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  • Skal Labissiere double-doubles w/ Z-Bo out
    Skal Labissiere started on Wednesday in place of Zach Randolph (oral surgery), posting 12 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and five turnovers in 33 minutes.

    Advice: It wasn't an easy assignment for Skal, as the Rockets run with small lineups and a perimeter specialist at PF in Ryan Anderson. He held his own, though, while displaying some nifty skills on offense (see the link below). Z-Bo is day-to-day, but owners should file Skal's double-double in the 'potential/upside' folder for future reference. Today, 12:32 am
  • Al-Farouq Aminu scores five with 12 boards
    Al-Farouq Aminu scored five points with 12 rebounds, two assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 28 minutes against the Suns on Wednesday.

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

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

    Advice: Green made 7-of-16 shots, including three 3-pointers, and his level of offensive engagement was eye-opening. Kawhi Leonard (quad) was out tonight, of course, and the Spurs are taking it easy with Rudy Gay (24 minutes), but this is still a great sign for all of Green's owners. He's built for 9-cat. Yesterday, 11:58 pm
  • 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
  • Derrick Favors looks good in 28 minutes Wed
    Derrick Favors got off to a good start on Wednesday with 14 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal in 28 minutes vs. the Nuggets.

    Advice: Favors made 7-of-14 shots without any free throws. He missed his only 3-point attempt, which is something to monitor -- power forwards are expected to have range in today's NBA, whereas Favors is a combined 4-of-26 from deep in his seven-year career. The key is that he's healthy. Yesterday, 11:07 pm
  • Trey Lyles vacant in two minutes of opener
    Trey Lyles didn't record any stats in two minutes vs. Utah on Wednesday.

    Advice: Head coach Mike Malone pointed out before the game that the Nuggets "have a lot of power forwards." That's an understatement, and it will take a few trades or injuries for Lyles to emerge as a standard-league asset. Yesterday, 11:00 pm
  • Brandan Wright logs 27 minutes on Wednesday
    Brandan Wright stepped up on Wednesday with JaMychal Green (ankle) injured, coming off the bench for 10 points, four rebounds, two steals and one block in 27 minutes.

    Advice: Wright's per-minute fantasy production has always been impressive, but injuries and a limited bench role have conspired to hold him in check. JaMychal Green (ankle) left early tonight and is scheduled for an MRI on Thursday, so if he misses extended time Wright will be worth a look in most formats as a cheap source of FG%, rebounds and blocks. Yesterday, 10:53 pm
  • Jarell Martin starts 2nd half w/ JaMychal out
    Jarell Martin started the second half of Wednesday's season opener, following JaMychal Green's early exit with an ankle injury.

    Advice: Martin logged 19 minutes tonight but he didn't do much with the expanded role, going 1-of-6 from the field for two points, five rebounds, one block and four turnovers. It doesn't look like Memphis is comfortable starting Chandler Parsons, and Brandan Wright is a natural center, so Martin could be the logical choice to start if Green's MRI reveals structural damage on Thursday. Yesterday, 10:52 pm
  • Dante Cunningham returns after elbow injury
    Dante Cunningham (elbow) had seven points, nine rebounds, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

    Advice: He hurt his right elbow in the first quarter and headed into the locker room, but soon returned. Presumably he got a clean bill of health from the training staff, because he wound up playing 26 minutes and didn't seem visibly limited. We'll leave him off the injury report ahead of Friday's game vs. Golden State. Yesterday, 10:49 pm
  • DeMarcus Cousins blocks career-high 7 shots
    DeMarcus Cousins blocked a career-high seven shots during Wednesday's season-opening loss, adding 28 points, 10 rebounds, three 3-pointers and a pair of assists.

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

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

    Advice: Hayward had surgery on Wednesday to repair his dislocated and fractured left tibia. "We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form," said his agent, Mark Bartelstein. It's a sad turn of events and we wish Hayward a speedy recovery. In his absence, the Celtics are expected to start Marcus Smart while relying more on a slew of players including Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Marcus Morris and Terry Rozier. Swingman Abdel Nader, a second-round pick in 2016, was actually the Celts' first man off the bench on Wednesday. Yesterday, 10:25 pm
  • DeAndre Bembry scores six points in win
    DeAndre Bembry scored six points with six rebounds, one assist, one block and two steals in 18 minutes.

    Advice: He handled the ball a good amount today and the Hawks had a lot of success with his out there while also pushing the pace to 104 possessions per 48 minutes. The Hawks still need some help on the wings and Bembry has his rotation spot completely locked up, so he should be around 20 minutes most nights. He's a deep league stash and has a lot of paths to minutes. Yesterday, 10:15 pm
  • Marco Belinelli drops 20 points in 26 minutes
    Marco Belinelli scored 20 points with three rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Mavs on Wednesday.

    Advice: He was on fire and was the MVP of this game for the Hawks to lead the second unit. He had more 3-point makes and attempts than the entire starting five combined, so maybe coach Mike Budenholzer has found his new Kyle Korver. Belinelli is going to have to bury treys to have fantasy value, but he's worth a look in 14-team leagues on a team dying for shooting. Yesterday, 10:06 pm
  • Arron Afflalo gets DNP-CD vs. Miami
    Arron Afflalo didn't play in Wednesday's season opener vs. the Heat.

    Advice: Afflalo had a back issue earlier in October, but this looks more like a DNP-CD. Marreese Speights was also a DNP tonight and neither veteran is likely to have a big on-court impact for a Magic squad that's developing their young guys. Yesterday, 9:39 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
  • Nerlens Noel posts 16 and 11 with 3 blocks
    Nerlens Noel made 6-of-6 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line for 16 points with 11 rebounds, one steal and three blocks in 20 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: He made the most of his minutes and took advantage of a weaker Hawks second unit. The Mavs do seem committed to playing Dirk Nowitzki at center, so Noel may be hanging around 20 minutes most nights -- Noel and Dirk played together for 4.4 minutes tonight. As this line shows, he should be just fine as a strong start. He'll have a tough time matching this line, but keep him rolling. Yesterday, 9:37 pm
  • Wesley Matthews makes five 3-pointers
    Wesley Matthews scored 15 points with eight rebounds, five assists, one steal and five 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Hawks on Wednesday.

    Advice: Due to injuries and really being in an offense that didn't suit him well, Matthews has been a disappointment. Well, both of those things may have changed with Matthews looking good and also the Mavs launching a whopping 45 treys tonight. In fact, the Mavs topped 45 treys just once in his previous two seasons with the team. He should be owned in standard leagues after this one. Yesterday, 9:32 pm
  • James Johnson limited by fouls on Wednesday
    James Johnson was limited by foul trouble during Wednesday's opener, which he finished with 11 points, eight assists, four rebounds, one steal, one block and four turnovers.

    Advice: Erik Spoelstra loves James Johnson and Tyler Johnson playing together with the second unit, which explains why Kelly Olynyk is starting at PF. Johnson would have logged more than 19 minutes tonight if it weren't for the fouls, and we're expecting a spike in playing time vs. the new-look Pacers on Saturday. Yesterday, 9:00 pm
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