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  • De'Aaron Fox makes NBA debut with 14/5/4
    De'Aaron Fox made his NBA debut on Wednesday with 14 points, five assists and four rebounds in 24 minutes during a loss to the visiting Rockets.

    Advice: His speed and athleticism were on full display tonight, and it was very encouraging to see Fox produce off the bench even though starting PG George Hill (16 points, three assists) logged 33 minutes. The Kings are building for the future, and Fox should only improve as his rookie season progresses -- the fact that his minutes can be held in check early could actually be a boon after the All-Star break. Today, 12:49 am
  • Damian Lillard scores 27 points vs. Suns
    Damian Lillard scored 27 points during a 124-76 win in Phoenix on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, five assists, one steal, four 3-pointers and matched his career-high three blocks.

    Advice: The Blazers set the record for the largest opening night margin of victory in NBA history, and it's also the second-largest win in Blazers history. Lillard didn't need to play at all in the fourth quarter, as his 27-foot jumper with four seconds left at the end of the third gave the Blazers a 98-55 lead. Lillard saw his usage rate and efficiency rise in the second half last year, so he is poised for a monster year at age 27. Today, 12:24 am
  • Jeff Teague sits down stretch on Wednesday
    Jeff Teague was quiet on Wednesday with 11 points and six assists in just 25 minutes of action, as the Wolves fell to the Spurs in San Antonio.

    Advice: Teague watched from the bench in crunch time, while Tyus Jones played ahead of him, which is curious to say the least. We don't expect this to become a trend, of course -- if anything it could be a brief opportunity to lob discounted offers at his fantasy owners. It will be interesting to hear Tom Thibodeau explain why Teague didn't play the final 15:12 of his Wolves' debut. Today, 12:01 am
  • Dejounte Murray hits 7-of-8 shots, scores 16
    Dejounte Murray hit 7-of-8 field goals for 16 points vs. the Wolves on Wednesday, adding five rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 25 minutes.

    Advice: Murray stayed in his lane offensively, to great effect, and Gregg Popovich also said he was "really good" defensively. "Coach tells me a lot, be greedy on defense," Murray added. "I've got to use that seven-foot wing span." He and Patty Mills (22 minutes) split time somewhat evenly tonight, and Tony Parker (quad) could return in December, but at a minimum Murray is an intriguing short-term option in deep leagues. Yesterday, 11:56 pm
  • Shabazz Napier scores 10 points
    Shabazz Napier scored 10 points with three rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 23 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

    Advice: He did get minutes next to Damian Lillard today, but that'll probably change on Friday when C.J. McCollum starts his season following a suspension. Napier would likely need Dame or McCollum to miss time to see regular minutes. Yesterday, 11:51 pm
  • Mike James gets garbage minutes
    Mike James scored 12 points with two rebounds, one assist, one steal and two 3-pointers in 11 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: This was all about the garbage time for James, but that garbage-time unit was Phoenix's best group among lineups with more than one minute. James likely won't be in the rotation on Friday. Yesterday, 11:33 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. 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. Yesterday, 11:09 pm
  • Ricky Rubio gets 10 assists in opening win
    The Jazz won their season opener on Wednesday, aided by Ricky Rubio's nine points, 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals.

    Advice: Rubio was up-and-down this preseason, averaging just 3.0 assists in limited minutes, but that was never a concern. After six seasons in the NBA, fantasy owners know what they're getting -- truly elite assists and steals, helpful FT%, damaging FG%, and a trickle of other counting stats. Yesterday, 11:06 pm
  • Emmanuel Mudiay logs 19 minutes off bench
    Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, two assists and one rebound in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Mudiay made both of his 3-point attempts but he's an unlikely fantasy option in most circumstances, at least while Jamal Murray and Gary Harris are healthy. The Nuggets did waive Jameer Nelson on Wednesday, however, so Mudiay should at least stick in the rotation. Yesterday, 11:05 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. Yesterday, 11:04 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
  • Troy Daniels scores six points in loss
    Troy Daniels scored six points with one rebound and two 3-pointers in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Wednesday.

    Advice: He looks to be Devin Booker's backup at shooting guard and he even played next to him, as well. Booker did deal with some cramping today, but the Suns probably wouldn't up Daniels' minutes too much in almost any early-season scenario. Yesterday, 10:56 pm
  • Andrew Harrison starts, goes 1-of-6 in opener
    Andrew Harrison started for Memphis on Wednesday but shot just 1-of-6 from the field for two points, two rebounds, one assist and one block in 19 minutes.

    Advice: Harrison could get an extended audition, but he's given us no reason to expect sustained fantasy value. Ben McLemore (foot surgery) also looms as a threat once he's cleared to play, and there should be higher-upside options than Harrison on your waiver wire. Yesterday, 10:54 pm
  • Jrue Holiday quiet in season-opening loss
    Jrue Holiday was quiet during Wednesday's season-opening loss, going 2-of-11 from the field to score four points with six rebounds, four assists and one steal.

    Advice: Holiday had three turnovers, missed his three attempts from deep, and failed to get the FT line. We saw him return steady mid-round value late last season, in a lineup with Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, so owners can shrug off his opening-night struggles. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore logs 34 minutes at SG
    E'Twaun Moore started at SG for the Pelicans on Wednesday and had 11 points, four assists, two rebounds and one steal in 34 minutes.

    Advice: Moore was a staple of the rotation last year and he should start until Rajon Rondo (abdomen) gets back, but his splits from last season don't inspire much confidence. In 22 starts last year he averaged 10.6 points, 1.0 threes, 2.2 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 0.9 steals -- given his lack of upside, most owners can leave him on the wire. Yesterday, 10:45 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores 28 points in victory
    Dennis Schroder scored 28 points with two rebounds, seven assists, two steals and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: His usage splits were a lot higher while Paul Millsap was on the bench last year and he saw a nice increase during the preseason, so making 13-of-26 from the field really isn't a surprise. He shredded the Mavs defense with plenty of drives and he'll be asked to lead this team in scoring. Schroder may have nights when he misses a number of shots, but Schroder could have a career season. Yesterday, 10:41 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. Yesterday, 9:58 pm
  • J.J. Barea scores 13 points vs. Hawks
    J.J. Barea scored 13 points with three rebounds, five assists and three 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He'll be stepping up a little more with Seth Curry (leg) out, but he's had a tough time staying healthy. In other words, the Mavs probably won't be extending his minutes unless he gets really hot. Yesterday, 9:39 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell scores nine points
    Yogi Ferrell scored nine points with two assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Even with the 32 minutes, it's clear Ferrell is going to play off the ball with Dennis Smith Jr. running the show. Ferrell can still hit a ton of treys in what looks like a tweaked offense based on the 45 attempts from deep tonight. He's worth owning in deeper leagues. Yesterday, 9:27 pm
  • Goran Dragic notches 17/6/5 in 31 minutes
    Goran Dragic had 17 points, six assists, five rebounds and one steal in 31 minutes vs. the Magic on Wednesday.

    Advice: Dragic shot 6-of-19 from the field but he added one 3-pointer and didn't turn the ball over tonight, which should please 9-cat owners. Miami has taken it easy on Dragic after his busy EuroBasket schedule, which culminated in a championship, but there's no suggestion that he'll be rested. Keep him locked and loaded. Yesterday, 9:03 pm
  • Darren Collison posts 21 & 11 in IND debut
    Darren Collison had an impressive debut for the Pacers, contributing 21 points, 11 assists, three rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes.

    Advice: DC made 9-of-12 shots with one 3-pointer as Indiana hung 140 points against the visiting Nets. We won't go overboard after one nice game vs. a bad defense, but there's no reason Collison can't hold top-100 value in a 30-minute role for Indy. Yesterday, 8:17 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. Yesterday, 5:28 pm
  • Holiday, Moore, Cunningham, AD, Cousins start
    Jrue Holiday, E'Twaun Moore, Dante Cunningham, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will start Wednesday vs. Memphis.

    Advice: With Holiday shifting back over to point guard while Rajon Rondo (hernia) is out, Moore looks like the starting shooting guard moving forward, although that doesn't mean much in fantasy hoops. Holiday, Davis and Cousins will take the lion's share of touches on offense, so Moore and Cunningham will have a tough time putting up enough stats to make an impact in 12-team formats. Yesterday, 3:57 pm
  • Nuggets waive Jameer Nelson on Wednesday
    Nuggets waive G Jameer Nelson.

    Advice: This move has been expected since Monday with the Nuggets adding Richard Jefferson. Nelson will clear waivers on Friday and he will likely sign with another team after a strong finish to last season. With him gone, this means Emmanuel Mudiay and Jamal Murray will have secure minutes at the point and could even play some shooting guard. Yesterday, 2:08 pm
  • Cavs sign London Perrantes to two way
    Cavs sign G London Perrantes.

    Advice: It's a two-way deal and Perrantes will be playing almost all of his minutes for the Canton Charge. He was cut by the Spurs last week. Yesterday, 12:44 pm
  • E'Twaun Moore, Cunningham expected to start
    E'Twaun Moore and Dante Cunningham are expected to start in Wednesday's season opener vs. Memphis.

    Advice: With Solomon Hill (hamstring) and Rajon Rondo (hernia) set to begin the year on the sidelines, the Pelicans are expected to roll out a starting five featuring Jrue Holiday, Moore, Cunningham, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Moore could be good for a handful of 3-pointers, but he's not all that attractive of a target in 12-team formats. Cunningham isn't a viable target in any setting. Yesterday, 11:08 am
  • Shaun Livingston contributes off bench
    Shaun Livingston played 19 minutes off the bench on Tuesday and hit 2-of-5 shots for six points and five assists in a tough 122-121 loss to the Rockets on opening night.

    Advice: Livingston probably saw a few more minutes than he normally would with Stephen Curry in foul trouble, while the Warriors rolled with Livingston and Nick Young in the backcourt in the first half. Young was on fire early and Livingston was serviceable, but there's no reason to think about adding Livingston unless your league is insanely deep. Tuesday, 10:54 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (hamstring) cleared for opener
    Shabazz Napier (hamstring) has been cleared for Portland's season opener vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

    Advice: Napier missed most of camp and all of the preseason with this hamstring issue, but he's been able to get through full-contact work for the past three days, so it looks the hamstring thing is behind him. Head coach Terry Stotts mentioned that Napier could be a potential starter on opening night with C.J. McCollum (suspension) unavailable, although we'd expect Evan Turner to earn the starting nod. Even in a spot-start, it's tough to see Napier producing much fantasy value. Tuesday, 1:19 pm
  • Andrew Harrison will start on Wednesday
    Andrew Harrison will start at shooting guard in Memphis' regular-season opener vs. New Orleans on Wednesday.

    Advice: Through 18 starts last season, Harrison only managed to produce averages of 8.1 points, 3.9 assists, 2.5 boards and not much else on 29.3 percent shooting, so him getting the start doesn't really move the needle at all in fantasy hoops. Tuesday, 11:45 am
  • Woj: Nuggets will likely waive Jameer Nelson
    According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Nuggets will likely waive Jameer Nelson.

    Advice: They need the roster spot to sign Richard Jefferson, and this suggests that the Nuggets are confident in Jamal Murray as their starting PG and Emmanuel Mudiay as his backup. Once waived, the 35-year-old Nelson shouldn't have much trouble finding work and will probably be looking to join a contender. Monday, 4:30 pm
  • Lillard prepared to play big mins in opener
    Damian Lillard said he's preparing "to play the whole game" if he has to in Portland's season opener on Wednesday with C.J. McCollum (suspension) unavailable.

    Advice: McCollum typically runs some point for Portland when Lillard subs out, but with his co-star unavailable, it sounds like Lillard is ready for massive minutes in the first game of the season. DFS players should make a note of this quote, and consider throwing Thrillard out there on Wednesday in what should be a favorable and uptempo matchup against the Suns. Monday, 2:56 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox (back) practices in full Monday
    De'Aaron Fox (back) was a full participant during Monday's practice.

    Advice: Fox missed Sacramento's preseason finale with a bruised back, but he's been a full participant at practice for the past two days and has been cleared for Wednesday's season opener. George Hill (groin) was also a full participant during Monday's practice, and it looks like he could be ready for the start of the season as well, which would result in Fox coming off the bench. Fox could start slow this season, but he could have a strong second half making him someone to think about as a stash. Monday, 2:47 pm
  • Hawks imply punishment coming for Schroder
    The Hawks released a statement regarding Dennis Schroder's alleged involvement in a physical altercation on September 29, saying they will discipline him at the "appropriate time."

    Advice: "From our preliminary findings, we are aware that Dennis was involved in a physical altercation," read the statement from Hawks' GM Travis Schlenk. "That behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated by the Hawks organization, and will result in discipline for Dennis at the appropriate time." The Hawks could serve Schroder with a suspension in addition to a hefty fine, but they won't be disciplining him until the legal process has concluded, so he should be fine for opening night. Monday, 2:20 pm
  • Malone confirms Nelson won't be a starter
    Mike Malone confirmed that Jameer Nelson will not be a starter for the Nuggets this season.

    Advice: Malone wouldn't reveal who will open the year as Denver's starting point guard, but all signs are pointing towards Jamal Murray earning the starting nod over Emmanuel Mudiay. Nelson will be taking on more of a mentorship role this season, so he can be ignored in fantasy hoops. Monday, 12:43 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (illness) back at practice
    Shaun Livingston (illness) was back at practice on Monday.

    Advice: Livingston skipped Sunday's practice with a minor illness, but him getting back on the floor Monday suggests he'll be fine for Tuesday's season opener against the Rockets. While Livingston is essential to the Warriors' success, he's essentially a non-factor in fantasy hoops. Monday, 12:34 pm
  • Shaun Livingston (illness) probable Tuesday
    Shaun Livingston (illness) did not practice on Sunday, but he's being listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Rockets.

    Advice: Livingston still has a full two days to get over this illness, so he should be fine for opening night. However, as long as Stephen Curry is healthy, Livingston will be irrelevant in fantasy hoops. Sunday, 1:53 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox (back) practices in full Sunday
    De'Aaron Fox (back) practiced in full on Sunday and he'll be good to go for Sacramento's regular-season opener against the Rockets on Wednesday.

    Advice: George Hill (groin) is currently banged up, and it's not clear if he'll be good to go by Wednesday, so Fox might be getting all the minutes he can handle on opening night. He's someone to consider as a late-round target on draft day. Sunday, 1:18 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (hip) back in action Sunday
    Dejounte Murray (bruised right hip) returned to practice on Sunday.

    Advice: Murray sat out Friday's preseason game but he's on pace to start the Spurs' opener. The 21-year-old was solid in eight starts last year, averaging 9.5 points, 0.6 threes, 3.1 boards, 3.3 assists and 0.4 steals in just 22.6 minutes per game. His playing time should increase to the 25-28 range, at least while Tony Parker is out, and he's on the radar if you need a cheap PG to begin the season. In other news, the Spurs announced on Sunday that they've picked up his third-year option. Sunday, 10:17 am
  • Shaun Livingston scores one point
    Shaun Livingston scored one point with two rebounds, three assists and two turnovers in 16 minutes against the Kings on Friday.

    Advice: While Livingston was re-signed and he's usually stepped up when asked, it's somewhat interesting to see how much Pat McCaw is handling the ball in the second unit. Whatever happens, you're not drafting Livingston almost anywhere. Friday, 10:33 pm
  • Shabazz Napier out again
    Shabazz Napier (hamstring) will not play on Friday.

    Advice: He was doing some warmup work, but the Blazers will hold him out again. Napier could be in the rotation in the right matchup, but he's not worth drafting in fantasy. Friday, 6:12 pm
  • Blazers resting most of rotation on Friday
    Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Evan Turner, Al-Farouq Aminu, Moe Harkless and Ed Davis will not play on Friday.

    Advice: Dame has looked terrific in the preseason and his diet this summer may have made him a half-step faster. Lillard was a top-10 player after the break last year and he should be coming off the board in the first round of a 12-team draft. Friday, 6:07 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
  • J.J. Barea scores 13 points in 18 minutes
    J.J. Barea scored 13 points with four rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 18 minutes against the Hornets on Friday.

    Advice: Coach Rick Carlisle has trusted Barea with some key minutes last year, and now Barea should have a solidified role with Seth Curry (leg) out indefinitely. Barea has some injury concerns of his own, so he's really just a 20-team flier at best. Friday, 5:19 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
  • De'Aaron Fox out again on Friday
    De'Aaron Fox (back) will not play on Friday against the Warriors.

    Advice: He hasn't sounded too concerned with this injury and he should still be ready to roll on opening night. Perhaps he has even gained value because George Hill's nagging groin injury popped up again on Thursday. Fox will be more of a stash in most leagues, but he's still worth a flier. Friday, 1:22 pm
  • Teague expects MIN to score 107-110 per game
    Jeff Teague said he's expecting the Wolves to score 107-110 points per game.

    Advice: That would put them in the top 10 based on last year, which is a slight increase from their 13th-ranked 105.6 per game. If you want to go off the three preseason games, Teague's usage rate has actually held up very nicely at 19.3, which isn't too far off his 22.1 from last year. He won't be dishing too much, but his high floor in standard leagues makes him a mid-round pick. Friday, 1:17 pm
  • Dejounte Murray (hip) out for Friday night
    Dejounte Murray (right hip contusion) will not play against the Rockets on Friday.

    Advice: It doesn't sound serious and he won't get to build off his coming-out party from the series against the Rockets last year. Murray is almost certainly going to start at point guard on opening night and he may have to do even more work with Kawhi Leonard (quad) still not having a timetable. Friday, 12:07 pm
  • 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
  • Yogi Ferrell scores 11 points in 21 minutes
    Yogi Ferrell scored 11 points with five assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Hawks on Thursday.

    Advice: He continues to share the ball-handling duties with Dennis Smith Jr. in the backcourt, but it's possible Ferrell could get another boost if DSJ's ankle injury cost him time. Unlike Seth Curry's leg injury, Smith Jr. didn't look to be hurt too badly and hopefully he's just day-to-day. Ferrell is expected to start regardless and is worth a look as a last-round flier until we get good news on DSJ. Thursday, 6:47 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores nine points
    Dennis Schroder made 2-of-10 from the field for nine points with one rebound, one assist and one steal in just 18 minutes.

    Advice: That's a wrap for Schroder's preseason, making 23-of-59 (39.0 percent) from the field. As expected his usage went up considerably and he is taking more 3-pointers, so he may be missing a lot of shots this season. If you're OK with subpar field goal percentage, Schroder could put up some very nice stat lines as he attempts to carry this offense. Thursday, 5:57 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
  • Shabazz Napier questionable for Friday
    Shabazz Napier (hamstring) is questionable to play on Friday night against Haifa.

    Advice: He has yet to make his preseason debut, but getting a questionable tag for this game suggests he could be ready for the season. Coach Terry Stotts mentioned a committee approach to replace Allen Crabbe with Napier as part of that group. Thursday, 4:25 pm
  • De'Aaron Fox (back) won't play on Thursday
    De'Aaron Fox (back) will not play against the Clippers on Thursday.

    Advice: He has a back contusion and is only day-to-day. Before his injury on Sunday, Fox had a strong showing in his first two games with averages of 14.0 points, 1.5 boards, 4.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 treys. With Fox out, Frank Mason should get some decent run behind George Hill. Fox is still a solid late-round option even with the minor back injury. Thursday, 1:27 pm
  • Gentry expects to start Moore in opener
    Alvin Gentry said that E'Twaun Moore will likely open the 2017-18 season as New Orleans' starting two-guard.

    Advice: Gentry added that he's also considering Ian Clark for the starting two-spot, but we'd lean towards Moore securing the position given that's what has happened in the past. Jrue Holiday will slide back over to the point guard spot while Rajon Rondo recovers from his hernia, and the Rondo injury figures to open up some more minutes for Jordan Crawford and Tony Allen. While Moore figures to start, he's not a great fantasy target in most settings. Thursday, 7:47 am
  • Watson tells Daniels to fire away from deep
    Earl Watson said he wants Troy Daniels to attempt 10 3-pointers per game this season.

    Advice: "That’s my game," Daniels said. "I hope guys can see that. You can throw it up ahead, we can get some easy transition threes." With Devin Booker (knee), Brandon Knight (knee) and Davon Reed (knee) all banged up, there's a chance Daniels could be in the starting lineup for Phoenix on opening night, which would put him on the radar as a potential 3-point specialist in deep leagues. Still, Booker's injury doesn't seem like it will be a long-term issue, so Daniels isn't worth drafting in most leagues. Thursday, 6:48 am
  • Shabazz Napier (hamstring) sits Wednesday
    Shabazz Napier (hamstring) did not play vs. Phoenix on Wednesday.

    Advice: Napier's injury has spoiled his preseason, but he has the luxury of a guaranteed contract. Competing backup PGs Isaiah Briscoe and Archie Goodwin have failed to distinguish themselves, and none of these guys will have fantasy value unless iron-man Damian Lillard misses games. Wednesday, 10:23 pm
  • Andrew Harrison fills up boxscore as starter
    Andrew Harrison started for the Grizzlies on Wednesday, finishing with a team-high 17 points, six rebounds, four steals, three 3-pointers and two assists in 27 minutes.

    Advice: The second-year guard started alongside Mike Conley, James Ennis, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol, as coach David Fizdale continues to experiment with his wing rotations. Harrison is an intriguing player at 6'6" with PG skills, but we'll need to see sustained value before recommending him -- after all, he shot 32.5 percent from the field as a rookie. Wednesday, 9:43 pm
  • Goran Dragic not playing Wednesday
    Goran Dragic (rest) will not play on Wednesday against the Wizards.

    Advice: The Heat are just resting The Dragon after he already played so much for Slovenia over the summer. Dragic is all set as a top-50 pick in standard drafts. Wednesday, 3:56 pm
  • Ricky Rubio scores 22 in 33 minutes
    Ricky Rubio hit 6-of-18 shots, two 3-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws on his way to 22 points, three rebounds, six assists, two steals and six turnovers in Tuesday's preseason win over the Lakers.

    Advice: Rubio is scoring the ball lately and had 20 points in just 15 minutes on Monday night. He didn't shoot it well tonight, but he's primed for a big season in Utah. Dante Exum is out for an extended period of time, Raul Neto is gimpy and rookie Donovan Mitchell may end up being his backup. Regardless, Rubio should have a big year throwing lobs to Rudy Gobert and running Utah's offense. Tuesday, 10:17 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. Tuesday, 8:58 pm
  • Dejounte Murray shines in preseason loss
    Dejounte Murray shined in Tuesday's 103-98 preseason loss to the Magic, scoring 15 points with six rebounds, five assists and three blocks in 26 minutes.

    Advice: He's now up to seven blocks and five steals in four preseason games and he's really learning to use his length on the defensive end. Murray is going to start at point guard until Tony Parker (quad) returns in December at the earliest, so he could have some decent value in the early going. He's still a better pick in dynasty formats, though. Tuesday, 8:19 pm
  • Dennis Schroder scores game-high 21 points
    Dennis Schroder scored a game-high 21 points and added five rebounds and four assists in a win over the Grizzlies on Monday.

    Advice: With Atlanta having gutted its roster over the offseason, Schroder is the only reliable scorer on the squad. He will be the focal point of the Hawks offense and should put up big (if inefficient) numbers on a nightly basis. However, one issue to keep an eye on with Schroder is his pending legal issues, as he was arrested on a misdemeanor battery charge last Thursday. Tuesday, 7:18 am
  • Ricky Rubio torches Suns for 20 in 15 min.
    Ricky Rubio played just 15 minutes on Monday, but hit 8-of-10 shots and a couple 3-pointers for 20 points, three steals, four turnovers and zero assists.

    Advice: Don't let the zero assists fool you. Rubio should be poised for a big year and a fresh start with a new team. His shooting will come and go all season, but he was on fire tonight. He's a Top 15 point guard and could easily end up being a value pick if he puts it all together this season. He's undervalued, in our eyes. Monday, 9:37 pm
  • Damian Lillard scores 14 vs. Kings
    Damian Lillard scored 14 points on 3-of-8 shooting vs. the Kings on Monday, adding three boards, three assists, two steals and one triple.

    Advice: It was a pretty quiet night from Lillard, but it's worth noting that he may have tweaked his left elbow on the final play of the third quarter. Blazers' trainer Geoff Clark was spotted applying an ice bag to the elbow and Lillard never checked back in, but it sounds pretty minor -- he said after the game that he's fine. Even so, he'll likely be rested in Wednesday's preseason finale. Monday, 9:26 pm
  • Yogi Ferrell starts at SG on Monday
    Yogi Ferrell started at shooting guard on Monday and hit 3-of-10 shots and two 3-pointers for nine points, two rebounds, two assists and a steal in 25 minutes of a 99-96 preseason win over the Magic.

    Advice: With Seth Curry's early season in doubt due to a leg injury, Ferrell could be worth a fantasy flier, or waiver pickup, early in the season. Once Curry's ready to roll, which could be later than sooner, Ferrell will be a drop candidate. But if he's in the starting lineup on opening night and Curry's going to miss time, Ferrell is at least worth a look. Monday, 9:02 pm
  • Dennis Smith Jr. plays well again on Monday
    Dennis Smith Jr. started and hit 7-of-15 shots and two 3-pointers for 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists, a steal and a block in 26 minutes of Monday's preseason win over Orlando.

    Advice: The hype train is rolling at full speed and DSJ is already going in Round 4 in a lot of fantasy leagues. If you want him, and you probably should, you've got to plan on taking him in Round 4, or there's a good chance a fellow owner will swoop in and get him. He should start at point guard for the Mavericks all year. Monday, 8:59 pm
  • X-rays come back negative on Fox's back
    X-rays came back negative on De'Aaron Fox's back and he has been diagnosed with a lower back bruise.

    Advice: Fox will be sitting out Monday's preseason game against Portland, but Sacramento is listing him as "day-to-day," so this shouldn't be something that impacts his status for opening night. The offseason addition of George Hill somewhat diminished Fox's fantasy appeal, but with the Kings obviously going through a rebuild, Fox could have a strong second half. He's more of a stash, but someone to consider taking with a late-round flier on draft day. Monday, 1:24 pm
  • Shabazz Napier (hamstring) out Monday
    Shabazz Napier (hamstring) will not play on Monday vs. the Kings.

    Advice: He hasn't played in the preseason yet, but he's reportedly getting closer. Both C.J. McCollum and Evan Turner could spend some time at point guard this season, so Napier's path to minutes isn't great. Monday, 10:59 am
  • Goran Dragic resting again Monday
    Goran Dragic will rest again on Monday vs. Charlotte.

    Advice: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra hinted last week that Dragic would continue to rest during the preseason so he's fresh for the regular season. Assuming they're active, Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson and Dion Waiters will handle the ball tonight. Monday, 9:22 am
  • De'Aaron Fox to have X-rays on lower back
    De'Aaron Fox will have X-rays on his bruised lower back, but he downplayed the injury and said that he'll "be all right."

    Advice: Fox initially played through the injury after taking a hard fall on Sunday, but it tightened up on him and he didn't return after halftime. "They want me to do X-rays and I'm going to do it, but at this point I'll be fine," Fox said. His early exit resulted in George Hill logging a game-high 35 minutes on Sunday -- if Fox isn't ready to go, coach Dave Joerger might dig deep into his roster for Monday's game vs. the Blazers. Oct 8, 9:33 pm
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