning, especially in deep leagues. Today, 4:28 pm
  • Aaron Gordon (sore ankle) questionable vs. BK
    Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) is questionable to face the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: We didn't notice him go to the locker room, he played 34 minutes, and he played the final six minutes of Wednesday's game. Hopefully, he'll wake up and feel better tomorrow because he would get a dream matchup against the Nets defense. He didn't shoot the ball well in the first game on Wednesday, but he was aggressive and most signs point to a big year coming. Today, 3:20 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. Today, 1:36 pm
  • Danilo Gallinari taken off the injury report
    Danilo Gallinari (foot) is not on the injury report and is listed as the starter against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He had a mid-foot sprain keep him out of action to end the preseason, but there was never much concern for the oft-injured scorer. Coach Doc Rivers seems to like how Gallo has the size to play power forward and he wants to play him next to Blake Griffin at the five, so he will be asked to do a lot for this offense. When he's healthy, you're starting him in basically all leagues. Today, 11:43 am
  • 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. Today, 10:50 am
  • Kevin Love to get more touches going forward
    Cavs Coach Tyronn Lue said he has to "do a better job" of getting Kevin Love involved in the offense a little more.

    Advice: "When we're playing slow and we're not moving the basketball and we're not moving bodies, he really doesn't benefit," Lue said. "We've got to do a better job getting Kevin more involved." LeBron James made similar comments about Love, and the team seems committed on getting him going early and often. He's still adjusting to his new role at center and he had a quiet opening night with 15 points, 11 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes, but the big lines are coming. Today, 9:34 am
  • Demetrius Jackson was signed by HOU on Wednesday October 18. Today, 3:26 am
  • Eric Gordon scores 25 points w/ CP3 out
    Eric Gordon started in place of Chris Paul (knee) on Wednesday, posting 25 points (7-of-23 FGs, 7-of-8 FTs), four 3-pointers, four rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes.

    Advice: CP was laboring during Houston's season opener on Tuesday, but it's unclear if he'll miss more time. Gordon is the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, of course, and his value is safe no matter where he begins Saturday's game vs. the Mavs. Today, 12:17 am
  • Pat Connaughton scores career-high 24 points
    Pat Connaughton scored a career-high 24 points against the Suns on Wednesday with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

    Advice: Just a few months ago there was some talk that Connaughton would switch to baseball, so apparently he made the right call. Although, it helped the Blazers picked up his $1.4 million option in August. Great story aside, he'll lose most of his minutes when C.J. McCollum comes off suspension to face the Pacers on Friday. Yesterday, 11:49 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. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Tyler Ulis scores one point in loss
    Tyler Ulis scored one point with two assists and one steal in 15 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even in this terrible showing from the Suns in a 124-76 loss, Ulis did log seven minutes next to Eric Bledsoe in this game. If he can get that to 10 minutes, maybe he can have some standalone value in deeper formats. Most of his value lies in being a handcuff to Eric Bledsoe. Yesterday, 11:03 pm
  • 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. 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. Yesterday, 9:38 pm
  • Aaron Gordon posts 14/9/3/2/1 on Wednesday
    Aaron Gordon had 14 points, nine boards, three assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Gordon is coming off a tremendous preseason and he'll get every chance to thrive as a featured option this season. He played 34+ minutes just twice in the first two months last season, so it's nice to see him coming in strong on opening night -- his line could have been even nicer, but he shot 4-of-13 from the field. He's a fantasy stud in waiting. Yesterday, 9:37 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. Yesterday, 9:22 pm
  • Eric Gordon starting for Chris Paul (knee)
    Eric Gordon will start Wednesday's game in place of Chris Paul (knee).

    Advice: Gordon scored 24 points on Tuesday and he should be firing away again tonight, making him an interesting DFS target. Paul's injury doesn't seem long-term, though, so this doesn't do too much for Gordon's outlook. Yesterday, 5:33 pm
  • Gordon scores 24 w/ two steals and blocks
    Eric Gordon scored 24 points with one rebound, one assist, two steals and two blocks in 29 minutes vs. the Warriors on Tuesday.

    Advice: The reigning Sixth Man of the Year finished 9-of-16 from the field, but missed all six of his 3-point attempts which was a rare sight -- he hit 3.3 triples per game last season. With Chris Paul (knee) banged up, it's possible Gordon could get some extended run in a great matchup with the Kings on Wednesday night. For what it's worth, the Rockets started Gordon next to Harden in the preseason when CP3 was out. Tuesday, 10:55 pm
  • Kevin Love double-doubles vs. Boston
    Kevin Love posted a double-double vs. Boston on Tuesday, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes.

    Advice: He got a quick hook in the first quarter after a pair of quick fouls, but he finally got into a rhythm down the stretch after a four-point first half. Love finished 4-of-9 from the field and 6-of-7 from the line with a couple turnovers. He started at center tonight and the Cavaliers are hoping to "unleash" him this season by giving him more touches, so his fantasy owners should be expecting a lot more after this somewhat quiet start. He did miss some time in the preseason due to "tightness," but he was moving around fine tonight for the most part. Tuesday, 7:42 pm
  • Alexis Ajinca (knee) out Wednesday vs. MEM
    Alexis Ajinca (right knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Grizzlies.

    Advice: This is the first we're hearing of a knee injury for Ajinca, and it's unclear how long this knee issue will keep him on the sidelines. With both Omer Asik (illness) and Ajinca unavailable for the season opener, DeMarcus Cousins figures to earn heavy minutes at the five-spot, with Cheik Diallo earning most of the reserve minutes there. Tuesday, 12:11 pm
  • 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. 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. Monday, 11:33 am
  • Kevin Love downplays recent 'tightness'
    Kevin Love downplayed the 'tightness' that caused him to sit out Friday's preseason finale.

    Advice: "My 10th year you can put 'old' on [the injury report]," Love joked. "They did that for [Tim] Duncan two years back." He added that he intended to play on Friday but was told at the last minute that Channing Frye would start in his place, so this was the epitome of a cautionary DNP. Love should be ready to roll vs. the Celtics on Tuesday. Sunday, 5:06 pm
  • Gallinari, Rivers, Dekker practice Sunday
    Danilo Gallinari (foot), Austin Rivers (glute) and Sam Dekker (oblique) were full participants during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: Gallinari skipped the Clippers' final three preseason games with a minor foot issue, but him getting through a full practice on Sunday is a good sign regarding his availability for Thursday's regular-season opener against the Lakers. The rooster is a guy who is capable of producing top-30 value in 9-cat leagues, but his well-documented injury history makes it tough to gamble on him until the late middle-round on draft day. Sunday, 12:55 pm
  • Michael Beasley (elbow) starts on Friday
    Michael Beasley (left elbow) started the Knicks' preseason finale on Friday, scoring 10 points on 4-of-11 shooting with three rebounds, one steal and two turnovers in 22 minutes.

    Advice: Beasley exited Monday's preseason game with a bruised elbow, but tests were negative for structural damage and he'll be ready to roll for the Knicks' opener on Thursday. The former No. 2 draft pick hasn't held sustained fantasy value since the 2010-11 season. Friday, 8:12 pm
  • Eric Gordon makes six 3s, scores 27 points
    Eric Gordon started on Friday with Chris Paul (knee, shoulder) sidelined, dropping a game-high 27 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including a 6-of-12 mark from downtown.

    Advice: Gordon was effortlessly draining 3-pointers early in the game, and it looks like his role will expand if CP3 is forced to miss any games this season. For now, Paul's absence is being called a precaution and it sounds like he'll be ready to go for Houston's opener on Tuesday. Gordon's fantasy value is overwhelmingly reliant upon 3-pointers, but it helps that he played in 75 games last year, the most since his rookie campaign in 2008-09. Friday, 8:01 pm
  • Aaron Gordon hype train at full steam ahead
    Aaron Gordon went off yet again on Friday with 21 points, seven rebounds and three 3-pointers against the Cavs on Friday.

    Advice: The Aaron Gordon hype train is going so fast the Magic's jersey sponsor, Disney, may have to cast Keanu Reeves for another Speed movie. Gordon spent a lot of time with a sports psychology company called Lucid, and maybe that's part of the reason he's had such confidence in his jumper. Even with all the hype last month, he's gone off in each of the last four games and the Magic broadcast said AG could "easily" score 22 per game after putting up 12.7 points per game last year. We're buying and he's now moved into the early-round territory of competitive leagues. Friday, 6:47 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. Friday, 6:35 pm
  • Kevin Love dealing with general tightness
    Kevin Love felt general tightness in warmups and did not start against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: You would think that being a preseason game was a factor here. Love felt fine after banging knees on Tuesday, so maybe that's part of the reason he sat. Regardless, there's no reason to think this will affect his status in the regular season opener against the Celtics on Tuesday. Friday, 4:35 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. Friday, 2:27 pm
  • Gallinari leads list of doubtful Clips Friday
    Danilo Gallinari (foot), Sam Dekker (oblique), Austin Rivers (glute) and Jamil Wilson (back) are doubtful to play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: We're not expecting any of these guys to play as the Clippers are almost certainly going to be the most dinged-up team in the NBA based on just pure volume of players on the injury report. The good news is that none of these injuries are serious. Gallinari missing over a week of action in the preseason is a concern, so fantasy owners may not want to be too aggressive in drafts. Friday, 11:56 am
  • Danilo Gallinari (foot) won't play Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari (foot) will not play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: He popped up on the injury report on Oct. 7 and hasn't played in a game since. The Clippers don't sound too concerned about the mid-foot sprain and hopefully he can suit up for regular season action next week. Although, foot injuries on basketball players can linger, so Gallo gets a slight downgrade on draft boards. Wes Johnson is expected to start tonight. Thursday, 5:48 pm
  • Hornacek likes starting Lee and Hardaway Jr.
    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he likes the idea of starting Courtney Lee alongside Tim Hardaway Jr.

    Advice: He did add that it could be tough to start this wing combo in some matchups against bigger lineups. "Yeah I think defensively they're able to scramble and help each other out and they can switch," Hornacek said. Lee looks like the heavy favorite to get the start on opening night. Plus, it helps he does have some point guard experience, especially with Frank Ntilikina (knee) progressing slowly. Lee will be a low-demand target in drafts, but he has an excellent shot to be a top-100 player in standard leagues. Thursday, 12:38 pm
  • Vogel hints Aaron Gordon will play some C
    Frank Vogel hinted that Aaron Gordon could play some center for the Magic this season.

    Advice: "He looked good [during Tuesday's exhibition]. He had 27 [points] and 11 [rebounds]. Part of that was during that stretch where he was playing center," said Vogel of Gordon. "It was just one of those things that we can go to as we see all these positionless lineups in today’s NBA. It was just something I wanted to look at." With the small forward-Gordon experiment over, he looks poised for a breakout season in Orlando and will make for a very enticing mid-round pick on draft day. Thursday, 8:55 am
  • Danilo Gallinari doubtful to play on Thursday
    Danilo Gallinari (foot) is listed as doubtful to play against the Kings on Thursday.

    Advice: The Clippers have listed Wes Johnson as a starter next to Milos Teodosic, Lou Williams, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Gallo did do some shooting on Wednesday, so at least he's on the right track. It looks like he should be ready for the season opener, but a foot injury can be tricky, especially for an oft-injured player like Gallinari. Wednesday, 12:30 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. Tuesday, 8:01 pm
  • Aaron Gordon goes off for 27 & 11 in win
    Aaron Gordon hit 11-of-24 shots, 2-of-7 3-pointers and 3-of-4 free throws for 27 points, 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal in 38 minutes of Tuesday's preseason win over the Spurs.

    Advice: Wow. We've made no secret of our love for Gordon this season and he's been living up to the hype this preseason. Tonight was the icing on the cake and he's going to be gone after the fourth or fifth round in all standard leagues. Don't sleep on him. Tuesday, 7:59 pm
  • Kevin Love OK after banging knees
    Kevin Love is said to be fine after banging knees with another player in Tuesday's preseason game.

    Advice: Whew! Love had his left knee attended to on the bench but never went to the locker room, so we never thought the injury was serious. He should be good to go for the start of the season, so draft away as usual. Tuesday, 7:31 pm
  • Kevin Love tweaks left knee Tuesday
    Kevin Love tweaked his left knee on a non-contact play on Tuesday and took himself out of the game.

    Advice: He didn't go to the locker room, but was attended to on the bench briefly. He's probably done for the night and while the injury doesn't appear to be serious, he was in some discomfort. Hopefully we'll find out more about his situation on Wednesday, but for now, it looks like he should be drafted as he normally would be. The fact he didn't go to the locker room is a very good sign. Tuesday, 6:41 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. Tuesday, 4:09 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. Monday, 8:50 pm
  • X-rays negative on Michael Beasley's elbow
    X-rays taken on Michael Beasley's left elbow came back negative.

    Advice: He's not out of the woods yet and he was in a sling after the game. The Knicks will likely run some additional tests (an MRI), but we likely won't get another update until Tuesday at the earliest. If Beasley misses time, Lance Thomas and Mindaugas Kuzminskas will likely get a bump in playing time. Monday, 7:45 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. Monday, 6:29 pm
  • Michael Beasley leaves with left elbow injury
    Michael Beasley left Monday's preseason game against the Rockets with a bruised left elbow after the third quarter and won't return to the game.

    Advice: Beasley shoots with his left hand so this is a little concerning. He was looked at on the bench and then taken to the locker room before being ruled out. He was the Knicks leading scorer when he exited, finishing with 17 points, four rebounds and three steals. Consider Beasley day-to-day until we get more information. Kristaps Porzingis didn't play again, which freed up a bigger role for Beasley, who has looked pretty good in the preseason. Oct 9, 6:21 pm
  • Aaron Gordon, Payton and Biyombo resting
    Aaron Gordon, Elfrid Payton and Bismack Biyombo are resting on Monday vs. Dallas.

    Advice: All three players are healthy and are just getting the night off. Terrence Ross (right hamstring) and Evan Fournier (right ankle) are both sitting out as well, but it's likely just a precaution. Oct 9, 4:06 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. Oct 9, 2:31 pm
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