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  • Caris LeVert starting, Crabbe to the bench
    Caris LeVert will enter the starting five for Sunday's game against the Hawks, sending Allen Crabbe back to the bench. 17 minutes ago
  • D.J. Augustin feeling more comfortable in ORL
    D.J. Augustin said he's feeling more comfortable in his second season with the Magic.

    Advice: "It’s my second year playing for the same coach, the same system, mostly the same teammates," Augustin said. "So I feel a lot more comfortable knowing what’s a good shot, what’s a bad shot, where to get other guys good shots and not take bad shots. It just feels a lot better this year." Augustin posted a 12-point, 10-dime double-double in a win over the Cavs on Saturday sans Elfrid Payton (hamstring), so he's someone to consider as a speculative add in deeper formats with Payton likely out a few more games. 26 minutes ago
  • Seth Curry (leg) out Monday vs. the Warriors
    Seth Curry (left tibia stress reaction) has been ruled out for Monday's matchup with the Warriors.

    Advice: Monday will mark Curry's fourth straight game on the sidelines, and it's unclear exactly when he'll be able to get back to the court. Head coach Rick Carlisle has indicated that this will be a week-by-week issue, and with Dallas ruling him out a full day in advance, it doesn't seem like he's all that close. With Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) also questionable, Yogi Ferrell could be forced into heavy minutes on Monday night with J.J. Barea earning the start. 44 minutes ago
  • Irving fined $25K for inappropriate language
    Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using "inappropriate language" towards a fan at halftime during Friday's game.

    Advice: Irving did not take kindly to a fan yelling at him "where's LeBron" as he headed into the tunnel at halftime, and he responded with some vulgar language. His wallet will take a hit, but his actions won't result in him being forced to spend any time on the sidelines. 50 minutes ago
  • Isaiah Whitehead will be inactive on Sunday
    Isaiah Whitehead will be inactive for Sunday's matchup with the Hawks.

    Advice: Whitehead should have an opportunity to eventually get into the rotation with Jeremy Lin (knee) going down, but for now, he's irrelevant in all leagues. 56 minutes ago
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) questionable Monday
    Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) is questionable for Monday's game vs. the Warriors.

    Advice: DSJ has missed the last two games due to a "little swelling" in his knee, but the Mavs did downplay the issue. DSJ's owners can expect an update no later than Monday's morning shootaround. J.J. Barea looks like a nice speculative add and went for 19 points, five rebounds, three assists and three triples against Houston on Saturday. Today, 11:01 am
  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) sits out practice
    Frank Ntilikina (ankle) did not practice on Sunday.

    Advice: The Knicks are off until Tuesday's game vs. Boston and the rookie is making progress, but his chances of playing will look a lot better if he returns to practice on Monday. This won't impact fantasy owners too much, as Ntilikina is currently third on the PG depth chart. Today, 9:52 am
  • 76ers not planning to sit Markelle Fultz
    76ers coach Brett Brown said he hasn't considered sitting Markelle Fultz until his shoulder heals up.

    Advice: "It’s not to the point where it’s affecting other parts of his game," Brown said. His shooting form looks rough, but his shoulder has a lot to do with it -- he's having trouble lifting his arm without discomfort. His 3-point shooting was a huge strength coming out of college, but he hasn't attempted a triple in five straight games if you include the preseason. While fantasy owners should be concerned, Philly fans shouldn't judge him at less than 100 percent. Today, 8:05 am
  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) hopeful for Tuesday
    Frank Ntilikina (ankle) is hopeful to return for Tuesday's game vs. Boston.

    Advice: "I don’t know. It’s like the knee," Ntilikina said (he battled a knee issue in training camp). "We’ll try to get it better day by day and try to be back as soon as possible." The Knicks continue to shower praise on the No. 8 overall pick, but he's currently buried on the depth chart and is just a stash in dynasty leagues at the moment. As for his durability, Ntilikina said he played almost every game last season in the French League, so it sounds like he's just having some bad luck staying healthy as a Knick. Today, 7:01 am
  • Jalen Jones was signed by NO on Saturday October 21. Today, 12:49 am
  • Denzel Valentine returned to action on Saturday October 21. Today, 12:49 am
  • JaKarr Sampson was claimed off waivers by SAC on Saturday October 21. Today, 12:49 am
  • Patrick Beverley scores 15 with five steals
    Patrick Beverley scored 15 points with two rebounds, two assists, five steals and two 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Suns on Saturday.

    Advice: He is playing with a chip on his shoulder and has been fairly effective as a scorer. Plus, the up-tempo game is right up his alley and that could even lead to more steals. Beverley has to be owned in all fantasy leagues with his appealing upside for steals and treys. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe scores four points vs. Clips
    Eric Bledsoe made 1-of-4 from the field for four points during a 130-88 loss to the Clippers on Saturday, adding one rebound, four assists and four turnovers in 24 minutes.

    Advice: Only 79 games until we don't have to talk about this team anymore. Kidding aside, this team is one of the biggest messes in quite some time with not one, but two losses of at least 42 points in just three games. After the game coach Earl Watson said "the pace needs to be pushed," which makes no sense. The Suns have a 109.4 pace in three games, which shatters the 2016-17 Nets' NBA-high 103.6. The Suns are so bad that Bledsoe is losing fantasy value because of so much garbage time, but his owners shouldn't sell low after this one. Maybe they trade him, too. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Wilson Chandler scores just five points
    Wilson Chandler made 2-of-8 from the field for five points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

    Advice: He's gone through countless shooting slumps and made just 4-of-11 in the opener, but Chandler is getting minutes and he has his much-desired consistent role as a small forward. He should still be worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy. Yesterday, 10:23 pm
  • Buddy Hield scores just three points
    Buddy Hield made 1-of-10 from the field for three points with three rebounds, three assists and no turnovers in 22 minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: Shooters shoot and sometimes they miss. Hield will have a handful of games like this one, but he should be owned in standard leagues. Yesterday, 9:54 pm
  • Vince Carter gets just six minutes
    Vince Carter played six minutes against the Nuggets on Saturday.

    Advice: He'll be a first-ballot Hall of Fame player, but the Kings are using him as more of an extension of the coaching staff. If you miss watching Carter this year, you can probably spend a day on YouTube looking at his dunk reel. Yesterday, 9:42 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha plays 28 minutes in win
    Thabo Sefolosha posted four points with four rebounds, three steals and an assist over 28 minutes in Saturday's 96-87 win against the Thunder.

    Advice: Sefolosha's quick hands were on display and the three steals made up for his 0-of-4 night from behind the 3-point line. He is averaging just 6.7 points per game through his first three outings in Salt Lake City, but his real value to fantasy owners comes in the steals category. He is averaging 2.0 steals per game so far. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores 13 points w/ 4 steals
    Malcolm Brogdon scored 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting during Saturday's win over Portland adding six assists, one rebound, four steals and two turnovers in 31 minutes.

    Advice: Brogdon played some excellent defense against Damian Lillard, and he's got off to a hot start this year with averages of 16.0 points, 3.7 assists, 2.3 triples, 2.0 steals and 2.0 turnovers per game on 47.2 percent shooting, which has been good enough for top-50 value in 9-cat leagues. He's locked in as the starting PG in Milwaukee and will be receiving minutes in the mid-30s, so he should be owned in all leagues. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Alec Burks solid when called upon off bench
    Alec Burks posted eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and a blocked shot in 20 minutes off the pine Saturday against the Thunder.

    Advice: Burks, Joe Johnson and Donovan Mitchell are seeing an uptick in playing time as they divvy up the minutes of Rodney Hood (calf). Burks did his part, outshining Mitchell, who actually was in the starting five. If Mitchell continues to struggle it might mean Burks sees a larger role. For now, though, his fantasy appeal remains limited to the deepest of leagues. Yesterday, 9:31 pm
  • Tyler Johnson scores nine points
    Tyler Johnson scored nine points with three rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: He hasn't quite busted out yet and only played 21 minutes in the opener. The Heat are fairly healthy in their guard spots unless you include Rodney McGruder (leg), so Johnson will likely be looking at 20-25 minutes most nights. However, he would get playing time if basically any rotation guard had to sit. He's still a hold because he can add defensive stats, unless there's a hot free agent out there. Yesterday, 9:30 pm
  • Wayne Ellington scores eight
    Wayne Ellington scored eight points with three rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 15 minutes against the Pacers on Saturday.

    Advice: Unlike the other positions, Ellington has basically played directly behind Dion Waiters at shooting guard. If Waiters did need to miss time, Ellington could become a specialist for treys. He's not stashing almost anywhere, though. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Raul Neto makes season debut
    Raul Neto (leg) scored four points with a rebound, an assist and a steal in 11 minutes off the bench Saturday in his season debut.

    Advice: Neto is expected work as the backup to Ricky Rubio, and he could see a few extra minutes with Rodney Hood (calf) on the shelf. He only warrants fantasy consideration in the very deepest of leagues unless something happens to Rubio. Yesterday, 9:24 pm
  • Lance trending down
    Lance Stephenson scored four points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 18 minutes against the Heat on Saturday.

    Advice: The minutes continue to trend down on Lance. He's a kind of player that will need at least 24 minutes to have value in standard leagues because of his inefficiency, so his owners can put him on the chopping block for the right guy. Yesterday, 9:13 pm
  • Russell Westbrook has off shooting night
    Russell Westbrook finished with six points, 13 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and seven turnovers across 36 minutes in a road loss at Utah on Saturday.

    Advice: Westbrook and his teammates were bothered by Utah's aggressive and effective defense, and Westbrook managed to go just 2-of-11 from the field. He was held to single digits just twice in the previous two regular seasons. Don't be terribly concerned, as he was facing one of the better defensive clubs in the NBA. Yesterday, 9:10 pm
  • James Harden scores 29 points in win
    James Harden scored 29 points with three rebounds, seven assists, two steals, five turnovers and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Mavs on Saturday.

    Advice: This game was basically over at halftime, so coach Mike D'Antoni was able to manage Harden's minutes thanks to the blowout. With Chris Paul (knee) week-to-week, Harden is essentially back in his old role on offense, but we'll see how the loss of Patrick Beverley can affect him on the other end. Whatever the case, he'll flirt with being fantasy's top player until CP3 is back. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • D.J. Augustin makes most of his start
    D.J. Augustin posted 12 points, 10 assists and four rebounds with a steal over 27 minutes in Saturday's win in Cleveland.

    Advice: Augustin posted his first double-double of the season, taking advantage of the start with Elfrid Payton (hamstring) on the shelf. He has some short-term fantasy appeal if Payton needs more time to recover. Augustin is certainly worth a look as a low-priced DFS play Tuesday against the defensively challenged Nets if he makes another start. Yesterday, 7:32 pm
  • Markelle Fultz off to a very slow start
    Markelle Fultz scored six points with one rebound, two assists and one turnover in 24 minutes against the Raptors on Saturday.

    Advice: He just hasn't looked comfortable at all. Whether it's the shoulder issue or just an adjustment to the NBA game, Fultz is way behind compared to his other high pick draftees. Worse yet, his free throw stroke looks like he hasn't shot a basketball in years, so he really needs to figure that out (video in link below). It could be a while before Fultz has reliable fantasy value. Yesterday, 7:25 pm
  • D.J. Augustin will start for Elfrid Payton
    D.J. Augustin will start for Elfrid Payton (hamstring) on Saturday.

    Advice: While Shelvin Mack started the second half on Friday, coach Frank Vogel now had time to set his rotation with what he has. Augustin played 23 minutes on Friday and he should get close to 30 minutes tonight. He makes sense as a DFS punt and could have short-term value with Payton out. Yesterday, 3:37 pm
  • Hoiberg believes Denzel Valentine will play
    Coach Fred Hoiberg believes Denzel Valentine (knee) will play against the Spurs on Saturday.

    Advice: He missed practice on Friday due to knee soreness. Valentine is easily the best offensive weapon on the bench for the Bulls, so Hoiberg will need him out there against coach Gregg Popovich's Spurs. If Valentine is limited, it'll likely be David Nwaba getting extra run. Yesterday, 3:27 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina (ankle) will not play vs. DET
    Frank Ntilikina (ankle) will not play against the Pistons on Saturday.

    Advice: He rolled his ankle while boxing out in practice on Friday. There were some positive reports on the lottery pick, but the Knicks likely won't be rushing him back and he was only the No. 3 point guard on Thursday. If you're stashing him, it might be a while. Yesterday, 3:16 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (knee) a GTD on Saturday
    Denzel Valentine (knee) went through shootaround but will be a game-time decision Saturday vs. the Spurs.

    Advice: Coach Fred Hoiberg said Valentine is still dealing with some pain in his knee. Valentine logged 26 minutes off the bench in the Bulls season opener on Thursday. There wouldn't be just one primary fantasy beneficiary if he is unable to suit up. His minutes would likely be divvied up between Quincy Pondexter, David Nwaba and Kay Felder. Yesterday, 10:31 am
  • Eric Bledsoe scores 28 points in 30 minutes
    Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points with two rebounds, two assists, two steals, one block and three 3-pointers in 3- minutes against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: He's making up for lost time at the end of last season with his 31.0 usage rate to start the year. Bledsoe was on the injury report for an ankle injury today, but he posted a "Ha!" on Twitter regarding his status. While the defensive effort clearly isn't there, Bledsoe is playing at a 115.2 pace and he's been fairly efficient. If he's active, he has a chance to post big stat lines. Friday, 11:45 pm
  • Caris LeVert scores nine points in 27 minutes
    Caris LeVert made 4-of-11 from the field for nine points with one rebound, two assists, two steals, one block and three turnovers in 27 minutes against the Magic on Friday.

    Advice: He missed all four shots from deep, so this line could've been better. LeVert was a point guard at times last season, so coach Kenny Atkinson may want to keep him in the second unit to help Spencer Dinwiddie. Regardless, LeVert will get shots, he can fill a stat sheet, and he's getting clutch minutes, so he should be owned in standard leagues. Friday, 10:23 pm
  • Markelle Fultz struggles again, shoots 2-of-9
    Markelle Fultz struggled against the Celtics on Friday, hitting just 2-of-9 shots for six points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal.

    Advice: He also played just 17 minutes, but at least he hit both of his free throws. Fultz is playing with a bad shoulder and it's impacting his shot, but he did say this week that it's making progress. Head coach Brett Brown said on Thursday that Fultz's role will grow soon and that he will spend more time with the first unit, so his fantasy owners just need to stash him patiently. Friday, 10:15 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 21 in win over 76ers
    Kyrie Irving got his first win in a Boston uniform on Friday vs. the 76ers, scoring 21 points in a 102-98 victory.

    Advice: Irving hasn't taken off just yet, but the big lines are coming. He hit 7-of-17 shots and 6-of-7 from the line in this one, adding six rebounds, four assists, two steals, one triple and five turnovers. Once he gets a feel for his new team, Irving should flirt with first-round value in 9-category leagues. Friday, 9:58 pm
  • Augustin scores 10 points
    D.J. Augustin scored 10 points with two rebounds, five assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Nets on Friday.

    Advice: Even with Elfrid Payton (hamstring) suffering an injury, Augustin didn't really see his role change coming off the bench behind Shelvin Mack. He's also was not getting minutes at the two, so he's only a speculative add in deeper leagues until we get word on Payton being able to play. To be clear, he's a better add than Mack. Friday, 9:51 pm
  • Thabo Sefolosha sharp off the bench
    Thabo Sefolosha hit 4-of-4 field goal attempts to finish with nine points, five rebounds and a steal in 25 minutes off the bench Friday in Minnesota.

    Advice: Sefolosha has looked very comfortable through two games with the Jazz, going 7-of-11 from the field while averaging 8.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game. He won't be a standard-league option, although if Rodney Hood (calf) is forced to miss time it might mean an uptick in playing time for Sefolosha. Friday, 8:21 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. has 'a little swelling'
    Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) has "a little swelling" and confirmed that he won't play on Saturday in Houston.

    Advice: The good news is that the injury is not believed to be serious, so hopefully he'll be back after the weekend. His fantasy owners can expect an update on his knee no later than Monday afternoon before their game against GSW. In the meantime, J.J. Barea (nine points, 10 assists) and Yogi Ferrell (14 points) will hold down the fort in the backcourt. Friday, 8:09 pm
  • Malcolm drains four triples in Friday's loss
    Malcolm Brogdon shot 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-9 from behind the arc, to finish with 16 points in Friday's home loss against the Cavaliers.

    Advice: Brogdon also added two rebounds, two steals and an assist over 34 minutes. He was very efficient down the stretch last season, connecting on 49.7 percent of his field-goal attempts in the second half. Brogdon has carried that momentum over into the new season, bagging 12 of his 22 FG attempts (.545) through two outings. Friday, 6:58 pm
  • Lance Stephenson struggles vs. Blazers
    Lance Stephenson made 1-of-5 from the field for four points with two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 20 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

    Advice: He fired away with 19 shots against the Nets on Wednesday, but coach Nate McMillan reined him in for this game. Stephenson is still going to be a primary ball handler for the second unit and the Pacers need him to play over 23 minutes when garbage time isn't a factor, so he's a decent guy to own in standard leagues. Friday, 6:44 pm
  • Bledsoe, Booker, TJ, Josh, Tyson starting
    Eric Bledsoe, Devin Booker, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson and Tyson Chandler will start against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: Bledsoe was listed as questionable for today, but he quote tweeted that report 30 minutes ago with a "Ha!", so apparently he's good to go. We'll see what quirky stuff coach Earl Watson has for us today, but start Bledsoe in all leagues. Friday, 5:01 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. out Friday and Saturday
    Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee effusion) will miss Friday's game vs. the Kings and Saturday's game vs. Houston.

    Advice: He wasn't on the injury report, so this comes as a complete surprise -- he reportedly experienced the swelling after shootaround. Smith Jr. had a torn left ACL during his senior season in high school, so it's a little worrying that he has some swelling. There's no word on the severity, but hopefully we'll have some clarity after the game. Expect Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea to log heavy minutes Friday in a great matchup. Friday, 4:33 pm
  • Eric Bledsoe (ankle) questionable vs. Lakers
    Eric Bledsoe (right ankle) is questionable to face the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: The Suns look like they're having a "hold my beer" moment about tanking after their 48-point loss on Wednesday. Bledsoe was fairly aggressive in his 29 minutes on Wednesday and it's unknown when he hurt himself. If he can't go, Tyler Ulis (quad) would likely start with Mike James backing him up. Troy Daniels would also get minutes while Devin Booker's usage figures to jump up, as well. Friday, 3:34 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina turns his ankle at practice
    Frank Ntilikina turned his ankle at practice on Friday and needed help off the court.

    Advice: We don't know the severity of the injury, but this obviously isn't great. Ntilikina was the third point guard in the rotation on Thursday and now he could miss Saturday's game against the Pistons. We'll have an update on him at some point, but it's going to be a while before he's a regular contributor. Friday, 12:53 pm
  • Denzel Valentine (knee) didn't practice Fri
    Denzel Valentine (knee) didn’t practice on Friday.

    Advice: That's not a good sign and he is questionable for Saturday against the Spurs. Valentine played both wing spots off the bench with 26 total minutes, so he would be a key piece for this rotation. If he can't go, backup point guard Kay Felder would be busy in his time while David Nwaba would probably pick up most of the backup wing minutes. Friday, 12:26 pm
  • Raul Neto (leg) cleared to play Friday
    Raul Neto (left leg) has been medically cleared and will play Friday against Minnesota.

    Advice: Neto, who was sidelined for the season opener on Wednesday, will serve as Ricky Rubio's backup. Rodney Hood (gastric distress) is also expected to play Friday. WIth both Neto and Hood healthy, Donovan Mitchell will likely see fewer minutes on Friday. Friday, 10:14 am
  • Patrick Beverley dominates on defense
    Patrick Beverley scored 10 points with three rebounds, one assist, two steals, one block and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes against the Lakers on Thursday.

    Advice: He clearly wanted to win this game and apparently he had some things to say about Lonzo Ball after the game. "Weak [expletive]. Bring him out on the court with me and I will tear his [expletive] up," Beverley said, per ESPN's Marc Spears. Quote aside, he's in a great position for a career year and should have more shots going his way. If for some reason he's available, add him in all standard leagues. Thursday, 11:32 pm
  • Russell Westbrook triple-doubles in win
    Russell Westbrook triple-doubled during a 105-84 win over the Knicks on Thursday, making 7-of-12 from the field for 21 points, 10 rebounds, 16 assists, one block and seven turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: He had some help and his NBA all-time record 40.8 usage rate from 2016-17 plummeted to 27.8 today. Although, his efficiency was outstanding and the OKC offense was flying at a 107.5 pace. Also unlike last year, he had help almost the entire time with either Carmelo Anthony or Paul George next to him for 32 of his 33 minutes, and was with both for 19. Westbrook won't be blowing us away in the scoring department like late last year, but he's still going to post some big lines for his fantasy owners. Thursday, 9:57 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina starts career as No. 3 PG
    Frank Ntilikina failed to score in his NBA debut against the Thunder on Thursday, adding one assist, one turnover and two fouls in eight minutes.

    Advice: He didn't check in until the second quarter and is behind Ramon Sessions and Ron Baker. Hey, there's a gigantic billboard near Madison Square Garden with Ntilikina on it, so why not put Sessions and Baker ahead of him on the depth chart? Kidding aside, his knee injury in the preseason has probably stagnated his growth, so it's only a matter of time before he gets double-digit minutes. It could take a long time and he's likely going to be extremely raw, so it's no lock he has fantasy value this season. Thursday, 8:30 pm
  • 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. Thursday, 7:06 pm
  • Caris LeVert talks about growth with D'Angelo
    Caris LeVert said growing with D'Angelo Russell will be important for the them, the team and the organization.

    Advice: Sadly, the two will have to grow together more than anticipated because of the sad news on Jeremy Lin. In the last five minutes on Wednesday, coach Kenny Atkinson only used one lineup: Russell, Caris LeVert, Allen Crabbe, DeMarre Carroll and Trevor Booker. While it's unclear who will get the starting job, both LeVert and Crabbe are expected to get more minutes and should be owned in standard leagues. Thursday, 1:53 pm
  • Pat Beverley ready to go
    Patrick Beverley is not on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Lakers.

    Advice: He did most of the work in practice on Tuesday, so he may have been held out as a precaution. Beverley showed he can play shooting guard last year, so that should help him get minutes if guys like Milos Teodosic get hot. Beverley should be owned in all standard leagues. Thursday, 11:37 am
  • Markelle Fultz says he's nearing 100 percent
    Markelle Fultz said his shoulder is "getting close" to 100 percent.

    Advice: He only played 18 minutes in his season debut on Wednesday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block, but coach Brett Brown liked what he saw. "For his first NBA game, given the limited amount of practice time he has had and [being] in his backyard, I thought he was really good," Brown said. "He's elusive in his ability to change directions in a very fluid way." Brown also said after the game that he's going to slowly give him more minutes with the first unit, so his fantasy owners will need to be patient early on. Thursday, 7:04 am
  • 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. Thursday, 12:34 am
  • 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. Wednesday, 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. Wednesday, 11:09 pm
  • Dennis Smith hits ground running with 16 & 10
    Dennis Smith scored 16 points with three rebounds, 10 assists and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Hawks during a 117-111 loss on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did have to go to the locker room for an ankle issue, but he looked fine after being re-taped. Smith Jr. is the youngest player ever to have a points/assists double-double in his career debut since Jason Kidd. He had the ball in his hands a lot and the Mavs do look to be upping their tempo to give them more possessions. He's a great bet for Rookie of the Year. Wednesday, 9:58 pm
  • Malcolm Brogdon scores 19 points
    Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points with one rebound, four assists and three 3-pointers in 41 minutes against the Celtics on Wednesday.

    Advice: He's had some success in Boston with a strong finish in a March game. Brogdon was very efficient in the second half last year, making 49.7 percent from the field for 12.5 points and 1.3 treys per game. While he is technically the point guard, he won't be running the offense much while the team is healthy. Still, the 24-year-old guard will have a high floor and should be owned in all leagues. Wednesday, 8:54 pm
  • Lance Stephenson takes 19 shots in 24 minutes
    Lance Stephenson launched 19 shots in 24 minutes on Wednesday, making six of them to finish with 16 points, three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block.

    Advice: Lance was ice-cold to begin the game, but of course he didn't let that impact his usage rate. He made two 3-pointers tonight and could carve out low-end value, but as usual he's much more appealing in points leagues. Wednesday, 8:16 pm
  • Kyrie Irving struggles on Wednesday
    Kyrie Irving made 7-of-25 from the field for 17 points during a 108-100 loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, adding four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Most people who play DFS will tell you that the Bucks can be a tough matchup for a score-first point guard. Irving has picked up the offense quickly and his assist percentage should be better this year than it was with the Cavs. His Celtics are now 0-2, but he'll get a great matchup against the 76ers on Friday. There's obviously nothing to worry about with Uncle Drew. Wednesday, 8:15 pm
  • Markelle Fultz (shoulder) debuts w/ 10 points
    Markelle Fultz (shoulder) finished his NBA debut with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and one block in 18 minutes on Wednesday.

    Advice: Fultz's shoulder impacted his shot during the preseason, and his form shooting free throws tonight was awkward at best. His upside is tremendous but Jerryd Bayless is starting at PG, for now at least, and Fultz's owners should sit tight while he gets up to speed in the NBA. Wednesday, 7:12 pm
  • Pat Beverley does most of stuff at practice
    Coach Doc Rivers said Patrick Beverley (knee) did most of the stuff at practice on Tuesday.

    Advice: Based on that and Rivers' comments on Wednesday, Beverley should be ready to go for Thursday against the Lakers. Beverley dealt with knee soreness for most of the preseason, so perhaps he only gets minutes in the mid 20s. He is also expected to start, which could bump Milos Teodosic back to the bench. Wednesday, 12:56 pm
  • Raul Neto (leg) out Wednesday vs. Denver
    Raul Neto (left leg) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season opener against the Nuggets.

    Advice: This isn't all that surprising considering Neto has yet to get through a full practice, and with Dante Exum (shoulder surgery) also unavailable, we'll likely see rookie Donovan Mitchell get some reps as the backup point guard while Ricky Rubio rests. The Jazz play again Friday vs. Minnesota, and for now, we'll be considering Neto questionable for that one. Wednesday, 10:47 am
  • Frank Ntilikina (knee) will play limited mins
    Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) will play limited minutes in Thursday's season opener against the Thunder.

    Advice: Ntilikina said that he feels "100 percent," but the Knicks are going to bring the 19-year-old Frenchman along slowly. Ramon Sessions figures to start at point guard for New York to begin the season, but his value will likely be on a downward trajectory as we approach the second half of the year. Ntilikina owners should be treating him as a stash. Wednesday, 9:32 am
  • Isaiah Whitehead will be inactive Wednesday
    Isaiah Whitehead will be inactive for Wednesday's game against the Pacers.

    Advice: It'll likely take an injury to one of the guys in Brooklyn's backcourt for Whitehead to become a rotation player this season. Leave him on the wire. Wednesday, 8:12 am
  • Harden scores 27 w/ 10 dimes in win over GSW
    James Harden was phenomenal in Tuesday's season-opening 122-121 win over the Warriors, scoring 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting.

    Advice: With Harden leading the way, the Rockets overcame a 17-point deficit and went on a 10-3 run in the final 3:45 of the game. Harden still ran the offense a ton next to Chris Paul, dishing out 10 assists with six rebounds, one steal, four 3-pointers and three 3-pointers in 36 minutes. Even though he's sharing the backcourt with a future Hall of Famer, there's no reason why Harden can't be a top-5 fantasy asset in most formats. Tuesday, 10:45 pm
  • Kyrie Irving scores 22 w/ 10 assists in loss
    Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return to Cleveland on Tuesday, adding 10 assists, four rebounds, three steals and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes.

    Advice: Irving hit 8-of-17 shots and 2-of-2 from the line, but posted a usage rate of just 21.5. That's likely to go way up with Gordon Hayward (ankle, leg) potentially out for the season, so that's not a concern moving forward. As long as Irving can stay healthy, expect him to flirt with first-round numbers in 9-category leagues. Tuesday, 8:28 pm
  • Snyder hopes Neto (leg) can play Wednesday
    Quin Snyder is hopeful that Raul Neto (left leg) will be able to suit up for Utah's season opener against Denver on Wednesday.

    Advice: Neto was again limited during Tuesday's practice, which isn't a great sign regarding his availability for Wednesday night, but with Dante Exum (shoulder) going down the Jazz could use Neto's services. If he's forced to miss the opener, Donovan Mitchell and Alec Burks would likely be asked to run some point in the second unit while Ricky Rubio gets his rest. Stay tuned. Tuesday, 11:58 am
  • Ntilikina (knee) on track to play Thursday
    Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) has been cleared for contact and scrimmaged on Tuesday and is "on track" to play Thursday vs. OKC.

    Advice: The Knicks have been understandably cautious with their teenage rookie in the preseason. Ntilikina missed the Knicks final four exhibition contests after bruising his right knee earlier this month. However, it appears he'll be ready to roll on opening night. He will likely split minutes with Ron Baker backing up starting point guard Ramon Sessions. Don't expect much from Ntilikina early in the season, as his playing time will likely be limited. Tuesday, 8:52 am
  • Raul Neto (leg) limited at practice Monday
    Raul Neto (left leg) was limited during Monday's practice.

    Advice: There have been some mixed reports as to whether Neto is dealing with a quad or hamstring injury, but it sounds like he's in danger of sitting out Wednesday's season opener against the Nuggets. Whether he plays or not will not have an impact in fantasy hoops, though. Monday, 12:26 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina (knee) limited again Monday
    Frank Ntilikina (knee) was limited at Monday's practice.

    Advice: He went through the non-contact portions of practice, but was held out of the scrimmage. Ntilikina said he expects to be ready for the season opener on Thursday vs. OKC, but Ramon Sessions will likely start because the rookie missed most of the preseason. Monday, 9:01 am
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) doesn't practice Sun
    Patrick Beverley (sore right knee) did not participate during Sunday's practice.

    Advice: With the season opener right around the corner, the Clippers are going to play it safe with Beverley and his sore knee, but it's worth noting that Beverley said he anticipates going through Monday's practice. We should have a better idea regarding his status for the regular season opener based on his activity level at Monday's practice, but if he is forced to miss any time, Milos Teodosoci would emerge as the primary beneficiary. Sunday, 1:03 pm
  • Seth Curry (tibia) out at least three games
    Seth Curry (left tibia stress reaction) will be re-evaluated next Sunday, according to coach Rick Carlisle, who referred to it as a "week-to-week" situation.

    Advice: This means at least three DNPs for Curry to begin the season, as the Mavs start off with games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. He will soon resume light activity and is "making progress," however, so there's a chance he'll be ready to face the Warriors on Monday, Oct. 23. Dallas will play it safe to avoid the injury becoming a stress fracture, and until he's ready to go it will be J.J. Barea, Yogi Ferrell, Wes Matthews and Devin Harris picking up the slack. Sunday, 10:31 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. Sunday, 9:34 am
  • Sixers plan to bring Markelle Fultz off bench
    Markelle Fultz will come off the bench in the Sixers' season opener, according to coach Brett Brown.

    Advice: Brown cited the fact that Fultz didn't play much this preseason due to a sore right knee and right shoulder, the latter of which has impacted his shooting. Philly also wants more shooting on the court to create space for Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, and it looks like veteran PG Jerryd Bayless will get the nod on opening night. Fultz's time will come sooner than later, but patience is required. Sunday, 9:00 am
  • Frank Ntilikina (knee) limited to non-contact
    Frank Ntilikina (bruised right knee) went through non-contact portions of Saturday's practice.

    Advice: New York will be extra cautious with their 19-year-old PG, who looks like he'll begin the season behind one of his veteran teammates -- Ramon Sessions sounds like the favorite for opening night, but Jarrett Jack is also in the mix. Patience will be necessary if you're drafting Ntilikina this season, but the Knicks have every reason to develop him quickly as the season progresses. Sunday, 6:40 am
  • Ellington scores eight points
    Wayne Ellington scored eight points with one assist and one 3-pointer in 15 minutes on Friday.

    Advice: He will be in the rotation and most of his minutes should come as the backup to Josh Richardson and Dion Waiters. The Heat have more depth this year, so Ellington isn't expected to do much while the team is healthy. Friday, 9:16 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. scores 10 w/ 9 dimes, 3 stls
    Dennis Smith Jr. scored 10 points with two rebounds, nine assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: There is absolutely no more need to worry about his ankle injury from Thursday. Smith Jr. also had some interesting comments about not wanting to miss this game and said he wants to play in every game this year. "Being a gamer, one of my goals is just to not miss any games after my ACL injury. I missed a whole year with that," Smith Jr. said. His upside is the highest of any rookie this year and he'll cost you close to an early round pick. There's a good chance he'll be worth it. Friday, 5:30 pm
  • Frank Ntilikina out again on Friday
    Frank Ntilikina (knee) will not play on Friday against the Wizards.

    Advice: He hasn't been practicing and missing most of preseason is not a good sign for arguably the biggest project in the 2017 lottery. The Knicks are putting up banners of their point guard, but it may be a couple months before he's posting reliable stats. Ntilikina is only a last-round stash. Friday, 3:29 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. says he will play vs. CHA
    Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) said he will play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He is near his hometown and said he needed 21 tickets to the game tonight. The Mavs were not expected to play DSJ in the second half on Thursday before he tweaked his ankle, so maybe they only get him out there for a half tonight. Whatever the case, fire up those aggressive Smith Jr. targets in all drafts. Friday, 2:09 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) probable for Friday
    Coach Rick Carlisle said "things look hopeful" Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) can play Friday against the Hornets.

    Advice: Great news here. The Mavs never really worried too much after his ankle rolled over on Thursday, but this confirms it's a very minor issue for DSJ. He was really starting to get hot on Thursday just before his injury, so maybe he just feasts in the first half before the Mavs sit him in the second half. Friday, 1:42 pm
  • Patrick Beverley (knee) out again on Friday
    Patrick Beverley (knee) and Sindarius Thornwell (shoulder) will not play against the Lakers on Friday.

    Advice: That means Beverley's preseason is over and it looks like he's in worse shape than some of the other injured Clippers. He's still almost certainly going to be out there on opening night next week, so he's still worth a look in the 80-100 range of competitive fantasy drafts. The good news is we should get another game of Milos Teodosic starting. Friday, 11:53 am
  • Markelle Fultz (shoulder, knee) out Friday
    Markelle Fultz (right knee soreness, right shoulder soreness) will not play Friday vs. Miami.

    Advice: No surprise here, as the Sixers have no reason to rush their rookie back into action. Stil, it has been a disconcerting preseason for Fultz. In the two games he appeared in, he was just 7-of-24 from the floor, including 0-of-3 from downtown and 2-of-5 from the free-throw line. It's unknown how much of his inefficiency was due to the shoulder issue. Fultz claimed it did not have an impact, but his form was clearly compromised. His upside is significant, but he's a bit of a risky pick in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts. Friday, 9:32 am
  • Dennis Smith Jr. (ankle) questionable Friday
    Dennis Smith Jr. (left ankle) is questionable to play against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: He also said he's good and will update his status on Friday. Coach Rick Carlisle said the ankle sprain isn't believed to be serious and not being ruled out before a preseason game is a great sign, so it looks like DSJ dodged a bullet here. His ankle roll on Thursday was more of a slip than a sprain and he limped to the locker room under his own power. For now, we wouldn't downgrade DSJ on draft day and we'd view him as an early-mid round target. Thursday, 7:13 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. limps to the locker room
    Dennis Smith Jr. limped to the locker room in the second quarter on Thursday.

    Advice: He was driving against Dennis Schroder and looked to tweak his left ankle. Smith Jr. stayed in for a few possessions before the Mavs called time out to take him to the locker room after he talked with the training staff. He's obviously not going to return to this preseason game and hopefully he can be ready to start the season. For what it's worth, the ankle roll didn't look too bad. DSJ was going off in this game with nine points, one rebound, three assists and one 3-pointer in just 13 minutes. Thursday, 5:32 pm
  • Nets announce exercised options
    The Nets announced they have exercised the 2018-19 contract options for Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, D’Angelo Russell and Caris LeVert.

    Advice: This is a no-brainer move for these guys. LeVert put on a scoring clinic in the fourth quarter on Wednesday night, but he's in a minutes crunch this year with DeMarre Carroll, Allen Crabbe and two-PG lineups taking minutes on the wing. LeVert may need an injury, but he's a name to throw on your watch list. Thursday, 1:35 pm
  • Kyrie Irving not anxious about return to CLE
    Kyrie Irving said he's not anxious about returning to Cleveland for Boston's regular-season opener.

    Advice: "It’s just hoops," Irving said when asked about heading back to Cleveland for the first game of the season. "It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude… But I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way. I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball." Thursday, 8:06 am
  • Markelle Fultz (knee) says he's day-to-day
    Markelle Fultz said he has "no clue" if he'll be available to play in Friday's preseason finale, but describing his sore right knee as a "day-to-day" issue.

    Advice: "I’m not sure how it came about," Fultz said of his sore knee. "It’s just something that happened, and I realized it when I woke up at [in the middle of the] night. So it’s just what happened, and they made the best decision for me." If there are any doubts about Futlz' health, he'll be sitting out Friday's game, but neither the shoulder or knee injury figures to keep him on the sidelines for Philly's regular-season opener. He's still worthy of a mid-round target on draft day. Thursday, 7:02 am
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