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    Point Guard

    Emmanuel Mudiay ($7,300 FD, $6,400 DK) – After struggling his first few years, Mudiay is starting to show some of that promise that made him a lottery pick. He has strung together a few good games and gets the 76ers tonight.

    Derrick Rose ($6,200 FD, $6,700 DK) – Jeff Teague has been ruled out for tonight’s matchup and Rose has excelled with Teague out of the lineup. Teague was out last game and Rose was on his way to a monster night before the game quickly turned into a blowout. Hopefully, the Pistons can keep the game close tonight.

    Other good buys: Russell Westbrook ($11,400 FD, $11,000 DK), Kyrie Irving ($9,000 FD, $9,100 DK).

    Shooting Guard

    James Harden ($11,600 FD, $11,400 DK) – Harden has been red hot over his last few games and shows no signs of slowing down as he tries to pull the Rockets out of the early hole they dug themselves in. He gets the Wizards tonight in a soft matchup.

    Devin Booker ($8,600 FD, $8,700 DK) – Booker has come back strong from his injury. He’s dropped 28 and 38 in two games back as he continues to show off his all-around offensive game. Booker has a tough matchup against the Celtics but he’s put on a show in Boston before.

    Other good buys: Jeremy Lamb ($6,400 FD, $5,800 DK), Justin Holiday ($5,400 FD, $5,600 DK),  

    Small Forward

    Kawhi Leonard ($9,700 FD, $9,200 DK) – Leonard has been consistent as they come through the first part of the year and is firmly in the MVP discussion. Tonight he faces the Pacers, who have played great defense all year, but Leonard has shown he is matchup proof.

    Joe Harris ($5,000 FD, $5,100 DK) – Harris has stepped up nicely with Allen Crabbe going down. If Crabbe is out again for tonight’s game against the Bulls look for Harris to have another good game.

    Other good buys: Paul George ($9,400 FD, $8,900 DK), T.J. Warren ($7,100 FD, $6,800 DK).

    Power Forward

    Lauri Markkanen ($7,400 FD, DK) – Markkanen’s strong rookie campaign has carried over into his sophomore year as he’s played well since he’s come back from injury. The Nets have struggled against big men so look for another solid game from Markkanen.

    Kevin Knox ($6,400 FD, $5,900 DK) – Knox was placed in the starting lineup a week ago and seems like he will stay there for a while. Knox has played well despite two down games in his last two outings. He should bounce back against the 76ers tonight.

    Other good buys: Anthony Davis ($12,700 FD, $11,600 DK), Larry Nance ($7,000 FD, $6,300 DK).

    Center

    Joel Embiid ($10,700 FD, $10,200 DK) – Embiid has been dominant this year and has put up some monster stat lines. Tonight he gets the Knicks and Enes Kanter, who has struggled on defense his whole career.

    Myles Turner ($7,100 FD, $6,600 DK) – Turner is enjoying one of, if not the best, stretches of his young career. If his minutes stay consistent like they have been over the past couple of weeks he has the ability to put up some big numbers. Tonight he gets the Raptors, who have given up some big rebounding games to centers this year.

    Other good buys: Karl Anthony-Towns ($9,900 FD, $9,700 DK), Marc Gasol ($8,300 FD, $7,500 DK).

Fantasy News

  • OG Anunoby
    SF, Toronto Raptors

    Coach Nick Nurse intends to put OG Anunoby "back out there in a primary role."

    With Kawhi Leonard vacating the starting small forward spot, Anunoby is the leading candidate to take the role. Before the arrival of Leonard, Anunoby started 62 games in his rookie season. Last season he started 6 out of 67 games, and missed the entire playoffs due to an emergency appendectomy. He averaged 7.0 points, 2.9 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.3 blocks over 20.2 minutes per game, while shooting 45.3 percent from the floor, 33.2 percent from 3-point range and 58.1 percent from the free-throw line. He can be picked up as a late round flier in drafts.

    Source: The Athletic

  • Daryl Macon
    PG, Miami Heat

    The Heat have signed Daryl Macon.

    Macon getting picked up by another NBA squad after a solid Summer League campaign is not a shocker. If he were to crack the rotation he would post a nice assist rate, but it is unlikely Macon will be getting playing time unless something goes terribly wrong for the Heat this season.

    Source: NBA

  • Tahjere McCall
    F, Atlanta Hawks

    The Hawks signed Tahjere McCall from their Summer League team.

    This is just a depth signing for the Hawks. He shouldn't see much court time on the NBA floor if he makes the main roster out of camp

    Source: Kevin Chouinard on Twitter

  • Thabo Sefolosha
    SF, Houston Rockets

    Marc Stein is reporting that the Rockets will sign Thabo Sefolosha.

    Sefolosha was among the names at a recent mini camp, and he should make for a nice fit as a defensive stopper off the bench. The Rockets have a pretty thin group of reserves so we'd expect Sefolosha to be a regular rotation player, which puts him on the board as a steals specialist in deep leagues.

    Source: Marc Stein on Twitter

  • Tyler Zeller
    C, Denver Nuggets

    The Nuggets have signed C Tyler Zeller to the training camp roster on Thursday.

    Zeller played all of six games last season with the Hawks and Grizzlies. Zeller will try to latch on as a third-string C for the Nuggets' deep frontcourt. Zeller is off the fantasy radar.

    Source: Chris Dempsey on Twitter

  • Luke Kennard
    SG, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey said that he is not sure if he will start Luke Kennard or have him run a lot of the second-team offense.

    In addition, Casey mentioned that Kennard dealt with some knee tendinitis earlier this summer. Kennard is likely competing with Bruce Brown Jr. for the starting two-guard spot. We'll see how the rotation starts to shape in the preseason, but both players will get minutes either way.

    Source: NBA

  • Blake Griffin
    PF, Detroit Pistons

    Coach Dwane Casey revealed that although the team's training staff is easing him into things, Blake Griffin (knee) is back on the court and playing.

    Coach Casey added that the team expects Griffin to be at 100% with "no lingering effects." It looks like Griffin is progressing nicely in his return and should be all systems go for the start of the season. With Griffin's extensive injury history, the team may manage him more this year. Coming off a career year, he's expected to be an early middle-round selection.

    Source: NBA

  • Victor Oladipo
    SG, Indiana Pacers

    Coach Nate McMillan said that Victor Oladipo (knee) probably wouldn't play on opening night.

    Videos have surfaced this summer of Oladipo doing on-court work, and by all accounts, he is progressing well. Coach McMillan said that Oladipo isn't playing live yet and it would seem he still has hurdles to climb. Even when Oladipo does return, he will likely be facing minute restrictions and frequent days off, at least initially. Jeremy Lamb figures to be the biggest beneficiary of Oladipo's absence.

    Source: NBA

  • Nikola Vucevic
    C, Orlando Magic

    In an interview Wednesday, Magic head coach Steve Clifford said he could see Nikola Vucevic improving across all areas of his game, and echoing his player's belief that he is in his prime.

    One of the areas Clifford thought Vucevic could improve upon was his 3-point shooting percentage, and also seemed to indicate that he could contonue to up his play on defense. He's unquestionably solidified himself as the anchor of this team, and the Magic as a whole are likely eyeing to improve upon their momentum as a rising young playoff team in an Eastern Conference that looks pretty weak after the top four to five teams. Expect Vucevic to produce safe second-round value this season.

    Source: NBA.com

  • Deandre Ayton
    C, Phoenix Suns

    Suns General Manager James Jones said in a recent interview that Deandre Ayton is capable of playing PF if needed.

    One could chalk this up to either Ayton continuing his development in becoming a more dynamic offensive player, or the Suns covering up for the lack of depth on their roster at PF. In reality it's likley a mix of both, and is a positive for Ayton's value heading into this season. If he does end up spending meaningful time at the four, it would not bode well for the value of Dario Saric, who is already barely going at the end of drafts in 9-cat leagues.

    Source: NBA.com