December 26, 2018, 4:56 pm
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De’Aaron Fox ($8,200 FD, DK) – Fox has played at an all-star level and has the Kings in the playoff race for the first time in a long time. Tonight he plays the Clippers, in a matchup of two of the fastest teams in the league.
Kris Dunn ($7,600 FD, $7,400 DK) – If you like narratives then Dunn is a great play. He faces off against his former team and coach who hasn’t give him glowing reviews since the trade to Chicago. Dunn has played well lately and if Zach LaVine misses this game Dunn becomes even a stronger play.
Other good buys: Spencer Dinwiddie ($6,900 FD, $7,000 DK), Fred VanVleet ($5,600 FD, $5,900 DK).
Devin Booker ($9,100 FD, $8,500 DK) – Booker has been hot lately and has the Suns playing a lot better. Tonight the Suns get the Magic in a soft matchup that Booker should be able to take advantage of.
Buddy Hield ($6,700 FD, $7,200 DK) – Hield is another player who has been in a good rhythm for his team. The Clippers and Kings game is one that I’m targeting today as it’ll be an up and down affair that will lead to a lot of extra possessions.
Other good buys: Luka Doncic ($8,300 FD, DK), Monte Morris ($5,700 FD, $4,600 DK)
Kawhi Leonard ($10,400 FD, $9,500 DK) – Kyle Lowry is doubtful tonight which means Leonard will be left to carry the load once again. Leonard has dominated with Lowry off the floor so he has the potential for another huge night.
Justise Winslow ($5,500 FD, DK) – Coach Spoelstra has come out and declared that Winslow will remain the team’s starting point guard with Goran Dragic out. Winslow has shown he can put up some big numbers when give the opportunity and he seems like a lock for extended minutes for the foreseeable future.
Other good buys: T.J. Warren ($7,600 FD, $6,100 DK), Jeff Green ($5,100 FD, $4,200 DK)
Tobias Harris ($8,000 FD, $7,800 DK) – Like I said, I’m targeting the Clippers and Kings matchup tonight. Harris looks like the best candidate from the Clippers to have a big night as the Kings have struggled on the interior.
Rodions Kurucs ($4,000 FD, $4,600 DK) – Kurucs has entered the starting lineup with Allen Crabbe going down with an injury and has played well; well enough that he may stick in the starting five even after Crabbe returns. Tonight, Kurucs gets the Hornets at home and makes for a solid cheap play.
Other good buys: Anthony Davis ($12,500 FD, $11,800 DK), Blake Griffin ($9,100 FD, $9,000 DK)
Karl-Anthony Towns ($9,100 FD, $9,400 DK) – Towns and the Wolves will face off against the Bulls tonight in a matchup Towns can certainly take advantage of. The Bulls have struggled to defend centers all year which means KAT could be in for a big game.
Deandre Ayton ($8,200 FD, $7,800 DK) – Ayton has been red-hot lately as he’s gone for 20 or more points in four straight while pulling down 17 or more rebounds in three straight games. Look for Ayton to keep it going against the Magic tonight.
Other good buys: Nikola Vucevic ($8,900 FD, DK), Cody Zeller ($5,300 FD, $4,400 DK)
September 16, 2019, 6:33 pmMychal MulderPG, Miami Heat
The Heat have announced the signing of guard Mychal Mulder.
Mulder played last season with the Windy City Bulls of the G-League and averaged 8.8 points in Summer League this year. He has good range but is unlikely to contribute much at the NBA level in 2019-20.
Source: Miami Heat
September 16, 2019, 6:13 pmVincent PoirierC, Boston Celtics
Nicolas Batum praised the play of Celtics center Vincent Poirier at the FIBA World Cup.
According to Batum, Poirier "is a center that can block shots and control the paint." A native of France, Poirier has performed well over six seasons in Europe. Nevertheless, he should only be a depth option for the Celtics with Enes Kanter starting.
Source: NBC Sports Boston
September 16, 2019, 5:49 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Zach LaVine has been fine tuning his playmaking skills in the offseason, according to an interview with FanSided.
LaVine enjoyed the best field goal percentage of his career for the Bulls last season. He also scored a career best 23.7 points per game. However, LaVine averaged 3.4 turnovers and his fantasy value will increase if he can take better care of the ball.
September 16, 2019, 5:19 pmTyler HerroPG, Miami Heat
According to Ira Winderman, rookie Tyler Herro is unlikely to start for the Heat at the beginning of the season.
The Heat drafted Herro out of Kentucky with the 13th pick of the 2019 NBA Draft. Dion Waiters should be the primary shooting guard at the outset. However, expect Herro to get plenty of opportunities to contribute.
September 16, 2019, 4:40 pmJordan MurphyPF, Minnesota Timberwolves
Forward Jordan Murphy will be in training camp with the Wolves after signing an Exhibit 10 deal, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
Murphy averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds for the University of Minnesota last season. Murphy could join the Iowa Wolves of the G-League if he does not crack the NBA roster.
September 16, 2019, 4:28 pmSemi OjeleyePF, Boston Celtics
Semi Ojeleye could compete with Grant Williams for more minutes at forward for the Celtics, according to Jay King of The Athletic.
Ojeleye only played 10 minutes per game for the Celtics last season but improved his field-goal shooting to 42 percent. He has shown some defensive prowess but could use more consistency in his perimeter shooting. Ojeleye is unlikely to contribute much for standard league owners.
Source: Jay King of The Athletic
September 16, 2019, 4:06 pmMohamed BambaC, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Mo Bamba, signing him through 2020-21.
Bamba averaged 1.4 blocked shots during his rookie season in just 16 minutes per game. However, the #6 overall pick in 2018 is firmly behind starting center Nikola Vucevic on the Magic's depth chart.
Source: Orlando Magic PR on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 3:49 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
The Magic exercised their team option on Jonathan Isaac, signing him through 2020-21.
Isaac started 64 games in his second season, scoring 9.6 points per game to go with 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks. Isaac also improved his free-throw shooting, finishing at 81.5 percent. He certainly has the potential to do even more going forward if he can stay healthy.
Source: Magic PR on Twitter
September 16, 2019, 3:41 pmJames Ennis IIISF, Philadelphia Sixers
James Ennis should be the first wing off the bench for the Sixers, according to Rich Hofmann of The Athletic.
Ennis, who averaged 6.7 points in 21 minutes per game last season, will provide depth behind Tobias Harris. His fantasy value isn't terribly high, but head coach Brett Brown trusts his defensive game. This report could mean a slight uptick in playing time for Ennis.
Source: Rich Hofmann of The Athletic
September 16, 2019, 3:16 pmMarkelle FultzPG, Orlando Magic
The Magic have exercised their team option on Markelle Fultz.
That will keep Fultz under control through the 2020-21 season. While Fultz is a former No. 1 overall pick, this was not a slam-dunk decision for the Magic given his health record and all the mystery that's clouded the first couple years of his career. With current starter D.J. Augustin set to hit free agency following the upcoming season, Orlando could be preparing to hand Fultz the reins. We want to know that he's healthy before endorsing him as a fantasy selection but the upside is enough to at least consider a deep-league flier.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter